During an online live chat session today, Malaysia's dive queen Pandelela Rinong rejected a blind date from afan today but later accepted an online proposal..
However, the marriage remains in cyberspace as the Sarawak-born 19-year-old athlete said she would accept the proposal in Sims, a popular online simulation game.
Many questions raised during the lighthearted 80-minute Question Time held by Yahoo! Malaysia were focused on the love life of the young lady who gave Malaysia a largely unexpected medal in the 10m springboard event at the London Olympics.
But the shy and playful athlete kept mum about it, only revealing that her ideal partner must share her passion for (South) Korean popular music or Kpop.
Peter: Hi Pandelela...are you still single?
Pandelela: No and yes, huahuahua.
Ronald: Do you have any planning in love life?
Pandelela: Yes,everybody needs love.
Hilary: What is the characteristics of your ideal partner?
Pandelela: Have interests in Kpop and funny as well.
KL man: Hi Pandalela, u ni single lagi ke? i nak ajak u blind date mlm ni boleh tak? (Are you still single? Can I invite you for a blind date tonight?)
Pandelela: Sorry hari ni saya busy. (Sorry I’m busy today.)
Wangdu: Will you marry me?
Pandelela : Yes in the Sims, be my neighbour!
During the chat, Pandelela, who speaksIban and Mandarin, shared the interaction between her and Malaysian Olympic silver medallist Lee Chong Wei, describing the latter as one of her idols.
“We didn’t advise each other that day. We congratulated each other and took pictures (together),” she said when asked whether they had given each other advice during the Olympic Games in London.
Pandelela, or Lela as she prefers to be called, said she will not follow in Lee’s footsteps to publish an autobiography.
“No, I am not that good as Lee, I still have a lot to learn.”
Invited for tea with William and Kate
She revealed that both of them have been invited for a tea party with Prince William and his wife Catherine when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Malaysia next month.
Below are some excerpts from the chat session:
Liew fk: What would you become if you were not athlete?
Pandelela: Cheerleader or air stewardess.
Waniejjang: How did you make yourself calm during the dive? You look so cool on your last dive!
Pandelela: I’m listening to (Korean pop band) Big Bang’s songs after every dive.
Yahoo! Malaysia: What other KPop bands do you like?
Pandelela: 2NE1 and B2ST.
Lee: What kind of super power would you like to have?
Pandelela: Can change to different kind of people.
Yahoo! Malaysia: Who would you like to change to?
Pandelela: Big Bang G-Dragon, cool.
Kooching: What city do you want to visit the most?
Pandelela: Seoul, Korea!! :)
Wadell Oni: (What) is your favorite Bidayuh song?
Pandelela: Forgot already, huhuhu... too much Kpop songs.
Tmot: What is your favorite Big Bang's song?
Pandelela: Lie, Bad Boy and Fantastic Baby.
Tmot: Lela, are you going to Big Bang concert this October?
Pandelela: I hope so but I couldn't buy the tickets as all have been sold out, anybody have extra? Huhu.
Liew fk: Haha.... I got !!! I got extra ticket.... but the cheapest one... you want?
Pandelela: Yay!!! Ok also.
Yahoo! Malaysia: Why are you called Lulu GDolphine anyway? How did the nickname start?
Pandelela: Its the combination of anime, Kpop and dolphin... creative right?
Yahoo! Malaysia: Here's a quick question from our friends at Malay Mail: How did you feel about the fact that your mother was unable to stay until the finals as she had to go back earlier due to financial considerations.
Pandelela: Very very sad... because she is my motivation.
Zoe Rosalia: Did you leave a mark on your medal after you bit it?
Pandelela: No.. I haven't bit it yet.
Jerry: After your historic feat, what are your next goals in life?
Pandelela: I don't know, huhu. My next goal in life is to make my country proud.
Yahoo! Malaysia: What kind of support, training does Malaysian divers like yourself need to progress further?
Pandelela: Support from every Malaysian.
Mingxhin: What was going through your mind up on the platform during your last dive?
Pandelela: Just said to myself, "1,2,3 jump!"
Guest: Can I have your winning bikini? Huhu.
Pandelela: I don't have bikini, only swimsuit but bayar laa!!! (Pay lah) Just joking, hehehe.
Jackson Richard: Lulu, what's your favourite food?
Pandelela: Sambal petai udang or ikan bilis , yummy!
Mingxhin: Who is the most handsome guy you met at the Olympics?
Pandelela: Nick McCrory from USA, hehe.
Alexius Barieng: Do you think about becoming a Datuk? :)
Pandelela: I don't want to be old yet, huahuahua... But its an honour to receive that.
Jai: What kind of anime or manga that you reading right now?
Pandelela: One piece!!! Love it, and Campione.
Aliek: What car are you planning to have now?
Pandelela: Audi car, woohoo~
Yahoo! Malaysia: Which model?
Pandelela: The latest one :)
Stacey: Can you drive already?
Pandelela: No. I have a phobia about driving.
Yahoo! Malaysia: Alamak! How are you gonna get that Audi then?
Pandelela: Ask someone to drive for me, teehee.
Yahoo! Malaysia: How long do you intend to remain in competitive diving?
Pandelela: As long I'm still alive, keep listening to Big Bang's "Alive".