Mother's Day is just round the corner.
Just because we're stuck at home during the circuit breaker doesn't mean we can't make our mums feel special - in fact it's all the more reason to give her some stay-home sayang. So here's a list of 10 things you can manja mummy with, whether you are together or not.
Cake shops may not be open yet, but if Mum could spend nine months with you as a bun in the oven, you can spend an hour baking her a cake. Since it's the thought that counts, you don't have to make anything fancy: just take note of what she likes, and simple sponge cakes or even no-bake cakes could bring on big beams.
Here's Agent SK's homemade chocolate mayonnaise cake. It may not win any beauty contests, but it's made with LOVE!
And yes, mayonnaise. This recipe is surprisingly delicious and super easy, where you throw a few ingredients together and then leave the mixture in the oven. Google 'chocolate mayonnaise cake' to find a host of recipes with rave reviews.
You can leave the final product at your mom's door as a sweet surprise. Or, if she really is big on presentation, you can order a ready-made confection to be sent to her address, the way Agent G's sisters surprised her with a fudgy delight.
For those of you intending to put in a last minute order, you can still get cakes from:
The above list accommodates various budgets, arranged from lowest to highest.
Since Mum probably spent many years prepping meals for the family, it's always nice to return the favour. Whether she loves hawker food or a fancy feast, you can whip something up to fit her needs. Or, choose from the myriad of restaurants that now offer home-delivery.
Yes, you can even have lobsters to celebrate since Burgers & Lobsters are now in Singapore.
And if you live together, amp up the pampering by making sure you set the table and do the post-meal clean-up too. We're sure she'll appreciate not cooking or cleaning for a night!
Flowers are always nice, but especially so when we're cooped up at home and could desperately use a taste of the outdoors in our living rooms.
Source: Mirage Flowers
While many florists seem to be closed, these online outlets are still operational as of 4 May 2020:
Or to give her some activity to while away the hours, you can even order a floral jamming pack on Mirage Flowers so she can create her own floral arrangements, whether together with you, or on her own.
Agent G did just that with her son and had lots of fun.
Watch to see how the process was like.
With the price lower than most bouquets + shears + flower food and a vase all in, the flower jamming pack is definitely much more value-for-money than a regular bouquet!
For mummy friends who are strictly practical and think flowers are a waste of money, consider getting something to take the load off their maternal duties.
We saw this fun 3M Post-it Dry Erase Surface on Amazon Singapore... it's a erasable flexible surface that can be cut to fit any walls or tables.
Kids can write on it and it won't take ages to remove those stains after.
Perfect for Moms with young kids!
When was the last time you wrote your mother a letter? For most of us Beauty Undercover agents, it was in primary school when our teachers made us. Take the time to express your gratitude and love with a heartfelt handwritten note - in a time where we're feeling how cluttered are homes are, a letter is compact but jam-packed with meaning, and can be kept and treasured forever.
You can make your message much more of a keepsake by writing it on a self-desiged a beautiful handmade Mother's Day card.
We stumbled upon local florist Happy Bunch who created three floral designs (of our favourite flowers) that you can print out, colour in, and give to your mum!
We think it's as pretty as any store-bought card, and much more meaningful and personal.
Have a conference call with your extended family and family friends - the more the merrier! With the virtual company of everyone, your mum will feel so much love and companionship even though we're all separated for the time being. And she gets to see all of them close up too, probably more than she would in real life!
If your family members or friends live abroad and are in different time zones, you can also get everyone to send you a video message, then compile them all into a video.
Warning: Tears might be shed!
Whether you live with your mum, or you don't, but have a grandchild she adores, get dressed up and immortalise this rare (enforced) family time with a self arranged photoshoot. Adobe is offering free trials of their products, so this is a great time to try out photoshop to try to approximate a pro-looking family portrait.
The more family members you stay with, the more you can involve! It creates a much-needed opportunity to doll up and create a sense of occasion during this stay-home season.
Agent G's Mom and Agent G as an infant
If your mom is like Agent G's, she'll probably appreciate you taking some time to look through past photos and reminiscing about childhood with her. You can do this whether you're physically together, or by scanning those pictures and then using the Zoom screen-sharing function. Flipping through those yellowed pictures, we can't help but wonder... Where has the time gone? How was Agent G's hair ever so unstyled?
No nail salons open right now? No problem. If you live together with your mum and are skilled at nail art, buy tools and colours from the pharmacies and give her a mani-pedi at home so she'll have a lovely, fresh coat of polish. She can still look and feel fabulous even if she's just staying home.
If you don't live with your mother but think she would appreciate a bit of a makeover, you can send her nail sets or fool-proof nail stickers that she can just stick on and file off. Super easy!
With the circuit-breaker relaxed on 12 May, why not book a haircut for her?
Your mom was probably too busy making sure that you and your siblings have the supplies you need before the Circuit Breaker and that means no trip to the hairdresser. This may just be a good time for her to get out of the house and feel pretty for an hour.
Here's a list of top hair salons that are open in Singapore during the Circuit Breaker. Oh, and if your mum is worried an hour is too short to communicate exactly what she wants? Try Picasso Hair Studio's video hair consultations before heading down.
For Moms who're fretting over your dry frizzy hair, you can always purchase a Tokio Inkarami Treatment set at home on Tokio.sg. We hear they are offering free delivery to your doorstep. Remember to contact your salon for a discount code... or you can always PM us :)
Show your mother you think she's gorgeous by preparing an at-home mini spa day for her. (Try to be better at applying masks than Agent G's son was, or if you can't, then at least be as cute as him.)
There are some of us here whose Moms are no longer with us. Our hearts ache every Mother's Day, and whenever their photos unexpectedly appear on our social media feeds.
If you feel you can, don't shut those images down this Mother's Day. Honour her memory.
Remember something positive about her: the funny moments shared, the times your mother was there just when you really needed, and the many ways that you are a better person today because of the life lessons she taught you.
Talk to your family and people who knew her and share those memories, or write them down to continue to immortalise her in your heart.
Happy Mothers Day to one and all.