Durian gets a makeover


Malaysian man shaves durian
Image adapted from:
@intndzulkapri

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, many Malaysians are scrambling for fun and unique date ideas to show appreciation for their significant other during this special day.

And while there are plenty of fun things to do this February for that, we’ve all been one-upped in unconventional ideas by this Malaysian man who shaved the thorns off a durian to protect his wife from this spiky fruit that we all love.


Dad gifts his wife with a shaved durian


In a tweet posted on 2nd February 2020, Malaysian Twitter user Tan – whose Twitter handle is @intndzulkapri – shared the sweet and peculiar story of her dad and what he used to do for her mom when he was courting her. 

Malaysian man shaves durian
Image adapted from: @intndzulkapri

The tweet, which has since gained over 22.6k retweets and 27.3k likes, can be translated from Malay to English as the following: 

“My mom said that when my dad was courting her, he used to buy durians for her and cut off the thorns beforehand because he was scared that she would get injured by it. But when he showed her these durians without thorns, she was afraid to eat it because she didn’t know what kind of fruit it was”.


Durian, or new species of fruit?


Malaysian man shaves durian
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@herbsencyclopedia

If you don’t already know what a durian looks like, it usually has spiky thorns on its hard shell that protects innocent bystanders from its pungent smell. Which is why Tan’s dad took his time to shave it off, as it is known to prick those who don’t know how to handle it. 

Malaysian man shaves durian
Image credit:
@intndzulkapri

But his sweet gesture for his wife sees a dethroned King of the Fruits – transforming its looks from its usual fierce, thorny self to an innocent melon-like fruit with a smooth surface. 

Malaysian man shaves durian
Image credit:
@intndzulkapri


Setting the bar high for all men


Malaysian man shaves durian
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@digitalkai

Netizens were quick to gather around the fallen fruit, with memes and a flurry of reactions filling the comment thread under Tan’s tweet. Most commended his unique display of thoughtfulness, with Twitter user @fructosefarah commenting, “Her dad sets the bar so high yall men cant even reach”.

Malaysian man shaves durian
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@fructosefarah

Another Twitter user added that she wouldn’t mind being given a shaven durian, saying: “First time I’m hearing about durians without thorns. If a guy legit brought me durian without thorns, I wouldn’t know but still eat it because why not”.

Malaysian man shaves durian
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@helpmeimskek

Others were just impressed with his efforts to tackle the thorny fruit – which is hard to cut open to begin with – with @xrmino commenting, “The efforts of the older generation is on another level”.

Malaysian man shaves durian
Image adapted from:
@xrmino 

And @zapurrr even wants to “reuse and recycle” his thoughtful act – which will also come in handy for those who end up running out of time for Valentine’s Day gift ideas. 

Malaysian man shaves durian
@zapurrr’s tweet can be translated to: “What a cute gesture!!! Can I reuse and recycle?”
Image adapted from: @zapurrr


Durian gets shaved in sweet gesture


It’s often the smallest gestures shown that leave us thankful for those around us. So we were touched to see this small, yet thoughtful, act that Tan’s dad showed to her mom to keep her from getting injured. And we’re also more than inspired by the older generation’s creativity with showing acts of love for Valentine’s Day. 

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