He warned his friends not to take safety for granted in Johor Baru, but had his own bag stolen when he left it under the driver's seat of his friend's car.
Someone broke into the white Volkswagen Tiguan by smashing the window while Mr Lim and his friends were eating at a restaurant nearby.
The 40-year-old church worker, who worked in JB from 2010 until early this year, said: "I was embarrassed. This is a lesson for me because I thought I knew the place so well. I didn't think such a thing could happen to me in JB."
Fortunately, Mr Lim had not left any valuable items in his bag. It contained his house keys, a bottle of kimchi, two buns and his international driving permit, which carries his home address.
Mr Lim and the car owner declined to have their full names published, because of safety concerns.
The car break-in took place last Wednesday evening at Jalan Bestari 2/2, which is about 15km from the Woodlands Causeway.
Mr Lim and four of his friends reached Jalan Bestari around 9pm, after shopping at the Aeon Bukit Indah Shopping Centre.
They had arrived in JB at 1pm, with Mr Lim, who knows JB roads well, at the wheel.
During the ride, Mr Lim even showed his friends a copy of the Oct 31 edition of The New Paper, which carried a front page report on a Singaporean couple who were robbed there.
Said Mr Lim: "I told my friends that it is important to stay alert and be aware of the danger of crime in JB.
"The car boot was full after we put in the shopping bags, so I rolled up my sling bag and stowed it under the driver's seat before driving to Jalan Bestari.