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An Unplanned Pregnancy: Planning Your Next Steps (Phase 2)

By PathFinders (Click here if you have not read phase 1.) In Phase 2 of your planning when experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you will need to be looking ahead into the future.  As a reminder, put things down in the format that works for you. It is important for you to be able to physically check where you are in the planning, to tick/cross what you’ve done, to see what you need/have to ...

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An Unplanned Pregnancy: Planning Your Next Steps (Phase 1)

By PathFinders Some things in our lives happen unexpectedly and catch us off guard. This may either bring us happiness; or it may be so challenging that we hit a breaking point. If you are experiencing the latter, you are definitely not the only one! There is a famous Japanese proverb “fall seven times, stand up eight”. The message is simple yet powerful. When life knocks you down many times, all you ...

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Discuss The Importance Of Internet Privacy With Your Domestic Helper

When employing a domestic helper, the first thing that comes to mind is how to create a healthy relationship by clearly defining house rules such as setting up a work schedule. But after a few weeks or months, you might realize that respecting each other’s personal privacy is also a key factor to a harmonious home. There are over 370,000 foreign domestic helpers in Hong Kong living with their employers. The majority ...

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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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Pregnant in Hong Kong: 10 Things You Need to Know

Article provided by PathFinders The new year is the perfect time to make resolutions and plans for the year(s) ahead! If you are planning to be pregnant during your employment contract in Hong Kong, you should know your maternity rights and understand the effect of this important decision on you and your child. Your decision to have a child could have a significant impact on your employer’s household too. It ...

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Bringing Assistance to Abused Domestic Helpers

Any search about domestic helper abuse in Hong Kong will send you down a scary rabbit hole. Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) abuse is widespread. In the past few years, several cases of mistreatment and abuse have shed light on those inhumane practices that (still) take place behind closed doors. Shockingly, those practices are by no means isolated incidents; however, the majority of cases go unreported – FDWs are not allowed ...

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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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Handling Maid Disputes in Singapore

Disagreements between employers and workers are common in any industry, and domestic work is no exception. Given the challenges that come with hiring a foreign domestic worker, disputes can be difficult to handle, particularly since they can also involve employment agencies. While domestic work is not regulated under Singapore’s Employment Act, there are legal avenues that one can follow if a dispute cannot be resolved at home. Full-time domestic helpers come from ...

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“Intentional Laziness” of Your Domestic Helper

One common malpractice of employment agencies is that they will teach the helpers to misbehave so that the employers will fire them, which in turn benefits the employment agency. However, as employers become aware of such a practice, they also become too sceptical, which might harm the employer-helper relationship! If you observe that your helper "intentionally" makes mistakes, check this article to see what to do. Do not assume! Common reported behaviours ...

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