How to Take Your Helper on Holiday?

When you take your helper on holiday, securing the right visa for your helper is key.

In many South-east Asian countries, your helper is allowed to join you on a 12short stay tourist. But in many western countries, your helper will need to apply for a special visa. If you want to avoid tourist issues ruining your holiday, contacting the embassy will be the best way, but we have done some of the legwork for you for some popular holiday destinations.

Remember, foreign domestic workers…

Taking Your Domestic Helper on Holidays: A Guide to Visa Requirements

Bringing your domestic worker abroad with you sometimes requires (a lot of) work and planning, especially when it comes to processing the paperwork necessary to obtain the proper visa.

Requirements vary across countries and based on your helper’s nationality as well as the duration of her stay. Here is a compiled list of requirements to facilitate your domestic helper’s visa application and make sure that she can tag along on your next holidays to some of the most popular…

Promote Green Practices at Home with Your Helper

Reducing human carbon footprint has become a major concern for many environmentally conscious individuals. There has been an increased awareness of the necessity to develop green practices as things seem more pressing than ever.

 

Many of us are making conscious efforts and doing our bit by operating lifestyle changes. Things are changing – undeniably – slowly, but they are. However, for our efforts to truly have an impact, it is essential that everyone gets…

Celebrate Philippine Independence Day

The year 1898 was a historic date for the Republic of the Philippines as it marked its independence from Spain. The Philippines have had a long history of being a colony as the nation was first under Spanish rule and then American influence – but also occupied for several years by the Japanese during World War II. After a few failed Spanish attempts to colonize the country starting in 1521 – the first Spanish expedition (led by explorer Magellan) landed in one of the numerous …

Are You Ready for Summer Vacation? What About Your Helper?

Your summer holidays are getting closer and you are planning to travel with your family. Have you thought about your helper’s activities when you are out of town? You may let her stay at home in Hong Kong, take her with you on vacation or give her the opportunity to enjoy her annual leave at her home country. In any case, you have to anticipate and make sure you will fully enjoy your vacation without any wondering about your helper.

 

Option 1: Let your helper stay in Hong…

What Cleaning Needs to be Done to Make Sure Your Kitchen is Baby-proofed?

Cleaning is a big part of the job for many domestic helpers, but what specifically should yours be doing when there are little ones around? It’s vital to ensure infants and children are protected from harmful germs and microbes. With a little bit of knowledge, and some guidance, it’s easy to ensure your helper is able to do just that. From sterilizing bottles to cleaning kitchen cupboards where you store feeding equipment, here are a few ways to help ensure hygiene in any family…

Alternatives to Hiring A Foreign Domestic Worker

Should I go for a foreign domestic helper?

Foreign domestic helpers have become part of our everyday life and definitely contribute to making our lives easier and make it possible for many of us to have a full-time job in Hong Kong. No matter how convenient it is, there are a few things to keep in mind before making the leap. Ask yourself: What are my needs? How much do I value my privacy? Can I invest enough time in training (should that be necessary) and managing a full-time live-in …

Domestic Helper Swimming Safety Tips

These domestic helper swimming safety tips will give you a peace of mind

It is going to be another beautiful day tomorrow and your children are begging if they can go play in the water. You don’t have time to go with them, but you do want them to have fun and play. You could ask your helper, but are a bit worried about safety.

No need! Just devise an action plan together with your children (if they are old enough) and your helper.

 

First thing’s first: the talk with your…

Is My Domestic Helper Taking Good Care of My Children?

Entrusting someone with the care of our children is in itself a pretty big leap of faith. Part of the job of being a parent is to make sure that our little ones are safe and always well taken care of. No matter how much we trust our domestic helpers, it is natural to worry – especially when we are away most of the day – and wonder whether our kids are well cared for. It can be difficult to know for sure that our domestic helpers are doing well with the kids without resorting to extreme measures…

Educating Your Helper on Healthy Cooking Practices

Diet-related diseases are on the rise and have become a global problem. The good news is that many of us are increasingly more conscious that adopting a healthier lifestyle is crucial (by paying extra attention to what’s on our plates among other things). Preparing our meals from scratch undeniably makes it easier to control what we – and our loved ones – are eating. But for many of us, that is not possible – at least not all the time.

 

Many of us rely on helpers to assist…