Lim Hung’s going places with Rubik’s Cube

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While some have never mastered the Rubik’s Cube, Lim Hung solves it super fast with his feet! He turns 11 this year.

Lim, also known as Limmy or LH, tells us more about himself:

“I was introduced to Rubik’s Cube when I was six, but I wasn’t keen to solve it then. I found it a waste of time, preferring to play with my Thomas and Friends trains instead. Two years later, during Chinese New Year, my mum and I visited her friend and I saw her daughter playing with the cube. Out of curiosity, I tried it out and was amazed that it could be scrambled up, then solved later. My mum’s friend had a spare cube and gave it to me. That’s when my Rubik’s Cube journey started.

My first attempt to completely solve the cube was on March 27, 2016, and my best time was 3 minutes 11 seconds. I continuously practised every day since then, and improved my time to 1 minute 38 seconds on April 6, 2016.

I am self-taught, having learned cubing from YouTube tutorials. My fastest unofficial 3x3x3 timing is 8.08 seconds.

So far, I have participated in 15 competitions and officially completed 694 solves. They are mostly in Malaysia although I have also participated in meets in Singapore, New Zealand and recently Medan, Indonesia. I like competing because I get to meet new people. It is also a chance to meet friends and share tips. I consider myself a quiet and shy person, or an introvert. I don’t know how to start a conversation with strangers, but with the cube, it becomes a conversation starter. Also, when I’m with my cuber friends, I feel comfortable talking to them because we share a passion for the Rubik’s Cube.

I’m the youngest cuber to break the Malaysian national record and I am one of the youngest cubers in the world who holds a national record. I have a national record for single solved in the 3x3x3 with feet category. I have also bagged a bronze (in New Zealand), a silver (in Tangkak, Johor) and a gold (in Medan) in various competitions. My greatest achievement is getting my first national record in June this year.

Solving the 3x3x3 with my feet was never a favourite event. I started doing it in mid-2017, and my first official timing was really bad. In December 2017, while practising in New Zealand, my friend and mentor noticed that I did pretty well solving the cube with my feet (maybe because I have small feet). He encouraged me to practise more often. As a result, I managed a podium finish for the first time in my cubing life. I got 3rd place in the 3x3x3 with feet category in the New Zealand Nationals 2017. I was then motivated to practise more with my feet. My fastest unofficial time is 19.97 seconds.

I practise about two hours daily now. On weekends, I probably spend more time on the cube. It has become my daily routine.

While I do agree that cubing can be viewed as a waste of time, I feel it has made me a better person. I have become more patient; you can’t rush when solving a cube. Staying focused is important. I am more confident and I believe that nothing is impossible as long as you continuously work on it. I don’t take failure as an excuse. I believe that failure is just the beginning for me to become better and tougher as long as I don’t give up. I’m pretty self-disciplined, but I’m not sure my mum would agree on this!

Although I am an only child and have no siblings to compete with at home, my mum has taken it up. She was the one who encouraged me to practise solving the Rubik’s Cube. She’s been very supportive since Day One. To show her support and to kill time while waiting for me at competitions, she learned to solve the Rubik’s Cube, too. Now, we join competitions together. I’m proud that she’s able to solve a 3x3x3 under 1 minute, and she’s able to do the 2x2x2, 4x4x4, 5x5x5 and Skewb, too.

Apart from cubing, I also take part in aquathlons (swim and run) and triathlons (swim, cycle and run). I am also in my school swim team. Recently, I conquered my fear and had the courage to train in open water swimming. I am an open water swimmer now. I took part in the recent PD Open Water Swim Challenge 2018. Though I didn’t manage to be in the top three, my timing has improved a lot from early this year.

I wish to become a successful Cubing YouTuber with millions of subscribers. Also, I wish to be a delegate for WCA (World Cube Association) because I wish to appeal to The Board of delegates to reinstate my favourite event which is Rubik’s Magic!”

* To watch Lim Hung in action, go to his YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHftFWrhZP_2NkWbT31kiw).