When was the last time you saw THIS thing? Those who do remember are probably eager to share a comment or two…
…a British Army Field Phone, dating back to WW II? Well, feast your eyes on these pictures below!
According to the caption of this photo, the man being rammed by a tree trunk (right) is Khoo Way Poon. Perhaps this was a martial-arts demonstration. Do you remember the event? More importantly, do you know Khoo Way Poon?
Car-lovers, can you guess what type of car this is?
Any Alumni from the Malayan Teachers’ College – Brinsford Lodge out there? If you’re reading this, do you recognise these gentlemen? We thank Mohamad Sharizan for the above photograph.
picture courtesy of: Mohamad Sharizan bin Mohd. Supian No, this isn’t a scene from the movie Grease…..neither is this a very young version of John Travolta We just thought of sharing this cute picture with all of you.
Our featured Celebrity was born in Wuhua, Guandong, China. He began as an apprentice in the Menglembu Tin Mines. His hard work eventually paid off when he could afford to run his own tin mines. He was also quite a philanthropist. Among his many good deeds include: Treasurer of Yuk Choy High School, and […]
I’ve visited a few of the cave temples in Ipoh…but I must say I’m stumped with this postcard. Do you recognise which temple it is?
In 1893, an actual Merryweather was ordered from London and delivered to Ipoh. Horse-drawn and manned by Sikhs (under Police supervision), it was capable of pumping up to 600 gallons of water per minute. It was also said to be the fastest vehicle (at that time) in the country! What does a Merryweather look like? Well, […]
This steamboat is ‘powered’ by charcoal. Yes, I kid you not! This brass object is divided into the base, pot and lid. The soup is placed in the pot, which is heated by the charcoal in the base. I’ve never eaten out of one of these…have you?
Ever wondered about the origins of your favourite laundry detergent / soap? Such soaps once came in bars, before the modern powdered and liquid form. Which is why I’d like to draw your attention to the picture above. Recognise this brand? Have any of you used it before?
No, not the dessert craved by chocolate-lovers….rather the type of camera – the Brownie No.2! This one here is a special edition model, made in conjunction with the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Did YOU have any souvenirs from any special occasion?
Calling all you nimble-feet folk! How many of you remember the Celestial Dance Bar?
How many of you remember this game? What about the rules? Care to give us a ‘demonstration’?
No, not our website….but this beautiful icon of Ipoh is said to be turning 100 years old this year! This special heritage building was even mentioned in the Star recently (read the article here).
We have here a postcard from V. Radnell, showing an Indian trader at the wet-market, former Super Kinta. Anyone remember him..or this stall?
These two postcards show a Then and Now view of the famous Hugh Low Bridge, which connects New Town and Old Town in Ipoh. We know such pictures often lead to a debate between preserving the ‘old’ and embracing the ‘new’. However, we’d love to hear your thoughts on this
Here we have the entrance to the Tronoh Mines, all decorated for the National Day celebrations. Have any of you visited this mine?
Ever seen something like this? It’s a collage made from Japanese Occupation stamps! We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for sharing this with us. Incidentally, this souvenir was made by one of Ruth’s late father’s draughtsmen.
We thank Ann Kesselring Hamon for this photo – taken at an alumni gathering of ACS boys. The gentleman in the centre is none other than Ralph Kesselring! According to Ann, this photograph was taken in 1956. Do you recognise some of the faces?
I’m sure you’ve heard of Robin Hotel. Do you know the history behind this place? Looking forward to reading your comments
Believe it or not, this model dates back to the late 1800s. No, we’re NOT pulling your leg Apart from the dust and rust, it’s still functioning….even the little bell rings clearly!
We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for the photograph (below). She told us that her late husband Donald Baxter was rather fond of the game of golf. We believe that the gentleman posing with the golf club is Donald. Now, does anyone recognise the others in the group?
How many of you have heard of Cow & Gate? Apparently it was started by two brothers from Surrey, UK.
….with a tin mine in Tambun! According to our picture-source (Heritage Asia, Feb-Apr 2008), the above mine was opened by Leong Fee in 1902. Leong Fee of course was also the founder of Han Chin Villa (Han Chin Pet Soo). Pssst…despite Han Chin Pet Soo being a gentlemen’s club back then, you can actually visit […]
picture source: Heritage Asia magazine, January-March 2007 The first headquarters of the British in Kinta was Kota Bharu, the lowest landing stage on the Kinta River, and also the river port for the important mining centre of Gopeng. However, Kota Bharu was so malarial that it had to be abandoned, and in 1884 the capital […]
This picture was taken off Heritage Asia magazine, back in 2004. The description reads as: Perak, as in many parts of Malaysia, has a large number of pre-war and colonial shop-houses. Distinctive in their decorative sturdy look with sculpted openings and large columns guarding the shaded five-foot ways, they were the mainstay of retail business […]
“Hassan Abd. Muthalib, Toko Seni and Bapa Animasi, was with SW last August,and he agreed to come back and conduct a workshop on movies in Ipoh. This is also the first workshop conducted by SW and if the response is good,Pak Hassan has agreed to conduct five more, as an extension to the first […]
These bulbs could be used for torchlights, radio panels and bicycle lamps too. I do wonder; were they long-lasting bulbs?
We haven’t had a guessing-game in a while. Does anyone recognise this object? If you do, then perhaps you could also tell us what it was used for…
We featured Van Houten some time ago, and many of you shared your thoughts on it. Today we’d like to know if any of you are familiar with Droste Cocoa – a product by a Dutch company founded in 1863. Was it as famous as Van Houten?
I’m sure many of you are familiar with this gadget…
Ian Horgan is trying to reconnect with a long lost mate, whom he shared a room with back in 1979/1980 in England. Here’s what he wrote: I am writing to you to ask for your help in finding an old room-mate, Alan Tan. I shared a room with Alan back in 1979/80 in a house […]
It’s obvious that the writer of the above article had a good time in Perak recently. We’re glad he and his friends enjoyed themselves. We’re also glad that they visited our Hakka Museum (ref. to the area highlighted in blue). ps: Have YOU visited the Hakka Museum lately? If not, what are you waiting for?
Could this have been one of your well-loved toys as a child? Or, maybe you prefered model aeroplanes? I recall ‘falling in love’ with LEGO, as a child. Before that, my brother and I fought over Hot Wheels toy cars
….when the Royal Ipoh Club celebrated its 100 year anniversary? It wasn’t that long ago – 1995 to be exact. I’m sure some of you members out there remember something….
Looks like a wooden bird, but it’s not quite a wooden bird. This is said to be a tool used in paddy planting. Does anyone here know HOW it’s used? UPDATE: We received this from our reader Ngai, who recently visited the Rice Production Museum in Kedah. Apparently this tool pictured above is known as […]
click to enlarge We thank Steven Kan for the above photograph – showing Form 5 Science 3, of Anderson School, back in the mid 1970s. And just in case some of you can’t recall the names of the people in the above photograph, here are their names:
We thank Ian for sharing these photos with us. Ian Sheldrick used to study at BACS Ipoh from October 1962 – October 1964. The photos he shared with us were taken during the school’s Sports Day. Any BACS Alumni out there? Are you in any of these pictures?
No, I didn’t make that up! Apparently (as stated in good ‘ol Wikipedia), the ‘HP’ in this popular brand actually stands for Houses of Parliament! Just a show of hands – how many of you knew this little trivia?
“Commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood or stainless steel, Chopsticks were first used by the Chinese. This later spread to various parts of the world through cultural influence or through Chinese immigrant communities. How does one use chopsticks? Well, the lower chopstick is stationary, and rests at the base of the thumb, and between the ring […]
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This photograph – from Sybil de ROQUIGNY-IRAGNE – was taken at Kam Loong Restaurant, back in the 1960s. They were celebrating a relative’s 60th birthday! Yes, the Year of the Rooster is upon us…and some of us are already in a party-mood Does anyone have a funny story to share…about something that happened during a […]
Have you heard of this company before – Sharikat Sim Lim (M)? It used to be along Brewster Road (as seen in the picture above). For those who are still staring at this picture in disbelief, yes…Brewster Road used to be a two-way street once…. We thank Chan Kok Keong for the above picture.
…a collector of those Nestle labels? The one we have below had a simple recipe printed on the back. My aunt and I used to collect some of these back then. Then I decided to paste them in an old diary. Do they still print such things today? On a lighter note…were you also a recipe-hoarder?
We thank Pat Price (from Sydney) for this picture. Price was formerly an engineer with Anglo-Oriental. This dredge was said to be in Kampong Gajah, Perak. Perhaps you’re wondering why the dredge buckets are all lined up on the extreme right. Back in 1976, one of the dredge buckets broke; hence, fixing the problem was […]
…that the YMCA Ipoh building used to be along Cockman Street? Check out the pictures below Apparently, this premise later became the home for Lido Cinema. Does anyone remember this building? Here’s a group photo of the YMCA members, taken outside the Cockman Street building.
Here’s a multilingual sign to keep you guys busy…
photo from: Lay Jin Chew Here’s another river scene, from one side of the Hugh Low Bridge. Can you see the wooden bench near the lamp post? I doubt there’s such a thing there today. Even the bridge is different now. But don’t let all the changes discourage you from enjoying this nostalgic photograph.
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I’m sure everyone recognises the gentleman seated in the middle. Yes, he’s none other than Rev Bro Vincent Corkery – of St Michael’s Institution. The photograph was part of a tribute to Bro Vincent, congratulating him on his award (he was conferred the title ‘Dato’ back in 2014). In this same tribute were some of […]
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Looking at this picture (from Lay Jin Chew), I couldn’t help but wonder how much Ipoh’s landscape has changed over the years. Could that bridge (far left) be part of the Hugh Low Bridge, or part of the Birch Bridge? I would also like to draw your attention to the area on the left of […]
Here’s another postcard picture from the early 1900s. Does anyone recognise the bridge? I also see rickshaws in a distance, but no other clues as to WHERE this place is. Could it be the outskirts of Ipoh, if not the town itself?
That’s what it says on the back of this postcard. So, ‘detectives’…can you guess which road, or where this place is? I’ll admit I’m stumped
…when many a shop used doors like these (picture above). Remember them? Reminds me of those saloons in Western movies.
I’ve never heard of such a thing, but apparently it did exist once. I’m talking about paraffin gauze. Any First-Aid experts out there? Perhaps you could share more details about this product. From what I found out, the paraffin prevents the gauze from sticking to the open wound…
Yes, Ipoh streets today are not as quiet as they used to be…as you can see in the picture below (from Lay Jin Chew). Care you make a guess as to WHERE this street is?
Have you seen such a uniquely shaped spoon? I wonder if that little piece jutting out is meant to rest on the rim of the tea cup…
Rather BIG for an egg beater, don’t you think? Or, maybe just to fold egg-whites into the batter..in really large bowls! But I haven’t seen pastry/cake shops use these. What do YOU think?
How many of you remember this guide book? Was it a must-have among students back in the late 1950s / early 1960s?
No, we’re not exposing any celebrity or political scandal Instead, we have here original press photographs from The Telegraph Newspapers Co. Ltd. These photos date back to 1950, during the fight against Communists. Flight Lt. A J De Saville and co-pilot P3 W J Sullivan, flying over Ipoh just before the bombing run A bomb […]
From what we know, these stamps were once famous in Britain (not sure about now though). Did they have something similar here in Malaya back in the 60s and 70s?
How many of you remember Osram light bulbs? Are they still in production? This advertisement came with fuse wires (for 5 Amp and 15 Amp).
We’ve heard from the car lovers, the food lovers, the history buffs too. Now, we’d like to hear from the music lovers…have you ever played the mandolin? The one shown here is said to be from the 1930s.
The photo doesn’t really show this once famous bakery, but you can see the sign on the wall (extreme right). I vaguely remember this bakery, which was a family-run business. One of the daughters (or maybe the grand daughter) was my classmate in primary school. Sadly, we lost touch in later years. I never got […]
Of late, Ipoh old town has been getting increasingly popular — it’s great, but everyone also goes to the same spaces for the same experiences.We know there is plenty to learn of Ipoh old town, many more places and stories to explore and uncover. So we’ll be working with Doodle Malaysia to draw out a […]
We thought we’d tease you all today…with this little artifact. Do you know what this is? Apparently, it’s a ‘modesty cap’ for little boys? Don’t believe us, look at the photo below!
We took this off the 1977 edition of the AMCIAN – the Ave Maria Convent school magazine. This is an aerial view of the school building and the surroundings. We’ve had a lot of feedback from SMI, ACS, NTPS, and even HIJ Convent Alumni over the years…but not much from the Ave Maria Convent girls. […]
On the occasion of HRH’s birthday, DYMM Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah from all of us at:
From what we know, there was a parade in Ipoh town back in 1947 – in support of the Kuomintang. We believe the above picture (from Lay Jin Chew) was taken at the same parade, which ran through the streets of Ipoh. Can anyone guess which street this is? On that note, do you know […]
This sundry shop was once at 40 Jalan Lee Kwee Foh, in Canning Garden. But that was back in the 1960s – 1970s. This shop was later taken over by a book store. Does anyone remember the sundry shop…or even the owner?
