Where are you from?
Hello there SHiNE team! I’m Sharzila and I was born and raised in The Capital City of Malaysia; Kuala Lumpur. I spent almost all my life here in Kuala Lumpur and was given a memorable opportunity to spend 2 years pursuing a Degree in Electrical Engineering at the Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI), United States from 1997 – 1999. I still cherish my times there and would love to one day pay a visit.
What is the population in Malaysia?
Malaysia is situated in between Thailand (north) and Singapore (south) with an equatorial weather; which means we have to put on our sun screen lotion 24-7. It’s a very unique country with diverse ethnics living under one roof; with the biggest population coming from the Malays (50%), the Chinese (22%) and the Indians (7%). The overall population is around 30 million.
What kind of work do you do?
I’m an Electrical Engineer by certificate but have only been practicing technical for about two (2) years before moving into non-core roles. I’m now in the strategic management portfolio; working in the biggest power utility company in Malaysia. I’m currently involved in the Transformational Program for the division I’m working in; redesigning the organization in line with its 10 years’ goals. This job requires a lot of interaction with people at all levels and by far the most challenging job I have ever experienced. That is the reason why I’m so glad to have found SHiNE as it has helped me to unwind, have fun and just be me.
Tell us about your family
I'm the second in the family of 4 siblings and have been happily married for 15 years to my wonderful high-school sweetheart. We have been blessed with a son now aged 14 years old. My fmily tradition is mostly influenced by our traditional Malaysia Culture with an added twist. Normal occasion in the weekends would be spending time together with hubby and son; watching movies, cooking, play games, window shopping at the mall, and spending some time in the evening at the parks around the cities - walking or cycling together. Sometimes my siblings, hubby, son and I will go for a short hike at the nearest hill park.
Tell us about one of your family traditions?
The most looked forward to family tradition is of course the Eid Mubarak, also known as the ‘Hari Raya Aidilfitri’ or ‘The Celebration Day. It’s a joyous celebration held once a year after a full month fasting during the Holy Month of ‘Ramadan’ (Fasting month in Islam). There will be lots and lots of delicious Malay Dishes to look forward to and this is also the time for us to seek forgiveness from the elders. The night before, we will be helping our immediate family members to cook the favorite Malay traditional food (‘Ketupat’-rice cake, ‘Lemang’ - Glutinous rice cake, ‘Rendang’-Spicy Meat Dish cooked with coconut milk), clean the house, put on new curtains and transferring cookies to nice containers. (Yup! The calories are top notch). The morning of Eid Mubarak, we will usually start our day with new best clothes, some special prayers, followed by seeking forgiveness from our elders, visiting our relatives and friends, having relatives and friends visiting our home and digging through the home cooked delicious food. This occasion is usually celebrated around 3 days.
Is dance fitness popular in your community
Yes indeed. Dance fitness has made its wave here through many platforms; through fitness clubs and fitness centers located at strategic places in the cities around Malaysia (e.g.: Fitness First, Celebrity Fitness, Chia Fitness Centers). FlyCycle has also made its big wave here not forgetting Pilates, Yoga, Ballet, TRX, Barre methods. The latest fitness trend now in Malaysia is exercising through online subscriptions and apps. The subscriptions and apps are mostly coming from either the USA or the UK but I would say this has not made a big wave yet. Majority of us here will surf the net, YouTube, Instagram or fitness magazines (e.g.: Self Magazines, Cosmopolitan, Prevention) to get the latest update and info on new online exercise subscriptions and apps. To add, YouTube and Instagram are how I discovered SHiNE.
How often do you SHiNE?
With tight work schedule, heavy traffic going back home and no matter how tired I am, I usually spare my 1 hour to SHiNE at least 3 times during working days (usually on alternate days) and once during the weekends. Adding up those numbers, that will be 4 times of SHINE per week. I combine this with Pilates on other days to improve my flexibility, strength and for additional toning.
What are your passions?
I have a strong passion for animal welfare as I believe animals deserve to be treated with respect just like humans. I recently nursed and adopted two (2) stray cats; one which required front left leg amputation and another which showed signs of physical abused. I have yet to find the time to be volunteering more in the near future.
What do you like most about SHiNE?
SHiNE really helps in elevating my energy level after a full blow day at the office and helps me to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The fact that I don't have to go to the gym to get fit is really a plus point. SHINE really takes the time to study what makes a superb quality online fitness video. I love the positive vibrant atmosphere coming from the dancefloor and the lively personalities of Kendall and the SHiNE community; it really makes me feel I'm physically there although the fact we're half-world away. The superb choices of music are also something that I look forward to every time I hit the dance floor. I love the fact that I’m exercising without feeling forced to exercise. Another thing I love about SHiNE is I can still carry out my exercise routine even when I have to travel for out-stationed work. Given 3 simple words to describe SHiNE, it would be Superb, amazing and addictive!
Which is your favorite routine?
This is tough! Can I just say all are my favorites? Ok, let’s see…. I would go with ‘HandClap’ by Fitz and the Tantrums for the cool and cheeky choreography, catchy song and variety of movement that really challenge all aspects of my body.
What is one thing you can't workout without?
Comfortable sport shoes, that is a definite must for a smooth and injury free workout.