One thing is certain, Malaysians sure love their durians. So it was no surprise that everyone at the HCK Group were delighted when we received news that a Durian Party would be held on the evening of July 10.
We first got wind of the party when Senior HR Manager Eileen Liew sent the invitations via email several days earlier. The many durian lovers among us were thrilled and proceeded to mark the date down on their calendars.
It is rather sad though, that like other offices in Malaysia, the durian is considered persona non grata within the confines of Wisma HCK due to the detrimental effects its scent would have on the central air-conditioning system.
It must be said, however, that there has been the rare occasion when a durian cake did manage to make its way in as part of a birthday celebration and was promptly eaten up, much to the delight of the resident durian lovers here.
On the day of the party, the air of anticipation grew as the evening drew nearer. Certain durian lovers were spotted huddled in groups discussing their much beloved topic – durians and how many they would enjoy this evening. Even a last minute change in venue, from the rooftop to the carpark, did not dampen their spirits.
There was durian to be had, and nothing – not blood pressure nor sugar levels – was going to deter them from paying homage to the spiky King of Fruits. And at 6.30pm, the party began in earnest as they all adjourned to the much-awaited Durian Feast!
Although durian was the highlight of the evening, there were also rambutans and mangosteens available. These two fruits are said to complement the heavy creamy durian due to their light and refreshing tastes.
So how did the durian feast go? As the saying goes, a picture says a thousand words, so we’ll let the photos of the feast tell the story.
We at the HCK Group and its subsidiaries would like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims and Malaysians Selamat Hari Raya, maaf zahir dan batin!