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First time at Bellevue Downtown Park and at Monsoon Bellevue for some contemporary Vietnamese cuisine! Thank you @emmyluk for lunch and it was nice seeing you again! 😁

Thank you Sterling for capturing some moments in my doubles at the 2022 RIAAN NJ Open πŸ™πŸΌ It almost convinces me that I can still play a little bit here and there 😌 πŸ“·: @sterling.yun / @syunphoto #nomorehashtags

Had a blast at the 2022 RIAAN New Jersey Open with good competition, good company, good food, and good times 😌 Thank you @njbadmintonclub for hosting and partnering me up with Coach Huan Gao. It was a great experience playing MD against high caliber opponents as well πŸ™πŸΌ Always a pleasure to compete with @hannah._.chen and thank you for the opportunity for me to play just a little bit longer. I've definitely missed competing and though it always feels like I'm on borrowed time, I appreciate the chance to play while I still can πŸ™πŸΌπŸ₯² #badminton #badmintonlife #athletelife #coachlife #coachNG #riaanopen #newjersey #foodlife #goodeats #goodpeople #goodcompany #goodtimes #borrowedtime #amorfati #mementomori #gratitude #grateful #thankyou

Rare occasion to have both cherry blossoms and sunlight right now, but still wearing all black because old habits die hard. I suppose I should be standing behind the cherry blossoms insteadπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ Sometimes it would be nice to just freeze a moment, but of course we would like to choose which moment to freeze. Wait, I guess that's why we have pictures πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈAnd life goes on... #cherryblossoms #spring #easter #pinkblack #blackpink #lifegoeson #amorfati #theobstacleistheway

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Grateful to have my alumni story shared on the University of British Columbia's School of Kinesiology (@ubckin)! I was fortunate to do both my Bachelor's degree (Kinesiology) and Master's degree (High Performance Coaching & Technical Leadership) at UBC by learning from some amazing people! Thank you to those who helped guide me through the process and steered me onto the path of lifelong learning πŸ™πŸΌ Link to the article in my bio! πŸ“·: Chris Do πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ #coachlife #UBC #university #college #badminton #lifegoeson #thankyou

Because Instagram didn't post this photo for some reason in my previous post πŸ₯² and duplicated the sky instead πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

It was an eventful weekend at the ClearOne x UBC Badminton Club x Badmintology Waterfall tournament, with lots of badminton, food, and other things, but I'll always be grateful for the experience and the great company! 😁 Thank you to Mickey and Hannah for partnering up this weekend and I hope it wasn't too stressful playing with me (some things don't change πŸ˜…πŸ₯²). Thank you to the BBC players who came up to compete too. It was nice to have a team trip and although there are all things we can work on, I hope we all can improve and get better together πŸ’ͺ🏼 Special thanks to Carmen who came to support and watch me play. Not sure how much longer I can play at a decent level, but I guess I'll know when she stops watching me 🀣🀣🀣 Despite some hiccups here and there, I do hope everyone had a good trip and ate well. I guess it's back to the drawing board, but that's just part of the process. And the process is all we really have. But that's enough, isn't it? πŸ™ƒ πŸ“·: Thank you @rex_orth for the photos! #athletelife #coachlife #coaching #coachNG #clearone #ubcbadmintonclub #badmintology #thankyou #gratitude

Got a chance to compete at the 2022 Dave Freeman Open in San Diego last weekend with Bellevue Badminton Club and it has been an amazing experience. I'm glad to be part of such a wonderful team and I'll continue to do my best to help our athletes grow as they develop their badminton and other life skills πŸ’ͺ🏼 Special thanks to BBC staff, especially Coach May and Coach Derrick for organizing this incredible trip for the kids, and also to the parents who helped out along the way. Thank you for your assistance and it's greatly appreciated πŸ™πŸΌ Thanks again to Derrick and Hannah for partnering with me this weekend! I definitely need to train a bit more before the next one 😌 Congrats to all our athletes who medalled at the OLC! Keep up the great work! Special shoutout to Ethan Ao for a big birthday win in the boy's doubles! πŸŽ‰ It was definitely a trip to remember: - driving (and parking) a van for the first time - late night food search failure = McNuggets - 10K steps at UCSD - beach! - and more that I can't remember... πŸ₯²

Happy Valentine's Day! Got a card and squishmallow from @harrokittie to brighten my day! All I got her was a mood octopus πŸ˜… Edit: WAIT, I FORGOT I BOUGHT HER A NINTENDO SWITCH LAST WEEK πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ I usually write more but I'm tired today and I have to eat dinner now. Sorry πŸ₯² #happyvday #valentines #squishmallows #frogger

