Kenneth Khoo
Tropical Spice Garden
Penang, Malaysia

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I see myself as a minnow in a pond of experts but I must say, along with my quest to grow Victoria at Tropical Spice Garden, I have learnt a lot.

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I was born and raised in Penang, Malaysia. I had my tertiary education in Missouri, USA, where i studied chemistry and biology. On my return to Malaysia I worked in a manufacturing facility producing insecticides for about 10 years. There has always been a conflict within me to do something that I love but doesn't pay or to do something that pays the bills. After about 10 years I finally gathered my courage and said, "Forget it! There's more to life than being cooped up in the sewer plant".

I am an outdoorsy person. I love to hike, run, bike, and there has always been a strong connection with the jungle. Being on an island with the tropical rain forest literally 15 minutes away from home in any direction helps a lot. This love of mine has been inculcated from a very young age through many hikes and camping trips with my friends.    

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When I found an opening for a job at the Tropical Fruit Farm, located on the hills in the north-western part of Penang, back in 1999, I jumped on the opportunity. It was from there that I started to learn about plants, mainly fruit trees, and everything that I knew was pretty much self-taught. The tenure lasted for about seven years. My job at the Tropical Spice Garden came at the right time for me because, after seven years, I was ready to move on to something new. And this is where I have been since 2005.  

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