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Saturday, August 6, 2011

15 reasons why I hate peeling mangosteens

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Note 2: This post is written in Malaysian English. (bah, I know you wanna say all my posts are)

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Designing a new skin took me 12 hours in a total. WTF. I was at the edge of vomiting blood when some small details didn't seem to appear the exact way I want. Because my CSS knowledge is so fucking limited. But never mind, I have creativity! I did a lot of tricks to compromise!!!

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If you know any remedy please tell me!!!


I officially declare mangosteen as the fruit I dislike.

I know I should be appreciative and eat as m mangosteens as I can before going to the States--no sorry, I'm seriously sick of it now!

Why is peeling (opening?) mangosteens so troublesome huh?!!!

#1 I hate it when I see black ants running inside and outside the plastic bag containing mangosteens.

#2 I hate the ugly rind (skin). So dirty!

#3 I hate it when I try to 'kopek' a mangosteen, I found out it's super duper rock-like hard, doesn't even get dented with my full force on, and I have to use a fork to poke through the rind with several attempts, in the end the flesh is not even edible.

#4 I hate it when I have to press the mangosteen using not-too-much-and-not-too-little-but-ngam-ngam force, because if you press too hard, you might make it squirt/spoil the flesh.

#5 I hate it when I feel happy to see fat juicy white flesh the second I rip apart the rind, then the next second BOOM ants explode out. Then I scream but cannot drop the mangosteen onto the floor, ants crawl onto my hands until I find the trash bin/plastic bag to throw the mangosteen into.

I hate ants as much as I hate cockroaches!!!

#6 I hate it when the mangosteen breaks apart into weird shapes. 80% of the mangosteens I 'process' will become very artistic. I'm very talented.

#7 I hate it when the rind juice taints the flesh. The rind juice is bitter.

#8 I hate it when after kopek-ing some mangosteens, my hands look as if I just committed a murder. Or finished painting a bloody portrait.

Uh oh I just killed some mangosteens! Shall I wash my hands before picking out the flesh to eat?!

#9 I hate it when mangosteens squirt their rind juice onto the floor or my shirt and I wonder if my period comes.

#10 I hate it when I have to take out the flesh carefully so that my fingers don't accidentally squeeze against the inner wall of the rind and make the rind juice leaks into the flesh room.

#11 I hate it when the flesh tastes a little weird. I start wondering whether the ants tasted it before, or the flesh is a little rotten, or it's just tainted by rind juice.

#12 I hate it when the flesh looks a little rotten but I'm not sure. Should I eat or throw away???

#13 I hate it when I see fat juicy flesh looking dented due to my terrible press-open skills.

#14 I hate it when the flesh looks so fat and juicy, I eat with expectation, then turns out 70% of its mass is made up by the seed.

#15 No picture already. What to rant about? Erm, I hate it when I have to eat big bags of mangosteens everyday for one whole week! Just because the last time I tasted it was 3 years ago, and eating durians made my body hot, so I suggested my mom to buy some mangosteens and she bought many mangosteens everyday until I buay tahan and finally told her I grow phobia already.

Okay. My skills suck. You win.

I was once told by a Malaysian teacher about her experience with mangosteens in the angmoh place (USA or UK, I can't remember). She said mangosteen is a type of expensive desserts in high-class restaurants there. o_O

One night, she was dining in a high-class restaurant. The table next to her ordered 3 mangosteens for dessert. The mangosteens were served on a plate with a shiny silvery lid covering them on top, the trained waiter then served the customers by peeling off the rind with a special knife designed to 'open' mangosteens. The peeling process took 5 minutes. Then the customers use forks to pick up the flesh and eat.

My teacher buay tahan looking at their pretentious procedures, so she walked to their table to demonstrate our sakai (uncivilized) but efficient way of 'opening' mangosteens. Press-open. Done.

According to her, the white people were in awe like this :O Then she smiled and bowed and walked back to her seat, feeling like a heroin. Okay I made up the bow part.

I think I actually need the specially-designed knife :/

Cheh saje nak act high-class.

I checked Wikipedia and I didn't see any 'vitamin' under the nutrition column... maybe I didn't read properly. Very late already my brain ain't functioning well. If you care, do some research and tell me in the comments.

"Beginning in 2007 for the first time, fresh mangosteens were sold from speciality produce stores in New York City for as high as $45 per pound..." (Wikipedia)

$45 = RM135.360
1 pound = 0.45359237 kg


I think I can consider bringing some to the States for sale.


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