Hi, Ruzhi here. Sorry for that Lego picture; I somehow find it very hard to get a good self-portrait and that’s one of the few in my limited collection.
Born in 1985, I hail from Bukit Mertajam, a small town in Penang, Malaysia. I’ve lived away from home since the age of 17 when I moved to Kuala Lumpur for college and 20 to Singapore for my degree.
I was actually a civil engineer (surprised?), working at two construction sites after graduation. Yes, Civil Engineering is my major and no, I don’t know why I took it up. Let’s just say that this is all past and I’m now a passionate recruiter. I love my current job.
When I’m not recruiting, I’m wanderlusting. Being in Singapore for so long has increased my desire to see the world beyond where I am, since where I am now is a tiny, very boring red dot. There isn’t anything that interesting to do here, so logically the most interesting to do is get out.
And when I do get out, I backpack solo. Saving money on budget airlines and affordable hostels means travelling longer. Being solo means I get all the freedom I want – and no, I’m not lonely; I meet other travellers in hotels and make new friends with the locals I come across.
Conversely, this also means that I hate tour packages. I REALLY hate them. Luxury travel is a welcome bonus, but not if it eats into my savings and makes me go places I don’t want to go.
Speaking of places, I LOVE going to rare destinations, taking the path less travelled. It’s extremely exciting to go to somewhere unknown and it gives a lot of crazy stories and photos to share. I bribed my way into Bruce Lee’s house which is now a love motel (without seeing anything I don’t want to see, luckily), played a clip from the acclaimed Ip Man 2 movie at the grave of Ip Man himself, and wandered into one of the last remaining villages in Hong Kong in search of a place where Bruce filmed a movie scene decades ago.
But of course, going to popular destinations is also a must; they are popular for a reason right? Going to a foreign land never feels complete without visiting its iconic places.
And lastly, I’m a teetotaler, both abroad and back here. I don’t drink (surprised again?) and no, I’m not religious. I just hate alcohol. I’ve never liked its taste. Never will. You might think I’m being a boring good boy, but I know I’m a lot happier than most drunk
losers boozers out there. I eat more than I drink. Apart from sampling local cuisine, nothing beats good sashimi, steak and a can of coke.
Right, so that’s all about me for now. Now go ahead and read up my on adventures abroad! 😀