It’s all right with me…

The fruits, the ones that were still at the flowering stage here, on my rambutan tree at the back of my house have started to ripen…

Rambutan

This time around, there are quite a lot but they’re somewhat small…probably because I have not bothered to fertilise the plant at all.

My rambutans

Nevertheless, they’re sweet and juicy and the best part would be the fact that the flesh does not stick to the seed.

But wait a minute! What’s going on here?

Someone has been stealing my fruits

It certainly looks like somebody has been climbing up and reaching over the fence to help himself to my fruits.

It’s all right with me really. After all, I am not really crazy about rambutans…and I would end up having to pluck them and giving them to people anyway. I do wish though that they had the courtesy and decency to at least ask whether they could help themselves to the fruits… Tsk! Tsk!

Author: suituapui

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29 thoughts on “It’s all right with me…”

  1. I’ve never seen those before. Is it one big seed, like what is found in a peach or plum?

    It’s a shame that they didn’t ask before taking. What you said reminds me of my parents and their fruit trees.

    As a child we had apple, peach, and pear trees growing in our yard. I remember two of the neighborhood children when come by and just take the fruit. When my father caught them, he quietly told them that they needed to ask permission before simply taken items that didnn’t belong to them. He went on to say he didn’t mind sharing (they didn’t and gave a lot to those who needed) but the courteous thing to do was simply for permission. After that, they did. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Yes, there are simply too many for us to eat ourselves so most of the time, we would have to go through the chore of plucking and giving to people – friends, relatives…even neighbours. We wouldn’t mind them helping themselves – just that it would be nice if they had asked first.

    The flesh of the fruit would be something like lychees or longans – I think you can get those in cans over there if the fresh ones are not available…but the seed is different and it is not like those of a peach or a plum either. I think this is a tropical fruit so it’s only found around here.

    P.S. Btw, I can’t seem to post a comment in your blog today. It keeps asking me for the password. What password? The only blank unfilled would be the username in a twitter account and I do not have one.

  2. Oh!..you plant rambutan trees in your garden. Does it grow very tall and big and of cos, the ants. Love the yellow skin one with flesh that is juicy, cripsy and doesn’t stick to the seed…and no thanks to the lembik lembik type.

    Just one – the sole survivor. During my childhood days, we had no less than 8-10 trees of these that we called “Singapore rambutans” in our huge garden around our old wooden house. And I would tie two in a bunch and sit by the roadside to sell at 10 sen each to passers-by and business was brisk – everybody wanted to buy as only we had these…and also my grandparents in their garden – I think they had more – definitely more than 10 trees.

    This variety is not very big – the tree, that is…and knowing me, mine is severely neglected…but I still have to trim often so that the branches will not touch the house – to prevent ants or rats or whatever from climbing in and out…and yes, it’s the firm and crunchy type – very sweet and very juicy. Slurpsss!!!!

    1. Wow!!!…know how to make money at a young age. So who will keep the days’ earnings, you or your parents. If got durian trees, lagi best cos I love durians more than rambutans.

      I can’t remember. I think it went into my Donald Duck coin bank…and when it was full, the money would be deposited in my Standard Chartered savings account.

      1. Ahem!!…should be a billionaire by now, hahaha!!!…

        No, unfortunately…by my teenage years, the money was all gone… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  3. pencuri rambutan! oh my, they even leave their “evidence” in the form of that chair.. what a shame… Go put a fence with spikes! you know, like the ones they have surrounding a jail. But then it’ll make your home a jail too! LOL

    No lah… I don’t mind them taking…but it would be nice to tell us and not just leave it to us to discover it when we spot the evidence they left behind. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We would even pluck to give them if they had asked…

  4. I seldom eat rambutan because most of them, the flesh stick to the seeds. Some they don’t stick to the seed but they detach with the skin of the seed which is not a pleasant fill in the mouth. Your rambutans look very tempting though. I am with you, I will always give when people ask me for my fruits and my herbs but I really don’t like when they steal it. Furthermore they destroy my plants when you simple pluck the fruits or the leaves. Don’t their parents teach them that when they take other’s possession without their permission, then they are thieves?

