Happy Mother’s Day
So it’s Mother’s Day today and after the obligatory lunch with the husband’s family, I spent some time with my mum. She’s truly one of the most amazing human beings I know and I appreciate her so much.
After hanging out with my mum, I dragged my sister down to Thai Festival at the Embassy. We stuffed ourselves with khanom bueang (those delightful little crispy pancakes), boat noodles, mango sticky rice, milk tea and Chang beer. When I got home, I managed to rollerblade for a bit so it was a pretty decent Mother’s Day for me with a fair amount of me-time.
Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there. Hope it was a good one for you.
A few days ago, Facebook reminded me a post I’d written 2 Mother’s Days ago about how I felt unappreciated and also wanted to make it clear that my life as a mother is hardly Instagram-worthy. After being a mother for so many years, I think I’ve come to terms with what I can expect for Mother’s Day.
This year’s Mother’s Day was pretty good, actually. Adrian insisted on having my favourite HaiDiLao Hotpot for an early Mother’s Day dinner even though he hates steamboat. The kids all made nice cards, and we even managed some rather decent photos at the very photogenic Wheeler’s Yard on Mother’s Day. So all in all, I had a lovely time and I’m so thankful for my family.
two cooperative kids
on the other side of the door
loads of natural light
on a Vespa
waiting for his haircut?
watching the rain
My first Mother’s Day as a mother of three! I was happy because Adam had been discharged from hospital that morning but it was otherwise like any other day for me. No card/ flowers/ gift/ cake and I still had to do a lot of mothering. Adam didn’t get to make a gift in school for me because we were away in Penang at that time and the necklace Anya made was still hanging in her classroom. Adrian was too busy and tired with Adam in hospital to supervise the making of a card. Anya knew I was disappointed that there was no card so she hastily came up with one that evening on some scrap paper. That made my day a little brighter. Yes, it could be have been better, but I know I’m incredibly blessed to have 3 beautiful children to call me mother and I should focus on that instead and hope to see some improvement next year!
On Friday, Adam kept complaining that his leg hurt and my mum and I thought it was because his shoes were a bit too tight for him. But we noticed that he had some insect bites on his ankle and his ankle was a bit swollen. A few hours later, his foot and calf were also swollen! My mum took him to a GP who prescribed some lotion for the bites. By that evening, however, his entire leg below his knee had swelled up until the skin was tight to the touch. He didn’t have a fever but Adrian decided to take him to the hospital.
Adam is generally very sensitive: he has sensitive airways, sensitive skin and some food allergies. It seems he had an allergic reaction to the insect bites and the bites got infected. His scratching made it worse. The doctors said it was cellulitis and started him on antibiotics but warned they might have to get a surgeon to take a look at his leg if the swelling in the calf didn’t subside. The next day, his leg was still swollen and itchy but at least he didn’t complain about any pain. He was in good spirits throughout, ate well and tried to run around even though he wasn’t supposed to.
Thankfully, he responded well to the antibiotics and was discharged on Mother’s Day. I was really worried about my little boy and I’m so glad that he’s home and safe. Best Mother’s Day present ever!
glum in a wheelchair
I’m incredibly blessed with a mother who takes really good care of my kids when I’m at work and I’m glad that Mother’s Day is almost here so we can celebrate it together! She’s always slaving over a hot stove for the family and hardly ever goes out for a special meal.
Recently, I took her to Fish & Co. to sample their Mom’s Platter. It was a ladies’ night out for my mum, sister and me. My mum enjoyed the delicious king prawns, scallops, calamari, prawns and curry butter clams and especially liked the rice at the bottom of the platter.
dinner with mum!
I don’t know about you but just looking at the picture of Mom’s Platter is making my mouth water and I’m hungry for some Fish & Co. seafood! Mom’s Platter is priced at $65 and was a good size for the 3 of us but we couldn’t resist ordering some tasty soup and their fried calamari as well. I also had a delightfully refreshing Jungle Freeze of pineapples, rambutans and other tropical fruits. It’s my favourite thirst-quencher at Fish & Co. and I always order it when I’m there!
refreshing Jungle Freeze
funny photo booth pictures with Mum
with fellow Mums
Your mum will receive a complimentary Fish & Co. membership (U.P. $50) with every purchase of a Mom’s Platter. Membership perks include 15% points rebate on your spending all year round, 20% points rebate during the birthday month, priority reservations, and more!
Mom’s Platter is available from 4th to 11th May 2014 at all Fish & Co. outlets. Make a date with Fish & Co. for Mother’s Day!
with 2 of the 3 little people that call me Mummy!
I think Mother’s Day is one of the most important occasions in the calendar. Mothers do so much every single day and Mother’s Day is the perfect time to show your mum just how much you appreciate and love her. I know I look exhausted in the picture with my giant eye bags and I’m as tired as I look because I’ve been waking up at night to feed the baby. But I feel like a million bucks sitting there with 2 of my 3 kids and this gorgeous Velvety Mom-ents Mother’s Day cake that reminds me that everything I do is worth it!
Velvety Mom-ents from Swensen’s is a tasty combination of vanilla ice-cream and red velvet sponge cake. I love the heart shape and the pretty flowers decorating it. Velvety Mom-ents is priced at $49 (excluding GST) and no advanced ordering is required. Available at all Swensen’s and Earle Swensen’s outlets while stocks last. Get a sweet treat for Mum today!
There are articles about Pinterest making mothers feel depressed and inadequate and Instagram portraying unrealistic rosy versions of life and I’m guilty as charged. Guilty not just of putting up picture-perfect artistically-filtered humorously-captioned photographs of my kids but guilty also of being on the receiving end, where looking at pictures of other families/ holidays/ projects on various social media sites make me feel like I need to play catch-up.
So I present a not-so-pretty glimpse into my life with the kids. It’s Mother’s Day and I’m expecting to feel special, to be showered with love and appreciation, to be given adorable handmade cards scrawled in childish handwriting, and to have beautiful photos taken with my colour-coordinated kids. Did any of that happen?
Not really. I still had to run after the kids, take care of all their usual needs and carry out all my motherly duties. At one point of time, I was the only one watching the kids as they ran and played outside, while Adrian and my in-laws were still sitting in the restaurant relaxing after lunch. Then Anya refused to smile for a family photo and made silly excuses about her arm hurting. I was fuming and I never felt so unappreciated in my life. All I wanted was a decent photo and I couldn’t even get that.
To top it off, her class teachers forgot to get the kids to make a mother’s day card in school and she only brought one home the day after Mother’s Day. By the time I got to see it in the evening, however, she had scribbled all over it with a ballpoint pen. Nice. I complained bitterly to Adrian about his children taking me for granted and he reminded me about the other card that Anya had made for me with his help. She wanted the card to be perfect and made three different cards before finally deciding that one was good enough to give to me.
My life as a mother is far from flawless and my kids are as imperfect as they come. I know sometimes I make it seem otherwise. But Mother’s Day was such a reality check for me to stop thinking about composing Kodak moments to capture and present to the rest of the world, and to really focus on living life in the moment with my family whom I love dearly and fiercely with all its imperfections.