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April 2021

March 2021

Celebrating Women!

By |2021-03-08T15:55:10+08:00March 8th, 2021|Categories: festivals/celebrations, Identify Photographs, Memories, Sports|

Today being International Women’s Day, we’d like to extend our wishes to all the amazing women – both in and around Ipoh, as well as the rest of the planet. Our featured post today is about women in sports:

 

Here is S P Seenivasagam, presenting trophies to Yeow Phaik Poh and Doreen Seow. This photo was taken around 1964. (picture courtesy of Angie Yeow, Ipoh)

 

 

Pearly Tan (right) and M. Thinaah (photo courtesy of Star Online). These ladies won the Swiss Open title yesterday. 

February 2021

“Red Packets”

By |2021-02-01T14:47:56+08:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: childhood, Memories|

A red envelope or a red packet (in Mandarin it’s known as hongbao) is a monetary gift which is given during holidays or special occasions such as weddings, graduation or the birth of a baby.

That being said, I’m sure some of the young ones out there will be looking forward to receiving this ‘good fortune’ come Chinese New Year 😉

Here’s a sample of ‘hongbao’ from back then…

January 2021

A little history lesson for you…

By |2021-01-04T16:31:52+08:00January 4th, 2021|Categories: Events, history, Memories|

The Battle of Kampar broke out on the night of 29 December 1941, the day after the Japanese occupied Ipoh. The British battalion, under the inspiring leadership of Lt.Col. Morrison, defended the town very well, inflicting heavy losses on the Japanese. When New Year was ushered in, many soldiers, both Japanese and British, had been killed or wounded.

Read more here.

December 2020

Planning a local staycation?

By |2020-12-21T10:08:17+08:00December 21st, 2020|Categories: Memories, nature, tourism|

Yes, staycation is a word 🙂 It means “a vacation spent at home or nearby”. Well, now that you know what a staycation is….where do you plan to spend the coming holidays? Here’s an idea (ref. to picture above); why not do what the Jennings’ did?

In the above picture, J A S Jennings and his wife Freda are taking time-off at Rosedale –  their cottage at Kledang Hill Station that they used on weekends and holidays. Ok, ok…so maybe you don’t own a cottage. But I’m sure there are some places near your town that offer a weekend getaway?

November 2020

Syonan Times

By |2020-11-30T15:40:03+08:00November 30th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

Have you heard of The Syonan Times? “Syonan” was the name given to Singapore by the Japanese (during the Japanese Occupation). The Syonan Times (printed in Singapore) acted as the local newspaper, and was also part of the psychological warfare the Japanese were using in Malaya. 

Here’s a sample of one of their editions, from 1942, (courtesy of Philip LaBrooy):

A Royal book…

By |2020-11-20T14:56:51+08:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Have you ever owned such an exercise book – with British Royalty on the front cover? Personally, I’ve never seen one so unique. Was it common stationery back then…say in the early 1950s? 

 

 

Incidentally, today also marks the 73rd wedding anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip 🙂

Kampar?

By |2020-11-18T16:08:05+08:00November 18th, 2020|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

Our previous blog entry showed an early depiction of Batu Gajah’s main road. Today, we are featuring Kampar Town. Do you know which part of Kampar this is? (if it’s still there today…)

UM’s 1st Medical Grads, 1969

By |2020-11-04T15:07:42+08:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

SMI was proud when the first group of medical students to graduate from University of Malaya included five Michaelians. They are pictured above with another Old Michaelian, Mr Vincent Ooi Eu Sen FRCS, Head of Department of Ophthalmology at the University.

They are, from left to right:
Doctors Chin Kit Kong, Ooi Eng Aun, Chong Min Sin, Vincent Ooi Eu Sen, Thong Yee Heng, Chua Chin Tong.

145 years ago

By |2020-11-02T16:03:10+08:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: history, Memories, orbituary, People|Tags: |

Here’s a little history recap for you:

This grave is among one of seven Christian ones in Kampung Pisang, Pasir Panjang Ulu (in Perak). The cemetery is said to be within a placid jungle clearing against a backdrop of banana trees and thick foliage, close to the Perak River. (read more here).

October 2020

Dining at the…where?

By |2020-10-26T13:05:04+08:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: food, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, tourism|

The Ipoh Bodega was the first European restaurant to open in Ipoh. Its doors opened on the 6th August 1904. Initially catering mainly to the lunchtime crowd, it began serving dinner shortly after and a month later began to stay open until 11pm, with music to entertain the liquor-drinkers. The weather was the death of the restaurant though. Heavy rains in October resulted in the flooding of Belfield Street, the premise of Ipoh Bodega. Accessible only by sampan, Ipoh Bodega was nicknamed the Bog. Less than a month later it closed down and changed hands. The new proprietors faced a different but equally fatal quandary – the night-soil collection carts. These “honey carts” pulled up opposite the Bodega nightly between 8 and 9 pm to engage in their odoriferous task. Angry Ipohites urged for the collection hour to be pushed to midnight but to no avail. The Ipoh Bodega shut its doors for good in early 1905.

The above extract was taken from an article, from the Ipoh Echo (issue 021, 2006). Has anyone heard of The Bog? Where (in Ipoh) would it be….if it were still open today?

The ‘Super Spy’

By |2020-10-16T16:23:08+08:00October 16th, 2020|Categories: history, Memories, People|

Forget James Bond, here in Malaya we had a “super spy”. The photo isn’t all that clear (well, he was spy after all!), but you can more or less get a hint of what this spy looked like.

Based on a press cutting, he was known as: “A cunning triple agent who was feted by the British, the Japanese and the French, Lai Tek infiltrated the Malayan Communist Party (MCP) to become its secretary-general from 1938 till 1947. His duplicity was discovered in late 1945.”

How’s THAT for a  spy? 🙂

…more haunting tales…

By |2020-10-14T16:21:52+08:00October 14th, 2020|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, movies|

In keeping up with the Halloween theme, here’s a familiar landmark that may have had its fair share of spooky tales…

Somewhat triangular in shape the Odeon is adjacent to St Michael’s Catholic graveyard and like the post-war Rex Theatre, rumours that it is haunted abound. One popular rumour is that if you ever take off your shoes inside, you will never find them when the light comes on — even if nobody has sat in front, behind or next to you. Although the theatre was air conditioned, management would occasionally conserve energy by opening the doors on the side facing the graveyard creating a rather spooky feeling. The Theatre seated 850 on its main floor and in the balcony.

 

September 2020

Famous Names (12)

By |2020-09-04T16:23:10+08:00September 4th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

This is part of a portrait picture of a gentleman who had the wellbeing of all people of all races at heart. This picture was taken from an article, which describes our ‘celebrity’ as “a good-hearted, unpretentious, scrupulous and honest man who led the Indians in the fight for an independent Malaya”. 

I think our history buffs are already ‘yelling’ out the answer. Yes folks, this is none other than Tun V. T. Sambanthan 🙂

August 2020

Of Women and Merdeka…

By |2020-08-24T12:41:29+08:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Meeting of Kaum Ibu members in Ulu Selama, Perak (1958).

The confederation of Kumpulan Kaum Ibu into independent organisations later brought about the creation of Pergerakan Kaum Ibu UMNO (renamed Pergerakan Wanita) in 1949 when the party realised the importance of a permanent women’s auxiliary body. Its leader Puteh Mariah was a dedicated and feisty who took this body to greater heights and she fought for women’s rights thus creating new ventures for women in many areas.

