5 Durian Facts! Received from Malaysia

This one deserves a post all its own. It’s not just because I love the front, featuring a fruit seller surrounded by beautiful rambutan and durian, but it’s the backside of the card that ends up distinguishing this. The sender, someone in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia who tagged me in a Postcrossing Forum thread, wrote 5 DURIAN FACTS for me:

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  1. Malaysians love the “Musang King.”
  2. Durian BURGERS are popular here.
  3. Malaysia alone has almost 2 million durian trees.
  4. Rocketing demand in China is causing shortages and price spikes.
  5. In reference to this, a minister recently pledged “never to durian-starve the people.”

I did not know that! Here are more durian facts.

It was nice that the day I got this postcard, I ened up at an ice cream shop where I enjoyed some delicious durian ice cream. I want more right now!

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Please Help Me Identify This Fruit! 3 from Indonesia

Wow–3 cards from Indonesia this week, and 2 of them in one day!

One is via regular Postcrossing card, another a Postcrossing Forum USA-Asia tag, and a third is a direct send that originated through the forums.

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Let’s start with that fruit, though, okay?  It came from my new postcard pal in Bekasi (near Jakarta), and she says of the fruit, “we call it buah tinah here.  I don’t know its name in English or in Latin. That fruit is small and very sweet.”

I had very bad luck in my web searches trying to find this fruit, or a photo of it.  I tried several different variations on the name & where it grows, and at one point I ended up with an entire search field full of photos of figs.  CAN YOU HELP ME?  Do YOU know what this is?  I’d really like to know more, and see photos of the inside.

Clearly I need to go to Indonesia so I can try it.

On to the map card.  It’s the regular Postcrossing draw, and it came from an English teacher in Jakarta, who says, “I encourage my students to join Postcrossing so they can practice their English.  I’m hoping to visit USA one day and have a road trip visiting my friends living there.”

Students practicing their English–what a coincidence:  the third card, also from Jakarta, comes from a 15-year-old (who, by the way, has just about the neatest printing I’ve ever seen in my time postcarding) who tells me, “I’m new to Postcrossing and I’m enjoying this activity so much.  This activity of course will help me improve my English skill.”

This made me wonder whether he is a student of the teacher who wrote to me.  In e-correspondence, he said he is not.

He also, on his card, wrote about the hotel depicted: “Preanger Hotel is a luxury hotel for high-class people.  The luxury renowned since Dutch-East Indies colonial era and is still hold its status as the most luxury hotel of its era.” 

I might tell him that “rich” does not equal “high class.”

Stamps, postmarks, & washi tape: three cards from the same country, 7 stamps total–and every single one of them is different!  I love every single one of these stamps.  Isn’t scanning great?  It means we can see all the great detail here, enlarged for ease of viewing.

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I love mynah birds.

Received from Belarus & Germany

More hot Postcrossing action:

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The beautiful, juicy orange card came to me from Belarus, from someone who describes herself as a newspaper journalist who usually writes about the cultural life of her region.  She says she really loves her work–which I say is a wonderful thing!

That fishy card comes to me from Germany, from a Postcrosser who tells me she is a granny with two grandchildren.  I had a hard time deciphering most of her writing, but I think she also told me she lives in the mountains with her turtle.  Which could be code.

Stamps, postmarks, & stuff:

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