I was trying to get some work done in the library earlier when I saw the notification pop out: I had a new email.
I very nearly squealed in delight but gah, I was in the library so I had to settle with grinning like a Cheshire cat! I’ve been waiting for her email and our photos!
Meet Ene, a 47-years old lady from Estonia, who was my roommate throughout the five days I was in Langkawi. Get this, she’s on a NINE MONTHS solo trip around Asia, and Langkawi was only her second stop. She’s been there for 2 weeks when I arrived and well, she’d pretty much covered the entire island. Besides the men of The Cottage, she was the one who’d shared all the secret gems of Langkawi (cos she cycled and walked everywhere!).
During the quiet nights as all of us were chilling on the verandah, journalling and/or chatting with each other, she’ll be asking me for advice on the places to go around Asia. She booked a TWO months stay in Nepal due next February and a few other trips after getting my input. She booked the flights in front of me, y’know!! Can you imagine how awestruck I was by her?!
As our beds were right next to each other, we’d often also get into some philosophical questions before bed (oh you know, the moments right before you fall asleep and have too many thoughts running in your head). She shared with me how Estonia used to be under the USSR and how she absolutely hates Russia, how her family was mistreated under the regime, how she was caring for a 3-year old infant when Estonia’s independence was announced and how she’d brought him out for the insane celebrations. We talked about relationships, she gave me advice on men and how to be the best woman I can be and how she ended up travelling the world alone.
“I began travelling very young, when I was about your age. I was a single parent and I used to bring my child with me. At your age, love and men are important, so don’t neglect those things. Live your life to the fullest and be a source of joy and love. I can foresee how your life will turn out to be and I am very excited for you. I hope you won’t end up alone like me at my age though! God bless you, my little one. You have much to give to the world.”
I will always remember these words from her. I teared when she first said it and immediately wrote it down. I can never thank Allah enough for the wisdom He has placed through the people he crossed my paths with. Alhamdulillah. :’)
“The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.” – Paulo Coelho