Chat with Pandelela, first Malaysian woman Olympian medalist

Yahoo! Malaysia conducted a live chat session for Pandelela Rinong with her adoring Malaysian fans this morning.

Our newest Malaysia sweetheart is such a sweet girl – with a sense of humour!😉

Check out her reply when a fan asked her if she was single, if she would go out on a date (with him) and what she thought of “that guy” called Pain. She also confirmed that she did not have a twitter account (as a fake one was made soon after she won) and that she will be coming home to Kuching this 21st August and arriving at 12.30pm, where adoring fans are excitedly waiting to welcome her!😀

Oh and by the way, she answered YES to a wedding proposal!!! – with a catch.😉

Here’s the complete chat session (copied from here):

Question Time with Pandelela Rinong
Thursday August 16, 2012
9:35
Yahoo! Philippines:

Testing…

9:35
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Good morning!

9:36
Pandelela:

hello everyone,this is pandelela rinong

9:39
Comment From Eve

Good Luck girl

9:39
Pandelela:

thank u

9:40
Comment From del1007

Gud morning pandalela

9:40
Pandelela:

gud morning

9:41
Comment From Guest

Congrats Pandelela. I’m a fellow Sarawakian and you are our Pride & Joy!

9:41
Pandelela Rinong is in the house yo! pic.twitter.com/2RXqb7d6
9:41
Pandelela:

thank u. im proud to be sarawakian too

9:42
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Good morning everybody! Welcome to Yahoo! Malaysia’s Question Time with Malaysia’s sweetheart Pandelela Rinong.

9:43
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Before we begin, we’d like to offer up a HUGE thank you to gtalent.myfor organising this Q&A session with our Olympic hero!

9:43
Yahoo! Malaysia:

And our first question is in Bidayuh

9:43
Comment From Eve

lela,sindiak parik kuching?

9:44
Pandelela:

21st itih

9:44
Comment From Alexius Barieng

We watched the finals and we’re so excited watching all your dives. How did you feel on competition day? Was gold on your mind?

9:44
Pandelela:

thank u for stayed up the night. i felt very excited and just wanted to do my very best!

9:45
Comment From Jane

Love your t-shirt!!

9:45
Pandelela:

thank u.

9:45
Comment From Eza Rashid

Dear Pandalela,Malaysians so proud of you.Thanks for the bronze medal!Many times I keep replaying your video(final) on you tube!PROUD!

9:45
Pandelela:

thank u…please take care of ur eye

9:46
Yahoo! Malaysia:

The team at PC.com magazine wanted to ask you this: You have mentioned that you loved playing console games at the Olympics Village. What are some of your favourite games?

9:46
Pandelela:

wii games.. huhu

9:46
Comment From liew fk

What you to become if you are not athlete?

9:47
Pandelela:

cheerleader or air stewardess

9:47
Comment From waniejjang

How you make yourself calm during the dive? U look so cool on your last dive! kekeke

9:47
Pandelela Rinong is live now!She says thank you Malaysians for staying up to watch her compete at the finals,3.30am is very early she knows!
9:47
Pandelela:

im listening to Big Bang songs after every dives

9:48
Yahoo! Malaysia:

What other KPop bands do you like?

9:48
Pandelela:

2NE1 and B2ST

9:48
Comment From Stacey

Are you going to further your studies ?

9:49
Pandelela:

Maybe but all from my coach decision

9:49
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Can you explain further?

9:50
Pandelela:

if my coach stay in kl then i just study here

9:50
Comment From zetty

who is your idol?

9:50
Pandelela:

i have alot.. one of them are Dato Lee Chong Wei..

9:51
Comment From Jackson Richard

Hi Lily..bila mau datang Sandakan?

9:51
Pandelela:

Lulu akan dtg x lama lg… hehe

9:51
Comment From Stacey

Is this the real pandelela?😀

9:52
Pandelela:

no.. im lulu g dolphine… of course this is the real pandelela! hahaha

9:52
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Why are you called Lulu GDolphine anyway? How did the nickname start?

