Should my Helper Dine with Us?

Having a domestic helper who lives in with your family 24/7 can sometimes be tricky as the traditional employer-employee relationship gets blurred. You – and certainly your helper – might just end up feeling confused and not knowing where you stand about certain things. That’s perfectly understandable given the peculiar nature of the relationship – the live-in factor doesn’t make it any easier. It is okay to wonder where to draw the line on some things – such as …

International Day of Family Remittances: a recognition of the fundamental contribution of migrant workers

If you take a look at your calendar, you’ll come to realize that there are many International Days – and more being added every year – celebrated all over the world!

International Day of Family Remittances is one of them and is annually celebrated on June 16th. Although it was fairly recently established (in 2015 at the opening of the Fifth Global Forum on Remittances and Development in Milan), that doesn’t make it less important. Quite the opposite!

What is…

Educating your helper on healthy cooking practices

Diet-related diseases are on the rise – even in Singapore – 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 in Singapore…

Everything you should know about home leave

If you are planning to take a leave and go back to your homeland for the holidays, know that there are certain rules you need to comply with to be allowed to re-enter Singapore. Immigration requirements vary though – depending on factors such as your nationality and on how long you have been working with your current employer.

What’s the process like for Indonesian nationals?

It is relatively easy. As an Indonesian FDW you do not need to register with your Embassy. Just make …

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 …

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…