or a housemaid, or ayi as they’re more commonly known in China, every customer’s home is like their battlefield. No matter if it’s rainy or sunny outside, they put on their aprons and gloves, and come to take care of your home.
In honor of International Women’s Day, housemaid service MinuteCare is celebrating these women by showing us another side of their lives we don’t normally see. We know them as people who take care of our homes but in their daily lives, housemaids are ordinary people just like us who go traveling, enjoy time with their family, and are passionate about life. Here’s a typical day in the life of what one of our housemaids experience.
February 19, 2019
It has been raining in Shanghai for nearly two weeks. It’s unusual to see no rain this morning. Xikang Road, 7am…half an hour from home by scooter and to make it even worse, it’s so cold these days. I can’t stand this weather. My hands, my feet, my face…I’m feeling so cold.
Ah, at least this customer bought the kitchen product I asked him to. I’m finally able to clean his oven. It was so dirty before, so I really hope he sees the difference.
At 11:30am, I arrived in the neighborhood of my Xinhua Road customer. I like that street, it’s beautiful and there is this delicious Chongqing xiaomian restaurant. My friend Wang, who’s from Chongqing, told me it’s not the authentic Chongqing taste, but I think it’s good here. Today, I had no time to eat there because my client had guests and I had to prepare the guest bedroom. But it’s alright, he paid me an extra hour for it. I’ll eat the noodles next time.
I ride for 20 minutes to my next customer. The sky is cloudy and it starts drizzling. I made it right on time but all of this to end up in front of a locked door. The lady from Yongjia Road forgot to put the keys under the carpet again.
I like her a lot, she’s a pleasant woman who’s always kind to me but it’s been two months and she still hasn’t copied the keys. Anyway, it’s no problem, at least I had time to get lunch, even though it was really bad dumplings.
When I returned after getting a quick lunch, she opened the door for me. What a mess! So many clothes on the floor! Every time I spend one hour tidying her place and I never have time to do a good cleaning, but I think she’s happy anyway.
Today is the Lantern Festival. In the evening, I went home and made tangyuan for Yangyang. Yangyang will start school tomorrow, I checked his winter holiday homework, found that he did not finish completely and I scolded him, maybe too loudly. But this concerns me a lot. I’m afraid if he doesn’t do well at school, he won’t have the chance to attend middle school in Shanghai. What am I going to do?
Everything is not perfect but at least this evening, while I write this, I feel joy: I got an award for best housemaid from MinuteCare. This means my work has been recognized.
MinuteCare is also giving out awards to their housemaids in celebration of International Women’s Day. There are five categories and ten housemaids have been awarded so far.
Most Improved Housemaid
Those that show constant and consistent improvement.
Chu Ayi (楚阿姨) and Shu Ayi (束阿姨)
Most Efficient Housemaid
The ones that utilize their time and skills most effectively.
Li Ayi (李阿姨) and Sammy
Most Agile Housemaid
Being quick-witted and adaptable are key skills.
Zhao Ayi (赵阿姨) and Xiao Ayi (肖阿姨)
Their smiles and attentive care always warm us up.
Yu Ayi (喻阿姨) and Xie Ayi (谢阿姨)
Most Reliable Housemaid
They take care of everything.
Zhang Ayi (张阿姨) and Zhu Ayi (朱阿姨)
(The above rankings are in no order.)
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