Saturday, December 22, 2007

My Favourite Songs

What is life without music. Some time I am so down that I would just walk around with my walkman till 3.00am in the morning. Well in the end good deed always count.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Rambutans for Charity

Rambutans ( 21/07/2007)

Today starting 3.00pm, till tomorrow by noon, all rambutans for sale will be all donated to Ivory Cares by the Kang Family. Ivory Cares, a non profit and charity society will be holding a Food Fair in University Plaza, Jalan Gambier, Penang on the 19th August 2007.
The rambutan charity sale has to start today for they are riped and cannot wait until the day of the official Food Fair.
The sale started today with 900 rambutans sold to the staff at Moonlightbay and Island Resort Project. Tomorrow, the Ivory Cares commitee, headed by Mr Beh will be infront of our house at 10.00am to collect as much as 2,000 plus rambutans depending on our speed to pluck them down from the trees. All these rambutans will be sold to staff who love to eat them. The balance will be sent to the Birch House, Ivory Property Group office on Monday and will be sold to the staff in the early morning.
The amount collected will all be donated to Ivory Cares.

As mentioned earlier during the last post, some durians were also donated to The Salvation Boys' Homes and also to Orphanages. Some of them asked who was the donor, I smiled and mentioned the words -The Kang family.

I will post some pictures of the rambutan event tomorrow!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Durian Collection

Durian season.
(Durian Tang: in Hokkien)

I sent some workers to the orchard on Sunday and started to trim all the wild bushes at the outer areas. There were some durians on the ground. After checking with the neighbouring caretaker, Ah Khoon, the durian season for this time will be late. Luckily for me the trimming work will take a few Sundays ( I am only free on Sunday, no work) On the 5th Sunday, we started to collect a few durians from a particular tree. This tree is named ,Ho wah Chen, as named by my second brother, Phee Ho, when my father was around.
The durian collection were in two sessions, one in the morning 6.45am and and another at 6.00pm. My wife and I would start from our house at 6.45am in the morning and after collecting all the durians we will rush back to the house by 7.45am. We will sort out the big and small ones and then we would to work immediately. The daily collection in the morning was from 20 to 100 during the peak time and in the evening almost 100 no or more for we have all the time to search for them until 7.30pm. My wife will not cook dinner when we go back late. Fortunately, my eldest son, Pei Yi was around due to the semester break. He is presently studying Civil Engineering in Kulim Polytechnic. He helped us to carry all the durians to the car. He commented on the toughness of this work. On one of his rounds, I could not reach home on time due to a meeting and he had to go with my wife and during this time he had to go up to the top of the hill and search among the terrain which had not been trimmed at all. He slipped a few times but was lucky for slight bruises only. Good training for him.
On one of the mornings after having completed collecting the durians back to the car, my wife and I decided to walk back to the end of the Orchard and to our surprise, we saw a guy collecting the balance of durians that we had missed. We shouted at him and he escaped fast into the bushes. When I returned to the orchard in the afternoon I found that he had a secret path among the untrimmed terrain. From now onwards, whenever we heard some movement in the hill, I would shout Leslie ( Name of the dog show on TV) hoping that he would understand my dog was around. Fortunately, we no longer hear the movements anymore.This means that he has left! or could be hiding among the unexplored hill top. My wife feels he can eat whatever he wants there.

A few days later, both of us felt the fatique and tiredness of collecting durians. Just imagine both of us office staff ( not so bad for me for I am in the construction industry) doing this. I would tell my wife to treat it as exercising,twice a day. Our hands started to get rough like those general workers, "Coolie" A few days ago I went to the EPF and was quite worried that the finger print scanner could not detect my thumb but luckily it did. The officer in charge was surprised and even asked what happened to both my thumbs
Tools to open durians

What fun with durians
On one of the nights, I gave some durians to my neigbour and suddenly his dog, rottweiler, snatched his durian and went back to his cage.Luckily, he took the durian back from him without any problem.

Accident in the Orchard
Luckily for me this season, I slipped only twice. Otherwise , I would have to go to the Kung Fu master for a massage. After the massage, I would be back to normal. The pain during the massage was very painful. I had to shout out loudly to during the sessions.
On one occasion, our Toyota LE got stuck in the mud and we managed to get it out.
End of the Durian Season
The number of durians collected for today is down to 20 only. My wife and I are very happy that it is almost finishing and the balance left is only the rambutans.Why do we collect the durians? Well, to give relatives,friends and also to show to the durian thief that we are collecting them and that the durians are not for them. In spite of the our daily presence in the Orchard, they still steal the durians but only those up in the hill.
Donation to the Homes
Last week, we donated some durians to the Salvation Army and also to an orphanage. The question they asked was from whomwere they from. The answer, of course,the Kang Family.
Other fruits
The mangosteen and jackfruits are also available during this season.will post some pictures later.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Roast Pork (Siew Bak)

