Condensing two DECADES of your life into a single page is pretty daunting. You’ll need to speed, not walk, down memory lane because people are only interested with the nitty gritty of your story. So I am going to keep this ‘about me’ page in that similar format- succinct and simple. No beating around the bush. No sugar coating information. No stretching the truth. Just me and where I was, am and hope to be. Enjoy!
I took a good 5 minute pause before proceeding with this section because there were so many emotions I felt as I rekindled my memories. Looking back, I was a girl who was always ambitious yet was often unsure of her decisions. I wanted to be everything; a doctor, astronaut, teacher, CEO, fitness guru- the list can go on for two days! So at the critical stage in my life where I needed to pen down my career for scholarship purposes, I was troubled. I was 17 then, and really liked math and the idea of working in the business world. So without second thoughts, I chose to pursue a degree in Actuarial Science- a course heavily concentrated in Statistical analysis. This decision was largely influenced by the assumption that this degree choice is the perfect professional paper to make my way up the corporate ladder! Lady Boss Firzanah here I come!!!
But boy, I was wrong.
Upon graduating high school, the reality of being an Actuary slapped me real hard in the face. The prospect of the job itself scares me; I can’t manage sitting behind my laptop befriending numbers for the rest of my life. Nor can I devote even MORE hours on my own studying to ace those 13 notoriously hard actuary papers! And guess what? I wasn’t keen to delve into the toxic corporate world anymore. I figured that my bubbly personality suited way more in the ever growing fitness/healthy industry or starting up my own business. But unfortunately, by the time I realised all this, it was too late for me to turn back. I have signed a contract, with a scholarship body who funds for my tertiary education, agreeing to pursue a 3 year BSc in Actuarial Science.
So here I am today- a full time undergraduate student at the London School Of Economics (LSE) who doesn’t quite understand what her lecturers are teaching half the time. OK Kidding (but maybe not, I will leave you on your own judgement at that 😗) Luckily though, I have something outside of the intense numbers and debit credit accountings classes that makes me so ecstatic. Every. Single. Time. That is none other than, Fitness <3
I have always been in love with sports. At the mere age of 7, I bounced my first basketball ball on the massive court of SJK (C) Lai Meng, a Chinese Primary School in KL that has now moved to a new premise, and I never looked back since then. Basketball was the first spark that fuelled my passion in fitness. I played the sport competitively until high school, where I was crowned as something I always wanted to be- a basketball captain- in my senior year. At the same time, I was also engaged in a variety of sports, mostly team-oriented, like Netball, Team Running Relays and Volleyball because I didn’t want to keep my options narrowed. And come on… I couldn’t go far with basketball because there can only be one Michael Jordon! Duh! OK… that was half true but the point is, I was still searching for something that really resonated with my personality and challenging for my physique.
53491018 fitness classes (including and not limited to swimming, yoga, horseback riding, Taekwondo) later, I finally settled for POP Pilates and Weightlifting. I fell in love with the latter just recently, yet I am already super hungry for more killer gym sessions with the weights everyday! If this is new to you, and you still plant the ideology that weightlifting will make you bulky, don’t worry, I’ll be writing a thorough ‘beginner’s guide to weight lifting’ soon! =)
As for POP Pilates… ahhh I really don’t know where to start because our relationship has turned 180 degrees in just two years! I remember hurting my neck so badly after completing my first Blogilates video because of my then weak core. Funny enough, the next thing I know, I am TEACHING POP Pilates in London!!! Can. You. Believe. It. Being a Certified POP Pilates Instructor was one of my goals in 2016 and I am so so grateful that I got to check that off my list. This is my second fitness qualification after my Certified Fitness Instructor tittle in 2015! And perhaps… more is coming hehe :p
Although graduating from LSE with a First Class honours is #goals, I wouldn’t say that that is my number 1 priority. I want to travel, dream, write, fall in love, workout and study all at the same time so this really boils down to only one wish for the future me: finding balance. And this blog serves to share all the times that has/is/will keep me at life’s equilibrium.
I love you all and your support.
Stay Quirky, Fie <3