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10 things to do with mum on Mother's Day

Treat your mum to something special on Mother’s Day this Sunday

Published on May 10, 2014 9:18 AM
 

1 FLORAL ARRANGEMENT CLASS

Instead of buying your mum a bouquet of flowers, why not make one with her?

Raffles International Floristry Academy is offering special one-on-one Mother’s Day floral arrangement classes till next Saturday.

The two-hour lessons are conducted in English or Mandarin and each participant will get to make and take home a bouquet, table arrangement or a coloured sand terrarium.

Where: Raffles International Floristry Academy, 2 Serangoon Road, 05-01 The Verge When: Per request till next Saturday Admission: $50 a person. To register, contact the academy at least two days before your preferred class date. Info: Go to www.rifa.com.sg or call 6294-0123


2 LINE DANCING AT GARDENS BY THE BAY

Kick up your heels and dance with your mother tomorrow night under the pulsing lights of the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay.

The gardens has organised a special four-hour line dancing event with performances as well as group dancing that anyone can take part in.

There is no registration and no limit to the number of spaces available, so take the whole family along for a hopping good time.

Where: Supertree Grove, Gardens by the Bay When: Tomorrow, 6.30 to 10.30pm Admission: Free Info: Go to www.gardensbythebay.com.sg


3 PAINT TOGETHER

For the creative mum, a painting session at Arteastiq should do the trick.

The art studio-cum-cafe has put together two Mother’s Day packages for the weekend.

The first package has high tea for two and a painting session on canvas tote bag ($98++) or on canvas ($128++) between 11am and 6pm.

Or opt for the second package with a dining option, which includes a soup, an all-day breakfast, desserts, tea and an art jamming session on canvas for two ($158++) between 11am and 10.30pm.

Both packages are three hours long each – pick a slot between the times stated.

Paints, brushes, sponges and palettes will be provided.

Where: Arteastiq Mandarin Gallery,04-14/15, 333 Orchard Road When: Today till Sunday, 11am to 10.30pm Admission: $98++ or $128++ for high tea, $158++ for the all-day dining option Info: Go to www.arteastiq.com or call 6235-8705


4 GO DOG WALKING

Support your mum’s love of animals at animal welfare group Save Our Street Dogs’ Charity Pack Walk 2014.

The event brings together dog lovers and their furry companions for a mass walk through West Coast Park.

There will also be dog adoption drives, carnival booths, contests and a question-and-answer session with dog trainer Maureen Tay. She will also give a talk on how to walk your dog well on a leash.

Funds raised at the event will help support the group’s efforts in rescuing,rehoming and sterilising street dogs.

Those who register will receive an event T-shirt to wear on their walk.

Online registration ends just before midnight tonight, but you can still register on the spot at the walk on the day itself.

Where: West Coast Park, Grand Lawn,71 West Coast Highway When: Sunday, 7.30am to 3.30pm Admission: $39 a person, free for dog companions Info: Go to www.sosd.org.sg


5 VISIT THE PERANAKAN MUSEUM

You don’t have to be a Peranakan matriarch to appreciate the Peranakan Museum.

Check out its monthly Straits Family Sunday, which happens to fall on Mother’s Day.

Get a free tour of the museum, dress up in batik or sarong kebaya, enjoy craft activities or simply grab a book and relax in the museum’s reading corner.

Where: Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street When: Sunday, 1 to 5pm Admission: Museum entry is free for Singaporeans and permanent residents Info: Go to www.peranakanmusem.sg or call 6332-7591


6 LISTEN TO TERESA TENG, WATCH NAJIP ALI

The Esplanade has put together five free concerts and events for the Mother’s Day weekend. The concerts will feature English, Malay and Mandarin favourites.

For example, you can enjoy the melodious voice of Filipino singer Earl Lazo at the Esplanade Concourse tonight at 7.15 and 8.15pm.

