First Class For Durians

**Update: Rockstar saw the pic below on the blog, and while he may not know just how expensive a HKD 1,000 durian is in relation to how much they cost in SEA, he does know 1,000 is big... 

Me: Yes, darling that is a thousand-dollar durian.

Rockstar: Wow. Can it fly?

Me: As a matter of fact, it's possible, darling. (Bearing in mind my initial quip below)

Rockstar: Not just any durian! Fly-ing durian! Hee hee hee. 

Me: For that price maybe they can fly their own plane.

Kings: Maybe you can fly after you eat it.

Rockstar: Mum - 

Me: We are not finding out. <giving Kings the eye> But let me offer you a compromise - we'll put the money into a fund for future flying lessons. Lessons are more guaranteed than the easy way out like eating fruit that might fly right?

Flying lessons can join the wait list that includes ice skating lessons, further ski lessons and trumpet lessons (I'm kinda hoping to nudge him toward a saxophone instead :P)


Browsing a supermarket amid the clanging din of Chinese New Year music, I came across a stall that I thought would especially tickle my Southeast Asian readers:

"Are You Atas Enough For Me?"

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and yes these 3 durians have price tags of HKD 731.80, HKD 587 and a whopping HKD 1007.40 respectively. Obviously these durians had their own seats on the plane. And it was probably not in coach/ economy like all us mere mortal schleppers during the holidays...

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About Aileen

I blog about living and raising my son in Hong Kong - where toddlers have entrance interviews, parents keep test score spreadsheets, private school debentures can trade for more than half a million USD. Raising Rockstar's the most important thing I'll ever do. We show our true colors by the choices we make in bringing up our children. My blog is a message to my toddler son, about what the world and his parents are like today - for when he becomes a teenager and knows everything.
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  • Heather Sario

    Woaaaaaa! With that price, can buy ticket from HK to my hometown and get wild durian from jungle – best in the world and pesticide free!!! :)))

    • Aileen

      Yeah boy! I remember the Sabah markets.. 8 years in Sandakan was where I learned to eat Salak…

  • Amelia A

    ho mai god..those are really first class durians! hahahahaha… btw the story about Kings’ boss is so funny. lol!

    The ThreeSixty here in Singapore is pretty expensive as well..but I like the products there too. hehehe

    • Aileen

      Shopping there can make you feel like dem good gourmet cook/ super capable mummy/ atas host or dinner party guest hor? I love 360 too, but buy selectively – if we bot everything from there our weekly grocery bills wud really shoot up 😛 

  • zmun2

    I wonder who would pay that kind of money for durians. Although I am a durian lover myself, I wouldn’t or rather couldn’t afford those durians at that price. 

    • Aileen

      I wouldn’t buy for myself at that price too.. Especially knowing what you can get really good durian for in the various SEA countries… That’s being sold in one of the more “Atas” supermarkets that specialize in hi-quality organic etc produce btw (have also seen pasteurized Malaysian eggs, obviously at a premium and packaged v nicely, but forgot to check out this time round…) I know Hk and Malaysian mums alike here who are very strict about avoiding all produce from the Mainland, especially to feed their kids… You get a lot of reports about dodgy Mainland produce in local papers… It’s probably one reason for the popularity of these premium supermarkets that carry a lot of produce from Australia, NZ  and yes Malaysia etc

      I can imagine someone paying that kind of price for a “thoughtful” gift either to friend, market acquaintance or client, bringing it to dinner party instead of wine, as maybe a “specialty desert,” that kind of thing… Durian can be seen as quite a delicacy…. Tho Kings once had a French boss who loudly declared that anyone bringing durian in to the large (150-odd seater) dealing room would be fired immediately 😀 So they brought him “Smelly Tofu” from Causeway Bay instead… He yelled “WHAT THE F- IS THAT?!!!” at the top of his lungs but it wasn’t like he could fire the entire guffawing team one shot