Tuesday, August 4, 2009

...Away from the hustle and bustle of Penang city

We are taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and going to an orchard! Our drive along the coastal road. Oh the sea...the deep blue sea. What serene views . Its been many, many years since I last visited an orchard. All I could remember of my last visit was.....rambutans stuck on a tree and lots of black ants. Being chided by my parents because I tucked my beautiful skirt into my panty to avoid the branches tearing my skirt! Those yonder years....ahaaahaa....it is still so hilarious as I narrated the incident to hubby.
Road leading us to the orchard. Still quite a long way. A beginning to some nice scenery of greens.

Makeshift shelters by the side of the road. You can sample and buy durians, rambutans, etc here. Many will just purchase and have their fruits served fresh!
A typical Malay house in the countryside.
We just had to stop by for this....Balik Pulau's Assam Laksa. (For those who are not familiar with this dish, please read more on my food stops blog. TQ)

Part of Balik Pulau town.
A Chinese house in the country side.

Road leading to the orchard. Actually, we are already at the orchard.

Banana trees on both sides of the narrow road.
Durian trees on both sides of the road. We are at the end of these seasonal fruits season so there aren't any fruits left on the trees.
The man in the picture here, he is collecting the fruits that are wrapped in newspapers by the people who looks after the orchard. Over here in Malaysia, not all orchards are tended to by their owners. Some orchard owners 'lease' their land out and in return get a fixed amount of money yearly.
The road became too narrow and slippery for us to travel by car. We had to do a little 'treking' now. Up the hill......oh!!!!

An abandoned house. This orchard that we are in now has been leased out. There is noone staying here. The people only come by to collect the fruits.
Oh, an old rambutan tree. Still bearing fruits but not so nice ones.
Unripe mangosteens.
Another empty house.

Climbing further up the hill. Whooosh...this is tiring.
A rotten cempedak!
Phew.....we are at the top of the hill. Oh my, what breathtaking view.
A nutmeg tree.
Buah petai! Yes, those are buah petai hanging on the tree. I have never seen these on trees before. Buah petai are actually a kind of beans and they stink when you bite into them. They even make your urine stink when you pee but for those of you who loves them (I do), they are yum, yum, yummy.

Aha, these are juicy rambutans.

That 'little' island is Pulau Kendi.

Almost ripe mangosteens.
Gorgeous papayas on a tree.
You can even find chilli padi (birdseye chili) here.

Pomeloes too.

Take a look at the many nutmegs on this tree.

Now back to the car for the ride down hill. Oh look here...we have a hitch hiker!

Take a close look at this picture. The nets hung across the trees, these are to catch the durians when they drop off the trees.
The last few trees that made me go....oooh, gooo....gaaaa....ooooh.... the Buah Langsat (Lansium domesticum) trees. Isn't it awesome? The amount of fruits on the trees.

Now out of the orchard we go..............:o)
**there will be a continuation to this post.


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