9:53
Pandelela:

its the combination of anime+kpop+dolphin… creative right?

9:53
@Heartmerene Your comment is now in queue🙂 We’ll try to run your comment/question soon
9:53
Comment From Guest

since how old have you been training for this?

9:53
Pandelela:

age of 8

9:53
Comment From Yen

What is your coming tournaments?

9:54
Pandelela:

i dont know yet. no planning yet

9:54
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

9:54
Pandelela:

very very sad… because she is my motivation

9:55
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Are you going to ‘belanja’ your parents anything to celebrate your success?

9:55
Pandelela is a big fan of K-pop music, and she listens to Big Bang after every dive#QuestionTimePandelela
9:55
Pandelela:

of course but must be something special

9:56
Comment From Stacey

i have a cute dolphine for you, where should i send it to?

9:56
Pandelela:

is it real? hehe.. u can send via poslaju

9:56
Comment From Zoe Rosalia

did you leave mark on your medal after you bite it?

9:56
Pandelela:

no.. i havent bite it yet

9:56
Yahoo! Malaysia:

You seem to be a tech-savvy person. What sort of gadgets do you use?

9:57
Pandelela:

Samsung S3.. great gadget!

9:57
Comment From mell

pandelela,,i read during olympic you had meet dato’ lee chong wei (in person). so what is his advice to you?and what is your advice to him?..:)

9:58
Pandelela:

we didnt advice each other that day. we congratulate each other and taking pictures

9:58
Comment From miszeeZa

What scares you the most?🙂

9:58
Pandelela:

leech,yucksss!

9:59
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Not many in the pool though, eh?

9:59
Yahoo! Malaysia:

😉

9:59
Pandelela:

if have i dont want to dive anymore,huhu

9:59
Comment From peter

hi pandelela…r u still single?

10:00
Pandelela:

no and yes,huahuahua

10:00
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Sedang menunggu…

10:00
Pandelela Rinong was asked is she is still single, she is blushing!:)
10:00
Comment From Khleo

hai lulu. you understand iban language? what other language that you master?🙂

10:00
When asked what she is afraid the most, Pandelela answered: “Leeches!”#QuestionTimePandelela
10:01
Pandelela:

i can listen well and speak iban,others are chinese.

10:01
Comment From Jackson Richard

Lulu..what’s ur favourite food?

10:01
Pandelela:

sambal petai udang or ikan bilis,yummy!

10:02
Back to the ‘Are you still single?’ question, Pandelela said: “Yes and no”. So, it’s a yes then? ;) #QuestionTimePandelela
10:02
Comment From Jerry

after your historic feat, what are your next goals in life?

10:02
Pandelela:

i dont know,huhu

10:02
Pandelela:

my next goal in life to make my country proud

10:02
Comment From Julina

Were there any days that you feel, “I feel tired of doing this again and again”?

10:03
Pandelela:

many times but after every winning i feel it worth it

10:03
Comment From Cool City Cat

Not many dare jump from a platform 10m high. What made you so confident?

10:03
Pandelela: “My next goal in life is to make my country proud” #QuestionTimePandelela
10:03
Pandelela:

because of my active lifestyle when i was small

10:04
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Do you use social media often?

10:04
Pandelela:

yes facebook & instagram is my favourite

10:04
Yahoo! Malaysia:

What kind of support, training does Malaysian divers like yourself need to progress further?

10:05
Pandelela:

supports from every malaysians.

10:05
Comment From mingxhin

What was going through your mind up on the platform during your last dive?

10:06
Her favourite social media platforms? “Facebook and Instagram” #QuestionTimePandelela
10:06
Pandelela:

just said to myself :”1,2,3 jump”!

10:06
Yahoo! Malaysia:

How heavy was the Jalur Gemilang you had to carry during the opening ceremony?

10:07
Pandelela:

it felt heavy but after came in the stadium it felt very light

10:07
Comment From Ronald

Do you have any planning in love life?

