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November 2012

“At Ease”

By |2017-04-12T14:56:08+08:00November 30th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , , |



Suriya Sankaran sent us this picture, along with an interesting email. According to Suriya, his grandfather – T.N. Balakrishnan – is the Inspector (with a pistol at his waist) standing in front of his troops. T.N. Balakrisnan was part of the Perak Homeguard, and this picture was taken at the stand off area in Bidor (Batang Padang District) during the early 1950s.

To read more about the Home Guard go to http://db.ipohworld.org/view/id/2224

And for those who are not aware of the special Chines force, The Kinta valley Home Guard please go to http://db.ipohworld.org/view/id/4162.

I am sure that those of you who grew up in the New Villages will have many memories of the Home Guard.

But, for readers who do nor know about the Briggs Plan and New Villages there is a well written account of life in a local New Village here http://db.ipohworld.org/view/id/3247

To conclude. Suriya is very keen to find out more about his grandfather and service in the Home Guard. Can you help him in his quest please?

Traders on the Bridge

By |2012-11-28T08:36:19+08:00November 28th, 2012|Categories: About Us|

We’ve had past comments about Burmese traders selling precious stones on the Hugh Low Bridge at weekends. Here’s a rare picture of one such scene from 1971.

Have you encountered any of these traders before? Do share some of your stories with us 🙂

We thank Jeffrey Liew for allowing us to use this picture.


A Special Event in KL

By |2012-11-24T09:07:12+08:00November 24th, 2012|Categories: concerts, festivals/celebrations, history|Tags: , , , |

A (Medieval) Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

 International choir CANTUS MUSICUS and Jusz Kidz Children’s Choir will present an Advent service of THE FESTIVAL OF NINE LESSONS & CAROLS in the sanctuary of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kuala Lumpur on 9 December 2012 (Sunday), at 6.00pm.

This is a traditional Christian choral festival in which Christmas carols and songs from around the world would be sung in their original languages, interspersed with readings by diplomats and leading members of KL’s international community.  This is also the 10th year that the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols has been sung by CANTUS MUSICUS in St. Andrew’s.

In celebration of this milestone, some of the carols that will be sung this year will be medieval in character to reflect the humble origins of the choir when it first started as a small group, singing medieval music and madrigals.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service, using recipes from the medieval age, made by various choir members.

Cantus Musicus is an international choir based in KL founded in 2003. The original members of the choir were drawn from an experimental choir formed to complement the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and known unofficially as the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Chorale. Unfortunately, the choir project was subsequently abandoned. buts the project choir’s rehearsal conductor, took the best of the singers, 17 in all, and formed Cantus Musicus. Within 2 days, the choir gave its first public concert, and the rest is history.


I hope you would be able to attend this unique carol service in which all the singers would be dressed in European medieval costumes. If you are unable to attend, I would appreciate it if you could please inform your friends about the service and forward the poster and write-up to them. Thank you.

The choir would be accompanied by Lisa Ho on the pipe organ and piano, Lionel Morbelli on the violin, and Christoph Zilian on the oboe.

The S.E.A.L. Trip

By |2012-11-23T15:40:32+08:00November 23rd, 2012|Categories: childhood, history, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

Ask me what SEAL is, and I’ll relate it to the US Navy SEALs 😉 But, here we have another type of SEAL – apparently this SEAL is a name of a factory (picture above).

This was sent to us from Ko-chi Wai, along with this message:

School Visit to S.E.A.L Corporation Ltd factory – This was a school visit by my mum’s class to a S.E.A.L Corporation Ltd factory located in Perak (might be Tasek). The company that owns the factor is now known as SEAL Incorporated Bhd, and the registration of the “Sealply” logo/trademark of a seal was last renewed by the company in 1991 (http://www.trademarkuk.info/tm/1214169/sealply). Taken in Oct 1964.


ps: is this factory still there?

