Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Mango snatchers

Last month, I asked "what is this uncle doing"?


atrophy said: poking my ass - wrong
gi said: plucking fruits - Correct!

The geriatric pole vault

One evening when i looked out the kitchen window, I saw a group of uncles prodding the tree, what a curious sight. I thought someone's underpants or bra had fallen from their flat and got caught in the trees. But i soon found out that they were robbing the tree of it's fruits!!! The tree was full of Green mangoes. And so I ran to the room to grab my camera...

prod prod

The spirit of teamwork

The fruits are "harvested" by collecting them in a cut open soft drink bottle and lowered to the ground, how ingenious

Guarding the loot. I did a count from where I was standing and I think they ended with about 15 or more mangoes by the end of the day

The mango snatching team hard at work

It all ended before the sun set, they gathered at the table for a smoke, divided the stash and parted ways. Job done.

Too bad they don't have durian tress growing down stairs...


At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Siew Yin said...

wah.. where they get such a longgg pole... must be neck-breaking effort for one person to pluck those mangoes. no wonder they need a back up team.. haha.. ^_^

luv green sour mangoes!! they taste great with the black soya sauce & chili ;p whenever, i went to johor, sure must buy one packet!!!

hey, grab 1 mango next time and try! slurp..

At 6:20 PM, Anonymous sesame said...

I think what they're doing might be illegal if the tree is grown by the government.

At 6:37 PM, Blogger The Facetious Cap'n Intrepid said...

I've tried those before... Had to jump up and down to get them too. They taste pretty disgusting actually. Threw them away after one bite.

At 8:31 PM, Blogger Beng said...

I was in the school's gardening team before and I remembered that these green mangoes are mostly sour and full of fibre that is difficult to extract by the body. Guess it's just not worth the effort when the supermarkets are selling cheap mangoes that are large and sweet.

At 9:48 PM, Blogger yk said...

You might be surprised how tasty they could be. There was a mango tree outside my old house and it rained mangos during the season. Well sweet is not exactly how they were but unique nonetheless.

And yah it could be illegal but I suppose not much harm being done, the police will just close an eye.

At 1:40 AM, Blogger tscd said...

It's nice to see them working as a team. Look how happy and excited they are!

At 4:55 AM, Blogger Paddy Tan said...

Talk about team work huh? BTW, your photos are very color vibrant.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger lisette said...

nice nice!

hey - wondering if you interested to go caroling this year again. leave me a msg.

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Alvin said...

no harm wat? mangoes will rot anyway if no one pluck them.

i think police have better things to do than chase uncles away from mango trees :-P

At 6:48 PM, Blogger siyang said...

siew yin: they connected a few bamboo poles, its a syndicate i tell u.. hahah it sounds good, but i don;t think i've tried green ones.. to me, mangoes are supposed to be orangey with a bit of green..

sesame: in that case its most probably illegal because it's in between two HDB blocks.. but if they dont go and sell the fruits then i dont think anyone will go after them

intrepid: hahahha rotten.. maybe u need the skill and experience the uncles have to select the GOOD ones..

beng: GARDENING TEAM! i remember one incident in my childhood, we went to pick some guavas from the road side but they turned out inedible.. tink got worms or something... can't remember

yk: hmm we're pretty divided here.. so far some say it's nice... some say it's terrible

tscd: it is nice, true Singapore spirit.. working together..

paddy tan: why, thank u... :) but the photos are a little shaky cos of the high usage of zoom

lisette: cool.. i'll let u know later :) i actually joined a choir last year called 'SoundsEasy'

At 7:07 PM, Blogger siyang said...

alvin: it would be a sight to see the police rounding up these ah-pehs in hand cuffs.. haha

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Atrophy said...

Funny pics. Send them to TODAY!

At 11:29 AM, Blogger siyang said...

thanks dude.. why send them to TODAY... when we have TOMORROW! :)

At 5:42 AM, Blogger soundbar said...

thats a hell lot of mangoes uncle's fetched!
by the way nice shots, as usual :)

At 6:34 AM, Anonymous bahgae said...

My neighbourhood has also alot of mango trees,
but pple from RC pluck the mangoes and come to each house to distribute to us...

At 9:10 AM, Blogger siyang said...

soundbar: yes a hell lot, next time must ask them for some, never tried green mangoes.. haha thanks.. :)

bahgae: wah so good meh?...not for my block leh, somemore the RC is just downstairs.. gonna complain to my mp


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