One of the things I like about this trip is the chance to chat with local small traders. They are an important component of a small town's economy and that role is seldom acknowledged. I asked Yusof the watermelon trader and native of Batang Kali about business at day's end. He said he was breaking even. Yusof, who is 21, started trading when he was 11. Perhaps it is a family tradition as the younger brother who is helping him is now also 11. Small town people are friendly and are happy to chat with out-of-towners. There is one special quality about them that you will notice right away.