Roast Pork (Siew Bak)

When I was a small boy, my parents used to buy pork from my neighbour. The pork then varies from oily meat to lean meat as compared to the present feed that gives the pig more lean meat. In the olden days all the pigs were fed with beans, rice, banana stem vegetables and any natural organic vegetables. I remember that we have to burn all of them in a very big pot and have to use a OAR to stir it after it boils. This feed was then given to the pig twice a day. At the end of each feed, we would spread a bit of oats on the food and the pig will swipe clean the bowl striaght away. In the olden days, we ate most parts of the pig even the liver.My eldest brother wrote a letter to my dad informing him that nobody eats the innards of pigs in America. I asked my dad why it and he told me that in the United States all feed for the pig were chemically made. Anyway, one of my favorite dishes was to cook the liver with boiled water. Other than this, my favorite food from the pig was the roast pork which we can buy it from the main market in Tanjong Bungah.
Since I am in town for the Penang Times Square Project, I usually buy the roast pork from a place everybody calls the 7th Street( Chic Teow Lor) in Georgetown. The best part of roast pork sold by this store is the roast rib ( Siew Pi).
The lady who sells this meat is very pretty and is a very good karaoke singer too.One would not guess it from the efficient way she handles the knife.

There are a number of ways of eating the roast pork.

1. Slice the roast pork into smaller pieces.

2. Add them into a bowl of hot mee like Hokkien mee , Curry mee, etc

3. Fry them with chilli padi and soya sauce.

4. Add to mixed vegetable soup (Chai Boey)

5. Fry them with a vegetable,e.g.Kai Lan with red chillies (Thai Dish)

6. Add them to other dishes such as fish head clay pot.
Other than the roast pork ,this store also sells roast chicken and roast duck.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Durian Destroyer

Raider of the Durians
edited 10/06/07


The stem attached to fallen durian

The last two days, around 4.00am in the morning, there was a heavy downpour causing durians to fall. I was very sad to see many durians on the ground when I entered the orchard at 6.45 in the morning that day.

At the top of the hill, there are many trees. These trees create a path for the monkeys to swing their way to the orchard. The monkeys start to pluck the durians and some of them use the durians as leverage to swing from one tree to another. In the olden days, my Uncle has got a license for a shot gun and after a few rounds of warning shots, the monkeys would start to run off into the jungle. We have stopped using the warning shots since they are back in bigger groups and not scared at all. A few years ago, when I was searching for my snorkel in a game shop in Penang road, I came across a bow and arrow hanging on the wall and I asked the salegirls on its usage and the regulations for buying it. Well, the answer was that I had to join the Archery Club to do so. At that moment, an old lady beside me started to talk to me and she mentioned that it was very effective for shooting at monkeys. The way she expressed it told me that it was very good. I went back home after buying the snorkel. I did not buy it but an old story flashed through my mind then.It was Ah Huat, my father's sincere helper who told the story. It happened one day that a very stubborn monkey heard the warning shot but did not run away. We shot it and the monkey died immediately. Unfortunately one of its hands still hanged on the tree. My uncle took aim and after a second shot at the other arm the monkey came falling down on to the ground. I was thinking what would happen if the same incident happens when I use the bow and arrow. I am not a sharp shooter and to bring it down with that bow and arrow would be ridiculous. So I left the shop without further buying the bow and arrow.

:Pong Chu Chiak Durians

Durians eaten by squirrels

Squirrels love to eat durians and there is a saying that if these durians are eaten by them, then these durians should be very good or tasty. Well, for this particular durian tree the durians are partly eaten by squirrels. During my round searching for fallen durians, I threw away a few of them and one day out curiosity I decided to pick one of this type and opened it in the house. Wah Lah!, the other chambers that are not eaten by the squirrels are very very tasty. I quickly went back to the orchard and collected all of them back. At home I packed the balance of these fruits into a tupperware and put them into the fridge. Ha! hopefully my wife did not give these to relatives, "Sea liao"(die lah) " Pi Say"

Wild Boar

There are many wild boars in this orchard and I even showed my sons the foot prints of these animals. They are not dangerous except when in a herd. I had an experience last year when one baby wild boar was still playing in the river when I arrived. I had the shock of my life but it quickly went into the wild undergrowth. Other animals like snakes and caveat cats were also present in the early hours and not hiding in their hide-out.They were surprised to see me too.

Well, I quickly shooed them away and scolded them for being so daring !!!
Wild boars would use their their legs to smash the tip of the durian and then suck all the durians out. I will take a shot if I see one and post in the blog in future.

