Myanmar I'm not sure, but my sis's sister In law got a Viet maid n was quite good.
Seem like nwadays, myanmar, viet maid r getting more popular.
This is a discussion on Myanmar maids anyone? within the Domestic Helper, Nanny and Confinement Lady forum, part of the You and Your Family category; I had just engaged a Myanmar maid cos my mum's neighbour is having one. Heard they are rather hardworking but ...
I had just engaged a Myanmar maid cos my mum's neighbour is having one. Heard they are rather hardworking but might have some communication problems (although they speak english)
Anyone has experience with Myanmar maids?
Myanmar I'm not sure, but my sis's sister In law got a Viet maid n was quite good.
Seem like nwadays, myanmar, viet maid r getting more popular.
Got one transferred mynamar maid, wk for couple of months at my house, req for transfer becos she said she felt my sister who is staying with me dont't like her.
I think Mynamar maid got mental and attitude problem, they have very high ego, feelings hurt easily, low common sense, not very clean, bring alot of luagage when comes, including medicine (you better keep for them, if they request, you give them and make sure they eat in front of you).
My that MM, always stare at the window and smile, even at nite, after i ask her go sleep, she will go inside the room, stand near the window and smile for one to two hours, crazy one.
I tried to console her to stay, cos her ex employer never feed her enough, scold her, she said never mind, told her loan will increase, she said never mind, she say cannot sleep with kids, I changed her room, she dont't like my sister's elder girl, I sent her to after school care, she said no chilli she no appetite, I buy for her, even underwear clothes etc I all get new for her.......yet she choose to leave, caused me alot of trouble cos need to take urgent leave.
And I think MM like to complaint about their bosses, when I go there to select maid (before i got this MM), they all told me their boss no good to them.
Be ware, their english is good, but only in writing, they can't hear english or talk very well, they eat alot, choosy, cannot get along with children (becos they can't speak english). They also unappreciative.
So all the best and good luck if you taking one.
dont really get along with my dear daughter, when my dear daughter wants to play with her she just walk out of the room to wash her milk bottle. Where I need to her to take care of dear daughter now cos Im due in june. Ask her to stay near to us when carrying our dear daughter outside she just walk away carrying our dear daughter making my dear daughter cry.
Inside the car she just sit and relax letting my dear daughter make alot of noise at the back seat. On one occasion she carry my dear daughter to the car seat she knocked on her head she did not even help to rub on her head and just laugh and walk to her seat... This really pissed me and my dear husband off.
She have no common sense can put canned food into the fridge. Even wash the unripe mangoes without asking me if the mangoes need to be washed.
Talking about food. We went out to have meal we ordered dry noodles for her she waste half the portion of the food. If you can't finish the food let us know we can share half her portion out before she eat but she just waste it. This really makes me very angry.
She have no initiative to offer drinks to my mum or mother-in-law when they come to my house. When Im cooking she did not even bother to help to cook. When me and dear husband busy no initiative to look after dear daughter play with her.
Than I told her do not close her room door when she sleep, she actually did not close the room door when she change. Really dont't know she know or dont't know what Im talking about. Now really wanted to change to another maid. And I have not much time left to train another maid. sigh very sway to get someone like her.
Ya, MM dont have common sense, 1 of the reason why I decided to change her is becos she let my niece who is 7 years old DIG HER EAR. It happened for about one month and she did not tell us until I found out accidentally, I was so angry with my niece that I beat her up so badly, but frankly inside my heart, I think that maid is dam stupid, how could she had allowed a 7 yo girl to clear her ear, she said she very scare, yet she never told us about it.
Then we told her, next time if the children scold her or disrespect her or do something funni to her, she must tell her, she agreed. I afraid she dont't understand what I said, so I on the computer and type out those words, ask her to read to me and make sure she understood what I trying to tell her (I type faster than her reading speed).
Then she kept low for a while, no complaints, then later I discovered something and question her, again, come the long list of complaint, so I asked her why she didn't informed me earlier, then she kept quiet. She repeated this quiet quiet complaint, quiet quiet complaint for a few times, really crazy char bo.
Think most of the mynamars are highly educated, they either work as salesgirl, teachers in their home town, as such, they not used to working as maids. They also have very high ego.
One thing that scare me is that, every nite, quietly, she would sit at my balcony, looked at the sky, sometimes she would cry and smile, really dont't know what is in their mind.
