|Holiday Villa Hotels & Resorts' Kenneth de Silva (General Manager- Business Development & Special Projects) and Adibah Ishak (Corporate Communications Manager) with prizewinners (from left) Tee Poh Chin (accepting the 3rd Prize for her sister Tee Poh Geok), Afiqah Safira (2nd Prize winner), Lorraine Liew and daughter Charleen Tai (1st Prize winner).
Three lucky mothers are going to be treated to a holiday soon thanks to their daughters who had taken part in and won prizes in ParenThots' Mother's Day contest.
The contest, titled Holiday Villa Pampers Mothers, saw a total of 820 entries.
Winning the first prize was kindergarten teacher Charleen Tai, 22. She won a three-day, two-night stay for two plus a spa treat at the Eastern Pavillion Boutique Resort & Spa in Cherating.
Tai's winning entry read: “She always loves us, never complains about taking care of five of us and she works three jobs to support us. My mum ROCKS!!!!”
Her mother Lorraine Liew, 50, accompanied her to to the prizegiving ceremony recently held at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya.
Tai explained that her mother holds three jobs. While having a full-time job as an accounts clerk, she also does part-time accounts and bakes cakes and buns.
Tai has four siblings – two sisters and two brothers aged 26 to 14 years old.
“She told me about this contest after she won the first prize. I was very surprised,” said Liew, laughing.
Tai said she told her mother, “Even if there's a typhoon or tsunami you must go for this holiday with me.”
Liew explained that all the hardwork has indeed paid off.
“When I look back I don't know how God provided me the time to take care of the children and also hold three jobs,” she said.
Student Afiqah Safira, 21, now pursuing a library science degree at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), won the second prize – a three-day, two-night stay for two plus a spa treat at the Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa in Langkawi.
Afiqah is the second of five children. Her mother, a school teacher, had one child followed by six years and six miscarriages before she had Afiqah. Then her mother had another three children.
“I found out about how hard my mother tried to have her second child when I was in school in Form Four or Five. We had been fighting at that time and, in fact, we had not spoken for a few weeks. So she texted me about how she had had six miscarriages in six years before she had me,” said Afiqah.
Describing her mother as “wonderwoman”, Afiqah said her message for her mother would be:
“I would like to tell her that I really love her and I'm sorry for all the arguments and for being such a rebel.”
Third prize winner Tee Poh Geok could not make it to the prizegiving ceremony. She was represented by her sister Poh Chin.
Bank executive Poh Geok, 38, won a three-day, two-night stay for two and spa treat at Holiday Villa Beach Resort & Spa in Cherating.
Their mum raised seven children on her own after their father passed away when the children were still small. She worked long hours at her mixed rice food business in Seremban to support the seven kids.