May the joy, cheer, mirth and merriment of this divine festival surround you forever. May the happiness, which this Deepavali season brings lasts forever. From all of us at:
Texas Instruments made a line of laptops called “Travel Mate”. The 4000E meets the system requirements for DOS, Windows 3.x and 95, but not Windows 98. According to the manual, it came with 4MB of memory, which could be upgraded to as much as twenty megabytes. (read more here) Could this have been one […]
Imagine this: you’re travelling along a random road in Ipoh, and you encounter a car, a bullock-cart and bicycle moving one behind the other in the opposite lane! It might have been a familiar sight back in the 1960s, but not today. We thank Alan for the above photograph.
They say chocolate is comfort-food. Well, as a chocoholic myself I agree with that statement. It’s either a few pieces broken off a big bar, or even good ‘ol chocolate ice cream. Sometimes, it’s a nice cup of rich, hot cocoa (with some marshmallows, if I can find them at the store!). How do YOU […]
Media Masters will be organising a book sale next week. Check out the poster below. Do mark these dates on your calendar!
Anyone remember this wine merchant from Clare Street? Is this shop still in business?
Shocking but true. While we’re busy building new structures, our heritage sites are paying the price. Some are either ignored or just left to ‘fend’ for themselves. One such place is the famed Tambun Caves which recently fell victim to vandals. As the Star Metro report states: ” The prehistoric cave drawings are still there, […]
This was taken during the 4th AGM of Shaw Organisation’s Employees Welfare Association (Ipoh branch). Do you recognise anyone in the photograph? Were you once part of the Shaw ‘cinema family’? If so, we’d love to hear from you….
Recognise this place? Familiar, right? Perhaps the next two pictures will give you more clues. In case you’re wondering why we put these up, this is just to show you what’s become of those food stalls in the area. They have their very own food court now….and as you can see, the area […]
Some of you may recognise the street. It may or may not be Ipoh…but that’s not important. What we would like to know is, do any of you remember the brand Dutch Baby?
Stuffy noses ‘fear’ this very potent rub….I wonder if their original formula has changed over the years. I recall a recent purchase of a small bottle of Vicks which was made in India. I don’t know what was added to the original formula, as I found the scent was different from the usual bottles […]
Feeling tired? Need a pick-me-up? Take Yeast-Vite! From what we found out, these tablets contained not only caffeine but also Vitamin B1 and B2. Looks like they had Vit.B supplements back then too
Have you used these to write? Perhaps not…maybe your parents or grandparents did? Anyhow, these were what I would call the ‘early pencils’. And of course, you used them on slate boards (not paper, as they were rather costly back then). Incidentally, I looked up ‘slate pencils’ on YouTube…and to my surprise, there were many videos of […]
These look familiar, don’t they? You can always find them during the Nine Emperor Gods festival. What I’d like to know is, what do those Chinese characters printed on the bun mean? Could it be the name of the bakery?
No, I’m not joking! This liniment was once used on horses with stiff shoulders…before humans discovered that it worked on their shoulders too
We don’t go around blowing our own trumpet…but this is something we’re really proud of, and it’s worth shouting out from every roof top in Ipoh town! picture from: Ipoh Guide Thank you for your reviews / comments, which helped us stay within the top page of Trip Advisor – and thus being awarded the […]
No, we’re not selling these! But do any of you remember the time when such souvenirs were popular? I once saw a souvenir plate / saucer (somewhere in my grandfather’s cupboard) with a picture of Prince Charles, Princess Diana and little Prince William (issued at the time of Prince William’s birth). I do wonder if […]
I’ve heard of Maggi and Knorr chicken flavoured stock cubes, but I’ve not heard of Oxo cubes. Have you? What did they taste like? We would like to share the following photo – from Ngai – taken at a store, showing the various Oxo products.
Some call it a tea / wine warmer. What do you think it it? And this is what the detachable inside looks like.
…well, not really But do YOU remember what your examination paper looked like when you were in school? Here’s one from 1928, the English Grammar paper from Cambridge for the Junior Local Exam. What kind of student were you back then: a) the ever-ready student, eager to perform well? b) the one who constantly burnt […]
Did you own a Brownie Reflex? Do you remember the very first camera you owned? If you’re one of those who took up photography as a hobby, we’d love to hear from you too
Everyone had a favourite hairstyle that they stuck to when they were younger….what look did YOU prefer? On that note, do any of you remember Hoong Ying Hair-Waving Saloon?
…a wooden tiffin carrier? Something rare, isn’t it? I wonder what one could put inside…candy perhaps?
The music fans have had quite an interesting discussion on our blog lately. So, we decided to put up this picture – just to see if it jogs any memories I remember having one like this, but a different model. I also remember trying to record songs onto a cassette, and this dual-deck made it […]
How many of you can guess what this is? What was it used for…and perhaps, which year this was from?
Selamat Hari Merdeka ke-59!
Here’s a nice one of happy faces, taken at the Main Convent (HIJ Convent) back in the late 1940s. We thank Marea Smith for sharing this lovely photograph with us. Incidentally, Marea is the girl standing in the back row, third from the right.
Courtesy of: Darren Teh We thank Darren Teh for the above picture. He also shared the following with us via email: I was staying in Greentown then and used to go to a classmate house in Fair Park where we all learn to dance the A Go-Go , The Shake and Off Beat Cha Cha! […]
…even before those smaller Nokias too, THIS was what a hand phone looked like! Yes, it was heavier than a bar of chocolate. No, it didn’t have a tiny camera Do you remember this model?
picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt How many of you remember Rowley Kindergarten? Was it a big school? Do you have pictures from those days? We’d love to hear more…
I don’t know if any of you remember this, but back in 1955 we had a visit from a famous Olympian – Jesse Owen! picture courtesy of: Dato Pu Facing the camera, on the extreme left, is Mr Kandvanam. Next to him is Mr Bulwant Singh. Jesse Owen (winner of 4 gold medals at […]
Convent Girls, do you recall what your classroom looked like? Well, this was a typical classroom at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (or Main Convent) back in the late 1940s / early 1950s. We thank Marea Smith for sharing this nostalgic photograph with us. Looking forward to hearing from any CHIJ Alumni
No, it’s not another racket (or racquet, if you prefer). What do you think it is? STOP PRESS: We thank Ignatius Chiew for sending us these pictures – of a back beater! This object has a rattan handle and round, vinyl ‘ball’ which is stuffed with cotton. The second picture is a […]
No, we’re not kidding….these are actual wooden badminton rackets! Did any of you own one of them?
…about the Darkie evolution? How many of you were (and maybe still are?) faithful consumers of this Hawley & Hazel product?
picture from: Rosemary Palmer Remember the Home Guards? Here we have troop-in-training. The gentleman in white shorts is our donor’s father – M L Bernacchi. I’m sure some of you remember seeing the Home Guards on patrol, especially if you were one of those who lived in the New Villages during the Malayan Emergency.
picture from: Gogan Singh According to our donor, he and his friends were part of the few non-Chinese devotees who took part in the 9 Emperor Gods festival back in 1970. If you remember this particular event, did you meet them at the procession?
Here’s something for the ‘Milo babies’
picture from: Gogan Singh; click to enlarge We know old school photographs are rather popular on our blog. So here’s another one. Were you one of these handsome young men? Or, maybe you recognise a former school mate? We’d love to hear from you!
Mark this date – 20th August 2016 – in your calendars. Be at the Old Andersonian’s Club from 2-5pm to meet the Godfather of the Malaysian film industry!
Remember these? How many of you recall those days at the barbers, while the Indian uncle patiently snipped at your hair?
picture courtesy of: Harchand Can anyone guess where this was taken? Maybe the shops look familiar…was this somewhere in Ipoh? Or could is be in another town in Perak?
Does anyone remember Hung Wang Restaurant? The address says it was along Leong Sin Nam Street…but for the life of me, I can’t seem to place where exactly it was! Perhaps the Foodies might know better
We received this photograph from Harchand (one of our Readers) some time ago. However, we do not know the names of these gentlemen. Do you recognise them? We were told that this photograph was taken somewhere in Perak (where in Perak, we haven’t the faintest idea ). Come on, History-buffs….put those thinking caps on! […]
….that Ovaltine was actually Ovomaltine? And that the name changed because it was spelt wrongly when the trademark was registered? Here’s a extract from Wikipedia: Ovaltine was developed in Berne, Switzerland, where it is known by its original name, Ovomaltine (from ovum, Latin for “egg,” and malt, which were originally its main ingredients). Soon after its invention, the factory […]
From past blog posts, we’ve had Readers sharing their memories about some of the many smaller departmental stores in Ipoh. With the coming of hypermarkets and malls, these small businesses eventually folded. On that note, does anyone remember Angel Departmental Store? Do you remember where it was located?
HIJ Convent girls, this one’s for YOU! Do you remember this badge? Did you have trouble remembering the lyrics of the school song? Do you recall the motto? Come on, girls…we want to hear from you
picture courtesy of: Star Online Lemang Kelamai is said to have originated from Pagar Ruyung, Indonesia. What gives it this lovely shade of brown? Gula Melaka, of course! The other extra ingredient is kerisik (toasted coconut). This variant of Lemang is also quite popular in the villages of Gopeng. Have you tried this variant before? If you […]
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picture courtesy of: Duncan Paterson Look carefully…THIS is how you feed a baby elephant! We thought we’d share this cute picture with all of you this Monday, just to take a break from the monotony.
Sometimes, families make day trips / weekend trips during school holidays and such. I wonder if this how these children found themselves posing next to the canon (picture below). Do you recognise the building in the background? I’m making a wild guess and saying it’s probably part of a museum. But I could be wrong […]
We featured the above picture in a previous blog. Do you know what this looks like today? The pictures below are courtesy of Charlie Choong. Here’s more proof…that with a little hard work and determination (and love for heritage as well!), historical buildings like these CAN be restored (instead of being demolished).
We know you like puzzles and mysteries. So, this picture should intrigue you further. Can you guess the name of the street shown in the picture?
This is said to be the original building of the Batu Gajah Police Station. Our donor, Daljit Singh Guram, told us that his late grandfather is in this very photograph (back row, 11th from the left). Daljit’s late grandfather – Gurcharan Singh Guram – was in the Malaysian Police Force from 1920 to 1945.
This photo was taken in the late 1950s / early 1960s. Yes, it’s none other than the Straits Trading Building, in Ipoh!
photo courtesy of: Duncan Paterson How many of you enjoyed a good game of tug-o-war? I loved the ‘rush’ of pulling the other team over the line…thus winning. The downside would be the rope-burn But it was a fun game all the same.
A few blogs ago, we featured some members of the St John’s Ambulance brigade marching in front of some shop houses. Well, this time…the members seem to be assembling a first aid kit. Do you know who the man in the bow-tie is? For that matter, does anyone recognise the interior of the building?
This was sent to us via email from Ann & Mano. According to them, the owner of this driver’s license was an RAAF personnel, and would have worked on aircrafts almost daily. The Singapore-issued license (1955) is the picture on the left. The picture on the right, however, is a photo of a particular airplane […]
We thank Duncan Paterson for the above photograph. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to tell us where in Ipoh this place is? Do the buildings look familiar? What about the street?
These young men belong to the St John’s Ambulance brigade. Do you recognise them? Or, can you identify the shop houses in the background?
click to enlarge Do you recognise this panorama? Can you guess which part of Ipoh this is? While you’re trying to name the buildings and streets, can you also give us a rough date? We look forward to your comments
Have you ever come across this brand? I’ve never heard of the brand, but the bull dog (in the logo) is similar to the one used by Guinness
picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt Remember these shop houses? Yes, this was Fair Park back in 1938. These shops were Iversen’s designs nonetheless. Sadly, they’re no more
Anyone remember this store? According to the label, Hup Hing Shoe Store was along Laxamana Road. I wonder what happened to the place….
Yes, for those of you who didn’t know…..flour actually came in linen bags in those days! Do you remember those linen flour bags? Did you keep those bags once they were emptied?
I’m sure everyone recognises this lady from Lat’s comics! She’s none other than Mrs Hew. Ever wondered what she looked like back in the day? Check out the picture below, taken from the NTPS Jalan Pasir Puteh 1962 year book. picture courtesy of: Ooi Kean Chye For those who still can’t identify her, look closer […]
Since it’s Teacher’s Day today, we decided to feature a very prominent figure in our education’s history – Aminuddin Baki. Born in Chemor, he began his early schooling at Chemor Malay School and later at Anderson School. During his school days, he participated in student organisations championing the lot of Malay students, as he felt […]
What could one do with: an ice cream stick, a satay stick, a rubber seed and some string? Well, make a toy propeller of course! How many of you remember this simple toy – which went on to give a child endless fun? What other easy-to-make toys do you remember from your childhood?
