WHO IS THIS… ? FuN size girl – Guest Blog by Ruth Agan (Miri, Malaysia)

Ruth is a normal office worker like everyone else who move from Kuala Lumpur back to home sweet home Miri. Has been enjoying Miri life work balance for the last 10 years and still does. I would describe Ruth as a spiritual fast learning generalist with a passion for outdoor activity.

That’s enough of talking about myself in the third person.

Hiking on my holidays are my hobby and I love it. The most recent one was hike to Annapurna Base Camp in March & April 2019.

A recovering foodholic and struggle with that on a near hourly basis. I do my best to take it one day at a time, and stay as healthy as possible. Additionally, I try to do a bunch of exercises in a row, daily.

I’ve been joining November Project Malaysia free fitness regularly for more than a year. (*tried to, if I don’t hit the SNOOZE button).

Volunteers not so yearly to some places. The last one was a to Cambodia. It’s more on try to be a good human. Hahaha. 

I hang out with friends like it’s my civic duty. I’m one of the Kelabit’s ethnic clan in Miri Sarawak.  And I feel a deep connection to this place called Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia, the people and culture from whence I partially hail.

Coming from “the most remote village during in the British empire”, Kelabit’s group proud of its homegrown Bario Rice  and Padi Huma Rice (Highland grown, the color is a bit reddish).  Special and tasty Kelabit local dishes a must try, ‘Nubag Layag’ – mushed home grown red Bario rice wrapped in leaf called ‘Isit’. It was the standard local farmers (our fore fathers) would carry with them as a snacks when they go over to their farms. Another must have dish is ‘Pucuk Ubeh’ a delightful concoction of pounded tapioca leaves and not to forget the ‘Urum Ubek’ or a glutinous rice fritters. All of this foods come straight from mother nature so there are no MSG, no additives and no processing in most of the dishes. It’s not only taste awesome but it’s really healthy too. And we hand produced salt too! (wrapped it  in palm leaves). Even though not as grand as Himalayan Range, Kelabit’s highland offers plenty of hiking places to bird watching. I called it a piece of heaven on earth with food to match.

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