Thank God that there are no tigers in this orchard. I was informed by my ex staff, Ah Huat that when a tiger eats the durian, it would assemble the durian properly back into one full piece. So when you see one such durian then you know instantly that it must have been eaten by a tiger. This is true because when Ah Huat was a small boy, he was staying in a very remote village and one day his father found a baby tiger which was left by its dead mother. His father took it back and reared it until it was reasonably large. Ah Huat mentioned that it was quite tame and one day he saw how the tiger ate the durian. His father eventually left the tiger back into the jungle. This peculiar way of eating the durian by the tiger was also narrated to me by other people who stayed in Raub, a town in Pahang.
Well, I hope that I will not pick one durian like this type in the Orchard. I will "lau jeao" (urinate) definitely.

Dog on Surveillance

Finding her way around

One day I took my dogs to the orchard and instead of happily following me around they got very curious because they could detect there many animal smell in the place . Rav. kept going into the undergrowth and later came out through another outlet. I was very worried for him because he was not good when handling snakes
Snow,(Baby) was very obedient and was always either beside me or at a distance where I could see her. I hope that he could lead me to the ripe durians one day. He is a guide dog and maybe one day he will perform his role.
With him around I felt very secure.

The Smartest Thief, ( The Human Being)
On one of our rounds picking the durians at the orchard at 6.30am. we were surprised to see the shadow of a human being walking slowly in the back part of the orchard. I was scared at first but after flashing my torchlight at him, he started to walk very fast into the back forest which led to the granite factory, Teik Granite. We started to take home all the durians that he had collected.
Another incident happened when I went into the Orchard at around 12.15pm. ( during my lunch break ) I saw a young man walking in the orchard. I knew that he was working with my former caretaker and I told him that I knew he was there and I decided to show him my PDA. I told him not to come again. He went back with some durians in his hand. There is an old Chinese saying, DO NOT LET YOUR GUESTS GO BACK EMPTY HANDED, "PI SAY" (shy lah)

The next incident was a dangerous one. This happened on the first year I had taken over the orchard. I was on my round in the orchard when I come across two Indonesians walking and searching for durians. I walked over to them and when I looked at one of them, I found that he had placed his hand behind a tree and was hiding something. My suspicion was correct - he was hiding a parang . Well , I politely asked one of them their background and they mentioned a person's name.They told me that they were helping their boss to trim the weeds in his orchard. I told them that their boss was not tendering the orchard that year and hence not to come again. Very happily they showed me how it was done yearly and as usual I gave them some good durians to take back home. Sad to say, I could not employ them part time at all.

For this season, I hope that I would not meet these people again. One good news that was told by my father's good friend during the lunch break was that the thief who stole the durians that time was captured and put in prison for taking drugs. I told him that there are also some who have gone into the orchard with motorcycles. He mentioned only these words, " Ah Ni Tua Tar" (So daring).

Sunday, May 20, 2007


Fruits in the Orchard

Buah Ciku

Very tasty when ripe

Around this time, May, the fruits in the orchard need to be harvested. The fruits are
durians, buah ciku( buah is fruit in English) mangosteen, pomelo and alot of "Gulai Hwa" ( a kind of flower that goes with curries) Below are the pictures showing the process of harvesting buah ciku.

Only one Ciku tree in the Orchard

The Myanmar workers who helped in the harvest were wondering what fruit
these were. Well ,if I ask them to take some back to the site and taste them when they are ripe they would ask for more on the next trip,Hee! hee! The harvest looks good for today but I have to distribute them to elder brother and eldest sister and not to forget the good neighbours who take care of my dogs whenever we are on holiday. Sorry, I cannot give them to my eldest brother and wife,niece and nephew who are in the United States. Well, at least they can see them in this Chiak Beiliao blog website address:

Ooh have to wait for a while for this durian season is a bit late. Here are some pictures on what kind of work have to be carried out during the Fruit Season and this include the process of harvest durian.
For the last 3 Sundays, workers were there trimming the lalang ( bushes) and yesterday they have finally reached the end of the orchard. I have not started on the next tier which will be very tough and will be doing it on weekdays. Why clearing the bushes? Normally, the trees will bear fruits in the May and since we have not been taking of the orchard for the WHOLE YEAR, I might as well do it now. Alway footing out more money than earning at this time as there are alot of monkey and squirrels eating away the fruits and especially the bats who love the Buah Ciku. Not to forget the Wild Boar who normally stamp the durian until they are broken and eat them. The worst are the thieives that always make a trip to the Orchard at this time coming from all directions since we cannot fence up the Orchard. At the end of the season ,very good exercise for me and my wife. Just imagine we have to pick up the durian everyday at 6.30am and return home by 7.30am and after our bath rush to work. This same routine will start at 6.00pm and by the time sun has set, only are we back home. Normally, both of us will loose a few kilo. Just imagine my father has been doing this routine work when he was young.
Sometime when picking durians, it started to rain and while carrying down the durians from the hill top ,I accidently slipped and slided down to the next tier. Very lucky no injury at all.
The worst part was that I have to carry the durians,in the laundry bucket, on my shoulder to the car . How heavy?

