When I think of a tropical island, I think of exotic fruits and tasty tropical beverages. There is nothing like seeing fresh bananas, papayas, and mangoes growing in such abundance to appreciate the tropics. And yes, as tempting as
it is to want to climb up a tree and pick your own fruit… Leave the harvesting to
the professionals, it’s much more convenient (and safe) to stop at a fruit market or roadside stand.
KOTA TANI (CITY FARMERS) SIGN
MANAGER, AZIAN ENTICING ME WITH A DURIAN
In Langkawi, there are quite a few roadside shops that have fruit available, but only recently did this wonderful new market arrive in Kuala Muda on Jalan Kuala Muda.
GREAT VARIETY OF FRUIT
SYAMIRA GREETS VISITORS WITH A SMILE
That particular road is well traveled by many visitors touring Langkawi. It is parallel to the Andaman Sea (near the airport) and was beckoning for a midway stopping area. Well, now the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (FAMA) has D’e Fruit Centre conveniently adjacent to the well traveled road. And I was told that all the produce is grown locally!
PERFECT CAFE BREAK
CHEF ILIAS PREPARING FRUIT PIZZAS!
I was happy to find that not only do they have a great fruit selection, they have
a nice shady café in the back where you can get cold fruit drinks or even fruit pizza! So next time you’re driving past, stop in and say hello to the team. It’s a perfect stopping point on the long road from Pantai Cenang and they’re open 7 days a week until 11pm.
I‘m one of those people that really like to know what’s going on. Especially,
when it gives me a chance to see something new or meet new people. And in
a ‘foreign’ country? Well, that’s pretty much why I’m here in Malaysia. But it
was a bit frustrating in Langkawi, because the one English language source
was inconsistent. Something posted 2 months in advance and never heard
about it again… Sorry, but I need to be reminded!
LANGKAWI FROM THE ANDAMAN SEA
So, I started a Facebook GROUP. This was before I had ever heard the words ‘social media’. The Facebook GROUP, born June 2010 was christened Island Drum of Langkawi. Later affectionately referred to as The Island Drum.
THIS ‘UNCLE’ WELCOMES ALL TO HIS VILLAGE
Where did the name come from? Well, on Fridays I’d hear drum beats in ‘my’ village (AKA kampung) and then announcements of some sort. My Malay language skills are not very good, but it sounded important. Information being passed on through one major source? Is music to my ears!
Ok, so Island Drum of Langkawi slowly grew as more people started using Facebook. They started joining the GROUP and sharing their information. It was a solid community effort! Langkawi is an eclectic Island of interesting locals as well as international ‘visitors’ and although English is not the 1st language, we manage. Information is siphoned through to have a weekly update, This Week In Langkawi.
Of course there’s still missing information, at times, but we do the best we can. For the most part, this little process seems to work. Businesses are also able to SHARE their information without spending a small fortune on advertising. It only takes one person to tell another person, right?