More Nationalities, More Joy
The quarantine period for the Asian Games, is halfway now. At the CHIO showground, Qabil, Wup and Joyce are preparing for the biggest event of Asia, held every four years.
"Time flies when you are having fun, they say. And it's the truth. Once everything is well organised and all the tests and paper work is sort of history, there is less to worry about. Time to focuss on the core business, which is the competition taking place in one and a half weeks.
Today I got a copy of the accreditations from the Malaysian Olympic Committee, that we can show at customs in China. Allthough we still have to wait for our official visa and our passports, that are still with the embassy.
Wuppy was out exercising twice today again. This morning Qabil rode his freestyle and it looked really good. I temped to give him instructions with the Sennheiser, but everytime I did that, the music went off..... arrgggh! Qabil had to start all over again... my fault! Sometimes it is hard not to say something (not just instructions, but also compliments).
The Malaysian team is growing every day during quarantine. More nationalities means even more fun. Alea Soraya has a trainer from The Netherlands here and Diani Lee got her Swedish trainer coming over all the way, who is living in Los Angeles. Our conversations are in basically all languages: Dutch, English, German, Malay, Chinese. Allthough we don't all speak all languages, sometimes this causes a lot of laughter!During dinner at the Chinese Restaurant we discovered that Diani speaks Chinese, so YES WE HAVE SOMEONE TO TRANSLATE EVERYTHING FOR US THERE IN CHINA, SOMEONE TO TRANSLATE THE MENU! Everybody happy again. We had a lot of fun and again we were the last ones to leave the restaurant.
Again we were lucky with dry weather circumstances today. Not just for ourselves, but also for the horses that are handwalked outside. At about 2.30h we even got some sunshine. That was the main reason for me and groom Fia to drive downtown for some shopping.
Actually it is quite funny, basically you have all day to do a lot of things as there is a lot of spare time. But because of breakfast, lunch, dinner, exercising the horse twice a day, etc there is not really a lot of spare time left. Bit by bit I manage to answer all emails and I continue with the translation of my Logbook for Dressage Riders. On a daily basis I receive emails from people that bought it somewhere in Holland, Belgium or on the internet. I am so happy that it turns out to be a success! We use the logbook here in Aachen as well, very handy, especially when there is two people riding there horse, circumstances are different and when you are working towards a big competition!"