Today we visited the Tropical Fruit Farm, on the Northwest of the island. Thanks to Mr. Quah for taking time to explain the history of the farm and his unique vision for business. The farm boasts rare tropical and sub-tropical fruits from all over the world. The farm’s purpose is not only to attract tourists, but to educate people about fruit farming and hopefully interest local people in cultivating and thus preserving some of these rare types of fruit. It was a great visit.
The rest of the afternoon was free. Some of us went out to Fort Cornwallis (although not together). The fort was built by Sir Francis Light in 1786, although the original fort was built from palm trees.
Above: Mr. Quah explains the history of the farm with the group. This was one of our most interesting business visits, as is Mr. Quah’s business philosophy: “Go into a business where you have no competition”
Figs. This tree was a big, spreading tree with huge leaves and arching branches. It created a large, shady area. In the searing heat of the day, we didn’t want to leave it.
This is a soursop, native to Central and South America, and parts of Africa.
This is our tour guide for the orchards. We had him last year also, and I still haven’t quite caught his name. He is a funny guy. To hear him explain the health benefits of the various fruits, you get the impression that all you have to do is walk through the orchard every day and eat the fruit and you would nearly be immortal. There is no fruit however, that will protect us from the life-sucking heat.
The views from the hills of the farm were pretty spectacular. You can’t tell, but the group is standing in front of a pretty impressive precipice.
This is St. George’s Church, the oldest Anglican church in Southeast Asia. Although Malaysia is officially a Muslim country, there is freedom of religion.
This is the Queen Victoria Memorial Clocktower, built by a Chinese millionaire in 1897, to commemorate the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. There is another clocktower in Penang, but the Queen Victoria Clocktower is so famous, that the other clocktower is known as, The Other Clocktower.
The statue of Sir Francis Light at the entrance to Fort Cornwallis.
We have a free day tomorrow. I think the group is pretty much just hanging out at the beach, so I don’t know if there will be photos. You’ll just have to check back tomorrow to find out.