Every few years, I get to celebrate this day with mothers in this part of the world (I realised not everyone celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of the year). This year, it was a day before and it felt almost right that I should be served and pampered like a queen.
We thought of a Friday date night but I couldn’t be sure as I was worried that I would be zombified by the time I put the kids to bed, it all depends … the kids, my mood, the weather blah blah blah
On Friday morning, my friend and I went for a longer than usual ride because she was eager to try out her new saddle. It was a good start to the day. The calories we burned was probably not enough to cover the breakfast we had at Starbucks. but it was good enough to set the mood right for the rest of the day.
The kids were generally well behaved (I was quite sure the endorphins from the morning ride helped). They remembered to flush the toilet, switch off the bathroom light, put their dishes into the sink, keep their toys and not eat like a caveman. Yes, these are the trivial that drive me crazy on a daily basis. I managed to catch a nap and by the time my husband came home, I was revving to go.
Since it was such a special day, my husband suggested dining at some upscale restaurant (got to love this man for being so thoughtful) but I wasn’t quite sure about sitting down pretentiously, nibbling on nicely curated dish that would only leave me half full but cost an arm and a leg. We ended up munching on finger food at a pub restaurant accompanied by an acoustic duet. It was informal and relaxing, just the way I liked it.
I woke up on Saturday morning with a slight hang over but couldn’t get back to sleep as I was too eager to try out my birthday present. It was a multi sport watch with GPS and heart rate monitor. Yay! I had to applaud him for not giving up on buying gadgety electronic stuff for me. It was a cool watch that comes with heart rate monitor sans the uncomfortable chest strap!
I did a short ride with it and the grogginess dissipated as soon I started sweating. It’s amazing how a little morning sun and exercise could do wonder to your body and mind. I was satisfied and contented and a deliriously happy girl. I thought about the boys and knew exactly how we should spend the day.
The boys were all up by then and I got them to meet up with me. While waiting for them, I decided to cruise along the beach and do what I enjoy doing best.
I was famished by the time they reached. We started the day with everyone’s favourite. For me, it has to be dry Bak Chor Bee Hoon from this one and only stall.
The 10 minutes boat ride brought us to an idyllic island with swaying palm trees and lounging stray dogs.
If you ask my 5 year old, he would tell you that we are visiting the wild boars. He’s not wrong, cos we almost always bumped into them when we were there.
And indeed, we met one, an especially big female sow! She was rummaging for food and here’s my husband trying to back her off from a hiker who had a packet of snack with her. It was the first time we met such a big one and the kids thought it was funny that the mummy sow showed up to wish me a happy birthday.
It was a simple kind of special day where everyone got a bit of their favourite things and everyone was happy and that was the best kind of birthday gift.