The Healing Power Of Unconditional Love
Her World Malaysia|May - June 2020
There’s a saying that goes, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” For one woman, these words resonated deeply. An unlikely companion came into her life at her lowest point and changed everything.
Lorraine Chai

Armed with a cat carrier, Sherlyn Tan arrives at the coffee shop we’re supposed to meet and instead of taking the seat in front of me, she walks straight to the corner where a stray cat is lounging – it’s a heavily pregnant mama and she’s almost ready to deliver.

“Someone ‘tagged’ me on Instagram in a photo posted by this cafe. They were looking for someone to help this pregnant stray cat,” says Sherlyn, her lips curling. Suddenly, it dawns on me: An hour ago, I received a text message from her asking to meet at a different place, instead of the one we’d agreed on earlier. Now I see why. Her eyes fill with affection for the cat at first sight. “I fell in love with her immediately,” she smiles. But then she sighs, “The problem is, how do I house the cat and her kittens? My house is already full of pets.”

“I’m A Fake-out Of Myself”

The founder of the well-loved fashion label, Twenty3, Sherlyn was once very actively involved in the local fashion scene; she’d even brought her brand name to the Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week (KLFW). Taking her online business offline, she had even expanded her business by launching brick-and-mortar stores within the country and eventually to Australia. “Business was peaking, but I had to call a halt,” she discloses.

Sherlyn reveals that she tends to have feelings of low self-esteem because of childhood experiences, so being promoted thrice within a year-and-a-half at her job gave her a major confidence boost. With much faith, she left her stable job to pursue her dream to become a singer, but the journey was far from pleasant for her. There were times when she didn’t get paid after a gig and at other times people would run away with her earnings.

Being away from home, the persistent young Sherlyn didn’t spend time crying over spilt milk. She ventured into running an online business selling secondhand clothes, and it grew beyond her expectations. Seeing the opportunity, she quickly turned her business into a fashion label and the revenue doubled within seven months. Her sharp business acumen and astute understanding of her customers’ needs garnered her recognition from the industry. Even the world-renowned fashion designer, Jimmy Choo, came on board as a brand consultant. Everything seemed to be smooth-sailing until her mental wellbeing began to suffer.

“I had low self-esteem and my business was like a mask, a fake-out of myself. Having to be present at social events and meeting people was exhausting for me. I decided to return home to Malaysia from Australia to seek medical help. The doctor advised getting a pet to take the edge off my feelings of distress. Soon after, I adopted my first pet dog, Popiah, when I returned to Australia,” she reminisces, showing a great fondness for her dog with a wide smile.

Her Rescuer

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM HER WORLD MALAYSIAView All

YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND IN ME

“More than half of my time is spent with animals, but I enjoy it,” enthuses animal rescuer, Aileen Lee. The story of this selfless lady’s dedication and love for the fur kids she has saved will warm your heart.

8 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

MISSION: Catification

We discover why pet proofing your home ensures harmony and safety for both the owner and the cat.

2 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

THE ONE WHO'S TAKING ACTION

Best known for her extensively waitlisted Nina bag, Gabriela Hearst walks the talk when it comes to sustainable luxury. The New York-based designer shares her inspirations, dreams and resolutions for herself and her eponymous label.

3 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

BORN TO ENTERTAIN

YOU MIGHT RECOGNISE HER AS THE GENTLE AND LOVING MOTHER IN LEE CHONG WEI, THE BIOPIC OF THE BADMINTON LEGEND, OR THE VULNERABLE YET RESILIENT TEACHER IN WET SEASON, WHICH HIT THE CINEMAS IN MARCH. SOME OF US MAY HAVE SEEN YEO YANN YANN ON THE BIG SCREEN PLAYING VARIOUS CHARACTERS FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. STILL, SHE NEVER FAILS LEAVE HER AUDIENCE IN AWE OF HER ACTING PROWESS.

10+ mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

THE TRUTH BEHIND FAUX FUR

Is imitation fur still a feasible alternative in this modern, fashion-forward world? Nadhirah Othman uncovers how the fur industry – both real and fake – brings a detrimental impact to the well-being of our planet.