Episode 5 – by IpohBornKid

By |2012-11-20T17:24:13+08:00November 20th, 2012|Categories: childhood, Memories, People|Tags: , , , , |


The Grandchildren of Chong Soon Fan’s eldest daughter lived in the  “old house” at Main Road, Menglembu.  They were all studying in the English schools in Ipoh.  At the break of dawn, they all got up, brushed their teeth and started to walk towards the Chong Family bungalow opposite the Wan Hua Primary School.  There were two reasons for going to the bungalow, to have breakfast and getting a ride by car to school in Ipoh.

There were also 6th, 8th and 14th Aunties going to school in Ipoh,  Breakfast was served starting a 6:30 am.  Breakfast menu were usually, toast with Kayang and Coffee, porridge or simple rice meal.  Sometimes the late comers (usually getting out of bed late or spend too much time making up or some unexpected circumstances) would take their breakfast in the car.  Generally speaking, the aunties spent too much time making up their faces in the morning and they were causing the delayed departure to school   They were the elders and hence no comments or protest or you would get “hot tongue” for additional breakfast.

The Grandchildren living in the bungalow were spared these delays as they just walked from the front door of the house, cross the road and they were in school.  Lucky for them, but when they started to go to high school, they had to join the crowd.  By that time, most of the aunties have graduated from high schools.

The driver arrived at the bungalow at 7:00 am and his job was to take us to school.  Sometimes the car would not start because of flat battery and we had to push it to start.  Luckily there were plenty of people who can push.   We all piled up in a Red Vauxhall Cresta 1956 model  (AA9788) l with 3 forward gear, column shift and a bench seat in the front (seated 3 people including the driver).  Later in the early1960s, a Ford Galaxy (BH2131) was used to transport the kids to school in Ipoh.

The journey to school started usually at sunrise 6:45 am.  Turning out of the gateway to the right, it passed the Movie Theatre and at the junction of Lahat Road (Main Road), the car turned left and headed for Ipoh.  Passing through the Menglembu Police Station on the right, it continues north passing the saw mills and iron foundries before reaching Falim.  Passing Foo Nyit Sze bungalow on the right, it then crossed the Sungei Pari.  The road then became divided with lamp post in the centre.  Sometimes, the driver, on the urging of his passengers would overtake cars weaving pass the lamppost and crossed to the right hand side of the road and then weaved back between the lamp post into the left lane,  It was exciting start of the day to be thrilled.

In those days, there were plenty of bicycles and motor cycles competing for the road.  Bicycles were 2 to 3 abreast and sometimes they bunched together in a group of 12 cyclists.  Cyclists did not wear helmets in those days and it was amazing that accidents were quite rare with bicycles.

Prior to arriving at the railway crossing, the car would turn left into Maxwell Road.  After passing the road tunnel below, it turned left heading into the direction of the Kidd Bus Station.  Then it turned right into Ipoh Tutorial, dropped off an Aunty and returned into the main road and this time heading for Guru Nanak School.  From Guru Nanak, the next stop was the Convent and Rajah Perempuan, and it continued to Perak’s Girls High School in Kampar Road.  On returning from Kampar Road, it went to Jalan Datoh and headed in ACS Ipoh at Lahat Road.  In this route, the poor fellow who went to school in ACS was mostly late.  If the car is driven up into the main building, you are sure to be caught. by the Prefects.  The penalty at ACS Ipoh was one 220 yards round in the field for every 5 minutes late.

After much complaining and a change of circumstances, where there were two ACS students, the route was changed to ACS the first stop.  It then went ahead through St Michaels to Yuk Choy High School, then to Convent, Raja Perempuan and Perak Girls High School.  A few years later, the ACS boy got smarter and rode a bicycle to school.

There was no afternoon pickup service as the Grandfather used his car for business all day.   Most of us take the bus home.

There were no TV in those days and it was fortunate for the Grandchildren of Chong Soon Fan to have a picture theatre next door and the admission is complimentary.  I believe, the movie theatre leased the premises from Chong Soon Fan and he was given many complimentary tickets.  Coming home after school, one would throw the school bag into the dark corner, eat lunch and headed straight for the movies which started at 2.00 pm, school day or not.  It did not matter what language film was showing as long as we could sit there for one and a half hour entertained.  In a year, we can have seen at least 50 movies (twice a week) and sometimes seeing the same movie twice.

