Planning a special Mothers Day celebration this year is not so straightforward with the ongoing pandemic and conditional movement control order (MCO) in effect.
With dining out not quite the popular option now like before, some have come up with alternative ways to show mum their love.
Brenda Chua Sze Rei, 26, from Puchong said her mother, Rebecca Wong Kooi Yoong, 50, preferred a simple celebration.
“Usually, we will get my mum beauty products as she is such a fan.
“My brothers and I would share a gift and surprise her, ” she said.
“To me, loving her is a daily thing. For example, when I am out grocery shopping, I would call her to check if she needs anything and buy it for her.
“I also like to help out around the house and this year, I will do a bit more since we are celebrating Mothers Day at home.
“I’m also planning to cook but she’s such a good cook it’s hard to please her with that, ” she added.
Chua, a marketing executive, said her mother might be harsh with her words but she was a softie at heart.
“I remember asking for a certain brand of coffee once and she told me to buy it myself, but it magically appeared in the pantry soon after, ” she said with a laugh.
She added that her mother knew all their favourite food and would stock up on them without their knowledge.
“My youngest brother, Bryan Chua Sze Jen, loves milk and mocha and because of that, an arguably huge amount of these items are in our house.
“My second brother, Brandon Chua Sze Eu, is usually on the skinnier side, so she will search for supplements for him even though he has already purchased his own.
“As for my father, Chua Lian Soon, he loves spicy and heaty food, which results in nagging from my mother. But, she will bring him to a Chinese physician to treat the heatiness, ” she said.
Brenda shared that her mum had her own way of loving them which she found charming and cute.
Management trainee Katherine Khaw Ze Yun, 24, and her family are planning to celebrate Mothers Day not once but twice.
“We will be celebrating at our respective homes this year. First, we are sending a cake and flowers to Seremban, as mum Ong Lai Yoon, 60, is taking care of my oldest sister’s children.
“Later, when my mother returns to USJ, we will celebrate it a second round.”
“Before this, on Mothers Day, we would go out for a meal and we would always have flowers, ” Khaw said.
She is happy that no matter what, they will have pictures of the celebration.
“If there’s one thing I love about her, it is her determination and ability to remember specific details. She would venture to a particular area just for that item. She told me once that a cake shop in Taipan USJ did not bake a certain bun like the one in Putra Heights. I was surprised, ” she said.
Her mother, she added, would always check on her.
“She worries about whether I travel with friends or alone, if I cook my own meals or order takeaway.
“Whenever one of us is ill, she will go the extra mile, ” Khaw said.
Once, she travelled to Seremban to help mum take care of her sister’s children and mum offered a cup of a chocolate drink and some biscuits despite being busy or tired.
“It’s the little things that she does daily that makes me love her more, ” she said.
Financial planner Choo Jun Hui, 24, from Subang Jaya, usually gets a handmade card ready for mum, Cheah Jin Lie, 62, and they go for a nice meal at a restaurant as a family.
“This year, we plan to celebrate at home by ordering food from my friends that have online food businesses.
“My mother is happy with the idea and encourages us to stay at home on this special day, ” he said.
Choo and his siblings plan to have a mini party at home this year.
“As a person who is not very expressive, I’d like to tell my mother, ‘Thank you for being the best mum throughout the past 24 years, always there to make this path of growing up way smoother. I am so blessed to have you in my life.
“I know I don’t always make time to tell you how much I am thankful for you and everything you have done for me so since this is going to be in the newspaper, I want to tell you and the readers how much I love you and I’ll make you proud, ” he said.
Broadcasting intern Nur ‘Ainin Sofiya Yahya, the eldest sibling in her family, usually decorates her mum’s room with pictures and meaningful words for Mothers Day.
“My mum works so my siblings and I would spend time preparing a meal and then take her down memory lane, thanking her for her love and dedication, ” Ainin, 23, said.
She added that what she loved most about her mother, Mazni Mat Junus, 49, was that she would do anything for her children.
“For example, if I have a craving, she will cook the dish for me even though she had a long day at work, ” she said.
But this year, the siblings want to try something new and plan to bake a cake and prepare a small gift for mum by sending some pictures through WhatsApp.
“We hope she will like our mini celebration this year, ” she said.
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