Kultar’s Mime is a devised play that blends painting, poetry, theater, and music to tell the stories of Sikh children who survived the 1984 Delhi massacre organized in the wake of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination. As part of their Malaysian tour, the troupe will be performing in Ipoh on 25th May 2016, at the […]
On the morning of 30th April 2016, Treacher Street was all abuzz with activity. That day marked the grand opening of the Ho Yan Hor Museum – a museum which tells the story of Ho Kai Cheong, who began as an operator of a humble tea stall and later became a famous entrepreneur and philanthropist. […]
How many of you remember this comic book? It wasn’t that long ago…..this edition also featured a picture of a WW2 aircraft – the Hawker Typhoon. So, can we hear from the comic fans?
Remember these fruit-flavoured sweets? I’ve never heard of this brand though…more familiar with Foxes and Sugus If you were a fan of these sweets, do share some of your memories with us.
picture courtesy of Gary Lai (via SK) We received this photo and description from SK: This picture was send to me by Gary Lai from Anderson School, Ipoh. I have his consent to use the picture & story. He joined the Police Volunteer Reserve back in 1970s when he left Ipoh, in KL. Gary is […]
….there was the ever useful Mortar & Pestle! Yes, I’m sure you all remember pounding away those herbs and spices in these
On a car-free morning in Ipoh, I just happen to pass through Hugh Low Street and noticed this building. It’s at the corner of Hugh Low Street and Jalan Che Tak. I’m not sure what building this is…but I’ll say kudos to their restoration work! Does anyone know who / which company owns this building? […]
Did you know about this unique style of embroidery? I’m sure it’s no easy task – sewing such intricate patterns on velvet cloth! Let’s hear from the arts and crafts lovers out there. [I’ve only gone as far as sewing loosened buttons….no where near this level of creativity ;)]
click to enlarge We mentioned the Bougainvillea Parade a long time ago on our blog. Here are MORE photos from that same parade, back in 2004. I don’t recall ever seeing these floats along Jalan Abdul Jalil….did any of the Greentown folk witness this back then?
Our photographer recently visited Kedai Makanan Rasa Lain, in Bercham, where he sampled the above dish. The dish is none other than Claypot Glass Noodles with Crab. Have any of you tried this dish? Do share your thoughts with us
I remember the first time I tried Cadbury’s chocolate. At that time, it seemed like the most delicious snack for a 5 year old. I also remember eating more than half the bar, and then being really ill It didn’t put me off chocolates though…I just learnt (the hard way) to eat in moderation We’d […]
Yes, this is what a Malayan Airways airline ticket looked like back then!
The last time I went to the mall, I noticed that such purses / clutches / handbags with beads and sequins are back in fashion. And they don’t come cheap either! :O So we’re posing this question especially to the ladies out there: did you ever own such a beautiful accessory? Did it look like […]
Has anyone tried this brand of butter? I wonder if this brand costs as much as Golden Churn. Or, perhaps this was a cheaper alternative to Golden Churn?
Have you heard about the ‘King of Trishaws’? We’re talking about Boon Eng Keat, who was born in Sumatra in 1928 and came to Malaya in 1933 with his family. His early years were spent working at ‘Sin Meng Hong’, a bicycle shop at No. 8 Anderson Road, Ipoh. In the years following the Second […]
Remember this brand of oats? I never knew Uncles Tobys sold oats…I only remember their muesli bars Did anyone try this brand? Was it as good as Quaker oats?
Do you recognise these panels? They can be found on the four sides of the Birch Clock tower. Still wondering what I’m talking about? Well, the next time you pass by the clock tower, take a closer look THE J W W BIRCH MEMORIAL CLOCK TOWER PANELS The Growth of Civilization. The following is a […]
I doubt this brand needs an introduction. How many of you remember these jujubes? Were they really effective for sore throats and such?
Some go for sweets, some go for salty snacks. Yet there are others who crave something like this (picture above) – Dry Curry Noodles! Our photographer had this (at RM 5.30 per serving) from the Ma Jie curry mee stall in Restoran Yee Lock, opposite Bridal Collection along Anderson Road. So, dear Readers……what’s YOUR […]
Yes folks…this building is now home to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). This photograph was taken in the 80s. I wonder if much of the outer facade has changed over the years….
Dear antique lovers….do you recognise the two ‘handsome blokes’ on either of the curtain? I wonder what make/brand they are…they sure look grand, don’t they?
Sometime ago, we featured this building – the former Oriental Hotel, which was turned into an electrical store. One of our readers, Charlie Choong, sent us the following photographs recently. Looks like the electrical store is closing down….or perhaps they are relocating….we don’t know. Does anyone know what’s going on?
Ever tried Pan Mee? The one our photographer tried contained the usual egg noodles, sayur manis (those green leaves), fried anchovies, wood-ear mushroom, and meat. Our photographer told us that this bowl of Pan Mee cost RM 5.
I’ve been living in Greentown all my life…but I have to admit, this building (picture below) does not ring any bells Can our Greentown-experts help us out please?
Remember this brand of perfume? It’s alcohol free. Does the brand ring a bell?
Any SMI Alumni remember this? Why were the buses parked in the compound? Were the students on their way to a field trip? Take a good look and give us your thoughts source: Charlie Choong
I’m sure you have driven past this building in New Town Ipoh. This is the side view of a former hotel – which is now an electrical store. This building is opposite the Kamdar textile store, just in case you’re wondering. I’m sure some of you already know which building I’m talking about. What we […]
Here’s a blast from the past! This photograph (taken in the 80s), given to us by Lim Lean Seng, shows the Brewster Road Fire Station. We believe this fire station was built around 1915; it started off as a single storey building and the second storey was added in 1936. The fire station later relocated […]
Dear Ipoh-ites…..was there a hill named after Sir Hugh Low somewhere in Perak? We were wondering based on the picture below. picture from: Charlie Choong On that note, do you recognise the young men in picture? Are YOU one of them? If you are, we’d like to hear more from you
It was a solemn and heart-wrenching occasion, as the people of Ipoh (and even from others towns in Perak) came to pay their last respects to D R Seenivasagam. Some estimate the crowd of mourners to be well into the tens of thousands! click to enlarge We’d love to hear from anyone who witnessed this […]
Could this be part of a floor tile? Or perhaps painted on a wall? Or…could it be part of a signboard? We have no idea, that’s why we’re posing this question to YOU! I know someone out there recognises this ‘globe’….
Here’s another one from Richard Saxey’s collection. Yes, this is Malim Nawar! I know some of you can name all the gentlemen in this photograph. But I’d like to draw your attention to the man with the coolie hat (extreme left). What is he doing?
We were told that this was the Form 3 Class of 1967 at Methodist English School (later known as Methodist High School or MHS). Our source also mentioned the teacher’s name – Mr Thanarajan. Do you recognise any of the faces in the picture below? picture courtesy of Gogan Singh, click to enlarge
Wishing all of you a prosperous Year of the Monkey. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
picture courtesy of: Kalwant Singh Remember the milkman from days of old? Well, this milkman looks rather young…and here he is at his bicycle (the milk churn is hidden, on the back of his bicycle). This picture was taken at the Malay kampong at Lahat Road.
Once a famous grooming product for men, Potter & Moore’s Solidified Brilliantine is said to soften hair (including facial hair). Anyone remember this product?
Recognise the wallpaper? What about the reception desk? Well, keep looking for clues….and tell us WHERE you think this place is
source: NSTP Back row, L-R: T.John, Foong Kam Choy, Ahmad Nazari Centre row, L-R: Chan Tuck Choy, R. Anthony, Wong Kim Seng Front row, L-R: Liew Fee Yuen, Loh Kam Fook, Ramadas Rao, Wong Kong Leong and Cheong Weng Leong Remember these young men? It was October 5th 1957 when this team – Perak XI […]
Sometime last year we gave all of you hints about a project of ours – at No. 1 Treacher Street (Jalan Bijih Timah) in Old Town. Yes, the blue building next door to Han Chin Pet Soo. The story is in today’s Star Metro (15/1/2016) – “Telling A Tale Of Tea”. This new exhibit will […]
source: Road to Nationhood, NSTP In September 1955, the Malayan Traffic Policemen rode on new 120mph motorcycles. Here we have a group of them at the Ipoh Railway Station. Talk about ‘riding with style’ !
Were you a fan of the famed cat eye lens glasses / sunglasses? (picture below) It is said that this style was made popular by stars like Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly… ….so, how many of you once owned a pair of cat eye glasses? Come on, own up…..
source: NSTP Sometime ago, the NST featured the Taiping Central Market – which was built between 1884 & 1885. Yes, the market is 130 years old! The above picture shows the wood and cast iron latticed structure which is a prominent feature of this landmark. Taiping folks, we want to hear YOUR stories / […]
source = Charlie Choong Do the shops look familiar to you? Yes, this is none other than Brewster Road. Note that traffic was not as heavy as it is now….back then you could still have parades and processions on the streets!
How many of you ‘swear’ by this brand of polish? Is Brasso still in production?
Kung Fu Hor – that’s what this dish is called. Have you eaten this at your local eatery? Do tell us if you liked it….
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Our donor (Lee Seong Yan) shared this little story with us: “Remember the ’50s when you can get a bun with scraped coconut in brown sugar as fillings costing only 5 cents to 10 cents? For those interested in buns with scraped coconut fillings, there is a shop in Pasir Pinji, Ipoh selling them for […]
We thank SK (one of our Readers) for sharing this with us. The gentleman in the tracksuit is Chan Wan Seong – who won the Bronze Medal in Men’s Singles 60+ category at the recent BWF World Senior Badminton Championship held in Helsingborg, Sweden. Posing with Chan is the BWF President Poul-Eric Hoyer Larsen (himself […]
We at wish you peace and joy this Deepavali!
Our photographer tasted this at Wing Kee – yes, it’s the ever popular dry curry chicken noodles. This serving (above) costs RM 4.50 Where do YOU think is the best place to find this tasty morsel?
Fancy watching a musical about Siddhartha? Then contact 05-2820224 / 013-4846625 for tickets and more information. Incidentally, this Filipino group has performed in several countries around the world. Click this link to watch a sample of their performance: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5pTwnMfEFd4&feature=youtu.be
This article was taken off today’s NST. We hope this project goes through as planned, if only to preserve this important piece of our history.
If you look closely, you’d notice the pipeline on the far left of the picture. That should clue you in on the location. The men running belong to the HHH – yes, the popular Hash House Harriers! This picture was taken off their 650th Run Souvenir Magazine, 1977. Any members of the HHH reading […]
Source: Janet Ferguson & Nellie Cumming Have YOU rode an elephant? I haven’t…only been on a pony and an ostrich. We’d like to hear from you – Elephant Riders!
Left picture source = ipohWorld; Right picture source = Star Publication From what we were told, there used be street processions in Ipoh during the 9-Emperor Gods Festival! Today, we’re featuring a Then and Now photograph. On the left is a picture from 1947, on the right is a recent photograph (from the Star).
Breakfast, tea time, supper…no matter what time of the day (or night) there’s nothing like a couple of warm curry puffs to accompany your tea/coffee. The one shown above are chicken curry puffs, the one cut into 3 pieces has a cheesy filling! Our photographer bought these at a road side stall along Jalan […]
source: Janet Ferguson & Nellie Cumming This was probably taken at a school sports day – most likely the ACGS (Anglo Chinese Girls School) Sports Day! I do wonder is the girl in the picture broke the record for the high jump event…… I vaguely remember the annual sports day at my school. But I’ll […]
The 1st Sharpened Word Literary Matinee will be held at the Sepaloh Art Centre (Hugh Low Street / Jalan Sultan Iskandar) this Saturday 17th October 2015, from 2 pm – 5 pm. Thereafter, they will meet every 3rd Saturday of each month. For further information, contact: Pak Peter – firstname.lastname@example.org / or visit their […]
We’re pleased to announce that we’ve been featured on Time Out Malaysia Kids! Yes, you’ve bought this magazine do turn to page 59 (highlighted area shown above). We thank the Editor – Leah O’Hearn – for helping add another feather to our cap!
We thank Sally Everist for the above postcards. Does this building look familiar? We’re wondering what it is – is it a house, or some kind of monument? We’re also wondering which village is pictured in the postcards…
Extract from: New Straits Times, 2-10-2015 We would like to extend our condolences to the family of the late Tan Sri Dato Seri Yuen Yuet Leng – a true hero and a well-loved individual who always believed in putting the ‘nation before self’.