    Mine are a very good variety…but 100% organic – no chemical fertilisers (lazy to bother actually…LOL!!!) so the fruits are not very big. Yes, they either pluck the fruits or break the branches which is bad for the tree…and it is sheer good manners to ask for permission instead of stealing them like that. And they were the ones who put up the metal fence when they moved in – in the past, we only had a wire mesh so obviously, they were not that keen on making friends.

    The other neighbour beside this one was even worse. They had a big emplam tree growing over their fence and the fruits would drop into my compound and the compound of the house beside mine. I would pick and throw them back into their garden but once, I came home and saw that they had put a steel ladder over the wire mesh cum barbed wire fence to climb over to take back their fruits. Of course the fence was spoilt…but I did not say anything. It takes all kinds to make the world…

    1. Yes, what you do reflect who you are. We have become very close friends with our neighbor on our right. When they bought their new house and moved, another new one came and never even nodded their heads when they saw us even when I said good morning to them. No smile just a stare like I came from outer space!! Then one day, my mum was watering the plants next to the iron grill that divided us, the lady told me mum to be careful not to wet their clothings because their drying area is just next to the fence. If say nicely with a smile also okay lah, but say with an irritated tone of voice that pissed off my mum. Aiyoh, my mum is the nicest person I’ve ever known but then, don’t piss her off, she can very sacarstic….hehehe… She said in a very calm tone of voice to that lady, “Aiyoh, old lady like me got shaky hands and blurring vision, so aiming usually very bad lah. (as she said this she was still watering the plants but the water all go over the fence and wet the lady’s leg). If you so scared your clothings wet hor, move your drying area into your car porch lor, sorry ar!” wahahaha, that lady do not know what to say to my mum so she just shut up and walked inside her house and we never see her or hear her complain again until she moved. LOL!

      Neighbours! Mine – when I bought my present house, the mother came over to complain about the mango tree in the garden – so many red ants, would bite her grandchildren. I had wanted to cut it down anyway as it was blocking the street light – so I just replied, “Oh? Never mind! I will cut the tree down!” She did not expect that, I guess and looked very embarrassed. She said, “Aiyor…no need to cut, just get rid of the ants,” and I replied, “I’ll cut it…then no more red ants to bite your grandchildren!” She walked away quietly…and hopefully, she felt guilty over her rude unwelcoming behaviour – we had not even moved in to the house and this was the kind of “warm” reception we got.

      The daughter-in-law was not much better. I had two big quinee trees and when the leaves dropped, some would drop over their side…and she complained that she was so sick of sweeping the leaves. Everytime I burnt the leaves, she would slam her doors and windows shut to show her displeasure. But she never complained about the fruits dropping on her side of the fence – she just took them happily. Eventually, I had the trees cut down…and dunno what made her plant two guinee trees of her own. The gardener who cut the grass for us told her – you complained about his leaves dropping on your side, soon your leaves will drop on his side and he will complain about you. True enough…guess whose leaves would drop all over my garden now and not only do we have to rake them up all the time, we also have to put up with the smoke from her side when they burn the leaves. I never complain though… No need to be so nasty when we’re living right next door to one another. Just can’t understand how people can be like that…and still go to church on Sundays.

      1. hahaha Your mom have a very witty brain ๐Ÿ™‚

        Ya it would be nice if they ask for it instead of just pluck like that.

        Dunno… I really wonder about their home background and the education they had… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  5. No like rambutans, but I like the look of a fruiting rambutan tree. But, if you have a durian tree, you’d be my best friend loh.

