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October 2019

RIP, dear Teacher

By |2019-10-31T09:20:48+08:00October 29th, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs|

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Datuk Seri N. S. Selvamany.

May his soul rest in peace. 🙁


Here are two articles, which pay tribute to this well-loved educator.

Beloved Anderson teacher N.S. Selvamany dies

Remembering a great teacher, the late N.S. Selvamany


UPDATE: The following is an obituary from the Star newspaper, with details of the funeral. (thank you for the email, SK)



Popular Snack

By |2019-10-24T10:33:28+08:00October 24th, 2019|Categories: festivals/celebrations, food, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

Murukku is a savoury, crunchy snack originating from the Indian subcontinent, popular in southern India, and Sri Lanka. The name derives from the Tamil word for “twisted”. Murukku is typically made from rice and urad dal flour. The flours are mixed with water, salt, chilli powder, asafoetida and either sesame seeds or cumin seeds. The mix is kneaded into a dough, which is shaped into spiral or coil shapes either by hand or extruded using a mould. The spirals are then deep fried in vegetable oil.

The above information was taken from Wikipedia. Yes, with Deepavali around the corner many of us will be looking forward to savouring this ever popular snack.

In case you’re wondering what the murukku mould looks like, here are two pictures:

How to cook rice

By |2019-10-18T15:29:10+08:00October 18th, 2019|Categories: food, Identify Photographs, Memories|

No, we’re not teaching you how to cook. Instead, we’d like to know how YOU prefer to cook rice – the traditional way (with the wooden steamer, like the one on the left) or using the modern rice cooker?

Milo Tricycle?

By |2019-10-07T16:36:19+08:00October 7th, 2019|Categories: childhood, food, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Long before the famous Milo Vans, there was the Milo Tricycle. We believe this was the brainchild of an innovative Indian gentleman in the late 1950’s. He lived in Buntong but kept his tricycle in a shop in Old Town. The picture featured on today’s blog is a replica of the Milo Tricycle, made by our contractor Y Cheng Thymes.

There is also a bit more about the men behind the Milo Tricycle, on this Ipoh Echo link.


Malayan Cook Book

By |2019-10-04T14:29:26+08:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

Remember this cookbook? It’s a collection of recipes from three years work in the Domestic Science Department of the Malayan Teachers’ College of Penang. We were told that this book was intended to be used as a teaching aid in Malayan schools. Teachers out there, did you ever use such a book?   

‘Box’ Style Coffee Grinder

By |2019-10-02T16:02:54+08:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

Since World Coffee Day was yesterday (1st October), we decided to feature this interesting ‘gadget’.

This is a small ‘box’ style coffee grinder manufactured by T & C Clark & Company. We thank Ong Kor Leong for letting us photograph this beauty 😉

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