Thursday, July 8, 2010
I am not alone! 不必单独
After more than a year without a house helper, we decided to hire one due to our "old age". My wife's medical condition (carpal tunnel, Trigger finger, neck problems....) is the main factor for the decision.
The new Filipino maid's timing of arrival couldn't have been better... during my wife's vacation in Europe.
She arrived on Saturday (26/6). After certain formality and medical check uyp, she was sent to my sister in law's house on Tuesday (29/6) for a few days of orientation and basic "formation" (training) due to my wife's absence.
On Saturday, 3-7-2010, she arrived at our house and started some cleaning job under the supervision of Adeline who arrived home from European holidays a day earlier.
My wife loathes employing house maid simply because training of servant is a "blood vomiting" experience. I am now left with the responsibility of training the servant.
My wife had written down some simple instruction for certain regular chores, such as how much soap power for washing clothes, what cleaner to use for mopping floor，cooking dog food ........ but no cooking recipe!
On Monday, with the house maid and me, I didn't know what to cook! So I took out the last pre-cooked food from the fridge, with some left over and rice.... our dinner were served.
On Tuesday, I asked my maid:
"do you know how to cook vege?"
"Do you know how to cook tou fu?". Apparently this is the only available item besides meats.
"Do you know how to fry egg?"
So she cooked vege and fried egg. I have to prepare the tou fu.... but how neh?
Luckily, after searching the fridge, found some ingredients prepared by my wife: dry prawns with mushroom...
Me pretended like an expert....
"You see, just heat up this ingredient.... pour on the tou fu... we can eat tou fu cold.... then it is ready!"
So the first meal supposedly prepared by the maid: two fried eggs, overcooked vegetable and cold tou fu with mushroom and dried prawns.
Last night I had a meeting and today (Thursday), I am meeting friends... so eating out. So my maid has to Kiki Gu Kiki... help yourself neh! (I have told her where the sardine is kept :D )
Being alone could have been better ... but then... with the arrival of the maid, I do not need to feed the dogs, clean the shit, mop the floor, wash toilets, wash clothes ..... ahhhhh... it is good to have a house maid !!
The house is sparkling clean and fresh awaiting for the home coming of the house Mistress ..... 2 more weeks la!!!
过了一年多没有家佣的日子，我们最终还是以“年纪大了”为理由，决定再次 的雇佣，其中最重要的一个原因是太太的身体状况。太太身体健康如牛，比我健康，但好多小毛病但却是严重的影响到她 - 如手常常会麻痹痛（手腕神经阻塞 carpal tunnel syndrome），手枪键指（trigger fingers)，颈部神经挤压等，常常使得她处在痛苦中，有时家务她对她来说，是件非常折磨的差事。
新的菲律宾籍女佣到来的时间，确实在碰巧不过了 - 太太这时候正在国外旅行！
其实太太非常不愿意雇请佣人，其中一项主要的原因是训练佣人的辛苦 - 有时会有要吐血的体验。我的暂时负起这个责任。
在冰箱一番搜寻。。。找到了太太常备的材料 - 香菇及虾米配料。