This is what our donor – KT Pillai – had to say about this photograph: Taken in year 1966 as the baby my Mum is carrying is my younger sister. I am the third from left standing at the front row….sort of a frowning face kid. My eldest sister is beside me followd by my two […]
picture courtesy of Star Publications We admit that it was not easy, but through much hard work and determination we managed to restore the Han Chin Villa (Han Chin Pet Soo) and turn it into a museum. As can be seen in the above picture, the restored Villa stands proudly amidst the other shops. Our […]
ONE NIGHT ONLY!Tapestry performs for the first time in Ipoh at the Event Hall of the Sarang Paloh Heritage Hotel. Come experience an evening of songs in this beautiful and striking heritage space.Friday, 9 October 2015 @ 8:30 PMTickets are priced at RM35 (free seating), and can be purchased from Sarang Paloh, and also […]
We’re all very familiar with the sweet and tasty ang ku. The one shown above comes red AND green – giving it a more interesting taste to compliment the green-pea filling. It costs anywhere between 60-80 cents a piece (if you can get it cheaper, let us know!).
Our donor Marea Smith tells us that this was what Malim Nawar looked like in 1981. Been to Malim Nawar lately? Has the place changed much over the years…or is it still the same?
Here’s another one from Janet Ferguson and Nellie Cumming – showing a school play. Recognise anyone?
Special thanks to our donors – Janet Ferguson & Nellie Cumming – for the following picture. Somewhere in the above photograph is Nellie Cumming, who was a student at Anglo Chinese Girls’ School (ACGS). Nellie did her Std VII back in 1949….what about you? Are YOU one of the girls in this picture?
The car-lovers out there are probably drooling over this beauty! Yes, it’s the two-seater Ford V8. We thank Sally Everist (our donor) who sent us this quite some time ago. This picture is part of the collection of the late J M Allison – who was killed by Communists, sparking the start of the Malayan Emergency. […]
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Rally control in 1957 Mobilgas Economy Run. Collin Dowset extreme right. Loris Goring (donor of photograph) co driver with folder checking in at one of the control Any motor sports fans out there recall the good ‘ol days of rallies and racing? Our donor Loris Goring shared the following with us (via email): I was […]
At first, it seems like a game of Tag….but I suppose this is based on a similar concept. I’m talking about Kabaddi. How many of you played this outdoor game during your days in school? How many of still play them now?
Any Yuk Kwan School alumni out there? Were you in the Form II B – 1 Class back in 1977?
picture from: Star Newspaper Recently, there was a report about the public pool (near the Perak Stadium) being closed for renovations. From what I’ve observed before it closed, this pool is rather popular among Ipoh-ites – especially the little ones. Just out of curiosity, does anyone know WHEN the pool was built?
I’m sure many of you recognise the gentleman in white (with a walking stick). Yes, it’s none other than Bro Vincent Corkery! He recently celebrated his 70th anniversary as a La Salle Brother at St Michael’s Insitution, Ipoh. To read the full article published by The Star Online, click here
Any Sam Tet alumni reading this? Well, I’m sure you recognise this building. According to our donor, Ruth Iversen Rollitt, her late father – B M Iversen – designed it!
Our photographer found this dish at Wah Nam Coffee Shop. At RM 4.30, it was quite tasty. We’d like to know from the Fish Paste Noodle lovers out there….where is the best place to find YOUR favourite dish?
source: Alexander We received this photo from Alexandar, the curator of the Heritage Gallery of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes (OLOL), in Silibin. According to an article from the Straits Times, heavy rain caused the banks of the Pari River (or Sungei Pari, as it’s more popularly known as) to overflow. The flood […]
courtesy of: Charlie Choong I’m not familiar with the restaurant names along Kampar Road, so I wouldn’t know where Golden Jubilee Restaurant is. Is it still there? Or, perhaps it’s changed its name?
Ipoh-ites reminiscing the good ‘ol days when Jubilee Park was an entertainment hub – back in the 60s and 70s :)
We thank Marea Smith for this picture. She told us (via e-mail) that she was once a student of the HIJ Convent (now Main Convent) in Ipoh. Here’s a shout out to all the Convent Alumni – do you girls recognise this picture? What was the special occasion?
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In the photo are Marea Smith (our donor) and C.A. Thurling. This was taken at the Ipoh Airport back in 1953. We’d like to draw your attention to the wooden bracket around the racket in Marea’s hand. If I’m not mistaken, the racket was placed between the wooden brackets and the four screws at the […]
Yau Char Koay Chee Cheong Fun – yes, that’s what this dish is called! Unique isn’t it? For those who want to give it a try, you can find it at Kedai Kopi Enam Belas (near Eu Yang Sang in old town)….the cost? RM 4.50
courtesy of: Charlie Choong Does anyone remember Olympic Inn? Could it have been the old name of ‘Tambun Inn’? Or, was it at another building along Tambun Road?
All are welcome to Tenby’s Open Day , which happens this Saturday 11th July 2015. Further information can be found at their website – www.tenby.edu.my You can also call them at 05-5252628
This book provides a fresh perspective and deepens previous studies of his [Charles Compton Reade] town planning ideas…..Charles Reade’s obscure and unattributed position in the history of Malayan town planning is now accorded its due recognition…a pioneer and founder of the town planning service in British Malaya (1921-1929). Here’s a book by […]
We thought we’d share this interesting article with you, about the 6 mile long bridge in Gerik. What’s so special about this bridge? Well, it has no pillars!
We thank SK for sharing this with us. I know some of you recognise the leaves and the white substance Well, we’d like to know how many of you out there once indulged in the chewing of daun sirih (betel leaves)!
We thank Marea Smith for sharing this photograph with us. Incidentally, this view is from a car which was following an armed vehicle. Driving on Brewster Road back then seemed to be a breeze…..
picture courtesy of: Steven Chow Heard of Sombrero? From what’s written on the matchbox, it sounds like an exciting night club! Does anyone remember where it was? I wonder who owned it….
As you can guess from the above photograph, something is definitely happening at No. 1 Treacher Street (Jalan Bijih Timah). Look out for updates on our website / blog / Facebook page
Since we live in the tropics, mosquitoes have always been a menace. Here’s a good old fashioned mosquito coil – the Angel Fish Brand Mosquito Destroyer! Has anyone used this coil? Was it effective in getting rid of those notorious blood-suckers?
I do wonder why such a beautiful, serene place (above) was named Python Lagoon. Anyway, this 1948 picture (from Marea Smith) was taken at the Kuala Kampar Tin Fields. Marea is the pretty girl in the canoe
We thank Marea Smith (from Australia) for sending us this rare close up of a tin dredge. This photograph was taken at Kuala Kampar Tin fields, Malim Nawar.
Since we missed our food blog yesterday, we decided to feature a rather popular dish – the famed Chicken Rice! Apparently, this simple yet delicious dish comes in many varieties. The common type being rice served with the signature roasted chicken or steamed chicken; some stalls offer other side dishes together with the chicken rice. […]
receipt from Charlie Choong The last I checked, Tambun Inn seemed to be undergoing renovations…perhaps a new management has taken over? Well, we hope someone out there can tell us more. We’re also curious to know WHO ran the Cafe back then (when it first opened). Remember the time when a bowl of chicken […]
courtesy of Charlie Choong Whenever the subject of cafes and coffee houses enter our blog-sphere, many of our Readers mention Green Fern. Well, here’s an old receipt from Green Fern. Does anyone remember their signature dish/dishes?
picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt Some time back, our Readers mentioned the Lido Cinema in Taiping. We have here a 1937 picture of the aforementioned cinema. For those of you who spotted it, YES..this is indeed another Iversen building!
click to enlarge The above is a programme (sent via email) from LeanMS. As you can see, the ACS Alumni have many events scheduled for the next few months. Lean also told us: “In order not to in any way affect attendance at the Festival of Performing Arts, we have decided to reschedule the […]
picture from: Danial Doutriaux Some school canteens sold food which were a crowd favourite. Some were known for their cheerful hawkers. Food aside, some canteens became a ‘meeting place’ for friends (and enemies too!). The picture shown is that of the Batu Gajah Convent’s canteen, back in 1956.
special thanks to Ruth Iversen Rollitt Believe it or not, this was what Ipoh looked like back in the 1930s. The area under construction is none other than the Mercantile Bank!
courtesy of: Charlie Choong We were told that these are gambling cards. Does anyone know the proper name for this pack of cards? Furthermore, how do you use these cards in a game?
Well, I certainly do……(But my weakness lies in anything containing chocolate!) This delectable dish comes from Thean Chun restaurant (in Old Town, Ipoh). Our photographer paid RM 2.60 for this plate of caramel custard. The custard is served with a glass of water too
For those of you who remember, we featured this photo in our Falim Exhibition two years ago. What’s fascinating about this hawker on wheels, in that he’s determined to peddle his wares – in spite of the traffic along the road I wonder what he was selling. On another note, does anyone recognise the building […]
Some call it Hopscotch; some call it Ketinting. Whatever it was called back then, I know some of you had HOURS of fun playing this game!
This dish is from Kedai Kopi Enam Belas (near Eu Yan Sang in Old Town). Our photographer had this char siew and prawn combination for Rm 3.50. Usually, Chee Cheong Fun is served with mushroom and sweet sauce whereas some places give you the option of curry instead of mushroom sauce but the one in the […]
Source: Jamal Hashim Some of you may recognise this object. The others are probably wondering what this is Well, for those of you who are clueless…..why don’t you make a guess? We received this (picture below) from LY Tai. Note that this product cost 36 cents!
This book, by J. J. Chen and L. Y. Chung, is currently being sold at Han Chin Pet Soo – at RM 80 per copy. See Ipoh’s authentic beauty and charm through the camera lens of the authors!
Since we had such an interesting discussion about The Nautilus Inn (our previous blog), we decided to put up another receipt from yet another cafe in Ipoh. How many of you remember Long John’s Tavern? It used to be along Jalan S.A. Lingam (in Ipoh Garden South).
receipt courtesy of: Charlie Choong Back in the 1980s, there was a place called The Nautilus Inn along Leong Sin Nam Street. As shown in the receipt (above), a seafood cocktail cost $3.90 – it’s probably 3 times the price today! Does anyone remember Nautilus Inn? Who owned this place? What was their specialty?
After a rather long hiatus, our Food Blog is back with a feature-of-the-week! For those of you who don’t recognise the photo, this is pulut kaya – sticky rice with egg-jam. The one our photographer had (above) cost RM 3, from Keng Nam coffee shop (along Cowan Street). We’d like to hear from all of […]
Bottle-caps or Ceper (as some call it) was quite a popular children’s game back then. I don’t know the actual rules of this game. But from what I do know, two or more players were judged by their skills at manouvering the bottle caps across a table. At the same time, they had to make […]
Xiangqi is played on a board nine lines wide and ten lines long. As in the game ‘Go’, the pieces are placed on the intersections, which are known as points. The vertical lines are known as files, and the horizontal lines are known as ranks. Centered at the first to third and eighth to tenth […]
Want to know MORE about Cheah Cheng Lim? Get his book now! This book will be launched at the Flemington Hotel, in Taiping, on 15th May 2015. Admission is free; however there is an optional dinner priced at RM 38 per pax. For more information, contact Yeap Thean Eng (President of the Taiping Heritage Society) […]
We at Ipoh World convey our heartiest congratulations to HRH Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, on being crowned the 35th Sultan of Perak.
Yes, folks. This trap door opens up to a tunnel! The door can be found in the court room floor of the Ipoh High Court building, and it leads to the Town Hall. During the Emergency, it was used to moved prisoners in temporary lock ups in the Town Hall (which at that time was […]
We believe this to be the family of Richard Saxey (our donor) and Wendy Lewis – in Malim Nawar. I’d like to draw your attention to the unique furniture… By popular demand, we’ve included the second photograph from Richard Saxey’s collection.
“Lady Justice is most often depicted with a set of scales typically suspended from her left hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case’s support and opposition.She is also often seen carrying a double-edged sword in her right hand, symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be wielded either for or […]
Wayang kulit is a unique form of theatre employing light and shadow. The puppets are crafted from buffalo hide and mounted on bamboo sticks. When held up behind a piece of white cloth, with an electric bulb or an oil lamp as the light source, shadows are cast on the screen. The plays are typically […]
We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for this photograph. It was taken in 1947, showing her father B M Iversen at Fair Gardens? Does anyone know WHERE Fair Gardens is?
Remember these insurance agents? They used to operate at No. 168, Brewster Road, Ipoh. Wonder what’s become of this business…
Our donor Richard Saxey tells us that this was taken around 1959-1960. He also mentions his teacher Mrs Kumar. So today we’d like to ask the ‘members of the Malim Nawar family’ – do you remember the Methodist School in Malim Nawar? ps: In a recent email, Richard talked about his childhood friend Cynthia Hunter. […]
artifact donor: Jamal Hashim The William Mitchell heritage in making pen nibs began whilst working with his brother John Mitchell in the early 1820s. William Mitchell established his own business in 1825 to become one of the leading nib manufacturers and famous for lettering pens. Almost 100 years later William Mitchell merged with Hinks, Wells […]
Picture from Ruth Iversen Rollitt “Rental was $60 a month, a bargain in the immediate post-war years with the shortage of housing. Each house had 3 bedrooms upstairs; and downstairs. a living room, dining room, a modern flush toilet (very rare for Ipoh at that time), a small kitchen and backyard. There was a built-in […]
Here’s another blast from the past from Richard Saxey. He tells us that this is “the picture of the badminton team, showing my elder brother Mr. E.H.White (know as Mick), I cannot remember if the team was a Malim Nawar team or a Perak River Hydro team (Malim Nawar)”. Can’t wait to hear more from […]
We received this (one of the MANY) from Ruth Iversen Rollitt. Do you recognise this row of shop houses? Do you know which street this is? Well, we think it’s somewhere along Cowan Street…but then again, we could be wrong.
