Gems for Transfer
We may not have a long list of maids to select from, but what we have
are all gems!
Introducation: Filipino transfer maid Lucita is from Nueva
Vizcaya, in the heart of Ilocandia, where the hardiest of domestic workers
come from; about 5 hours from Manila by road. She is from the Ilocano language
group generally known for their diligence and thrift. She is 43 and a mother
of two daughters for whom she has provided all these years.
She is from a farming family, one of 4 children. She has a secondary
education, but after 10 years in Singapore, she speaks and understands English
- Soon after leaving secondary school, she went to work in her hometown of
Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, as a sales assistant in a convenience store. She worked
there for 6 years before leaving to get married.
- In 2008, as her family expenses grew and her husband's meagre income as a
tricyle rider was increasingly inadequate to pay for their two children's
education. When she came to Singare her children were 10 and 11 years old.
Her employer Rachel Lim (not her real name) was a working mother and left
her two children aged 8 months and 6 years respectively to Lucita. Lucita was unable
to cope, that being her first assignment in a foreign country.
- She fared better, much better, in her second assignment. Lucita got along
well with her employer Jogindar Singh (not his real name) and his family.
Although Madam was a working mother, Lucita was able to take care of their
only child aged 9 months. She has been with the same family since Feb
2010, or for the last 7¾ years.
Lucita was a housewife for some 10 year before she came to
work in Singapore. For 10 years she cooked Filipino food for her family and
attended to the needs of her young children. She might be said to have been
trained for her future role as domestic worker in Singapore.
She was too busy coping with two young children to be able to learn
much of Chinese cuisine except for some simple dishes.
However, in her present situation she learnt from Madam Kaur (not her
real name) and counts biriyani as one of the dishes in her repertoire.
After the initial "tutorials" Lucita was left on her own and she has
Lucita has cared for 5 children:
- She raised two children of her own, from birth until they were 10 and
11 respectively when she came to work in Singapore;
- While in the employ of Rachel Lim, she took care of an 8-month old and
a 6-year old for 2 years before leaving.
- In her current situation, she has been taking care of Jogindar's
child from the age of 9 months for the past 7¾ years,
Childcare is Lucita's forte.
Lucita is pleasant and polite, patient and personable.
She speaks and understands English very well, as English has been the language
of communication with her two host families. She has been gainfully employed
for some 16 years when she is not a full-time housewife.
Lucita is a gem.
When available: As soon as possible
Profile by Karl Tan, MOM Registration No.: R1105061
License Number: 83C3870
Filipino transfer maid Charita is from
Pangasinan, home of some of the hardiest workers this interviewer
has had the opportunity to recruit. Her hometown in Pangasinan is
about 4 hours from Manila by road.
Filipino transfer maid Charito has worked in Singapore for
about 20 years for two families as follows:
- In Sep 94 Charito came to Singapore to
work for Darren and Margaret Wan (not their real names). The couple
(whose children went to the U.S. for further studies decided to
stay) ran separate businesses. Charito was able to take care of the
household chores including marketing and care of a pet cat. The
couple were in good health, but after 10 years Darren had a massive
stroke which he survived but only 3 months. For the next 5½
years Charito continued working for Margaret until her business
suffered a huge setback from which she never recovered and, to cut
cost, she had to let Charito go.
- For the 1½ years she stayed in the Philippines for a
well-earned visit with the family. In December 2011 she returned to
Singapore, this time to work for an expat couple from the U.K. Both
were working and Charito took care of the household chores. Three years
later Madam had her first child. Now that the child is already three
years and old enough to attend a whole-day nursery Madam can manage
with live-in help, so Charito is available for transfer.
Charito has taken care of a child from
birth for 3 years. In addition, she is a mother herself so care of
children, including babies, is nothing new to her.
Introducing Anna: 3 employers in 23 years!
Want to know more about her? Read what her
employers say about her.
- 8 years with her first family, local Chinese, which
included children aged 2 and 4!
- Next employer (2103 to 2110): expat from the States.
Madam was working and left care of her 3-year old to
- Now she is working for an expat also from the U.S. where she
takes care of 2 children 7 and 10 at the start. Now that the
children are all teens and quite independent, Madam will
release her. Madam gives Anna a grade of 5
out of 5 for cooking!
When available: October 2017
Transfer maid Winnie,
with only 2 employers in 17 years, must surely be an employer's
Looking for a helper who does not job hop? Look no further!
She can cook Chinese, western, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese food!
- Between Jun 98 to and Aug 04 (with a 2-month break in
between), she worked for the same family taking care of 2
children aged 7 to 12. (During her 2-month break Madam did
not find any skeleton in the cupboard!)
- In Oct 04 she went to work for a doctor with 2 chidren, the
younger one aged 12. Like in situation a, she went home in 2009 (5
years after starting) and returned to the same employer. She is
still with this same employer! 12 years!
During her 10-month break Madam did not find any skeleton in
the cupboard either! You can't say that of all maids.
When available: Sep 17