Another year, first decade! Happy 10th Anniversary Love 😘 Can't wait for another decade of adventures! And seriously, I hope I'm finally out of school by then 🤣 (This is your life now 😏😉😆). #happyanniversary#10years#decade#caroby2019
Thanks to Aaron and Isabelle for playing with me at last weekend's Badmintology Baddi Royale Grand Prix! Had some good matches and I had a great time at the event! Of course, thanks to Wilson and the rest of the hardworking Badmintology staff for running the tournament! Also, a shoutout to the blueberry sponsor. I lost the card unfortunately, but great blueberries! 😆
And of course, thanks to Carmen for bringing me food and waiting for me to finish while starving. This is your life now 😘
Do you love badminton? Are you in the downtown Vancouver area? Well, if you answered yes or no to the following questions, come down anyway and support badminton and other sports (but mostly badminton ✌️) at the Sport BC Summer Warm Up!
We'll have some nets and balloons outside to play, but we'll also have BC's best players throughout the day so feel free to challenge them in a balloon bouncing competition! Loser gets an autograph 👍
P.S. it's 🇨🇦 Day, wear some red! Or white. Or whatever you want. Just come. Pretty please? Asking for an Olympian 😏
Short match at Canada Open with @brsankeerth against 🇰🇷 but from these photos, it looks like we were constantly going for the same shots which is terribly inefficient for doubles 😆 Special thanks to @jasonhoshue and @nylyakura for avenging us in the next round and these guys are definitely the Canadian MD team to look out for! 👌
Thanks to those continuing to support me through my final tournaments and I will definitely miss being on the circuit! Special thanks to @koyonogood and the stringing team this week for stringing my racquets, @pstaudzs and #YonexCanada for the many years of support with the best equipment and gear for badminton, @joeyeung7 for probably 95% of all my badminton photos, @grace_gao10 for our London Olympic journey and for accommodating Carmen and I this week, and of course @harrokittie for putting up with my many years of badminton and more to come, just in a different role 🤣
It's always an honour to be on court and I look forward to my final tournament at World Championships next month! 💪
This is the first year since 2007 that I have not competed at the US Open, but of course it's only a matter of time. Tournaments in LA have always been a blast, and I have had some career best and worst results at the US Open!
For example, in 2007, I lost my match in 12 minutes against Tony Gunawan 🤣 In a later year, I lost a match with 21-3 in one of the sets. However, one year I made a semi-final of the US Open Grand Prix Gold, losing 21-19 in the 3rd set to Japan 🤷🏻♂️ Also, the only time I ever won was last year with @jdubewww at the International Series. Regardless, I've met some amazing people over the years and my experiences at these tournaments have been exceptional!
(Top Left): XD with Jenna at the Jack Underhill. We played a few events together and were undefeated in BC! (Top Middle): This photo with Alex Bruce was actually after the 2011 Pan Am Games in Mexico! I had won with Grace Gao and Alex had won with Michelle in our respective events! (Top Right): Action shot playing Men's Singles at the BC Provincials by none other than Joseph Yeung! (Bottom Left): Winning Pan Am Championships with a 3rd partner, Rachel Honderich! This would be the first time being able to win Nationals and Pan Ams with a new partner on the first attempt! (Bottom Right): Playing with Pranaav Chopra in the Premier Badminton League in India for the Chennai Smashers! Still feeling blessed for the opportunity! 🙏
Are you someone who tries to see things through to the very end? Me too! My campaign is just under 80% complete, thanks to so many generous people and I truly am fortunate to have your support after all these years! I do hope to return the favour one day and help other athletes compete at their own World Championships in the future! Link to campaign in my profile!
Top Left: 2016 Brazil Grand Prix in Iguazu Falls! Fun fact, my last two tournaments will be partnering Sankeerth at Canada Open, and Rachel at World Championships this summer!
Top Middle: 2015 BC Male Player of the Year from @badminton_bc at Fortius! Thank you for the honour!
Top Right: 2016 AB Elite Series with long time partner, Jon Vandervet. Although we placed 4th that time, we also have the 2010 Commonwealth Games, two National silver medals, and an international title at the 2010 Puerto Rico International! Perhaps we will make a comeback in the Masters division soon enough!
Bottom Left: Coaching Aaron and Bel as part of the UBC Badminton team in the 2016-2017 season. It was all volunteer work, but it was also one of my most memorable coaching opportunities!
Bottom Right: Throwback to the 2012 Canada Open, a week before going to the London Olympics! Signing autographs with Alex Bruce! Fun fact: we would partner together at the 2013 Canada Open and defeated a young Chinese team. That team is now be ranked 2nd and 4th in Mixed Doubles in the world, with different partners! This would be the only time I've beaten a team from China internationally 🤣
Thank you to all those who have supported my campaign! It's been trending strong and I really appreciate the support of the badminton community! I'm more than 2/3rds of the way there and link is in my profile!
