Few weeks before SEA Games started, we have decided to watch at least one event since Malaysia is the host this year. So, we bought tickets to watch Badminton Finals (of course!) albeit the hectic schedule in August. As the event date drew nearer, we were a little worried that there might not be any Malaysia team playing in the finals since some of the top players were at the World Championship held concurrently in Glasgow. Luckily, they proved us wrong! :)
First game of the day started at 1pm but we only got to Bukit Jalil at 1pm (okay la..) when we found that entrance was denied. Then, we were told to park according to the signboards at somewhere near to the stadium, and then ride a bus there instead. Obviously, this is a good arrangement to avoid congestion in the stadium, ONLY IF there were more buses provided. Naturally, many people were like us, reaching at the last minute and all of us made up a very long queue to wait for the bus.
I thought it was going to be a less-excited day, we were going just because we said so and we bought tickets. Wrong! The bus ride was already a good start - when was the last time we took a bus together? Before we got down the bus, I spotted a wallet and an iPhone left at the seat, luckily we managed to return them to the owner's friend. People say, do good everyday, and my quota was checked that day hahaha! Before we went into the stadium, a young man ran to us to say thank you for saving his wallet and phone. So sweet of him :)
We were welcomed by tremendous cheering of 'Malaysia Boleh!' right after the security checking. First game was almost done when we finally settled down. Malaysia got silver medal for Mixed Double. Next up was Women's Single and both of the players were Malaysians. Well, when you know you will win for sure, it's not so fun hahaha. I personally supported Goh Jin Wei (and she won!!) because she is seen as the rising star in Malaysia team. The next two matches were none of our business (means no Malaysian team), so we left to look for food.
The sun was scorching hot and we had no car with us to go out. Obike came to our rescue! I have seen this on the streets of KL but never had a chance to try, so we downloaded the app and grabbed the bicycles immediately, to run away from the heat. There were food trucks available and those were the only option. You either die of hunger, or you queue for half an hour to get mediocre food. It was still early for the last match (Men's Double), so we cycled around for fun. Such a touristy thing to do in KL! By the way, Obike is really easy and convenient to use, I highly recommend it to everyone.
We got into the stadium again when Women's Double was still playing. Both teams were from Thailand and one of the players was also playing for Mixed Double earlier. Towards the end of the match, that player sprained her knee and still insisted to continue playing, despite the fact that the opponent were also Thai players. I was so worried because she didn't seem like she could even walk normally, and I thought it was okay for her to stop since Thailand is getting that gold medal anyway. The sportsmanship pride is something I couldn't comprehend but it touched my heart. She finally had to quit after one service, but she tried her best and won the respect of the crowd. Everyone was cheering to show support to her.
Well, we also lost in the Men's Double match but the spirit was so high! When we were at the game point of losing, what I heard was not blamings and disappointments, instead, all I heard were words of encouragement and hope. People of every race sitting in the stadium, having the same goal, cheering for every point earned and chanting for the same country. Such a beauty.
The queue for the bus to go back to where we parked was so long because everyone was leaving after the last match. As if this was not enough, it started raining, from drizzling to heavy downpour! There was no place to hide from the rain. Everyone was soaked, including the many children who came along with their parents for the match. Instead of going chaotic, there were creative people who started to get shade underneath the banners and then helped the women and children to also get some cover. Eventually, they removed the banners from the gate to form a line of banners in the queue so that everyone is covered. When we finally got up the bus after half an hour, we felt so relieved! On the way back, despite being completely wet and strangers to each other, we talked, smiled and joked around.
Sometimes, we know we kinda love this country but we forget easily. It is the smallest thing in life that reminds you about the feeling towards your country. Yes, the arrangement was not perfect, just like the Government, the rain came in absolute wrong timing and was frustrating, just like how I feel about the opposition split now, but look at the people and the lovely things in the country, I think we deserve better and we can make it. Tough, but together we can make a better Malaysia and abandon all the negative segregations we have now.
Happy 60th birthday, Malaysia!
李先生拔牙当天，我们提早到Bangsar VCR吃brunch，吃饱饱才去拔牙，哈哈。我们两人都照了x-ray之后，医生首先帮我检查，劈头第一句就问：“小姐，请问你最后一次检查牙齿是什么时候了？”，然后就开始帮我洗牙。我只能说医生洗得很彻底，让我度秒如年！检查后才知道，原来我有四颗智慧牙！（我有那么智慧爆棚吗？）下面两颗都有问题，右下角的得尽快拔掉。听完我都醉了…… 但我还是当机立断地做了预约，一个星期后再回去拔。
一星期飞快过去，转眼间我们又回到了Bangsar，这次李先生就轻松得多了，因为他只需要复诊，我则如临大敌，坐立不安。跟上星期一样，我们先到Bangsar Village Nutmeg吃饱饱再去拔牙。
Imperial Dental Specialist Centre, Bangsar.
Dr. Alice Wong（她是Datin哦。她的解释很清楚，立场也很坚定，所以她会提出对于你的牙齿的个别建议，但不会hard sell一定要做，除非是已经蛀坏的牙齿。我还蛮推荐她的。）