Some of my favorite everyday fruits are peaches and strawberries, but in this summer heat, I treated myself to some more tropical fruits to cool off under the shade of trees by the stream – some juicy watermelon, succulent pineapple, and heavenly sweet mangosteen. With mangosteen, mainly native to Southeast Asian, is a bit more rare to find. Luckily I do not have to travel far as Vivian Omizu, creator of Pillows, brought a great collection of mouth-watering fruits, including a basket of mangosteen, into SL for us.
This batch of sweet and tangy mangosteen brings me back to childhood. Growing up in an Asian household, eating fruit was mainly a family event/dessert. Mangos, lychee, longyan were common to snack on, but mangosteen was not common at all for my family. But when we were able to find some ripe assortments from a local vendor, we were in heaven. As simple as something like eating fruit together as a family, though it might seem so uneventful, these times were happy times. Sweetness to satiate the sweet tooth in me, surrounded by the love of family, taking the time to relax and enjoy the intriguing way food is integrated in our culture.
These were happy moments, and now, I reflect upon this as I munch on my mangosteen in serene solitude with the sound of the ocean waves splashing upon the shore nearby, and soothed by the gentle lullaby of the running stream near my cabin on the island. Funny how something as simple as eating some fruit can bring back such potent memories of love and belonging.
[P] Pillows, Beach Picnic: Mango Steen (modified) by Vivian Omizu from the Beach Picnic Gacha set @ SaNaRae
[P] Pillows, Beach Picnic: Water Melon by Vivian Omizu from the Beach Picnic Gacha set @ SaNaRae
[P] Pillows, Beach Picnic: Pineapple by Vivian Omizu from the Beach Picnic Gacha set @ SaNaRae
:::ChicChica::: Watermelonmania #13 RARE by Lilo Denimore from the Watermelonmania Gacha set @ The Gacha Garden
I held my treasured batch of mangosteens in .random.Matter. – Around The World – Bucket Hat [Tropic] by Nikohl Hax from the Around The World Gacha set.