Friday, 21 August 2015

My Dad's Garden #1 : Fruits


Believe it or not I have no more food or cakes to show you. So now I go to my back-up posts and show you my dad's garden instead hah..hah... OK, mou?

My dad is a retired electrical engineer who loves gardening. He loves to potter around the garden and our family house is surrounded by lots of plants. This is a continuation of my Kuala Terengganu post hah..hah..yes, still got stories to tell.


One morning, I heard some scary sounds coming from the garden. It sounded like Planet of the Apes was happening right outside the kitchen. Alarmed, I asked my mum "Mummy, what is that sound?".


My mum was calmly going about her chores and she nonchalantly replied "That's your Pa chasing monkeys." What? I quickly rushed outside, prepared to protect my father from the monkeys. I gingerly approached and I saw my dad carrying a long pole and making guttural noises at the monkeys. They whopped back from among the trees. I could see them swinging on the trees a distance away.


Monkeys like to come by the garden due to the fruit trees. They eat the mangoes and whatever fruits that they can find and make a nuisance of themselves. I tried to take photos of them but they were too far away.

Let's a take a preliminary tour of the garden.

Chillies. I wish my chilli plants at home would do as well as my dad's.

There's Hibiscus too and some other vegetation.
Pomegranate. I spotted this beauty one morning.

My dad told me that the monkeys usually get to the
pomegranate before he had a chance to harvest.

Lots of mangoes. The monkeys love these.

Lime. My dad finally disclosed the location of his lime plant.
Even then it took me awhile to find it.

I have 2 lime plants at home and they have never produced any fruits.

Some wild fruits. I don't know what they are.

My dad also does not know what these are.

These are the berries of the Japanese bamboo. Look like earrings to me.

Jackfruit. Dad said they are not ripe yet. I did not have a chance to eat these.
Besides fruits, my dad also has a collection of flowers and vegetables which I will show you next. But that will happen when I run out of cakes and food, OK? 

42 comments:

  1. The mango makes me craving for it... hehe...

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    1. We have so many we never bother to eat hee..hee...

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  2. Wow..... I admire and envy those with green hands. And lucky you have all those home grown fruits from the garden. Nowadays fruits selling outside is so expensive.

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    1. Mel, you won't believe it but I haven't tasted my dad;s mangoes!

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  3. Not okay not okay...unless you wanna share with us some of the delicious looking mango..hehehehe


    wah a lot of nangka wor. Orang NZ who will come and read later will be drooling liao

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    1. Can, can! Just go over to the house and you can pluck yourself hee..hee..

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  4. Aiyoh, yoh....this is your Dad's orchard not garden. I believe there are many more varieties of fruits etc that you have not shared here, hehehe! How I wish these mangoes are in my compound, can make salads, pickles or eat the fresh.

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    1. Kimmy, it is actually a garden which is crammed with all sorts of plants hah..hah...

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  5. Hi Phong Hong, wah ... nice kebun with all the local fruits. I love the mango and jackfruit.
    Me too, when got nothing better to do love playing around our kebun during the weekend. :))

    Don't worry, there are plenty of recipes to blog about. You will soon come out with something interesting to share with us.
    Have a nice day. regards
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia! I enjoyed roaming around my dad's garden. Lots of plants to look at.

      I seem to have dried up of blog posts hah..hah...

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  6. Waiyor!!!!! So nice. No need to buy from the market now, can even take to sell...especially the mangoes.

    I used to have two huge quinee trees that came with the house when I bought it - I would give to friends and family two rounds at least and sell the rest - each time, can make some 200-300 ringgit!!! Too bad, so many bees at one time...so I got people to come to get rid of both of them. No more. :(

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    1. Whoa! Can make so much money just selling quinee from 2 trees! Too bad you had to cut them down :(

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  7. huh?? i am surprised and my jaw dropped onto the floor to read that you have no cooking or baking post left to publish, hahaha.. errr, good also you still have some backups.. i guess that's what we do, keep some photos in our PC and when we run out of ideas, that folder will be a good place to korek for ideas~~ :p

    wah, this Auntie slept till so late in the morning until the noise from the Plant of The Apes could wake her up.. her dad was already fighting the monkeys while her mom was already preparing lunch for her in the kitchen, hahaha!! but i like your spirit, as soon as you heard that your dad was fighting with the monkey, you immediately thought of protecting him!! you are a good filial daughter lah..

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    1. Ya lor, no more cooking or baking posts. Not that I didn't cook but those were ordinary stuff.

      Well, I was worried about my father. You would have done the same for your dad. I know SK is also a filial son!