    Oh? You think if I plant one now, it will bear fruit soon? LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. i love amotan especially this type that wont stick to d seed…anyhow i dislike it when it stick to my teeth…hehe

    You’ve got big gaps in between your teeth? Muahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. if you’re staying beside us, mami would definitely help herself with the plucking :S but she would then give you some mango in return hehe

    Yes, when these neighbours first moved in, they were very hardworking – planted all kinds of vegetables. Not a leaf did they bother to give us… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Now, they’ve left the whole place neglected – all the grass and weeds growing like a jungle. Tsk! Tsk! We do give to our neighbour on the other side – the kids love eating the rambutans – never mind that they never gave us any of their quinee…

  8. Wah looks juicy red indeed! Passerbys will indeed be tempted especially the kids.
    I would be spending my evenings sitting in the yard and eating those delish fruits.
    +Ant+

    I can’t eat…maybe one or two and that’s it. Rambutan is a heaty fruit like durian, quinee…so I can’t take a lot. Will end up with sore throat and fall sick.

  9. wow, those rambutans look so nice on the tree, no wonder they are attracting the “rambutan burglars”.. but i guess it won’t cause you any loss to treat them some of your fruits right?? haha~~ ๐Ÿ˜€

    No harm at all…if only they would ask. I could even help to pluck and give to them but obviously they are not keen on being friends – they only want the rambutans.

  10. Rambutan trees… as well as mango trees tend to attract those huge fiery red ants. Have to keep the children away if there are any.

    I love rambutans… but cant have them much as these are heaty fruits heh.

    Mine’s ok. No red ants…but the small black ones…though not all the time. This time around, it’s quite good – hardly any…but one year, there were so many we just could not pluck the fruits – just let them ripen and drop…. Ya, they’re very heaty – can’t take a lot but some people simply love them. RM10 a kg at the market, I hear and yet there are people buying… Good grief!

  11. Beautiful rambutan tree you’ve got here! Reminds me of how we used to pluck them from the trees when our parents weren’t looking! Haha! ;P

    Oh? Your parents were worried you would all fall sick from eating too many rambutans or what? One reason why I’m not so much into the fruit is that I had so many when I was young – more than enough to last a lifetime.

    P.S. Your first time here, I see. If I’m not mistaken, you’re Quay Po Cooks’ friend. Welcome! Welcome! Will link you in my blogroll. Do come again…often. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Errr… that could be the reason or maybe worried that we might fell from the trees!? Hee hee! ๐Ÿ˜›
      Same here! I’ll only have a few or even not having any if my dad buys rambutans but lychees and longans I’ll sure eat bcoz we don’t have these trees during those days! Hahaha!

      Yup, I’m one of Quay Po’s new friend. She’s really funny and very friendly nice lady. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually it’s not really my first time here, second or third time to be exact. Thank you so much for adding me in your blogroll and I’ll sure come visit often! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Have a great day!

      Oh? You’ve been here before? I wonder why all your comments have to await moderation. Usually, once approved, subsequent comments will appear automatically. Never mind- I will approve eventually, anyway. My time, we would be so thrilled if we were invited to some relative’s wedding reception and we would wait and wait for the last dish – the canned longans and peaches. So deprived then – kids today would not even give those a second glance…and we can get fresh ones now. Times have changed a lot really…

  12. I have a rambutan tree behind the house back in Sibu too. I don’t particularly like the fruits coz it always sticks to the seeds.

    …well, at least mine does.

    Gosh, they actually stack up plastic chairs to steal your rambutans. Theft by consumption! I noticed people in Sibu always do that, we used to have a “kuinin” tree that keeps on getting pilfered as well.

    I think it’s coz of the mentality that if the fruits are overhanging their place, they have a right to it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I think that’s the rule of law – if it drops in your area, it’s yours…but my rambutans are not hanging over the fence. They have to reach over to my side to pluck them. Tsk! Tsk! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  13. I love rambutans. I used to pluck the rambutans from the tree and eat lots of it. Hehe.. Not a good thing to do as it is very ‘heaty’. Plus there were lots of ants. I would usually throw the fruit on the ground to get rid of the ants hahaha or soak the fruits in water.

