2021 New Year Message
January 2021

Dear Fellow Domestic Helpers,

Happy New Year to you all ! I wish you and your employer’s family are healthy and happy as always…..

As you know, Chinese New Year (this is the year of the OX!) is just around the corner – starting from Feb. 12, 2021. I know most of you will be very busy helping to clean-up the employer’s house inside-out to welcome the New Year; so please try your best to do a thorough job so your employer will give you a big red-pocket “Lei-See”.

During Chinese New Year, there are some things which are consider “taboo”(no-no) to Chinese custom so please pay special attention to the following details if you’re new to Hong Kong:
1. On 1st day of Chinese New Year (Feb. 12, 2021) Greet employer/family members with a big smile and say “Kung Hei Fat Choi” – means Happy Chinese New Year & Good Fortune and do not sweep the floor (just pick-up garbage by hand if possible).
2. Do not dress white/black/blue color clothes when you go out with your employer to meet their friends/other families. It’s better to choose red or bright colors also for employer’s children.
3. Always say “Thank you” when employer or their family/friends give you red pocket (Lei-See) and say “Kung Hei Fat Choi” also.
4. Most important – if you see any red-pockets lying around the table/other area of the house; be sure to show it to your employer and alert them. You must “never never” take away the red pocket money because this will cause you to go to jail even it’s a small amount – This is no joke, it indeed has happened to some maids – they ended up in jail with a criminal record and can never work in Hong Kong or other countries anymore.

I know you’ll all be fine so keep smiling and Happy Chinese New Year of the OX.

^0^ Keep safe and Healthy everyone! Betty Chan ^0^

p.s. Last but not the least, please continue to observe good personal hygiene for yourself & employer’s children, house-sanitizing daily, washing hands with soap and wearing surgical face mask when you are going out as the Pandemic Covid-19 virus still persist in Hong Kong.