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  8. errr, i want to say, that is not just your dad's garden but it's an ORCHARD lah, hahaha.. look at all those things he has in there.. the mango looks so attractive, did you pluck some to make mango kerabu?? hanging them there on the tree just attracts all the fing-fing to come to steal them only..

    ah, that's pomegranate!! i thought it looks like dragon fruit instead.. the fing-fing are so bad huh, they could smell the pomegranate and steal them before your dad could harvest them.. hmmm, maybe your dad should built fencing and roof to protect his orchard already..

    i wonder if the fing-fing also likes to steal the chili?? hahaha, i guess not, i think they will just stay away from there huh?? and probably the limes also, since there two are hot and sour, only this Auntie PH will go and steal some back to KL and make her own tomyum at home, hehehe~~ :p

    wild fruits?? looks like mini tomatoes to me, but are they edible?? and nangka, fuyoh, so many of them!! but too bad they are not ripen enough the time you were back in hometown, else we will have more posts to read.. haha :)

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    1. hah..hah... Fing Fing! Yes, there were so many of them, all wanting to get their hands on the fruits! Too bad I was not in time to eat the nangka. The mangoes were not ripe yet and I also did not have a chance to eat.

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  9. Fuiyoh, I see mangoes and jackfruit, I "lau hau sui" already.. Two of that fruits enough for me already, I wana eat 10 each of that fruit! Oh yes, monkeys are such a nuisance.. I've heard before hor, monkeys kidnap babies! They are like humans, they are "smart", they think like humans.. A few times, MIL complained monkeys stole fruits from her kitchen, even car keys! OMG !

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    1. Hi Louiz! I also like nangka and mangoes. These monkeys are a nuisance. But can;t blame them as their habitat is being disturbed due to development.

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  10. Garden?? You meant farm issit? I think it is because KL is f**cked up and polluted so things doesn't grow as easily there...

    I'm amazed those monkeys can be chased away. Unlike those in Batu Caves. You try chasing those away and see end up is who chase who away instead.. >.<

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    1. hah..hah.. it is a garden but my dad treats it like a farm. We used to have goats too until my mum staged a protest :D

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  11. Alamak. Mangga!

    Unripe mangoes cicah with kicap and lotsa cili padi. *drool*

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    1. Line, I also like to eat mangga like that :D

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  12. great to have space for gardening, looks like your dad protect his garden well...:D I probably have to wait till I retired from work then I have the time to do gardening.

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    1. Me too, Agnes. Right now I hardly have time for my garden and it is so neglected :(

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  13. wow@@@ this is amazing, I read this post thrice to survey the fruits properly! looks so yummy ...jom lets go KT when the fruits are ready ...i promise...u can have the durians :p

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    1. Come, come! There's lots of nangka to share :)

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  14. Phong Hong, I would love to visit your dad's orchard/garden! There are so many treasures there that make our mouth waters for all the delicious fruits.

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    1. Nancy, I think my dad will smile for ear to ear if he reads your comment hah..hah...

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  15. Wahhh...your father is Geng la... green fingers, they call them who plants very well... And you made the post sounds so interesting too.. Don't go too near to the monyets... yes, they know where to get good food, eh.. smart monkeys!

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    1. Yes, he is fantastic with plants! Yeah, I am scared of the monyet as they move in groups.

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  16. Your father grows different types of mangoes? I see some are more rounded and some look like the elephant tusk mangoes. With such an abundance of mangoes and limes, your family can make lots of Thai mango salad or mango kerabu anytime....yum, yum! ;) And jackfruit, can make that Thai dessert ;D

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    1. Hmmm...I must ask him next time. I think there are two types and strangely I have never eaten the mangoes! Oh yes, we should have ample material for Thai kerabu and desserts hee..hee...

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  17. Actually planting own greens and fruits is a very good habits! Healthier and save some money, but must have interest in it la, and also must have enough space for that~

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    1. True, true. I love planting but I don't have much time to do it. Weekends is so rush doing so many things :(

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  18. So many mangoes. .. made me drool. .. oh jack fruit, pomegranate ! Hmmm I missed my kumpong life. I think the fruits not only attracted the monkeys, sometimes birds would peck the fruits too !

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    1. Karen, I wish to spend more time in my own garden. But I don;t have space for fruit trees. Yup, birds also peck the fruits.

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  19. Hi Phong Hong,
    Your dad has a fabulous garden! I am so envious! Each time when I do my gardening in my limited space, I always wish to have gardening grounds! I would love to grow fruit trees! When I was young and living in the kampung, we have mango, jambu air, guava, bananas, jackfruit etc... and I remember very well too how my sisters and I will grumble when we have to sweep all the fallen leaves! Haha! Your dad's mangoes and jackfruit are looking great!

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    1. Hi Joyce! Yes, I knew you would appreciate the garden! My wish is to have more time to spend in my garden hah..hah... In between cooking, baking, cleaning and what not, my garden is so neglected :(

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  20. Hai ph....lamanya tk singgah ke blog ph.Oh...i suka berkebun tp tk cukup kawasan.Semua tanam dalam pasu.

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    1. Hi Cik Manggis! PH pun suka tapi tak cukup masa :(

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  21. Your father has green fingers and all of you can enjoy the fruits of his labour. I like to eat pomegranate and mangoes.

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    1. Yes, he does have green fingers and most of the plants he grows flourish and do well. I love mangoes and I don't get to eat pomegranates often.

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