Or head to the Esplanade Concert Hall for Teresa Teng hits and other evergreen Mandarin songs in the Songs For Mothers

With Love concert hosted by getai singer Lee Pei Fen (Sunday, 3pm).

It will be followed by the Mother’s Day Concert hosted by Najip Ali, where patrons can enjoy a range of Malay music favourites like Ibu and Sayang (Sunday, 5pm) sung by local singers Khadijah Ibrahim and Sezairi.

Seats for concerts held in the Concert Hall will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Where: Esplanade Concourse, Outdoor Theatre and Concert Hall When: Tonight till Sunday, various times Admission: Free Info: Go to www.esplanade.com


7 STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD YOGA

The Stand Up Paddling School on Tanjong Beach in Sentosa has something for the active mum.

It is offering three yoga sessions on stand-up paddleboards, which are like longer, wider surfboards. Each hour-long class can take seven participants, who will need a good sense of balance as they complete poses on the water.

They should be able to swim and prior yoga experience is recommended.

When: Sunday, sessions at 4, 5 and 6pm Where: Tanjong Beach, Sentosa Admission: Class costs $55 a person Info: Go to www.supschool.com.sg


8 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK

Sharing a picnic in the park is a cosy way to spend Mother’s Day evening. Take in a play while you are at it to complete the experience.

The theatre group’s annual Shakespeare In The Park production is back with The Merchant Of Venice, which features one of the Bard’s most memorable villains, the Jewish moneylender Shylock.

The Singapore Repertory Theatre is offering a special Mother’s Day package of four picnic tickets plus a Haagen-Dazs ice-cream cake for $150, excluding the Sistic booking fee.

Where: Fort Canning Park When: Sunday, 7.30pm Admission: Tickets cost $45 a person if bought in advance, $55 if bought on the day of the performance. Available through Sistic. Go to www.sistic.com.sg Info: Go to www.srt.com.sg


9 PARTY PUNCH WORKSHOP

Mobile bar provider Drinkdings’ Mother’s Day cocktail-making workshop should appeal to the mum who loves to entertain. The two-hour session will teach participants how to make the perfect bowl of punch.

Drinkdings’ bartenders will also give tips on mixing spirits and provide instructions on how to concoct drinks such as cucumber mojito punch. Besides being able to sample their own creations, participants will also take home a punch bowl.

Where: Level 2 at Killiney, 117A Killiney Road When: Every Saturday this month, from 4 to 6pm Admission: $100 per pair, $60 per individual. To sign up, e-mail servme@ drinkdings.com. Twelve slots are available per session on a first-come, first-served basis Info: Go to www.drinkdings.com or call 6284-4727


10 MOTHER’S DAY HONG KONG SUPERSTARS CONCERT

If your mum loves Hong Kong dramas, be sure to buy her tickets to tomorrow’s Hong Kong Superstars Concert.

The comedy concert features seven Hong Kong A-listers, including Damien Lau, Wayne Lai and Louis Lee.

It will be the first Singapore performance for most of the artistes, who will be singing a mix of modern and classic Cantonese, English and opera songs.

Most of the concert will be in Cantonese and more than 80 per cent of the tickets have been sold so far.

Where: Resorts World Convention Centre, Compass Ballroom When: Saturday, 8pm Admission: Tickets cost $58 to $188 and are available from Sistic. Go to www.sistic.com.sg Info: www.rwsentosa.com


PAULINE LOH, 49

“My gift to my mum this year is my book Keep Calm And Mother On, which I dedicated to her and has quotes about motherhood from famous people such as American singer Aretha Franklin and Mahatma Gandhi.

I was not so close to my mum, Koh Kai Hwee, 85, when I was growing up. Things changed two years ago when my dad died and she came to live with me and my family.

I have been rediscovering and building my relationship with her since, which is nice.

My three children always prepare something for me on Mother’s Day too.
My daughter Alexis, 16, is very good with words and she will write me a heartfelt letter or a poem.