Thanks to Alan, we’ve managed to find out what those Mandarin words meant. This time, we don’t have any words…but I’m sure there’s a clue in those shop houses in the background. Can anyone venture a guess as to which school this is?
Click to enlarge We thank Charlie Choong for this photograph. As written on the photo itself, the year is 1970. What we’d like to know is where this photo was taken. If anyone could help us translate the Mandarin, we’d be grateful. Perhaps, some of you out there may even recognise the people in the […]
This is the inside of the projection room of Glory Cinema. The boys in ‘action’ are Bakar and Sangiva. I’m sure many of our local cinemas had similar projection rooms. Now that they’ve closed, I do wonder what happened to all the equipment…anyone know a thing or two about this?
picture from Mr & Mrs Rasiah Anakili – click to enlarge We recognise Bro Pius Kelly, who was the 9th Brother Director of St Michael’s Institution, seated in the centre. Do you know who are the teachers on his left and right? Were you in Standard 2B, class of 1956? If so, where are YOU […]
Have you heard of the Hopoh Association? The Hopoh Association is formed by members from the Hopoh area of Guangdong, China. They speak the Hakka dialect but with the Hopoh intonation which is quite different. The picture below shows the Perak Hopoh Association, celebrating their 9th anniversary. The building in the background is along Jalan […]
We’ve had such an overwhelming response on our previous posts about the Perak Hydro Plant at Malim Nawar, which led us to uploading this photo (see below). click to enlarge This photograph was sent to us via email from Richard Saxey. His father – Frederic James Saxey – was the Superintendent at the power plant […]
click poster to enlarge For those of you who have been waiting patiently, well keep this Sunday 22nd March 2015 free! The Iversen book is finally out and will be launched at: Venue: Sarang Paloh Event Hall, No.16, Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), Ipoh Time: 2.30 pm Come meet the author – […]
picture taken by Christopher Nothing like an ice cream float on a scorching day, eh? Well, this thirst-quenching float was bought at Loke Wooi Kee Cafe (@RM3.10), along Jalan Mustapha Al-Bakri (formerly known as Clare Street).Incidentally, we found out that the cafe has been in business for four generations. Any fans of ice cream floats out there? […]
This was formerly the headquarters for the Dunlop Rubber Company in Ipoh, which was behind the railway station. As you can see in the pictures (above and below) this building has long been abandoned. These pictures (donated by Kinta Heritage Group) were taken back in 2009; from what we were told this place has been […]
“Through the centuries Chinese women have had to struggle under a load of injustices – denial of education, ineligibility to sit the civil service examinations and hold official posts, female infanticide, selling of daughters, concubinage, foot binding – just to name a few. They had largely remained silent because they did not have a voice. […]
We thank Martin Allen for this photograph – showing an aerial view of Cameron Highlands, back in the 1930s. So different from what it looks like now, eh?
picture from: Leong Kai Loong, Ipoh Did you own a Mobo horse when you were young? My cousins and I used to play on a Triang car – which was passed down to us from our uncles. We had great fun with that car, pretending we were adults driving through town (but in fact, we […]
Once an exclusive place meant only for the higher class tin miners and triad members, the Han Chin Pet Soo (Han Chin Villa) at Jalan Bijeh Timah in Ipoh is now opening its doors to the public. The villa underwent a 15-month restoration work and has been turned into an exhibition centre that showcases the […]
picture from: Leong Kai Loong, Ipoh This is the Sam Tet School Basketball Team. We’re guessing the date to be somewhere in the 1960s. Were you one of the players? Did your team win any trophies that year?
picture from: Ho Hoo Wan, Ipoh These lovely ladies are part of the Form V batch of 1958 – from Sultan Yussuf School, Batu Gajah. They were some of the many youngsters who attended the Farewell Dinner. We have the names of these beauties…. Standing from left to right they are: Thong Mee Len, Poh Ching, […]
Our donor Martin Allen tells us that this road is near Ipoh. I’m sure the experts out there know where this is – especially with those iconic hills in the background
These photographs are from Martin Allen. They were taken around 1938, during the funeral of the Sultan of Perak. Martin’s mother incidentally worked as a saleswoman at Whiteaway Laidlaw.
Farewell Party for Fr Ciatti, April 1970 (click to enlarge) Christmas Party, Nazareth Kindergarten. Catholic Centre, Ipoh. 10th November 1970 (click to enlarge) These photographs were taken from Michael Ho’s collection. It wasn’t that long ago, so I’m sure some of you might remember this kindergarten. Today, this building is still standing….but it’s no […]
We’re not pulling your legs, but the ladies in the photo are none other than the first flight attendants for Malayan Airways. We believe this to be the first successful batch of applicants, looking smart in their uniforms and all set for their duties
Are you a fan of comics? Perhaps even an avid collector – especially of vintage editions? Do you remember Beano (picture above)? I don’t recall Beano, but I do remember those Donald Duck comics (sponsored by Maggi, if I’m not mistaken). I also enjoy reading Marvel comics, but I’m not a collector. Nowadays, many famous […]
For those interested, do come for this talk by Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat, on 28th February 2015. The talk is at 4.00pm, and will be held at: Perak Academy No. 71A, 1st Floor, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh (opposite Maybank) Registration is RM 10 per person. Please contact Ms Jaya or Ms Jasvinda for reservations […]
Keith Nelson sent us these a couple of years ago. We thought we’d share them with you, since we’re still in the season of Chinese New Year. We’d love to hear your memories about the ever famous Lion Dance; it would be a bonus if we heard from someone who was part of the dance […]
For those of you who don’t know what’s on the plate, it is none other than the famed Chinese New Year dish Yee Sang – a Teochew style raw fish salad. It consists of strips of raw fish and shredded vegetables, tossed together with a variety of sauces and condiments. This dish is also known […]
click to enlarge I’m guessing the year to be around 1960 (could be wrong, though). Can anyone put some names to these lovely faces?
click photo to enlarge Special thanks to Danial Doutriaux for this photograph. This the Staff of 1956 – of the St Bernadette’s Convent, Batu Gajah. Dear Convent girls, do you see any of your teachers here?
We’d like to thank Chin Choon Yau – one of the Instructors at Perak Institute of Art (PIA) – who painted this souvenir for us. Incidentally, PIA did the murals for us at Han Chin Pet Soo. What murals you say? Well, take a trip to Han Chin Pet Soo and find out!
I remember eating at this place. I loved the interior decoration – which was made to resemble the inside of a mine (complete with dim lighting too!) It’s gone now, replaced with another cafe. Anyone know HOW Miner’s Arms began?
This is not part of our food-column….rather, we’re just curious to know more about Hoong Tho Restaurant (see picture below). picture courtesy of: Yuen Chie Onn This picture was taken on 8th September 1957 - when the restaurant was decorated to celebrate the Mooncake or Mid-Autumn Festival. From what we were told, this business (whose […]
As the caption states, the late P. Ramlee was in Ipoh back in 1965 for a fund raising show. Were any one of you lucky enough to meet him? Did anyone go to that particular show? I’m sure there must have been some ‘screaming fans’… Did anyone manage to get P. Ramlee’s autograph too?
Have you played ‘Happy Families’? Well, this game used to be known as ‘Jovial Families’ a long time ago. Here’s a picture to refresh your memory. From what we were told, this set was manufactured by A. Collier (which was established back in 1863, in London). I’m guessing the ‘Happy Families’ cards are now printed […]
picture courtesy of: Mano Mano sent us this a while ago. He also included the following words: “…a photo of the school prefects of NTPS Pasir Puteh in 1967. Standing behind the headmaster, Mr. Bhagwan Singh, is none other then DCP Perak, Datuk Paramasivam!” So NTPS Pasir Puteh Alumni….what do YOU remember about this group […]
To all our fans, thank you for being so patient with us Here we have the e-flyer of our latest project – ipohWorld @ Han Chin Pet Soo! This private exhibition opens on Thursday 5th February, by appointment only. Reservations may be made at www.ipohworld.org/reservation We look forward to welcoming you to this […]
Yes, this was once known as Kesselring Methodist Girls’ School – dedicated in memory of Ralph Kesselring, on the 10th of April 1968. It later became Methodist High School (MHS). It is now the home of Wesley Methodist School. We’ve had ACS, Anderson, Convent, and other Alumni dropping us a line now and then….how about […]
We were told that Anderson School once put up this play. Well, so did St Michael’s Institution. We present to you the cast of ‘Lady Precious Stream’ – back in 1980!
picture courtesy of: Harold Sevanesam No prizes for guessing WHERE this place is, but I’m sure some of you out there are grinning widely What I found rather interesting is the shape of the of the roof. Anyone know the architect who designed this?
Our Donor (Mohd Taib) tells us that there are St Michael’s boys in the crowd. This is said to be part of a Chinese Funeral procession. Do you recognise the road they are walking along? What about the building in the background?
There was a time when you needed a visiting card to enter the hot springs in Tambun. Besides the pool and egg boiling, apparently there was also a bowling alley! I don’t recall this (probably before my time ) but I wonder if YOU remember this.
We all know Elvis Presley had his share of impersonators; some were almost as good as the ‘King’ himself – with the deep voice AND the gyrating hips! Frank Sinatra (or Ol’ Blue Eyes, as some know him) had his share of impersonators too. Speaking of which, does anyone remember the Frank Sinatra singing contest […]
‘As Indians prepare for Ponggal, which falls today, earthen pots were snapped up at Little India in Jalan Lahat recently.’ Shoppers had the choice to either buy the plain pots or those with colourful designs. Besides the pots, other essential items for the harvest festival that shoppers bought were sugarcane, milk, brown sugar, firewood, cashew […]
If you don’t, let us refresh your memory! I wonder if any one of you kept the old ones as a keepsake
Yes folks, THIS was how they made copies of keys in those days….
If this looks ‘foreign’ to you, then you’re probably very young Yes folks, this is indeed a train ticket! Whoever bought this was taking the train from Tanjong Malim to Ipoh. And (believe it or not) the fare was only $2.10
“Speech contests are an important part of Toastmasters education program. They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters and Guests to learn by observing proficient speakers.” Venue : YMCA Ipoh ,No 221 Jalan Raja Aziz Time: 7.45 pm Day /Date : Wednesday 14 January […]
Ever use one of these? Some of you might have. I for one have never come across such a flask; the ones I’ve used didn’t have such a locking mechanism The one above even has a vent on top to adjust temperature. Wonder if it came in a variety of colours…..
Yes, believe it or not…..this is the Lahat Roundabout, taken from the junction of Jalan Datoh. Can you spot any familiar landmarks? (click picture to enlarge)
At one time, you could buy this for 42 cents……of course the coupon was only for ONE dance. However, it came in a booklet of five coupons. This sample here is from Robin James (from London). Anyone remember this Dance Coupon? Did YOU ever buy/use such a coupon at the Jubilee Cabaret?
Not all car-enthusiasts are men…..I’m sure there are some women out there who also appreciate both the fast sports cars and vintage cars too. Which brings me to this advertisement – was the Austin 7 REALLY a Lady’s Car?
Just in case you didn’t know, today is Boxing Day – nothing to do with the actual sport, but rather it’s the day where gifts are exchanged and opened. In some countries, today is an official holiday too! The picture above, from Ruth Iversen Rollitt, was not taken on 26th December…but I think fits well […]
From all of us at ipohWorld!
With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d share this picture (from Larry Sawyer) with all of you. This is a scene from Kampar – where Santa came to town in a bullock cart instead of a reindeer-driven sleigh! I’m sure the children must have been really excited to see this!