It was fun to compete again at the 2022 Frisco Open and special thanks to my partners, Derrick and Hannah, for playing with me! πŸ™ There were many challenging opponents and close matches, and although we came out on top sometimes, the fun is really in battling to see who wins that next rally at critical points in the game. It was great to play with @derrickng21 again and I'm sure it made my mom happy to watch us play together πŸ˜‚ I think we did an excellent job overall given our lack of training and our increasing age, as I believe we are still sore from the tournament πŸ₯² It was also fun to play with @hannah._.chen as I'm still and always will be a mixed doubles player. We almost took it to a 3rd game if I didn't drive it out the back, so it's my fault πŸ˜… Even though you might not think so, you've improved a lot and I hope you had a good experience and continue improving your badminton πŸ’ͺ🏼 The results will come. Special thanks to the tournament organizers and my opponents for the great matches. Additionally, thank you to all my supporters and I do appreciate that you still wanna see this old man play πŸ™ˆ For now it's a slow recovery process, but until next time! Dave Freeman it is 😌 #athletelife #coachlife #stilldecent #kinda #badminton #badmintonlife #BellevueBadmintonClub #Yonex #2022FriscoOpen

"As such, I will aptly name this concept "Talk to the Hand". Remember, it's okay to talk to your hand. Just promise me that you'll seek professional help if your hand talks back to you (Parasyte!). There is one cue or habit associated with each finger. These have also been purposefully constructed to maximize retention. I've kept this to myself for a while, but I figured it's best to publish these kinds of things sooner than later..." Link in bio! https://towbsss.mli.st/p/talk-to-the-hand-G2vW31O #athletelife #coachlife #badmintonlife #badminton #coach #coaching #talktothehand #habits #fundamentals

Obligatory Xmas selfie. Merry Christmas everyone! I think it's the first day off from coaching for a long time cuz I usually coach everyday, but I'm probably gonna start planning for next year today πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ #workaholic #nodaysoff #grind #probablynotsmart #lifegoeson

It's official! Thank you GamePlan Canada and Smith School of Business (Queen's University) for making this happen! I never thought I would go in this direction, but this opportunity for Canadian athletes is truly a blessing. Thank you so much!! πŸ™πŸ™ And of course, thank you Badminton Canada. Being the National Sport Organization is often a thankless job, trying to manage the most of things with limited resources. It took a long time for me to understand that, but thank you, because without you, I wouldn't have had these opportunities πŸ™πŸ™ @gameplancanada @plandematchcanada @smithbusiness @badmintoncanada #gratitude #thankyou #business #commerce #school #college #postgrad #learning #neverends #imposter #syndrome #isreal

After about 5 months, I'm happy to say I've completed the Google Data Analytics certificate on Coursera. I've always enjoyed the opportunity to learn online at my own time and pace, and this has been no exception to that. But with every certification, it feels like the start of something, not the end of it, and now it's time to get real world experience where I can. I've spent almost two decades in and out of post-secondary education, and all I can say is that it's very different on the other end than my previous beliefs coming out of high school. I know I kinda stuck in an Olympic run (or two actually) in between, but that's kind of like getting a PhD in badminton in a way, with the OLY designation. So what's next? Well, unfortunately, it feels like it was more of an introduction to many tools, including Google Sheets, SQL (BigQuery), Tableau, and R (mostly Tidyverse). I'd love to learn more about statistics and statistical testing, and perhaps find a way to do more sport analytics in badminton. I'm still a badminton coach, so why not be a better one with some new skill sets. Despite hoping I would feel more competent after adding another certificate, it feels no different really. I learned a lot, but I learned that it doesn't get any easier when you try to learn new things. But I guess that's just the way it is. There are no shortcuts to learning, unless you're trying to create the shortcut. If you create the shortcut, then you're learning. If you're taking the shortcut, then your learning is cut short. #lifegoeson #coachlife #athletelife #dataanalytics #google #coursera #certificate #badminton #data #learning #noshortcuts

I recently did a Turkish Get Up (TGU) with the 70lbs kettlebell. It's not really that amazing, relative to the things other people can do, but to me it was special because it created a mindshift. I always thought it was too heavy. I didn't think I was ready. I wanted to wait til I could press the weight first. I wanted to workout more consistently before I attempted it. I was afraid to even try. I just rationalized that I wasn't ready yet. So the other day, I was a bit frustrated with life things, and I told myself that I wanted to be better. It's not the first time this has happened though. Every now and then I'll just get the drive to push myself further. In those moments, I tell myself I could be better and I just stop thinking about it. Just do it. Just do something. I figured I'd try, despite an irregular training frequency. It's a lot harder when you're coaching full time and not training at all. Regardless of every single excuse I gave myself, it just kind of happened. As I progressed in each section of the TGU, I realized that I could do it. And then I did. Perhaps I need to take my own coaching advice that I tell my athletes: Just give it your best effort with what you have. Don't worry about the outcome. Just try and see, and take things as they go. And life goes on... #kettlebells #PR #turkishgetup #TGU #simpleandsinister #strongfirst #effort #growthmindset #strength #resilience #antifragility #lifegoeson