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421. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Thank you, Steff! What a gorgeous postcard of Madrid - I love those sepia pictures. And we had a fantastic time in Montreal; head on over to the Montreal Meet-Up thread to read all our gushing.

Will be sending something your way very soon!

422. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

What is a rambutan and can you describe the flavor???? They look like very small, brightly colored durians. I didn't see any in the Asian market in Montreal. Info! I need info!!!

Hey Isa, when you come to SE Asia, you should try both fruits! Rambutan is small "hairy" fruit. Actually "rambut" means "hair", it's a "hairy" fruit indeed. Hien, sorry if I answered how it really looks to Isa. I couldn't help imagine her touching it for the first time But about the taste I'll leave it to you

Isa, I wonder if you've tasted durian...

423. Posted by zags (Respected Member 370 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

Hows bird flu in Indonesia now?

Well it's not good, Lee... It's like a human-made virus that's released on purpose :( For a while I have felt safe to eat chicken, now I don't.

424. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Quoting zags

Quoting mahmud

Zags, I sent you a postcard yesterday. Please acknowledge after receipt of the same.

OK. I've sent you a postcard like a week or two ago, together with one for Lee - he's got it already, how about you? Have you got it?


Sorry! I alraedy received it couple of days ago.

425. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 11y

Quoting Isadora

THANK YOU HIEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We got a post card with a picture of a roadside stand selling durians and rambutans!!!

What is a rambutan and can you describe the flavor???? They look like very small, brightly colored durians. I didn't see any in the Asian market in Montreal. Info! I need info!!!

Like durian, rambutan (pronounced rum-boo-tun) is also a tropical fruit. It is native to Malaysia and is cultivated throughout South-East Asia.

You might not be able to see it clearly in the postcard, it's an oblong ball almost the size of a squash ball with hairs about half an inch long standing. The size of a rambutan and its hair length depend on the species or clone. They are generally red in colour, but there are also greenish yellow rambutans, just like how you have red flesh and yellow flesh watermelons. :)

To eat it, you just twist it with both your hands, and the thin skin (about 3-4mm thick) will break open. Within is the white, translucent, juicy, a little acidic, and sweet flesh. Of course, there's a seed in it. :)

Read more of it here:

426. Posted by galka_mak (Full Member 169 posts) 11y

Hi all! I've returned from my trip to Egypt and found the pile of postcards waiting for me in my mailbox!!! Thank you!!! They're all so lovely! I'm so happy!!!
Thank you Lee for the beautiful view of Borneo - it's perfect!
Thank you Hien for the night view of sultan's building which is very nice and interesting for me!
Thanks Tina! Those many-coloured homes are so cute! I like to paint something in my house - walls, furniture- so I really adore those people hobby! You should go and see it :) It must be wonderful!
THank you Beerman and Isa! Your postcards are always interesting and give me wonderful impressions of the USA. Now I have nice view of dam on Missisipi river!
And the very special thanks to Lance for the perfect view of Grand Canyon and especially for that funny card with the Redneck's letter! That's hilarious! We were laughing all yesterday evening by the whole family! Really funny! I think I'll scan it or just quote on this site to give everybody chance to laught with us mrgreen:
I've collected some postcards in Egypt which I'll send to all of you along with some more cards from Ukraine. I'm really sorry i haven't sent them from Egypt - but I haven't found any post office there ! And the stamps offered to me in the hotel and by some merchants on the streets were absolutely of the different value and type! I felt myself like an idiot but was really afraid that I'll send all cards to the nearest waste-bin if i use those stamps

427. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Thank you Lee for the beautiful view of Borneo - it's perfect!

Glad to know you like the card! I also have yours shown to my students as not many of them realise where Ukraine suppose to be...teenagers nowadays are undeniably poor in a sense of histroy and geography altho they are good capitalists...hehehe.

And this morning, I received a nice hand-writing one from Steff!!! Glad knowing you are doing fine there and thanks for your wishes and support - sure, I will go!

and to my dear wouterr, I almost fell fainted the moment I got yours. The postman handed yours over to me and asked, "I thought it supposed to be a postcard but in fact, it's a letter...(hahaha, he doesn't what is inside of it, it's a great treasure...) Thanks! Wouterr and send my regards to your family too.

428. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

and I like the stamp with the picture of Anne-Frank!!! Thanks, got my taste perfectly! Bravo!

Too excited as I am dancing with my princess along Swan Lake...

429. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting zags

Isa, I wonder if you've tasted durian...

Yes Zindy - we have tried durian... I bought one at a small market in Chicago's Chinatown. We opened it (though not quite in the correct fashion, but close) just to find that it had begun to ferment. Eating a durian that has decided to turn bad - not a pleasant experience. But, some of the flesh still attached to a seed was sweet and I can imagine how a perfectly ripe one would taste now. I had a series of step-by-step pix of the beheading and dissection in my photo gallery, but had to remove them to make room for other pix. (It was before the increase in gallery space took affect.)

Thank you for the links Hien! I guess the fruit is "sweet", since that's the only description everyone gives for the flavor. That also tells me that the rambutan doesn't taste like anything else (like bananas, strawberries, durian, etc). The next time I am in Chinatown or at a Whole Foods store, I will look for rambutans!!! Also, thanks for the pronounciation - I was saying it correctly - woohoo!

Galina - you are welcome!! More on their way to you soon!!!

430. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Isa, if you chanced to get rambutans, you can store the flesh (together with the seeds) in the fridge. Rambutans are especially delicious when mixing with other fruits (example: fruits salad, of course get the seeds off before yous serve them).

But do not simply eat those rambutans when you got the bad cough! Rambutans make you cough even worse!

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