IpohBornKid shared this little story with us through email. Here’s his take on a memorable outing. Happy reading 🙂
Convent Girls by demand – at Kledang Hill
Many teenagers walked up the Kledang Hill in the 1950s (see previous blog). It was a good natural outing where a big group of Menglembu neighbours and their Ipoh friends would joined in for a group picnic, exercise, dancing and friendship. Food and sandwiches were locally prepared at home (not bought) and they would be taken uphill by strong young men (or those who wish to impress the girls how strong they were). Most of them would be in their junior high school (Form i to III) with some in Form Iv and V. My friend Captain (or Major in the Malaysian Army) Teoh Hoot Aun, an ex-Ipoh ACS boy and queen scout, would be one of the leaders. He has probably retired by how. Yes, he did married a Convent girl. I was only junior but had an eye on all my elder sisters’ classmates.
Here is a group photo of convent girls, some from Falim and Ipoh who ascended the Kledang Hill for a picnic dance. This group of people were very keen to learn modern dances (cha cha & the rest) and they used to go to Ipoh YMCA or YWCA on Saturday nights. I can name a few, viz. Poh Yin, Soni, Yoke Fong and hope your readers might be able to identify themselves or others. The location was the first waterfall in Kledang Hill (note the water rushing out of the bridge tunnel. Happy Memories.