There was a moment last Sunday when I felt shivers down my spine.
No, it was not due to the unheated swimming pool at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil. Though I have to say, having to immerse yourself in cold water when your body is still warm and toasty at 11 a.m. on a Sunday morning is not the most pleasant thing in the world. A more pleasurable alternative would be the English breakfast at Jarrod & Rawlins, but I digress.
No, it was not caused by the half-naked Caucasian male overseeing his two sons doing the backstroke at the very same pool. But you should have seen him – tall with a good mop of wavy hair, stunning manly facial features and oh, the shoulders the abs the arms! Any more beautiful, he would have been the Vitruvian Man.
It was at a time when I felt so frustrated because I was not getting it right. I asked my swimming instructor, Abdul Hafiz if I could skip learning how to swim freestyle and jump to breast stroke as the latter is something I already know how to do. Not perfectly, could use a lot of polishing but it doesn’t give me the problems I’m encountering with learning how to do it freestyle.
Then he looked at me, smiled softly and said, “I know you can do it Suanie. Just give yourself time to learn. Give me time to teach you, because I know I can do it.”
Okay lah. You’re the swimming expert, I trust you
With my swimming mates, and instructor Abdul Hafiz of PowerSwim
So yes, I’m learning how to swim. Will tell you more about it later!