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Pretty Fit

Destinations
Writer
Zurien Onn
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Find out where fitness ambassador Linora Low would head to in Malaysia and internationally for a relaxing holiday.

The year 2020 was one where fitness personality Linora Low found herself pivoting from public engagements as a wellness speaker and a sports event emcee. Although she got her start in the entertainment industry acting in theatre and then going on to become a radio announcer at Red FM and MIX, Linora is more well-known as a fitness and wellness personality. From being an ambassador for the TV show, R U Tough Enough on the KIX channel to being an ambassador for local and international brands including Koa Fitness, Under Armour and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Linora continues to inspire others with her motivational coaching, inspirational content on YouTube and just her overall positive energy. Here, she shares with us on what she has been up to as well as some of her best travel moments.

Has COVID-19 affected you in any way, either career-wise, travel-wise or personally?
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At Sarang by The Brook at Kuala Kubu Bharu

Career-wise, it definitely took away a lot of jobs as not only do I emcee, but the type of events that I usually host are sporting events like runs and obstacle races. At the same time, though, this opened up a lot of new opportunities, which has allowed me to refocus on things I hadn’t had time to pursue before. This is when I am very grateful for how technology has evolved and allows us to share experiences and knowledge on a different level via the many platforms these days. Content creations is where my voice can be heard

Once we can travel internationally, where would you like to go to and why?

Japan! I have a friend in Tokyo that I would like to see very much. Then, the next place I’d like to go to is Melbourne, Australia, because my coach, Benjamin Siong of Australian Strength Performance is there, and his gym will be the first place I will hit in Melbourne.

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Taking in the air and the views at Great Ocean Road in Melbourne (L), Just enjoying herself in Melbourne (R).
Do you like combining travelling with fitness, or do you travel purely for pleasure? Does your fitness routine change when you travel?

The first thing I look for when I travel is if the hotel has a gym or if there is one nearby. If there aren’t any, I would bring my own equipment. I do have to change my routine based on what equipment is available. Of course, enjoy your trip when you travel but work out to maintain your fitness level. For me, I need to keep active - for my mental state and to maintain my figure (as a competitive body builder). I need to train somewhere, or at least get in as many steps as possible.

Do you go for adventure holidays or those that have a physically-challenging itinerary?

When I did a campaign for Mercedes, we went to Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam. Among some of the things we did was cycling on a tight-rope, hiking to a waterfall, and drove SUVs deep into the jungle. In Indonesia, we went out at 4 o’clock in the morning to watch the sun rise over Borobudur. The itinerary was crazy, but it was the ultimate road trip and if given the chance, I’ll do it again.

If there’s one place you would recommend that everyone must travel to and experience, should they have the chance, where would that be?
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Enjoying the outdoors while working out at Great Ocean Road in Australia.

The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. The scenery was of course beautiful, but to learn of its history was amazing. The view leaves you just breathless, and the whole ambience is just very calming and zen.

What are the Top 3 destinations on your bucket list right now?

Santorini, Greece; I would also like to go to Switzerland to meet friends over there, and taste the chocolates. And also New Zealand, because I love Lord of the Rings, and I’d just love to go see Hobbiton, and because I have friends there

COVID-19 and movement control orders have limited our travel options. Where is your favourite destination for a local getaway and where is your favourite destination in Malaysia?

My favourite destination is Langkawi. I have not gone to Redang island in a while, and hope to go back soon. Sarang by the Brook in Kuala Kubu Bharu is also great, and I would like to go to Awanmulan in Seremban and Tiarasa Escapes in Janda Baik.

Do you prefer checking in early before a flight to enjoy shopping opportunities and dining options at the airport, or are you the type to browse and buy upon arrival?

I would do both! I like taking my time and I would usually head over to the Premium Lounge and chill, have a really good meal and then walk around. The window shopping is the best and you never know who you’ll meet - I’ve bumped into friends at the airport.

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Learning how to pick tea leaves at the Dilmah tea plantation in Sri Lanka (L), With fellow fitness coaches Jacqie Tan and Sara May at Tanjong Jara Resort in Terengganu (R).
What do you like most about our airports in Malaysia?

KLIA is one of the best airports that I’ve been to because it is clean, they really keep up to standards as much as possible, and I love how spacious it is - the environment is just nice and bright. I just like how everyone is friendly and the feel is just different than your normal days. There are times when my sister and I would just go, “We miss KLIA!”

What do you do to spend time should there be a flight delay, or when on the airplane on a long-haul flight?

Read a book, go on social media and walk around the airport a bit more.

Do you have a travel quirk? If yes, what is it?

I bring on my own packed food, especially when I’m competing and I don’t know where I might find the food I need. I would pack my own snacks and my superfood powders like spirulina and beetroot, to drink on the plane and help boost my immunity especially when I’m flying or travelling.

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Taking in the sunset at Borododur Temple in Indonesia. (L), Enjoying the day in Canggu Bali (R).

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