Monday, December 4, 2017

Recruiting a maid in Singapore

When a need comes to recruit maid, employers usually look for maid agencies. Maid agencies arrange for interviews with employer and got free replacement if the is issue in the maid settling in with the employer. But the employer need to fork out services charges for the maid agencies. As being the first time employer few years back, i didn't have any idea on how to recruit a maid and resorted to a maid agency.

I had lots of problems with the first maid i employed but got to know few of her friends during her employment. When the problem with the maid became severe, i had to return the maid to the agency and let her return back to her home country. Later we found that during her employment, lots of articles missing and we dealt with her accordingly.

I already changed few maids and all are through word of mouth. So the processing is below:

Source of recruitment

  1. If you are recruiting through a maid agency, each agency has their own process and follow them accordingly. 
  2. If you are recruiting and doing the permit processing of a maid on your own, then follow the below steps to ensure, the filtering is done properly and processing is permit is successful.
    1. Has the maid worked before here? If yes, check her employment history from MOM website. If the maid frequently changes job, then ask the reason and if it sounds reasonable, then think of employing her. If not, better to choose other available alternatives.
    2. Get the contact of the maid and either meet her personally if she is available locally or call her if she is in overseas. Use the attachment given below for the questions to ask her.
                    Maid Interview Question
              3.  From the above link, all questions may not be relevant in your case. Just this can be a                           reference.
            4.  Once you are comfortable with the maid and decided to recruit her, ensure she fulfills the                     criteria as set out by MOM like minimum and maximum age, educational qualification                         etc. Refer to MOM website for more updated information.
            5. Besides, as an employer, you need to pass a course over the internet as defined by MOM to
                be eligible as an employer and know the responsibilities.

Application Process

  1. All applications can be processed over online through MOM website.


  1. This is the type of application where the maid is not in Singapore and the previous permit has been cancelled or first time coming to Singapore.
  2. Get the passport detail from the maid and if she is previously employed in Singapore, get the permit details. While applying for permit, the application process will be simpler if you enter the previous work permit number. During application, MOM system will fetch out all the details of the maid and pre-fill the application once the permit number is entered.
  3. Submit the application after paying necessary fee and get a print out of the application as well as acknowledgement pages.
  4. Once the permit has been approved, a notification will be sent to the email address that was given during application process and this will serve as in-principle(IP) approval.
  5. Now take down the Security Bond No. (SB No) as reflected in the application.
  6. Look for any insurance company providing maid insurance services and buy insurance premium as stipulated by MOM. You can prefer to buy an insurance package with more coverage also. While buying take note of the processing time required by the insurance company. This determines when the insurance company can transmit the bond to MOM which give the guarantee that the maid will be allowed entry into Singapore.
  7. The maid can enter Singapore once the insurance company confirms that it has transmitted the security bond to MOM. Using IP alone and without security bond, maid can't enter into Singapore.
  8. When the maid enters Singapore, she will be given temporary pass and the maid has to undergo full medical examination. Then employer has to upload the medical reports and book appointment online with MOM for permit to be issued. If the maid employed for the very first time in Singapore, she has to go to MOM to register fingerprints.
  9. MOM will update you on the date and time of work permit card delivery and either the maid or any authorized person should be available to collect at employer address.
Initiate the full medical examination immediately once the maid has landed in Singapore as only 14 days of visa is given for the maid. The detailed medical examination involves X-Ray and blood test and some clinics take 5 to 7 days to process the samples and give report. If the reports are not uploaded and a temporary pass wasn't issued before 14 days, it will be considered overstay. Take public holidays and weekends into account into this.

If getting the medical report is delayed, login into WP Online and request for special pass to extend the stay of the maid.

Once the medical report is out, you need to request for permit to be issued by MOM. There will a declaration form for the application that will be sent out to you as part of approval. That declaration form should be printed, signed by the maid and employer. This signed form should be uploaded along with medical report during the process of requesting for permit to be issued.

