Of all the travelers I know and met, I have to say (and admit), this petite young lady is one hell of an inspiring person.
You know how travel quotes go ‘Quit Your Job and Travel The World’, ‘To Travel is To Live’ or ‘Travel Makes You Richer in Experience’ and etc, well, this lady decides to go the other way… or should I say, marrying her passion, her education, her business sense while giving it back to the country. This lady got guts and wits. This lady got dream and ambition (aside from passion). This lady is beauty with brain. This lady is a force to be reckon with (according to travel jedis and yodas). And she did just that, she opened up a guesthouse and a café, in this charming small town Gopeng.
Not the ordinary guesthouse.
Hipster in Gopeng.
Confident with Gopeng’s friendly locals, its nature that welcomes travelers from all over the world, its opportunity to be a nature lover and outdoor enthusiast heaven, and of course, it quietness that is so soothing for those that needed a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. “It is the perfect place!” said Siti Hajar Taher; the founder and owner of Gopeng Guesthouse & Café, an avid traveler and used to be a lecturer (smart heh, told you so!).
For a small cafe, this is fancy heh.
This have dorm, single, twin and prayers room (some common/shared bathroom and some ensuite ).
“Why Gopeng since you are not local here?”
“What inspired you?”
“Who thought you to cook all these fancy food?”
“Do you have activities to complement guest staying here?”
All she did was smile. I guess these questions was thrown to her more than once (I hate it when I couldn’t come out with a more original and ‘changgih manggih’ questions).
“Gopeng has everything there is to offer, accessibility, good food, nature and tranquility. I want to ‘give back’ to my country, where or which state/town doesn’t matter”. Beautifully answered I thought.
Book exchange shelf.
This young entrepreneur knows what she wants, and strive to get it “The food here are cooked by the locals, learnt from travelers staying here, some emailed us the recipe the rest we googled and others. The friendship I built when traveling paid off, they became my virtual friends supporting my dream”.
All her answers were simple and honest, with that few words, I can see her dream, her business sense, her direction and her passion. The rest, I leave it to you to interpret.
And guess what?
She read my blog (I think I just met my idol! Am in cloud nine).
Gopeng Guesthouse and Cafe
10A BWH DT (HS/11/5)
Jalan Sg. Itek,
Mobile : +60 19-375 0833
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