But FN is here to help you out, and we came up with some ideas to help you make Mother’s Day great for the most important woman in your life—even with the last-minute rush.
DOÑA FOR A DAY
If your mom is a bit of a history buff or just appreciates antiques, take her to La Cocina de Tita Moning, an ancestral home in the San Miguel district of Manila. The experience starts with a tour of the Legarda Mansion and ends at the dining room where you can partake in scrumptious dishes that the Legarda family had enjoyed for generations.
SALON AND SPA SESSION
Nothing spells ultimate pampering than a trip to the spa and salon—after all, women are hardwired to enjoy being pampered. Head to your favorite salon or if you don't have one, check out Spot.PH's hair round up then head over to the spa. Try Neo Day Spa and ask about their Mother's Day packages, or try their Pearl Tranquility or Caviar facials as the cherry on top of your indulgence cake!
For years, your mom let you shop like a socialite on a trust fund; on her holiday, turn the tables and be mom's personal shopper and stylist. Don't forget to foot the bill! But if you don't trust your styling skills, you can always get a personal shopper—head to the concierge desk found at major malls and inquire about getting a little shopping help.
GIVE BACK TO SOCIETY
Mom has always taught you to share your blessings with the less fortunate, so why not put it into practice? Find charities that match your mom's causes and ask about volunteering. If you can't find one, try calling Hands on Manila for volunteering opportunities. Why not go to homes for abandoned elders? They will surely appreciate it, especially the since their families seldom remember them on holidays like this one.
TAKE A COOKING CLASS TOGETHER
Embark on a new adventure with mom by taking classes on cuisines you knew nothing about or delve deeper on more familiar cuisines. Love Italian food? Learn how to make real carbonara (hint: you’re not supposed to use cream!) or gnocchi.
Avoid the crowds and hire a personal chef for mom instead! Devise your own menu full or your mom's favorites or surprise her with dishes she never had before, but leave the creepy crawlies to Fear Factor.
BE A FOODIE
If you're on a budget, then why not experiment with recipes from the Internet instead? Websites like Epicurious and Yummy make searching for recipes easy by allowing you to search by ingredient, type of cuisine, or type of dish. You can also check out our article on recipes you can make for Mother’s Day—with different suggestions to match the level of your kitchen skills.
Take her to Cafe Havana and have their bartender create a special mix for your mom. The Cuban restaurant is lucky enough to have bartenders who actually know their drinks. Warn your mom about the possibility of seeing "intercontinental flirting" at the nearby tables, but the food and drinks are worth tuning these couples out.
If your mom is a voracious reader maybe it's time to get her an e-book reader and fill it with her favorite books or books she has been meaning to read. Imagine how many trees you'll save by purchasing the digital copy!
TRIP DOWN THE MEMORY LANE
Most of the candies your mom enjoyed as a kid are practically gone, so surprise her with a collection of candies from the decade she was born! Order them online at Old Time Candy website .
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