Kaum Ibu also provided classes for betterment of its women and this resulted in some of them being appointed to senior party positions….(read more here)

Famous Names (11)

By |2020-08-10T15:32:55+08:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: |

He had been part of the SMI family since 1939 and had helped to rescue vital equipment before the Japanese took over the school buildings. As a musician himself he gave personal encouragement to the Military and Cadet bands, as well as to stage productions. For more than 40 years, he served the students, the staff and the school with great respect, understanding and love. 

The Michaelians are already grinning at this entry 🙂 Yes, boys (and girls), our featured celebrity is none other than Bro Ultan Paul!

July 2020

M.R.C.S.

By |2020-07-10T10:08:38+08:00July 8th, 2020|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Malaysian Red Cross Society, which later became the Malaysian Red Crescent Society. No, we’re not recruiting members….just wondered if anyone of you remember the badges from back then. Perhaps you were members of such clubs back in school? [As Ipoh Remembered has pointed out, the actual Red Cross badges have a red coloured cross, not white as in the above images]

On that note, here’s a little history from Wikipedia:

The Malaysian Red Crescent has its beginnings in 1948 as branches of the British Red Cross Society in the former British North Borneo (now the Malaysian state of Sabah) and Sarawak. In 1950, the British Red Cross Society established the first branch in Penang in the Federation of Malaya from which it rapidly expanded its presence in the other states.

Upon the independence of the Federation of Malaya on 31 August 1957, the branches in Malaya were reorganised as the Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society and the society was officially incorporated by statute with the passing of the Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society (Incorporation) Act 1962 by Parliament. On 4 July 1963, the Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society received official recognition as an independent national society by the International Committee of the Red Cross and subsequently admitted as a member of the League of Red Cross Societies on 24 August 1963.

With the formation of the larger federation of Malaysia on 16 September 1963, the Malaysian Red Cross Society (Incorporation) Act 1965 to incorporate the Federation of Malaya Red Cross Society and the branches of the Red Cross Society in Sabah and Sarawak under the name of the Malaysian Red Cross Society was passed by Parliament and gazetted on 1 July 1965. On 5 September 1975, the Malaysian Red Cross Society was renamed the Malaysian Red Crescent Society by the passing of the Malaysian Red Cross Society (Change of Name) Act 1975 by Parliament.

June 2020

VIP visit

By |2020-06-25T09:41:25+08:00June 25th, 2020|Categories: childhood, Events, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|

Back in 1952, Countess Mountbatten visited St Michael’s Institution. As President of the St John Ambulance Association in London she toured Malaya, visiting centres where St John Ambulance activities were organised. In this photograph, she’s addressing an assembly at the school hall – where she declared a half-holiday (much to the students delight!).

“a Christmas present”

By |2020-06-10T12:12:49+08:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: history, Memories, People|

Yes, yes…I know it’s not Christmas. But here’s an interesting story which appeared in the Leader magazine.

“A week after her marriage in Singapore, Mrs Bloom found herself a captive of the Japanese. Then, thrown together in misery, Occidental, Chinese and Sikh found that prison bars could not confine the human spirit. In Britain on Christmas Day in 1949, it is good perhaps to reflect on another Christmas in a far-off land just six years ago ….” (read more here)

Robin Hood in Malaya?

By |2020-05-29T11:42:43+08:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Events, history, ipoh, Memories, People|

When the 1939-45 war in Europe ended, in which Police Lieutenant Dick Villiers had visited the continent more times than a peacetime tourist, he was dropped into Malaya as a member of Force 136. When the Japanese capitulated in 1945, Dick left the jungle in Lower Perak and by accident met the Loh family at Telok Anson (now Telok Intan). This was the beginning of an enduring friendship.

With nourishment in short supply at the end of the war, the Loh’s three month old daughter, Diane, was facing a bleak future. Dick began to feel peckish too when the army refused to put him on rations due to his ‘unofficial’ status. Similar situations had cropped up in Europe when he had ‘dropped in unannounced’ and so, like Robin Hood he solved the problem by using his special skills. (read more about his story here).

Yes, we had a ‘Robin Hood’ here in Malaya too! 🙂

May 2020

“have a seat”

By |2020-05-29T12:39:11+08:00May 29th, 2020|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

Since the Movement Control Order (MCO), we know many of you miss your regular kopitiam-visits. Well, here’s a vintage Bentwood kopitiam chair…for a little nostalgia. Interestingly, Bentwood objects are made by wetting wood either by soaking or by steaming. This wood is then bent and left to harden into curved shapes and patterns.

Opening of the New Library

By |2020-05-27T09:28:53+08:00May 27th, 2020|Categories: childhood, Events, history, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: |

This photograph was taken during the official opening of the new ACS Library and wing, on 11 June 1955. The gentleman unveiling the tablet is said to be the Perak Deputy Menteri Besar. Does anyone know who he was?

Also in the photograph are: Methodist Bishop Raymond Archer (left) and school Principal Ralph Kesselring (right).

Special thanks to our donor – Ann Kesselring Hamon.

 

Famous Names (10)

By |2020-05-25T21:14:46+08:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|

Today’s “celebrity” is not a politician or statesman. Our famous personality once performed as a solo artiste in 1977 at the Green Fern Coffee House, Ipoh. The Green Fern Coffee House is, of course, no longer around.

I’m sure some of you recognise him (pictured above). Yes, this is none other than Joe Chin, formerly of the Fabulous Falcons!

Joe, if you’re reading this….I’m sure your fans would love to hear from you 😉

Celebrating Hari Raya in Papan

By |2020-05-21T10:27:23+08:00May 22nd, 2020|Categories: childhood, festivals/celebrations, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Taken in Papan in the grounds of the Raja Bilah complex outside the Rumah Besar (also known as a Rumah Godang), this photograph shows Raja Yaacob in ceremonial Malay dress with several other Malay men seated or standing around a table. There is a label on the table in Jawi that we believe translates into Hari Raya 1333, which would date the photograph as either 1912 or 1913 in the Gregorian calendar.

How are YOU planning to celebrate Hari Raya this year?

Unveiling the Cenotaph

By |2020-05-19T10:20:53+08:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|

The Cenotaph came into being as a memorial for those from Perak who died in World War 1. Initially planned to be erected shortly after the war ended in 1919, building was delayed;  only to be unveiled in 1927 in a ceremony organised by ex-servicemen. We believe this photograph shows that unveiling ceremony on Armistice Day 1927.

Read more here.

…oops!

By |2020-05-19T10:13:07+08:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Memories, People|

This article was taken from the Straits Times dated Monday 24th June 1963. It states that the Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, who arrived in Ipoh from Alor Setar was given somebody else’s coat as his own was missing!

Later, the stranger’s coat was handed over to the Malayan Airways. The airline somehow managed to recover Tunku’s coat, while the dark blue coat was flown back to Ipoh. The coat was said to contain $30 and five lottery tickets.

I do wonder what became of those lottery tickets 😉

April 2020

ANZAC Day!

By |2020-04-23T13:54:51+08:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: Events, history, Ipoh Town, Memories|

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year. It now more broadly commemorates all those who died and served in military operations for the country. The picture shows a remembrance parade in Ipoh, back in 1957. 

