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Useful stuff

Who says reading the papers (and seemingly unimportant emails) these days is useless?

Today’s NST (tabloid version) Page 2 held a report that employers should NOT pay for runaway maids. Damn straight! It seems that this levy is not imposed by government so the money is actually being pocketed by your agent, even if it’s not your fault!
Also, your agent has the obligation to supply you with up to three change of maids in three years if you are unhappy, and NO FINES or any sort of extra charges should be imposed.

I’d also like to commend on Ruth Liew’s Childwise column in The Star (today, page 24 under StarTwo). I’ve been reading this for a few weeks now and she offers some very useful tips for first-time parents.

I’ve always wondered how I am to instill good habits such as sharing into my daughter of two, particularly now that my second is on the way. Ruth’s article today called “Learning to be fair” really helped me understand some very important things, such as perhaps two is too early to teach sharing and that it’s better to give each of my child a set of their own things until they are ready. And that playing judge between your kids is actually not recommended, that kids should be left to resolve their own conflicts. Great stuff.

Thirdly, I received an email from my girl friend Hazel – did not verify this but give it a try: Tips on buying Gardenia bread! Here’s the email (verbatim):

When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you “squeeze” for freshness or softness. Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Each day has a different color twist tie. They are:

Monday – Blue
Tuesday – Green
Thursday – Red
Friday – White
Saturday – Yellow

So if today is Thursday, you would want red twist tie not white which Is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue – Green – Red White -Yellow, Monday
thru Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the one with the plastic clips have different colors. Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping!

Now that was something I didn’t know!

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