Imagine having a picnic at such a place! No rubbish about, no unpleasant odour from the river, clean and clear running water…etc. Blissful isn’t it? This is none other than the Perak River (at Parit). Yes, folks…believe it or not our rivers once looked like this picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt
picture courtesy of: Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell) This picture is from the Caldwell family album – showing the Caldwells at a local wedding. Does anyone recognise the newly weds?
advertisement courtesy of: Nicholas Jennings Rotarians used to have their lunch at this place – every Wednesday, going by what the advertisement says. Did any of you have a chance to dine here (before it closed)? From what we know, it had quite a bit of competition from the Station Hotel…
Much has been said about preserving our heritage buildings in and around the Kinta Valley. But alas, profit always seem to over ride conservation efforts. The following photos (taken this afternoon) is yet another incident whereby pre-war shop houses are forced to make way for more modern structures…. One of our local dailies covered this […]
Don’t know where to go during this long break? How about Kellie’s Castle? No, we’re not advertising for this place. Rather just showing you what this iconic landmark looked like – way back in 1957! This is a photograph of Ho Hoo Wan with his siblings and friends, posing just outside the famed Batu Gajah […]
The history-buffs out there would know this fact: that King Edward VIII ascended the throne of England in January 1936, after his father George V passed away. However, in November that same year, there was “a constitutional crisis” when Edward wanted to marry Mrs Wallis Simpson (a divorcee). Eventually on 11 December, Edward abdicated; and […]
A couple of months ago, one of our readers – Hasbi – sent us these pictures. This grand old building is the Rumah Besar of none other than Raja Bilah. The gentleman in the picture is Hasbi himself with his wife. They had visited Kak Saadiah – the maternal great grand daughter of Raja Bilah. […]
We at ipohWorld are proud to announce our latest photographic exhibition – at 12, Lorong Cheah Cheang Lim, Ipoh (opposite Secret Garden). This is part of the Family History Week organised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This exhibition will be from 2 – 6 December 2014, from 10am till 6.30pm at […]
We’ve had past comments about Beauty Supermarket, which was once a famous shopping centre in Ipoh. The picture below show a pair of anniversary souvenirs from Beauty. Any collectors remember these?
It is said that the story of Horlicks began with James & William Horlick from Glouscestershire, who came up with the idea of a malt milk drink (as an artificial infant food). History aside, what was YOUR Horlicks memory like? I remember drinking this during my pre-school years. Later, this malt drink (and the famous […]
Our Facebook-fans have been going wild over our previous posts. So here’s another well-known brand to tease you lot This tinplate dates back to around 1950. Oh, WHO does not know Brand’s Essence of Chicken?!
The ‘experts in the kitchen’ are definitely familiar with Lyle’s Golden Syrup It all started out in 1881, when Abram Lyle set up a sugar refinery on the banks of the Thames river. This company, named Abram Lyle & Sons, was run by Lyle and his three sons. Thus the story goes (more can be […]
advertisement taken from Times of Malaya, 6 August 1959 From what I found out, the Zam Buk company came into existence in the early 1900s – in Yorkshire. This balm became “an essential item for the home” before modern medicine took over. (more can be read here) I don’t know when Zam Buk became popular […]
This was taken off the souvenir programme of “Fiddler on the Roof”, back in 1974. Wasn’t that long ago…I wonder how many of you remember this Maybe some of the actors are reading this – we’d love to hear your thoughts!
This photo is from Angie Yeow. This was taken at a function held at St John’s Ambulance Hall, in Ipoh. Can you recognise the people in the photograph? If you were one of those who attended this event, please tell us more about it
picture from Larry Sawyer Here’s another one from the same donor who sent us those Malim Nawar photos. Looks like these men (and women too!) are in the midst of an interesting conversation. Note also the table layout – I see some teacups and some fancy glasses. Not forgetting the rather unique floral arrangement too
Back then, some folks in Ipoh counted the cinema halls and the famous Ipoh Race Course as part of their usual hang-outs (of course this was before Parkson and Aeon/Jusco came about!). What I found interesting about the above photo – of the race course nonetheless – is the outside of the Grand Stand. Note […]
In the early 1900s, floods in Ipoh were rather common – possibly due to the silting of rivers because of mining. Later, plans were made to straighten the sharp bends of the Kinta River and divert the River Choh. This would allow the waters to flow into the Pinji River instead of directly flowing into […]
Nicholas Jennings sent us this – with the title Ipoh Swimming Club 1962 original. Could this really be the original club – before the renovations took place? Also, notice the small balcony on the far left..could it be part of the dining area?
We’re glad to know that so many of you out there have been reconnecting with lost friends through our blog – especially on THIS topic about the Malim Nawar power plant! So, here’s another picture (from Larry Sawyer), showing the plant in the background. If you recognise the people in the picture, do tell us […]
We’ve featured pictures and articles from various clubs and associations before. This time, we’d like to present (what we believe to be) a page from the Rotary Newsletter. The picture below is a close-up view of the Ipoh Branch meeting details. Rotarians out there might recognise some of the names. We thank Nicholas Jennings for […]
picture from: Ruth Iversen Rollitt This 1953 photo shows John and B M Iversen (the famed Danish architect). I’m guessing the house in the background was probably designed by Iversen (but I could be wrong)….however, what really caught my eye was the car. Has anyone seen such a model before? I know I haven’t – […]
This is one of the many colonial-style bungalows which once stood proud against Batu Gajah’s landscape. Sadly, not many of them are still around today. This one, sent to us by Rosemary Palmer, has stood the test of time – and is still being used
picture from: Ruth Iversen Rollitt What I found interesting about this one is the local boy’s clothing – a pair of long pants, pulled up to his stomach This boy was probably one of the many children who ran around the estate back then. Wonder what’s become of him…..
With technology advancing everyday, I wonder how many of us can actually claim to have used a good old fashioned typewriter! This advertisement (sent to us by Nicholas Jennings) is for Royal Typewriters. Was this a very popular brand back then? Did any of you own one (or any other typewriter brand)? On that note, […]
We received this from Daniel Doutriaux (part of a series of photographs from an album). These are the girls from Batu Gajah Convent – excited as they explore the new science lab. The year was 1956….do you recognise any of them in the photo? (Or, maybe YOU are in there?) We’d love to hear from […]
advertisement courtesy of: Nicholas Jennings Philco Radios were around as early as 1928. However, the company almost went bust and was later bought over by Ford Motor Company (in the 1960s). These radios must have had a special place in their owners hearts – Ron Ramirez even has a book dedicated to this radio! (more […]
Nicholas Jennings (our donor) tells us that: the boy standing on the running board is his uncle Nigel (the third son of J A S Jennings). At the wheel is Eric Jennings (the eldest son), and seated beside the driver is Rose Winnifred (Freda) Jennings. In the background is the family home (No. 50 Gopeng […]
I don’t know the actual name of this dish, but I do know that many enjoy eating it – especially for a late supper! Our photographer visited this stall in Taiping. Apparently, the dish he ate (right) cost him RM 11. I’m sure there are similar stalls in Ipoh which sell this treat. So we […]
We received the following email from Kong Khen: “Recently, I found a class photograph of my dad taken in 1940. I’ve identified it as the remedial class of English lesson, from what was mentioned by my dad. Could IPOHWORLD help to confirm if the teachers were from ACS school. Dad mentioned that he attended English […]
from: all of us at ipohWorld!
…the Papan Mosque? Initially I thought this was part of a typical kampung house, but was sorely mistaken! It is in fact a mosque. This Mandailing-styled mosque was built in 1888 by Raja Bilah. It was later restored and reconstructed by the National Museum (Muzium Negara) in 1999. Has anyone seen it?
We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for this gem. We estimate the year was 1925 – yes, it was that long ago folks!
picture from: Rosemary Palmer At first glance, I thought I was looking at the entrance of the Ipoh Club. This building however is the Kinta Golf Club, in Batu Gajah! But then again, you can’t deny the similarities, can you? I wonder when this club came into existence…
picture from: Larry Sawyer I don’t remember this design on our Malaysian planes (long before my time anyway ) but I’m sure some of you out there do remember this. I’m curious to know what image that is – on the nose of the plane. Is it some kind of bird? Or just a random […]
I dare say that apart from the Ubudiah Mosque, the Royal Palace is the next famous landmark in Kuala Kangsar This picture here, courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt, shows a different view of the palace – probably before the renovations were done. Could anyone help us with a rough date?
Larry Sawyer sent this to us. It looks like the inside of that famous power plant (which caught everyone’s attention on the blog!). What we don’t know is: Who are these people in the front row? Could it be the Manager and a guest (with their respective wives)? I’m also curious to know who the […]
Ever wondered what happened to this famous Gopeng Landmark? Well, wonder no more! Thanks to our photographer Charlie, we have these pictures for your viewing pleasure! As the State Government once promised, a section of one of the pipes on its original structure has been saved and turned into a sort of a memorial to […]
From all of us to all of you – on this special day 16th September!
picture courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt Some of you Anderson School Alumni may remember this building. The younger ones may have seen it in their school magazine. Well, this was once Anderson School – before the present building was built.
If you happen to drive by Persiaran Bercham Selatan 1 (just behind 7-11), you might see this man hard at work! He may not be as vigorous as the famed ‘Spiderman’, but I’m sure his dish has its own unique taste. Here’s a closer look (picture below) Our photographer told us that this dish – […]
We don’t mean to confuse you again, but here’s another photo of a local market This one isn’t in Ipoh….it’s actually in Batu Gajah (according to our donor Wendy Lewis). Notice the shape of the roof - quite unique for a market building, don’t you think? Any Batu Gajah folks around? Perhaps they could tell […]
picture courtesy of Ruth Iversen Rollitt We’ve featured this Club on our blog before, but here’s a different view of it. Notice the structure on the far left. I wonder what’s happened to it. And if your eyes are sharp enough, note the vehicle on the far right too!
Wendy Lewis tells us that this holiday resort was in Pangkor Island. Back then (probably the 1950s) there was no air-condition – only fans and mosquito nets! I wonder if this resort is still there….perhaps it has been upgraded with more modern facilities (besides air-condition, perhaps free wi-fi too?). Any frequent visitors to Pangkor? Do […]
click to enlarge poster Calling all music lovers! Keep this weekend free – 6th and 7th September 2014 – and treat yourself (and your family/friends) to this “sumptuous spread of music” For tickets and further details, call PSPA : 05 – 242 7814
(courtesy of Larry Sawyer) All you Philatelists out there may remember this First Day Cover (or even have it in your collection!). Yes, this one came out back in 1957 – when Malaya received her Independence. Just wondering: were there OTHER such souvenirs made for this momentous occasion? (like mugs, badges, t-shirts, etc.)
I was told by our photographer that this dessert is known as Dai Gao Meen. Some people call it Apam-Balik. What ever YOU call it, what matters is that it tastes GOOD, right? Crispy on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside…with a little crunch from the peanuts. Dear Foodies, do any of you […]
I know we’ve featured this house before. But this photo (from Larry Sawyer) is a coloured version- yes, it’s the same beautiful house which is now (sadly) abandoned along Tiger Lane. The Sawyers lived here for a while, from what Larry told us.
The man wearing a hat is none other then the famous Dr Tweedie. The lady next to him is the wife of B M Iversen. This photograph was taken in 1966, in Sungei Siput. In the background you can see the beautiful hills of the Kinta Valley. We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for this photograph.
Ruth Iversen Rollitt (our donor) tells us that there was a time when F&N supplied swings and slides for birthday parties! I didn’t know this, did YOU? Did F&N bring such joy to your birthday parties? We’d like to know your favourite F&N memory If Ruth is reading this, do tell us more about this […]
From what we were told by the donor of this photograph (Larry Sawyer), this man was something of a side-attraction at the Ipoh Swimming Club – way back then Does anyone remember seeing him there? Apparently, the manager of the Club was not too happy about this man’s ‘business’…..
This is NOT in Ipoh, but do take note of the shape of the building – reminds me of our Ipoh New Market! We believe this to be part of the Taiping market. Dear Taiping-folks, has this place changed much over the years? picture courtesy of Larry Sawyer
Fellow Foodies will be very familiar with this restaurant. On our food blog today, we’d like to feature an all-time favourite snack – the tasty, crispy Yau Char Koay (or Chinese crullers, as some may call it). Yes, for those who didn’t already know…there is a stall in New Hollywood which sells Yau Char Koay, […]
Ruth Iversen Rollitt sent us this some time ago. It shows part of a funeral procession near the Ipoh Club. It must have been a funeral of someone important – judging by the large crowd. Does anyone remember this?
Larry Sawyer sent us this – showing part of Kuala Kangsar under water due to the floods. From similar photographs we have in our database, I’m guessing that this was taken around 1967. In the far end seems to be the famous clock tower, which is near the Kuala Kangsar Post Office. [I can’t believe […]
Larry Sawyer tells us: “Pangkor was our choice of holiday spots. This photo shows the boat landing at the island. The road across the other side was mud. The waterfront was reputed to have been a opium haven.” Well, anyone from that side of Perak care to tell us more? I’m sure the jetty looks […]
I wonder if anyone out there remembers this young man (first picture). These pictures were part of an article which appeared in the Star (26th July 2014); according to the writer, this white van (second picture) was usually parked under a tree (around Canning Garden) while the many customers waited in line to be served. […]
This is not an “artist’s impression”…it is the real thing This is indeed the Ruby Cinema – all done up for a recent advertisement by Petronas. For those of you who didn’t know, this is what the Ruby Cinema used to look like once upon a time. Also take note of the old movie posters […]
Since we’ve had such a rousing discussion on the Malim Nawar post, here is yet another rare photograph from the years gone by Our donor, Larry Sawyer, tells us that this was a pumping dredge at Kuala Dipang. The date is about 1950s. We’ve never seen a dredge like this before. Have you?
