Little green apples…

This is another thing that Melissa did recently that she would not be able to do once she comes back to Malaysia – plucking apples…

Melissa & Myra plucking green apples

Actually, they plucked chillies and strawberries as well and for the apples, they were given a pail each…

No eating, Melissa

I don’t know the market prices here but it does seem that those handpicked ย fruits were indeed very cheap.

Apple plucking in NZ

For one thing, they’re chemical-free. I’ve been told that those fruits packed for export would be sprayed with some chemicals to prevent them from ripening on the way. Well, it does not worry me that much as I seldom eat those imported fruits and on those rare occasions that I do so, I would usually peel and throw away the skin.

Well, the girls obviously had a great time that day…

Melissa & friends apple plucking

…and to me, that would be the most important thing of all.

I wonder how many of you have heard this one-time favourite of mine…and if you haven’t, this is a beautiful rendition by Glen Campbell and his daughter, Debby…

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

32 thoughts on “Little green apples…”

  1. I thought Cameron Highlands ada apples juga, speaking of plucking apples, got a friend son who “jump aeroplane” you know what that means right? into NZ just to pluck apples, here in Penang, he was kind of useless, they say…but now earning quite well in NZ plucking apples only.

    I am sure Melissa will come back with a lot of good memories from NZ…and you are such a wonderful dad…

    I hear you can earn a lot doing this type of jobs there – jobs that nobody wants. Ya, I’m sure Melissa will have many sweet memories to cherish…but I think she deserves it and all the credit as well, not me – worked real hard through school and earned the government scholarship to go overseas. That’s my girl! *beaming with pride…

  2. Apparently lots of orchard owners prefer Malaysian as Malaysian are well known for being very rajin. You can even come and harvest pumpkin if that rocks your is good if spent in Malaysia but tak lepas breakfast, lunch and dinner if spent in NZ ..and the living conditions are pretty bad too.
    Glad Mel is taking advantage of some life experiences that you cannot get back home.

    Aha! The inside story – the other man’s grass is always greener, the sun shines brighter on the other side… Ya, I sure am glad too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. What a great experience to be able to study abroad. Never had that opportunity. Keep on encouraging her to try new things – things she won’t have the chance to do here.

    I always encourage her…but I would draw a line at bungy jumping. No! No! No! No! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Ohhh… I used to do this in England too… but we’re allowed to eat anything we want from there. Only pay for what we put in the basket. ๐Ÿ˜€ And that time, being kiasu person I am, I makan strawberries til the tongue gatal. =.=

    Maybe things are different now. I guess if we eat strawberries, they also don’t know – no skin or core left behind as evidence. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Yes… I guess things are different now. Nothing free… But I am glad Mel is enjoying herself over there. ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’m glad too… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. i would love to pluck apples too!

    Air Asia flying to Christchurch – very cheap. Just pray no earthquakes… Another one this morning, it seems…5.3 at 3.00 a.m.

  6. I just bought NZ red apples, not royal gala but they just put a code sticker, they are so sweet, crunchy & juicy… for the imported fruits, I’ll wash the skin by using liquid cleanser (to wash baby’s feeding bottle one) to wash-off any chemical preservative. I usually like to eat fruits with skin ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m not crazy about imported fruits but if I do eat them, I always peel off the skin… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Sorry cant remember hearing this song before..hello am doubting now are we from the same planet haha?

      Nah!!! I’m sure you know their other songs – The Carnival is Over, I’ll never find another you, Georgy Girl, Morningtown Ride, A world of our own… No?

  7. The outing looks delightful ! Love all these posts on how Melissa’s doing in NZ ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, I love seeing the photos she uploads on Facebook too – love seeing her enjoying herself, love seeing that she’s getting on fine… She’s going to the theatre this Saturday – “The Music of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber”! Ooooo…I’m sure she will enjoy that! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I dont mind plucking them and being paid as well for 1.50 per kg.. in Malaysia, we can pluck the strawberries but they cost a ton to do that… hahahaa… yes, good experience.. hey, ever thought of giving their facebook account to either one of them? *wink*

    I don’t think they pay you that for plucking. If I’m not mistaken, you pay that to buy those fruits that you pluck. Ya…you can pluck strawberries at Cameron…but the time we went, the fruits did not look very nice – popular not really the season. Better to buy those in the shops. Ya…should get them to add each other but he’s not my friend – I cannot suggest to him to add. Maybe I get him to add me first… Hehehehehe!!!

    1. ………………….matchmaking. ISHHHH…. now… I tink I oso nid to bodek bodek MommyLinng more abit. She got two cutiepie over there. So cute punya DIL.