Top Left: Coaching the 2016/2017 Winter Camp for Mandarin Badminton Club
Top Middle: 2014 BC Provincial Singles Final. I think it was my first Singles provincial title since my U-12 provincial win in 1996!
Top Right: XD with Michelle Tong at the 2016 BC Elite Series. We finished with a bronze that weekend!
Bottom Left: MD with Adrian Liu at the 2016 Canada Open. We have been constantly cursed with 2nd place, but definitely a blessing this time as this remains the best MD result of my career, making the finals of a Grand Prix!
Bottom Right: XD with Rachel Honderich also at the 2016 Canada Open. I've hit that around-the-back shot far too many times than I wanted to 😌
Photo Credits: @joeyeung7 & Mandarin Badminton Club (Facebook)
If you haven't heard, I'm officially retiring from international competition after World Championships this summer. I've spent more than a decade on the National Team and we still need to cover our own expenses at that event. I'm doing some fundraising and any help would be greatly appreciated! Link to the campaign can be found on my profile.
Top Left: 2008 Thomas Cup Finals in Indonesia with Team Korea
Top Middle: 2007 Pan Am Champs in Calgary, my first major international event with @kyleholoboff
Top Right: With Kim Dong Moon, Korean badminton legend, who I was able to work with for a few years.
Bottom Left: 2012 Olympic Games with @grace_gao10
Bottom Right: 2013 USA International with @michellemsli#athletelife#retirement#badminton#nextstep#notgoodenough#tooold#goforbroke#literally#thankyou#gaveitallicould
Happy Mother's Day! A big thank you to my mom for supporting me and encouraging me throughout my life. Although we may not always see eye to eye, I know she just wants the best for me and I will always appreciate your good intentions. Wishing all mothers out there a wonderful day and I hope you have the chance to spend some time with your mothers!
Special thanks to @joeyeung7 for capturing this moment at the 2018 Canadian Masters Nationals!
The 2018 Canadian Masters Nationals have ended and it has been a blast! Thank you to my partners, Karen and Steve, for playing with me this week, and it is always an honour to play against Tony Gunawan, especially in Men's Doubles! Thank you to all my opponents for some great matches and to all the tournament organizers and staff for making such an epic event possible! Thank you to Yonex for letting me try out the ASTROX 88D and 88S this week, and I have enjoyed using the 88D for mixed, and the 88S for doubles! Thank you also to @winkoptometry for my contacts, so I can actually see things properly. Thank you also to the photographer's for capturing many badminton moments this week! Lastly, thank you to my mom and @harrokittie for coming out to cheer me on! It was nice seeing old friends and thank you to all those who came to compete and watch the event! It's nice to see the evidence that badminton is still healthy and alive in BC! Safe travels to all those who are going back home!
Flashback to 10 years ago when I was starting my competitive badminton career. This was my first trip to Asia in my life and it was because Canada had qualified for the Thomas Cup Finals. We actually played against Korea in the elimination rounds but this photo was taken after the quarterfinal against Denmark where they won 3-2. I remember sticking around to watch the entire tie, which took about 5 hours total, but it was worth it. Afterwards, I was fortunate to get a photo with the Korean team, with many of these players I was looking up to over the next few years of my career. And yes, for a time, I was still younger than most of them.
But recently, we have lost Jung Jae Sung (far left), who was one half of a legendary Men's Doubles team whom I would watch for the following four years, one of the dominating teams from that point until his retirement soon after a London Olympics bronze medal. I still remember all the epic match ups at all the major tournaments back then, with Korea vs. China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Denmark, and even against Korea at times. I will always remember the 2008 All Englands and 2009 World Championship Finals. My condolences to his family and loved ones, and may he rest in peace.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to meet so many inspiring people through badminton and other sports over the years. Sometimes it feels like we will live forever, but we get a harsh taste of reality every so often. Life is short, for some, a lot shorter than others, so cherish your time in this world.
Memento Mori // "Remember you are mortal"
Don't worry, be happy 😊
Got a referral to try @hellofreshca from @harrokittie and it has been pretty awesome so far! Here is a Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe from this week, where they mail me 3 different recipes with respective ingredients, and I just cook everything at home!
I highly recommend it for those who want to learn how to cook, because you learn some simple tasty recipes you can probably replicate without too much difficulty. The variety is great and sometimes the best way to learn is to get your hands dirty.
DM me if you want a referral code so you can get $40 off your first delivery! I get $25 credit for each referral, but it's a pretty good trade 🤣