Imagine my surprise when I saw this matchbox….I never knew there was such a place in Kampong Simee. According to the address, it used to be opposite the Perak Stadium. Does anyone remember this place? I don’t remember ever seeing Penthouse Lounge.
When we talk about meeting up with old friends, more often than not we end up at a local cafe/restaurant. Can’t help it, we Ipoh folks love our food, don’t we? Hence, we at ipohWorld also decided to start a little ‘food-section’…to highlight some all-time favourites which are both tasty and affordable. We’ve decided to […]
I remember the first time I tried to ride a bicycle – and failed miserably My bicycle was a small red one, with an adjustable seat. I never quite managed to ‘master’ not falling off while riding the bike….sadly, I gave up. (so today, I still don’t know HOW to ride a bicycle…which is rather […]
We at ipohWorld extend our warmest greetings to all our Muslim Readers – Selamat Hari Raya; Maaf Zahir dan Batin.
This stall is along Cowan Street….some of you may be familiar with this place. It’s known for their desserts – or thong sui, as the locals call it. One of them is the famous Bubur Cha-cha (pictured below). Our photographer paid RM 1.70 for this
We thank the Caldwells for this photo. Have any of you heard of (or visited) the Nova Scotia pool? If I’m not mistaken, it’s probably somewhere in Teluk Intan (formerly Teluk Anson). We’d love to know more about this place, if you could help us.
The only ‘Cathay’ I know is the former cinema hall along Cockman Street. Did YOU know this other business of theirs? ipohWorld does not own this image. Many months ago we wrote to the owner requesting permission to use it, but no longer have the correspondence. If the owner would like to contact us we […]
(click to enlarge) Here’s another group photograph – this time from Anderson School, Ipoh. This was taken back in 1955. Recognise yourself somewhere in the group, Anderson Alumni? Fortunately, we also have the back of this photograph…filled with the signatures of those in the above photo.
Some of the Foodies out there may have heard of Cheong Kee, in Buntong. We’ve also had Blog Readers mention it. This is a family firm that has been running for many more years; and as family members have passed away, the children simply step up one position in the production line to keep the […]
Not much is known about this park. We’re wondering if anyone could fill us in on its history. Of course, the Memorial Park is not there anymore – this picture (from Angie Yeow) was obviously taken before the park made way for the state mosque. Does anyone know more about this?
Since Hari Raya is almost here, some of you might be thinking about your Kampong – this photo (from Michael Ho) may not depict your actual kampong, but I’m sure it may bring back some fond memories of life back then. For those of you non-city folks, what was life like back then in your […]
picture courtesy of Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell) Yes, this is a driver’s licence, issued by the Federation of Malaya Government (back then). I wonder when it changed from this little booklet to the present card we have today. Maybe some of you history-buffs could share your knowledge with us
Love it or hate it, this beauty is regarded the King of Fruits in this part of the world. The durian may have a strong odour which puts people off, but once you get past the smell to taste the creamy flesh – well, need I say more? Leong (our photographer) managed to capture this […]
We hope those familiar with Kuala Kangsar can help us out with this – is this a past or present depiction of the Kuala Kangsar Post Office? This was taken off a souvenir postcard, issued by the local post office. We also have a 1967 picture of this building (on our database) to compare with, […]
Quite sure many of you know which park this is. But what we’re curious to know is: what are those buildings in the background? picture courtesy of: Angie Yeow
According to our photographer (Leong), this place is near the Birch Memorial Clock Tower. Judging by the crowd, I’d say this is a very popular stall Could this be the same Nasi Kandar stall which once started out under a shady tree in the same vicinity? We’ve heard stories about the old stall; one tale […]
I’m just making a guess here – I think this picture was taken in the 1950s, but I could be wrong. Date aside, what we’d like to know is who are these people in the picture. If anyone can translate the words at the bottom, we’d love to hear from you. click to enlarge
picture courtesy of: Michael Ho That’s what the small signboard on the left (on the palm tree) says. We don’t know if this is Ipoh, but the car facing the camera is definitely from Perak. The number plate reads as A 9462. Was there a Peel Avenue in Ipoh?
(click to enlarge) Have you heard of the ‘Kinta Weed’? These plants usually grow in tin mining ponds (they are probably hard to find now). The funny thing is, this ‘weed’ doesn’t really grow in the water; they actually perch on top of other aquatic plants – preferring the sun rather than the shade! Have […]
These two cars were at Falim House when it was sold. But the owners gave them to the caretaker – as part of his retrenchment package rather than selling them with the house. We do not know which of the Foo family they belonged to but we believe the oldest one was actually owned by […]
Could this be the once famous Ipoh Padang Rojak stall? We think it is….perhaps the Foodies out there might know better
According to the address, this restaurant was behind the Star Theatre. But is it still there? Or, perhaps the name has been changed. Judging from the phone number on the matchbox, this wasn’t that long ago…
No, it’s not a fossil. This is an example of tin money – which was once the common currency used in this part of the world. We estimate this tin-gecko (above) was used in the mid 1800s. For those of you who didn’t know, a long time ago Malayan folks traded with tin money before […]
picture and story from: Bonhams Auctioneers, UK Yes, folks…this is indeed the Rolls-Royce 20hp Sports Tourer once owned by Chung Thye Phin! Chung Thye Phin bought it way back in 1925. A year or so later, this same car was lent to the Duke of Gloucester when he was touring this side of the globe. […]
Deep inside Kampung Tanjung Bangkung (Malim Nawar) was once a Japanese Carbide Factory. The picture above is that of the former guard house. It is said that the factory was part of a complex that manufactured armaments for the Japanese – which were then sent to Burma. All that remains of this factory now is […]
Between the first (curry puff) and second (siew pau) picture, which one is YOUR favourite savoury snack? Our photographer took these pictures at Jalan Bandar Timah (Leech Street) in Old Town. Besides the ones pictured above, they also sell other treats.
Some of you out there may remember this restaurant. I wonder if it’s still there….or, perhaps it’s been replaced by another business? According to the images on this souvenir matchbox, Tai Seng Restaurant had two branches within Ipoh – one at Theatre Street and another at Green Lane. If anyone know more, we’d love to […]
According to our donor, Angie Yeow, these girls were in Form V back in 1960. Recognise any of them? Notice the old-style uniforms?
(click to enlarge) Attention all Philatelists! There will be a Perak Stamp Fair & Exhibition from 20th – 22nd June 2014 at UTC (former Super Kinta), Ipoh. Opening hours are from 9am – 10pm. There’s also a chance for you to vote for your favourite One-Page Exhibition Don’t miss out on this exhibition.
We received this from Ruth Iversen Rollitt. Based on previous pictures, I’m guessing that the girl on extreme left is Ruth herself. The children seem to be playing with make-shift bows and arrows.I confess trying to make one too, when I was a kid…this was after reading about Robin Hood – The bow didn’t quite […]
This stall is at Soon Hoong Restorant (Lebuh Bercham Selatan). According to our photographer, this dish tastes lovely. Is seafood noodles an Ipoh specialty? Or, could it have been ‘adopted’ by the Ipoh folks as part of their menu? Foodies out there, you tell us
No, we’re not talking about those jungle-cats…we’re talking about the inflatable ones from Esso (see below). We also have a little story about this on our database – it’s not this (above) ‘tiger’ but of a similar one. So, like we mentioned in the title: Did any of you own such a toy? I don’t […]
The AJS 350cc was my dad’s. This was taken back in 1956 and this time, the toddler is me! The photo was taken at the end of the block of houses in New Pasir Puteh where the Fabulous Thunderbirds were from as well. We thank Mano for the picture and the above quote. I do […]
No prizes for guessing what this man is up to! I’m sure some of you are already salivating at this picture. Yes, folks…this is the one and only Cendol! Perhaps not the most famous one in Ipoh, but this stall is quite popular – judging by the crowd (see below). What we’d like to know […]
Does anyone remember this? I was surprised myself when I saw it – the Planta Margarine I know always came in plastic tubs Perhaps someone out there remembers this brand of margarine – when it used to come in tins.
That’s what we’d like to ask you experts out there – especially the St Michael’s Institute Alumni. Was this the First School Badge? Take a closer look (picture below). So ‘experts’, what do YOU have to say? We’d love to hear from you
We thank Angie Yeow for this “blast from the past”. This 1964 photo, taken at the Town Padang, shows Angie and Lee Hock Mee – the Municipal Sports champions for Badminton (mixed doubles). Of course, the gentleman presenting the award is none other than the late S P Seenivasagam.
For today’s food-blog, we’re featuring the ever popular Popiah. Does anyone know the origins of this delicious dish? Is it uniquely Malaysian? On that note, do you know the best place (in Ipoh) one might find this dish?
Our donor Mano told us that: “The three wheeler is the Piaggio Ape. Unfortunately, it’s not a full picture of the scooter with the ‘Ovaltine’ as the subject was the toddler, my brother. The photo was taken in 1965. He had recently wrecked his tricycle and rolling one of it’s wheels, ‘parked’ it against the […]
This 1958 photograph was sent to us by Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell). Seated in the front are Alison’s parents – Joy and Roddy Caldwell. This is not exactly Ipoh, but does anyone remember this team? Perhaps you might know one (or more) of the players. Any little bit helps
(click to enlarge) We thank Ruth Iversen Rollitt for these photographs. On the left is the Lima Blas Estate Manager’s bungalow built by B M Iversen for his brother Werner as referred to in the earlier post below – just as it was in those days. On the right is the same bungalow (photo taken […]
Our photographer tells us that this shop is at Jalan Pasir Puteh (near the market). So I’m sure the Pasir Puteh folks would be familiar with this restaurant. Is Wan Ton Mee one of their specialties? Do they serve other local delights too?
Those of you who remember them, did you cheer for the B Team? Or, perhaps someone reading this was one of the members of the B Team On that note, who was the gentleman in white (extreme left) – was he the Teacher-in-charge or maybe the team’s Coach? We thank Chooi-Hoong Foong for this photograph.
In one of our old posts about B M Iversen, someone suggested that the city council should name a road after Iversen. Then, we received a recent e-mail from his daughter with a picture of a CLUB named after him Yes, there’s an Iversen Club at the Lima Blas Estate – this is what Ruth […]
Chooi-Hoong Foong’s father was one of the Volunteer Police back in the 1950s (see picture below). Do you recognise the handsome young men in the above photograph? Any former members of the force reading this, we’d love to hear from you – especially if you have the names of the gentlemen above
This is one dessert Ipoh has long been famous for……Tau Foo Far for those feeling a little peckish, and Soya Bean Milk for those who want something cold on a hot day. We wonder if Funny Mountain’s tau foo far is as good as the one Ipohgal’s father used to make
Yes, believe it or not THIS (picture below) was the Main Street of Simpang Pulai back in 1936! (click to enlarge) We thank our donor – Mohamad Sharizan bin Mohd. Supian – for this picture. The discoloration is probably due to water. The Chinese words roughly state that this was taken at the funeral of […]
It’s not there anymore, but those of you who remember it are probably grinning at these pictures. These were taken in 2011 (by Charlie Choong) – yes, this is the same house near the Polo Ground. Does anyone know the story behind this unique looking abode? Perhaps someone knows the architect? We’d love to […]
Yes, this is indeed a Malay Funeral procession. This was taken, with kind permission, from the Imperial War Museum London. The photo was taken from a colour transparency, back in the 1950s. If you look closely you can see the Ipoh East Post Office in the background – that should give you a clue about […]
These pictures (above) are said to be from a stall at Kopitiam Gui Lin, Jalan Perajurit in Ipoh Garden East. According to our photographer, the satay here is quite tasty. What do you, dear Readers, think? Does anyone know the best place (in Ipoh) for satay? That is the question we’d like to ask all you […]
Some of you may have met me before. Some of you may remember me ‘singing’ during the war. Some say my ‘voice’ made quite an impression on the young ones too! For those of you who don’t me, I’m a WW2 Civil Defence Siren
At first glance, it probably looks like a stool. But it’s really an ice shaver – look closely and you can see the blade An ice block is run over the blade repeatedly while the shavings are collected into a bowl underneath. Have you seen your ABC / Cendol seller use this? Or, have YOU […]
No, there’s no grammatical error in our title We’re talking about this shop at Panglima Street (click to enlarge pic). We were told that their Pork Noodles are quite tasty. So, dear Foodies….what’s your opinion?
Mr Wang Min-Hua is. This was taken in October 1981 on the day he retired. From what we know: The car a 1954 Ford Popular Saloon registered number AA 8835, was bought new by his father and first registered in Ipoh on 8 April 1954. It has received loving care from both father and son […]
I’m sure some of you know this one. The next thing we’d like to know: Is Kooi Kee Fresh Fruits still in business today?
YK Choong sent this to us. He’d like some help with ‘When’ and ‘Where’ this picture was taken. ps: YK Choong thinks it’s 1966…so there’s a little clue for you Anderson Boys!
