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Mum's the Greatest: Here are four suggested itineraries for the day

Pamper your mom this Mother's Day!
The Straits Times - May 7, 2014
By: Seow Bei Yi And Venessa Thor
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Mum's the Greatest: Here are four suggested itineraries for the day Soft scrambled eggs with Sturia caviar and creme fraiche from Osteria Mozza, a restaurant at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. -- PHOTO: OSTERIA MOZZA, MARINA BAY SANDS

It can be stressful to plan your day out with the greatest mother, since she deserves only the best. Whether your mum prefers an adventure outdoors or a wants the royal treatment instead, there is a way to please her.
Here are four itineraries to take her on:

1. For the glamorous mum

MORNING: For those who like their Sunday brunch, head down to the nearest cafe with mum for your breakfast fix.
There is no shortage of cafes around Singapore, from those near housing estates like the eateries in Bishan Park, to the quaint cafes in Duxton.
Families who prefer a fancier affair in town can head to restaurants offering a weekend brunch like Osteria Mozza in the Marina Bay Sands Shoppes. There, brunch starts at noon with a pastry basket followed by a choice of main course.

Osteria Mozza
Where: B1-42/46, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Price Range: $45++ for brunch spread
Info: 6688-8522

Grub
Where: 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 (Bishan Park 1) Singapore 569983
Price Range: $20++
Info: 6459-5743

AFTERNOON: After which, make mum feel special by taking her out shopping with a personal shopper. Robinsons Orchard offers this service for free, with no purchase required. All that is needed is to make an appointment in advance through a call or e-mail. It does not have to be an awkward session as well; she can bring her friends and go together in a small group.
Then, take her for some rest and relaxation. Porcelain The Face Spa offers packages like the OxyRevive Treatment ($195 for 75 minutes), which rejuvenates the skin with a powerful oxygen jet spray.
Be sure to book early; this store, housed in a cosy shophouse off Chinatown, is often fully-booked during peak periods. Other places include Spa Club at Beach Road, which offers an Ultimate Radiance Lift Facial ($488 for 90 minutes), made to boost dull and tired skin.

Robinson's Orchard
Where: 260 Orchard Road, Singapore 238855
Info: 6735-8838

Porcelain The Face Spa
Where: 15 Cantonment Road, Singapore 089739 
Info: 6227-9692

Spa Club
Where: 75 Beach Road, #01-00/02-00, Singapore 189689
Info: 6339-9238

EVENING: Finish the day off with a family buffet dinner. Amara Singapore’s revamped all-day dining concept features a generous spread of crustaceans, alongside an eclectic a la carte menu with Spanish chef Mikel Badiola behind the cooking station.

Element on Tras Street, 
Where: Amara Singapore, 165 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088539
Price Range: $55 for dinner
Info: 6879-2555

2. For the down-to-earth mum:

If all mum wants to do is spend quality time with the family, break the monotony with a staycation in a hotel, and plan your day around the choice of location.
If you are looking for something off the beaten track, boutique hotels like Rabbit Carrot Gun, which consist of refurbished suites in old shop houses, might just do the trick. Check out the delectable food nearby and plan a food trail for mum.
Otherwise, there is also the glamorous W Singapore in Sentosa Cove, which has a swimming pool, pool bar, and steakhouse. Spend the day on the beach or at the spa, before retreating back to your luxurious suite.

MORNING: Check into one of the boutique hotels around town to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Places like Hotel Fort Canning, tucked away in a quiet corner of the city, provides a nice a getaway. Once a British administrative building, Hotel Fort Canning has since been revamped and boasts stylish, minimalist rooms. Surrounding the hotel are various attractions and greenery, perfect for a late morning stroll.

Hotel Fort Canning
Where: 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881
Info: 6559-6770

AFTERNOON: Have a picnic on the greens in Fort Canning Park, and stroll around its various historical attractions like the Fort Gate and ASEAN Sculpture Garden. For a cultural boost, head downhill for a tour around the National Museum of Singapore. Ongoing exhibitions include "More than a garden", which targets the heritage behind Singapore Botanic Gardens, and the Singapore Living Galleries, which document things like local food, film, and fashion.

Fort Canning Park
Where: 70 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037
Info: 1800-471-7300

National Museum of Singapore
Where: 93 Stamford Rd, Singapore 178897
Info: 6332-3659

EVENING: Head back to the hotel for a family dinner at The Glass House, which features Asian fusion cuisine. After dinner, check out if there are any outdoor film screenings at Fort Canning Park - these typically take place between 5pm to midnight.

The Glass House Restaurant
Where: Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881 
Info: 6559-6760

3. For the adventurous mum

If your mum is the thrill-seeking type, let her Mother’s Day this year be pumping with adrenaline. Kick off the day with a bike ride or trek. In the afternoon, let mum soak up the sun wakeboarding. When night time rolls around, relax at a beach-side restaurant.

