Celebrate Mother’s Day every day

Updated: Saturday May 10, 2014 MYT 8:24:48 AM

Celebrate Mother’s Day every day

MOTHER’S Day falls on the second Sunday in May.

For someone who is there for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no pay, what can we give our mothers in return?

All mothers throughout the world are awesome and without them many of us would not be where we are today.

Remember the times when we fell, got dirty and hurt ourselves, felt sick and hungry. They were always there for us.

And now that we are all grown up and have families of our own, it does not mean we forget about our mothers.

We should continue to show our love and appreciation to them and hopefully our children will learn to do the same for their mother.

In Asian culture, filial piety is inherent in many of us.

Tomorrow, many restaurants would be doing a roaring business either during lunch or dinner as families would be giving their mothers a treat.

However, to show one’s love for his or her mother does not necessarily mean giving her the best only on this day alone.

In fact, I feel that every day should be Mother’s Day and not just one day in the month of May.

My mother is now in her 80s. She has scoliosis and osteoporosis.

Initially, it was very painful for her as the bones began to deform.

There is no cure for her ailments but medication can alleviate the pain and give her some degree of comfort. Every three or four months she has an appointment with her doctor at the hospital.

Surprisingly, she looks forward to such visits and she remembers the doctor who first treated her for her ailments.

Previously, I used to take my mother on a motorcycle to the hospital for her appointments.

I used the motorcycle because it was and still is very difficult to find a parking space at the hospital.

Even though her back was already deformed when she was riding pillion on the motorcycle, she could sit and balance herself properly. And of course I did not speed with her riding pillion.

On a few occasions I have had the traffic police outriders or patrol cars coming to my side to inquire if my mother was seated properly as a pillion rider. These policemen were concerned by the way her back was arched. I appreciated their concern and told the policemen that everything was fine.

My mother seldom talks about the early years when she was looking after me. I could remember bits and pieces of the time I was growing up.

I am sure, like all mothers, she went through a lot for me in trying circumstances. Even till today, she is still concerned for my family and me, and will never fail to tell us to drive carefully whenever we go about in our car.

Our mothers are like gems and we must treasure them and appreciate the things they have done and gone through for us when we were growing up.

So Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!



About bambooinnovator
Kee Koon Boon (“KB”) is the co-founder and director of HERO Investment Management which provides specialized fund management and investment advisory services to the ARCHEA Asia HERO Innovators Fund (www.heroinnovator.com), the only Asian SMID-cap tech-focused fund in the industry. KB is an internationally featured investor rooted in the principles of value investing for over a decade as a fund manager and analyst in the Asian capital markets who started his career at a boutique hedge fund in Singapore where he was with the firm since 2002 and was also part of the core investment committee in significantly outperforming the index in the 10-year-plus-old flagship Asian fund. He was also the portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific equities at Korea’s largest mutual fund company. Prior to setting up the H.E.R.O. Innovators Fund, KB was the Chief Investment Officer & CEO of a Singapore Registered Fund Management Company (RFMC) where he is responsible for listed Asian equity investments. KB had taught accounting at the Singapore Management University (SMU) as a faculty member and also pioneered the 15-week course on Accounting Fraud in Asia as an official module at SMU. KB remains grateful and honored to be invited by Singapore’s financial regulator Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to present to their top management team about implementing a world’s first fact-based forward-looking fraud detection framework to bring about benefits for the capital markets in Singapore and for the public and investment community. KB also served the community in sharing his insights in writing articles about value investing and corporate governance in the media that include Business Times, Straits Times, Jakarta Post, Manual of Ideas, Investopedia, TedXWallStreet. He had also presented in top investment, banking and finance conferences in America, Italy, Sydney, Cape Town, HK, China. He has trained CEOs, entrepreneurs, CFOs, management executives in business strategy & business model innovation in Singapore, HK and China.

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