Cleaner Interview: Choo Hoay Si

This series of posts focus on ProperHand’s unsung heroes, the cleaners. These interviews allow us to share a little about the lives of the hardworking people who lovingly take care of our homes.

Tell us a little about yourself.

hoay-si-article-photoMy life and hobbies are quite simple and boring actually (laughs). My current life revolves around accompanying my husband to supervise his food business, doing assignments with Properhands, and handling housework at home. During my free time, I usually watch Korean dramas using my smartphone or do household chores at home. For some reason, I love to do cleaning a lot as I find satisfaction in seeing things at home being sparkling clean!

What made you want to join ProperHands as a cleaner?

I’ve mainly worked in the hospitality industry in the past after obtaining my diploma in hospitality management back home. After I got married, I’ve switch into something less time demanding such as admin to balance both work and family obligations.  In the recent years, I’ve tried something new by starting my own florist business as one of my interest is in floral arrangement. However, due to irregular working hours and due to orders peaking at certain periods of the year, I’ve decided to fold the business to take a break while looking for something new. That is when I saw ProperHands recruitment on some online job portal and decided to go for it!

Cleaning as a hobby? That’s interesting. Could you elaborate more?

Well, my husband is an avid collector of statues so my home is full of those at home, big and small. If I don’t clean them regularly, dust and dirt can easy accumulate on them and no one wants to see that! To prevent this, I clean them almost every day and while I’m on it, I thought I could also do other housework too. Thus, I always see my home in tip top clean condition. Perhaps seeing those statues in perfect condition made me feel a sense of accomplishment which leads to my interest in cleaning. My husband, on the other hand, thinks that I’m cleaning our home too frequently and that disturbs him a little (laughs). Therefore, in order to please him by not cleaning our home so frequently, I’ve joined ProperHands to clean other homes to pursue this hobby instead while also earn some extra cash!

I see. How do you find with working with ProperHands so far?

I find it great! Aside from doing what I love to do, I find the time flexibility aspect of the job a big plus point for me. I’ll get to choose which day I am available for assignments and ProperHands will contact me if there’s any suitable jobs that is convenient for me. This allows me to manage my commitment with family and friends better as I can freely adjust my schedule with ProperHands.  Aside from time flexibility, I find the non-repetitive nature of the job highly attractive. As I get to clean different homes on different days of the week, it feels more interesting compared to my old office jobs.


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