Globetrotting with actor-comedian Suhaimi Yusof

The well-travelled "Noosecaster" on making an unexpected stopover in India to help a dying stranger, and what it’s like to be stuck in the infamous Beijing traffic jam

Suhaimi Yusof, 46
Suhaimi Yusof, 46
07 Jan 2016

Suhaimi Yusof, 46

TRAVEL PHILOSOPHY: “I travel for three reasons: History, nature and food. I grew up in a kampong, so I’ve always been fascinated by plants and animals. I only picked up history after I left school. (Guffaws) As you look at life and try to understand it, knowing history helps.”

RESEARCH OR WING IT? “I’ll research a bit [so I can find] halal food. Compared to the pre-Internet era, it’s much easier to get halal food now. A decade ago, I had to rely on people who had travelled to certain destinations to give me tips. I would also take along some halal food supplies. Instant noodles are a must! (Laughs) The other option is to go to market and find some things that you can cook for yourself.”

WINDOW OR AISLE? “It doesn’t matter as long as I have enough room to stretch my legs. I used to like looking at the clouds when I was young, but now, the convenience of getting to the toilet takes priority.”

LONE WOLF OR WOLF PACK? “Man is a social animal. We like to travel in packs! I once travelled to Adelaide alone for a week. Some people love the idea of spending time by themselves, but by the third day I was bored. I would rather travel with my family so we can share our thoughts on the experiences.”

STAY CONNECTED OR GO OFF THE GRID? “I’d be in touch with home at the beginning, but mid-trip, I’d disappear off the radar. You get immersed in the destination after a while, so there’s no time to talk!”

(Pictured above) Village people: “We took a boat cruise in Istanbul and went to this village at Bosphorus. There were eateries serving fish that they had caught directly from the sea. The fish wasn’t even seasoned with salt, but it was delicious.”  

Suhaimi Yusof, 46
Suhaimi Yusof, 46
07 Jan 2016

Suhaimi Yusof, 46

BIG CITY LIFE OR INTO THE WOODS? “Nature. I’m a My Masterpiece ambassador for the National Gallery Singapore, and I picked a painting by Liu Kang called Model and Artist, which reminds me to appreciate the natural beauty around us. During my school days, I went mountain-climbing and was amazed to see waterfalls. It was like seeing an all-natural tap with gushing water.”

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: “Whenever you step out of your own country, you always want to do something that you can’t do at home. I was interested in visiting gun ranges, probably ’cos I handled rifles during National Service. I was at the Lone Ranges Shooting Complex in Perth for three consecutive days. It was very professionally run — they had all the safety measures in place. They had this ‘Stress Release’ package for AUD150 ($152) where you get hundreds of bullets to fire. I tried all the weapons there, such as the shotguns.”

THIS HAPPENED TO ME: “I was going to Dubai and stopped over in Kolkata. Just before the transit stop, an elderly woman in my travel group started having breathing difficulties. She was travelling alone, so I volunteered to accompany her to get medical help in Kolkata together with two staff from the travel agency. I ended up staying there for five days ’cos she passed away the day after we landed, and we had to settle things like her death certificate. I had no idea how we pulled through an emergency situation like that! It was crazy. The whole experience taught me not to complain about minor things in Singapore, ’cos we literally ran around to different government buildings to complete the paperwork.”

NEXT DESTINATION: “I’ve always wanted to experience the Northern Lights, so I want to go to Iceland. I’ve been asking people about the best time and season to go to see the spectacular display!” 

Suhaimi says go here…
Suhaimi says go here…
07 Jan 2016

Suhaimi says go here…

NEW ZEALAND: “I must have visited New Zealand at least eight times. People used to find my interest in the country strange, until Lord of the Rings was filmed there. Then I was like, “See! I’m not alone!” I call it a postcard country. We can stop at any point during a drive and marvel at the scenery. I should start thinking about retiring there. (Laughs)”

Suhaimi says go here…
Suhaimi says go here…
07 Jan 2016

Suhaimi says go here…

KRABI, THAILAND: “It’s a family-friendly place that doesn’t cost too much. Good for a quick getaway with the clan!” 

Suhaimi says go here…
Suhaimi says go here…
07 Jan 2016

Suhaimi says go here…

BEIJING, CHINA: “You’ve got to be at least slightly physically fit to go there, ’cos you have to walk a lot. You can’t just explore China in a car or bus. The traffic jams there are amazing! You could eat a complete nine-course meal in your car by the time the jam clears up.”

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