Sweet delights to something a little naughty

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 07 May, 2004, 12:00am

how will you say thanks on Mother's day?

In case you hadn't realised it, mothers are pretty important.

And, if those scientists in Japan who two weeks ago announced they had created a couple of fatherless mice have their way, they could be about to become a whole lot more important.

So with that in mind, it's probably a good time to be thinking about how you are going to make Mother's Day, on Sunday, a special one.

Across town, florists, restaurants, spas and purveyors of all things chocolate are knuckling down and preparing for what will be one of the busiest days of the year.

The Peninsula, Grand Hyatt and Shangri-La hotels are all putting on special dining packages for the occasion, while stand-alone restaurants are preparing for the Mother's Day rush.

Cynics among us may snipe and sneer about the occasion being simply an excuse for faceless corporations to cream a little more from guilt-laden consumers, but happier souls still love a chance to buy for mum.

The public relations manager for Central's Yung Kee restaurant, Sandy Won Chuk-yan, said although it was not offering any packages on Sunday, it was already nearly booked out.

'It is always one of the busiest days of the year,' she said. 'I think with the economic situation improving this year, it will be much better than last.'

Those thinking of food as a gift for that special lady might also want to consider some chocolates - almost always a winner. Godiva Chocolatier has put together a Mother's Day gift box, which features a white organza flower and 32 pieces of its finest delights.

There is also the option of really surprising her with breakfast in bed. There are plenty of recipes out there but a few particularly tasty ones are on offer at www.mrbreakfast.com.

If your mother isn't the type to want a nice sleep-in, you could take advantage of the fact that Sunday is the last opportunity Hongkongers will have for some time to take breakfast with the giant pandas at Ocean Park; book on 2552 0291.

Frederique Spa in Central is offering three different Mother's Day packages, ranging in price from $880 to $1,380, aimed mainly at the mother-daughter market.

And for those wishing to give mum something a little more exotic, why not shout her and her girlfriends a night out at the Friday Club (www.friday-club.com.hk) on Tin Hau Temple Road.

The 4,000 sq ft club touts itself as being the city's 'most luxurious and high-class club for ladies' and boasts more than 40 well-mannered and charming male hosts to ensure she has 'a romantic and exciting night'.

Isn't that what she deserves?