We don’t generally dedicate a huge amount of column space to Mother’s Day here at Sassy Mama, as we’re kind of believers that your husband/partner and kids should be taking care of all the arrangements so that you can put your feet up and have a fabulous day! We all know though that sometimes mama might be dreaming of some more quality “pampering” time than a sticky kiss on the cheek and some burnt toast served up in bed (as much as we love the gesture!)… So, this year we’re taking matters into our own hands and sharing how our fantasy dream day would go!
Sarah – our brand-new Sassy Mama Singapore Editor!
Getting my hair done always feels like such a treat! Some of the best haircuts I’ve had in Singapore have been with Alvin (he’s such a pro with the scissors he’s now the lead stylist) at Trimmings who gives my tresses some much needed lovin’. I haven’t got him to do a colour yet however (decided to ditch the hair dye after having a terrible colour done in Hong Kong). We don’t have a helper so any night I don’t have to cook is also a huge bonus for me (especially as my husband hates cooking!). I’d give myself the night off cooking and head down to Merry Men at Robertson Quay for dinner with the fam. This lovely little spot scores big points for its riverside location, happy hour prices and outdoor space for little ones to wander (if necessary!).
For me it would be the ultimate in luxury to sleep in past 11am and then wake up to a sumptous homemade brunch of egg, toast, bacon, sausages and pancakes made by my husband and kids! After breakfast, we could all go to East Coast Park for a bike ride and visit the National Geographic Dog Adoption Drive at East Coast Park near carpark D1. Lots of dogs will be available for adoption and dog lovers will be bringing their animals to gather. It should be a great event for family and kids!
For dinner we could head out to our favourite Japanese Restaurant, Nogawa at Concorde Hotel for Nogawa-san’s omakase menu and sake! We would bring along my mum too to join us for a multi-generational mother’s day treat!
Kristin – our girl around town with her finger on Singapore’s pulse (she tells us out-of-touch mamas all the hippest spots to check out)
Tucked away on Temple Street is Bath Culture Foot Therapy, a quiet oasis with luxury foot massages which include a hot bath soak, an aromatic foot massage and a great little shoulder and back massage to finish. After my foot massage I’d head to any of the Antoinette locations for a light brunch or lunch – they have a huge selection of teas and decadent desserts. Try the Antoinette – a Chocolate Mousse infused with earl grey tea, chocolate biscuit, dark chocolate earl grey tea cremeux, raspberry coulis and earl grey tea crumble. It is heaven on earth! For a bit of retail therapy, I would stop by Willow and Huxley on Amoy Street, which brings in bright and bold designers from around the globe.
If you just can’t be bothered to do your hair before an evening out, Blow + Bar does a great wash and style that includes a glass of wine, champagne or tea. They also have great add-ons like deep conditioning treatments. They can also do mani and pedi’s at the same time for the Mama who needs to multi-task when pampering herself!
A few hours where its all about ME? Firstly, I would start by escaping to Auriga Spa at Capella on Sentosa for a few hours for a facial and massage (using their award-winning Organic Pharmacy products) and to use their “Wet Facilities” — I love their Ice Fountain and Vitality Pool! Make sure you go early to make the most of your relaxation time, and hang out afterwards at their tranquil relaxation lounge. Next, a quick blowdry at Prep, another blowdry salon (are we sensing a trend here?!) at the Mandarin Gallery, followed by dinner at my favourite Italian restaurant No Menu where they serve the BEST burrata! And to top off a perfect afternoon? A nightcap at my favourite bar Tippling Club at Dempsey Hill for a Cuban Manhattan or a 2-year-aged Manhattan! BLISS!
Hester – our new-to-Singapore mama, playing and exploring with tots in tow!
If I was going all out to treat myself, a night in a hotel alone is always the ultimate in luxury! I would sleep, sleep and then sleep some more, take a bath, order up room service, and maybe even watch a movie all the way through… Isn’t that every mama-of-tiny-ones’ ultimate fantasy? My fave Singapore hotel is probably The Fullerton Bay as it’s just so elegant and feminine. I might even invite my husband to come visit me for a glass of champagne at their Lantern Bar! If I was looking for a slightly more budget-friendly option, I’d head to Tiong Bahru’s Nimble/Knead for a quick, restorative massage, before hitting up Tiong Bahru Bakery for a tasty treat! Nom nom nom.
Sofia – our sporty Swedish Sassy Mama-to-two!
If I had (a penny for each time I dream about) a day to myself , I would start it off with a nice looong breakfast in peace and quiet. Hey, I might even read the paper for a change. This would then be followed by a nice leisurely stroll around town with no commitments, no time constraints and absolutely no, zero, nada screaming kids. I’d stop by the oasis that is Kinokuniya book store in Takashimaya and enjoy some nice book browsing. After that I’d read one of my newly bought books over lunch at the Marmalade Pantry in ION enjoying a glass of cold Sauvignon Blanc while waiting for my chicken Caesar salad. And then I’d order a second glass with lunch.
After lunch I would gently tip toe down to level B1 in ION for a nice massage at Elements Spa.
If you just happen to leave this page open on your computer just in case someone decides to take inspiration… So much the better! Happy Mother’s Day wonderful mamas!