It was a sunny afternoon. A great perfect day to be out. It was my second time visiting the orchard. The first time round it wasn’t so pleasant. I wore a mini denim skirt and a nice pair of heels. You can imagine how delighted the mosquitoes were to meet me. Just reminded me of how fun school days were during my teens, having studied in the midst of jungle, in the surroudings of monkeys and company of exotic insects . The memories of excitement and laughter flashed back recalling my sadistic friends who tortured the mosquitoes’ family by ripping off its tiny little legs from its fragile body.
I was prepared this visit, I brought my camera and wore long track pants to keep me safe. I looked up the sky and I saw “God” smiling at me. The sun was shining ever so brightly and the clouds moved as if it was dancing with the wind.
I stepped in into the little hut and started my journey into the greens. I was then greeted by an old tree. The bark looked like it has its course of life. A road, a road diverged in two. A very peculiar tree I must say. I stared and admired it momentarily. It looked rather symetrical to me. The shape of its branches and its leaves, split into 2. I thought to myself, how significant life can be if you look deep and hard. If you only cared to look. The tree stood at its roots proudly.
I carried on my journey, going deeper. First, I paid my respect to the “King Fruit”, the durian. Apparently, the durian season has come to an end. I was told to be very lucky to find any on the tree. I was lucky, indeed. I found one hanging on its woody stem. A small one, it looked abandoned. I was very tempted to pluck it. Even if I did, it would have serve no purpose since the fruit will never ripen once removed from the tree. The fruit will fall off by itself when its ripe. I hate to be waiting under the durian tree.
Next, I met the dragon. The dragon fruit. The forbidden fruit ? It looks like a cactus, rather odd looking, having a fruit sprouting on its thorny stems. I walked around the funny looking tree. Supposingly this dragon fruit is the next Vitamin C evolution. I love its tender, fleshy meat. The flesh looks like strawberry but taste much sweeter.
Cocoa. I met Malaysia famous export fruit. I was expecting more from this tree. It looked rather dull. Pioneer of all happy thoughts, I would imagine the creater of Chocolate would look more presentable. It just an ugly green thing.
Monkey tree. The banana. Nothing special. I see this everywhere. This tree is rather creepy to me. I’ve been told that spirits often live in such tree. Apparently, lost ghost use its stem as home. I walked away immediately when the thought came to me. The rest of the orchard was full of oil palm tree. I gathered what I needed from the orchard. Some papayas, guavas and a handful of coconuts. Hop on to the truck and headed back home. I was the Fruitamania of the day.