Johor Baru's transient homes for job seekers in Singapore
Filipinos prefer to wait there rather than in the Philippines for work pass approval
Filipino Janice was alerted by a beep on her Apple iPad tablet computer - it was a message bearing good news for the job-seeker.
"Your work permit has been approved. Come back to Singapore," said the message from her employment agent on Yahoo Messenger.
Her roommates in the maisonette in Johor Baru gave her hugs of congratulations.
But amid the excitement, they had a worried look - they were thinking about whether they too would get such good news and when that would be.
"Some ask to stay for free. And I can't say 'No' to a fellow Filipino in need."
MRS SUSEELA MUVENDRAN, 46, who turned her JB maisonette into a transient home last year.