Philippine National Day

Monday, June 12 will be the 119th Philippine National Day – a day of celebration for Filipinos all over the world!

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 …

World Environment Day

Today is World Environment Day!

World Environment Day was inaugurated in the aftermath of the first international talks ever on environmental issues – the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment – which took place in 1972 in Stockholm. Since then it has been celebrated every year on June 5 with a different theme; this year’s central theme being ‘Connecting People to Nature’ – and in a different host country every year – as part of the UN Environment …

Looking for Help: What Choices Do I Have?

Should I go for a FDW ?

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 helper? Obviously, everyone…

Why you should open a bank account in Singapore

Not having a bank account can be limiting in many ways. If you have been in Singapore for some time and are in this situation then you probably agree with us on that – it is not convenient at all. The benefits of having a bank account are multiple. Banking enables you to manage your money more efficiently allowing you to save more. Safety is also a big advantage as bank accounts ensure protection of your money – especially from theft and loss in disasters (you never know what might…

Dragon Boat Festival 30 May 2017

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the most important traditional festivals of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. It is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese calendar – and has been for more than 2,000 years. This year the celebration falls on May 30th in Hong Kong. Many legends around the Dragon Boat Festival exist but surely the one that prevails in many regions is that of Qu Yuan, a renowned poet who was exiled during the Warring States period. Legend has it that…

Help! My child prefers my helper…

Your baby is growing attached to your helper and you are feeling ‘threatened’ or even ‘in competition’ with her? If you are having a tough time dealing with the situation, the following advice will – hopefully – help you get through it.

Am I the only one concerned about this?

Worry not, it’s a natural feeling. Obviously, everyone has their way of reacting in such situations and feels different about it, but being bothered, upset or even jealous in this case is completely…

Summer is right around the corner

As summer is looming, most of us are already dreading the hot temperatures. One of the main annoyances is definitely managing to sleep under elevated temperatures. Thermoregulation – i.e. the ability our body has of distributing heat – is key to a good night’s sleep and can be disturbed in elevated temperatures. Although the ideal sleeping temperature differs for each of us, research has shown that weather does affect sleep and hot temperature can cause more stress…

Overcoming language barriers

Singapore has around 200,000 helpers and finding the right fit can sometimes be difficult…but not impossible! It is important to build a healthy relationship with your helper right from the start to ensure things go as smoothly as you had pictured. However, this can sometimes be tough as communication – which can make or break a relationship – can be hindered by several factors including language. Language can be a huge barrier often leading to miscommunications and …

‘The Helper’ Premiere

The HelperChoice team was at the premiere of the documentary The Helper at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center, Hong Kong on 14 May 2017. The documentary was framed in Hong Kong and features beautiful scenes shot in the Philippines and Nepal.

Have you ever wondered what the ‘ultimate sacrifice’ is? Well, The Helper is all about that (but also so much more). There are more than 350,000 domestic workers – also referred to as ‘helpers’ – in Hong Kong. We interact with these…

Elderly Care in Singapore

Singapore is experiencing an ageing phenomenon as the growth in population is slowing down. According to estimates, 1 in 5 Singaporeans will be aged 65 or more by 2030. This trend is also responsible for structural changes in support and healthcare needs for senior citizens who are now, more than ever, enjoying increased life expectancy.

Care options in Singapore are multiple – ranging from community care, nursing care to home care. The past years have seen a constant increase…