27 Feb

Who crowned Durian the ‘King of fruits’? Was it Mandate of Heaven or legitimacy of rulers? What is the criteria to be King anyway?

My best guess is that its smell announces its arrival just like any King who’s arrival is announced by a servant.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m Southest Asian and I love Durian. Most Southeast Asian do. Which is why it’s funny to see Fear Factor contestants tested with Durians. The only fear there is for a Southeast Asian, is that there’s no D24.

My point is, do you know how much Singapore love Durians?

You know how Singapore is know as a ‘fine’ city because whatever you do, there’s a chance of getting fined. Though the butt of that joke, Singapore has pride itself as a green city with fantastic infrastructure and good standard of living. We try to make things in public as clean as possible and as bearable as possible which means, Durian is out in public transportation because of it’s smell.

You can’t do quite a few things on Singapore public transportation.

  1. You can’t bring, let alone have Food & Beverages on board. In case you bring something that smells or you mess up the place.
  2. You can’t smoke.
  3. You can’t bring flammable goods on board.
  4. You can bring a big baggy black bag and act all suspicious. Most importantly, you better not leave it behind. I can guarantee if you do, accidently or not, they will hunt you down.

All these constitute a fine. Number 4 gets you in big trouble, worse than cash with wings I guarantee. Anyway here’s a clearer picture and why I think Singapore Government knows the people love their Durian.

Smoking gets you a fine of 1 grand. Food & Beverage gets you half a grand poorer and flammable gas is like Sonic the Hedgehog touching one of those bad guys and lots of money fall out of his pocket. Don’t worry, leaving a big black bag behind is deterred with never ending replay of anti-terrorism advertising.

Durian? If you bring durians on board. Speechless. No fine! Now that’s how much Singaporean’s love their durian and you bet the Government knows it.

Have a great weekend!



4 Responses to “Durians”

  1. Balqis March 6, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    LOL…such a cool explanation about the king of fruits! It’s logical to say its smell announces the arrival of the majesty! Hehehe

    We, Asians, can’t resist durians though it’s said to have pungent smell. But the taste is superb!

    • Baldwin Ng March 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

      Hey Balqis! How are you? Yea definitely man. I’m craving for it but it ain’t the season yet I think.

  2. Essie Nasher February 27, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    bravo baldwin!
    who knew that such an…er…aromatic fruit would be so loved that even the government can’t kill that love lol (^.^)

    • Baldwin Ng March 10, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      Haha! Thanks Essie. Have you tried it yourself? You should! It’s a must try, whether you enjoy it or not… we’ll leave that for later. Hah. Cheers!

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