Monday, September 26, 2011

VVIP Orchard

Mama and Dad had a breakfast meeting with a VVIP in a state down south last Friday. Very early breakfast meeting as we left home before 5am. So, while they had their tete-a-tete session inside, I took the opportunity to explore the grounds...mindful of the watchful eyes of the security.

Lovely palm fruits that look like a bunch of grapes....
The entire plant...I think this is called the palmyra palm. Mama said it reminds her of the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka logo.
Another gorgeous bunch of palm fruits.
I think this is what the locals call Pinang Raja (Cyrtostachys renda Blume) or Maharaja Palm.
Aaah...lovely bloom with aromatic smell....this is called yellow cempaka (Michelia champaca), known for its medicinal properties.
Can someone help me identify these weird looking fruits?
Now...now...what's this? Organic microphones?
I'm assuming the three different colours denote three stages in these "microphones" life...can you guess what they are?
....tara! Somehow those "microphones" will become this - a bunch of stinky beans (Parkia speciosa).
Bunches of petai....known for its culinary and medicinal properties.
The whole petai tree. Apparently the tree can grow up to 50ft high. Oh, petai is also quite expensive nowadays.
The mansion palace in the orchard. Grand, eh?
Angelina's note: I won't mind living in an orchard. But in a much much smaller house. Imagine the number of servants we have to employ just to clean the toilets. purrr...meow!

46 comments:

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

those are some of the most interesting plants/fruit I have ever seen!

I like the ones that look like giant fans lol.

Oh, how did you ever get a photo of MY house? lol

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Caren,
Fancy you having hordes of gardeners just to maintain the grounds. purr...meow!

Katnip Lounge said...

Mommy laughed and laughed at those "microphones"!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Katnip Loungers,
Purrrlease ask mommy to control herself. purr...meow!

Kitcaboodles said...

It never fails to impress me how much beautiful flora and fauna there is in Malaysia. Unlike England where we get....conkers. :)

Anonymous said...

interesting! never knew the cute beginnings of petai.

somuffins said...

Ohhh gitu rupanya pokok petai :-)

CAT
Do you like sambal tumis udang + petai? I buy petai once in 5 yrs or so, heheh..

Sandy said...

I think the strange looking fruit above the organic microphones is what we call "Pace" (pah-che) aka Nony fruit

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Kitcaboodles,
You have interesting flora and fauna too in England. I've been dreaming of visiting Kew Gardens for yonks. purr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Anon 8:45am,
Cute, isn't it? purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty CS,
Tak pernah tengok pokok petai ke? Kita suka makan mentah, bakar atau dengan sambal belacan atau tempoyak. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
Are you sure that's nony? Nony is what we call mengkudu here, looks different. purrr...meow!

meowwmania said...

baru pirst time tgk pokok petai hehe..

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Ish Aunty Meoww ni! Kata duduk kampung, takde pokok petai? purr...meow!

Au and Target said...

Nice fruit. Hey, have you noticed there are no VIPs in Malaysia anymore? Only VVIPs now ;-)

masterwordsmith said...

Terrific pics and a most interesting post.

Love the new blog header pic!

Have a great week ahead.

Salam

Wan Sharif said...

bestnya kalau boleh petik petai tu!
boleh minta mok wang masak sambal udang tumis + petai..

Pi Bani said...

Perggh! Rendahnya petai dia! Selalu jumpa yang tinggi-tinggi je...

ninotaziz said...

I have a petai tree. It's only 1 1/2 feet tall. Wow...what an orchard!

one of Fae's humans said...

so many never before seen trees and fruit! i really wanna come to Malaysia sometime. :)

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Au, Target & Guido,
It should be VVIFs -very very important felines. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Paula,
We were not allowed to take pix inside so I went exploring outside. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Ayoh Wang,
Putik lagi tu, mata dia baru besar mata ikang. Kalu dok mesti dah rembat setangkai dua. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
Kita pun first time tengok yang rendah gini. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Ninot,
It's gonna take a while for your tree to grow tall and bear fruit. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Fae's human,
With the stronger Aussie dollar, it would be cheap for you to come visit us here. You can fly Malaysia Airlines from Brisbane or Air Asia from Gold Coast. Or you can go visit the Tropical Fruit Farm in Duranbah, south of Gold Coast. purrr...meow!

Kjelle Bus said...

Me and mom just loved the organic microphones :)

Al-Manar said...

If I were to own one building
like that
and so many trees
like those,
I would begin to dream
of a number of queens
to dance and sing
for the king. `

Poor children of Almanar
Crying without a tutor!

Brad said...

I love those palms, so exotic!
Brad

LP said...

We've never see palm fruits! Are they edible?

the critters in The Cottage

P.S. Daddyman says he is a BIG Nikki Lauda fan too!! :)

Photo Cache said...

Kitties, your mama and dad are working so hard to buy you food. Don't bug them too much now will ya?

Emma and Buster

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Kjelle,
It's fascinating, isn't it? purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Dear Pakcik,
Having a mansion like that also comes with the responsibility of managing a state. Would you have time for so many queens? purrr..meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Brad dear,
They are, indeed. purr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Cottage Felines,
There are many types of palm. Some have edible fruits but these ones are purely ornamental. Will pass the message to Nikki... purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Emma & Buster,
Me bugging them? It's actually the other way around. purrr...meow!

Sandy said...

haha I'm not sure actually... I thought that's how unripe noni fruits look .

ninotaziz said...

I am dreaming of the palmyra palm...and I love this starry page!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Tante Sandy,
Noni fruits are slightly bigger and they look like skinned pineapples IMHO. purrr...meow!

Roy said...

Such beauty, and so many odd (to Me never before seen) plants and fruits. I do enjoy your pictorial tours. Thanks for the visit.

I'll be back .....

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Ninot,
The place is open to public on Fridays as that's the day the VVIP meets his constituents. We can take you there. There's a place in Janda Baik with humongous palmyra palms too. Oh, the stars? Coz I'm the star...in my Mama's heart. purrr...meow!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Hey Uncle Roy,
Am glad you enjoy the tour. Purrrlease come again. purrr...meow!

Clooney said...

Angelina, thanks for theese pictures of the unique looking specimens...did you bring one of the microphones back for Brad's karaoke?

Cat-from-Sydney said...

Clooney,
I couldn't...the VVIP's security would chop off my paws if I steal one of those microphones. purrr...meow!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Where is this beautiful place, and what are those amazing plants? Your Mama should know, Kitties! How could she not? I'd like some of those microphones, please! When we're done singing into them, we can just dump them in the compost!

Cat-from-Sydney said...

CO78,
Shhh...can't simply pluck those microphones. The guards check our cat boot when we enter and exit the place. Anyway, one microphone = one bunch of petai. We don't want to deprive the world of petai now, would we? purrr....meow!