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May 2014


By |2014-05-30T15:36:50+08:00May 30th, 2014|Categories: food, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|

photo 2No prizes for guessing what this man is up to!

photo 3I’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).

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What we’d like to know is: WHERE in Ipoh can you find the best Cendol?

Something is Going Up in Panglima Lane

By |2014-05-29T17:41:59+08:00May 29th, 2014|Categories: Ipoh Town, Restoration, tourism|Tags: , |

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Some years ago this site held two of the original Panglima Lane homes from 1893. Then one literally fell down into a pile of bricks. Fortunately no one was hurt. Then because the second one was considered dangerous it was also taken down.

For a while it became a sort of recreation site but soon the Lalang took over and it became an eyesore.

Just in the last few days a team of contractors moved in and this is what the site looked like this morning.

From the position of the concrete and reinforcement it looks like a double unit is going up but the big question is what will they look like from the Lane? As this is one of the main attractions of the Ipoh Heritage Trail, have the Town Council insisted on an old style matching facia to blend in with the old homes still there or have they approved some monstrous, faceless structure as they have done so often before?

Time will tell but I know what I would like to see.

The Passing of the Sultan of Perak

By |2014-05-28T19:41:31+08:00May 28th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs|

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Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah passed away today at the National Heart Institute (IJN) in Kuala Lumpur.

Raja Permaisuri Perak Tuanku Bainun and the sultan’s children, including the Acting Raja Perak Raja Dr Nazrin Shah, were by his side when he passed away.

The sad news was announced by Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir live on RTM1.

ipohWorld sends their condolences to the Royal Family on their loss.

A Well-loved Snack

By |2014-05-22T15:00:19+08:00May 22nd, 2014|Categories: food, ipoh, tourism|Tags: , |

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?

Were YOU an Ovaltine Kid?

By |2014-05-21T14:21:03+08:00May 21st, 2014|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , , |


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 wheel of the scooter.”

Hence our question: were you a fan of Ovaltine? Has the taste changed over the years? 🙂

ACS Alumni Dinner 2014

By |2014-05-20T23:20:44+08:00May 20th, 2014|Categories: celebrities, festivals/celebrations, Memories|Tags: |

Poster - Celebrating umpteen years of life & friendship together 2014

It’s Party time again! ~ Come & CELEBRATE! our fun & wonderful years of Life & Friendship Together! – *Saturday, August 2nd, 2014* *@ Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites, Ipoh.*

This year will see the debut of our Alma Mater’s magnificient Bagpipers & Wushu Drummers!  Get ready to be tickled and entertained by the professional emcee, comedian & stand up comic ~ Mr. Stephen Fernando!

Hurry, book your seats now! for an evening of fun, cheer & reminiscence. For booking & inquiries, pls call | Ms. Lim 05 241 2523 or 05 253 2882 | Mr. Looi Teik Aun 012 515 1116 | Mr. Lau Wun Chew 017 882 0608 | Mr. Hum Kee Kuang 012 336 0770 | Collection : 47-A, Jalan Tokong, 31650 Ipoh.

Estate Manager’s Bungalow – Then and Now

By |2014-05-16T17:20:59+08:00May 16th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, Restoration|Tags: |

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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 around 2008). Wouldn’t it be nice if more was done in preserving such places – especially in Ipoh? Just a thought 🙂

The ‘Iversen Club’ house

By |2014-05-16T15:28:22+08:00May 12th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

Iversen Club

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 Iversen Rollitt told us. Incidentally, Ruth’s uncle – Werner Iversen – was the Manager of the Lima Blas estate.

Anyone seen/heard of this place?

Sad but True

By |2014-05-11T19:56:16+08:00May 11th, 2014|Categories: Ipoh Town, tourism|Tags: |

The Ipoh Railway station forecourt  underwent a major renovation recently and one of the first things the tourist sees when he arrives is a large round fountain area surrounded by nicely constructed boundaries which hold engraved pictures and words about the delights of Perak. I took friends down there and here is a sample of what I found. They are all as bad as each other.

Gunung Lang Pic

This is a picture of Cunung Lang and the original colour can be seen at the top.

Ipoh Pic

Now we proudly present Ipoh!

Pasir Salak

Pasir Salak!


And finally Pangkor Island.

Now I promise you that these were taken this afternoon in the bright sunshine and they have not been meddled with in PhotoShop or in any other way.

Now it is not for me to judge but I do believe that somebody in authority should ask if the money was well spent.

What do you think?

A New Attraction – Old House Museum, Taiping

By |2014-05-10T09:06:29+08:00May 10th, 2014|Categories: festivals/celebrations, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, nature|Tags: |

Old House

Situated at 2A Market Square, Taiping, this is the project of Tan Kok Siew (Kapitan Antiques) who has leased this old house and filled two floors with antiques and collectables from days gone by.

Entrance is RM5.00. The museum is opem every day from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Apart from the items on display, the house itself is a treasure. Built in 1880 by Lim Ji You it was one of the earliest 3-storey homes in Taiping, if not the very first.

If you are withing striking distance, do go along and while you are there you might find a long forgotten memory in the antique shop just along the street.

Simpang Pulai, 1930s

By |2014-05-07T15:45:22+08:00May 7th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

Yes, believe it or not THIS (picture below) was the Main Street of Simpang Pulai back in 1936! 🙂

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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 Mr Chan.

Ipoh’s Castle!

By |2014-05-05T15:15:36+08:00May 5th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

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 hear from you 🙂

A Malay Funeral

By |2014-05-02T16:06:01+08:00May 2nd, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , , |


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 the location.

We thank Mario Francis Armadass for giving us the link.

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