      Adoi!! If I were her, I would not approve – see the father, mother and the son all like cicak kubin, later her daughter all skin and bone left like that. Muahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  9. stp, there’s a place in Sarawak named Bakalalan where people can pluck fresh red apples! and they have pretty names like Rome Beauty haha

    You’ve been there? Ooooo….I’m so jealous. Not easy to get there – there was a helicopter crash sometime ago in which a government minister was killed.

  10. We used to go cherry picking and nashi pear picking when the kids were young, it was a lot of fun! Now very ‘malas’ to drive all the way to the farm so buy from market instead! :)! These apples look like royal gala, NZ pacific rose are quite nice not sold here but i still prefer fuji apples to any other ones…..How time flies, this will be her last yr in Welly?

    I guess is the novelty of experiencing something new or different. Here, lots of rambutans in the backyard…nobody bothers to go and pluck also. Muahahahaha!!!! Yup…coming home by November, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Looking at Melissa, one can guess that she has a wonderful time in NZ with lots and lots of sweet memories to bring back.

    Wow!….the red apples look sooooooogoooood. If got the chance, I would love to join Melissa to pluck apples, strawberries, grapes…and the list goes on and on and onnnnn!!!!…

    You’re only young once – must experience and then you can tell people – been there, done that. Many young people go through life with very limited experiences – just school, examinations and tuition…day and night. Really sad, so pathetic.

    You can flyover – Air Asia to Christchurch – very cheap! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Interesting activities for the girls to do during their free time. I’ve visited apple farms but not plucking them. Should be fun!

    On tour? I guess it is different if you go with a group of friends. More fun that way.

  13. Hey, my SIL said it’s persimon season over there. Mellisa got go pick persimon or not?

    Oh? Are they in season? Dunno if she knows that and not too sure whether she likes the fruit or not. My brother would bring cartons home from Auckland…but too many, most will go bad very quickly and have to be thrown away. Some people like the dried ones…easily available here.

  14. Plucking apples! I want to do that too, lol. Used to go around plucking cherries “winks”..

    Do you think we have apples in Malaysia? I mean maybe in Cameron highlands or something? Not sure though.

    Oooo…you love plucking cherries eh? @.@!!!! Apples, you don’t like? Muahahahaha!!!! I saw a strange-looking variety of apples in Cameron…but as far as I know, lots of strawberries…and they have grapes too.

  15. Hmmm….i heard from my mom saying many people from my neighbourhood ‘jump aeroplane’ to NZ to pluck apples. Then they returned back with buckets of penny…lol! But now it’s hard for them to do it….NZ custom has tighten the check.

    I heard of the business and professional migration at one time…and many Sibu Foochows rushed there to get their PR so their children could study there cheap – a lot of them are still there, their children have graduated and are working there…and I knew of people who took unpaid leave to go over for the “landing” and they worked there plucking fruits…but I did not hear of any making a fortune. Well, if they did, I would not know…and anyway, they are very strict nowadays – not easy to apply PR status anymore.

  16. apple picking/plucking is fun though I don’t get to enjoy it here even if the apple tree is just in front our unit =P

    Like the rambutan tree behind my house. Such a chore to pluck and give to people (I don’t usually eat them myself)…and worse still, there are a lot of ants!! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  17. ya ya, i heard that too, a lot people “jump aeroplane” go and pluck apples at NZ. Really can earn a lot by just plucking apples?

    A good experience for Melissa .

    I think if i am there to pluck i will eat more than put into the basket. hahahhaha

    See my reply to Yee Ling. Well, they say that in Christchurch, if you throw a stone you will hit a Foochow… Now after all the earthquakes and aftershocks, I wonder how many are still sticking around there. One of the victims a Foochow originally from Sibu, right – some Hii lady or something?

  18. I worked in a farm where they have all kind of fruits. But I was involved in hops picking (for making beer). Those were the good old days which I think is only a memory now.

    Well, at our age, we are always thankful for wonderful memories that we can recall and fondly cherish… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  19. Oh wow… what an experience! ive always imagined myself drowning in apples, or oranges, or peaches, or strawberries… right after picking them. pluck eat pluck eat pluck eat until you throw up from eating them too much.

    Maybe that’s why they do not allow people to eat the fruits – people may gorge themselves especially the kiasu ones till they get sick – the best things in life are free! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. So much fun Melissa and gang had! How i wish we can pluck apples and strawberries here too(cheap one), was thinking of making strawberry jam but can forget about it since a jar of reasonably good imported jam costs lots cheaper thn homemade one!=_=

    And they’re not cheap either. Thank goodness I’m not a fan of jams. Local brands of peanut butter are already around RM7.00…and homemade kaya is RM2.50 for the same RM1.00-1.50 plastic cup…and unlike before, now it’s only three-quarters full. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  21. are those apples sweet? If not it’s like our strawberry farms in Camerons where you can pluck them too but it’s all sour..

    No idea. Didn’t hear my daughter complaining… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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