RESTAURANTS and hotels in George Town recorded brisk business as families celebrated Mother’s Day.
Since Saturday night, eateries and hawker centres have been packed with families, especially in Gurney Drive.
Singer Elektra Gomez said she took her mother and two of the latter’s friends to a Japanese fast food outlet to celebrate.
“It may not be an expensive, posh place but my mother loves sushi and today is her day so she can have anything she wants,” the 25-year-old said.
Asked if she bought her mother a present, Gomez said her mother requested her not to do so.
“She knows I love her and appreciate her every day and she doesn’t want me to waste money,” she said.
When met at a restaurant in town, housewife P.D. Lim, 37, said she was celebrating the day with her two young daughters and family.
“I am treating my mother and three aunties to lunch. This year, four mummies in the family are celebrating Mother’s Day together as my cousins are abroad.
“My single aunt is also celebrating with us which is great. She took such good care of me when I was young,” Lim said.
Lim said she tried making dining reservations at hotels but they were fully booked.
“I called several hotels on Saturday but it was impossible to get a reservation so I decided on a restaurant,” she said.
Meanwhile at Gurney Plaza, executive secretary Jenny See Mei Ling was crowned winner of My Lovely Mum Awards 2010.
Held at the mall’s New Wing Atrium on Saturday, the contest saw 12 gorgeous mothers parading in executive wear, sportswear and evening wear.
See attributed her success to her confidence on the catwalk and a personalised poem which she dedicated to her own mother, who was present to offer support along with her husband, young daughter and grandmother.
“M is for the million things she gives; O as she grows old; T for the tears she shed for me; H for the heart of purest gold; E for the love shining in her eyes and R for she’ll always be right,” the 32-year old said.
A former quality engineer, she felt the leadership qualities she gained stood her in good stead for the contest.
“I just joined for fun and the prizes are attractive too. If you never try, you never know.
“We’ll all go celebrate over a good dinner, and have a vacation soon.
I’m treating my entire family, including my mother and grandmother,to a trip to Cameron Highlands,” See added.
She walked away with cash vouchers worth RM5,000 for her triumph.
Clerk Elaine Ooi, 31, and hair and beauty salon proprietor Gloria Gooi, 32, finished second and third respectively, taking home RM3,500 and RM2,000 in cash vouchers.
Both Ooi and Gooi said they were encouraged by friends and family to join and were rather surprised by the results.
Gooi added another feather to her cap by also claiming a subsidiary title, the Body Fit Award.
The other subsidiary title winners were Loo Bee Liang (Beautiful Skin Award), Alina Noorjan Firuzshah (Crowning Glory Award), Serene Ng (Elegance Award).
The Lovely Mum Awards pageant is held by the mall every year on conjunction with Mother’s Day to celebrate beauty and motherhood.