7. My cholesterol dropped
6. I lost fat AND gained muscle
5. I excelled in sports
I turned vegan two years after my return to Malaysia, which gave me even more energy to continue my pursuit of various challenges.
In May 2016, I swam and kayaked 18km around Perhentian Island in a team of four, as part of the Raleigh Round Island Challenge. In the months leading up to the day, I created my own fundraising campaign to raise awareness about marine conservation. My efforts caught the attention of the Malaysian media, and I managed to singlehandedly crowdfund over RM23,000. This was split equally between Marecet, which does research and conservation work on marine mammals in Malaysia (yes, Malaysia has dolphins!) and Reef Check Malaysia, which recruits volunteer divers to do reef surveys in the region and then uses the info collected on taking measured steps to protect and conserve the marine ecosystem.
In July 2017, I took part in my first-ever half marathon. Out of 400 participants in my category, I came in 12th place with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes.
I’m impressed with how strong and nimble my body is today, achieving things I wouldn’t have even dreamed of ten years ago.