The favourite food for the movies were ice kachang or ice ball,  With the ice ball, you sit on the rattan seat (full of ticks) and you attempt to suck all the melted ice with the fan blowing hard under you.  Of course, your clothes were dripped with coloured ice water.  After the show, we cool our heads with the picture theatre tap located inside the cinema complex before returning home.

If we had seen a sword fighting movie, most of the boys would get some sticks and started to imitate the swordsman.  Yes that was fun until one of the younger boys got hit accidently with the stick and started to cry.  In a whiff, we all disappeared so no one can take responsibility for hurting the young brat.  We swore not to include him in our activities but he also managed to get in because he could invoke the elders to fix us.

By 6 pm, the local appointed time for evening meal.  Grandchildren can choose to eat at the bungalow or at the old house.  Most of the time, , the old house Grandchildren ate at the bungalow.

After dinner, we had a bath and changed into pyjamas.  We did our homework from 700 pm till 9:00 pm and were expected to go to bed by 9:30 pm.  .

The Main Convent Hockey Team

By |2012-11-19T17:30:31+08:00November 19th, 2012|Categories: childhood, history, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

Ko-chi Wai had this to say, when he sent us this picture:

Ipoh Main Convent XI Hockey Team 1960 – Photo of the Main Convent hockey team which my aunt (front row, 2nd from left) was part of, taken within the grounds of the school. It was marked as XI Hockey, 1960 at the back of the photo.

Well, Convent Girls….anyone of you in the picture? For those who were part of the hockey team, do you remember the teacher/coach?

What’s Happened to Lindeteves-Stokvis?

By |2012-11-16T13:25:16+08:00November 16th, 2012|Categories: history, ipoh|Tags: , |

According to the signboard, Lindeteves-Stokvis was an importer of mine and estate supplies. This picture taken in 1929, roughly about a year after Lindeteves opened its branch in Ipoh. Besides Ipoh, they also opened in Penang; however their first set up on this side of the globe was in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Anyone know which part of Ipoh Lindeteves’ branch was? What’s happened to this Dutch company today?

Once Upon A Time….

By |2012-11-14T13:59:46+08:00November 14th, 2012|Categories: childhood, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , |

…such a scene (picture above) was a common sight around Ipoh Town. I never had a pair of striped pajamas, but I do remember (as a child) walking about in cartoon-themed pajamas and bed-hair! This cute picture was sent to us by Ko-chi Wai, who also included this message:

My mum (Lau Siew Hwa), my uncle, and my cousin on the stairs at the side of the Rex Cinema building. On the right one can see the rear part of the row of shop-houses facing Hugh Low St. where my mum’s family stayed in one till late 1990s. One can see the back doors to the shop-houses, as well as the small trap doors at the bottom where the “night soil” buckets were placed. Taken in 1959.

Know What This Is?

By |2012-11-12T15:31:19+08:00November 12th, 2012|Categories: Identify Photographs|

Is this part of a temple? Is it part of an association / club house? The building does look rather familiar, but we can’t really guess what it is. Do you guys have any idea? On the right corner of the top floor are the words Chee Tek Kok, Perak.

Ipoh’s Uniquely Designed Fountain

By |2012-11-09T15:11:58+08:00November 9th, 2012|Categories: childhood, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, nature, tourism|Tags: , , , |

Since this fountain was erected, many Ipoh-ites have posed for pictures at this very roundabout. I suppose it was possible back then when there wasn’t much traffic – imagine doing photo shoots here in this day and age!

And what about those buildings in the background? Any idea what they are?

Tilapia Fishes at D R Park?

By |2012-11-08T16:02:25+08:00November 8th, 2012|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, nature, People, tourism|

Yes, you read it right!

The above picture, taken in 1973, shows a couple at D R Seenivasagam Park. Through email, Ko-Chi Wai tells us that:

the rocks at the far side of the lake are still there today. however, the wooden platform where they are standing, and the wooden zigzag bridge across the lake are long gone. when I was a kid in the early 80s, my cousins and I used to feed the tilapia fishes from the very same platform.

