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June 2014

Have You Heard of the Kinta Weed?

By |2014-06-27T15:39:58+08:00June 27th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, nature|

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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 any of you seen this plant before? I’m sure some of you who used to fish at the mining ponds may have seen this ‘weed’.

We thank Pak Peter for the above information.

The Former ‘Residents’ of Falim House

By |2014-07-05T17:43:26+08:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|


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 Foo Nyit Tse. (We might be wrong!)

The caretaker put them up for sale at a very high price, but as far as we know there were no buyers.

Does anyone know where the care are now?


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By |2014-06-24T16:17:40+08:00June 24th, 2014|Categories: food, Ipoh Town|

Could this be the once famous Ipoh Padang Rojak stall?


We think it is….perhaps the Foodies out there might know better πŸ˜‰

Ipoh’s Heritage Trail is Full of Surprises

By |2014-06-22T17:00:17+08:00June 22nd, 2014|Categories: Ipoh Town, tourism|Tags: |

Yes, you really never know what you might find to surprise you on our heritage trail. This delight was more than a little surprising just after we passed Concubine Lane at the Treacher Street (Jalam Bijeh Timah) end.



Yes it is, it really is – a water meter right in the middle of the pavement! At first I thought someone had thrown it away, but no it is firmly fixed in position. Thank goodness I saw it otherwise my last night’s Β little jaunt into Old Town and its heritage may have turned out differently.

Dare I ask what are the “authorities” doing to produce such a monstrosity?

By the way, speaking of heritage trails, there are now a range of printable Heritage Trail Maps available on ipohWorld’s database, including Ipoh Trail Map 1 in English, Malay and Japanese, Ipoh Trail Map 2, Gopeng Trail Map, Batu Gajah Driving Trail map, Kuala Kangsar Trail. Please use then as that is what they are there for.

But my apologies are in order for we failed to include this water meter in Ipoh Trail Map 1.

Happy Trailing.




Have You Heard of ‘Animal Money’?

By |2014-06-19T12:39:07+08:00June 19th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs|Tags: , , |


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 coins and paper notes were available in the Federated Malay States. πŸ™‚

Chung Thye Phin’s Rolls-Royce

By |2014-06-17T09:55:34+08:00June 17th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Restoration|Tags: |

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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. Then around 1942 this beauty ended up in the hands of the Japanese. After the Japanese left, the British Military Administration (BMA) returned the car to Chung Thye Phin; it was then sold in 1946.

The rest of the story can be found here.

The Japanese Carbide Factory

By |2014-06-13T16:32:13+08:00June 13th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , |


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 the above guard post and one of the two chimneys (see pictures below).


The chimney is around 6m (at the base) and 3m (top), with 4 arches: of these, 2 are at the bottom for fire (note picture on the right) while the other 2 above are closed to form the kiln. We were told that after the Japanese surrendered in 1945, the communists supporters went to town defacing the Japanese artifacts – they even stole some of the building material for themselves.

We thank one of our friends – Harchand Singh Bedi – for taking us to this place. Incidentally, this former factory was featured in ASTRO’s History Channel (in the episode “Hidden Cities in Malaysia”) back in 2010.

Tasty Snacks, at Leech Street

By |2014-06-12T16:56:54+08:00June 12th, 2014|Categories: food, tourism|


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.


Tai Seng Restaurant

By |2014-06-11T15:38:28+08:00June 11th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories|


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 hear from you πŸ™‚

A Stamp Fair & Exhibition in Ipoh

By |2014-06-08T09:43:14+08:00June 8th, 2014|Categories: Events, Exhibitions, ipoh|Tags: |

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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 πŸ™‚ Don’t miss out on this exhibition.


By |2014-06-06T15:56:35+08:00June 6th, 2014|Categories: childhood, games, Identify Photographs, Memories|

We received this from Ruth Iversen Rollitt. Based on previous pictures, I’m guessing that the girl on extreme left is Ruth herself.

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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 turn out so well, and the twigs I wanted to use as arrows kept breaking while I attempted to shoot them πŸ˜‰

What type of make-shift ‘toys’ did YOU come up with during your childhood playtime?

Yummy Seafood Noodles!

By |2014-06-05T14:32:41+08:00June 5th, 2014|Categories: food, ipoh|


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 πŸ™‚

Did you own a ‘tiger’?

By |2014-06-03T23:36:55+08:00June 3rd, 2014|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , |

No, we’re not talking about those jungle-cats…we’re talking about the inflatable ones from Esso (see below). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 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 think Esso sells these anymore (but I could be wrong).

‘Me and my Ride’ !

By |2014-06-02T16:25:20+08:00June 2nd, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, ipoh, Memories|Tags: |


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 wonder if anyone from Pasir Puteh remembers these houses or the bike…or even little Mano?

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