Decent ones, that is.
Last November, our household was a full house. We had four houseboys and four maids. It may seem like a lot for a family of three, but they also help out in our business and drive for us. What I’m saying is, even though we had eight helpers, I was still lifting my fingers.
Our eight helpers were “pairs”. Two of them are bf-gf (Peter + Alona and Dodong + Yaya Isay), while two of them are brothers and sisters (Rose + Jojo and Joy + Jocelle) . The two brother-sister pairs arrived just last November, while the bf-gf pairs arrived at different times one by one. We felt so lucky when we had them, especially the girls. The girls looked neat, were diligent, and were pleasant. One trait I valued most about them was that they were able to distinguish the fine line between being makapal ang mukha/kups and knowing to how to makimasama. You know–tama lang ang daldal. I liked it that they easily follow instructions and were jolly most of the time. I even blogged a Randy and I loved them so much that we often consciously thought of instances and places where we could bring them with us to pasyal. We wanted to please them. It was the first time I really loved ALL of our helpers.
But alas, some good things never really last, for now, only the bf-gf tandems remain–the brother-sister pairs have gone. Reasons:
Jojo (stayed with us for 4 months) – beloved uncle was bedridden; he said he wanted to take care of the uncle until the latter dies
Joy (stayed with us for 6 months) – left without our approval in May when we were uber, super duper to the max walang exag busy just to attend their town fiesta! Wanted to return but Randy did not accept him back.
Yaya Jocelle (stayed with us for 7 months) – her leaving made me cry. I loved Jocelle because I know how much she loves Raviv. So why did I cry? Because I felt betrayed–she left with her bag and baggage in the middle of the night, walang paalam! This was about three days after we talked about her bakasyon. Ang linaw-linaw ng usapan namin. I told her that when she returns we would enroll her in college. And then lumayas nang walang paalam. We scolded her roommates, Yaya Isay and Yaya Tet, for they knew Jocelle was running away yet did not even rouse us. We were able to find her and talked to her aunt. I told the aunt of my feelings–how I felt betrayed. The aunt told us that Jocelle had no ill feelings towards us, and even described us as mabait…just that she impulsively wanted to vacation right there and then, without having to wait for our permission or a convenient time.
Rose (stayed with us for 8 months) – isa pa ito. To think she knew and understood us why we got really mad at what Jocelle did! Three weeks ago, she asked for permission to go home for her father’s birthday. We permitted her, and even offered to have our driver drive her to the terminal. She promised and swore and promised and swore she is coming back after five days. The day before she was supposed to arrive, she texted and asked us whether she can stay a day more. We said OK. And then on the day she was supposed to finally arrive here, Yoona’s Yaya Tet texted her, asking where she was. Voila, she said she was no longer coming back for her neighbor-boyfriend back in the province had already asked for her hand in marriage! Namanhikan na raw, at ayaw na raw siyang payagan bumalik!!!
When I learned about it, I wasted no time looking for replacement. I contacted an agency, and told the lady I talked to that I prefer maids who come straight from the province, for I fear that those who have been in the Metro for a long time were already shrewd and cunning. The lady told me she knows two girls from the an island near Masbate who want to work but have no money to travel. I sent P3,000 through Smart Money as soon as I received the reference number so the girls can start their journey.
Although I was assured by the lady I talked to that the girls were so eager to come, they were not able to travel for two days because the engine of the only motorboat on their island was malfunctioning, thus they can’t leave yet. OK fine. On the third day, I was told that they were already in Masbate City. However, they had to stay there because no the RORO ship was allowed to travel by the coastguard. Maalon daw, ayaw magpabiyahe ng coastguard. I told the agency lady that I find it hard to believe because it was not even raining that day, but she said the weather may be fair in the Metro but the waves may be strong in Masbate thus the coastguard’s decision. Again, OK fine. The following day when I followed up, I got the same response: coastguard allowed no RORO ship to travel because it was still maalon. I was really frustrated and so I decided to contact the Masbate coastguard. After calling three numbers, I finally got in touch with the Masbate coastguard. I asked whether they’ve indeed been prohibiting RORO ships from travelling for the past two days. Guess what—NOT TRUE! I got really irked–my gut was right all along! I called the woman from the agency using my cellphone and let her talk to the Masbate coastguard who was on our landline phone! Ayun, bistado! The agency lady was apologizing to me, and then called the two girls. After her conversation with the girls, she called me and told me that she scolded the girls cried for deceiving us. According to her, the truth was that these two girls were waiting for someone to accompany them to Manila because they have never traveled to Manila before. She asked whether I still want to push or just get a refund for the money I sent. I decided to just get a refund–ayoko nang hindi pa nga nag-uumpisa, nanloloko na agad. I’ll never be able to trust these girls. >:(
Today, two new helpers from another agency arrived. The lady from the agency also refunded P2,000. I know, lugi. But I think I have to be grateful that at least may bumalik na P2,000!
I hope and I wish and I pray our two new helpers will be OK. I am no longer in the mood to be optimistic, although I really want to!
Fellow moms, in your opinion, what are the telltale signs that a housemaid is a keeper? What about the telltale signs that she’s a loser that’s better lost? I’d much appreciate your words of wisdom.
Tell me what you think!
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