Thursday, February 18, 2010

Kompokng Urakng Asal Salako ( Indigenious Salako People Orchard )

It has existed for 100 years or more. It is a place where the indingenious people planted their everlasting fruits tree for generations to benefict from it. But will it be there for ever as the emerging modern development creep in nearer and faster to the society. When ever I returned home to my "kampokng" or village, I will walked around  my family orchards admiring the big and tall fruit trees like the durians, angkabakng, the langsat, the cempedak (a kind of jack fruits variety) and lots more growing closely together. Most of the fruits trees that existed in the orchards have been here for 3 generations aready, that is almost 100 years already.

One of the Ankabakng Trees at our family orchards

In todays modern world, I dont know if this type of orchards which belong to the indingenous people or orang asal will survived the ever triving development of modern world? Beside that, do the new generations of educated indigenous people or the orang asal have the will to preserved this lush green orchards, or will they themselves will develop it with a better development for material gains, and the worst thing is wheather the goverment will take it and used it for development which will make this orchards gone forever?

Most of the angkabakng and the durians trees
around the orchards are more or less 100 years old already.

I am worry of this uncertainities surounding this orchards. To the goverment agencies, this type of orchards is not productive and a waste of land. But, as we know this is the heritage of the orang asal or the indigenous people land. It should stay as it is. As a naive person view, we ourselves should starts consulting  the goverment agencies of how to preserved this heritage of ours and make an effort to educate ourselves to maintains this type of orchards so that it could benefict us.

A small river running throught my family orchard.

A snap shot one butterfly flying freely around the orchard.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Durian ( Genus Durio of the Malvaceae family or Durionaceae)

"King of Fruits" or Durian ( Salako langauge: Duriatn) is a local fruits in Borneo Island. Sciencetificaly it is call Genus Durio of the Malvaceae Family or Durionaceae. Today (12.2.2010), around 6.00pm, after school I wents to the "Pasar Malam" or Night markets to buy some grilled fish for dinner. While rooming around I stop at one of the fruits market and here I am attract to buy 3 very big durian fruit. What attracted me to bought the durian not because of the nice and wonderful taste of this fruits, but for the seeds. To me, the durians is extra ordinary big and it is a local variety which is planted in the mountains of the Padawan district in Kuching, Sarawak. It's big, really big and from the seller I was made to understand that this durian existed more than 100 years old already, which is planted by the seller great grand parents. Here is the picture of the durians;

1) The three durians from three different trees.

2) This durian has a long, deep and sharp torny and it's weight is almost 8 - 10 kg.

3) This durian has short, shallow torny looks and it's weight between 8 - 10 kg.

4) This durian has the shallower torny, and it's weight around 6 - 8 kg.

The flesh of this durian is also big and fleshy. However, the taste is a little bit bitter and not so sweet as ordinary size durians. It is also quite crunchy, not like ordinary size durians which has a sticky type of flesh. Its flesh color is creamy yellow. For ordinary person like me, just one of the flesh is enough to fill up the stomach, and two,...I will surely can't finish it.

5) This is the flesh of the durian which has the shallower torny. The flesh is big.....

6) The close-up poto of the flesh...