We recently had an international sport event…kinda like Olympic but only the size of Asia. For Asian, it’s like a warm up session to prepare for Olympic. But there are so many games that aren’t in Olympic, such as Sepak Takraw, Climbing, Basketball 3×3, Bridge (card game), Pencak Silat, Wushu, etc. Apart from the regular Olympic games, Asian Games also include games that originated from Asia. The original host for ASIAN GAMES 2018 was supposed to be Vietnam, but they couldn’t afford it and it passed on to Indonesian.
The opening ceremony was awesome!! As a Indonesian I am so proud of it. This is one of the highlight of the opening ceremony, The Ratoh Jaroe dance from Aceh. This is one of many our traditional dance. Do watch it, you won’t waste 5 minutes of your life to see this 😉
Since the last time we held this international event was in 1962 (56 years ago), so we found time to come and join the party. This rare event was a MUST see event for me. The event took place from August 18 to September 2, 2018.
1. Basketball 3×3
Most of the tickets were sold out, so we went there to see whatever sport which still had tickets. We wanted to see either Badminton or Basketball but both were sold out, so we bought tickets for Basketball 3×3.
The game was from quarter final till final. We left home at 10.00 Am, the game started at 2.00 pm and ended at 10 pm.
2. Shuttle Bus
The venue was quite big so we had to take shuttle bus to get to the Basketball 3×3’s venue. I really like how colorful the map other signs on the venue.
3. The Four of Us
Although the first plan was to go with all the foster kids, but in the end there were only the four of us (five if you count the little one). 2 of my girls, Kakak Asuh (kinda like the big brother – my assistant in raising my foster kids – please see my previous post to know a bit about them)
4. My Cooperative Son
He never stopped to amaze me. I am blessed with a very cooperative son who rarely went cranky went going somewhere for a long time. We left home at 10 AM and arrived home at 10.30 PM… more than 12 hours and he didn’t cry at all. He watched the game seriously for more than 30 minutes. He kept saying “Bu, boya. Kakak boya” (Mom, ball..sisters/brother playing ball).
5. The Explorer
When he had enough with watching the games, he played on the back area. Running on the free space behind the row of chairs, never went down the stairs. Watching the games by standing on the back. Teasing the volunteers. Observing the lights. When it was dark, he asked me to hold him while he was watching the light outside the venue.
6. Japan Vs Indonesia (Quarter Finals)
The most awaited game finally started 🙂 During the game, I carried my son in his baby carrier because I didn’t want to lose sight of him. Fortunately, he didn’t mind being in the carrier and watched the game together. Japan was too strong and Indonesian girls lost in an easy match. Japan went to final against China. In the final, China won the game.
7. Contemporary Traditional Dance To Cheer the Audience
Before semi final, we were entertained by a high school dance group from. The dance and the costumes were a combination of several traditional dance in Indonesia.
8. The Attractive Thailand Suppoter
There was this man dressing uniquely and attracted a lot of people. He was there to cheer for Thailand. He carried some kind of a drum and put of a ball hat. The hat attracted my son. He came near the man but too afraid to be closed to him.
9. Big Smile Before Sleeping
When my son finally got tired and sleepy, he asked to be breastfed and soundly sleeping in his carrier. He slept for more than one hour and woke fresh to start exploring the venue again 🙂 He was sleeping during a tough game between Iran vs China (men’s competition). I was shouting to cheer Iran…and he didn’t wake up during the shouting because he was too tired.
10. Yao Ming
It was quite a surprise to see Yao Ming there. Of course he was there to support China. Unfortunately I couldn’t get closer picture of him, he was sitting so far…and he sat so close to where were sitting, he was protected by so many men and made it difficult to steal a picture. The volunteers also told everyone that Yao Ming didn’t want anyone to take his picture. Sorry Yao Ming, you are too famous not to be noticed 😉
11. The Mascots
There were three mascots for Asian Games 2018; Bhin Bhin (the bird), Atung (the deer) and Kaka (the rhino) and . Their names were taken from Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Indonesian slogan for Unity in Diversity)
12.Tired But Happy
We were soooo tired but we were sooo happy. Even though we had been there for almost 12 hours but we enjoyed every minute of it. It was a rare event and we are not sure we will be able to such event again anytime soon 🙂
13. Little Boy’s Selfie
I will close this post with a picture of my son posing in front of the 18th ASIAN GAMES. He might not remember what happened that day but this picture will show him that he was there when he wasn’t 2 years old yet.