Yearly Orchard bushes clearing


There is also one very old and short pamelo tree behind the broken pig sty. The fruit bear are not very sweet and surprising it is still growing very healthily and without fail some pamelo can be seen on it

One Pamelo tree and its fruit

"Gulai Hwa" (The Curry flower)

Friday, May 18, 2007

Teluk Bahang

Teluk Bahang Town
updated 12/06/07

All of us miss the Aunty's homecooked food. Only open during lunch time

Picture 1 and 2. Approaching Teluk Bahang roundabout

Picture 3 and 4. Entering the "End of the World"

Approaching this town, you can see on your left a few food stores ( Photo 1 & 2). An old coffee shop is normally called Kopitiam in Hokkien. It existed since my younger days and also on the left is a Nasi Kandar food stall . Upon reaching the roundabout, we turn into a road on the right and travel into a small lane which lead us to a place normally people call the End of the World. Here you will find alot of seafood restaurants which open only in the night. Our favourite stop for lunch is a small coffee stall operated by a mother (Auntie)and her daughter. All the dishes are home cooked . Well, when I was a small boy , my mum would cook all these dishes ranging from Tao You Ba, Asam prawns, Fried fish, Fried Sotong (small),
etc. Beside it is a fishmonger who sells the fresh local fish. Well ,one of my contractors who was with us at that time would buy pomfret, and tau teh in order to keep them fresh. He would also buy a polyester box and pack it with ice.
After our lunch we proceeded to our job site in Batu Ferringhi
. Sad to say both of us, Jarvin (our Architect) and I had an unfavourable reply from the church beside our project. We had to keep our fingers crossed. When we resolved the hoarding problem at Moonlight Bay, it was almost 12.00 noon and we called in the rest of the staff and ask them where they would like to go for lunch.We agreed on Teluk Bahang's auntie's place.... Good lunch for all of us for we ordered deep fried fresh fish called "Kambong" (the name of a type of fish)and also fried sambal prawns. Very delicious . That was what our Taste Buds told us>

Obeiliao's comments

1.Choose saltwater ocean fish over freshwater fish from streams,river and lakes for they are less polluted.
2. Choose smaller fish over larger fish for smaller fish has lesser years of pollutants.
3. Eat a variety of fish instead of a particular type.
4. Don't eat fish skin for they are prone to deposits of toxic chemical.
5. Farmed fish are less contaminated but they have less Omega 3 than the wild ones.
6. Finally, most studies suggest that eating fish 3 times a weekscan make a tremendous dent in heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases.
7. Some fishes have more cholesterol than others

Can somebody out there tell my good friend "Ong Kia" to take fish for the sake of his heart?

Map of Penang Island



Penang' Food

Coming to this post will be some of the foods of Penang Island.

Ha Mee Pun Ho Chiak
(All foods are delicious)

A conversation in a KL family

Son: Where are we going to this holiday?
Mum: We will go to Langkawi.
Son: It has been a long time and we have not seen Ee Ee( Hokkien : auntie) in Penang for so long. Wondering how is she?
Mum: I will call her tonight and maybe we will go to Penang instead of Langkawi
2nd Son: "Die lah!", I will definetely put on weight when in Penang.
Son: Ee Ee always takes us for food and her favorite words are "Chi Peng Ho Chaik" and E Peng Ho Chiak.
Mum: All of you bring a short elastic pant
Daughter: I will bring my "Peter & Jane"'s story book. The journey will be long ,6 hours?
Mum: Do not worry for we will take the North South Highway
Son: Mum only say 4 hours but she will normally stop in Ipoh or anywhere if there is good food..Better bring a Chu Leng Tua Pants (Elastic pants)
2nd son: Mum, please check with Ee Ee quickly for she and uncle always take their children out to Marine island in Thailand during the holidays. Her son loves to eat Thom Yam Soup and other Thai food.
Mum: OK OK.
Dad: I have to check the car condition before we go to Pe Nan Su ( Penang Island)
The roads have changed so much . Wondering if I can remember them!
Son: Hurrah, Here we come Penang Island.
2nd son: I love to eat Ee Ee's home cooked Laksa
Daughter: Her 2nd son is very good in cooking too. Last trip, he cooked Spaghetti for us and I over heard that he normally cooked for his class at the end of each year. Most of the parents of his schoolmate commented to Ee Ee when she was there one day waiting for his return from pre-NS training in Chung Ling
Dad: You can still remember so many things when it comes to FOOD but not your studies
2nd son: Ah chee ko teoh meh. (Sister got scolded again )
Everybody started to go back to their study tables.Mum went over the phone and started dialling Penang.

Obeilliao's comments

Normally, a common outcome during the holiday ,festive season. social or a weekend food fiestas is OVEREATING.
Watch Out!!