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by Mary Hatch Bailey
Wed, 12 Sep 2012 9:07 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Marriage & Maids
Replies: 16
Views: 14060

Re: Marriage & Maids

Hello Mary My family is actually looking for a maid, and if you are so happy with her, I would be delighted to interview her and keep her. Has she ever taken care of young kids? Kind Regards Carlos Hi Carlos Yes ~ certainly she has taken care of young kids though it has been a while. She raised my ...
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Mon, 10 Sep 2012 6:13 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Marriage & Maids
Replies: 16
Views: 14060

OK will do. Just seems a shame these nice people who have worked in Singapore for years can't get married. Ironic that their best chance to stay together is to live apart. :???:
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 7:45 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Marriage & Maids
Replies: 16
Views: 14060

Thanks SMS. I've been gone almost a year now, husband is still in and out ~ but we really need to wrap up the incredibly expensive toe-hold we still have there. He still can comeback and conduct business from a hotel or serviced apartment. Our lovely maid just wants to work for us, she has told othe...
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 8:28 am
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Marriage & Maids
Replies: 16
Views: 14060

Thanks for the response ~ trouble is the status quo is changing. We're leaving. If she goes to work for another family she can keep things going the way they are, but it seems silly to be engaged when they are stuck in this limbo.
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 6:02 am
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Marriage & Maids
Replies: 16
Views: 14060

Marriage & Maids

OK~ we have an unusual situation and before I rattle the cages at MOE, I wanted to ask the forum for some wisdom. We love our maid. We absolutely love our maid, but sadly we are really and truly moving out of Singapore (again). Our needs have changed and we just don't need a full-time helper. So... ...
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Fri, 31 Aug 2012 7:55 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: What to do with a stray cat?
Replies: 10
Views: 4620

Try the Cat Welfare Society

http://catwelfare.org

I adopted a pair of brothers there a few years ago. They do good work.
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Sat, 02 Jun 2012 5:57 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Expats - Don't shop at Hawker Markets
Replies: 19
Views: 8793

I like the assumption that Expats, are a collective like-minded group that need coddling and that all hawkers and in all markets are dishonest. :?

And where is the personal responsibility that NorrinRadd alluded to?
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Tue, 29 May 2012 2:19 am
Forum: Wine & Dine
Topic: Any good Italian Sunday Brunches?
Replies: 7
Views: 9157

I can't remember the name, but the place in the Regent (Basilico?) is fantastic.
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Sat, 26 May 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: Singapore American School, is it a good school academically?
Replies: 6
Views: 10731

Re: Singapore American School, is it a good school academica

Thinking about where to send my kids for an upcoming move, and am torn between SAS and CIS. I have read that SAS has amazing facilities but am concerned that there doesn't seem to be much on these boards about its academics (everyone harps on about UWC or Tanglin). Is it academically challenging or...
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Mon, 30 Apr 2012 7:10 pm
Forum: Parenting, Family & Schools
Topic: Advice for 1yr olds on long flights?
Replies: 13
Views: 5480

I flew with my little posse (starting at the ages of 1, 3 & 4), back and forth from Singapore to the US twice a year. Husband was rarely with me. My approach was 2 fold: ~ Bribe them Each child had their own little carry on, for them to pack up there favorite 'whatevers'. What they didn't know i...
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Thu, 26 Apr 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Woodland vs Upper Bukit Timah
Replies: 11
Views: 7413

Hi yangchy ~ The Woodlands is for families who put proximity to SAS above all else. They don't mind long commutes to town, or usually to Dad's work. It's all about the school. It makes a lot of sense for families with lots of kids, in lots of after-school activities because you sacrifice A LOT to li...
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Mon, 16 Apr 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Former American says US sucks
Replies: 26
Views: 9905

JR8 wrote:Second time we've seen this. How does living near a university somehow affiliate you with it?


Exactly. It doesn't.
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Mon, 16 Apr 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Former American says US sucks
Replies: 26
Views: 9905

Re: Former American says US sucks

jeffmenon wrote:AS A person who was born in Connecticut (not far from Yale University)


As a fellow Connecticut-born (not far from Yale University) person, all I can say is:

:oops:
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Tue, 03 Apr 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: Education & Enrichment Courses for Children
Topic: What does enrichment courses mean?
Replies: 12
Views: 10338

Lots of extras are free at SAS ~ clubs, service outings, field trips, intramurals, etc. I was part of an organization that started after school programs in dance, drama, art, puppetry, double dutch, dozens of classes, all at cost, cheaper than any community service. Teachers are also not allowed to ...
by Mary Hatch Bailey
Tue, 03 Apr 2012 9:55 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Leaving Gracefully
Replies: 23
Views: 9394

We left twice, and if you count this latest jaunt ~ a third time just for me. The only truly graceful exit is when you slip away on a midnight flight. No splashy 'Going Away' parties, etc... but I don't suggest that, give yourself a chance to say goodbye. Don't be surprised if some friends start to ...

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