And forgot to mention, I give her tuition for english every altnerate day she in my house becos she said she wanted to improve her spoken english. I even let her call home after she wk for me one month, she told me her mum need to go for eye operation, so when she said she wanted to leave my house, I told her to reconsider as her house need money and everytime she changed employer, the agent will increase her loan, she said : "NEVER MIND", crazy rite, thought she came here to work for fun. Not forgetting that at our house, we let her eat 3 meals (bf/ lunch/ diner) + 3 tea breaks, really unappreciative pp.
Last edited by MsKoh1973; 10-05-2009 at 06:40 PM.
Mine dont't know really she dont't understand English or not. Ask her to wash backside for my dear daughter becos she pass motion she went to bath her ( and its a rainy day and my dear daughter just recovered from flu and now having flu again )When she is suppose to look after my dear daughter she just keep her eyes on the TV and not my dear daughter. ( My dear daughter climbing on the sofa she did not even watch her )
Caught her afew times that she did not even bother to wake up to close kitchen windows when it rain in the middle of the nite and she close only her room window. Thought they should take initiative to do so.
Ya talking about 3meals, when we go out we will definately order 1 share for her she did not even tell us if she can't finish the food and left half a plate of duck rice there on the table so waste food making my dear husband so angry cos her rice cost more than the food we ordered and we even have to share our food she waste food. Than I say you finish the meat rice dont't want never mind than she give me an attitude face.
Im giving up on her going to change to someone that can speak and understand us.
just "tong" abit until you get another one, these MM are unappreciative type. dont't waste too much energy on them.
Take good care of yourself, breath in.........breath out.......breath in......breath out........
Ya Im keeping cool this few days. As long as she dont't make my daughter cry or cranky when Im busy I will not raise my voice... What makes me pissed off is she dont't know how to look after my daughter when my daughter did something naughty she will say 'mdm you see' in my heart you should try ways to distract the kid to do other things right?
Really like you say breath in.........breath out.......breath in......breath out........ cool down.... Think else will vomit blood
Please forgive her, as if she is sent back to agent, she really very cham, now economy suppose to be bad, so not many pp engaging maid, likelyhood they have to tabao her and sent her back.
Just take it that you doing good deed.
But she really makes me pain in the ass. When Im cooking dinner she go and make milk for my daughter w/o letting me know end up my daughter cannot take dinner. I scold her when Im about to have dinner and I end up quarrel with my husband becos I scold her... Really makes me very pissed off...Quarrel bcos of the stupid thing the maid do.
I understand how you feel, but now you better "be good" to her since you still have to keep her in the house, cos you never know if they ki xiao, dunnoe will do what.
just remember, once you change her, your bad luck will be over, but they still likely to have quite hard whole life in front of them, so forgive them.
I took that maid becos she is highly recommended by the agent and she work as a childcare teacher before. But after she is here is a totally different person she dont know housework nor cook nor know how to look after my daughter and even dont know very simple english.
So you must really interview her by phone and she must understand what you say before you confirm her.
Hi Tricia & Jodav,
let me share my experiences. I have myanmar maid as well. Employed her last year august 2008 before i gave birth to my 2nd born.
She is obedient and speak little english. (i purposely chosed a you grad). I shared some simliar experiences as elainesoh07 & MSKoh1973 but NOT as bad,
Cmmunication, be it indonesian or myanmar, you would have to same problems Maybe some filippino too. Telling a maid to do this or that you have to be very specify and clear. Speak slowly. Because some words you use, they are not able to understand for example, when i told my maid "drain the noodles". She do not know what i want to do with the noodles.
So, when you want less problems, spend so time with her. Rule of thumb is, explain, write down the instructions and demonstrate. This is very important.
Now, my maid can fully do the hsework on her own. One eye signal, a simple hand gesture, she knew what i want.
Maids regardless of country, have different cultures. Interviewing them would not get anyway...many depends really on LUCK.
When chosing a maid, i just make sure she is pleasant looking and must be Uni grad. Experienced in her own country as a maid, if possible. ALL maid even with experiences, need to be retain to your own preferences.
Hope this helps.
Useless , for my MM, I heard her english not bad, so we came up with some sort of SOP for her, detailing every thing, but then she will follow the SOP , extra thing, tho you see already you think she should follow up, but .......hehehhehe, unless you tell her to.