MORNING: In the morning, take your sporty mum out for a bike ride or trek at the many trails around Singapore. One of them is the North Eastern Riverine Loop, which runs through Buangkok, Sengkang and Punggol and offers views of Punggol Beach and Punggol Promenade. If the north-east is too far for you, try the Western Adventure Loop. Spot birds and butterflies along the Pang Sua Park Connector in Bukit Panjang and enjoy views of Jurong Lake. Full map and details can be found on the National Parks website.

AFTERNOON: You can’t let Mother’s Day for your daredevil mum be without some thrills and spills. Drop by Wave House Sentosa or Ski360degree for mum to catch some waves. A curved ramp called the FlowBarrel, with more than 350,000 litres of water a minute, creates a continuous 1.8m-tall barrel wave for you to surf on at Wave House Sentosa. Over in the east, Ski360degree lets you water ski or wakeboard using a cable-pulling system that goes continuously around a lagoon, instead of using a boat. Fret not if mum is inexperienced in water sports because guidance is provided.

Ski360degree
Where: 1206A East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449891
Price range: $50 per person for a one-hour session
Info: 6442-7318

Wave House Sentosa
Where: 36 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa
Price range: $40 per person for a one-hour session
Info: 6377-3113

EVENING: For the adventurous mum, Mother’s Day can’t be complete without an alfresco dinner.
What used to be a mansion for residence, Alkaff Mansion Ristorante at Telok Blangah Green is currently an Italian restaurant that is surrounded by nature.
The two-storey Tudor-styled bungalow sits atop a hill and provides picturesque views of the Keppel Harbour. Wild Oats, opened by the Wild Rocket group, at Punggol Park is a favourite among families.
It overlooks a 5-ha pond and serves local-meets-western fare such as sambal balachan fish fillet and otah bruschetta.

Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
Where: 10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
Price range: About $30 for a main dish
Info: 6510 3068

Wild Oats
Where: Punggol Park, 97 Hougang Ave 8, Singapore 538792
Price range: About $13 for a main dish
Info: 6858-2087

4. For the artistic mum
If mummy dearest prefers to wield a paintbrush over a kitchen knife or the latest handbag, take her on an art-filled day, starting off with a brunch at an art-themed eatery, followed by art jamming. End off Mother’s Day on a sweet note with a play or musical.

MORNING: Get mum her caffeine fix alongside works of art at Artistry, an art gallery-cum-cafe located at Kampong Glam. The shophouse-cafe, which gets their coffee beans from Liberty Coffee, a local coffee roaster, has its walls lined with paintings by local and foreign artists. Performances by independent bands take place here often as well. The cafe serves western fare like burgers, as well as desserts such as the highly-raved about red velvet cake. Another artsy cafe is My Art Space Cafe, which overlooks the fountain in Istana Park. My Art Space is also an art studio, so your mum can enjoy a pizza or sandwich while being surrounded by art.

Artistry 
Where: 17 Jalan Pinang, Singapore 199149
Price range: About $15 for a main dish
Info: 6298-2420

My Art Space Cafe
Where: Istana Park, 31 Orchard Road, Singapore 238888
Price range: About $8.90 for a main dish
Info: 9757-4782

AFTERNOON: The latest trend in town, art jam studios allow wannabe artists’ imaginations to run wild. Bring mum to Arteastiq in Mandarin Gallery, which hands customers a canvas, unlimited acrylic paint, brushes and a palette and leave them to their own devices. If they need a little help getting their creative juices flowing, they can order tea or alcoholic beverages from the tea lounge adjacent to the studio. An alternative to Arteastiq is Cups N Canvas. Cups N Canvas is the new kid on the block. Part-cafe and part-gallery, it offers painting, life drawing and even printmaking classes.

Arteastiq 
Where: Mandarin Gallery, #04-14/15, 333 Orchard Road, Singapore 238867
Price range: $48 per session, $60 per guided session
Info: 6235-8705

Cups N Canvas
Where: 139 Selegie Road, Singapore 188309
Price range: About $60 a person for a three-hour session, monthly packages are available
Info: 6884-6855

EVENING: Pack a picnic basket filled with your mum’s favourite foods and head to Fort Canning Park for a night under the stars with the family. Singapore Repertory Theatre is presenting The Merchant of Venice for its Shakespeare in the Park series this year. If your mum prefers something lighthearted, take her back to the 1970s with the Grease musical, which is playing at the Mastercard Theatre at Marina Bay Sands

Shakespeare in the Park - The Merchant of Venice 
Where: Fort Canning Park
Price range: $55 per ticket for a Sunday show, $45 if you book in advance
Info: 6348-5555 (Sistic)

Grease
Where: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Price range: From $60 per D reserve seat to $175 per VIP seat
Info: 6348-5555 (Sistic)

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