Around 170,000 Filipinos live in Hong Kong working as domestic helpers — nannies, caregivers, and house cleaners, who leave their families in search for a better life for them abroad.

Being a domestic helper is no easy task. It’s a gruelling, and sometimes abusive, 24-hour / 6-day a week job (with the seventh being their only day off).

One Way Ticket is a collection of some of their stories. Collected in late 2015, these photographs and words follow their journey of mixed emotions — mostly of sadness and longing for the company of their loved ones, but also of how they find simple joys through solidarity. More often than not, they’re made to feel like outsiders and inevitably struggle to find a sense of belonging within the foreign city.

The publication serves as an insight to the indomitable spirit of the modern-day Filipino overseas worker, telling of their strife, tenacity, and pure love for their families. It encapsulates their plight as domestic helpers, and serves as a humble ‘thank you’ to those who perform such thankless jobs.

If you’re interested, also check out Filipino films Anak (2000) and Sunday Beauty Queen (2016).

An ode to the unsung heroes of Hong Kong.