Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Increasing Business Value - Orchard and Farm Visit in Balik Pulau, Penang

Shooting Up From the Valley30+ Year Old Durian Tree
It was time off from the razzmatazz. Skipped breakfast to get some perspective. I wanted to change my thinking channel to a more contemplative one. There is no better place than to be in the midst of nature. An opportunity was presented to us and we need to inspect and then study it.

Humans are being surrounded by time and space. And we are good (and bad) at harnessing (losing) the time and space that each has. I am placing 'good' first as the human race has survived and thrive, that is till now.

Opportunities are time based and missed opportunities are also denominated in time. Space literally is like the physical land. And figuratively speaking it means any resources. In times past we have the great agriculturist and today we have the financial-Warren Buffets and new media-Bill Gates. Each harnessing both the time and space.
Raised road shoulder is reinforced with boulders a scene from the English countryside.
Precious blessed stream flowing through this property.
From the Pesta site in Sg. Nibong it took us 20 minutes to reach the turn-off from the Balik Pulau road. Here it is another 2km of slow maximum 10 degree downhill drive through the one lane macadam and cement road. Then we reached the valley. The land was blessed with a flowing stream. Despite the hot and dry weather the water is flowing. Obviously it is fertile land and we have remnants of very old trees fringing this orchard and farm that is producing veges and fruits. No pesticides and only organic fertilizers were used.

Now what can we do with this big tract of land. Plenty. Time and space have been bestowed on the human race from time immemorial. Space in the form of a tract of land is here. And when enjoined with investors of time there is a potent mixed that may yield results beyond what the piece of land can do. Time must come in the arena of creative ideas, knowledge, management and business acumen.

What will be the 'fruits' when time and space intermingled purposefully? What if the space is harnessed using sustainable practices, without greed and malice? What ifs?My stomach was growling by noon but instead of dimming my mind it only serves to fertilize it. And a dosage of the fruit from the land coming in the form of a young coconut with pandan fragrance refreshed and intensified my thoughts even more.
Durian Trees
Durian TreeYoung coconut with pandan fragrance.
Digging up the soft jelly-like, sweet and smooth meat. Yummy.
Dragon Fruit plant grown and attached to a wooded pillar.
Cucumber Patch
Cucumber Flower
Pineapple already dug in by field rat or squirrel.
Kaffir Lime. Observed the 2 equal segment leaves. Pomelo leaves also has 2 segments but the lower one is much smaller. Leaves used for rendang and curry.
Limau Kasturi. No segment for leaves. Common used for beverage in Malaysia. Barley Lime. Teh-O-Ice-Limau.
BrinjalRound Brinjal
White Brinjal. The yellow one is allowed to ripen for its seeds.
Roselle. Fruit is used for making roselle syrup. Like Ribena.
Wild Orchid
Yam Patch
Centipede. Be careful. Bite is very painful and dangerous. Broomstick place side by side for comparison. I estimated it to be 8 inches in length.


Selba said...

Whoaaaa. so green.... so nice.... except for the centipede, hehehe...

Alex said...

nice, I think this is the first time I seen a white brinjal.. and the plant to make Ribena. I thought Ribena is made using blackcurrant? lol


CUMI & CIKI said...

great shots of the great outdoors.. makes me wanna string up a hammock and catch some Zzzzz's.. ;P

worldwindows said...

Selba... I have seen centipedes inside wine in Vietnam and China. What a potent mixture.

Alex... Roselle is a kind of Hibiscus. The fruit is used to make Roselle Syrup which is like Ribena. Yes you are right Ribena is made from blackcurrant.

CampC... It was a beautiful day and yes a hammock or even a canvas bed will do.

CK Lam said...

Sure is a nice way to spend a day in the outdoors. You don't usually get to drink sweet coconut juice right from the tree on any ordinary day.

New Kid on the Blog said...

shame on me... i've never visited this place...
you're right about the centipede, they are poison!! really really poison.

worldwindows said...

CKLam... Its been a long time drinking coconut juice immediately after plucking it.

NKotB... I like to go round Penang island and Balik Pulau will be a stop for whatever strikes me. Imagine drinking wine that has been soaking centipede for a season!

Life for Beginners said...

So much greenery... it has been a long, long time since I entered the vast HIJAU of our natural heritage...

Time to change that. ;)

worldwindows said...

Taman Negara has the best setting and most amazing esp the canopy walk.