Have any of you been fishing at this lake?

Some Help Needed Here

By |2012-11-22T14:20:33+08:00November 6th, 2012|Categories: About Us|

In response to the below appeal we have unusually agreed to publish this. Please help if you can but remember  – pets are not toys to be discarded when you are bored with them. They are for life.

“TheNoah’s Ark Ipoh is managing the ISPCA cattery. We have lots of kittens at the moment, around 20! We also have around 40 adult cats looking for a good home. Can you help us get the word out about adoption as the only option? We have cute pictures and descriptive pharagraphs of the cats personalities. We would like to reach as many people as possible.

We are open on weekends from 10-12 for adoptions.  We are also looking for some volunteer helpers/play mates/groomers at the Cattery. If you know anyone who loves cats, send them my contact info please.
Thank you,
Jenna Murray

My name is Snowball. I am mostly white, with a short tail and quite rotund like a ball. I have awfully cute marble-grey eyes. I am also very playful and cute. I am just a few months old and super cute. I am already done (neutered/spayed) and cute too. I am ready for adventure and would be good with a family that has children.

As you can see.. I am just all cute. Come and visit me at the cattery. Pray and hope that i get a nice family to go home to soon. Will you take me home please? I can be good… and i am cute you know.

A little history about Garfield. I am not sure how long he has been in The Cattery, but his owner abandoned him as he lost almost all his fur and didn’t look good anymore. Fur loss was probably due to stress … like how we lose our hair when stressed. Nothing a little TLC couldn’t solve- you should see his handsome self now. Very calm temperament. He would be a perfect lap cat for Grandma. He would make a WONDERFUL friend. Anyone want to adopt him? He’s neutered and very, very SWEET!

Now here are three more lonely feline friends looking for new homes.

Sunshine tells us.  I am a ginger and white kitten with a very round face. They all call me big face because my face is as round as the mOOn. I am most playful and full of energy as i’ve been confined in a condo (most of the time) with another smaller ginger and white with a small face (who is not as cute as me). Snowball used to live with me. Now that he has found a good home, I wish to go home too. I need a good mama to wipe my face for me, a warm bed to sleep in and lots of hugs and snuggles. I will be the sunshine on your shoulders if you bring me home as my fur lights up like the sunshine. I will light up your life and make you very happy. Take me home, Please?

Lavender’s tale (sic). I was rescued from the Turf Club way back in June this year. I was heavily pregnant and about to pop. I gave birth to 5 lil’ sweet kittens safely in the cattery and they named my babies the Smallies

Each and every kitten of mine has found a forever home and its time that I should leave the cattery too. I am a very sweet cat, gentle and just love minding my own business. I don’t get into fights and I can mix very well with other cats. I’ll make a very nice lap cat and a wonderful companion for some senior folks as I am not noisy. I just love a good cuddle and a good home.

Give us adult cats a chance and share your home with us. I am already neutered and am ready to go home anytime you are ready to pick me up. We are all litter trained and we just need someone to love. Come and get me soon, ya?

Blue the Siamese – her story. Blue was rescued two months ago with severe mange and a burnt back… she has been treated, vaccinated and spayed and ready for her new home. She is a beautiful Siamese and extremely affectionate. The person who adopts her is extremely lucky. She loves human company and is like a shadow….she gets on well with other cats and is an absolute gem.

Her bad past is behind her now. All she needs is a loving home. Does anyone want to have a beautiful Siamese?



How Well Do You Know Station Road, Ipoh?

By |2012-11-05T16:40:31+08:00November 5th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Restoration|Tags: , , , , |

As most of you can guess, this is Station Road. I’m guessing this picture was taken in the 50s (I could be wrong though).

We’d like to draw your attention to the row of shops on the right. What we’re trying to find out is: what was the shop on the extreme right (next to Charles Grenier)?

This picture was sent to us by Nicholas Jennings.

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