with their English that will in turn sustain their income through eco-tourism.
shadowing your assigned lady and teaching them English for 10 days.
Project WHEE!’s homestay host, Tepuq Sinah Rang Lemulun.
first met Tepuq, she gave me the warmest hug a grandmother would give to any
grandchild who finally came home after years of not coming home… Yes, like a
night, I remember her saying to us “I love you all very much!”
amazes me to hear such words from a grandmother I never knew, but heard very
much about. After all, you seldom hear these words when you meet people for the
about with her through her daily activities, I took the opportunity one night
to sit with her and just gaze into the sky. I can testify that it is the most
therapeutic thing to do at the verandah of her homestay. Here, you will be so
captivated by the scenery and the stars that shine.
chatted for awhile and I decided to ask this longing question inside me.
kalau ada sesuatu yang Tepuq hendak ajar orang muda hari ini, apakah itu?”
if there’s something you have to teach the young people of today, what will
immediately answered “LOVE!”
didn’t surprise me because the more time I spent with her, the more I saw what
she was living out.
went on, she shared that with love, everything is simply more amazing.
example, in Bario, people come in and out of the rumah kadang, also known as
the longhouse, bringing their fresh produce and selling them. On a particular
day, a fishmonger came with his catch for the day.
lady filled with so much love to those around her, she offered him a cup of
coffee and some snacks; after purchasing his entire catch.
time to spend for those around us, what more, reaching out to strangers or people we come
a cup of coffee would not be offered to those we do not know.
Tepuq, you do not need constant reminders that she loves you. Whatever she does
each day, is completely out of love.
taught me that everything we do must be out of love. From the first time we
met, till when we said our temporary goodbyes, she showed so much love towards me
and those around her.