Category Archives: Helpers

Would we hire another maid?

I’ve had some health problems in the last month, including a two day stay in a hospital, and a three day illness.  We found ourselves asking a question we didn’t want to consider-Should we hire another maid? There were a … Continue reading

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Response to TWC2 post

It has come to my attention that my blog and myself were cited by TWC2 (transient workers count too) in a blog post entitled “Why are Singapore mums demonizing maids online?“.  The specific paragraph where I am cited reads is … Continue reading

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One of the downsides of NOT having a maid/helper

I’ve written fairly extensively on the topic of maids.  I have a whole category to go and read on the topic.  For the last year, when I’ve touched on the topic, it’s most often to share that it is possible … Continue reading

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Reflections on 2012-the year without a maid

One year ago today we fired B.  Go here if you want all the gory details. The short version was that she stole money from my purse (600 SGD) and when the police arrived and told me go through her … Continue reading

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Expat Wife = Easiest Job in SG?

The easiest job in Singapore has to be expat wife. The quote above showed up in the @hellofrmsg twitter feed earlier today (a person the account follows, not a specific comment to the account).  As I am an expat wife, … Continue reading

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Why is my time more valuable?

In the six months since we fired B, I have had to balance our family schedule against that of air con service techs, pest control, dry cleaning pick up/drop off, water delivery, and the occasional handyman call.  As with service … Continue reading

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500

This is my 500th post at Expat Bostonians. I began the blog on March 8th, 2010; 2 years, 2 months and 9 or 10 days (depending on how you count the time difference) ago.  A blog seemed like the logical … Continue reading

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