Recently, I got a tip from Martha Stewart to put care markers on your plants when going on vacation. This will help your house-sitter (in Manila, your helper) know how best to take care of your plants. Per Martha, put watering and cutting instructions and stick them there on a laminated card.
Unlike my parents, I’m not much of a plant person (actually, keep them away from me because I’m sure they will die — but of natural causes, mind you). This tip, however, reminds me of when we travel and leave our daughter like our long trip to NY or recently, Japan.
My nanny is already trained with mega instructions and M’s day schedules because we started doing this since she was a baby – even if I would just be away for a few hours (actually, even if I was just in the house!).
When we went to NY, I left a 26-page document making 5 copies: 1 to my office admin assistant as a reference file, 1 to my mom, 1 to my MIL, 1 to my SIL, 1 to yaya. (If it’s any consolation to the environmentalists, I printed back-to-back, thanks to my amazing Canon printer.)
This time around, I just left a 1-page excel file and a 3-page Musts file (Of course, this trip was just 9 days and I’m so proud I was able to edit.). My friend Tanya and I joke around that Edsa Shang should have a “Child Hotel” where you can leave your child/ren there with instructions and let them have a great time to assuage your parental vacation-away-from-you guilt. They probably might just enjoy it way too much and not come home with you anymore.