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May 2015

“Mobile” food…

By |2015-05-25T16:12:09+08:00May 25th, 2015|Categories: food, Identify Photographs, ipoh, People|Tags: |


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 in the background?

Time for some good ‘ol Chee Cheong Fun!

By |2015-05-21T10:47:18+08:00May 21st, 2015|Categories: food, ipoh|Tags: |

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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 picture above is a variant of the usual Chee Cheong Fun; this one is the made-to-order Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun that comes with sweet soy sauce and sambal on the side.

Chee Cheong Fun lovers out there, how do YOU take your favourite dish?

What is it?

By |2015-05-21T09:26:24+08:00May 20th, 2015|Categories: Identify Photographs|Tags: |

003a_edited-1Source: 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!


Another Famous Cafe…

By |2015-05-19T08:53:50+08:00May 19th, 2015|Categories: childhood, food, ipoh, Memories|


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).

Who Remembers the ‘Nautilus Inn’?

By |2015-05-15T14:04:10+08:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: food, Ipoh Town, Memories|

cafe_receiptreceipt 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?

Pulut Kaya

By |2015-05-14T11:51:54+08:00May 14th, 2015|Categories: food|


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 you with a sweet-tooth 😉 Or, if any of you have the recipe DO share it with us….

Bottle Caps (Ceper)

By |2015-05-13T15:27:57+08:00May 13th, 2015|Categories: childhood, games, Memories|


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 sure that the caps don’t fall off.

I Spy With My Little Eye…

By |2015-05-13T14:37:57+08:00May 11th, 2015|Categories: Identify Photographs|

I Spy With My Little Eye..

Picture courtesy of Yeoh Lam Swee

Here’s something to kick-off your week, can anyone guess the location of bungalow in this picture is? I’ll give you a hint,  it’s a place where travellers meet to go somewhere.

Happy guessing!

Fancy a game of Chinese Chess?

By |2015-05-08T15:18:25+08:00May 8th, 2015|Categories: childhood, games, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

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 ranks of the board are two zones, each three points by three points, demarcated by two diagonal lines connecting opposite corners and intersecting at the center point. Each of these areas is known as gōng –  a “palace” or “fortress”.

Dividing the two opposing sides, between the fifth and sixth ranks, is the “river”. The river is often marked with the phrases  chǔ hé, meaning “Chu River”, and hàn jiè, meaning “Han border”, a reference to the Chu-Han War. Although the river provides a visual division between the two sides, only two pieces are affected by its presence: soldier pieces have an enhanced move after crossing the river, and elephant pieces cannot cross it. The starting points of the soldiers and cannons are usually, but not always, marked with small crosses.extract from Wikipedia.


Here we have a picture showing a game of Xianqi or Chinese Chess in progress. Note the placement of the tokens.


For those of you who want to see a real Xianqi board, visit our exhibition at Han Chin Villa!

Book Launch: Redoubtable Reformer – The Life and Times of Cheah Cheng Lim

By |2015-05-07T10:39:29+08:00May 7th, 2015|Categories: Books, Events, Heritage Books, history, People|

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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) at 012-5382743

or, email Areca Books arecabooks@gmail.com

Of Hidden Paths and Secret Tunnels!

By |2015-04-30T15:41:42+08:00May 4th, 2015|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage|


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 a police station) to the court house. These prisoners were from the Taiping and Batu Gajah prisons. Today however, there is only a few metres of tunnel left as it has been blocked.


More Memories from Malim Nawar

By |2015-05-05T09:02:32+08:00May 1st, 2015|Categories: childhood, Memories, People|


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.

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