You been to the Emirates yeah ?
Anybody coming from Dubai has no good word about Singapore .. no driver, no maid, no nanny, no 'assistant' ..
Singapore is miles away, comparing Dubai ..
Oh, wait, even in Malaysia, maids are cheaper .. and cost much lesser than here - across the causeway.
I met one pampered expat wife who (recognising me as a fellow Brit) started to complain about her maid and how much she had had to spend on her maid's insurance (an MOM requirement), and how she had gotten a letter from MOM instructing her to attend a course on how to better communicate with her Foreign Domestic Worker (i.e. a 'maid' in bureaucratese) after she had hired and fired (or rather terminated and repatriated) three in a row in less than a month after finding them "incompetent and lazy"!
She rolled her eyes at the indignity
of it and pointed out that "In Dubai, I could have hired and fired a hundred maids, and nobody could have cared less! What the heck, I could have killed
the lot of them, and nobody would have even bothered to question me let alone ask me to go for some stupid
[Actually, she used another adjective, but I wanted to keep this posting suitable for all ages!
At this point, I strongly contemplated removing her from our gene pool...