Quote of the day:
I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.
– Beryl Pfizer

Easily said, a month has gone by and while I haven’t really been doing anything truly useful for some time now, it’s not to say that I’ve experienced absolutely nothing. As per the title of the post, there has been several views of the world that I came across and frankly, these views have been nothing less than annoying, selfish and downright stupid. In light of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, a myriad of events have been cleared and medals have been awarded to participants all over the world. The one that sparked my mood for this post was the badminton’s men’s singles final and gold medal match between Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia and Lin Dan of China. Both players squared off nicely and the end result came to a win (21-15), a loss (10-21) followed by a second loss (19-21). This would be Chong Wei’s second consecutive silver and Lin Dan’s second consecutive gold in the event since the last Olympics.

My first opinion covers how the match has been played. Lin Dan himself is recognized as the world #1 player from fans all over the world. And admittedly, while I didn’t like his play style and confidence in the past years, I completely acknowledge the fact that he’s a fantastic and spirited player. But that’s why I’m writing. The first match they played put Lin at a loss, not because he was weak, but he was loosening up. Weaker shots, lack of smashes, lack of that “kick” I was expecting in every round between the two. In the second game, things turned more seriously and the lightning fast smashes started to return. While I was disappointed that Chong Wei himself was trying extremely hard to keep up, I’m happy at the same time that the second game was far more real than the first. Eventually, they went into a tiebreaker round.

But here’s the thing. Lin Dan had already won the past 2008 Olympics gold medal. Chong Wei on the other hand, had a silver. Both players have already known each other since far many years ago. Each player knows very well what the other’s strengths and weaknesses are. It’s definitely not the first time they’ve faced each other; it’s probably at least 30 matches they’ve played with each other previously. They can maintain contact with each other at any time, and more importantly, what is set at stake for this year’s Olympics. For Lin, there is nothing more from obtaining a second gold medal. For Lee however, many bars were set by the government and the local citizens’ cheering doesn’t help reduce any of the pressure at all; it was already his second encounter with Lin in the Olympics.

So the third match came to a close at 19-21. Lin had opened many shots while feigning some for Chong Wei to pick up the lead. However, something went wrong throughout the later phases of the game. He kept making mistakes, over and over again until Lin had a two-point lead at 19. Lin had significantly weakened his shots since that mark but yet, Chong Wei continued committing net shots, overshots and out shots. Of course in the end, I could only guess that they’ve had the match set up before hand. From the perspective of a long-time badminton player, I would’ve guess that Lin allowed Chong Wei to take the gold but somehow, things didn’t turn out as I expected. When Lin scored that last point, he was in a celebratory mood. As per the commentators, one man’s fall to the ground was out of happiness, while the other man’s fall to the ground was out of despair and lost faith. Newspapers since that night had been mentioning how Chong Wei is only destined to get at best a silver medal.

Now what does all this have to do with views of people? Prior to the match, Baskin Robbins Malaysia had promised that if Chong Wei were to net the gold in the 2012 Summer Olympics, every Malaysian citizen would be entitled to one free scoop of ice cream at any outlet nationwide, save for a few locations, at a stipulated time after the match. What infuriates me the most of the reactions of the local people when Chong Wei didn’t attain the gold medal. Reactions included how there would be no free ice cream, or why Chong Wei didn’t try any harder (for the ice cream). The country needs to know that Chong Wei is playing for his gold and his bars, not for citizens nationwide to simply claim a scoop of free ice cream. Even though they claimed to be joking, I cannot help but be angered because it disgraces the entire sport, and it defeats the whole purpose of Chong Wei attending the Olympics in the first place.

In the end, I don’t know what to say about these people. There are several other views I would touch on but unfortunately, memory doesn’t serve too well when things get delayed time and over again. As a badminton player myself, I was really disappointed, even though it was just a simple joke. Chong Wei has been a national symbol of our country and the best these citizens could do was joke around about not getting free ice cream? These lousy behaviors were further exhibited when I took a short trip to 1 Utama on the event date. The funny thing is I don’t understand how 200 people, a rough estimate, can queue up in a single file, from the Baskin Robbins stand in the intersection, all the way to the old wing without any chaos ensuing. This would be an easy way to see how desperate people are for a cup of ice cream, just because it’s free; not to mention the trouble they have to go through for something so petty. Worse yet, this doesn’t even happen in common daily activities. So conclusion, don’t create order in daily life, only create order when there’s free stuff! Absolute sarcasm intended.

I didn’t bother much; I simply went downstairs, grabbed a cheap McD ice cream cone, there was no outrageously long line, and that was the end of my story. At least now I’d know how people react whenever they can get free stuff just like that; and on the account of another man’s pure hard work. Nothing can be funnier than this.