  1. This is the type of process where the maid is already working here and wants to change employer. 
  2. First both of the employers should agree in writing that they want to transfer the maid. This is according to the MOM and this can be of any arbitrary format but meaning both are agreeing for the transfer.
  3. If you have two kids and already have a maid and want to relieve the current maid after the transfer maid comes in, the permit for new maid can be applied without terminating the permit for the current maid. But if you have only one kid and want to terminate existing maid once the transfer maid comes in, it may not be possible. First cancel the permit of the current maid then apply permit for transfer maid and specify the date of commencement of work for the transfer maid.
  4. Now apply for transfer permit and download and take print out of the application forms. These forms should be signed by both employers and should be uploaded to MOM site as part of requesting permit to be issued.
  5. Take down the security bond number and apply for maid insurance. Maid insurance company will update you once the security bond has been transmitted successfully to MOM. New maid's starting date should be after the bond transmission date.
  6. Once the maids permit is cancelled, as new employer you can request for new permit to be issued and part of the process, you have uploaded the signed documents downloaded during application process.
  7. MOM will update you on the date and time of work permit card delivery and either the maid or any authorized person should be available to collect at employer address.
  8. For transfer maid, the maid doesn't need to go for finger print registration.

After on-board

  1. Sign a formal agreement with the maid using the format given below:
             Maid contract

      2. Get the maid signature provided in the above form once salary is paid every month.   

      3. Install a IP camera to monitor with two way audio to monitor closely.

Finally, employing a maid needs lots of tolerance and patience from employer because for maid they don't care and keep changing employers and employer are the one suffer paying insurance, doing processing etc. For me, as far as the maid doesn't commit theft, doesn't bring in boy friend into my house and do take care of kids, i still have to tolerate with the assurance that someone at home to take care of my kids. One of my previous maid was very poor in cooking but other areas were fine. So, i still carried on for 2 years with that maid.

Many of my colleagues not able to have a maid employed and changed few maid and finally looked out for other alternative like child care or elder care.


Once a maid has ceased employment and ready to go back to her home country , you have to cancel her permit. MOM will issue a special pass for 14 days by which the maid has to be sent back. Ensure her return ticket is confirmed and the work permit is collected from her before she goes back.

This card should be posted back to MOM.

If a maid's employment is terminated before 26 months and no claim is made against her policy, you can claim pro-rated premium back from the insurance company. The insurance company will process this after two weeks the maid has departed the country.

Disclaimer: I have created this post for my own reference to check the steps when i recruit new maid. All the process were correct at the time of writing.

If there is any change in the process described, please comment below.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015


Listed below are the software i used when there was a need for that feature and working fine. On top of all, they are free for basic functions.

  1. To edit, merge and split PDFs - PDF Sam

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


Tool for Querying Oracle Database

Multi-tabbed Putty

Screen capturing software

IM software

MP3 Ripper and Audio Converter

File and Directory comparison

Image compression software

Online project collaboration


Online CMS


Online Task Management

To Print PDF

PDF 995

To learn new language


HTML Editor


Friday, June 17, 2011

My favourite motivational quotes...

Below listed are my favourite motivational quotes, i collected over the years through the listening of personality development audio books. Hope you can give a thought on these..

• Practice doesn't make perfect but perfect practice makes perfect

• Nothing good happens by accident

• There isn't enough time to do everything but ample time to do most
important things

• Pre-occupation is the enemy of achievement

• The more you do…the more you can do.

• No one can make me feel inferior without my permission.

• No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.

• You made yourself unhappy because of your choices.

• Elevator to success may be out-of-service but the stairs are always open.

• Successful people always think what they want but failed ones always think what
they don’t want.

• You become what you think most of the time.

• Casualness brings casualties.

• You can’t hit a target which you can’t see.

• All improvement starts in your life with your mental picture.

• Persistence is the key to success.

• Courage is resistance to fear not absence of fear.

• If you don’t do the things you fear, the fear will control you.