More medical musings…

By |2020-04-17T14:22:02+08:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: ipoh, Memories|

The characters across the top simply read “Chinese Sinseh” while the central panel provides the doctors name as “Zu Yong Chu” in red and his specialities below in black. These include “Physician, Pediatrician/Gynaecologist and Pulse”!
Down the left hand side the patients are assured of of “Accurate Prescriptions”, while on the right “Careful Diagnosis” is promised.

This doctor must have been popular… 🙂

March 2020

Perak Mentri Besar gets a promotion!

By |2020-03-23T10:19:53+08:00March 23rd, 2020|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, People|

Remember Mohamed Ghazali bin Haji Jawi? He took over as Mentri Besar of Perak back in August 1957 (after Dato Panglima Bukit Gantang resigned). 

This newspaper cutting was taken from The Straits Times dated Tuesday, 1st of March 1960. According to the article, Mohamed Ghazali was appointed Malaya’s Ambassador to the UAE.

“Gone but never forgotten”

By |2020-03-20T11:27:47+08:00March 20th, 2020|Categories: Events, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, orbituary, People|Tags: |

No, we’re not in a morbid mood this Friday. In fact, tomorrow (21st March) will mark 71 years since the burial of WW II heroine Sybil Kathigasu (nee Daly).

We have here a photograph taken at St Michael’s Church, way back in 1949. The hearse can be seen arriving at the tree-lined Church Road. Also note the crowds of well-wishers and altar boys lined up on both sides of the road.

‘Men in War’

By |2020-03-06T15:44:22+08:00March 6th, 2020|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, movies|

Lieutenant Benson’s platoon finds itself isolated in enemy-held territory after a retreat. Soon they are joined by Sergeant Montana, whose overriding concern is caring for his catatonic colonel. Benson and Montana can’t stand each other, but together they must get the survivors to Hill 465, where they hope the division is waiting. It’s a long, harrowing march, fraught with all the dangers the elusive enemy can summon. Starring Robert Ryan, Aldo Ray and Robert Keith.

It’s alright if you’ve not seen this movie. What we’d like to know is…can you recognise WHERE this large billboard may have been? 😉

February 2020

Movie Night…

By |2020-02-14T14:16:10+08:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Memories, movies|

This page was taken from the souvenir programme for the opening of the Ruby Theatre. As shown, the advertisement promotes a movie from Paramount Productions. 

Were you one of those who watched romantic movies on Valentine’s Day, preferably with your significant other? Perhaps you still do…?

Happy Thaipusam

By |2020-02-07T11:09:41+08:00February 7th, 2020|Categories: festivals/celebrations, greetings, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, tourism|

The word Thaipusam is a combination of the name of the Tamil month, Thai, and the name of a star, Pusam. This particular star is at its highest point during the festival. The festival commemorates the occasion when Parvati gave Murugan a Vel “spear” so he could vanquish the evil demon Soorapadman.

We at IpohWorld would like to wish everyone a Happy Thaipusam 🙂

We thank Keith Nelson for the above photographs.

A Royal Visit

By |2020-02-05T16:55:07+08:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|

The gentleman in the centre (with glasses) is none other than His Majesty Sultan Idris. The lovely lady is His Majesty’s Consort – YTM Che Puan Negara Aminah.

We believe this photograph was taken at a factory, probably sometime in the 70s. Could anyone tell us more please?

January 2020

Wedding Invitation?

By |2020-01-06T16:20:16+08:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: greetings, ipoh, Memories|

That’s what I thought at first. But actually, this is a greeting card for Christmas and New Year – from The Season Store Ltd.

We thank Wendy Dowell (nee Harley), from the UK, for sharing this with us.

December 2019

The L O N G wait…

By |2019-12-04T14:19:00+08:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: Ipoh Town, Memories|Tags: |

Taken from the Straits Times, dated 25th Dec 1959, it states that many have complained about the long waiting hours at the Taiping District Hospital. One of the patients, who went to the hospital at 9a.m., was not admitted until 5.30p.m.

I guess we’re still having the same issues today, aren’t we? 😉

November 2019

The Teacher…and his students

By |2019-11-04T14:48:03+08:00November 4th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Events, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , |

We thank Barat Kumar for sending us this picture. In his own words, Barat explains:

“As we bear witness to the passing of a great man I would like to share this picture of Our beloved Mr Selvamany. Picture was taken on 14 July 1972 at a farewell assembly. This was when he went on transfer. From left Thian Hock (?) and Chong Kee Seng. 
Accompanying Mr Selvamany is Principal”

October 2019

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 😉

September 2019

Daulat Tuanku

By |2019-09-06T12:31:39+08:00September 8th, 2019|Categories: festivals/celebrations|

In conjunction with the birthday of His Majesty Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin
Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al Musta’in Billah Shah.

Daulat Tuanku!

Alien Technology?

By |2019-09-06T14:01:05+08:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

Nope! This is actually a carbide lamp 🙂

How does it work? Well…pellets or chunks of calcium carbide are placed in the lower chamber. The upper chamber is then filled with water. A screw valve or other mechanism is used to control the rate at which the water is allowed to drip into the chamber containing the calcium carbide. By controlling the rate of water flow, the production of acetylene gas is controlled. This, in turn, controls the size of the flame which has a reflector behind it to redirect light to the front.

When was the last time you saw a lamp like this?

August 2019

The year was 1957…

By |2019-08-26T16:00:32+08:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Events, Ipoh Town, Memories, movies|

…when Lido Theatre had its grand opening. Thanks to Hong Soon Keong, we have here a photograph taken outside the cinema before the opening. It shows the Band of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment of Taiping by the kind permission of the Commanding Officer, Lt Col S G Doulson performing outside the Lido Theatre.

Merdeka Clock Towers

By |2019-08-07T15:10:36+08:00August 7th, 2019|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, tourism|

There are many clock towers in and around the state of Perak. According to the above article from Vicinity Perak, Perak is home to three clock towers which were constructed to commemorate Independence Day. Where are these clock towers you say? Well, they can be found in Kampar (built in 1957), Parit (1959) and Sungai Siput (1960).

How many have YOU visited?

July 2019

A Tribute to Nurses…

By |2019-07-31T16:47:23+08:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: ipoh, Memories, People|

We have here a lovely photo from Shuen Huey Foo, showing some of the nurses from Ward 8 of the Ipoh General Hospital. Do you recognise them? What about the person in the portrait?

June 2019

Boys were fashionable too

By |2019-06-24T12:37:11+08:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Memories|

The photo on the left is from the Yeoh family album, probably from the 1940s.

The one on the right is a present-day random image from Google.

Seems like suspenders are back in fashion 😉

A fun game

By |2019-06-20T15:53:22+08:00June 20th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|

While we’re still on the topic of childhood memories, take a good look at this photograph. Is this a human centipede / human caterpillar? Was that what this game was called? I do recall playing such a game at school….and it was FUN 😉

…that favourite drinking mug?

By |2019-06-17T16:40:52+08:00June 17th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Memories|

Come on now, don’t be shy…I’m sure some of you had a special cup/mug/glass which you drank out of. Well then, we await for your comments…

I confess that I have one – a white and blue Transformers mug 😉

A Picnic

By |2019-06-03T16:59:11+08:00June 3rd, 2019|Categories: childhood, Memories|

When was the last time you had a picnic with your family/friends? Well, why not take advantage of the upcoming public holidays? These children seem to have the right idea….

May 2019

Award for a Brave Girl

By |2019-05-24T21:36:51+08:00May 24th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Remember the time (back in school) when you received an award for excellent exam results? I remember getting an award for good PMR results (though I can’t recall what the prize was).

