How to be…Happy :)

How to be…Happy :)

Bario is my happy place. There were genuinely so many things
to be glad about in Bario. It just made me think, who needs the latest iPhone
model anyway? Here’s a list of things that made me (and maybe my friends too)
happy.
Happy people 🙂 No, they’re not twins. 
1.      
When there’s Vico/Milo to drink in the morning.
(It’s a luxury)
2.      
When my friend Nithya rolled down the small hill
behind SMK. It was hilarious!
Nithya lying on the grass before rolling down the hill.
3.      
When it’s a sunny day and all our laundry were dry!
4.      
When we managed to hitchhike back to the Bario
Asal longhouse. (Thanks Nithya!)
My batchmates getting a ride at the back of Tepuq Sinah Rnag’s 4WD.
5.      
When Uncle Julian decided to give us a ride to
or from the hydro dam.
6.     When my tepuq boiled hot water for me to shower with.
It was the only time I conditioned my hair in Bario.
7.      
When we managed to pick a big bag of vegetables
from the jungle.
8.      
When we conquered Prayer Mountain!
On top of Prayer Mountain.
9.      
When it’s the weekends and we could sit
and do nothing for the whole day.
10.  
When the SK and SMK teaching sessions go well.
11.  
When it didn’t rain while we’re drying the
paddy.
12.  
When the tepuqs told us inappropriate jokes.
13.  
When I managed to catch 20 fish for the first
time, on my own (my tepuq had to leave me alone to do some chores).
14.  
When I could finally differentiate between
vegetable species after a while.
15.  
When we danced in the middle of the road before
going to the airport.
16.  
Watching Wai Leong (Apoi) do the traditional Kelabit
dance. He’s gifted!
Wai Leong (Apoi) rocking his Kelabit headgear. (Third from the left)
17.  
When my friend Hooi Ju had a chance to go into the paddy
field and got muddy for the first time. That smile on her face was so priceless
it made me really happy.  
Tepuq Ulo teaching Hooi Ju to fish after she went into the paddy field.
18.  
Having fried chicken wingsss!
19.  
When the marshmallows were roasted perfectly. And
dipped with chocolate. Mmmm.
20.  
When we surprised Nithya with a Bario birthday cake on her birthday!
Bario birthday cake.
21.  
When our tepuqs learned a new word!
22.  
When we were told that we have beautiful voices after singing in church haha.
23.  
Coming up with dance steps to Jai-Ho with my
batchmates!
24.  
Seeing a rainbow <3
Rainbow! 
25.  
PINEAPPLES.

Pineapple ceremony.
(From the left) Nithya, Tepuq Ulo, Tepuq Ribed, K Rou and me
The list goes on. In my opinion, the secret to happiness is to be appreciative
and thankful of the little things.

And that is the biggest lesson I brought back
from Bario.

Love,
Pei Chi

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