We were told by our donor (Angie Yeow) that she thought this was part of the Japanese Garden. But, when you take a closer look…it seems to be part of a cave temple. Now we’d like to know which cave temple this is Anyone care to guess?
I’m sure some of you have seen this shop….some of you may be regular customers too! This shop, located at Jalan Mustafa Al Bakri, is said to be famous for its Kaya Puff – a light and fluffy pastry with egg-jam filling. Ideal for those with a sweet-tooth, don’t you think? Have you eaten one […]
Did you know there was once a Japanese barber in Ipoh? I didn’t, but according to this early photo there was a “D. Wakaki Salon” along Hugh Low Street. Could anyone tell us MORE?
Study the picture below….carefully….. A signboard was supposed to have been erected above the shop house – 147, Brewster Road. Our question for YOU is: did the signboard go up at all? If so, what did it advertise?
From the pictures, we think that this float was one of the many at a Merdeka Parade back in 1967. Does anyone remember this parade? If you do, where was it held – at the Stadium, or along the main streets of the town? Also notice the old Malay used in the description and the […]
…that pineapples were once grown under coconut and rubber trees? This 1920 postcard shows a bullock cart used in transporting pineapples. I do wonder how much a pineapple cost back then
In previous blog posts, we’ve had Readers talk about the famous ‘Police Station Curry Mee’. I do wonder if this (Restoran Xin Quan Fang) is the place you guys were talking about. If you answered yes to the above query, then perhaps you know these gentlemen. [And they in turn will know you as a […]
Take a good look the postcard below Could this be the old Ipoh Market? I’ve never seen the old market, but I know some of you out there remember what it looks like.
That’s what our donor Graham Barton said in his description of this photo (see below). Well, what do YOU think? On that note, see the hill in background? Could that be part of that famous hill along Tambun Road?
We were told by Ruth Iversen Rollitt that these houses were designed by her father B M Iversen. click to enlarge Yes folks, these houses are STILL THERE – at the compound of the Perak Hydro Power Station in Malim Nawar! Those of you who once lived here, do you see YOUR former home in […]
As mentioned previously, we have a postcard with ‘Ipoh East’ stamped on the top left corner. The date is stated as 1934 – meaning the Post Office concerned has been around for some time. When did they close then?
According to Nick Band (our donor), the caption for this 1957 photograph reads as Post Office, Brewster Road, from the Eastern. If you zoom in on the ‘Pejabat Pos’ signage, the smaller street sign (left) reads as Cockman Street. THIS is what’s confused us Ipoh-experts out there, can you help us? Is this really the […]
This photograph is from Ron Lee (from Australia), sent through SK – who then forwarded it to us. (click to enlarge) So, Cator Avenue boys…do you see yourself (and/or your friends) in this photograph? Do you remember the teacher? I can’t help but admire her sense of fashion…she must have been quite a character too
Mano asked if we could start a food blog page and after discussing it we have decided to intersperse our traditional style heritage photos with some food photos and invite comments on certain well-known local foods. If there is sufficient enthusiasm from our readers this will become a regular feature of ipohWorld’s World. So what […]
If you’d asked me before these photographs arrived, I would confess to not knowing what a pegboard was. In fact, now that I’ve seen what it looks like, I’m still wondering what they were used for. Well, for those of you who are still clueless about WHAT a pegboard looks like, take a look at […]
This Malayan Chinese Association Membership Certificate was issued in 1961 and is now in the possession of IpohBornKid. The person who owned this card has passed on and she was a member of the Menglembu (a town adjacent to Ipoh) Branch. This card was issued in Kuala Lumpur at the MCA headquarters. There is much […]
Anyone remember Wah On Theatre? (see below) Nick Band tells us that this theatre was in Batu Gajah. This photograph was taken in 1957. Does anyone know what’s happened to the theatre? Has the theatre been taken over by another establishment (as how furniture shops have taken over theatres in Ipoh)?
Anyone remember this parade? Can you guess WHO the children are waving at? I’m sure this was not too long ago… We thank Alison Caldwell for this photograph.
Here’s a close-up of a bucket dredge – for those of you who’ve seen an actual dredge bucket, you can imagine the size of this machine! We thank Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell) for this photograph. From her emails, we think that this was probably part of the Keramat Tin mine in Bidor (if we’re wrong, […]
This barge won the 3rd prize in the competition. To what we know, this barge was decorated by the Royal Engineers. Do you remember this lake carnival?
(picture courtesy of Nicholas Jennings) Whenever I see someone smoking a pipe, I keep thinking about Sherlock Holmes (perhaps it’s because I’m a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective). The man in this photograph is actually Eric Jennings. This was taken in Ipoh, sometime in the 1930s, when Eric worked with his father J […]
Mano sent us this photo recently. The first two glasses (left and centre) are Merdeka souvenirs, while the one on the right is a Hari Raya special. Mano also told us that these were a present from Mrs Helen Ross, whose parents were based in Changi. Helen’s parents probably obtained these during their tour of […]
We thank Ruth Rollitt for sending us this photo of her and her brother Per. According to Ruth, this was taken in 1950. The siblings are wearing local national costumes. I’m sure there’s an interesting story behind this. On that note: what did you and your siblings get up to in your younger days?
(click to enlarge) Yusof sent us these wonderful photos. From his email, we know that he lived in Greentown from 1969-1981. Yusof also had this to say: “The house is one of six detached govt quarters surrounding a palm tree lined field within a circular lane off Jalan Iskandar, named Lorong Said Tauphy. As depicted […]
I’ve never been to Teluk Anson (or Teluk Intan, as it is now called). Wouldn’t know if the market looks the same now, perhaps some of the Teluk Anson folks could tell us more Special thanks to Alison Cotterill nee Caldwell for these photographs.
We thank Taffy Owen for this one. I’d like to draw your attention to the unique signboard – this was taken around 1997 (according to Taffy); note the spelling of the word ‘workshop’. Also take note of the mountain in the background – yes, folks….it looks like Gunong Panjang….or could it be another mountain?
Graham Barton (our donor) calls this the “Dobie Woller”. We locals call him the “Doby Man” Looking at the lines of laundry (far right), I’m reminded of the famous ‘doby man’ who ran his business along Silibin Road. I wonder if the Silibin Road laundryman is still in business….anyone knows more about it?
(click to enlarge) KC sent us this cute one via Facebook. We thought we’d share it with all of you – especially with the Cator Avenue Alumni KC shared a little bit about this photograph with us: This photo was taken when I was in Standard-2 at Cator Avenue Primary School. Some of us in […]
Most photographs of dulang washers show the ladies almost knee deep in water, while they rotate their dulangs. This photo here (from Alison Cotterill nee Caldwell) shows the dulang washer in a field instead! This area was probably near Kramat Tin (Bidor). Notice the 1 cubic ft box (bottom left), and the white bowl (above […]
Here’s a cute one from Sally Everist. According to her, the Japanese lady is John Friedlander’s nurse. Do you recognise anyone else in this photograph?
This was among the lot sent to us from Nick Band. His father Albert Roy Band was part of the Malay Tin Dredge Co. in Batu Gajah. He had two stints there: 1954-57, where he stayed at Bungalow A11 & 1958-61, residing at Bungalow A13. As Nick explains, his father was known as ‘Roy’ and […]
Ever come across an oval-shaped dining table? Well, this picture (from Sally Everist) shows the late John Allison‘s dining room. Unique isn’t it – since most homes have either long, rectangular tables or round tables in their dining rooms
Here’s a gem from Ruth Rollitt. The little boy is her son, all anxious about his new hair cut
Familiar? Well this is none other than the Veterinary Research Institute, Ipoh. This 1953 photo is from Ruth Rollitt. Recognise the building? I wonder if the facade has changed over the years….
Calling all Tarcisian Convent (Ipoh) Girls! Remember what your school library looked liked in the 1960s? Well, here’s a little clue for you. I’m sure much of the interior has changed over the years. For the present generation of Tarcisian Girls, DO tell us about the ‘new additions’ to your school library
We thank Alison Caldwell for sharing these pictures with us. They were taken when she lived here in Perak in the 1950′s. Has much change been made to the festival since then? On that note, how was Thaipusam celebrated in YOUR part of town?
We received this from Alan Steel, with the words Wilkinson Rd from the back seat of a bus. Do any of you know WHERE Wilkinson Road is? Since many road names in Ipoh have been changed over the years, I wonder what the new name is. Or, perhaps I got it wrong…and this place is not […]
Remember these seats? All you movie buffs out there, especially those who visited the old cinemas (not the modern cineplexes), I’m sure you’ll recall sitting on similar chairs.
We thank Graham Barton for sharing these pictures with us. Do you remember such Hairdressers? Do they still use those(ever sharp!) razors/blades and ‘Good Morning’ towels? Looking at these pictures, I couldn’t help but think about the famed Star Barber – who once ran their business at Belfield Street On that note, how much would […]
“Chan Sue Meng, the author of “Road to Revolution – Dr. Sun Yat Sen and His Comrades in Ipoh”, is the great-great-granddaughter of Lee Guan Swee, leader of the Tong Meng Hui (Chinese Revolutionary Alliance) in Ipoh, Malaya, during the 1911 Revolution. Two years ago, upon learning about the great deeds of her ancestor and […]
(Picture 1: Run Run Shaw) (Picture 2: Runme Shaw) We pay tribute to Run Run Shaw, of the famed Shaw Brothers, who passed away in Hong Kong yesterday. The Shaw Organisation began in 1924, with operations in Singapore screening their own brand of silent movies. Frustrated by local distributors, they set up their own cinema, […]
We thank Alan Steel for this picture. It shows the camp and gates of the 12th Inf. at Gunong Panjang. I’m just making a guess and putting this location at Tambun Road (though I could be wrong). Is this place still called ‘Gunong Panjang’? Or, perhaps the camp has relocated? Hope those familiar with the […]
[ Warning: the picture below may cause some of you to drool excessively ] We thank Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell) for this one. To what we were told, this was taken at a wedding – and yes, folks…the guests are eating on banana leaves! So, fellow Foodies…when was the last time YOU had a banana-leaf […]
The long-awaited Part 6 of Ipohbornkid’s series! Happy Reading The Schools that Chong Soon Fan Built – by IpohBornKid (The picture above shows the generous donors for Wan Hwa Public Schools) Many Chinese schools were built after World War II during the tin boom in the Kinta Valley, especially in Ipoh and surrounds in the […]
You guessed right! It IS Hugh Low Street…and on the far right is the row of shop houses which today have been painted in 7 different colours. Also note that Hugh Low Street was once a two-way street – minus the traffic jams We thank Alan Steel for this photograph from1956.
According to the donor of this photograph (Alan Steel), those posing here are: Chan Sai Yu, Foo Kim Lim (nicknamed ‘Lofty’), Lau Weng and Yip See Chee. Anyone know where they are now? Based on what Alan told us, this was taken somewhere in the mid 1950s – either 1955 0r 1956. They were working […]
Here’s something to put you in the Christmas mood! We thank Alison Cotterill (nee Caldwell) for this one. According to Alison, this was taken in 1962 at the Lower Perak Club in Teluk Anson. On the far left is Trisha Caldwell, holding Fiona. Well folks, it looks like Santa arrived on foot instead of coming […]
For those who didn’t know, Chung Thye Phin once had his own currency! No, I’m not joking….take a look (see below). We thank Jeffrey Seong for sharing this with us. If YOU had your own currency, what would it look like?
We thank Alan Steel for this candid picture of Kid Pancho (on a WD Matchless). Besides being a boxer, Pancho was also a drummer at the Jubilee Park; and also a mechanic at the 12 Infantry. Did anyone of you out there see him in action?
We’re hoping some alumni from Sam Tet, Ipoh, would be able to help us out with this photograph (see below). This was taken from the 90th Anniversary Magazine of St Michael’s Church (which is next to Sam Tet School). Does anyone remember when this photograph was taken? We don’t seem to have a caption for […]
You’ve heard his name many times – there’s even a road named after him – so today, we’d like to show you what he looked like! Yes, that’s him on the right…and on the left is none other than His Royal Highness Sultan Idris Murshidul’adzam Shah. According to what we know, back in 1877 Sir […]
This one is a mystery to us. This was found at the famed Falim House (before the present developing company took over) some time ago. We’re wondering WHO are the people in the photograph. Care to take a guess? Could it be someone from the Foo family?
Are you in this photo? Or, perhaps you knew some of the players in this soccer team. Did any of them end up in our national football league? If you look closely, there is a trophy at the bottom of this photo…which made me think that this was probably taken after a soccer match. I’ll […]
I’m sure the NTPS boys will be excited about these (see below) It was back in 1964, according to our donor Zahar. Well, does anyone know who won the sack race? (I think the Prefects were competing) Which house was the overall champion that year?
We thank Sally Everist for this rare gem. Although it is a low-resolution photograph, you can see most of the Planter’s Bungalow in the background. The man sitting in the garden is none other than the late John M Allison – General Manager of Sungei Siput Rubber Plantations Ltd (back in 1946).