We were eating in a restaurant inside the Sport Center when we saw some kids were learning inline skating (school holiday program), and we had this conversation:
R: I’m not good at inline skating. I can’t do it. Remember when I learnt inline skating at school? I fell down and my feet hurt
Me: How many times did you fall down?
Me: Just one time? If you fall down 100 times and you still can’t do it properly, then you can say that you’re not good or not talented.
R: (thinking hard)…………….
As you grow up, please remember this: don’t give up easily, try again and again until you achieve your dream.
By the way, after the hard work at school in the first semester, we had a long (one month) and splendid holiday. After we went back from Sydney, we stayed in Singapore and that meant there were only both of us most of the time during the holiday, and we did so many wonderful things together (and now I’m trying to blog about our holiday activities one by one for my documentation and so that the boy can read all these in the future, how he spent wonderful times with his parents and especially just mommy during the holiday). Besides staying at home doing nothing special (read books, watched TV, played gadget, cuddled on our lovely and most comfortable bed in the world), we also went outside for swimming, cycling, going to the playground, visiting museum, playing on the beach, and also watching SEA Games).
I was so glad that I finally went to watch the SEA Games with the boy on the very last day. We had several options, but at the end I chose badminton because of one reason: I was 100% sure that at least one of the Indonesian player would go to the finale and brought home the gold medal, hahaha……………and after all, it wouldn’t be fun if your home country team didn’t make it to the finale or even worse…………lost in the finale, rite?
He wanted to watch the water polo actually, but the final round tickets were all sold out (especially because team Singapore was in the final round………….and won over team Indonesia…………….phew……..luckily we didn’t watch this one). For the boy, it didn’t matter because he said he would cheer either for team Singapore or team Indonesia, but for me it was still very difficult not to be on the side of my home country team.
I was not sure of going to Indoor Stadium just with the boy, but I finally made it. Yay………….!!! I didn’t drive because I was sure the parking fee would be expensive, it would be difficult to find a parking spot because so many people would be there, and there were some road closures too and I was certain I would get lost because of this…………..and besides, it was easier to take public transport (MRT) to Stadium and we only needed to walk less then 5 minutes to stadium door.
Besides the very strict rules (that I read carefully on the website the day before) of not bringing food and drink inside the stadium, we still saw many people bringing their food and drink, and even in transparent plastic bags and they were allowed to go in by the security…… sigh…………
There were ticket checking and security checking before we entered the stadium, but the process was fast even though the queue was long. We bought the tickets for $28 in total for 1 adult and 1 kid, and it was free seating.
The game actually started at 9 AM, but we didn’t come that early of course because it was holiday and we were too lazy to wake up early in the morning, hahaha……………plus, the first game was all Malaysian final, so we gladly skipped it.
We came at around 10 AM, queued first to buy popcorn, hotdog, and drink, and just in time for the second game between Indonesia and Thailand (Woman Single). Surprisingly, it was very comfortable inside. The chairs were convenient and didn’t make our back hurt even though we sat for hours, the toilets were clean, and although it was crowded but we still managed to get good seats and moved to other area several times. One of the problem for us was if we wanted to go to the toilet, but I just left my bag and the water bottle (but I brought my wallet and phone everywhere I went) on our seats and no one took what we left on the seats or occupied our seats. So it was fine considering we went to the bathroom several times.
Too bad Indonesia lost the first game, the woman sat next to me said Indonesia made too many mistakes………….she was probably too nervous I guess.
The next one was all Malaysian Final again (Man Single), and it wasn’t too interested to watch because obviously the (would be) winner skill was absolutely was above his opponent. I mean, we already knew who was going to win in the first five minutes so it wasn’t fun to watch anymore.
Next game was all Indonesian Final (Men Doubles), and the boy said he liked watching the man doubles or mixed doubles better than other categories. He loved the rally, the smash, the intensity of the game which were better than single game (he never watched the Woman Double before so he couldn’t compare).
The last game was Mixed Doubles Final and boy oh boy………………..it was absolutely the best game of the day and a nice ending of the day (not recommended for people with possibility of heart attack). The rally points were so intense and it was the only game with 3 matches on that day. The points were so close and in the third match, the winning team won by 25-23.
How was the boy doing? We were sitting among other supporters from Malaysia and Indonesia, and he was sooo…….excited. He yelled and screamed: “Yaaaayyyyyyy” or “Yes” and punched his hands to the air out of excitement or clapped very hard (with all his heart and soul, hahaha………..) every time team Indonesia scored a point, and he would showed his disappointed face and said “ooooooo nooo…….” every time the opponent scored a point. I was having a good time watching his reaction, hahaha…………
We were all so relieved and screamed so hard when Indonesia finally won this game. Super yay!!! Our happiness mixed together with the sadness of Malaysian supporters (and they were many around us). And we moved right away to the other side of the stadium to see the medal ceremony with clearer view.
Mr. Gita Wirjawan ( was a Minister of Trade of Republic Indonesia and the Chairman of Indonesian Badminton Association) and Taufik Hidayat (he was a famous Indonesian badminton player and also Indonesian SEA Games Contingent Leader) were among the VIP guests that afternoon.
We still talked about the games even days after that, and I used the opportunity to teach him a lesson.
Me: Do you know that to be able to win gold like that, all of the athletes must work very hard? They have to wake up early in the morning and practice, then go to school and study, after that they practice again, then they must do homework and study. It is very tiring for them and they spend hours and hours to practice and study, that if they want to win.
Me: Yes, nothing comes easy for them, so if you want to be successful, you also have to work hard (and I hope he understands).
We cancelled our plan to have lunch in Kallang Mall because of the crowd. It was Tuesday afternoon and there was soooo……..many people inside and outside the mall. There was a SEA Games Carnaval with free games and ice cream, but the queues were unbearable everywhere. The laser tag game was already fully booked at 3 pm. We just looked around and took some pictures and went straight to the MRT Station.
If you asked me which one is better, watching the game on screen (TV) or watching the game alive? Well, watching on TV is better for some reasons: you already know the results hahaha……………, you can watch the expressions of the players and the games better because the camera shoot them in close up, and you can watch the games in relax situation like on the sofa while having your favorite snack from your own fridge……………..but then again, the excitement is different, we had a totally new and different experience watching live sport games and we plan to watch more and more live games in the future (but next time better with daddy in tow).