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Monday May 13, 2013

Turning the spotlight on mum Local celebrities share their plans for Mother’s Day

TECHNOLOGY will play a big part for Soo Wincci this Mother’s Day as she will not be in town to celebrate the occasion with her mother.

The Taiwan-based celebrity said she would have to rely on technology this year as she keeps in touch with her mother over the Internet.

“The phone has really helped me stay close to my mother. Occasionally, we send messages to each other via Whatsapp,” said Soo, who spends most of her time abroad.

The former beauty queen said if she was in town, she would take her mother out on a shopping spree and treat her to dinner.

Meanwhile, local actress Sazzy Falak will juggle her busy schedule, between taking care of her twin daughters and making time to celebrate the special day with the three important women in her life.

“We usually go out for dinner with my mother and mother-in-law. This year, we will include my stepmother,” said the 32-year-old, adding that for a change, she plans on having a simple family dinner.

For emcee and newscaster Owen Yap, the occasion is not just another dinner date but a time for him and his siblings to be closer to their mother.

“We have no plans yet. We may all end up in a restaurant for a nice meal and go for a karaoke session as my siblings enjoy singing very much,” said Yap, adding that they had just returned from a holiday in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Local singer Ke Qing’s cheery image belies the hardship she underwent growing up in a single-parent family.

After her parents’ divorce, her mother left home to work as a maid in Singapore in order to make ends meet.

Her sister, who is 10 years older than her, took on a mother’s role.

“I was a crybaby and my sister was the only person who was able to console me.”

She said one of the most touching acts that her mother did for her was queuing up at 5am during the Hello Kitty craze many years ago, just to buy the collectible items for her.

“My mother was not strict or overprotective. All she wanted was to see her children grow up healthy and strong.”

This weekend, local actress and new mother Yeo Yann Yann will be celebrating Mother’s Day for the first time.

“I remember the first time I drove to Kuala Lumpur after giving birth. I cried all the way as I missed my baby so much.

“We had never been apart since she was born. Ever morning, I was greeted by her smile.

The actress said she is lucky and she is grateful to her mother who helps to care for her baby while she is at work.

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