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!
Mr Lee is not someone who naturally takes good photo of me and he doesn't even have Instagram on his phone. Well, this doesn't stop me from achieving what I want (if you know me well, you know I'm quite determined sometimes hehe).
Being an (super) active Instagram user, I've seen so many beautiful beach photos on Instagram over the years. However, I didn't really have the chance to go to the beach, the last time I went to a beach was Redang Island about 7-8 years ago, when I was not ready for all these fancy photography sessions both physically and mentally.
Now, I'm ready hahaha! To ensure there are good photos taken, first I need a photographer. Months before the trip to Boracay, I've been brainwashing, ermm I mean telling, Mr Lee that he has to take nice photos of me in Boracay no matter what. This is to make sure that my expectations are well noted and there is no way it can be misunderstood. He needs to take nice photos of me. End.
Next, I have to do extra bit to help him becoming a good Instagram Husband. This includes doing exercise, eating cleaner, buying pretty outfit, getting inspiration on Pinterest etc. The bonus part was Mr Lee got a new Huawei P10 - the iconic camera phone, right before the trip and I couldn't be happier!
Whenever I saw a strategic spot for photo, I told Mr Lee to stop and explained to him what I pictured in my mind. With the help of Boracay's natural beauty, he just needed to take a few shots and almost all of them are perfect! So we didn't really spend too much time or effort on taking photos, in fact we rested and chilled while we took photos, to enjoy the breathtaking sceneries in Boracay, which was quite fun.
On the last day of the trip, the new Instagram Husband asked if I'm happy with the photos that he had taken and I said, "Yes, I'm very pleased with the photos and of course the effort." Then he said it's not the sceneries or the beauty, it's the confidence that makes these photos. Awwww! So true. You need to trust your partner, that they're able to see the best in you and thus, able to capture the best angle of you.
Some of the photos that we've taken in Boracay:
To conclude, the ultimate tip to a great Instagram Husband is really to have a good relationship. Only a man who loves you is able to see every beauty in you.
I know my fitness challenge post is due but I am more motivated to write about all the other stuff that's on my mind now! Well, I have to admit that it is also partly due to the fact that I didn't eat really clean or exercise much. Anyway, we are still going to the beach, no matter what!
As I was browsing through Pinterest to look for beach outfit and photo inspirations few days ago, Mr Lee said he wanted to just bring a small luggage, for the both of us! This is because we're going to the beach and he has nothing much to pack with. I said, how can that be? I have one hundred things on my mind now that I need to prepare for the trip and things to bring with me. That was when I found out that, again, men and women are so different. Well, need this be reaffirmed?
I am a to-do list fan, naturally, there will be a list for beach vacay prep:
1. Hair Colour
Maybe this is just for me, because my hair was out of colour. The last time I touched up my hair colour was early March, which is about three months ago. Also, due to the high recurrence of hair colouring, my hair literally looks like a glass of 3-layered milk tea. The bright yellowish brown colour has been with me for about a year, and I have decided to tone down the colour a bit since my hair is growing longer. For now, I wish my hair to look healthier with a simple colour. Guess what? I have gotten this one checked just now! My hairdresser thought the same about getting me a darker hair colour this round, so I have handed over full authority to her to decide which colour suits me best. I am very pleased with the end result and I feel like I am one step closer to the beach now yay!
How can a girl not getting her nails done before going to a beach? Hence, this sits on the second priority on my list. I am also very happy to have made a manicure and pedicure appointment next week, more importantly, I'm going to try out the nail salon which I have been following for so long. Although I am going to do gel polish, I think nails should be done right before the trip, just to make sure that I bring the perfect nails to the destination hahaha. I am getting less adventurous on my nails now, so it's going to be either blue-themed or beach-themed, not those bright, fancy colours. Definitely looking forward to getting this one done!
3. Beach outfit
I need to buy a maxi beach dress, a cover-up and probably another pair of swimsuit. To be honest, I am not sure if I have time to shop for all these. To save time, I will probably get these online. If they fit me well, hooray! If they don't, I think I still have alternatives in my wardrobe. Again, preparation of the trip itself is already a joy.
4. Beach bag
I have always wanted to have a nice beach tote. However, I am not really a beach person and I don't go for beach vacation very often. This is the perfect time for me to search for a beach bag and I can always use it later - whenever I have the holiday mood but I am not on holiday, you know what I mean.
By listing this, I have sort of given up on the hope that I will achieve a leaner body shape for this trip. It's a bit sad to say this, but going for holiday is a happy thing and I shouldn't be too stressed about my body. After all, who defines a bikini body? Not that I am going to wear bikini, but I think there are ways to look good even if you don't have the model-like figure "yet". The least I could do is to try on a one-day detox which I have been wanting to try for ages. This is not just for the appearance, I hope it's good to cleanse the body as well.
The most ironic fact is that I don't swim and I get a little stressed even with snorkelling. I might end up looking and feeling so good, but not in the sea. Anyway, I will be happy to just relax by the beach, take a few great shots, do some reading (if I don't fall asleep) or, look at the hot guys on the beach haha!