Girl Off Duty

Can you pay some­one to live your life?

CLEO (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

One of the perks of mod­ern liv­ing is that you can choose to ig­nore all those lit­tle chores you hate to do yourself and pay some­one to make them go away. But when is it okay to pay, and when should you suck it up and do it yourself? We put a few tasks to the out­sourc­ing test.

Dog Walk­ing

We love our puppy pals, but when you get home at the end of a hor­ren­dous day and af­ter sink­ing five too many vodka so­das, the last thing you feel like do­ing is tak­ing Wil­bur for a stroll, that night or the next morn­ing. En­ter the dog walk­ers.

Pros Your pooch gets to run around to his heart’s con­tent, plus it al­le­vi­ates some of the guilt of sad puppy eyes. Those eyes – they kill a gal.

Cons Pups are like prac­tice for kids and the daily walk is akin to play time. It’s as much about bond­ing as it is about not want­ing to be an ab­sent, ir­re­spon­si­ble par­ent with a fat pet. It’s also great ex­er­cise and cheaper than a gym mem­ber­ship. You miss out on both these things by hir­ing a dog walker.


No, no, we’re not talk­ing about get­ting some­one to chew your food for you (uh, eww!), but if we had to pick one ma­jorly ar­du­ous task, it’s gro­cery shop­ping. Sure, we love to In­sta­gram #mar­ketlife, but it sim­ply takes too big a chunk out of your weekend. En­ter people who will deliver fresh pro­duce straight to your doorstep.

Pros The food is fresh and has fewer strangers’ fin­ger­prints to wash off. “Gen­er­ally, de­liv­ery is within a spe­cific time from leav­ing the farm to ar­riv­ing at your door,” says nu­tri­tion­ist Ban­nie Wil­liams (the­healthy­in­gre­di­ “This en­sures pro­duce is at its op­ti­mal nutrient level.” What’s more, you don’t even have to leave your house and it’s of­ten cheaper than su­per­mar­kets.

Cons Depend­ing on where you live, it can be hard to find a re­li­able de­liv­ery ser­vice that of­fers a time slot to fit in with your day. Also, you need to do your re­search to find the right one. “En­sure it’s com­ing from a cred­i­ble ser­vice. Ask where farms are lo­cated, whether they use or­ganic or ar­ti­fi­cial pes­ti­cides and if they em­ploy sus­tain­able an­i­mal prac­tices,” sug­gests Wil­liams.

Get­ting Around

Hells no, you can’t plant your Josh Goot-clad butt on a sticky train seat or mix your care­fully selected per­fume with bus stench! When pub­lic trans­port doesn’t cut it, call in a lift. Pri­vate driv­ers aren’t just for the ob­nox­iously rich so­cialites or celebri­ties any­more...

Pros With apps like Uber, you can have your own chauf­feur drive you around at the tap of a screen – no des­per­ate search­ing for that ray of hope that is a cab light. They’re ef­fi­cient and of­fer a far more com­fort­able ride.

Cons It’s more ex­pen­sive than pub­lic trans­port or cabs. Pfft!


You spy a hot­tie sit­ting at the bar – great smile, amaz­ing eyes, good hair, and sur­rounded by mates. It’s look­ing promis­ing un­til you no­tice his girl­friend com­ing back from the bath­room, leav­ing

you back at square one. Ugh! The dat­ing game is hard in real life, so is it such a big step to call in a vir­tual match­maker like eHar­mony to take care of the pair­ing, while you just fig­ure out what to wear?

Pros “Find­ing a man can be time-con­sum­ing, and choos­ing a life part­ner is an im­por­tant de­ci­sion to make. Par­tic­u­larly if your ex­ist­ing so­cial net­work doesn’t have you meet­ing a lot of new people, [out­sourc­ing] can help with the anx­i­ety of find­ing him yourself,” says re­la­tion­ship ex­pert Gemma Cribb

(equi­lib­ri­umpsy­chol­ It’s also great if you work to­tally cray hours.

Cons “Al­though dat­ing sites may be able to match you on prac­ti­cal cri­te­ria, a lot of what makes a love match is on a non-con­scious level,” says Cribb. The laws of at­trac­tion re­ally are down to chem­istry. “When you find a good match, your brain nat­u­rally re­leases plea­sure chem­i­cals. Cur­rently, there’s no way of pre­dict­ing who you’ll feel this for with­out get­ting in front of the per­son!” So you could be wast­ing your time...


Any­thing you think is a ge­nius idea at 1am prob­a­bly isn’t, and this in­cludes di­alling the “one-minute slim-down” in­fomer­cial num­ber. No pill, po­tion or pul­sat­ing pant is go­ing to help you get you the bod you want. Un­for­tu­nately it just comes down to good ol’ fash­ioned hat­ing-on-life-dur­ing (but lov­ing-yourself-sick-af­ter) work­outs. There is one ma­jor prob­lem, though – mo­ti­va­tion. Luck­ily, there are people you can hire to get you plank­ing when you want to pike: per­sonal train­ers.

Pros “Hav­ing a per­sonal trainer can be hugely ben­e­fi­cial when it comes to hold­ing you ac­count­able for stick­ing to your goals,” says per­sonal trainer Kim Beach (kim­beach. com). “It can be so easy to get off track, es­pe­cially with your diet, so hav­ing a per­sonal trainer to put you through your paces is great for keep­ing you fo­cused on stay­ing fit and healthy.”

Cons Well, there’s the cost for starters – PTs don’t come cheap. And ac­cord­ing to Beach, hav­ing a pri­vate trainer is not for ev­ery­one, even people who can af­ford it. “If you are very ac­tive, reg­u­larly eat a wide range of whole­foods and are within a healthy weight range, you prob­a­bly don’t need to em­ploy the ser­vices of a per­sonal trainer. Also, train­ing with friends is a bril­liant way to stay ac­tive and mo­ti­vated.”


A re­cent sur­vey re­vealed that al­most half of us are too ashamed to take a date back to our home be­cause of its messy state! So what’s a gal to do? Spend ev­ery weekend clean­ing, or call in the pros? It’s a tough call, espesh if you’re not loaded.

Pros You get to be re­ally smug about the fact that your house is gleam­ing, with­out hav­ing to lift a fin­ger.

Cons If you can af­ford it, there aren’t many down­sides. You do have to get your head around a stranger touch­ing your stuff, though.

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