This is a user submission to IRL. We do not edit the article beyond ensuring that it complies with the site\u2019s format. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author, and do not represent the opinions of IRL or its affiliates. Cover image credit: Lin Zhao Wei. By day, I was a white collared professional, dealing with corporate clients and dressed to the nines. By night, all that is stripped off, and all I needed was my bikini, my neon 8 inch heels, and the pole. Being a pole dancer has never felt so fulfilling before. When I\u2019m on the pole as I twist and turn and land gracefully with a split, I was a far cry from the silent girl in the office who hid behind the computer screens at work. I felt confident, and I felt sexy. I was living the double life. The Discovery It all started with a hen party. A close friend was getting married and as part of the entourage, we went for a pole dancing class right in the heart of KL, and costumes were provided. Tucked within a row of shop lots, the studio wasn\u2019t easy to spot at all; no signboards, no indication of the place. However, what we did know was to look out for a particular hair salon which was right around that area. The salon looked innocent enough. Just a climb up the stairs, and there it was. However, the neighbouring door drew lots of curiosity. Behind its brass gates was a flight of stairs, covered in a plush red carpet and illuminated by the soft lights above. The walls were draped with velvet, and the air beyond those gates brought a sense of sensuality and intrigue. This was the place. Not more than 10 minutes later, the girls and myself were dressed in bikinis and I was self-conscious as hell. As the surrounding mirrors glared at me within the studios, all I could hear was the sound of their sniggering voices, \u201cLook at her tummy.\u201d, \u201cLook at her thighs.\u201d \u201cLook how silly she looks.\u201d I almost wanted to shrink and disappear if it wasn\u2019t just me and my friends in the class. The Gorgeous Performer And then, in walks our instructor. She told us to call her \u2018Cherry\u2019 and I was in awe of her; tall, slim, graceful, with looks that could stop traffic, and not to mention\u2026 muscular. She was one of the most gorgeous women I have ever met in my life. \u201cLadies,\u201d she said. \u201cBefore we start, I want you all to understand this; you\u2019re beautiful and sexy and in order to truly master this class, you gotta believe in that first.\u201d And the rest was history. I had the time of my life during that first class and ever since then, I signed up and become one of the most active members of the studio. Throughout my time here, I realize that pole dancing was all about confidence and strength. We had to carry ourselves well and look graceful and confident at the same time. Weeks turned into months, and months into years, and soon, the whispering mirrors turned to cheers as I spun across the pole, flipping upside down and landing gracefully on heels that could strike a heart. \u201cLook at her abs!.\u201d \u201cLook at her thighs!\u201d, \u201cLook how amazing she is!\u201d I stood tall and strike a pose as I take an Instagram shot of the day. Busted It was another day at work. As I walked into the office and sat down at my desk, I felt a tap on my shoulder. \u201cHey, is that you??\u201d And there I was, dressed in a black bikini and 8 inch heels. I smiled confidently as I drape my long legs round the pole and held on to the pole as I hung my head back. My hair was out, I wore a bold, red lipstick with a piercing look in my eyes even I didn\u2019t know I had. A stark difference compared to the girl who wore a pair of flats, shirt and slacks, no makeup and a large pair of glasses. Life is a lot easier when you keep your personal life separately from work. But that\u2019s another story for another time. For more articles on alternative lifestyles, read: I Spent a Month Using Sugar Daddy Apps, and This Is What I Learned and Here\u2019s What Happened When One Malaysian Couple Experimented with Polyamory.