IPOH: This Mothers Day is particularly poignant for Nepali workers as they remember their mums back in their quake-ravaged country.
Security guard Surya Bahadur Tamang, 28, whose family and three older brothers lost their homes in the 7.8-magnitude disaster, said this was his first Mothers Day away from home.
"I can only call maa and talk to her. I miss seeing her face ... it's been 10 months," he said, struggling to speak with what little Bahasa Malaysia he knew.
Originally from Okhaldhunga district, near Kathmandu, Surya said his family had been camping outside their homes since the tragedy on April 25.
"I just sent RM1,200 (S$444) home, especially to my mother.
"But all that matters this Mothers Day is that my family is alive and together," he said.
Cleaner Dhamisam Kapar, 24, from Dhanusa district, is thinking of his parents, wife and one-year-old son this Mothers Day.
As the area he lived in was some 200km away from central Nepal, there were only cracks in his house after the earthquake.
"I would buy fruits every Mothers Day kasi maa happy (to make mum happy).
"This time I could only call and send some money home, hoping that they could use it to repair our house," he said, adding that it had been nine months since he last saw his family.
Another security guard, Santosh Baral, 32, who hailed from the same district as Dhamisam, said back home he usually spent Mothers Day with his side of the family while his wife would be with hers.
"I call my family every 15 days. But I have to call them today (yesterday)," said the father-of-two who's been here for 10 months.