10:07
Pandelela:

yes,everybody need love

10:07
Comment From HILARY

What is the characteristics of your ideal partner?

10:08
Pandelela:

have interests in kpop and funny as well

10:08
Yahoo! Malaysia:

In London, did you meet the Queen? Or better,did you meet Prince Harry or William?

10:08
Pandelela:

i saw the Queen in Olympic village and the royal couple in aquatic centre

10:08
Comment From KL man

Hi Pandalela, u ni single lagi ke? i nak ajak u blind date mlm ni boleh tak?

10:09
Pandelela:

sorry hari ni saya busy

10:09
Comment From Yen

Whos is your fav singer in Malaysia?

10:09
So, in case you’re wondering, Pandelela likes guys who “have interest in k-pop and funny as well” #QuestionTimePandelela
10:09
Pandelela:

dato siti nurhaliza

10:09
Comment From liew fk

Do you think about organise a fans meeting???? haha

10:10
Pandelela:

urrr… its my pleasure if there are people who want to organise,huhu

10:10
Comment From Lee

What kind of super power would you like to have?

10:11
Ooh, someone just asked Pandelela out on a date tonight! ;) #QuestionTimePandelela
10:11
Pandelela:

can change to different kind of people

10:11
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Who would you like to change to?

10:11
Pandelela:

Big Bang G-Dragon,cool

10:12
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Recently there was a fake Twitter account set up under your name. Do you have a real Twitter account and FB page?

10:12
Pandelela:

i dont have twitter,only facebook page @pandelela rinong official

10:12
Comment From Kooching

what city do you want to visit the most?

10:13
Pandelela:

seoul,korea!!🙂

10:13
Comment From Guest

can i hve your winning bikini??huhu

10:14
Pandelela:

i dont have bikini only swimsuit but bayar laa!!! just joking,hehehe

10:14
Comment From Gan

Did you manage to make friends with other athletes in the Olympic games?

10:14
@Heartmerene Not necessary! If you have interesting question, bombs away😉
10:14
Pandelela:

yeah,they all very open and supporting!!

10:14
Comment From aliek

why when i dive 10m it always my legs dive first?

10:15
Pandelela:

because u not aiming properly and not learn diving yet

10:15
Comment From Guest

Say something in Korean to us🙂

10:16
Pandelela:

anyeonghaseyo..🙂

10:16
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Hi everybody, we are getting a lot of questions and queue-ing as many as we can. Please bear with us yeah.🙂

10:16
Comment From malaysianboy

if you given a chance to change a rules in diving, what it would be?

10:17
She just gave us a diving tip. If you dive and always land feet first, it’s “because you have not learn diving yet” #QuestionTimePandelela
10:17
Pandelela:

every judges must be fair n square,the one not fair get kicks

10:17
Comment From mingxhin

Who is the most handsome guy you met at the Olympics ;p

10:17
Pandelela:

nick mccrory from USA,hehe

10:17
Comment From marlystra

can u speak iban? let me ask you simple question in iban then, kemaya nuan pulai ke kuching? hahaha

10:18
Pandelela:

21 st

10:18
Comment From anon

pandelela have u heard about johari pain? any “wisdom words” for him? (:

10:19
Pandelela:

yes,he very famous,hehe… just be careful next time and think through brain,hahaha

10:19
When asked who was the hottest Olympian she met at London, she said: “Nick McCrory from USA”. Cue blushing! #QuestionTimePandelela
10:19
Comment From Ron Kuchnig

How did you land yourself in Diving? Interest ? or by chance? When did you start the diving game ? did you start with basic swimming first?? Lastly congratulations to you. We are proud of you.

10:20
Pandelela:

get selected by coach in primary school by change. start when i was 10.
yes i started swimming yet.thank u

10:20
Yahoo! Malaysia:

We notice that you’ve been wearing this “I’m famous because of my mom” t-shirt about. What’s that about?

