NAYPYIDAW- "I don't like the bugs," said the 17-year-old Republic Polytechnic student.
"There are mosquitoes, grasshoppers, spiders, and flies.
"And some of them are very big!"
She called her coach Yang Ning over, and he whipped out his smartphone and showed a picture of a grasshopper at least 15cm in length, staying in the shade in one of the team's dorms.
It may well have been a good luck charm for Yan Ni, though.
On Sunday, she won the Republic's first silver medal in Naypyidaw, for her changquan routine.
Indeed, other Team Singapore athletes who have already set foot in the sprawling 415-acre (more than 300 football fields) Village seem more than satisfied with their experience so far.
Top shuttler Derek Wong said the living quarters were similar to the facility at the 2007 SEA Games in Korat, Thailand.