SINGAPORE - In October, Cambodian maid Chheur Chhaoeurp was about to give up her dreams of coming to Singapore.
She had spent two months waiting at a maid training centre in Phnom Penh and did not know when her passport would be ready.
If the wait were any longer, Ms Chheur said she would have packed her bags for Thailand to work in a garment factory.
Thankfully, her travel documents were ready by early last month and she arrived in Singapore a few days later. The 26-year-old has now been working for Mrs Evelyn Lau, 58, and her husband Morris, 60, who live in a Bishan maisonette, for almost a month.
Mr Lau went with his maid agent, Mr Gary Wong, owner of Unique Employment, to interview Ms Chheur in Cambodia in September.
The businessman said he was impressed by her good command of English, which she picked up from working for four years in Malaysia, also as a maid.
Ms Chheur said her employers have been "so nice" to her.
"The food I cooked was a bit oily and salty but Madam and Sir did not scold me. They just told me nicely that they like healthy food."
Mrs Lau, a director at a marine, oil and gas company, said: "She is always thinking how to improve her cooking and we appreciate that."
Ms Chheur, who is a single mother of a nine-year-old boy, says she does not want any day off. She is paid for working on her rest days and can earn more money to send home.
"I want my employers to come home every day and see a clean house and have good food. When they are happy, I am happy."
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