Thursday, August 23, 2012

Vacation Spot: Durin, Sarawak.

 My maternal Grandpa dammed a creek,
 and created a fish pond.
Lots of fun when it came to harvesting. Ooooh! the fish
were meter long.
In the old days, we swam in Rejang river,
 and rowed a canoe.

Durians, the king of fruits are supposed to be seasonal.
But Uncle Seng Shui managed to make his fruit 
stagger their harvesting.
So he has durians and income all year round.

Papayas, or paw paws. 
They are very good for you. 
During my travels,
 I ate a lot of these for my breakfast.

 Coconut juice are excellent to quench your thirst
on a hot tropical day,
Then you can scoop the soft meat.
Leave them to mature,
you make the white milk to make cakes and
cook curry with,
 Passion fruits.
 dragon fruit.
 pepper as a cash crop.
In another post, I showed his sugar cane.
 Uncle Seng Shui replaced the old wooden  house
with this concrete house,
and he enjoys kara oke.
The water comes from the water board.
Uncle had a mechanical pump,
 the only one in the area.
So we didn't have to carry water from the river.
Grandma had a sundry shop. It sold everything.
My siblings remembered we raided the shop,
and grandma encouraged us.
As a traditional Chinese family, 
we respect our ancestors. 
Some of the the family practise Ancestor worship. 
A wok like container to hold paper money 
to burn to my ancestors.

A bit of country,
A bit of nostalgia,
That's my kind of vacation.
But not too long,
I need my internet.

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 8/24: Vacation Spots

Where do you love to vacation?
Do you go on vacation to rest and relax...

or do you DO vacation and keep busy with activities?

link to Mr Linky at the Friday shoot out link below.

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Anonymous said...

I am surprised passionfruit grows in a tropical climate. We are always busy during the day when we are on holidays but usually relax in our accommodation at night

Jama said...

Sarawak pepper is one of the best pepper I've tasted. I managed to get some from a friend who is a Sarawakian when she balik kampung.

kate sweeten said...

Ohh...I miss the tropics. I don't see much of that in Kansas :) One of my favorite drinks on earth is a passion fruit daquairi. Craving one now!

GingerV said...

this is just wonderful... one of my best trips was to a farm in north Brasil, owned by the family of a friend - we made flour with manoke root. I rode a horse, we picked fresh cashew fruit. I love it, your post brought back all the memories.

Barb said...

Nice, Ann. I didn't know that paw paws and papayas were the same thing. Dragon Fruit are becoming popular here in California as healthy fruit for diabetics. Interesting post.

~JarieLyn~ said...

Some of my favorite vacations were going to see my grandparents when I was a kid. Everything is so carefree. I'm glad you posted about a traditional vacation. It's very interesting.

Suzy said...

I love vacations where you meet family. I enjoyed my vacations in Singapore visiting my maternal grandparents but Durian is a fruit I just could not eat.

Suburban Girl said...

It is hard to go without internet!! I love seeing all the produce in its natural environment instead of my super market.