Malaysians were overjoyed when Dato’ Lee Chong Wei (李宗伟) married fellow badminton player Wong Mew Choo (黄妙珠) in 2012. It was a happy occasion for the country, but most of all, for the badminton couple.
Nine years have passed since then. The two have gone through ups and downs but have come out stronger through everything. Yesterday (10th November), the former Olympic badminton champion penned a touching letter to his wife on Facebook.
“I never knew how to dream,” Lee admitted to his wife. “Until I met you.” The former national badminton player shyly shared how he proposed to his wife; blessing netizens with just a tiny glimpse of the devotion he has for her. Lee recalled the event as the “most nervous moment of (his) life”. It was apparently more nerve-wrecking than the Olympics finals and collecting his SPM results.
“I rehearsed my proposal so many times, and yet when I opened my mouth, it still went stammering out of tone and out of tune,” he said. “My heart dropped when you kept quiet when I popped the question. Was I (not) good enough for you? Was I not handsome enough for you?” Lee joked he wasn’t as good looking as Hong Kong actor Andy Lau, but his face was okay-looking. “But luckily, after a long pause, you teared and (said) yes! We hugged. And we cried a thousand rivers,” he reminisced.
Nine years may have passed, but for Dato Lee, it still seems like a dream. “(I’m) unable to believe we are actually together. With two beautiful sons. With a future (in which) I can’t wait to grow old with you, hand in hand,” he wrote. “I promised your parents I (would) protect you when I took your hand. Well, I will keep that promise. I’d steal the sun from the sky for you, if you want me to.”
By 2022, the couple would have been married for a decade. Lee is already planning for their next anniversary which would hopefully be Covid-free. “This 9th anniversary (is a little) low-key, but I will buy you that siakap fish from Langkawi,” he joked.
On a more sincere note, Lee declared it his greatest satisfaction to have his wife and kids with him in the coming days. “In addition to saying I love you on our anniversary, I want to say thank you,” he wrote. “I wish you will always be yourself and will live every day as if you were young. Love you 99 (signifying forever in Chinese slang).”
Most people hope for such a union with their partner and the two are certainly blessed. We hope they will continue to live out the rest of their days together!