    Yup…at one time, there were so many ants, we had to boil water…and throw the fruits in quickly to kill all of them. Then we had to remove the skin quickly as the fruits would turn purple or very dark red as a result of the reaction with the heat. Plucking was so tecious that in the end, we just gave up… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  14. Oh oh! Someone’s caught it seems ๐Ÿ˜› My my look at those Bright red and ripe rambutans!! I LOVE them! My grandpa used to have a tree in our old house last time and when it bore fruits, I would eat loads of them! Too bad your tree is too far from me! ๐Ÿ˜›

    Come, come…just one flight and you’re here. You eat all you want, freshly plucked form the tree. Yum! Yum! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Oh.. what a coincidence.. my BIL gave me a plastic bag full of rambutans this afternoon! by the way, how did u know that people climbed up to take? I cannot find any evidence in the last pic. ๐Ÿ™‚

    You can’t? They left the red plastic chair by the fence so that they could come back for more…and there are broken branches…and one plucked rambutan must have slipped from the person’s hand and fell onto the ground.

  16. Rambutan is my favo fruit…..but this year I eat less because it seems my body get heaty easily…

    Ya…should not take too much. The weather isn’t too good these days. When it’s hot, it is very hot and when it rains, there will be a severe storm… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  17. Arthur,
    I got to eat your rambutans…err..the fruit, I mean..lol! Yup, they are very good indeed..very ‘longka’ ( the flesh did not stick to the seed ) and somemore you so nice and romantic..siap kopek for me as you do not want to see my nails patah…hahaha.
    The fruits kecik-kecik not because you tak letak baja la…it must be with the very hot weather la. When too panas, the rambutan will give tiny fruits.This is what my mom told me dulu-dulu.
    Teruk la your neighbour tu…pencuri!..and that’s the correct word to describe them. One thing I don’t like living in Malaysia is the people’s attitude..especially if they are Chinese. I never had any problems with Malay or Indian neighbours…only the Chinese and they are the ones that will always cari pasal. In NZ, all my mat sallehs neighbours very nice. Some would knock on your door and introduce themselves and will even invite you to their house for a cuppa and some would even bake you a cake to welcome you into the neighbourhood. As for the Chinese, cakap pun geram!!!! Thank god where I am living, only a few Chinese and they keep to themselves but still manage to cari pasal with neighbours!!

    I did not want to say it out loud…but I feel exactly the same way – but mostly those with little education or went to “those schools”…or is it just the culture? But I’m nice leh? Hehehehehehe!!!! Perhaps it’s the home background and upbringing. Oh? It’s the hot weather, eh? Last year was very wet and the tree flourished (or was it the year before) – sprouted new branches, nice green leaves…but no fruits. Tsk! Tsk! So big or small, no complaints lah! As long as there are fruits…

  18. Rambutan!!! My favourite and my boys too. Now when they saw it at market, they will said i want rambutan!!

    Maybe one day should ask my hub go to his “farm house” and bring some back !!

    Haiyar…the day before your mum leaves for KL, I would be in KL… Otherwise, I could pluck some and put in a box to send to you….

  19. I love rambutan, be it’s yellow or red type. I hate those which the flesh stick to the seed….tarak syiok at all..LOL!! Oooo….i saw the plastic chair..not bad ehh, the fella still leave the chair there for future convenience.

    I think my missus have plucked most of those near the fence…and this morning I saw several chairs all stacked on one another to make it higher. I wonder if they’ve been climbing over when we’re not home… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  20. your neighbours should count themselves lucky to have rambutans fresh from the tree. Sometimes, all it takes is just a bit of giving and taking and understanding.

    Yalor…a little bit of neighbourliness wouldn’t harm anybody. I guess some people are simply not very social… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  21. haha….how come the thief did not clear away the evidence after ‘stealing’. Ya, I would be happy if that person would ask for permission. I remembered my mum used to cut pandan leaves from neighbourhood. She will ask for permission before cutting.

    Ya…I’ve got lots of pandan. If anybody wants, I would willingly cut for them. And curry leaves, serai too…

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