There were 2 maids feeding 2 boys (maybe at the age of 2 and 4), without the parents. I thought that was such a rare scene whereby the parents would allow the maids to bring the kids to the hawker centre alone to have dinner. I told hubby about this (ya, I know, I am a busybody!) but hubby didn't make any comment. A while later, I realised (becasue I saw the mum of the elder boy took some food from her table to the boy) the 2 maids and the 2 kids were actually related to the big family, who occupied 2 big tables next to them. There were 20+ people, probably a 3-generation family get-together. I was totally puzzled seeing this. I mean how difficult was it to squeeze in 2 kiddos into the big tables? The elder one doesn't even need a high chair while the younger one still needs one. I can understand if they don't want to let the maids to join in, but why they excluded the boys? Of course I won't know what's the reasons they decided to place the boys to a different table, but whatever the reason, it sadden me, and I felt terribly bad for the boys.
With more and more family depending on the help from a domestic helper, parents tend to pass on more or more parenting responsibilities to maids, willingly or unwillingly, knowingly or unknowingly. There is no right or wrong, as every family has their own way of doing things and the right to choose the best option for the family. We are still very much against the idea of having a live-in domestic helper, and hence my strong reaction on seeing this. Oh well, probably I was just being too sensitive and too busybody :-) No offence to anyone, ok, just sharing of my thought.
End of story.