Saturday, May 8, 2010
'Dem Smelly Flowers
I was in Alabang Town Center waiting to be picked up by a friend when I spotted something interesting behind the neighborhood Mc Do outlet. It was a kalumpang tree or Sterculia foetida in bloom. I immediately got curious to check out if indeed the flowers are disgustingly foul-smelling. But at that moment the red inflorescence seemed harmless, not emitting anything malodorous. I was wondering if I was smelling them at the wrong time of the day. People who have smelled them before describes the scent as overpowering, similar to animal excretion. Somehow I was relieved that I did not get to experience the menacing kalumpang reputation, but was disappointed not to confirm if it was indeed true.