Ask Aileen

Ask Aileen is an advice column for migrant workers in HK. Pangyao co-founder and award-winning RTHK radio presenter, Aileen Alonzo-Hayward, in collaboration with NGOs and qualified professionals, answer your questions about migrant life. Anything from employment issues to personal problems, Aileen will answer them with no judgement.

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The old air conditioner in my bedroom suddenly started dripping water and now my employer is asking me to pay $2000 to have it serviced. Are they allowed to ask me to pay for this, even though it seems to be just normal wear and tear?

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My domestic worker has decided to raise her son here in Hong Kong with us, what challenges should I be prepared for? Will he be able to go to school here?

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If my domestic worker is on maternity leave, is there a way for me to get part-time help until she comes back?

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Dear Aileen, I am planning going back to my home country (Philippines) for good. Are there government programs that would be able to help me with my livelihood there?

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What practical things can I include in my daily routine that can help reduce anxiety?

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How can mindfulness help me cope with work-related stress?

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Dear Aileen, I am feeling a bit stressed from being away from my family and the long hours I work. How can I cope better with life here abroad?

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I am a ‘Reference’ for my friend’s loan at a finance company where I also have a loan (my payments are always on time), she got terminated a few months ago and now the finance company collectors are calling me at my employer’s home. What do I do?

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My employer’s mother is abusive towards me. She shouts, throws things and often says demeaning things to me. What should I do?

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I have only been with my employer for a few days, can I break my contract? I miss my kids.

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My husband and I have been separated for more than 5 years now and he already has a new family back in his hometown in Philippines. I have a boyfriend that I want to marry someday, how do I get divorced?