Two of my Foochow cousins (brothers) married two Hailam sisters in Miri more than 40 years ago. They had come to Miri to seek their fortune and found jobs as teachers in a Chinese primary school. As children who grew up during the Japanese occupation they were the "missed generation" i.e. those who missed out some years of education and suffered the pains inflicted by war.
Thus in spite of the fact that they are grandchildren of a prominent pioneering family of Sibu they had come to Miri with empty hands and only the proverbial shirt on their back. Being good people they were blessed by God with good families and happiness and they looked after their excellent mother until she died at a ripe age of almost 100 years old.
While we lived very separate lives I made friends with a very amazing lady. And as you have guessed. Yes after some time we found out we had some Foochow Connection. What a small world. She is none other than one of the nieces of the wives. My friend Choon has very green fingers. Everything she tries to grow thrives. And we have been exchanging plants ever since. She was brought up in the famous Hainan Village of Miri which is now disappearing. And she has inherited the fantastic expertise of market gardening from her parents and grandparents.
Here is a series of photos which illustrate her dragon fruits which are just grown from two pots in her front yard. (BTW she grows other fruits and vegetables too and is rather self sufficient in vegetables.)
The dragon fruits are the sweetest I have ever eaten as they ripen on the tree (oops - cactus) She has already harvested 40 succulent and sweet fruits. During the hazy days like ours now one can only think cheerfully of eating juicy fruits like these...See the slice below! So tempting. Thanks to Ah Choon.
See the beauties for yourself!!