Kea Market

 We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the shadow always follows. Choose a place where you won’t do harm - yes, choose a place where you won’t do very much harm, and stand in it for all you are worth, facing the sunshine. -- E.M. Forster, A Room With a View

i lost count of how many times we visited this market when we were in Cameron. it's lively, full of colors & the smell of steamed corns and ripe strawberries filled the air. the first time we got here, we were walking down from the little hill where our accommodation was, & i struggled choosing some strawberries to snack on for the night - there were too many to choose from. we walked away with a box in my hand that day, and 2 nights later with more boxes - enough to fill up the back seats of our car.

^ sweet potatoes. 

^ we walked further to the end of the market and down the road, we found the Kea Farm.

^ the sweet corns seem to be everyone's favorite, people were stuffing their cars with sacks of these. turns out these corns taste better even when it's eaten raw - sweet and crumbly. we left without any though, i was satisfied with a cup of steamed corns in my hand as we explore the area.

^ locally grown strawberries, sweet & just enough sour to tickle the tastebuds. i'd imagined how they would taste with chilled wine - i wasn't disappointed. 

^ we walked away with a bunch of red carnations & coral-colored roses from this kind lady. she shoved me with an extra stalk or two, she was so happy that we stopped by.

we head back to Kuala Lumpur a few days later with a car full of strawberries & fresh vegetables from this very market. it was hard to leave behind. simple as it is, no one left empty-handed.