• List the fear in the order and answers how it holds me back and help if I can overcome and what could be my pay off to overcome.

• Future belongs to risk-takers not security-seekers.

• All the motivational advices will give result if continuous, persistent action is done inline with the advice.

• Learn to tap the power of sub-conscious

• Reasons come first and answers come later.

• Make sense of small changes to get prepared for the bigger change.

• Apply optimism when the cost of failure is less.

• Apply ABCDE technique to practice optimism.

o A – Adversity
o B - Belief
o C - Consequences
o D – Disputation
o E – Energize

• All the battles are won or lost in the mind first.

• Are you wandering generality or meaningful specific?

• If we don’t put the seed of the plant what we want in the garden of our minds, we
are letting the weeds to thrive.

• Happiness is a personal choice and not the product of anything external.

• FEAR = False Emotions Appearing Real

• Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% is perspiration

• START – Self image, Target, Action, Respond, Tenacity

• You always get more what you focus on.

• Meaning of communication is the response what you get.

• Speak when you are angry, you will make the best speech you will ever regret.

• Our lives begin to end the day when we keep silence for things that matter
- Martin Luther King Jr.

• Anger can blind. Fear can paralyze. Guilt can weaken.

• Good habits are as hard to break as bad habit but little difficult to begin.

• We sow our thoughts and reap our action. We sow our action and reap our habits. We sow our habits and reap our characters and we sow our characters and reap our destiny.

• I would rather fail on what I love to do rather than succeed on what I hate.

• Event + Response = Outcome. If you want to change the outcome of an event, you have to change the response you react with.

• The most absurd thing in the world is to expect different result by doing the same thing. If you want different result, do things differently. This means CHANGE.



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NTLM with OSB...


When i first implemented .NET services in OSB, i had problem integrating OSB with NTLM. After extensive research with scores of libraries to emulate NTLM, i managed to find a solution. Look out in this space soon..

Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Japanese learning tools....

Following are the dictionaries or learning tools i use and are available for download in the internet. These softwares can be downloaded in the link provided or by searching google or in my repository below. Always download from source as you can get the latest. Out of the listed programs, only aedict caters to the new system of JLPT levels. I have tried all the below listed programs in Windows XP. The below softwares can work offline once installed. I have concentrated mainly on free tools.

For PC

1) ZKanji - A wonderful dictionary which can be installed with examples. Stroke order of a kanji can be seen. The developers are working to improve it and updates are released often. Kanji can be searched by drawing. This is my favourite dictionary. This ia an excellent dictionary and launch this software if i am going to study Japanese in my PC. A wonderful dictionary. This dictionary can be downloaded from here

2) Tagini Jisho - It is a good dictionary and can be used to study JLPT vocabulary. Initially i used this dictionary and the benefit of this dictionary is that it list the homophones of the word that is searched. It can be downloaded from here

3) JWPCE - This software is a word-processing software and can be used as a dictionary. It can be downloaded from here

4) Aedict - This is android based dictionary and has wonderful flash cards for new JLPT tests. Refer to my post on how to
use it in PCs. This software can be used in both Android phones and in PCs also.

5) Ace Kanji Workout - It is a very good tool for learning Kanji. The good thing about this tool is that it shows Kanji compounds
and can be downloaded from here - This is a free software.

6) Read write Kanji is from Declan Software and got lots of features as it is a paid software. Trial version can be downloaded from here

7) Kanji trainer pen pen is a funny application which facilitates in pracitising kanjis and it is a free software. It can be downloaded from here

8) Nihogo Flash is a flash card program to practise vocabulary for all levels of JLPT and has options to shuffle the card also. I use it very often. It runs on .net framework. It can be downloaded from here

9) I hate Kanji is a wonderful program to practise and learn Kanji and vocabulary. For each Kanji, it displays Kanji compounds which will be of great help for learning Kanjis. It needs Java runtime to run. It can be downloaded from here

10) JFC Flash cards - It is good flash card program to learn vocabulary, particle, kanji and grammar. It is available here

11) Nicolas Fournel - This program is to practise and has flash cards also for level 3 and level 4 vocabularies. It is available here. It has a program to practice Kana also.

