Thursday, July 6, 2017

Cost of A Confinement Lady In Kuching

I must apologise for being inactive for the past 2 years. The reason behind is I am now a mum of a sweet 1 year old. I must also say that I missed blogging terribly. But, somehow, my mind become blank even though I have a lot to share. 

So, let me start with sharing a simple post of cost of confinement lady in Kuching. I've started to ask around for confinement lady during my first trimester. Heard about some scary sharing from friends and internet on poor attitude of confinement lady which caused new-mum more headache. I was lucky because my bro-in-law's relative is a confinement lady. We arranged for a short meeting with the confinement lady and placed my booking fee. The charges was RM3800 + an angpao for the confinement lady. She turned out to be a helpful and kind confinement lady who took good care of me, my baby and  my hubby for one whole month. From sharing with friend, relatives and other confinement lady, the charges for one whole month service by a confinement lady range from RM3800 to RM5000 + an angpao. For my confinement lady, the angpao is up to me, there's no specific amount. For some other confinement lady, they might put a specific request, for example RM200. I met other new mums who shared that they pay half of what I paid for a day-time confinement lady, meaning the confinement lady only take care of mummy and baby during day time.

Anyone who's interested to contact my confinement lady, feel free to send me an email.

photo credit: Renate Bomm Cumpleaños de hoy via photopin (license)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Food Price Hike Part 2

In 2015, I posted about food price hike in Kuching. Recently, I noticed 2 of my favorite bun (also know as pao locally) stalls also increase their price. The first one is my favourite steamed white bun stall, in which last year I paid RM1.70 for my favorite meat bun. Few months later, the price increased to RM2.00, then recently it is RM2.40. The second one is my favorite baked meat bun, which was RM1.80 per piece. Then, the price increased to RM2.00, followed by Rm2.20 and now is RM2.40 per piece. Within 1 year, the price increase by about 30%.

For the baked meat bun, the owner had earlier shared with me she is having a hard time due to price hike in all her ingredients such as cooking oil, butter and meat filling. She has no choice but to gradually increase her price to maintain the operation. One good point is that her baked meat bun still has the same quality and quantity.  I noticed there are other stalls which increase the price and reduce the size of their buns.

It is a bit scary because within 1 year, the price increase by 30%. Wondering what will happen if the cost of raw ingredients keep increasing like now.

photo credit: Đam Mê Ẩm Thực CÁCH LÀM BÁNH NGÀN LỚP VỚI PHÔ MAI VÀ MỨT MƠ NƯỚNG – BAKED BRIE IN PUFF PASTRY via photopin (license)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

EPF@KWSP - EPF Declares 5.7 Percent Dividend Rate For 2015

On Sunday, EPF@KWSP declared a 5.7% dividend for the year of 2016. Compared with last year, in which the 2015 dividend was 6.4%, 2016 dividend percentage has dropped about 0.7%. 

Of course I am hoping for higher dividend, but I am happy with EPF@KWSP 2016 dividend rate. Last year has been a challenging year globally and locally. So, I am grateful for 5.7% dividend rate.

I logged-in to my EPF@KWSP i-Akaun on the same day and my 2016 dividend has been updated in my statement. 

You may read the new here on The Star Online or on EPF@KWSP website