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My La Vida No Yaya Wishlist

July 10, 2012

Recently, I posted about how I’m doing so far without any household help. I mentioned there that around my house, I have little things that give me joy and actually make my life easier as a homemaker. Well, I’ve decided to expand and make a wishlist of stuff for my life without yaya. If these existed, my house would be heaven on earth.

A dishwasher.

This was also mentioned by Rone in a comment on my maid-less post. I actually tried looking for a dishwasher to buy here in Manila, but they were either a) second-hand and beat-up or b) too damn expensive. If some enterprising person out there would start selling affordable dishwashers, I believe more maid-less households would happen. I swear, washing dishes takes the better part of my day.

A bangin’ refrigerator

It doesn’t have to be a monstrosity like this one:

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But imagine an easy-to-clean, energy-efficient, organized, beautiful refrigerator? Oh grocery shopping would be a joy. I don’t know how these look like from the inside, but they’re so cute. I can work with these. (images from


While I’m at it, I might as wear a pinafore, an apron and put my hair up in curls. How Mad Men of me.

A Rainbow

A friend of mine put me on that dreaded referral list that everyone hates and I felt like I was betraying her if I didn’t allow the Rainbow guy to do a demo in my house. Luckily, the person who came for the demo was not a hard-seller, was very good-natured and did a great job of making me appreciate the vaccuum-that-might-as-well-be-a-car-it’s-so-darn-expensive.

Just check out the before and after photos of the water bowl where all the gunk goes in, and the stuff that was in a strip of my mattress and of my floor. Fifty shades of gross!

I’d go crazy using that Rainbow system on everything. I’d clean the screens. I’d sweep in between the floorboards. I’d give my mattress and pillows a run every week. Heck, maybe it’ll even do a better job in giving Basti a bath.

Better sidewalks, less pollution and an efficient commuter system.

I had a taste of this when I was living in China. Save for the occasional spit bomb and crazy driver (okay, crazy drivers in China: not occasional), it was pretty pleasant where I lived. Winters were a little harsh, but spring was awesome. I could run 10k in pure bliss.

I loved the bus stop system and taxis were easy and cheap. I still dream of bringing Basti back there in springtime and take him down to Xinghai Guangchang and fly a kite by the boardwalk. If only things were better here in Manila, it would be such a treat to spend the day doing chores, then stop at the park for a playdate, then get back home in time for dinner still keeping my wits about.

Grocery delivery

When I had just given birth, this was my wish everyday. I know Rustan’s had this before – Grocering if I remember right – but somehow it didn’t click. I think it was just timing. Could Rustan’s, SM or Shopwise launch this again? I promise you I know several people who will be your customers already. I am not alone.

Drive thru ATMS

I know there was one in Greenhills a long time ago, but like Grocering, it disappeared. Have you ever tried to withdraw money from an ATM with a child sleeping in the carseat? I have, and I’ll never do it again. It’s nerve-wracking. So now I have to unstrap the child from the seat, haul him out, wear him, and do it backwards. I’m still very vulnerable, IMO.

A trustworthy, professional day care center.

I’m lucky I can get my mom to watch Basti when I have somewhere I have to be and I can’t bring him. But seriously, if there were a day care center here that was clean, with professional staff (CPR training, health certificates, training etcetera etcetera), I’d pay for that. Really. And I’m not talking about a place like Gymboree where I can leave a child with a yaya. I’m talking about really LEAVING him, like they do in the States. I worked in a day care for the summer in San Francisco and I think we did alright. If I could do it when I was 19 years old, I’m sure there are very capable ones who can do the same here, with the right capital and management.

And lastly,..


Har har har.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. jem permalink
    July 11, 2012 7:31 pm

    hi dear. may i just say that my life is more peaceful than when I’ve had househelp around me. it’s been a year and i’m still alive!

    • Eliza permalink
      July 12, 2012 2:38 am

      I so agree with you. I’ll take the occasional mess but with peace of mind over that drama anytime!

      • Sarah permalink
        August 1, 2012 7:39 am

        I absoutely agree with both you! Nothing is more peaceful & relaxing, in spite of all the household chores, than to be “maid-less”. It may be physically strenuous but nothing beats the peace you will have and the relaxing atmosphere of enjoying your privacy & bonding moments with your family.

      • Eliza permalink
        August 2, 2012 5:55 pm

        Agree on the privacy! That’s another one of my pet peeves – when a maid tattles about your affairs to a perfect stranger, giving away details that might put your family at risk.

  2. July 12, 2012 11:54 pm

    Hi! 🙂 So hard to please helpers nowadays. Too many demands! I was once victimized by that Rainbow thing too! Love the picture of Irona! haha

    • Eliza permalink
      July 13, 2012 1:58 am

      That’s the thing right? When did it become that it’s the helpers that need to be pleased? At this point, Irona is the only one for the job, hehe!

  3. Jasmin permalink
    November 26, 2012 2:51 pm

    I really want a yaya-less household, but how can we do it if we work full time? With the cost of living now, one job is not enough. I agree with you about the day care centers! If only…
    I really do not enjoy the drama — the interviewing, convincing them to get medicals, making sure they are comfortable in your home.. hay the list goes on and on.
    More power to you!

    • Eliza permalink
      November 26, 2012 3:17 pm

      Update: I have a maid na! I find that having one again after not having one for so long is so empowering. At least if she goes, I know it’s no big deal. The one I hired seems to be fitting in well in my household. Crossing my fingers she stays. Good luck to all of us!

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