Filipino transfer maid (codename: say17mar). She
has been a housewife for 8 years bringing up two children of her own and
keeping house for own nuclear family before coming to work in Singapore
She is from La Union, about 5 hours from Manila by public
transportation, and belongs to the Ilocano dialect/language group known
for being hardworking and thrifty. The stuff some employers look for.
Now 42 years of age, she has done 2 years of post-secondary studies: 1 year in
computer science, 1 year in cooking. She speaks English quite well.
- Before coming to Singapore she had worked as
- a sales clerk in an Electronic/Electrical shop for over 7 years,
from Nov 96 to Apr 04;
- as as clerical officer in Barangay Service Point run by the village
council from Oct 08 to Sep 12.
Though her experience is not relevant to the position of a domestic
worker, it does show that she was no idler (not that she could afford to
be as her father was a construction worker with a low income and often
- In Singapore she worked for
- worked for one employer from Oct 12 to Mar 13. Her employer lived in
a 2-storey shophouse, with living quarters above the shop. Her
duties were cooking, laundry/ironing and cleaning. She had time on
her hands, having no children to attend to. Then one day when MOM
Field Force visited the area, they found her in the shop and took
her out. An FDW is only allowed to perform
domestic work and not assist her employer in her business.
- Her next employer Peter Wellington (not his real name)
was an expat from New Zealand. She worked for him for 3+ years (Mar
13 to Jan 16) before he relocated to Korea. Peter lived alone much
of the time but his wife and teenaged children would visit twice a
year and stay for an extended period.
- Next she went to work for a 3-generation family
of 6 including:
Rosalind was working and much of the day only the old folks remained in the
house. Grandma spoke no English and Mary no Chinese and the
communication barrier often led to misunderstanding. So they parted
company after only 4 months.
- Madam Rosalind Ng and spouse,
- two teenaged children and
- grandpa and granny.
- Her last employer aged 70 was in poor health and lived alone. Mary
was like a companion-cum-caregiver to her. Besides attending the
housekeeping chores, she had to help the old lady in her daily
activities as she was very dependent. She would accompany Granny - who
was diabetic and was also diagnosed for leukemia - to her health checks
and outpatient chemo sessions. After 7 months, Granny lost her battle
with cancer and Mary is now free to work for someone else.
In the Philippines Mary was a working mother until October 2012. She lived
with her parents and together with her mother she took care of her children,
cooked and washed. In Singapore she did learn a little of Chinese
cuisine but is hardly an expert. She knows how to use a cook book,
though, when she needs help.
Mary has not been a paid childminer, but she is a mother of 2 herself.
She took care of her own children from birth, with some help from her
own mother. She is comfortable with children, including a newborn.
Mary is neat and tidy in appearance. She is able
to communicate effectively.
When available: As soon as possible
Profile by Karl Tan, MOM Registration No.: R1105061
License Number: 83C3870