This blog entry is dedicated to Jeab.This amazing man we met in Thailand.
When you lived in big cities for too long, I think it makes a person cold, impersonally and wary. We always think that when someone approaches you, they want something from you, do something to you. So you steer away from people who approach you and you do it even when you leave the big city.
Heres my story about how we met Jaeb :
We were exploring the town of Cape Panwa and at a junction decided to turn right, along the way we saw this short older guy with an amazing built for his age was sweeping the road, he waved at us, we waved back. We drove to a dead end that led to a small make shift harbour, stood there for a few mins, observing the stray dogs excitedly greeting some man on a boat. The view wasn’t quite what we expected.
We were about to leave when this guy who was sweeping the road, walked over (from a distance i might add) and invited us to come to his house. He insisted we should visit and we hesitated because, god knows what he wanted to do! Would he chop us up or kidnap us? Try to make us buy something from him? Finally I decided to say yes, cos you never know right?
He welcomed us to his house, offered us a drink, told us to come by and hang out whenever we can. He asked us where we were from then led us to the back room to this wall. This amazing wall had little thank you notes, drawing , names, dates and countries of everyone who has visited him before. Norway, Japan, America, France and now Singapore to add to the list. (check it out below)
Jaeb told us, he lived here all his life, made a living on the sea. He now owns a few boats but doesn’t work on them anymore. Instead he spends his time helping the environment, with his small little boat he goes to different islands and collect rubbish on the coast and beach and he sweeps the roads near his home. He asked if we would like to join but we politely decline, the song “love fool” filled his home as he welcome us to freely explore his home. I was honestly amazed and speechless by Jaeb’s openness to strangers.
Jaeb was extremely proud of his home and rightly so. He then told us that during the tsunami in thailand, his home was completely destroyed and told us how he and his friends gathered to help him build a new one. (he had a whole album on the process) They did it after work almost every night, without hesitation or expecting anything in return. This whole entire house was built from scratch by friendship and love.
Jaeps little elephant god ring.
His new companion
Decorative things and the floor tiles of his toilet was collected through his years of cleaning up the coast, some amazing old coral or stones.
He insisted we relaxed in his home and write our names on the wall, when we could we should visit and have seafood together.
I am truly humbled by Jaeb, enlighten by his peace and outlook to life, his generosity to give, share and not expecting anything in return. I have never met anyone like him and hope that if I am lucky I will meet this man again and always hold him as a beacon of how one should live their life.
This is the quintessential of life and all that we should attain to be. To be open, loving, selfless, helpful, compassionate and happy.
When we left Jaeb we felt a change in us that was indescribable, Jaep has impacted our soul, my heart and the way I thought. We were compelled to offer this man something for the wisdom he gave us, so we offered Raphi’s NY hat which he holds dear but in exchange for priceless wisdom.
This man went back to sweeping the floor, somehow fulfilled with his experience with us, not realising how he had changed our lives.
Visit this man in Cape Panwa and he will change your life.