IPOH: Regulations under the movement control order (MCO) will not ruin media executive Puteri Nurainaa Balqis Mohd Asri’s plans to make it special for her mother come Mothers Day.
Despite being unable to return to her hometown in Taiping to celebrate the occasion, the 25-year-old said she already has a plan in store for her beloved mother.
“I have made arrangements to send a bouquet of roses and a cake to her, ” said Puteri Nurainaa Balqis, who works in Kuala Lumpur.
“As she is not a believer in belated celebrations, the flowers and cake will be delivered to her on the dot, ” she said.
Puteri Nurainaa Balqis also added that Mothers Day was a big thing for her family.
“We always celebrate for my mother, grandmother and my aunt who is very close to us.
“We would usually go to a resort for the occasion, ” she said, adding that her father’s and brother’s birthdays also fell in May.
“I hope I can go home and celebrate with her next year.”
Another Perakian, who wished to be known as Hor, said she would throw a small celebration for her mother at home.
“We would usually go out to have a dinner on the eve of Mothers Day but not this time.
“Thankfully for deliveries services, we will order some of her favourite food and chocolate cake and celebrate it at home, ” she said.
Hor also said she initially planned to bring her mother to Taiwan but could not do so due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“She watches a lot of television shows and always tell us of her dreams to try the food in Taiwan.
“We almost bought the tickets in February. Perhaps we can go there and celebrate Mothers Day next year, ” she added.
Meanwhile, some florists have lamented on the slow business amidst the conditional MCO.
N. Satchiathanandhan, 35, said he has received fewer orders this year compared to last year.
“I’ve only received five confirmed orders so far.
“Business has dropped between 30% and 40% since the MCO started, ” he said, adding that the supply of carnations, which often symbolises Mothers Day and a favourite during the celebration, was also scarce.
“There is a high demand for carnations but they are low in stock, making it more expensive than roses, ” he added.
Another florist, Yusfa Yusoff, 28, said her shop was relying on early-bird promotions and discounts to drive her business.
“And for safety purposes, we uses delivery service to send out flowers to our customers.
“We used to do delivery on our own but due to the pandemic, I think it’s safer to use the delivery service providers, ” she said, adding it was also difficult to source for flower stocks.
“We are taking all of these as challenges and to use what we have. We hope to learn and gain more from this, ” she added.
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