When was the last time… …you saw something like this? Some of you may already know what this is. Well, let me just say that our famed Star Barber once used this tool… Related posts: The Sam Tet School Basketball Team Ban Guan Foong Bakery Methodist English School – Form 3 1967 Boys to Men By felicia|2017-08-25T15:55:21+08:00August 25th, 2017|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|19 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditWhatsappGoogle+TumblrPinterestVkEmail Related Posts Teen Idols? Gallery Teen Idols? Singing with emotion Gallery Singing with emotion Then & Now – Movie Posters Gallery Then & Now – Movie Posters Then & Now – Movie Tickets Gallery Then & Now – Movie Tickets ‘Reel’ life Gallery ‘Reel’ life 19 Comments Ipoh Remembered August 26, 2017 at 4:03 am - Reply Well, I’m not entirely sure. Either it’s an enchanted bottle — with holes, so that the genie inside can breathe — or it’s a now-antique Ariel hair-dryer made by Menowatt, a Florentine company that once designed and manufactured appliances for professionals and for households. But speaking of the Star Barber: in the database there are still items that tell an incorrect story about “Kuramae.” One of them makes it clear that the story is being told by someone else, but at least one other is in the editorial ipohWorld voice. felicia August 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm - Reply Hi Ipoh Remembered. Not sure which parts you are referring to as being in the IpohWorld editorial voice…maybe you could point them out? But what I can say is that, the Star Barber story was uploaded as given by our Source. Ipoh Remembered August 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply Dear felicia … In the database, in item 5130, the story is clearly related by someone else (the barber, ultimately), so one might say ipohWorld is not responsible for the spurious translation; whereas in item 5135 the spurious translation is sitting there by itself, so it looks as if ipohWorld is vouching for its accuracy. (I assume you saw the correct translation, and explanation, that I posted, but let me know if you did not.) ika August 29, 2017 at 9:43 am - Reply Ipoh Remembered, just for a bit of background, the whole barber’s story was written by one of our occasional donors who interviewed the barber just before the shop closed. The translation “as strong as a sumo wrestler” was given to him by (he said) the manufacturer. Ipoh Remembered August 29, 2017 at 10:04 am - Reply Not the manufacturer; a passing Japanese tourist, as in: “Now, I have a story to tell you. A Japanese lady happened to walk in one day on a heritage trail and told me that kuramae means ‘as strong as a sumo wrestler’. Isn’t that apt? And the chairs were assembled by local workers lead by a Japanese engineer who came down with the crates of parts.” As you can see, the manufacturer is not mentioned. IKA November 9, 2017 at 6:12 pm - Reply Ipoh Remembered. Just a couple of points. First of all we always take responsibility for what we publish wherever the information comes from. That includes details that you give us. Secondly while the manufacturer was not directly mentioned, the chairs were assembled by his representatives and there would have known the translation and told the barber. I shall ask him next time we meet. Thitdly, next time you find a poor translation it would help if you could have given us the correct one, Of course you may have done and I have missed it in the 17 comments this entry caused, but I have not found it. Ipoh Remembered November 9, 2017 at 6:55 pm - Reply Dear IKA … I did, in fact, provide the correct translation the first time I saw the … fanciful one. See the post entitled “The Barber of Belfield Street,” and therein see my comment dated July 21, 2017. Ipoh Remembered August 29, 2017 at 5:08 pm - Reply Dear ika: an unrelated question, if you don’t mind. On Belfield Street there appears to be a so-called “Container Hotel.” From their web-site: Container Hotel Ipoh is as diverse as the colorful city itself. A heritage building being transformed into stylish and modern capsules with a giant indoor slide but also thanks to the famous eateries and the Concubine Lane that is just a minute walk away. Do you happen to know what “heritage building” they think they occupy? They’re at 89-91 Belfield, which, if I recall correctly, used to house Guthrie’s at one point. Thanks. ika August 30, 2017 at 4:27 pm - Reply Ipoh Remembered. As I understand it the building was originally a bank. I have no idea which bank but I know that when the new owners took over the building there were safe deposit boxes in the basement.They were all locked with no keys. I am not sure what happened to them ot if they are still there. Which bank could that have been? ika August 30, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply Got me! 🙂 sk August 28, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply Its a Hair Dryer. Not a good idea in metal & if it leaks. you are going to be electrocuted. Mano August 29, 2017 at 5:42 am - Reply Not really, sk. There are three wires connecting the appliance to the power socket via the three pin plug (the longest pin is the earth). Back then the red wire would be positive or live, the black, negative and green, the earth or neutral. In the event of a leak, the current is drawn away to the earth safely. Electric wires are colour coded differently nowadays but, as in the words of Ipoh Remembered, that’s another story:) sk August 28, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply something wrong. repeating many times. felicia August 28, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply Hi SK, I’ve deleted the repeated comments. It’s probably a glitch in the system. Or perhaps an Internet-connection issue….I seem to have a similar problem on Facebook. Ipoh Remembered September 2, 2017 at 2:47 am - Reply Got me! 