The day in the life of an IASAS athlete

6:18 a.m.

Rise and shine! (Or rise and dark?) Liwen starts her morning early, at just 6:18 a.m. After getting out of bed, brushing her teeth and changing into her badminton uniform, she and her ISB homestay athletes (Prong Danchaivichit and Nisha Chaiyapatranun) eat their breakfast. What’s on the menu today? McDonald’s Hotcakes.

McDonald’s Hotcakes feat. Prong Danchaivichit

7:11 a.m.

7:11 a.m. and out the door they go! Athletes are expected to get to SAS by 8 a.m..

9:21 a.m.

Liwen finishing her ponytail with a red bow

Liwen’s first game of the day is at 10:30, so about an hour before, she’s getting ready and warming up. How to spot a SAS girl badminton player? The red hair ribbon! Athletes are in and out of their uniform, but most of the girls keep the red ribbon on for good luck and team spirit!

10:30 a.m.

Liwen Soh and her doubles partner, Jessica Zhu


SAS vs. ISM! (Spoiler: SAS wins!)

12:32 p.m.

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Mr. Hoe’s dumplings


Before heading to the gym to cheer on the SAS boys’ badminton match against JIS, Liwen and a few SAS badminton girls grab some lunch in the HS caf.


1:00 p.m.

Like many other athletes: Liwen’s injured. Throughout the day, she’s been getting her shoulder checked and taped up by Tomo.

1:15 p.m.

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The girls support the boys in their game against JIS. (Spoiler: SAS wins again!)

3:25 p.m.

The SAS girls begin warming up and getting ready for their game.

4:24 p.m.

Since Liwen’s not playing for the rest of the day, so she cheered on her homestay buddies, Nisha (pictured above) and Prong for their games that evening.

Author: Kristi Yang

Kristi Yang is a senior in her seventh year at SAS and is a third-year reporter for The Eye. She was born in New York but raised in New Jersey, Beijing, and Singapore—where she currently resides. Despite having lived in Asia for the past nine years, and in Singapore for the past seven, she still considers New Jersey to be home. You can find her running late to class (from Starbucks), leading painless workouts at House of Pain, or loitering around the media lab in the wee hours of the night (just ask campus security). She can be contacted at

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