In my previous post about Borneo Eco-House, I described visiting here will give us the opportunity to understand what ecology is all about. Jeffrey Soo, who owns this place explained to us by using simple analogy; life inside the aquarium. He explained how the aquarium could function perfectly on its own if the balance of nature is respected.
Borneo Eco-House is located 28 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu (used to be known as Jesselton), the capital of Sabah (used to be known known as North Borneo). Jeffrey Soo’s house lies in Tamparuli, in the district of Tuaran, where there are other places of interest to visit.
Another interesting thing about Borneo Eco-House is that it housed 7 species of stingless bee colonies. Jeffrey told me so far there are 20 recorded species of stingless bees in Sabah. There are about 600 known species of stingless bees throughout the world. Stingless bee belongs to the family Apidae which is closely related to honey bees, carpenter bees and bumblebees. It can be found in most tropical and sub-tropical areas such as Australia, Africa, Southeast Asia and America.
Even though stingless bees are named stingless bee, it doesn’t mean all the species doesn’t sting. Some of them can be aggressive if their hives are disturbed. However, none of them could seriously hurt people with their stings. The most potent ones will only be like a mosquito bite! Minus disease! Most of them are docile and literally are stingless.
Inside the Borneo Eco-House, there are at least six hundred boxes of stingless bee hives. It comes in all sorts of shape and sizes. Some are like boxes, others are like logs. But the most unique one that’s hilarious; making their hive inside a luggage bag! Jeffrey told me as long as the bees feel comfortable; it will make their home anywhere. They could be found in dead logs, living trees, underground cavities, termite nests, inside wooden walls of houses, even inside water or electricity meters!
Another interesting thing about Borneo-Eco House is that Jeffry had a stingless bee honey cellar. It really looks like a wine cellar! The way it is kept; it made the bottles of honey so appealing! The dim light make the place so attractive as the light seem to make the gold color honey glowed! According to Jeffrey Soo, just like wine; the older it is the better it taste. By the way; this place is wonderful to take selfie!
Jeffrey also assured me his honey is 100% pure. He didn’t make any attempt to adulterate it. It is not really about maintaining its quality and standard; or he doesn’t have intention to make more money by mixing it. He wants it this way because he wants humans to appreciate God-given gifts like stingless bees and what it can offer. Corrupting the honey with impurities will make the efforts of the stingless bees or any other bees meaningless.