My mum

My mum is going to be 80 come November and my eldest brother initiated a birthday dinner for her. He had found a nice restaurant and managed to get my relatives and siblings to join in the celebration.

My brother wanted me to accompany my mum to buy a piece or two cloth so that her blouses could be tailored. So on the 16 August, I drove up to Taiping and took my mum out shopping for cloth. It was not easy. She didn't like any of the cloth displayed. 

I called my friend asking her if she she knew of any other cloth shop. She said that the good shop was closed on Sunday. 

In that case, I might as well look for ready made blouses for her. Climbing up the stairs of the emporium was not so convenient for my mum, so, I made her sit somewhere and wait for me while I went up to the third floor.

Managed to persuade the sales promoter to allow me to take the blouse downstairs for my mum to try it. Mum tried and it was a little tight. So I got a size larger for her. Seeing that the blouse looked good on her, I bought another same blouse but with different color.

Gave the blouses to my mum and she seemed happy about it. Waited for my friend as as I needed her favor to take those blouses for an alteration in length. My mum saw my friend and I had given her the phone number. My friend would call my mum when she's free.

Time flew and I just wanted to check it out with my mum. On 2 September, I finally got my mum on the phone. A few days ago, she didn't seem to be home. Talked to her and asked if my friend had taken her to do the alteration. 

She said no and she continued with her refusal to wear the blouses. Firstly, she didn't like the idea of wearing it from top. Secondly, she didn't like the designs of birds on the fabric. She was so persistent that I gave up. I told her that I would get my friend to take her shopping for material and then send them for tailoring. She agreed.

I called my friend immediately and she was amused. She quickly phoned my  mum and made a date with her. Finally she chose two pieces of cloth and sent them for tailoring too.

Really thankful that my friend did a very great favor for me.

Last Sunday, I went to Taiping and picked my mum back. I took back the two blouses too. Tried on them and they were definitely too large for me. What a waste..provided someone wants to buy over.


  1. That's a nice friend you have! Great to have such helpful friends!

  2. Haha. A woman can be stubborn and persistent when it comes to clothing, no matter what age!!! Glad your friend could help you out.

  3. Yeah, I saw your FB post.. The blouse looks ok and the design is ok too.. I'm like you too, if I like something, I will buy many of the (same) thing BUT with different colour.. Your mum seem to be pleased with the blouse, how come she refused to wear it later? Hmm, nevermind la, just keep it, maybe you wear at home as house shirt?

  4. The older generations do have their own taste and sometimes stubborn, just like my mum refuses to learn how to use sms on her phone..

  5. Saw with you and Princess Ribbon, if i like the design, i will also buy few but different colour...

  6. Lol...elders are likebthat. Biasa with certain style so willfeel uncomfortable with otherss. Maybe i will be like that too when i am older. Even now already become a creature of habit already.

  7. I thought your mum was happy with the blue blouse when you were at the emporium?? and when back to Taiping she refuses to wear them?? so did your tailor friend successfully made one the she likes and happy to wear on her birthday??

  8. This was exactly the same case with my mum. All her clothes had to be tailor made as she did not like the idea of wearing from the top.
    Now my mum is gone and her wardrobe is full of her long dinner dresses. My siblings expect me to tidy up and give away.

  9. I look forward to see your mum's 80th birthday dinner photos.
    Happy Birthday to your mummy!

  10. Good that you made your mom happy in the end.

    Happy Malaysia Day, Wenn!

  11. You have such a good friend. Why don't you alter the blouses yourself to fit your size and wear them? Then they won't be wasted.

  12. So happy to read this post.. brings back sweet memories of my own mom...Your friend is so nice to help out... have a wonderful time with her and family, Wenn!!


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