Last weekend, I brought my family for a unique outing, local fruit picking in Labi. It was a fruit orchard, about 2 acres in Kampung Labi, owned by my wife's brother in law's grandma. The place is quiet, calm and the air was very clean.
The experience was an eye opener for me, my wife and especially our kids, as only then we got to know how durian and membangan trees look like, and how beautiful the durian flowers are.
We set out from home at quarter past 6, arriving in Labi at half seven. Labi is located 43km inland from Kampung Sungai Liang, itself about 40km from our hometown Kuala Belait.
The drive to Sungai Liang is quite fast, a combination of flat and straight single and dual carriageways, however the drive from Sungai Liang to Labi involve lots of twisty roads overlooking steep slopes! It was personally a nostalgic drive though, as I used to frequent this route when I was young up to my early teens, as my grandad whom I grew up with, frequently drove up to meet up with his brother in Rampayoh, not far from Labi.
I do hope you enjoy the pics here, and for more photos, you can visit my facebook album.
Labi is 43km from Sungai Liang, and 11km further down the road would have led us to the Bukit Teraja, one of the highest points in Brunei
We first stop at a Rambutan orchard owned by my mother in law's friend.
This is what the locals would call tibadak or in standard Malay, cempedak. I didn't know the fruits grow like this, on the tree trunks
Tibadak fruits on the left. On the right is my wife's brother in law and his mom hugging the tibadak tree. The orchard belongs to her mom, who kindly let us pick the fruits there for free.
On the left is the durian flowers, and on the right is the durian right after it dropped from the tree. All we have to do is stand away from the tree and wait for the 'thud' sound.
the durian flower up close.... nice isn't it. On the right, my wife with our first durian hehe
the durians and the flowers
This is duku fruit, the size is larger than lime but smaller than mandarin oranges. Apparently it is the same family as langsat
Speaking of which, my maid on the left pic climbing up the langsat tree to pick the langsat. She climbed quite high, as she can't even be seen on the photo on the right.
Those rare occasion yours truly stands in front of the lens.
Kids really loving it, picking up the langsat plucked by my maid, and on the right is my makeshift basket
langsat up close
Now this is tampoi
This here is membangan, some say a family of mango. The flesh is so fibrous and sour.
Taking a break, picnic with the kids at the back of my dad's pick up. It is convenient, and has enough storage for our takings... some of which are shown below
On the drive home, we drove slowly enjoying the kampong view.
The house here was built with the assistance of Pusat Dakwah Islamiyah (Islamic Congregation Centre)
This house belongs to the son of the orchard owner whom we visited earlier. He was the former Commander of Royal Brunei Armed Forces, a very powerful position but yet a very quiet and humble person
And this is his fruit stall.
On the left is a multi purpose hall and the right is the fire station
A nice scenery... pity there wasn't enough space on the road shoulder, else I could have taken more pictures (this was taken by my wife whilst I drove)
Two of the few sawmills along the road to Labi
On the left is a landslide on the hill side, whilst the right photo shows the winding road
One of the many fruit stalls along the road, and on the right, damaged road and eeriely looking down a cliff
One of the places I'd like to bring my family to again, the Luagan Lalak or Lalak lake.