Jul 14, 2016

20 In A Village Far, Far Away ..

 ....lived this girl (me), her family and the relatives. It was a world of greenery and beaches. Then, she moved to the concrete jungle of the city. The fairy tale faded away leading to a life akin to those you read in chick lits.

Anyway, I was back in my hometown for some two weeks just before Raya. The one thing I love doing at the kampung (village) I grew up in is to take pictures of trees and plants around the compound. I don't know if it's true but it is said that seeing greenery improves our eyesight. So feast your eyes on this.

Coconut, mango, rambutan, jackfruit - these are some of the trees that are grown here. There used to be a guava plant at the back of the house which I was fond of climbing. The fruit had pink flesh. There was also a soursop tree but both are gone now.

Mango Tree (left), Coconut Tree (at the back)

These are some of the trees that are fruiting at the moment.

Banana Trees

Mango Tree

Mangoes

Pineapple Plant

Papaya Tree

I gave my aunt the seeds to grow this blue pea flower plant. So happy it's flourishing!

Blue Pea Flowers / Bunga Telang
 
The cassava tree. Haven't eaten this in a quite a while.

Tapioca

There's herbs like basil and lemongrass plus aromatic pandan leaves.

Sweet Basil

Life may look laid-back in the village but the amount of effort people put towards gardening, picnicking and get-togethers after a day in the office is really something to me. Comparing city life, I guess the difference is one finds joy in doing the things they do, hence a feeling that nothing is too much to do. The other is stressed out from things they don't want to do like being stuck in the office all day, being caught in traffic jams and getting too focused on earning a living rather than making a life. Not everyone, of course. Just generally.


20 comments:

  1. How gorgeous, Sharon! I love all the fruit trees! Here in Montreal in a nature park there is a greenhouse that has a banana tree, and this is the only one I have ever seen! Your photos are beautiful, thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Glad you like it. How different our worlds are! :D

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  2. I wouldnt mind living in this laid-back surrounding doing my gardening when I am old.

    Love your photos. So many trees.

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    1. Coming soon, Rose ..time flies. I'm still wondering where the years went. It feels like I was just 20 not too long ago..

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  3. I was wondering where are you, as didn't see you in blogging, so you went back hometown, hehe...

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  4. Wow, for me, most of these plants are exotic plants ; )

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    1. It is? Now you're making me excited. I feel that we underappreciate what we have in our own home because it is easily available. :D

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  5. Your post brings back memories of my childhood years in the village. I can still remember climbing the guava tree.

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  6. It looks like here i the Philippines and the same native trees and plants. You grew up to a lovely place Sharon!

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    1. Thanks, Lei. That's why I love your pictures! ;)

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  7. I've never been to a kampong in SG, only in Indonesia. Always find it very interesting..... xoxo

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    1. I feel the same way too. Much to see!

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  8. like all the plants surrounding your house compound

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    1. Thanks, Emily. Visiting Labuan anytime soon? ;)

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    1. Ya bah..that's why we sell half of it.. ^.^

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  10. I used to think living in Kampung is second class...but now, you will have to take an elephant to drag me out of Kampung:) Thank you for sharing your family's kampung...I just love it! It's so inspiring:)

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