Some OFWs choose to bring their balikbayan boxes with them when flying back to home

What Do Overseas Filipino Workers Put into Their Balikbayan Boxes?

Gifting through what is known as balikbayan boxes is a common practice among the Filipino community abroad including foreign domestic workers. The Tagalog word balikbayan literally means ‘return to home’. The name says it all: Balikbayan boxes have become one of the favourite means for many Filipinos overseas to contribute and maintain their bond with their family members (including extended family) who remained back home – particularly on special occasions ...

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How to Spend a Great Christmas with Your Family and Domestic Helper?

Brace yourselves, Christmas is coming… How to involve your domestic helper during this family holiday? December has arrived, and whether you already hung all the Christmas decorations and prepared the tree or not, we now have to turn our Christmas mode on. Maybe you will stay in Hong Kong, maybe you and your family will go abroad, in both cases, you might wonder what your domestic helper's plans are for logistics reasons. ...

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Pregnancy Rights of your Helper in Hong Kong

As any employee in Hong Kong, your domestic worker is entitled to pregnancy rights and maternity leave. Although both the domestic worker and the employer will try to prevent pregnancy from happening lest it will affect the helper's work performance, accidents do happen, and you as the employer cannot infringe upon your worker’s reproductive rights. Therefore, this article will tell you about your helper’s maternity leave, contraceptive injection and how ...

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4 Common Domestic Helper Problems and How to Overcome Them

4 Common Domestic Helper Problems and How to Overcome Them

Issues can sometimes arise and complicate your relationship with your domestic helper. If they have not promptly been dealt with, they can end up deteriorating your relationship with your domestic helper. Here are some of the most common problems you can face and a few tips to overcome them. Problem 1: You are not satisfied with your domestic helper’s work There might be various reasons why you are not satisfied with your ...

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Fair Treatment of Domestic Helpers in Singapore

Despite progress, including greater awareness of the rights of domestic helpers, maids are sometimes poorly treated in Singapore and other parts of Asia. Since this worker group remains vulnerable to exploitation, the government of Singapore says it imposes severe penalties on those who abuse foreign maids. Employers should be aware of helpers’ rights, and discuss these during on-the-job orientation and training, and ensure that expected duties remain legal and ethical. Unfortunately, ...

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Family Halloween with your domestic helper

Enjoy a Great Halloween With Your Domestic Helper

Halloween is a night of surprises and fantasy, and the opportunity for the whole family to have some honest fun – and scare! Like other major celebrations, it can require a lot of work (depending on how serious you are about it!) to have everything ready on time. Here are 7 ways to engage your domestic helper and spend a great Halloween together: Hit the Halloween aisle for decoration. Sit down ...

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Domestic helper cultural differences

Dealing with Domestic Helper Cultural Differences

We’ve all heard about cultural differences, especially in families with domestic helpers. But what are common cultural differences and how can you avoid letting them turn into issues? Due to varying upbringings, cultures and situational factors, people from different backgrounds do many things differently. Just as German and French people have different eating habits, so do we all have different habits around the house. We have often heard about the big cultural ...

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How to Prepare Mid-Autumn Festival with Your Domestic Helper: Our 2019 Guide

Mid-Autumn Festival (Lantern Festival), one of the most iconic Chinese festivals, is around the corner. Wherever you come from, you cannot miss this great colourful holiday in Hong Kong! But the Mid-Autumn Festival is also a perfect family time: play lanterns, enjoy the full moon, and even picnic outdoor with your beloved ones. For your domestic helper, do not forget that the day after Mid-Autumn Festival is a statutory holiday in Hong Kong. ...

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Domestic Workers’ Work Safety in Singapore

As with any profession, ensuring a safe working environment is of the utmost importance when employing a domestic helper. The safety and wellbeing of maids is the responsibility of their employers, who ultimately have to cover costs associated with medical care and insurance. The Ministry of Manpower provides easily-accessible guidelines on domestic helper employment, which include rules and recommendations on workplace safety. This issue should be discussed with your helper during ...

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10 Back-to-school Tips for Parents

Summer is coming to an end. Very soon, it is already that time of the year (again) when our little ones will are heading back to school. It can be a stressful time for them and for us – let’s face it! Planning everything ahead with your domestic helper can make all the difference in the world and help your kids get ready for school with total peace of mind. Here ...

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