🙂 That’s all well and good! — but I’d have thought the manufacturer would have recognized his own address: S. Takahana & Co., No. 3, 1-chome, Asakusa-Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan Ipoh Remembered September 2, 2017 at 6:18 am - Reply As I understand it the building was originally a bank. I have no idea which bank but I know that when the new owners took over the building there were safe deposit boxes in the basement. They were all locked with no keys. I am not sure what happened to them ot if they are still there. Which bank could that have been? Dear ika … This is completely unacceptable. Something built in 1981 is now a “heritage building”? Anyway, yes, there was once a bank at 89-91 Belfield. In the late 1960s, the Indian government nationalized a number of banks. As an incidental consequence, the Malaysian operations of three of those banks were merged in 1973 and the combined entity became known in Malaysia as the United Asian Bank, or UAB. UAB first appeared in Ipoh in 1973 at 33 Station Road, the existing Ipoh branch of one of its three constituent banks. In 1981, it moved to 89-91 Belfield, by this time a new building that became known as Wisma UAB. I suppose this is the “heritage building” that the Container people are talking about. —— Now when I say that Wisma UAB was a “new building” in 1981, I mean that it completely replaced a pair of shop-houses that were almost identical to the one you can still see next door at 93 Belfield.[*] Originally, that is to say circa 1900-1910, this pair of shop-houses was what used to be called a “Chinese hotel.” Guthrie’s appeared in the late 1920s. Their first Ipoh office was on Belfield Street at the corner with Market Street, but within a few years — probably by 1933 — they had taken over 89-91 Belfield, converting it into an office and a godown. —— [*] When 89-91 Belfield was a Chinese hotel, 93 Belfield was occupied by Low Hoot Kee, the motorcycle maniac. He used to race around town on a Minerva V-twin, defying death and threatening life and limb. ika September 2, 2017 at 9:15 am - Reply Thanks for that wealth of information which we will of course use. For years nobody cared about heritage but recently it had become a little more popular with local tourists and so every Ton, Dick and Harry jumps on the bandwagon and calls his building heritage. Most of them do not know the meaning of the word. Another thing they do not seem to understand is the difference between Restoration and Renovation. So many owners claim they are restoring their buildingg when they are actually tearing it apart and changing it into an unrecognisable mess. Of course the latter is a cheaper solution and they still call it heritage to draw the crowds. If you were to come back to Ipoh you would despair with what is happening here. It is all about PROFIT these days and nothing else matters. Whatever happened to quality of life? Ipoh Remembered September 2, 2017 at 3:17 pm - Reply Dear ika … I agree; “heritage” is probably over-used, mis-used, and abused. The bright side for us, I suppose, is that the word apparently still means something to customers and tourists. My affected horror was sheer vanity: if a building built as recently as 1981 can be a “heritage building,” what does that make you and me? Anyway, if you intend to use the above notes about 89-91 Belfield, then, for those who wonder what became of UAB and why it’s no longer there, here’s more information. The three constituent banks in Malaysia that merged in 1973 to form the United Asian Bank were the United Commercial Bank, the Indian Bank, and the Indian Overseas Bank. Of these three, the Indian Bank had opened an Ipoh office in 1941, mere weeks before the Japanese invasion. That office was at 11-13 Station Road. The bank’s operations elsewhere in Malaya survived the war, but not the Ipoh branch. The Indian Overseas Bank came to Ipoh after the war, in 1946. It was its 33 Station Road office that became the Ipoh branch of UAB in 1973. In 1981 (as noted above) UAB moved to new premises at 89-91 Belfield Street — but the good times did not last. In 1987 the bank found itself in dire straits. It was more or less taken over by Bank Negara, which, in 1991, sold it to another bank, after which it was never heard from again. As for the Container Hotel: do you happen to know when it started up? Ipoh Remembered September 7, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply Continuing from above … The building at 33 Station Road — the one that housed the Indian Overseas Bank and then the United Asian Bank — is still there, more or less unaltered. Whereas the building that housed the Indian Bank at 11-13 Station Road is gone. The site is now the newer half of Public Bank’s premises on Station Road. Why “newer half”? Founded in 1966 in KL, Public Bank opened an Ipoh branch in 1967 at 46-48 Jalan Yang Kalsom, a newly renovated building owned by the Perak Yew Min Association. In 1972, the bank opened a new four-storey head office for its Ipoh operations at 7-9 Station Road. Some years later — was it in the early ’90s? — the neighboring property at 11-13 Station Road was purchased, re-built up to seven stories, and also branded as a Public Bank property.[*1] Today, the bank’s head office in Ipoh is at 7-13 Station Road (though much of the space is rented out) and the original branch has expanded to occupy 46-54 Jalan Yang Kalsom.[*2] NOTES *1. The building at 7-9 Station Road was designed for Public Bank by local architect Wong Chin Fah. When 11-13 Station Road was added, both buildings were given a common appearance; I believe the architect was Lee Lan Seng, another local. *2. Che Yang Kelsom was a daughter of the 10th Datoh Panglima Kinta and half-sister of the 12th, 13th, and 14th. When her father died intestate in 1903, an ad hoc law had to be passed in order to settle his estate; she eventually inherited about 4% of it. She died during the Japanese Occupation. 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