Category Archives: ARTURE

happy anniversary my love.

4 years ago we took that great big leap and decided to move in together after one month of seeing each other while the whole world was angry and tried to keep us apart. good times.

not everyone could see what we already knew. you and i are one. our soul paths were meant to intertwine for us to help each other become our whole selves through the process of creating the life we both yearned for so much.

our path is still long and very much unknown, but i trust we will continue flowing with the universe towards everything we know is possible. i trust the journey will bring us home.

look how far we’ve come since that miserable room in kota.

i am so proud of us. thank you for being willing to take on every challenge this life incurs, however challenging it may be sometimes.

i love you. i will be right by your side always.

this new normal

it’s become incredibly easy, having people live with us. the silence after the first batch of volunteers left was almost deafening. i didn’t think feeling calm with so much going on was possible. but i suppose it works the same way as psy(chedelic)trance music – and that leaves me feeling so at peace but completely alive at the same time.

this is the new normal. waking up to prepare breakfast. enjoying breakfast and the morning with people. thinking of projects to work on. working on projects. communal lunch. working on the land. enjoying the hard work. having good dinner and conversation after. the ocassional picnic or day out around taiping.

i love having people in our home! i’m filled with this incredible joy every time i see that there’s a new email from a volunteer wanting to come over. too excited to meet new people and learn about different cultures and experiences. until we can travel (if we do eventually decide to), this is a great way for us to experience the world – by inviting it into our home.

it really does feel like a beautiful way to live. i can genuinely say that for the first time in a really long time, i am truly enjoying life. not because we are going out to look for fun. it’s just the average ordinary days that’s worth living for now. not a day goes by that we find ourselves bored or have nothing to do. it’s quite fast paced, even though for some reason, we feel like not enough is getting done all the time!

currently working on setting up the land for it to be ready for us to move to in 2-3 months. that means having shower & toilet facilities, building in a kitchen & dining area as well as 2 cabins (one for volunteers, one to be our tiny home). once it’s good to live on, we’ll start planting all sorts of vegetables as well as rear chickens for eggs. plants at home have been growing pretty steadily. also discussing some ideas for produce or products to sell on a small scale.

lots to do and even more to look forward to!

full house

today marks one week of having our home open to volunteers for the house and farm. to say that i had reservations going into this would be understating my actual emotions a week ago. we’ve lived with people before and opened up our home to friends who needed some help. it had its pros and cons but i can’t actually say it’s been better than the time we spent living alone.

somehow, having volunteers over has been a completely different experience. i think there is a mutual respect of one another that previous situations have lacked. we love the small community of friends we’ve gotten to know over the past few years for very much the same reason. the understanding that as individuals, we all have a responsibility to contribute to the group – whether in the form of doing the hard work, chores, cooking or very simply caring for someone else’s well being. in my honest opinion, that’s what i feel the world is missing and needs so badly. we know we are responsible to work, commitments and rules where failure to comply comes at a high cost. but how about to one another just as individuals?

so there was good reason for me to be concerned. especially because i do like and need a good amount of time to myself. but taking that leap and opening our home up to the right people has given me reason to wholeheartedly trust again. i think people who reach out to us through our profiles on wwoofindependants and helpx read something they relate to on a personal level and getting along once they’re here happens beautifully. there’s a certain magic in strangers gathering to share knowledge and experiences, working together freely on projects while living together communally.

so maybe this works perfectly – where we can genuinely care about setting up the place so volunteers are comfortable, work out schedules based on everyone’s availability and interests, help feed and shuttle them around – and at the end of the day, know that what we’re doing makes a difference. that whether or not i’m thanked personally doesn’t matter because seeing people happy in our space is enough happiness for me. although so far, everyone we’ve encountered on this path has been gracious, kind and generous with their words.

i didn’t think living communally would set me free in a way i’ve never experienced before. showing me a side of myself that i’ve been searching for and welcome with joy. i’ve always struggled with control and being a perfectionist. and even though i’ve known for a good amount of time now, it’s never felt like the time was right for the issue to be worked out. the past week has been complete magic! instead of being more hyper-alert and bothered by the lack of privacy, i’ve felt really chilled out (which i hardly am) without being bored out of my mind. in fact, we’ve gotten so much done together over the past week that it feels like a month has gone by.

i am so thankful for the people who have stopped by to contribute to our journey. it has been healing to my soul and now i’m truly looking forward to a lifetime of living communally and having our home (and land) open to anyone who hears arture’s call.


so we’re moving to taiping. it’s confirmed. and i couldn’t be more excited. we’re looking into building earth bag homes which excites me even more. just when i was having a couple of low days feeling like part of my dream has disappeared. it’s hard to adjust my vision of a future, but that’s just what life is. constant change. this is turning out to be a phase of change that’s lead to different dreams truly coming true.