4 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

Surprising reasons WHY YOUR KID is under performing in school

You’re understandably frustrated that your child isn’t living up to her potential. But before you blame her attitude, check if these conditions are hindering her academically.

9 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

A PAWSITIVE' Life

Like in many parts of the world, pet culture has seen exponential growth in Malaysia. In this issue, Lorraine Chai discusses pet therapy, a method of treatment that is gaining traction, and also some of the pet trends you don’t want to miss out on.

10 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

The Healing Power Of Unconditional Love

There’s a saying that goes, “Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” For one woman, these words resonated deeply. An unlikely companion came into her life at her lowest point and changed everything.

7 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

Even Pets Need Tummy Care?

For many, keeping a pet is more than just caring for an animal; pets are family members, too. We speak to veterinary surgeon, Dr Wafaa Abdul Washefffrom Pets Corner Sdn Bhd, to find out how your pets can stay healthy with a suitable diet

3 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020

Beauty The Natural Way

With climate change rapidly threatening the future of Mother Earth, we urgently need to curb further acts of destruction. We speak to Law Hong Mei, founder of The Olive Tree, about building a beauty brand that is sustainable from the core.

5 mins read
Her World Malaysia
May - June 2020
RELATED STORIES

Plini – Voices in The Sky

PLINI — the guy Steve Vai once called “the future of exceptional guitar playing” — discusses the perils of “guitar fame,” the challenges of a modern prog-rocker and his breathtaking new album, Impulse Voices

9 mins read
Guitar World
April 2021

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

The usurper has come

3 mins read
Maximum PC
April 2021

BE SQUIRRELY

Giant squirrels, giant lessons? Animal chaplain SARAH BOWEN explores what squirrels can show us about mindfulness.

4 mins read
Spirituality & Health
Mar/Apr 2021

IN SURPRISE MOVE, FACEBOOK BLOCKS NEWS ACCESS IN AUSTRALIA

In a surprise retaliatory move Thursday, Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news stories, escalating a fight with the government over whether powerful tech companies should have to pay news organizations for content.

4 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #486

GUNBUSTERS

We spend a lot of time talking about veteran-owned spirits in this column. But a truly relaxing, rewarding end-of-the-day drinking experience involves more than just good booze. Fortunately, this issue’s Veteran Vices column has you covered. Glenn Yench, former electronics technician, weapons rate, comes to this column all the way from Down Under.

1 min read
Recoil
March - April 2021

FITTED FOR RADIO

Matthew Jackson’s Land Rover 110 retired from the Australian Army to a life of backcountry travel

1 min read
Four Wheeler
March 2021

AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER SAYS BING COULD REPLACE GOOGLE

Australia’s prime minister said that Microsoft is confident it can fill the void if Google carries out its threat to remove its search engine from Australia.

2 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #484

THE KOALAS OF KANGAROO

It's been almost a year since I walked down Church Road on Kangaroo Island, where the smell of death could not be escaped.

8 mins read
Lens Magazine
December 2020

MELISSA BUGS OUT OVER TOXIC INSECT BITE!

FUNNYLADY Melissa McCarthy was knocking on heaven’s door after a bug bite triggered a terrifying allergic reaction that left her lip “four times” its usual size and forced her to seek emergency medical care!

1 min read
National Enquirer
December 21, 2020

SERGIO OLIVA JR.: 2021 WILL BE MY YEAR

This son of three-time Mr. Olympia Sergio Oliva never holds back. Best of all, he can dish it out and take it too, which is why many other pros avoid engaging with him at all. Sergio only competed once in 2020 with a resonating fifth place at his first Arnold Classic, the first time we’d seen him on stage since the 2018 Mr. Olympia. I hadn’t spoken with him since shortly after the Arnold, the weekend when the COVID-19 pandemic began turning our world upside down. Since that feels like 20 years ago, it was high time to catch up with this genuine, passionate, and often hilarious bodybuilding star.

10+ mins read
Muscular Development
January 2021