Posted 27 April 2013 - 11:34 PM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:46 AM
Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:02 AM
Getting a good one is extremely rare.
I have gone through 5 maids, only 1 is good.
It is like a gamble.
If must have maids, it is best to have someone at home all the time ( mother or mother in law ) to supervise or else all hell break loose.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 12:36 PM
Dont go for indo maid. They are the worst of the lot. Most of them come here totally untrain. Duno how to cook n care for kids. My family have gone through 5 maids in 5 years. None can tahan the full 2 years. Once they work enough and start to earn salary outright.......the pattern more than badminron all will cum. We keep lowering our expectation with each changing maid. Bear min requirements liao. Sianz to the max.
thanks for alerting me abt the wrong folder.
I try to avoid indo ones too. chances of getting a really good indo is very rare, though I have success stories in my family members.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 07:50 PM
Planning to get domestic helper, prefer Filipino.
Anyone has recommendation of an agency?
First, you need to "define the job scope for the maid".
If you need a maid to take care of elderly, fine (provided there's another adult at home to "take care" of the maid). But, then, this defeats the purpose of maid right?
If you need a maid for general housework, suggest you DIY and share the load with your partner or kids.
A lot of people are tempted by utilizing the maid for both housework and taking care of children as it's cheaper compared to outsourcing child care to childcare professional PLUS can come home with a cleaned house.
Edited by Kangadrool, 01 May 2013 - 07:53 PM.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:45 PM
In fact, I plan for the helper not to mind the newborn yet. She will just focus on house cleaning, laundry and other work. Newborn will be looked after by family member for awhile first. I let the helper have more time to settle down first adjust herself to my family environment, before I entrust baby to her.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:50 PM
It's good to get a maid who is educated, can comm well... but can also lead to problems. You'll find your maid reading the recruit/classifieds section of the newspapers And may even be more clever than some of your family members.
You also have to get used to having a stranger at home, and it's not so secure anymore.
Congrats on the newborn. It's a good idea not to let the maid handle too much because babies will be at the bonding stage now, so parents need to spend more time with it.
Edited by Sosaria, 01 May 2013 - 09:51 PM.
Posted 01 May 2013 - 10:03 PM
It's much more expensive this way and you still need to work out the housework. Tough, but bearable.
We can bear with dirty windows and all that. Only floor is vacuumed and mopped twice a week.
A lot of people have been advising me to get a maid to take care of the kids and at the same time housework which is far cheaper with the benefit of a cleaned house everyday.
It all depends on what you want.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:03 AM
Communication is perfect for the family as she speaks Malay to my mum and English to the rest of the family members! Not only can she take good care of my mum, she kept the house very clean as well. In fact I have to tell her not to mop the floor and clean the windows everyday!
What surprised me was the kind of bond she built up with the family especially my mum within such a short period of time while taking care of her. My mum taught her how to cook and it didn't take her long to learn all my mum's cooking and starts cooking for the family!
During the period that my mum was regularly warded. She would visit her everyday on her own bringing home cook food for her and accompany her in hospital. She seems to be the most sad when my mum pass away after a long struggle with her illness and requested to terminate her contract earlier as she couldn't face the house anymore without my mum.
Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:14 AM
Their salary has been increasing but standards has been dropping. The worst is agency starts to charge sky high $$$ for their fees so I end up DIY the paperwork and sourcing for a maid. To date, it is still not easy to have a stranger in the house. Must really give & take a lot...
Posted 02 May 2013 - 10:22 AM
1) irobot roomba - vacuum
2) irobot scooba - mop
3) high pressure jet - wash toilet
4) electical vacuum flask
5) clothes dryer
only thing very difficult to automate is iron clothes
as a whole, your capital expenditure is high and electricity bill also high but overall still cheaper than maid
i had 5 maids for 9 years liao
i had been wanting to get rid of maid liao
luckly my miad gave me a very serious problem (lazy to say), so i could get rid of the maid without any objections from mum and wife
then i took out my irobots to work
my mum was impressed with the irobot (she could concentrate on cooking for the kids while irobot dl all the hard work!)
now i getting the irobot scooba
oh yah i forgot, use ntuc supermarket online like amazon like that to buy things so you dont waste time going to supermarket
they charge $7 per trip, so you buy fornightly or monthly lor
those fresh meat, vege type, vary hard to automate, still need to go market on sunday
Edited by Mustank, 02 May 2013 - 10:27 AM.
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