We’ve been playing badminton on a somewhat obsessive level for the past fortnight. I don’t remember how exactly we started playing, but it probably had to do with Sarah bringing her rackets home and us feeling somewhat inspired on a hot afternoon and thinking that nothing could make us feel warmer in that wretched weather. It depressed us to know that we were wrong about that last point, but hey, at least we felt better after badminton and had an excuse to down plenty of iced beverages.
Our first session was played in the covered car park downstairs. It went quite decently, seeing that I haven’t touched a racket in like 18 years (that’s enough time to fully grow a JC student) and we couldn’t hit the shuttlecock too high because our “court” had a low ceiling. Sarah used to play a lot (not in comparison to my not-a-lot. More of an objective a-lot.), so I just ended up picking off the shuttlecock from the ground. After that session, we decided that we would try to book a proper court for our next sessions.
Badminton courts in this country are hard to come by. Theoretically, we have plenty. There is a couple in most community centres and sports halls, and with the Dual Use Scheme, some schools also now allow access to their sports facilities on evenings. However, some of these courts are also used as basketball/volleyball courts, so booking these courts is an exercise in itself altogether. Bookings open some two weeks before the date and the slots are usually gone within a day, with the popular evening slots often taken within one minute. One freaking minute. There can be no hesitation. I paused for a split second one morning and lost three preferred slots in that time.
Other badminton things we have done:
– Watched matches on YouTube. I’m not sure when exactly it was since I last sat through a sports match. Probably never. But new hobbies unlock new achievements.
– Expressed dismay over how badminton is considered a less glamorous sport than say, tennis. There is so much more coverage on the latter and a much higher amount of prize money and sponsorship as well.
– Bought sportswear.
It’s fun being active. We sleep better too.
* Badminton courts in CCs can be booked through the painful, archaic onePA website. Bookings for courts in sports halls and schools can be made through the ActiveSG site. The ActiveSG site is heaps better than onePA, but can be trying too. Use the app, which is no more intuitive, but it at least frees you up to drop back into slumber right after booking your court (I’m assuming you sleep with your phone close by).