Hello from India and the PBL

Updated: Jan 6, 2021

Hey guys!

Firstly, I want to wish all my fans, supporters, friends and family a very Happy Chinese New Year! May the year of the RAT bring you luck, happiness, prosperity, health and peace! 🥳

祝大家新年快樂, 鼠年行大運, 萬事如意, 恭喜發財, 最重要的是身體健康, 每天過的開開心心!

Secondly, I want to give you guys an update of my trip so far. I’m here in India for season 5 of the Premier Badminton League (PBL). This might be a longer post than usual but I will try to do a better job of posting more often so you are not reading essays… 😉

Our team matches

Today was my 8th day in India and it has already been a very memorable and great learning experience for me! Although the first two days here weren’t so great because I was feeling under the weather and struggling to adjust to the heat. 🥵 But after a couple days I was feeling much better again!

I didn’t play in our team’s first tie against the Bengaluru Raptors (January 21st). However, this year I was blessed with quite a strong team and as part of the North Eastern Warriors… we won the tie 4-3. ✌️ The Bengaluru Raptors won the championship last season so our team is definitely off to a good start! Our second tie was just two days later against the Awadhe Warriors (January 23rd). I played singles against Beiwen Zhang winning the match 15-13, 15-14. Yes, it was close! It was the first match of the league for the both of us and it is often strange to have to compete against each other because we do practice a lot together at tournaments and are familiar with each other’s game. Nevertheless I am happy I managed to win a point for my team and have a good start to the league. Sadly we ended up losing the tie 3-4… I definitely hope to keep playing better and stronger as we progress along the season.

We have a five day break now before our next tie on January 29th against the Hyderabad Hunters. Our first two ties were played in Chennai and after the second tie we immediately flew to Hyderabad the next morning. Other teams had to fly to Lucknow for their ties but we didn’t have any match-ups there so our team will be staying in Hyderabad for the rest of our duration here in India, which I’m happy about. The less flying the better in my opinion. It really is exhausting always moving around and packing and unpacking, checking in and then checking out again, so I’m grateful we’ll be staying put.

There’s no I in team and I love it!

I need to say… it is always EXTREMELY COOL to travel with a team! I usually travel alone and manage everything on my own, so i feel privileged when we arrive to the airport as a team, we check in as a team, and we fly as a team… It really makes such a difference in the journey!!

ONE, it is not boring and there is always someone to talk to and laugh with… TWO, for once I am not the one managing everything and dealing with documents or details related to checking in on flights and luggage issues! All I have to do is show up and not worry about anything else because everything is already arranged for us by the management team. It really is refreshing and so much less exhausting… that is for sure. And LASTLY, to feel like you are a part of a team is really special. Mutually looking out for each other and sharing moments, meals and experiences with people just makes the experience extraordinary. It doesn’t happen very often for me so it is moments like these that I really cherish on these trips. 🙂

The training

Another thing I want to mention is that the feeling of training with a team is AMAZING! The energy is incredible compared to training by yourself all the time. There is encouragement, and everyone is working very hard while having a good time! I feel I train so much better in an environment like this, and it is definitely so much more enjoyable. Most players, I am sure, are used to having a team environment to train in but this is all very rare for me as I don’t have a team to train with in Canada.

I have definitely learned a lot just in the past eight days of being part of the North Eastern Warriors. It is also a definite bonus when majority of the members of the team have been successful in their careers in one way or another. I learn so much from just observing their daily routines, their attitudes towards everything and just interacting with them in general. I am so amazingly grateful for that and I’m sure there is still so much to learn.

Some common traits I have noticed is that they’re all super humble and encouraging. No doubt they’re hard working when they need to be and can also be super silly off court. They spend time to help others and genuinely work on things with each other to help the other improve… And it doesn’t matter who it is they will always do their best to help. This really creates such a healthy atmosphere and I feel really grateful to get a taste of something like this. I am super honored to be a part of this team!

Anyways, I think this is all I will update you guys with for now. It is quite late and I should probably be sleeping now! I will talk to you guys again soon!

Until then, take care!