10:21
Pandelela:

its P&G mom campaign. and i love it very much!

10:21
Comment From liew fk

Will you come out your own autobiography like Dato Lee?

10:22
Pandelela:

no,i am not that good as Dato Lee,i still have a lot to learn

10:22
Yahoo! Malaysia:

If there ever is a diving videogame, can you imagine yourself being part of the line-up? Why / why not?

10:23
Pandelela:

ermmm, i will make fun of my own face.

10:23
Comment From Guest

hows london?? did you go for shopping or to famous place there?

10:24
Pandelela:

cool! the weather is ridiculous.. i went to oxford street only

10:24
Comment From Mirza

Macam mana saya nak jadi macam awak? Umur saya 6 tahun sedang belajar berenang teknik freestyle.

10:25
Pandelela:

HI Mirza,umur u mmg sesuai utk terjun. keep training hard

10:25
Comment From titi

how many places you have travel in your life, pandelela?

10:26
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Wait ahh…she’s counting

10:26
Pandelela:

hard to count,more than 30 places

10:26
Comment From Alexius Barieng

Do you think about becoming a Datuk? : )

10:27
Pandelela:

i dont want to be old yet,huahuahua… but its an honour to receive that

10:27
Comment From Pak Jamal

what you love to do when during free time?

10:27
Pandelela:

listening to music,watching movies,sleeping etc

10:27
Comment From Guest

what do u think Chen Roulin have, that you don’t? That you want to improve in order to be perfect and lead?

10:29
Pandelela is all smiles, giggling and laughing while answering your questions. Comel sangat! #QuestionTimePandelela
10:29
Pandelela:

she is a full time athlete while im training while studying. she has a very very strict coach while my coach is more gentleman,huhu… keep training hard

10:29
Yahoo! Malaysia:

This question just came in on Twitter, from @AminAshaari: What’s the short term for Pandelela? We think he’s asking if you have a nickname?

10:30
Pandelela:

short term is Lela

10:30
Comment From Jai

What kind of anime or manga that you reading right now?

10:30
When asked what she likes doing, she answered: “Listening to music,watching movies, sleeping” #QuestionTimeWithPandelela
10:30
Pandelela:

one piece!!! love it

10:30
Pandelela:

and campione

10:30
Comment From Ajmdaz

No question i only wanna say thanks for the medal

10:31
Comment From Stacey

I am 13 yrs old now and I would like to join the malaysian diving team, but have not been exposed to diving, but swimming yes🙂 What should I do ? will it be too late to join now?

10:31
Pandelela:

thank u

10:31
Comment From Guest1

what injuries are common in diving?

10:32
Oh, she loves anime and manga too! Her favourite manga? “One Piece”#QuestionTimePandelela
10:32
Pandelela:

yeah i guess so as 13 is too late.. just focus on swimming ok?🙂

10:32
Comment From Kayan Boy

Hi! Are you really going to the high tea with Prince William and Kate Sep later?

10:32
Pandelela:

ankle,back,and neck,and hand wrist

10:33
Pandelela:

Dato Lee n i was invited and im very happy

10:33
Comment From Wadell

Oni (what) is your favorite Bidayuh song??

10:34
Pandelela:

forgot ady,huhuhu… too much kpop songs

10:34
Most common injury for a diver? “Ankle, back, neck and wrist”. Ouch!#QuestionTimePandelela
10:34
Comment From pauline

how many siblings do u hv?

10:34
Pandelela:

4,im the 2nd

10:34
Comment From aliek

What car are you planning to have now?

10:35
Pandelela:

AUDI car,WOOHOO~

10:35
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Which model?

10:35
Oh, and she likes being called ‘Lela’ for short :) #QuestionTimePandelela
10:35
Pandelela:

THE LATEST ONE🙂

10:35
Comment From _guest_

I see in tv that all the diver don’t talk to each other, men’s too…but did all of you talk in the locker rooms?