Well, back in 1947 Dawn Kathigasu received an award for bravery! The gentleman beside her is Mr A. Aston (British Resident Commissioner for Perak).

 

“To Sir with Love”

By |2019-05-17T16:46:39+08:00May 17th, 2019|Categories: greetings, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , , |

No, we’re not talking about the movie 😉 We’re actually dedicating today’s post to a well-known and well-loved educator. I’m sure most of you will recognise him from the photograph. 

Happy belated Teacher’s Day…to ALL those dedicated men and women who made us who we are today!

13th May 1948

By |2019-05-16T09:02:51+08:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: childhood, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, movies|

On this date, in 1948, the movie “The Boy with Green Hair” played at Ruby in Ipoh. Anyone watched this movie? Did Peter’s hair turn back to its original colour?

 

UPDATE: The year is in fact 1949, not 1948 as stated. 13th May back in 1948 was a Thursday, not a Friday; hence, with reference to the above movie poster the year should be 1949 instead.

A Protest in Grik

By |2019-05-03T16:32:46+08:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: Events, history, Memories|

Where were you in May 1974? Do you remember an incident, whereby a hundred members of the Communist Party of Malaya (CPM) guerillas gathered and planted explosives which blew up earth-moving equipment along the East-West Highway at Grik, North Perak? Well, we’re not going to show you some graphic photos of what happened; instead, we have one of a protest which was held the following month…

April 2019

Ipoh Food Festival

By |2019-04-25T15:45:57+08:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: Events, festivals/celebrations, food, Ipoh Town, tourism|

Heard about the Ipoh Food Festival? Check out the posters below:

Here’s a message from the organisers:

We have many exciting workshops and experience for tourist to sign up. Some are also free.
Including

1) Dine in the Dark (rm15 per pax)
Register via WhatsApp name > 012-4128038

Rattan Basket Weaving Workshop [1 seat left]
27 Apr | 4:30pm (2 hours)
https://loka.fun/ft-rattan-basket-weaving-27apr

Fruit and Vegetables Bouquet Workshop [8 seat left]
27 Apr | 7pm (2 hours)
https://loka.fun/ft-fruit-veggie-bouquet-27apr

Cultural Dining Experience – Malay | Chinese | Indian [28 seat left]
28 Apr | 6pm (1.5 hours)
https://www.lokalocal.com/tour/3737/cultural-dining-experience-malay-chinese-indian

Ipoh Echo Food & Heritage Trial with Vivien Lian (Halal and Non Halal) [13 seat left]
28 Apr | 7:30am (5 hours)
https://www.lokalocal.com/tour/3735/ipoh-echo-food-heritage-trial-with-vivien-lian-halal-and-non-halal

Liberica White Coffee Roasting Workshop [8 seat left]
4 May | 4:30pm or 8:30pm (1 hour)
https://loka.fun/ft-liberica-coffee-roasting-4may

Malaysia Local Coffee Roasting Workshop [9 seat left]
4 May | 4:30pm or 8:30pm (1 hour)
https://loka.fun/ft-msia-coffee-roasting-4may

Bees Wax Wrap Workshop by A Bit Less Bulk Store [7 seat left]
4 May | 4:30pm (2 hours)
https://loka.fun/ft-beeswax-wrap-4may

Coffee Scrub Workshop [10 seat left]
4 May | 7pm (2 hours)
https://loka.fun/ft-coffee-scrub-workshop-4may

Ipoh White Coffee Story & Heritage Tour [57 seat left]
4 May | 8am or 4pm (2 hours) | English & Chinese session
https://loka.fun/ft-ipoh-story-heritage-4may

More info is at Ipoh Food Fest Facebook page
https://m.facebook.com/theipohfoodfest/

 

Well, what are you waiting for? Come join in the fun 🙂

“I want to ride my bicycle”

By |2019-04-05T15:14:24+08:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Here is Percival Moss, with his ‘faithful ride’. Moss was a tailor who sewed uniforms for the Malay States Guides and other military organisations, back in the early 1900s. We thank his grandson Bernard for sharing this photograph (along with many others of the Moss family, who once lived in Taiping). 

Any guesses as to what type of bicycle he’s riding?

March 2019

Let’s talk about movies

By |2019-03-29T16:02:34+08:00March 29th, 2019|Categories: Memories, movies|

This is a souvenir programme from 1938 – the year Ruby Theatre was opened. What’s so special about the Ruby Theatre? Well besides being built by Lau Ek Ching, it was also known as Ipoh’s Ultra Modern Talkie Palace! What’s a ‘talkie’ ? A film with sound, of course 😉

As Wikipedia states: “The primary steps in the commercialization of sound cinema were taken in the mid- to late 1920s. At first, the sound films which included synchronized dialogue, known as “talking pictures”, or “talkies”, were exclusively shorts. The earliest feature-length movies with recorded sound included only music and effects. The first feature film originally presented as a talkie was The Jazz Singer, released in October 1927. A major hit, it was made with Vitaphone, which was at the time the leading brand of sound-on-disc technology. Sound-on-film, however, would soon become the standard for talking pictures. By the early 1930s, the talkies were a global phenomenon….

Talkies aside, do you remember when films shifted from black-and-white to colour? And for the (even) younger folks, do you remember when Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) was first used in films?

Circus in Town?

By |2019-03-27T16:50:11+08:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories, movies|

Well….not quite. But forget the circus for a while; do you remember the days when advertising was done via vehicles? Like this photograph below (from Hong Soon Kheong):

Do you remember those decorated vans, which advertised movies at the local cinemas?

Teen Idols?

By |2019-03-22T16:54:50+08:00March 22nd, 2019|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

When The Falcons had to end due to their manager quitting, the band members, Joe Chin, Michael Ho, Christopher Choong and Thomas Ham decided to concentrate on their education, leaving the stuffed Falcon (the band’s mascot) with Christopher. But not long after that, Joe and Michael found two other guys, (Kenny Ham, Thomas’ brother and Vincent Joseph, his cousin), who shared their interest and together they formed ‘The Teenage Fentons‘….

Just wondering…any of the members of the Teenage Fentons still around? We’d love to hear from you 🙂

Singing with emotion

By |2019-03-21T13:01:21+08:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, People|

Audiences said what set her apart was her complete immersion into the emotion of her songs. Most of her songs are sentimental love ballads, wistful, nostalgic melodies, and her entire composure and movements would reflect the mood of her music. She often cried as she sang on stage…. (read more here)

This time, we’re featuring a celebrity closer to home. The above photo is none other than Taiwanese singer Yao Su Rong. Do you remember her?

Then & Now – Movie Posters

By |2019-03-18T17:14:12+08:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, movies|

Continuing our ‘Then & Now’ series, here we have a comparison of two movie posters. Both were action/adventure films from different years. On the left (courtesy of Edwin Seibel) is a 1957 poster for Moby Dick; on the right is none other then the poster for Avengers Assemble. Anyone know how movie posters were made back then…before computers and graphic-designing software?

