Jutimas Jantong – founder of Sabai Garden – guest house, restaurant, cultural center atPai, Thailand.
Q1: What do you appreciate yourself in the business mainly for?
It’s difficult… quit the job and try to live this way. We worked a lot last two years. You want to live comfortable and so on and it costs a lot of work and time and we really did a lot … But this year we want to change it. I think I give up a bit with business. We want to care about ourselves first. That we have good food and a good place to live. When others come, they may join if they like our way.
Q2: What is the biggest challenge for you now?
Last two years we were super busy, a lot of people coming, booking the place, we had some complains. I worked more after quitting my job. We will take those bungalows out and plant bananas there. Bananas we can also sell to foreigners and local people. The guest house will be open still, but smaller. The rest for banana planting. I want to travel again, be more flexible. Also planting bananas is important from the environmental point of view. There are more and more tourists, more and more guest houses. Tourists also changed, they come here for fun, to get drunk. We target different people, those who like to live in bamboo houses, slow pace of life.
Q3: What advice do you have for yourself in this situation?
I’m concerned about food, forest, water. In Thailand the big issue is that it’s very dry, people are fighting for water, we need to plant more. Big companies, there is a lot of ignorance. But we have some group of people which try to join, maybe we manage to do something more for the environment here. I’m very happy here. I don’t really think much about future. But at the same time I try to work every day. Slowly, slowly, but every day doing something, learning.
Would you like to add something more?
I worked 8 years for an American oil company. And I felt that I need to do something more than that. Put the helmet, go with the helicopter to the platform. It seems cool, good money, but it’s too much… A lot of analysis. Silence. Lots of calculation. I’m not really good at it. Back that time I always went to friendsto help them with planting. When you plant something, next month you can eat it, it’s easy. Easier than working and then pick up money and buy food. I get bored living that way.
The questions were asked on our behalf by Anna and Andrea from How to (ex) change the world.