Q&A session on Instagram

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Hey guys!

As mentioned here earlier today, I made a Q&A session on my Instagram few nights ago. Below you can read most of the questions I managed to reply during the session.

I had great fun receiving and replying all your questions, of which there were many really good and funny ones. Many of the questions were quite similar, so if I didn’t reply to your question specifically, you may have gotten your answer anyway. 😉 Or you will get it next time because I will definitely make more Q&A sessions in the future!

You’ll find me on Instagram under @michelleli, and I would also like to encourage you to follow @michelleliofficialwebsite as well. That’s a new Instagram profile I’ve made with my website partner in crime. We will use this profile to post news from my website and sometimes reposts from my personal profile too, so if you don’t wanna miss a thing, go and follow that new profile! 😉

Enjoy the reading below!


What country would you like to visit after the quarantine? Actually I miss Hong Kong and being around people…

How can I become a badminton player? Set your goals, find a place to train, work hard and trust in the process.

Among all the rackets up till now, which one is your favorite? The Yonex Armotec 900 technique will always have that little special something…

Who is your hardest opponent in the arena? Everyone is a tough opponent in all the tournaments now, but I think the hardest one is always myself.

What racket are you using? I’m using the Yonex Astrox 88D.

What would you do if you were not a badminton player? I would like to think I’d be in med school specializing in surgery.

What is your favorite TV show or movie? I would say Grey’s Anatomy or Friends.

Do you speak any Indonesian? Umm… Terima kasih, semangat, selamat malam… 😉

Which tournament venue is the loudest? That is without a doubt the Istora Senayan in Jakarta!

Do you play a lot of video games, and if so, which ones? Currently I’m an Animal Crossing addict…

Can you cook? I’m definitely still learning, but I won’t starve… 😉

What is your favorite song? Currently it’s “Before you go” and “In my head”.

What would you be if not a badminton player? I’d like to think a doctor by now.

What is your workout routine these days in quarantine? It’s all about the daily home workouts and then cleaning up after my niece…

Lots of love from India! You and your niece look so cute! You always make me smile! Thank you! Keep smiling and stay happy! 🙂

Do you have one thing to say to your Indian fans right now? I love you guys, and I hope to be back for the PBL next year!

Which player in women’s singles is the nicest off court? I don’t know any women’s single that are not nice… I think everyone fights on court but are still very polite off court.

What is you Olympic goal? A medal!

What is your idea for being persistent towards goals? It’s all about the never give up mentality! It’s so important to put in your all, believe in yourself, and come out with no regrets!

How was your high school life? It was amazing! I miss it for sure…

What is your favorite food? Sashimi!

Which five things would you bring to a deserted island? Toothbrush, notebook, colored pens, bread, and my niece. 😉

Who is your favorite person? My niece! 🙂

What do you think about Thailand? When will you play here? Thailand is super-hot and sweaty but I love it! (I prefer hot over cold.) I would love to go to Thailand for vacation soon and look forward to playing Thailand Open again next time!

Is your racket CD code or IP code? I think I use both CD and IP…

What is the first thing you wish to do after the pandemic is over? Travel and compete!

What is your main badminton club in Markham? Lee’s Badminton Club.

What do you think about Indonesia? It’s a very heart warming country. I love the food, the people, and the fans!

What is your cheat day meal? That’s a lot of pastries and sweets but cheat days seem to be quite often for me now… 😀

When did you move to Canada? I moved here when I was 6 years old.

Are you practicing now or not? Well, the badminton clubs here are closed…

Do you still watch Grey’s Anatomy? Yes!

Have you seen Chicago Med or Chicago PD? Actually I haven’t…

What’s your racket code? Does it feel different from the JP version? To be honest, I never really look at the code… I’m pretty sure I use CD and sometimes JP when I get my rackets overseas, but I haven’t noticed any big difference when I play.

What do you look for in a guy? That’s a good question…

I love your smile! Thanks, I get it from my niece. 🙂

Can I play badminton with you? Let’s go! I miss training…

What do you think about Kento Momota? He’s the Roger Federer of badminton!

Take care and all the best in your career! Thank you! 🙂

How tall are you? I’m 173 cm tall.

What piano grade do you have? I have grade 10 in piano.

Will you still pursue med school? It will be tough. It depends what happens after badminton…

What do you like the most? I like training and the feeling of working hard.

Keep the spirit! Thank you! 🙂

Sending love from Thailand… Thank you! 🙂

At what age did you start playing badminton? I picked up my first racket when I was 11.

Which competition shirt is your favorite? I don’t really have a preference but usually wear whatever Yonex gives me. 😀

I heard you’ll be talking to DKLo on Wednesday. And I always thought the kid in your videos was yours… Yes, I will be talking to them! And don’t worry, lots of people think that. 😀

What is your favorite Korean drama series? That is Heirs!

Would you consider making a YouTube channel? Yeah, I have thought about it. But I’m still thinking. Should I? 😉

Can you make a tutorial of how you do your hair for matches? Ha ha, okay, I will. Next time I work out I’ll tie my hair like I do for matches and I’ll film it. 🙂

Hello from Brazil! I’m your fan and hope I can meet you one day! Hi friend from Brazil! Nice to meet you! 🙂

What do you think about Indonesian fans? Because I’m from Indonesia… A million thumbs up for Indonesian fans! 🙂

How many pounds have you gained during this pandemic? 🙂 Why gained? Why not lost?! 😀

How many languages do you speak? I speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

When was your last time visiting Montreal? Do you like poutine? Oh, I really can’t remember because it’s a really long time ago… but yeah, I like poutine for sure!

Have you ever felt like quitting? Yes, of course. It has been an extremely exhausting and tough road but when I know what I’m fighting for, it keeps me on track and I have to make sure to remind myself to enjoy the process and keep going with my gut.

What’s your favorite TV show right now? I’m trying not to watch TV since I’m already playing a lot of Animal Crossing… Screen time overload… 😀

I wish to see you back on court soon! And I wish to be back on court soon! 🙂

What is your strength and conditioning routine like? Recently I have been focusing on strengthening parts of my body that are causing problems and injuries when I’m on court. I’m led by my physician, Ethel, and she usually targets everything I’m super weak at and kills me. So recently I’ve been focusing on my back and shoulder. I do home workouts six days a week and three strength trainings with weights a week.

If you had a choice of being a badminton player, a surgeon, or a volleyball player, which would you choose? Good question! I’d choose all of them… 😀 But at the moment I’m very happy with my decision to be a badminton player first.

Can we be friends in Animal Crossing? Sure, send me your friend code! 🙂

What’s your favorite workout? HIIT! Deadly! But it’s so satisfying when I’m done. 😉

What do you do in this pandemic period? I spend time with my niece, I do home workouts, food runs, Zoom meetings and phone calls, and I play Animal Crossing.

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