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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Trying Her Best To Be Chummy With The Kids

My new temp Cambodian maid is trying her best to be chummy with the kids and her efforts are paying off well. Alycia really likes her whilst Sherilyn who seems to be rejecting and resisting her is beginning to accept her, though she still insists that mummy bathes her and feeds her. Today, Sherilyn allowed my maid to carry her when she played 'catching' with the gals. They were having so much fun playing in the living room and were laughing away. This is one plus point with my maid.

However, some of things that she does can be quite horrible and shocking. For example, the clothes she folds are all uneven and look terribly crumpled. Even Alycia and Sherilyn can do a better job. After folding the clothes yesterday, she put them into a laundry basket and put the basket in our room. When I kept the clothes, I saw unfolded and unturned panties, singlets and socks in between folded clothes. Besides, she's also very dreamy and looks clueless and blur. After turning on the switch to boil water in the kettle, she will stand next to the kettle and stare at the kettle, waiting for the water to boil. I told her she can do other work whilst waiting for the water to boil and she gave me a silly smile and mumbled something which is not comprehensible, and I was too tired to ask her what she was trying to tell me.

She also eats like she's famished all the time. I had bought her a box of Jacob's wholemeal crackers and the next day when I checked the box, I was shock to find that it's empty! I think she must have come from a family who's really poor where food, especially meat is really scarce. She never likes to waste food and even finished every single drop of salty soup from the 'yong tau foo' that I had bought several days ago. She even eats all the chicken that we had used to boil soup, something which my previous maids never did and were all too spoilt for choice with their food.

Overall, she's tolerable and work performance is acceptable. She's also very patient with the gals, which is very important to me.
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