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Many foreign workers in Singapore use social media to connect with home

Published on Jan 5, 2014 7:47 AM

As she climbs into bed after a day of cleaning, sweeping and scrubbing, Filipino maid Cecilia Domingo Hilario looks forward to two uninterrupted hours of surfing.

She dives into Facebook to view her friends' photos, picks up where she left off on Candy Crush and calls her younger brother in the Philippines through free call app Viber.

"I look forward to going online every night," said the 40-year-old, who is single and has been working in Singapore for 20 years.

"It is my time to relax and to be updated on my family and friends' lives back at home. It keeps me happy," she said, adding that she uses a tablet and a smartphone for her nocturnal happy hours.

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