A lot of Filipinos have entered Hong Kong to work as domestic helpers in recent years, because of the geographic location and high salaries in Hong Kong. Every Sunday is the common day-off for all these Filipino domestic helpers.
In this one-day holiday each week, some of them go to church and read the Bible, while most of them prefer to get together in the Central. The district from the Admiralty to the Causeway Bay is their most frequently gathering place. They like choosing open public space, including on the pedestrian overpass, in squares, in wide passages of shopping malls and so on.
Maybe this has bad effects on the appearance of the city, they consider these places to be the only places they can stay in the holiday.
They take some blankets, newspapers and cartons to make private space. To relax is the main purpose for them in the holiday. Chatting, playing cards and chess are all their favorite things to do. They will also buy some food and eat together.
Their work as domestic helpers lasts from Monday to Saturday, so Sunday is the only time for most of them to call back home. These Filipino women usually leave their children in Philippines and can seldom see children every year.
Three women interviewed in this slideshow are all domestic helpers from the Philippines. One of them is a newcomer, while the other two have stayed in Hong Kong for several years. They have different preferring things to do in their day-off and different opinions on whether the one-day-off is enough for them.
Having served for different employers, they have various feelings about the domestic help work and the city of Hong Kong.