Date: 8 May 2011
Mama: Angelina, wake up sleepy head...
Angelina: (one eye open) Hmmm....five more minutes, purrrlease....
Mama: If you don't get up now, I'm going to take Nikki instead of you....
Angelina: OK OK...I'm awake now....(stretch, lick, flick tail) Where are we going?
Mama: Didn't you say you wanna go for a picnic?
Angelina: Not this early....can't we go around lunch time?
Mama: Nope, we have to start early as it's about one to two hours of driving, depending on traffic.
Angelina: Wow! I love riding in the car. Are you or Dad driving?
Mama: Dad. Hey...he's still asleep.
Angelina: Wake up, Dad!
Scene 2: In the car
Mama: You two sure took your own sweet time to get ready, eh?
Angelina: Mama...you know...I'm a girl. I got to do heaps of girl stuff before we can go out. What's your excuse, Dad?
Dad: No comment.
Mama: Like father, like daughter.
Angelina: Relax Mama....are we going to your village, Mama? Are we going to "visit" grandma?
Mama: Yes, we are. I want you to know your roots and family too.
Angelina: Wow! I like that. Are we there yet?
Mama: We haven't even left our area.
Angelina: Sorry....I'll go snuggle in the back seat then.
Scene 3: Mama's Village (destination of the day)
|Wow! Rice plants! It's fruiting now.....|
|This mimosa like creeping plant is edible. The locals call it kangkung puteri or susupan.|
|The rice ears upclose. Rice comes from this? Awesome...|
|Dad's hard at work...that contraption is called "kunci air" or water lock (weir???) that controls water as and when needed by the irrigation canals.|
|See how clever the villagers are? Instead of using concrete, they use mangrove stakes as bank reinforcement, it's organic and environment friendly too.|
|I used the zoom lens to capture this. That big tree with large leaves on the left hand corner is a breadfruit (local name: sukun) tree. This tree can be found in abundance in the village.|
|I think this an abandoned old village type house.|
|Back to the rice plant - some naughty snails laid eggs here. They're pests and causing headaches to the farmers.|
|Dad's hard at photography work again.|
|Dad chatting up two guys who were spraying rat poison in the rice field. They must be thinking: rice paparazzi?|
|I like this shot. So, I put it here. I think this is part of the water control system.|
|Another nice shot I took. Dead guava tree against the blue sky.|
|A lonely banana tree....hey Monyet King, it needs a monyet as accessory.|
|We got to take some of these papayas home. They are sooooo delicious!|