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of maids & playschools~




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Spent the past few days checking out various maid agencies...and listening to friends' experiences with their maids. I think the one that took the cake was this tale told to my hubby by his ex-colleague and current smoking kaki.

Apparently, the ex-maid was with the fella's household for a whole 3 months when she decided to pilfer dough from them. They'd became more 'comfy' with her in their house and began leaving their wallets lying around. She then promptly ran away from their place after they discovered the theft. Fortunately, he bought the maid insurance so he only lost abt $200+ instead of the whole freaking $5000 - which is what u pay MOM if your maid disappears on you. Anyway, 5 days later after she had absconded with the moolah, she was found murdered in Batam..

When I heard the story, I didn't know whether to be horrified or laugh. When one hires a maid, theft and murder would be the last thing one would expect to happen (though the former is more common I guess) Oh well, I guess after hearing all these scary-maid stories, I'm more mentally prepared should anything happen *choi choi choi* But to be fair, some of my friends also have good maids who are able to care of their kids and can cook fatabulously well too. Hope I'll be just as fortunate.
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This afternoon, we decided to start our search for a suitable playgroup for Aidan. We thought we'll first look for one near my place. Never realised that there were sooooo many of them within the vincinity of Hougang/Punggol area. We made the mistake of letting Aidan enter the premises during the first 3 schools we visited. He was ecstatic when he saw all the toys around and starting 'attacking' them immediately. We had to pry the playthings from him when it was time to leave and not surprisingly, he kpkb like crazy . So in the end, dad had to stay in the car with the bugger while mom and I checked out the rest of the schools.

In one first few nursery/schools we visited, we were chatting with one of the teachers when Aidan started squealing and running about happily, with a toy in his hands.. "He's such a hyper li' boy!" I commented with a smile on my face. The lady teacher replied gravely "Yes he is very hyperactive. Did the doctor say so too?" I was blur for a while ..and simply shrugged it off.

But after a while, her comment started to bug me 'coz I'd then realised (yeah, slow huh!) what she'd actually meant. I am aware that [over-]hyperactivity in a child is sometimes associated with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) or ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). But I never knew that the word hyperactive has such a negative connotation. Was I using the wrong term which then led to the teacher forming such an impression of Aidan? She did have a worried look on her face after that. Should I be pissed with her for jumping to such a conclusion or am I just being overly sensitive?

Bleah......
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Felt much better after booking tickets for Mamma Mia! and Michael Chiang's Private Parts using hubby's credit card. Retail therapy really works :P..

ikepod, remember to revert about Dimsum eh..I wanna see you-know-who as one of the *coff* 'hunky, extremely meaty & chunky juicy men'!


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j_ecris
Jun. 16th, 2004 03:53 pm (UTC)
maid story
let me tell u abt the story of my aunt's fren's maid....the maid has been with the family for yrs and they trust her very much. One day she was going back for gd so she asked the family if she could bake a cake to bring back to her own family so her employers agreed. At the airport, she realised that she forgot to bring the cake and insisted on going home to take the cake. Her employers told her that she will miss her flight if they do so and wanted to buy her a cake at the airport. The maid made a big fuss but finally she gave in. When her employers went back home, they decided to cut the cake n eat it. Guess what they found inside the cake???? small items of jewellery they slowly lost over the years!!! To think that they trust her so much!!!!

Anyway, another maid story..this same aunt i mentioned...she have this maid for more than a decade. Nice lady who is hard working and trustworthy. The majority of her salary throughout these many years were sent back to her family back in the philipines. Eventually her hubby and kids managed to build a big and nice beach mansion. My aunt is only staying in a condo n her miad's home is many times bigger. I have seen the pic,the house is damn nice. Her family even managed to buy a small speedboat to ferry ppl to n fro the mainland and the island to earn some income. Anyway, few years ago, there was a typhoon in the island and it damanged her beach mansion so badly. My aunt's maid cried so badly as all her years of hard work were ruined by the typhoon. My aunt and uncle pitied her so they gave her sgd$6k to rebuilt the totally ruined house. Therefore, there are actually good and bad employers/employees around. It's a matter of luck. I used to have a maid from Sri Lanka who was so screwed up that we sent her back within a month. This current indo one especially for my granny is gd according to my parents but i have yet to meet her. I shall snoop on her when i go back hom. :D
angeliatay
Jun. 17th, 2004 05:00 am (UTC)
Re: maid story
hee..u know what, one lj mummy said that she's heard this cake story from numerous pple who claims that their bosses or relatives have experienced it..and she thinks it's probably an urban legend.

Hmm..weird..i've actually heard of ur other maid story before too..coincidence?

hee..i think as long as ur grandma is fine with her and ur parents think she's good..it should be okay :)
j_ecris
Jun. 17th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
Re: maid story
wah so concidental?? i cannot vouch for the 1st story but the second story is really my aunt's maid. Maybe it just spread? sg is so small u know :)

My granny is not fine with her cos she is already senile. But the maid is damn patient. My granny had a fall few days back and she is currently hospitalised. The maid was so scared that she cried but my family assured her that it was not her fault. I seriously pity my dad. Last year when i was back in sg,i saw something which touched me. My granny had a fever cum cough. She was wailing like mad claiming that she is going to die. Refused to bath and such. My dad was constantly awoken for that past few days. There i was happily back home from clubbing, saw the commotion, saw her clinging on to my dad wailing for no apparent reason. She pooed while clinging on to my dad. I hope my parents will not be like that in future. Not that i dont want to take care of them but i dont want to see them in the same plight. :)

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