‘Reel’ life

By |2019-03-12T16:07:52+08:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs, movies|Tags: , , |

16 mm refers to the width of the film; other common film gauges include 8 and 35mm. It is generally used for non-theatrical (e.g., industrial, educational) film-making, or for low-budget motion pictures. It also existed as a popular amateur or home movie-making format for several decades, alongside 8mm film and later Super 8 film.” – Wikipedia

Have you ever seen or held such a reel? Tried to feed it through a projector? I’m sure someone out there can share a tale or two about this film reel 😉

“The Greatest Show on Earth”

By |2019-03-14T20:02:59+08:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Memories, movies|

courtesy of: Mohd Taib, Ipoh

This play opened in 1938. Some of you may be too young to recall this…or were not even born yet. Then, there was a 1952 film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille. A similar production came out in 2017 (titled “The Greatest Showman”), which also revolved around the famed duo Barnum & Bailey.

For the movie-buffs out there, can you identify the poster shown above? Was it for the 1938 play…or the 1952 movie?

“for your eyes only”

By |2019-03-07T13:20:40+08:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Events, ipoh, Memories, People|

courtesy of: Hong Soon Keong

In the 1960s, a magician by the name of John Calvert drove from the Ipoh Airport to Lido Cinema…blindfolded! No, I’m not kidding; the above picture was taken at Cockman Street showing Calvert in an Austin Gypsy..with his eyes covered.

We’re not encouraging you to try this stunt…but we’re wondering if anyone out there remembers John Calvert and his magic show 🙂

February 2019

…’pulled’ coffee?

By |2019-02-27T15:20:34+08:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: food, Identify Photographs, Memories|

When was the last time you saw these objects in action? This was before those fancy coffee-making machines became popular, of course. However, some local coffee shops still stick by this method of brewing your perfect cup of java.

Here’s a Google photo of how these objects go together.

The perfect menu?

By |2019-02-25T17:06:54+08:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: food, Memories|

The above menu was chosen for Mr & Mrs Michael Lim’s Golden Anniversary. Judging from the list of dishes, I dare to say no one went home hungry that night 😉

Let’s ask the “married ones”…what was YOUR wedding menu like?

January 2019

Somewhere in Ipoh…

By |2019-01-18T10:05:00+08:00January 18th, 2019|Categories: Ipoh Town, Memories|

Thanks to Ipoh Remembered, we have the above photo to keep you entertained this weekend.

Some of you may have already guessed WHERE this place is. Can you also guess the year?

And just for fun, we’ll let Ipoh Remembered keep tally of your score….. 😉

No ‘hanky-panky’ here….

By |2019-01-11T16:12:07+08:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

..Besides their intended use, they could be used for cleaning equipment, polishing shoes, cleaning hands and face, signalling for attention, as a sweat band, neckerchief, as protection from dust inhalation, to repair footwear, cut out pieces to patch clothes, cut up as emergency firearms cleaning patches, Molotov cocktail wick (fire-bomb), hot cooking utensil holder, a makeshift bandage, tourniquet, or arm sling...” – Wikipedia

Were you one of those ladies/gentlemen who used handkerchiefs? Do you still use them? Is your preferred handkerchief as fancy as the one in the picture (below)?

MORE school tales…

By |2019-01-04T16:17:39+08:00January 4th, 2019|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , |

Special thanks to SK and Ooi Kean Chye for these photos. On the left is NTPS Pasir Puteh back in 1962, on the right is the same school today (2019).

SK also shared with us: “In the 1962 picture, in between the buildings in the middle was where we took our pictures. On the left of the picture was the School Lavatory, then School Tuck  Shop. We used to hang around the Tuck Shop….The school field  on the further left had gone & replaced by double storey classes. The Headmaster residents, the Day Teacher’s Centre, The Dental Clinic on the left all gone“.

Back to School!

By |2019-01-02T16:35:51+08:00January 2nd, 2019|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

picture courtesy of SK

Students from NTPS Jalan Pasir Puteh are probably grinning at the screen now. As for the former students…has the school changed much over the years? Maybe some of you have old photos of the building back then…do share them with us.

On that note, how many of you remember YOUR first day at school? Was it exciting? Scary? Did it end in tears? Did you make friends with everyone? Or…maybe you preferred to sit in the corner of the classroom with your head down? Do share some of your “First Day at School” stories with us 🙂

December 2018

Another puzzle for YOU

By |2018-12-10T17:16:38+08:00December 10th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|

from: Ruth Iversen Rollitt

 

Familiar area? Yes? No? Well, I don’t blame you if you can’t recognise this place. It is SO VERY DIFFERENT now. For those of you who know the answer, feel free to drop us a comment (or two). By the way, this place is in Ipoh…

November 2018

Famous Names (8)

By |2018-11-21T16:52:16+08:00November 21st, 2018|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: |

Some of you may already recognise this person. For those who don’t, here are some fun facts about him:

  • he was an architect and developer
  • he once worked for the Ipoh Town Board as a draughtsman
  • he also owned Caxton Press (along Belfield Street)
  • he and his family lived at Dulcieville Lane

Yes, he is none other than C H Labrooy!

Fast cars and Pretty girls ?

By |2018-11-19T14:52:21+08:00November 19th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Events, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: , , |

picture courtesy of: Royal Perak Motor Club

Do you remember the year these Alfa Romeo cars came to Malaysia? Perhaps the car-lovers might be able to tell us more. Maybe someone out there was standing in the crowd watching this promotion.

And…if you were one of these pretty girls in the photograph, we’d love to hear from you too 😉

Once Upon A Time…

By |2018-11-14T10:10:17+08:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

…in Taiping. These were taken by Percival Moss, a tailor who sewed uniforms for the Malay States Guides and other military organisations. We thank his grandson Bernard for sharing them with us. We estimate the date to be early 1900s.

‘another one bites the dust’

By |2018-11-12T16:42:58+08:00November 12th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage, nature, tourism|Tags: , |

No, we’re not being ‘bitter’ about it…but did anyone realise that this beautiful floral clock is no more? For those who’ve never had the chance to see it, here are two pictures for you; both are from Ann Kesselring Hamon. The lady in white (left image) is Ann’s mother Florence Kesselring. As for the right image, it was taken from a 35mm Kodachrome slide. 

For those (like me) who have never seen this lovely clock, it was once part of the Japanese Garden along Tambun Road.

October 2018

That VRI building…

By |2018-10-24T16:32:10+08:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|

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picture from: Ann Kesselring Hamon

Yes, the building in the background is none other than the Veterinary Research Institute at Tiger Lane. Our donor estimates that this photo was taken around 1955. Have you been to this place? If so, do share your thoughts with us 🙂

The (not so) New Village…

By |2018-10-19T15:01:12+08:00October 19th, 2018|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: , |

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Left image: Simee New Village, 1951 (from the Kinta Valley Book) Right image: Simee today (picture from the Star, 12th October 2018)

How many of you out there lived / grew up in Simee? We’d love to hear some of your childhood adventures (or, misadventures…especially the funny ones 😉 ).

Maybe someone out there may also know HOW Simee got its name?

Abandoned building?

By |2018-10-17T17:02:52+08:00October 17th, 2018|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: , , |

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courtesy of Ann Kesselring Hamon

No, this was said to be the temporary building for the Anglo Chinese Girls’ School, back in the 1950s. For those of you who don’t know, Anglo Chinese Girls’ School (or ACGS Ipoh) later became Methodist Girls’ School (MGS). Of course, the MGS building now looks nothing like this one pictured above.

