Finally! After a long process, Carmen and I have moved down to Bellevue, Washington for our new jobs! It's a pretty big step for the both of us, but it will just be another adventure together! Special thank you to our friends and family who saw us before we left, especially Team #caroby2019 😁 Also thank you to Darryl and everyone at ClearOne Badminton for a wonderful farewell dinner. I never imagined how sport could have such a tremendous impact in my life, and I am nothing but grateful for the opportunities that came with it. Now it's time to give back and share the benefits of sport through badminton with others! Looking forward to working with the new team at Bellevue Badminton Club! One last shout out to my brother @derrickng21 for letting us crash at his place! Thanks bro!
The 2020 Nationals was definitely an interesting experience as it has been my 14th consecutive senior Nationals (yes, I'm old). I really can't comment on my playing ability as I've been casually training but I would like to thank my partners, Ryan and Jacqueline, for playing because my singles is pretty embarassing 🙈
It was great to see the level of badminton in Canada improving and it was also nice to connect with so many people who love badminton. Special thanks to the Nichols family for taking me in for the week. I hope everyone continues to train hard and keep improving, and please enjoy the process! This comes from someone playing on borrowed time 😬
Photos by Orlando Athayde! And no, I didn't leave the stove on... this time.
Thanks to everyone who made 2019 a wonderful year! Biggest moment would have to be tying the knot with @harrokittie but badminton still has such a major role in my life and I think it always will. I've also included my top 12 books I read in 2019 and a link to a blog post can be found in my profile! Happy New Year and wishing everyone a wonderful 2020!
Happy birthday to my beloved wife! May you have an enjoyable day and I hope I don't screw it up. Looks like I already have as Instagram deleted my post (but the original is on Facebook). Please forgive me 🤣 #happybirthday#happywife#happylife
Thank you to the wife for organizing a surprise birthday gathering and everyone who was able to make it out! Special thanks to @mickeyhaha85 and @tania.lam.aves for the Muse! Definitely going to be using it regularly. Thanks to everyone who messaged me today on my birthday but I'm still going in denial that if it's not acknowledged, it doesn't count. Be sure to check out the last picture though, Carmen left a pretty good comment that I couldn't think of a comeback to. I must be getting old 😆
Badminton has taught me a lot about partnerships: it's not always a 50/50 split, but often we take turns carrying each other at different times. There's no need to count, because kindness is a real show of strength 💪🏻 Patrick Lencioni wrote that the ideal team player needs to be HUMBLE, HUNGRY, and SMART. I like that, but I would also include STRONG. The big day is coming up, but I think we've long figured it out before. Despite whatever hurdles that come up, I will carry you over them if I must, twirl you around, and still have a smile/smirk on my face 😏 📷 Captured and edited by @_ivoryandgold_#Caroby2019#preweddingphotos#humble#hungry#smart#strong#badminton#nofilter
Happy #OlympicDay and thanks to everyone who was part of my journey that helped make things happen! Special thanks to my partner, Grace Gao and my coach, Kim Dong Moon, for my golden years of badminton, through thick and thin. "You da real MVPs" 🙇🏻♂️ I would also like to thank Darryl Yung and ClearOne for getting me to the level where I could even consider making an Olympic run. If it weren't for Darryl, I would have probably quit badminton in 2004 (to be a bboy)🙏 Additionally, my parents were especially supportive for all my years of badminton, for my brother and I. Fun fact, my parents never could afford to come and watch me compete internationally outside of Pan Am Games in Toronto. They never saw me or my brother at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, or any of my 7 World Championships. Sometimes I may not be the most pleasant person to be with, but it was because I was envious. I know I had to do it alone most of the time; I was on my own. I apologize if my intensity has ever hurt anyone 😔
Lastly, thank you to the love of my life, Carmen Fong, for the support across my entire international career. Once again, she wasn't able to come out until my final two years, mainly cuz I had to propose to her, and we are getting hitched in August! 🤵🏻👰🏻 The Olympics has been life changing, and I wish the best of luck to those on their own Olympic journey to Tokyo and beyond! Once again, thank you everyone who made my opportunity possible! 😊
I'm proud to announce that Derrick and I will be making a comeback for Tokyo 2020 after winning the 2019 Washington Open! Feels great to win an international title after 2 years! 😬 I would like to thank my manager, @harrokittie, and training partners, @shoyushome and friends at the Seattle Athletic Club!
EDIT: I just found out that there are no points awarded for the Washington Open, so in protest, we have decided to boycott the Olympic run. But be sure to look out for us in 2024 🤪
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful trip in Seattle/Bellevue and it was great to see a thriving badminton scene! We had a great time meeting friends old and new, and I can't wait to be back! I swear, I could almost live down there 😎
P.S. The last picture is for those who take me too seriously 👻
25 years ago I saw the future. I wonder what I can foresee in the next 25 years? 🤔
March 4, 1994: "If I Was a Professional Sports Star" --- "If I was a professional sports star, I would play badminton. I would play badminton because I have played it for years. I do not think I will make a lot of money, but I will sign autographs for people if they want it. I will not make commercials to make money because I don't like to be on television. I would not play when I think I am too old to play. When I can't play, I will watch other people play badminton instead." [Written at 9 years old]