Most MM has attitude prob, my MM left not becos of work, but becos she felt my sis and her two gals (staying with me) dont like her. Feeling..................when my sis bought cake for her tea break, she dont even want to see, just throw it aside.
My MM came on 14 May. About 2 weeks already. Here's a summary;
- Once she knows what she needs to do as a routine, she will do it even if you dont tell her to.
- Good at packing things. Storing them neatly. Asked her to re-pack my cuboards to showroom condition. hahaha....
- Quite hardworking
Strange (Bad) points
- Cannot really speak english. However, they can write very well. Whenever I dont understand, I'll ask her to WRITE.
- She eats a lot!!! she can eat the amount of me + my husband! Really a lot! Eg 3 bowls of rice, lots of vege, meat, 1 big bowl of soup + 1 Bar Chang!!!!
- Due to culture, sits with legs up like trishaw pullers in the 70s! Table manners quite bad. (Improving).
- Once my mum lazy to take food for her, asked her to eat at our dining table. She actually EATS everything up leaving nothing for my father and brother!!
- Minimum hygiene. (Improving)
- Talks to my mother if she wants anything instead of asking from me directly. Think she assumes that my mother will tell me and I will act on it. Eg. buy stamps, buy pens etc. However, I act blur cos agent said they are not supposed to mail or call home until the 3rd month. They had already mail and called home on 14th.
Talk too much to my mother. (I think it's good cos she's afraid of me in a way. I rather strict as I believe that they should know who is paying them. Else they will climb all over you). When she sees me, she never request anything. Guess I'm really Fierce
She is currently under training by my mum for 3 weeks.
She is rather slow in understanding (even though she is a Uni grad). You MUST SHOW her how to do the houseworks. (eg. 1 occassion, i asked her to boil water. She said YES. I know, I understand... end up, she dont even know how to use it and dont know how to PLUG the boiler. PLEASE SHOW THEM instead of talking to them and giving instructions.
If you said wash the toilets, Please SHOW them!!! else they will really wash the toilets including your toilet cupboards!!! My cupboard are all made of WOOD!!! she really splash water on them!!! Almost fainted!!!
Always LOCK your car if she's inside. She will open the door if you stop your car because she thought she can alight!! Scares me. This is Singapore. Cannot anyhow alight!!! There was once when she saw my mum across the road and opened the door in the middle of the road when I'm waiting the the red light to turn green!!
Be prepared to Feed her with lots of Chilli and Rice. They seems to be very BIG eater. I should say HUGE eater. never see a person eating this manner. Was really shocked.
Thank you for all yours sharing and advise.
Where do you all find your Myanmar helper?
Got mine from an agency around Gelang. They specialised in Myanmar maids. Tel: 67499621
Hi I'm a little slow here...but I'm looking at getting a maid from Myanmar to help look after my 13 months old twins. Currently, we have two indonesian maids at home. One suppose to look after the kids and the other housework. Although my maid can play with the kids, she always do alot of other things instead of the things I ask her to do. Her contract is coming to an end and I was thinking of employing a maid from Myanmar who seem to be a bit more gentle. I do not mind spending time with the maid because I have a lot of patience. I have spent alot of time with the Indo maid as well. All of you seem to have a whole lot of experience with MM maid. Would you care to share more? And do you have a good agency in the Northwest to recommend?
Thanks very much.
Go and read this before you employ a maid.
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I am currently employing a Myanmar maid. She is less cunning than my ex Filipino maid and speak better English than my ex-Indo maid. => I am happier now.
Find a good maid agency, it really helps!
My maid's agency specialises in Myanmar maid : Elite Recruitment : Joyce @ 84982625
Value for money and responsible!
Hi, I am staring the maid agency business and the current focus is Myanmar maid.
The Myanmar maids have been interviewed to ensure they are seriously working in Singapore. Currently we are doing a promotion rate for a new Myanmar rate at $1799(Everything in) and transfer Filipino maid at $600(Everything in).
Please visit Homepage - Tristar Manpower Agency for both employers and maids to look at Myanmar maid profiles or send email to enquiry@tristarManpower.sg
Oh dear.... I just confirmed a Myanmar maid. She arriving this wed and I picking her up next Monday. Anything I should do to tame her right from the beginning? My agent is helping me to train her based on my requirements. Is there anything I should get my agent to help train or help set certain expectations? I can be rather impatient at times.