10:36
Pandelela:

we talked during warm up and after game as everyone wanted to focus

10:36
Yahoo! Malaysia:

This is from Cyril Dason on Twitter: Pukul kudu iyoh nog Kuching? Koih miak sambut.

10:37
Pandelela:

21 12.30pm,please be patience ya,hehe

10:37
Comment From tmot

what is ur favorite big bang song?

10:37
She’s planning on getting “the newest Audi car” soon ;) #QuestionTimePandelela
10:37
Pandelela:

lie,bad boy n fantastic baby

10:38
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Ahhh…does that mean you like bad boys?😉

10:38
Pandelela:

not necessary,teehee

10:38
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Why do divers wear those funny coloured and funny shaped tape, is it for medical reasons?

10:39
Pandelela:

its fashion dont u think? no la,its ecause they have injuries and the tape is too lesser the pain…

10:39
When asked if she likes bad boys (oooh la la!), she giggled: “Not necessary”#QuestionTimePandelela
10:40
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Okay friends, we’ve only got about 5 minutes left before Pandelela has to shoot off.

10:40
Yahoo! Malaysia:

😦

10:40
Comment From Arsyad

Ooo..by the way you look stunning during carry Jalur Gemilang on opening ceremony

10:40
Pandelela:

yeah,thanks to OCM for the uniform

10:40
Comment From tmot

lela, r u going to big bang concert this october?

10:41
Pandelela:

i hope so but i cant buy the tickets as all sold out,anybody have extra? huhu

10:41
Comment From navis

did our CM, Taib ring personally to congratulate you?

10:42
Pandelela:

no. must be busy i think😦 but its ok

10:42
Comment From liew fk

haha…. i got !!! i got extra ticket…. but the cheapest 1… you want??

10:42
Pandelela:

yay!!! ok also

10:43
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Here’s another one from Twitter

10:43
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Wan @khumaini85: during your child time, have u try diving from bridge at the river?

10:44
See, told you guys Pandelela is having fun chatting with you guys! Still not too late to send in your Qs pic.twitter.com/nRzTzkw7
10:44
Pandelela:

yeah,it was fun then not like real official diving

10:44
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Okay, just three more questions folks!

10:44
Comment From Stacey

Can you drive already?? :DD

10:44
Pandelela:

no. i have a phobia in driving

10:45
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Alamak! How are you gonna get that Audi then?

10:45
When asked if she ever tried diving from a bridge into the river when she was young, she said: “Yeah, it was a fun!” #QuestionTimePandelela
10:45
Pandelela:

ask someone to drive for me,teehee

10:45
Comment From Cyril Dason

complete this sentence: I am a proud to be a Sarawakian because…

10:45
Pandelela:

of their fighting spirit that will never give up!

10:46
Yahoo! Malaysia:

And for our last question…

10:46
Yahoo! Malaysia:

How long do you intend to remain in competitive diving?

10:46
Pandelela:

as long im still alive,keep listening Big Bang “ALIVE”

10:47
Yahoo! Malaysia:

OMG, we couldn’t resist this one more question:

10:47
Comment From Wangdu

will you marry me?

10:47
Pandelela:

YES IN the SIMS. be my neighbour!!

10:47
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Hahahahahahaha!

10:47
Yahoo! Malaysia:

And with that, we have to say goodbye to Pandelela for this time.

10:48
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Thank you very much for appearing on our Question Time session

10:48
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Thanks to you as well, dear friends, for your questions and comments

10:48
Yahoo! Malaysia:

Any last words Lela?

10:48
When asked to complete the sentence “I am a proud to be a Sarawakian because…”, she said: “…of their fighting spirit!”
10:48
Pandelela:

thank u very much u all!🙂

10:48
Yahoo! Malaysia:

And lastly, thanks to gtalent.my for helping us make this happen

10:48
Pandelela:

keep supporting malaysian athletes!

10:49
Yahoo! Malaysia:

We hope you had as much fun as we did.🙂

10:49

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