A day off for a domestic worker should be 24 hours. She should be able to do what she wants, including leave the house at midnight, and come back by midnight the following day. This is an international labour standard. Employers need to start getting used to this idea.
Too many are leaving the house at 9am and coming back by 6pm or even earlier. And they still have to do chores when they return! This is time off, not day off. But the law is silent on this matter. We need to advocate for a 24 hour day off! Also, what a domestic worker does on her day off, whether it is to learn how to cook and sew, have barbecues by the beach, dance in a club, have sex with her boyfriend OR girlfriend, or chain smoke, isn’t really anyone’s business.
There is so much moral policing of domestic workers in this country. I’ve been talking to many Singaporean employers (it’s been a long week even though it’s just Wednesday!) and it can be very bad for one’s mental health!