One of the first biology encounters we had as primary school kids was the germinating of green beans in a jar — jam jars, Essence of Chicken bottles, etc. Just needed to add water. We were thrilled to see the beans sprouting and growing each day. By the 4th day or so, our sprouts were standing tall and proud.
Our young minds and imagination were all fired up. Mine went further, having read the story about one guy named Jack. I quietly took some more green beans, red beans and soya beans from my mum’s treasure trove in the kitchen and threw them out onto the soil outside my kampong house. Waited and waited,….,but no tall Beanstalk ever came out. Haiz, maybe I used the wrong beans.