Over a month or so ago we hired a new helper here at the house. We used to just have 2 people coming over everyday and they’re staying out. But since we have Nicole now, our niece, who’s living with us now and studying here, I have to have somebody who will prepare her lunch and all her stuff early in the morning. During Monday Nicole will go to school very early. While the helper prepares Nicole’s stuff she’s also preparing for the kids’ breakfast. It’s a busy morning here in my household during weekdays. I usually get up like around 4am or before that. I usually check if the laundry lady prepared the uniforms and stuff for the kids for their next day’s wear. It might be the P.E uniforms or basketball/volleyball uniforms for the kids and my niece. I don’t want to be digging anywhere for the stuff the next day. Everything has to be prepared the night before. My new helper now is good at making sure the kids has breakfast and also reminding the laundry lady for the kids uniform for the next day. Pretty soon I might have her trained by my nephew to bring Nicole to school just in-case my nephew had some errands to do.
We had a stay out lady right now, who is helping the maid inside the house and twice a week will do our laundry for us. I just like it that our kitchen, she always makes sure its clean. She’s just so amazed by the food that we are cooking. Everything is really new to her. She was raised in GenSan to very poor parents. She was sent to school and quit later because they just don’t have the money to afford for a lot of school projects and other school fees. So she quit and worked as a waitress at the age of 16. Found a guy there and she was living with him for awhile. The parents of the guy don’t want her, reason being her family is so poor. She got pregnant by the guy. The guy’s parents disowned her and the baby. So she went back to her parents and they accepted her and took care of her and the baby.
She can’t really just rely on her parents because her parents also had so many kids to take care of. So she then try to get a waitress job again, she really find out having no education was hard to be working in dealings with people. She’s thankful that here at the house we are teaching her a lot about cooking different dishes and herbs. She’s learning a lot also about all kinds of kitchen gadgets and utensils. She’s just thankful that we are sharing our knowledge to her. We also are giving her extra stuff and for her baby.
After giving birth she got sick. She said because of lack of food. She’s just thankful that her brother and her father has a decent job now to support the family. Before coming here to work for us, her brother was the one buying the milk for the baby. She asked the father of the baby, but the mom of the guy refused to help out. So she’s now left by the guy to raise the kid. Thankfully her mom was there to take care of the baby while she’s working here. To be honest I really hope that this new helper will succeed in life later. She’s a hard worker. She really wants to give a better life for her daughter than what she had when growing up. I know it’s hard for her because she’s away from her baby. But her mom is good with her baby anyway.
A couple of weeks ago, we ordered pizza for dinner. Not sure if some of you guys were familiar with the big pizza here that can be up to 60 slices. We ordered one of those for all of us here at the house. While we were eating one of the kids asked our new helper what does she think of the big pizza? She answered back that to be honest with you I don’t really know what the pizza tastes like until tonight. We just didn’t ask her for more explanation. The next morning she told me why they didn’t have pizza, for one reason its expensive to buy a whole pizza. If she will then buy a slice it usually cost like a hundred pesos. She said that she would rather buy something for the whole family can enjoy. So I just didn’t say much, instead, I told her that if we have food here and its new to her for her to taste it and enjoy. She’s just so amazed of the food that she tasted just for over a month that she’s here. It’s really fun teaching somebody that’s willing to learn and not embarrassed to ask what to do. Really me and my family really hope for the good future of our helper and her baby someday.
On the other note: Please know who you hire before getting somebody for a helper. We just had an incident last month with another maid. I don’t want you guys to experience it. The police just told us that theirs a group right now of maids, taxi driver and house boy and a leader, its like a gang. The really active right now are the people from Santa Maria and Malita area. Lots of employers reported the crime from the workers that came from that area. I will write more about it later.