[Bunun Tribe Adventure]
After taking E-da bus & 4-hours train, we arrived at Rui Sui station. We were given chance to choose either taking car or sitting on lorry to reach our destination. Without thinking much, I climbed on the Lorry, finding a place to sit & the whole journey began.
And Lorry became my main transportation of the tour. We went to jungle, waterfall, mountain & train station, lorry was always my 1st choice, as we rarely to have chance, to sit on lorry, singing songs, enjoying a wider view of beautiful scenery & the wind was so refreshing until it made you temporary forget about the hot weather.
The whole trip did provide me with lot's of new experiences, 1st time making my own bamboo meal box, 1st time doing traditional necklace, 1st time hunting & shooting with real gun, 1st time playing archery, 1st time making "moji" and bamboo rice, 1st time catching prawn in waterfall.. It was really an intensive & memorable trip.
I still remember the moment before hunting, we were having our dinner together, the delicious grilled fish & pork with rice, we were singing traditional Bunun's songs, dancing our AIESEC roll call together with the bunun tribe. A memorable night with some much fun & laughter.
I was quite surprised when knowing hunting is carried out at night. During hunting, we are lucky enough to see the rare hundred-pace snake, which's also friend of Bunun tribe. It was also my 1st time seeing so many starts shining above the sky. I was impressed by the hunters who can noticed all the animal footprints & trace. Although we didn't managed to hunt any animal, for me it was a reminder for us that food doesn't come easily & we should not take it for granted.
Experience the culture of Bunun tribe, by living & doing their daily activities, remind me the simple life, to enjoy every single moment, to feel, to touch, to listen, to love, to appreciate the nature, the every single things and people around us. I really wish to have chance to visit Hualien again in future.
From :Jia Jun Yeow
Thanks #2014IC to make us have chance to embrace the world in the East of Taiwan.
HongKong, Vietnam, Peru, France, Germany, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Brazil, Thailand, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
We hugged so hard before leaving, since we know it might not have chance to meet each other in the future.
It's too touching to describe in words, there are so many treasures in Taiwan to INFLUENCE the world.
"Bring Taiwan to the world, and make the world in Taiwan" is our mission which we have moved forward a big step. In addition, we are really believe that it's worthy to work on it.
We loved you so much, so much.
While everyone with different nationalities and colour made a circle and sang the "song of prayer for rifles" to tell the mountains that we are coming. Please protect our safety and bless for harvest. We don’t need any language, but getting tears in my eyes.
I thought of what Aki (Grandpa) had told Tulbus(詠恩) that "Do you know how to deal with foreigners? Use your heart and love."
Aki's wisdom has crossed the generation and space. He might be very happy, since his children are introducing his lovely homeland to the world.
The height and depth of Taiwan is strong enough to shake the foundation of the world. I'm so proud of being here.