What Arrangements for my Helper when I’m on a Business Trip?

It can be hard to balance our personal and professional lives, especially when we often are on the go. No matter how far we can be from home, our minds never stop wondering about what’s happening back there. One thing that concerns many of us who have hired help is how well our domestic helper is doing while we are away and whether everything is fine. It is absolutely normal to wonder what to do regarding our helpers when we are on a business trip – we all do!

Several options are available.…

Women’s Rights Evolution

In the past century, women’s rights have significantly improved. Civil society and the emergence of various feminist movements – like the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 70’s –played a crucial role in reducing inequities existing between men and women. Undeniably, women today, have access to far greater employment opportunities than ever before in history. Women’s right to vote was certainly a huge step forward and the Millenium Development Goals have…

10 Back-to-school Tips for Parents

Summer is coming to an end. Very soon, it will be that time of the year (again) when our little ones will be heading back to school. It can be a stressful time for them and for us – let’s face it! Planning ahead can make all the difference in the world and help us get ready for school with total peace of mind. Here are some few tips to avoid juggling it all at the last minute:

Don’t wait up till the last minute to go back-to-school shopping. If possible, take your kids with you to get them…

Singapore Night Festival Turns 10

The Singapore Night Festival is back this year for its tenth edition in Bras Basah-Bugis district between August 18 and 26. To celebrate this big milestone, various local and international artists – and many surprises – will be part of one of the much-awaited festivals in Asia. This music and lights festival is a must-live experience – you should absolutely take our word for it! – so, we recommend that you have a stroll around the city as there will definitely be something…

10 Things to Do in Singapore During the Summer

Singapore’s weather can be awfully hot and humid and the idea of going out under such extreme temperatures can be daunting for many of us. Worry not – we have compiled a list of ideas of cool spots for you to hit during the summer and beat the heat:

Go hiking along the Southern Ridges up until the Labrador Nature Reserve. You’ll get to appreciate the stunning view and catch a great breath of fresh air! Go on a river cruise on Clarke Quay and escape the heat. You’ll definitely get…

HelperChoice Survey Results – Domestic workers are suffering from long working days: 58% of domestic helpers work more than 14 hours a day

HelperChoice, the leading online platform helping employers find the right helper, conducted a survey among 1180 domestic workers about their rest days and leave.

Giving enough rest to domestic workers is essential so that they can stay healthy and work efficiently during their working hours. Nevertheless, it appears that 41% of the domestic workers interviewed are working between 14 and 16 hours per day and 17% are working more than 16 hours a day. In Hong Kong and Singapore,…

9 Ways to Celebrate Singapore National Day

Shades of red and white are popping up all over the city as National Day festivities are about to begin. Singapore National Day is celebrated on August 9th and is the occasion for many Singaporeans to reflect on our nation’s achievements, the direction our country is taking and what should be done to get there.  It is also a great opportunity for all of us to have some much-deserved fun. Read on to get some ideas on how to best celebrate National Day this year!

 

Check out festivity…

What Alternatives to Live-in Helpers?

Hiring a foreign domestic worker (FDW) is often thought to be the only solution to get extra hands to help around in the household. While FDWs play an extremely valuable role in many Singaporean and expat households – particularly by making it possible for breadwinners to strike a balance between their career and their personal life – they are hardly the only option.

 

Hiring a FDW should not be taken lightly. It is imperative that any employer-to-be takes time to think…

12 Signs Your Helper is Unhappy

Keeping one’s domestic helper or housemaid happy and contented with her work should be a priority for every employer. A happy helper is certainly more productive and committed to your family much longer – which means less time spent hiring and training a new helper. Employee motivation is critical as it contributes to creating a positive atmosphere in your household.

Certain signs of dissatisfaction are more obvious to spot – even for an untrained eye – while others…

12 Things to Do in Hong Kong During the Summer

Summers in Hong Kong are definitely stiffening. On top of that, humidity and rain can be pretty good deterrents against any form of activity. But, worry not! There are plenty of things to do and many events to attend this summer. We have compiled a list of 12 things that will keep you busy and will make you forget everything about the scorching heat.

 

Go all artsy! Hong Kong definitely has a lot to offer, and the art scene is thriving in many parts of the city. Take some time to visit…