After having a maid for more than 5 years, I find it really tiring without one now. Today is Alycia’s first day of school this year. I woke up early to do some simple house work and to prepare her lunch box.
The 2-hourly temp maids arrived at 10:30am sharp on a motorbike. I had to explain to them what to do and had to climb up and down the stairs more than 20 times as one maid was working upstairs and another maid downstairs.
At 11am, the computer guy came to my house to fix my PC as the Network Card in my CPU was struck by lightning yesterday and I could not access internet since yesterday afternoon. I was running from one place to another – attending to the computer guy, then to the maid who was downstairs, then ran up when the maid upstairs asked me questions. Phew…. luckily my mum is here to entertain Sherilyn.
Being a SAHM to 2 kids without a maid is really a FULL-TIME job without any rest. I hardly have the time to sit in front of the computer. The varicose veins on my legs are making matters worse. I even have to bring a chair to the sink so that I can sit while I wash the dishes. My big tummy has also been ‘hardening’ quite a bit for the last 2 days… which is not a good sign. I know that if I continue to run around like that, I may even go into pre-term labor as I had this threat when I was carrying Alycia and Sherilyn. Thus, I was put on partial bed-rest when I was carrying Alycia.
When my mum leaves on Friday, I’ll be left alone again. I hope my maid agent is able to send me the live-in temp maid on Sunday as promised, else I will really go bonkers.
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Warning… long ranting ahead….
My maid has finally returned to Indonesia for good yesterday. The entire morning, my maid was telling Sherilyn how much she would miss her and was teary eyed. We were still in a jovial mood until the last minute when I paid her all that’s due to her. She was so disappointed that she did not get the amount of bonus that she was hoping for and cried in front of me and stormed to her room, mumbling away and did not even take the money in the envelope that I had given her. When I asked her how much bonus she had expected, she said some sarcastic things but did not tell me how much she had wanted. I was still patient with her but after only getting sarcastic words from her, I just blew up. I have not been so agitated and irate for the longest time. I was just yelling at her for being ungrateful, telling her how nice we had treated her, paid over RM300 for her phone bills back to Indon, gave her big ang pows for CNY and her birthday, treated her to expensive lunches and dinners, bought her and her daughter clothes, etc. etc.
On Saturday, though hubby was busy, he took the time to bring us all to Mid Valley to treat our maid to a farewell dinner and then bought her and her daughter many things from Mid Valley. I was truly disappointed with her. No doubt she had worked very hard and well but I was really disappointed that she was so ungrateful and demanded for more money. She said she wanted RM300 as taxi fare to travel back to her hometown from the Solo airport and kept saying she had worked so hard for 2 years and deserved a bigger bonus.
I then called hubby to come home to settle the matter. Hubby who tends to have a bleeding heart gave in to her request. On top of the bonus that we had already given her, hubby gave her an extra RM500+ after hearing all the sob stories from my maid. I was still mad at her when she left our house but being a Christian who has to be forgiving, I took a deep breath and ‘salam’ with her. Also gave her my handphone number. Till now, I am still very disappointed with her.
For those of you with maids, did you give your maid a ‘BIG’ bonus when she returned home? ‘Big’ as in four-figure amount.
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