Two months ago my aunt and I were both in need of house help. We contacted someone we trust for a referral. Since my aunt was the first to request, she got referral first. Mayeth “mai” Villasenor. 22, from Dumaguete. She was a cheerful, industrious person. Proactive and respectful and very hard-working. She was all that we needed for our home, too bad she’s for our aunt. She was with us for two weeks before we sent her to my aunt in Taytay. We really hesitated and wanted her for ourselves. Good news is that she recommended her sister and she said that she as good as her, probably better.
So we did. we sent her sister money for transportation and as advanced payment as requested, to leave to her family for expenses. We picked her up the pier, a very scary place. It’s like you entering a war zone. We brought Mai with because we don’t have an idea of how her sister looks like. When we got home, Mai lost her phone.
Ellen, her sister was the exact opposite. She looks like she’s had tough life. Skinned darkened from working under the sun, rusty colored probably from the same reason and she seemed like she has not eaten for a week. I was correct, she mentioned that a meal a day is all they get, mostly root crops. She’s works like a robot, you need to push her buttons to work, very different from what I expect from people from the provinces. They’re mostly hard working.
After a few days of working she is already complaining getting a lot of work and she wants to go home. Mai, on the other hand, contradicted what her sister claimed. She worked for us two weeks and she know that there not much to do. Ellen clarified that it was not the work, she misses her family. We decided to let Ellen go, we don’t want her working knowing that she’s not happy with what she’s doing. Mai agreed to pay for her sister transportation and the advanced payment.
I accompanied her to the pier half-pissed that she wasted the time and money spent just bring her over here in Manila. We were nice to her. We gave clothes toys for her kids in the province. We packed her food and groceries for her pasalubong. At home, my wife had already turned the house upside down looking for her mobile phone. We didn’t find it. Ellen was our only suspect because she’ll be going home with nothing but the pasalubongs and a few hundred pesos we gave her. It was there before she left.
All is forgotten now. We still in contact with Mai who claims that she was not able to contact her sister. We still are in contact with and she was paying her sister’s debt in installment. Until I received an SMS from my cousin saying that Mai left their home at around 2am while everyone is asleep and brought 14000 and his iPod with her. They weren’t able to contact her. We were caught off guard. We were very confident that she’s not that type. What made her do it? Were we deceived? Was being hardworking and all-smile part of her plan?
Memo to me:
- Check their bags before they leave.
- Even if they seem harmless, never let your guards down. Keep your valuables in a safe place and never let them show where you’re hiding them.
My daughter, Maki, is already turning 5 months and we still couldn’t a yaya to take care of her while me and my wife of us work. We only are relying on referrals from friends and relatives. It really is hard to find someone whom you can entrust your child with.