Linggo ngayon, araw ng day-off...day-off ng katulong. Madalas sa bubble gang ko lang napapanood at naririnig ang katagang "You're such a loser yaya!" ng spoiled brat na si Angelina, pero ngayon pati pala sa hapon mapapanood mo na siya at nag ho-host pa (sa hole in the wall - isang walang ka kwenta kwentang show lols). Sa totoo lang against ako sa spoiled brat na iyan! kung sa bubble gang lang sana siya pinapalabas gabing gabi na iyon tulog na sana ang mga bata at tulog na ang ilang bibong chikiting. Ang sinasabi ko lang bakit nila pinopromote iyang si Angelina? okey nakakatawa pero ginagaya tuloy siya ng mga bata at isip bata. "Yaya! gusot gusot ang pinalantsa mo! you're such a loser talaga!" Tigilan na ang angelinang iyan! Di magandang impluwensiya sa mga bata
Maiba tayo, makisakay sa mga kumakalat na text jokes na parang H1N1 virus. Nakatanggap na ko ng mga jokes about yaya, sosyal na yaya, at katangahan ni yaya. Ang ilan sa ito ay maaring nareceive nyo na via text pero i-share ko pa rin sa inyo.
- Day-Offs -have a very considerate in this aspect, she can take weekend day-offs or long holiday offs provided wala kang overtime or lakad. This way, you have your own bonding time alone with your kids. But ofcourse, set guidelines on her scheduled offs, overnight stays, long vacation and expected arrival date.
- Tokens -apart from the sahod, give her tokens such as small bonus money during special occasions (bday, xmas, etc) or little something like coin purse, tshirt, etc.
- CellPhones- allow usage of cellphones, for as long as it will not interfere with her job. If you see that it is already affecting her chores, sitahin mo agad sya with authority but not in a rude way.
- Meal Time - have the same meal time, kung kasya kayo sa isang table at walang bisita, sama sama kayong kumain, sabay sabay.
- Respect - treat her with respect, the same way you want to be treated. Always remind your kids to give respect to their yaya/maid also. Don't tolerate angil or taray by my kids.
- Listen to their opinions - don't shun your maids when she has something to say or if she has suggestions. Intently listen to her and weigh things, but ofcourse at the end of the day. It is still your call and decision which will prevail.
- Room for Improvement - enroll her in a computer hardware vocational course. When she graduated, tell her she can go find a new job, provided she will find a replacement for her.
Filipina maids follow instructions well. But bear in mind that because they are from a different culture, you have to make clear to them what you want them to do.
An Asian lady once complained : "Do you know what my Filipina maid did when I told her to cook the fish? She marinaded it! Who would think of marinading fish before cooking?" It's a cultural thing. There are "common sense" things that you've always assumed as natural or unnatural, but really aren't universal.
Cash may be incentive enough for some, but the best way to ensure that your Filipina maid does a good job is to show your concern for her. Often ask if she's eaten, check if there's a problem, ask if she's fine, bring her a souvenir from your trip — these are considered thoughtful gestures by Filipinos and will make her feel good about helping you out.