Growing up in Malaysia, a country blessed with a wide range of tropical fruits makes me a happy fruit lover 🐵. I love all of the seasonal and non-seasonal fruits available all year round in my beloved home country, for instance guava, papaya, mangosteen, cempedak, rose apple, langsat, rambutan, ciku (sapodilla), starfruit, nangka (jackfruit), mango… just to name a few. Out of those mouth watering fruits, I love durian the most. I describe myself as a Durian Ghost, of which I would die for durian 👻👻👻. Hahahaha!
After I join my current institute in Japan to pursue my PhD, I’ve missed the seasons of durian since 2015. Conducting research on living specimens is a pain, I am constrained in order to maintain them. It is a mental torture to watch your family and friends sharing photos of durians to you, but you can’t put your hands on them, lick them and swallow them. Sigh…. such a sacrifice for a Permanent Head Damage. LOL!!!
Now, durian is in season again. My brother sent me photos of durian stall full of durians, and my friends are telling me how great the durians are. Arrrrgggghhhh…. 😲😖😫😭
I lean over on my desk after reading their texts (expressing my powerlessness 😩): “Awwwwwhhhhh…. I miss Malaysia…..” I was working on my data analysis full of passion a moment before. ← DIDMS (Durian-induced drastic mood swing 😝).
Le Supervisor is concerned, he turns over to me: “What happened Angelyn?”
Me, depressed: “What what happened? 😒”
“You usually don’t say you miss Malaysia. I have never heard you saying that before.” Yes, it’s my first time to say that 😔.
“Haish… look! *showing him my phone chat with photos of durians* Durian is in season now, I really miss durian….. 😖”, sound like a pity girl 😀.
“Ahhhh, poor you. I don’t miss durian, but I miss mangosteen.” Once I brought him for nice mangosteen when he visited me, and he loved it 👍.
“Durian and mangosteen are in the same season. Durian is the king of fruits 👑, and mangosteen is the queen 👸. Wahhhhhhhh!!!! I really NEED to eat durians!!!!”
That triggers his empathy (haha!): “Angelyn, let’s just go to Malaysia! 😎”
“When??? When??? When??? 😍”
“This weekend, we go secretly. You eat durians and I eat mangosteens, then we come back by Monday. ✌”
Excited me: “Ok, let’s book the flight tickets now!!! 💪”
Ticket price for 2-way as of today is MYR 3,194 (JPY 83,350)/pax.
Imagine I eat 10 kg of durian in the weekend, each kg will cost me over MYR 300, hmmmm…. Once I had a very expensive durian, it was MYR 150/kg. Now this is more than double the price, I might as well order a courier and it is still cheaper. 😐 No, sensei, your proposal is rejected. Please save the money for other high-end food. 😝
Awwwwwhhhhh, durian, I miss you….. *cry in Malaysian 😭*