MGS Alumni, we’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Sneak peek – inside the Kinta Kellas Estate bungalow

By |2018-10-05T15:36:37+08:00October 5th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|Tags: , |

Hypothetical scenario: Imagine you’ve just inherited a LOT of money…and you’ve decided to build a beautiful mansion. Well, let us ‘help’ you with some interior decoration ideas 😀

We have here some photographs of what the inside of the Kinta Kellas Estate bungalow once looked like. Yes, this wooden bungalow once belonged to none other than William Kellie Smith – of the famous Kellie’s Castle.

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courtesy of the Estate of William Kellie Smith

Let the music play…

By |2018-10-01T16:34:51+08:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: concerts, Events, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: |

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courtesy of: Charlie Choong (click to enlarge)

We believe these musicians were part of the Perak Hui Zhou association. While we try to find out more about this, perhaps someone out there could help us out. Does anyone remember this public performance? And if you do, do you recognise the buildings in the background?

September 2018

What’s this?

By |2018-09-26T14:34:21+08:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

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Some of you may recognise it. Some of you are still scratching your heads. Worry not, this is in fact the ruins of a brick bungalow built by none other than William Kellie Smith. Last I recall, these ruins were within the grounds of the famed Kellie’s Castle (hope they haven’t disappeared or made way for ‘development’).

August 2018

Rare photo

By |2018-08-27T16:24:28+08:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: famous brands, Ipoh Town, Memories|Tags: |

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courtesy of: Charlie Choong

What’s so rare about this one? If you look closely, you can see the words “Chan Sam Lock Photo Service” on the blinds (below the large Chun Mee signboard). Yes, Chan Sam Lock started out as a half-shop along Brewster Road once upon a time….

Lower Six Science 2, Anderson School

By |2018-08-24T15:08:05+08:00August 24th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: |

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from Gurpal Singh Bhuller (click to enlarge)

We received this via email from SK (who sent it to us on behalf of the donor). According to SK, Gurpal is looking for his former classmates.

Anyone out there from Lower Six Science 2? Gurpal is looking for you. Incidentally, SK told us that this picture was taken in April 1967 – Gurpal’s last day at Anderson School; apparently one of his classmates lent him a coat to wear – yes, the young man in the dark coat is none other than Gurpal.

 

A different kind of ‘banker’…

By |2018-08-15T17:20:05+08:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|

Chettiar (or Chetty) is a title used by various mercantile castes and social levels in South India – especially in the state of Tamil Nadu. They claim a legendary relationship with the Hindu God Murugan; according to the legend, Murugan married Valli (who was from a tribal group), hence her tribe was later called Chettyars – in order to restore Valli’s status as a consort to a god.

Interestingly, here in Ipoh there were more than 100 Chettiar families once. They were known as the Nattukottai Chettiar. These financiers were preferred to the usual bankers back in the day. On our database we have an interesting interview with the last of the Nattukottai Chettiars in Ipoh.

Here’s a picture of what may have been the inside of a Chettiar’s ‘office’…

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from the book “Legends, Lessons and Love” by Jamilah Ariffin

Tourist Trails of Old Ipoh

By |2018-08-15T16:49:06+08:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Events, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , |

“Fancy travelling down the memory lanes in Ipoh?

Commander Ian Anderson would bring you through the tourist trails of Old Ipoh, to allow you to relive the good old glorious Ipoh. 

The speaker will guide the audience along the first published tourist trails of Ipoh in 1914, continuing with a look at the differences created by development in the trail of 1921.

The lecture will conclude with a look at the development of today’s Old Town Heritage Trail.”

Mark your calendars, folks. Come by to STG Ipoh Old Town this Sunday 19th August 2018, from 2.30pm – 5pm.

For more details, check out the link below:

https://www.samasamaperak.my/jom/tourists-trails-old-ipoh/

 

An Interesting Find

By |2018-08-13T17:17:46+08:00August 13th, 2018|Categories: childhood, ipoh, Memories|

We thank Lennie Brooks for these pictures. Her father once served in the 15/19 Hussars as their Company Sergeant Major Instructor. Back in 1955, they lived at No. 20, Chung Thye Phin Road – yes, at Chung Thye Phin’s mansion nonetheless. These pictures show a mosaic of Chung Thye Phin and also an interesting marble statue, which were once part of the mansion’s deco.

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Girl’s best friend?

By |2018-08-10T14:33:42+08:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

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courtesy of Charlie Choong

Ms Monroe once sang about diamonds being a girl’s best friend. From this photo, it seems like this lady loves the car (instead of those precious stones).

But I must say, between the precious stones and a beautiful car….I would choose a car (but that’s just me!)

July 2018

Taking the train…

By |2018-07-30T16:53:09+08:00July 30th, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, tourism|Tags: , |

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Here’s a picture of the FMSR Locomotiv Class G.

The locomotive was built by R. Stephenson. It was placed in Perak Railway with the name FMSR 47 in July 1901. It was scrapped on November 1931. A series of 34 4-6-0 locomotives were built by Kitson (16), Hunslet (5), Neilson Reid & R. Stephenson. 

And just for interest sake, here’s a picture of what the inside of a first class coach looked like 🙂

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Cathay Cold Creameries?

By |2018-07-09T16:07:55+08:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: childhood, famous brands, food, Identify Photographs, ipoh|Tags: , , |

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Could this have been a branch of Cold Storage? Or, perhaps Cold Storage’s competitor? We don’t know, so we’re hoping someone out there could help us out. Our anonymous donor didn’t say much about this photograph (and unfortunately, we are no longer in contact with this person). I’m sure someone out there visited 47 Cockman Street at some point in their life…

The ‘beer can test’ ?

By |2018-07-02T16:45:57+08:00July 2nd, 2018|Categories: Events, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories|Tags: |

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Following your enthusiastic comments on an old blog post, we decided to put up something else from the Triumph Owners Club (Perak) Magazine. These are from the Driving Tests at the Military Square, Ashby Road, Ipoh (back in 1975). The car on the right was said to be a Triumph Herald 1200 saloon. Car lovers care to tell us about the car on the left? 🙂

On another note, what IS a ‘beer can test’?

June 2018

ANY Gift House?

By |2018-06-22T15:56:58+08:00June 22nd, 2018|Categories: famous brands, Ipoh Town, Memories|Tags: , , |

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Here’s another one from the Yeoh Family album. I know…it’s a funeral procession (no, we’re not feeling morbid today). What caught my eye was the signboard on the extreme right – ANY Co Gift House. I’ve certainly never heard of it (perhaps too young to remember… 😉 ). Do any of YOU remember this shop?

Table Tennis Winners

By |2018-06-13T15:36:16+08:00June 13th, 2018|Categories: Events, games, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , |

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picture courtesy of: Haji Musa & family

Yes, those in the leading car in this parade were the Perak State Table Tennis Team. Incidentally, the team won the National Table Tennis Championship back in 1967. The winners went on parade through Hugh Low Street – passing the premises of the Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation. The President of the Perak Association, Towkay Chong Kok Lim (later Tan Sri) was said to be in the leading car. Does anyone remember this parade?

Sports Day, at the Anglo-Chinese Girls’ School

By |2018-06-11T15:25:12+08:00June 11th, 2018|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People, Sports|Tags: , , |

Yes, you read it right – Anglo-Chinese Girls’ School. Maybe you’re more familiar with its current name – Methodist Girls’ School (MGS).

Anyway, here is a nostalgic photograph taken during the sports day. The guest of honour is none other than Mrs Florence Kesselring.

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photo courtesy of: Ann Hamon (nee Kesselring)

May 2018

Ever heard of Sinalco?