12) JDrill - Kanji learning program and the UI may not be very appealing but you can get conversant with Kanji's you studied elsewhere. It is available here

13) NihonDrill - here

14) Kanaquiz - This software is for practising Kana and can be downloaded from here

15) KanjiGold - This is good software to practise Kanji with compounds and can be downloaded from here

16) Anki - Anki is a program which makes remembering things easy. It will be useful for learing vocabularies of a new language. It uses SRS(Space Repetition System). More information can be found in here. Lots of JLPT related anki files are here which is created by different users. You have to download the files and import into your anki. You can start practising the vocabularies. Anki also has different releases for iPhone and andriod phones. Once a anki project is created, it can be copied into Android phones and can be used to practise on the go.

17) Mnemosyne - This also based on SRS and more info can be found at here. You can download mnemosyne cards from the same website at location

18) Eng - Jap Dictionary - This is an open source dictionary to search from English to Japanese and has search with examples. It can be downloaded from here.It has Kanji dissection also.

19) Excel@Japanese - This is a simple yet wonderful to study kanji and vocabulary. It is written wonderfully using Excel Macros and still small in size. It can be downloaded from here.It has tests also.

20) This dictionary by KingSoft is nice with menus in Japanese. This will give the opportunity to familiarize working with Japanese menus and got examples also. This can be downloaded from here

21) JISHOP. This is wonderful tool to list Kanji compounds. There is paid as well as free versions. The free version is able to list compounds of 1096 Kanjis which will be suffice for upto JLPT2. It can be downloaded from here.

22) KanjiGymLight is a tool based on Java. It has lessons based on RTK Kanji book. This is an excellent tool to practice stroke order and has stroke order diagrams to learn also. This is a wonderful tool. It can be downloaded from here

23) MBKanji - This tool can be used to practice Kanji. But you should get used to the UI. It can be downloaded from here

24) Rincevent - This is a wonderful program like Anki but set of predefined cards can be imported. It has vocab list with pictures. As pictures stand in mind easily, this software can serve as a wonderful learning tool for vocabulary. It can be downloaded from here. The related cards can be downloaded from here

25) Makoto Chan's Dictionary - This is a colourful dictionary where you can search Kanji and meaning. It can be downloaded from here

26) My latest wonderful find is JQuickTrans. When you search, it gives the compounds, homonyms, onyomi and kunyomi. I have decided to use it with ZKanji for stroke order. An excellent dictionary and learning tool. It can be downloaded from here

For Cellphones / Smartphones

1) padict - Was designed for palm OS but can be used with windows mobile using StyleTap platform. Earlier when i was using a Windows phone, i installed this on top of sytletap platform. It is a simple dictionary where you can check words on the go.

2) Suiteki - It is based on J2ME and is a mobile application based on Java. It can be downloaded from here. This application will have a bit of problem in android phones where key configurations are not working correctly. But in windows phone works fine. It can work in any phone as far as there is a J2ME runtime which most of the phones have.

3) KanjiGymLight - This is one of the software available for Palm OS and i haven't tried this personally. Since its PC counterpart seems useful, so this should be.

Online tools

1) Applet based application for Kanji flashcard - This has an iPhone version also which can be downloaded from iTunes website.

Finally, a wonderful site with lots of information and quizzes is here

2) Flashcard application to learn and practise the most used 500 kanjis is here

For JLPT N5 and N4, there are lots of software applications available, but N3 and N2, the Anki and Mnemosyne can only be relied on heavily. Pls. comment if you come across with any other learning tools than listed above.

My repository is here

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

My resources' collection

Japanese resources collection

Audio books

Devotional resources collection

Devaram Hymns

Kids' rhymes'/songs' collection

Kids' songs

Techie files' collection

eBooks and others

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