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Multipurpose Tree Trunk

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Tree trunk as retail space

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Toog

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Before concrete utility poles like power poles, trunk of the Toog trees were used as they are straight, tall and hard. This I learned by hiking with someone who is a forestry graduate.

Unintentional Greenery

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Not that one…the one above that grows out of the¬†wall

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A tree growing out from a crack

Ondeh-Ondeh

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Ondeh-ondeh c/o Mr Ibrahim's hospitality at his traditional house in Kampung Morten

Ondeh-ondeh is one of the many variations of kuih (confection) in Malaysia. Made from glutinous rice flour, mashed sweet potato and tapioca flour, then filled with palm sugar, and covered in desiccated coconut. It’s their pichi-pichi in looks and taste, minus the sweet burst of palm sugar at the core which I’m so fond about the ondeh-ondeh. See, even the name repetition of Filipino kakanin pichi-pichi is another similarity to the kuih.

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Fallen fruits of Melaka tree

Pertaining to the kuih’s green color and round shape, there’s a reason for that, which made it distinctly Melakan.

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I'm pretending to be Parameswara looking up at this Melaka tree

Notably, ondeh-ondeh’s other name is Buah Melaka (translated as Melaka Fruit). So the kuih got its name and appearance from Melaka fruit like how the Melaka State got its name from Melaka tree.

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My host says Melaka fruit is not edible

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Ondeh-ondeh's ad somewhere at Jonker street

Talisay

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Talisay

Apart from the coconut tree, talisay is very common in the beaches and islands in the country. Not only that, talisay is everywhere inland and abundant in the cities. I started counting them inside the village in one of my runs last week.

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Talisay fruit

The fruit of talisay is green and hard and will turn dark brown when ripe. I’ve seen banca builders and local kids snacking on them. They’d pound the fruit with rock to separate the husk and eat right away the kernel.

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Brown when ripe

UPLB Research, Development and Extension has developed a technology in processing talisay fruit as table nuts. According to their description, the product is crispy and almond-like in flavor. For your information, the status of the patent is public domain.

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Evidence of talisay eating session

Meanwhile, I shall mentally tally the talisay trees along the path of my 7 kilometer run loop inside the village. Afterwards, double check my numbers in the succeeding loop.

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Pounding the hard husk to extract the edible kernel

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