By |2018-05-25T16:29:52+08:00May 25th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , |

No, we didn’t make this word up 😉

‘Sinalco’ is said to be an abbreviation of the Latin sine alcohole, which means “without alcohol”. Sinalco is the oldest soft drink brand in Europe (it was first marketed in 1902!), and is produced by Sinalco International, Germany.

Perhaps the advertisement might give you a clue as to how these bottles of non-alcoholic drinks looked like back then.

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Be Prepared!

By |2018-05-21T16:45:55+08:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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No, we’re not trying to scare you 😉 Although not strictly a Psychological Warfare tool, like the air-dropped leaflets, this brochure certainly formed an early part of the psychological fight against the communists.  For those of you who remember the Malayan Emergency, have you seen similar posters in and around your neighbourhood?

Ipoh, 1936

By |2018-05-16T17:23:31+08:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: ipoh, Memories, nature|

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This picture was taken from a postcard, which was sent in 1936. Of course, this may not be the exact year the picture was taken. What drew my attention to the picture was the person sitting on the river bank – wonder if he/she was fishing…or simply appreciating nature?

April 2018

‘Drawing kit’ ?

By |2018-04-04T17:08:34+08:00April 4th, 2018|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

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Toolbox? Not quite…it’s actually a set of instruments used by draughtsmen. Yes, before computers took over, building plans and such were drawn by hand! This Rotring set is boxed in a leatherette case with a velvet lining; incidentally Rotring is a German technical writing and drawing instruments company based in Hamburg.

March 2018

February 2018

Who is she?

By |2018-02-19T16:57:32+08:00February 19th, 2018|Categories: celebrities, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: |

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Yes, we’ve featured calendars with pretty women before. No, we’re not selling this particular calendar. What we’d like to know is: have any of you seen this calendar, which was printed for G.E.C.? If so, do you recognise the famous face gracing the month of July?

Teaching Aid?

By |2018-02-14T16:41:07+08:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Memories|Tags: , , |

I remember picture cards, posters, and even the more modern audio/visual teaching aids. But I’ve not seen one like this (pictured below).

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This teaching aid was said to be used to explain the concept of pi π. Let’s hear from the teachers out there….have any of you used such aids?

Paper Planes

By |2018-02-13T14:19:07+08:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: childhood, games, hobbies, Memories|Tags: , |

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Recognise this drawing? Were you any good at it? Did you have ‘flying’ competitions with your friends? Ok, own up…how many of you played with paper planes? We’d also like to hear from the model airplane enthusiasts.

I'll admit I had paper dolls once. Spent hours designing, colouring and cutting out clothes for them ;)

…you know what this is?

By |2018-02-08T10:45:09+08:00February 8th, 2018|Categories: festivals/celebrations, food, Identify Photographs|

I’m sure many of you can guess what this is 🙂

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Yes, these are cake pans used to make the famous Nian Gao – which is made from glutinous rice. While it can be eaten all year round, traditionally it is most popular during Chinese New Year. It is considered good luck to eat nian gao during this time, because nian gao is a homonym for “higher year.” This sticky sweet snack was believed to be an offering to the Kitchen God, with the aim that his mouth will be stuck with the sticky cake, so that he can’t badmouth the human family in front of the Jade Emperor.

Legends and myths aside, how do YOU enjoy Nian Gao? I like it sandwiched between two slices of yam, which is then dipped in batter and deep fried 😉 (all this talk of food is making me hungry now)

January 2018

Outside Grandma’s house…

By |2018-01-30T16:02:15+08:00January 29th, 2018|Categories: childhood, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|

Today’s blog picture is from Sybil de Roquigny (via email). She tells us that this is the embankment (with a flight of steps) in front of her grandmother’s house; if you stand at the top, you get a good view of the Kinta River.  Sybil’s grandmother – Chow Yoon Soo – was the second wife of Leong Eng Khean, and she lived at No. 8 Clayton Road. The house of course is no longer there. It was demolished and now standing in its place is Cititel Express. This picture was taken in 1950.

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Meeting the ‘king’

By |2018-01-24T16:22:02+08:00January 24th, 2018|Categories: ipoh, Memories, People|

No, not another Royal…not the King of Rock & Roll either. We’re talking about the King of Fruits! Yes…the DURIAN!

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courtesy of Ngai

This photograph was taken in 1995, according to our donor. From the buildings in the background, can you guess where this place is?

Dinner with Royalty!

By |2018-01-17T16:48:20+08:00January 17th, 2018|Categories: food, Identify Photographs, ipoh, People|Tags: |

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special thanks to Anonymous

 

Do you know these VIPs? Ok, we’ll make it easier for you 😉 Seated on the extreme right is none other than S P Seenivasagam.

Next to him is of course Sultan Idris and the lady beside him is his Consort (Che Puan Negara Aminah). And how can we forget Lau Pak Khuan – seated in the centre!

Do you know any of the others in the photograph? Or…perhaps you recognise the background and are able to tell us WHERE this photo was taken?

11 kilos?

By |2018-01-08T16:36:16+08:00January 8th, 2018|Categories: food, Identify Photographs|Tags: , , , |

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Yes, that’s what I’d like to ask our local coffee drinkers out there. How come this particular bag of coffee came in 11 kilos? I always thought such goods were packed in either even numbered weights or in multiples of 5 (or basic 1 kilo or 1/2 kilo). Could it be a misprint? Or, did this factory just want to stand out and be different…by selling coffee powder in 11 kilo bags 😉

“Care for a biscuit?”

By |2018-01-05T14:24:08+08:00January 5th, 2018|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, People|

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This was not a posed photograph. In fact, this was a common scene during the Second World War – when expatriates stopped at the Ipoh Railway Station, on their way to Singapore. When Penang was invaded by the Japanese in 1941, all European Service Families had to be evacuated.

It may not be clear, due to the low resolution of the photograph, but did you notice the Huntley & Palmer biscuit tin?

December 2017

More Royal Visits!

By |2017-12-14T11:05:42+08:00December 14th, 2017|Categories: Events, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , , |

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courtesy of: Charlie Choong, Ipoh

 

This was not taken in Ipoh, but we thought of sharing this rare find with all of you. These photos were part of a series, taken back in 1956 (some were faded, some were damaged).

Here we have HRH the Duke of Edinburgh visiting a dredge in Jinjang. The gentleman in the dark sunglasses is George Seddon – the General Manager of Anglo-Oriental. We know the photos are not as clear as they should be, but can you recognise any of the other gentlemen?

All ‘charged’ up!

By |2017-12-11T17:19:42+08:00December 11th, 2017|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

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A rechargeable battery, storage battery, secondary cell, or accumulator is a type of electrical battery which can be charged, discharged into a load, and recharged many times, as opposed to a disposable or primary battery, which is supplied fully charged and discarded after use. It is composed of one or more electrochemical cells. The term “accumulator” is used as it accumulates and stores energy through a reversible electrochemical reaction. Rechargeable batteries are produced in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from button cells to megawatt systems connected to stabilize an electrical distribution network. Several different combinations of electrode materials and electrolytes are used, including lead–acid, nickel–cadmium (NiCd), nickel–metal hydride (NiMH), lithium-ion (Li-ion), and lithium-ion polymer (Li-ion polymer). [for more click here]

That being said, do any of you remember this object (pictured above)? Have you ever used something like this before? ‘Recharge’ us with your stories….