My daughter Maxine, 14, is very good in art and will sometimes surprise me with a homemade card or a drawing with a cartoon of our humorous times together.

My son Lukas, eight, always says he will pay when they take me out for a surprise dinner, but of course my husband pays instead.

Still, it makes me feel very appreciated, that my efforts over the years have not been forgotten.

As a mother who always prepares everything for my children, I like to see them showing some initiative when I,for once, don’t know what is going to happen.

With the children getting older and busier, spending long hours away from the house, having a meal together is an opportunity I appreciate very much.”


-- PHOTO: JILL MARIE THOMAS

JILL MARIE THOMAS, 32

Singer, host

“This year, I was reminded of how much my mum means to me, how very good she is at taking care of me and how grateful I am to have her around.

About two weeks ago, I had to have emergency gall bladder surgery, which was extremely painful.

My mum, Cindy Pat Thomas, 57, stayed with me during the surgery and slept on a sofa in the hospital ward afterwards. When we went back to the four-room flat in Bishan which the two of us share, she left her bed and slept with me on the sofa bed in the living room – it was too painful for me to get in and out of bed on my own and I needed someone to be there to help me when I needed to move.

We slept together on the sofa bed for about a week. She never left my side and took care of me when I was in pain.

The surgery ruined our Mother’s Day tradition of going outlet shopping in Houston, Texas. I work in marketing for an oil and gas company and every year for the past four years, I have been going to Houston for a three-week-long industry conference in May.

I take my mum with me and it has been a great bonding experience for us.

I know she is disappointed not to be able to go this year, but I have promised to make it up to her. Perhaps I will take her to Seoul for a shopping trip instead, as she is a big fan of Korean TV dramas.”


-- PHOTO: BEATRICE CHIA-RICHMOND

BEATRICE CHIA-RICHMOND, 40

Producer and actress

“My son Sol, seven, will usually have a surprise for me on Mother’s Day. He painted a portrait of me one year. Last year, he made me a necklace and a pair of earrings out of marshmallows and gummy candies.

It was the sweetest thing I have ever seen. His presents mean everything to me because when kids are young, it takes so much effort for them to sit down and concentrate on what they are trying to make and to say.

He is learning to express his love.

On Mother’s Day, I also arrange flowers for the main mums in my life: my mum Grace, 69, mum-in-law Sue, 64, and my helper Marini, 36, who has two kids. I will take them out for a meal together to somewhere special.

I cherish the time I have with them because they are my role models. They have been instrumental in supporting me to be a good mother to my child. And it is because of them, their positive examples and support that I have been able to fulfil what I want in my life, to have a stable family and a stable career.

Any time I get to spend with them is a real privilege and I don’t want to take that for granted. On Mother’s Day, I want to make them feel special and, most importantly, it is a day for us to say ‘thank you’.”


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CLARESSA MONTEIRO, 45

Singer and Kiss 92 Radio DJ

“My mother Edna was my best friend and we did everything together. We were never apart until she died six weeks ago from cancer. She was 83.

Every year for the past 20 years, we would go on a family beach retreat somewhere around the region to celebrate Mother’s Day, such as Tioman island or Redang island in Malaysia. I would go with my mum, my husband Brian, 53, and my sons Misha, 20, and Dante, 17.

My mum did not like to swim but she loved the beach. She loved to sit on the sand and listen to the waves with a coconut in her hand while she got a foot massage.

Keeping the tradition alive, my husband and my sons are taking me to a beach resort on Batam this year for some quality mummy bonding time.

I’m looking forward to the undivided attention of my boys.

They are at that age where they have their own friends, activities and their phones. They are always busy, so having their attention will be very special.

They have even promised to leave their phones and gadgets at home.

My kids were very close to my mum and my husband adored her, so I think there will probably be some tears shed over the happy times we had with her.

I’m going to miss her and, this weekend, I’m going to have a foot massage on the beach in her honour.”

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