Down with terrible sick, but HEY, I’m back.
I had a terrible fever since last Friday and it just keeps coming back until today. I have no idea how I got it, but it strikes on Friday night when my body heat started to rise. My fever comes and goes and a killer headache just on my left side that I couldn’t bear the pain whenever I stand up, sit down or even chew my food. I went to two doctors, one on Sunday once I got back from Kundasang and one was on Monday night. I went to the hospital to get some blood test and got home after waiting until 12:30am.
Now back to the main point – retreat at Mitraville.
You know when it comes to traveling or retreat, religion does not stop us from exploring places and gaining experience. For me, don’t make it an obstacle to understand one culture. Well, the whole plan to stay a night at Mitraville is to have a short retreat with my family. It is very basic. We cook for ourselves while staying at this place, we clean the place, we talk to each other, make new friends and meditate. As simple as that!
Knowing that I am not feeling well, I still go on with my plans because I promised to join my parents for a road trip to Kundasang. I know I have a tight schedule day to night, so I thought it’s best to spend a good time with them. Furthermore, they will be travelling to overseas again, and again, and again. Lol. So, I packed my bags in the morning and we left home in the afternoon. My Uncle Jeffery and aunt followed our car, and boom – road trip is on. Same old routine, we stopped over at Tamparuli for their favourite Tamparuli Mee. Dad ordered something sinfully delicious yet oily for me – Banana fritters. All the way up to Mitraville, we bought some groceries like noodles, fruits and vegetables to cook on this trip.
Where is Mitraville?
Have you heard about an Eco-Hoslitic Meditation and Retreat Centre in Kundasang or Mesilau? The place is located near to Mesilau Golf Club. It is a place for Meditation Retreats, Holistic Health Retreats, Healing Therapies Workshops or Seminars on healthy mind and body, Healthy Eating/Cooking, Eco-Farming or Exercise – QiGong, Yoga, Cane Exercise, Sun Gazing.
We have reached!
It was about 4:30pm when we reached there. We were welcomed by my aunt Jenny and husband whom also one of the caretakers at Mitraville. Uncle Jeffery started to feed us with his signature Cempedak fritters. Getting all the ingredients ready and heated the oil, I was there just to be able to look and snap a picture of him in action. I requested to go to bed after I took a piece and a bowl of red bean soup. Dinner time, we had simple vegetarian Bak Kut Teh soup with rice. And, I’m back to sleep.
Sunrise at Mitraville
On the next morning, we woke up at 6:00am to catch the beautiful sunrise. Perfect time to catch the sunrise will be 5:00am. No matter what, I am glad that I manage to wake up though I am sick. Truly, I was feeling cold. Therefore, I wore up to 5 clothes and jackets to be honest, which I never wear that much in my life traveling to Kundasang.
What did we do?
Saw those worn out flags that hung around the Stupa which shown in the previous pictures? We have changed them all to a brand flags. The new flags definitely brings out the striking colours of each flag.
This is the first time that we went into the Stupa! They only open on the first day and 15th day of the month (according to the Chinese Calender). This Aloka Stupa replicates the Thuparama in Anuradhapura, the oldest Stupa in Sri Lanka, which was built around 244 BC. The Aloka Stupa at Mitraville is a monument of peace, anchoring spiritual energies, and providing inspiration and blessings to all. This stupa has a deep significance to the Buddhist community as it symbolises the path to Enlightenment – to ultimate peace – through the cultivation of the mind: by reducing and eliminating greed, hatred and delusion; and developing generosity, loving-kindness and wisdom.
More to tell! Stay tune.