 

 

November 2017

Opening of the Premier Store

By |2017-12-02T11:15:06+08:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, People|

Looks like the grand opening of a store in Ipoh. The back of these photographs say it’s the Premier Store, Ipoh (dated 11 Jan 1968). Any idea where in Ipoh this place was?

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The gentleman cutting the ribbon is none other than Sultan Idris Al-Mutawakkil Alallahi Shah, and the lady beside him is his consort YTM Che Puan Negara Aminah. We thank our anonymous donor  for sharing these photographs with us. 

Then and Now – St Joseph School, Batu Gajah

By |2017-11-06T16:38:38+08:00November 6th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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The photo on the left was taken back in the 1940s, showing St Joseph School in Batu Gajah. The one on the right was taken from the Star Metro (dated 4 November 2017). This building was built as early as 1928, believe it or not. According to Star Metro, efforts are underway to restore this place…and hopefully gain Heritage Status! (Read the article here).

October 2017

Time for…..ICE KACANG!

By |2017-10-25T16:32:19+08:00October 25th, 2017|Categories: childhood, food, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: |

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Yes, one look at this machine and all that comes to my mind is: a bowl of shaved ice, drenched in brown sugar syrup and topped with jelly (of various shapes, sizes and colours), kidney beans, sweet corn and peanuts. Oh, and not forgetting a dash of santan too!

Ah, bet some of you are already salivating 😉

What better way to cool down on a hot day, eh?

Royal Visit to Ipoh

By |2017-10-23T17:17:41+08:00October 23rd, 2017|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, People|

The year was 20 June 1962, when King Bhumibol and Queen Sirikit arrived in Kuala Lumpur. This was part of their state long visit. On 24 June, the Royal couple stopped by Ipoh. (pictures below taken from New Sunday Times, 22 October 2017)

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The King wearing his blue Royal Thai Air Force marshall uniform; the Queen wore an apple green Thai national dress.

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The royal entourage leaves Ipoh for Penang.

 

“Kinta in Ipoh”

By |2017-10-25T08:55:47+08:00October 20th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, nature|Tags: , , , |

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That’s what the caption of the photograph said. This is a rather interesting view of the Kinta River, with the houses on both sides of the bank. If you squint, you can see the bridge too. Which bridge this is, your guess is as good as mine 😉 Special thanks to the National Archives, UK, for this photograph.

 

UPDATE: We believe that the bridge in the background was the once wooden structure of the Hugh Low Bridge; therefore the village shown was most likely Kampong Laxamana.

From the J. J. Series

By |2017-10-06T14:36:28+08:00October 6th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|

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This postcard, from the J. J. Series, shows Selibui Road in Ipoh. We believe the postcards from this series ranged from 1905 – 1910. From what we found out from the book ‘Perak Postcards: 1890s-1940s‘, this photo probably shows the early intake dam and waterworks in Selibin (Silibin today). To quote from the book: “Water supply to Ipoh was originally conveyed from Selibin (also spelt Selebin). The great want there [in Ipoh] at present is a good water supply. This can be met by bringing water in pipes from Selibin, a distance of some three miles, and the Datoh Penglima Kinta has offered to undertake the work“.

Anyone care to guess the exact date of this postcard?

Who knew?

By |2017-10-04T17:31:33+08:00October 4th, 2017|Categories: childhood, Memories|

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Heard of this brand? Yes? No?

These matches are locally made. Don’t believe me, check out the next picture.

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Yes, this brand is made in Teluk Intan.

September 2017

Wagner Piano

By |2017-09-29T15:39:49+08:00September 29th, 2017|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , , |

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Not to be confused with the German composer Wilhelm Richard Wagner, this souvenir is from Wagner Piano – a local company set up by A C Hoe and his wife. Now, the mystery: if you look at the picture closely, you’ll notice the words “established since 1920”. But according to the Wagner Piano story, this company was set up in 1951. The same story also mentions that A C Hoe’s father – F L Hoe – left Ningbo (China) for Singapore in 1920. 

Perhaps some of our history buffs could give a clue or two to help us out here….

Meet Bibendum

By |2017-09-27T15:57:44+08:00September 27th, 2017|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|Tags: , , |

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As the story goes…… “in 1889 two brothers, Édouard Michelin and André Michelin, ran a rubber factory in Clermont-Ferrand, France. One day, a cyclist whose pneumatic tire needed repair turned up at the factory. The tire was glued to the rim, and it took over three hours to remove and repair the tire, which then needed to be left overnight to dry. The next day, Édouard Michelin took the repaired bicycle into the factory yard to test. After only a few hundred metres, the tire failed. Despite the setback, Édouard was enthusiastic about the pneumatic tire, and he and his brother worked on creating their own version, one that did not need to be glued to the rim. Michelin was incorporated on 28 May 1889. In 1891 Michelin took out its first patent for a removable pneumatic tire which was used by Charles Terront to win the world’s first long distance cycle race, the 1891 Paris–Brest–Paris” (read more here)

Thanks to persistence and hardwork (and creativity too), we now have a famous name in the world of tyres. As for the mascot shown…yes, his name is Bibendum…but we usually call him the Michelin Man 🙂

Eel Soup?

By |2017-09-15T14:08:55+08:00September 15th, 2017|Categories: food, ipoh|Tags: |

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No, we’re not joking. This delicacy can be found right here in Ipoh – at Restoran Nasi Lemak Ayam Kampung, Jalan Ali Pitchay. Have any of you tried this? Do tell us about your culinary adventure!

Feelin ‘lucky’, punk?

By |2017-09-06T12:06:20+08:00September 6th, 2017|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories|

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We’re not encouraging you to take up smoking; we’re just curious to know if any of you remember Lucky Strike Filters 😉 Could you buy these tins off the rack at your local grocery store? Or were they sold by the man who rode on a cigarette tricycle?

Should you wish to see a real cigarette tricycle, drop by Sarang Paloh today anytime between 5pm – 9pm. Our exhibition started yesterday and will end on 10th September 2017.

August 2017

“Hello? Is it me you’re looking for?”

By |2017-08-16T10:43:35+08:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

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Here’s another NST picture, showing the ‘hello girls’ (as they were called). These girls worked at the Ipoh Telephone Exchange once upon a time. Dewi (wearing a checkered dress), and her sister Jamilah (face towards to camera) both worked 6-hour shifts at the Exchange. This picture is dated 1st November 1953.

Collecting Rations

By |2017-08-14T16:27:49+08:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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This NST picture shows people collecting their rice rations from one of the 19 distribution points in Sungai Siput. The gentleman in the foreground is See Khoon Lim, the then chairman of the local council; on his left is K. Sockalingam, then police chief of Sungai Siput. This picture is said to be dated 10 August 1958.

July 2017

Scenes at the kopitiam

By |2017-07-31T17:29:40+08:00July 31st, 2017|Categories: food, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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When I visit the local kopitiam, I can’t help but stop and stare at such hawkers (like in the above photo). It’s fascinating to watch them cut up the meat with their ever-sharp cleaver, and they are really quick (I wouldn’t dare attempt such a feat at home, lest I loose my fingers!). Is it an inherited skill?

Familiar Advertisement

By |2017-07-10T17:22:31+08:00July 10th, 2017|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories|

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I wonder how many of you remember this advertisement. We got this off the back back of an old exercise book.

What other products were advertised on the back of exercise books during your school days?

During my school days, the backs of our exercise books had no adverts – just the Rukunegara and probably the school song 🙂

June 2017