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June 2023

Did you know?

By |2023-06-09T17:02:54+08:00June 10th, 2023|Categories: history, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: |

Here’s some trivia for you, taken from The Yamato News. This newspaper dates back to 13th February 2602 (which actually means 13th February 1942).

We thank Chee Ong Ngai for sharing this with us.


If you’re wondering about the strange date (2602), then click here for the explanation.

May 2023

April 2023

March 2023

December 2022

Police Quarters

By |2022-12-29T11:09:49+08:00December 29th, 2022|Categories: Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|

No, this is not an estate manager’s bungalow. Neither is it a holiday resort. This is the Perak Armed Police Commissioner’s Quarters. We thank our donor Chee Ong Ngai for this picture.

(This could be Taiping, but I could be wrong. What do you think?)

‘Mysterious’ mansion

By |2022-12-05T17:08:31+08:00December 5th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|

We thank Harvant Lisa Harper for sharing this picture with us. She also had this to say:

This is the army regimen house by the Ipoh Specialist Center. It was at one time occupied by the British. My dad was the guard there. Then the Japanese took over. Before they got there, he told me that he destroyed all the crystals that the British left behind so the Japanese could not hear what the British were talking about and also hid a pistol that was left behind.
Just in case you’re wondering if this building still exists….we do have a more recent picture of it here.

November 2022


By |2022-11-24T15:50:09+08:00November 24th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, People, Restoration|

This house (in Pasir Salak, Perak) was said to be built in the 1980s, to resemble the house of the late Dato Maharajalela. It later fell into a sorry state (as seen above).

But, the good news is……it was later restored!

If anyone could shed more light on this restoration project, we’d love to hear from you.

We thank Tomb Raider Hunter for these pictures 🙂

October 2022

August 2022

July 2022

The First Battalion Perak Sikhs

By |2022-07-20T10:53:43+08:00July 20th, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|

The photograph actually shows the ‘First Battalion Perak Sikhs’, the armed military arm of the Perak Police Force.

The Battalion had its roots in the ‘Perak Armed Force’ which was a mix of races (Sikhs, Punjabi, Malays and Chinese), first commanded by Captain Swinburne and from 1879 by Major R S F Walker CMG.  The ‘Armed Force’ was disbanded in early 1884 and ‘The First Battalion Perak Sikhs’, was established on 15 May 1884 to replace them. (read more here)


A Garden No More…

By |2022-07-15T16:31:40+08:00July 15th, 2022|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage, nature, tourism|

This was what the Japanese Garden (sponsored by the Perak Turf Club) once looked like. Of course, this picture was taken back in the 1980s. Sadly, this lovely tourist spot fell under poor maintenance and neglect over the years. It even fell prey to vandals 🙁

I don’t know what has become of this place today. 

However, there was another Japanese Garden built at D R Seenivasagam Park (formerly known as Coronation Park). This garden seems to have survived over the years, and has also been given a ‘facelift’ of sorts. (read more about it here)


Unique Ashtray

By |2022-07-08T16:34:40+08:00July 8th, 2022|Categories: artifacts, Identify Photographs|

What’s so special about this ashtray, you ask? Well, it’s made from an artillery shell!

We believe it’s from 1942; there were some numbers engraved at the bottom, which has faded over the years.

May 2022

April 2022

170 years!

By |2022-04-06T10:41:27+08:00April 6th, 2022|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, mission schools, Natural Heritage|

The above badge has the words “Christian Brothers’ Schools” and “Signum Fidei” clearly printed on it, one at the bottom of the badge and the other at the top. In between there is an image of Peninsula Malaysia as well as a figure of a Catholic Brother. At the top end of the image of Peninsula Malaysia the numbers “1852” can be seen while at the lower end the numbers “1952” are printed.

We’re featuring this badge, to commemorate 170 years of the La Salle Brothers‘ legacy 🙂

March 2022


By |2022-03-16T15:56:37+08:00March 16th, 2022|Categories: Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|

We thank Eugene Lee for sharing these pictures with us. This is said to be the Royal English School, in Batu Gajah. Probably dating back to 1916. In Eugene’s words, “It’s now left half abandoned and most of the building is left empty. The beams at the porch have cracks in them that need to be rectified“.

February 2022

January 2022

Another fountain in Ipoh

By |2022-01-21T10:39:58+08:00January 21st, 2022|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|

We thank Anthony H S Law for sharing this picture on Facebook.

He also added: “Water Fountain …. This must be the forgotten Ipoh’s oldest, the rare and perhaps the only fountain of Ipoh city. Dated 1900 or 122 years old, the fountain was “PRESENTED BY LOW FOO ESQ TO THE IPOH HOSPITAL” Maker : Penang Foundry“.


Does anyone remember this fountain? Is it still around…somewhere in Ipoh?

December 2021

Landslide at Cameron Highlands, 1956

By |2021-12-14T10:58:31+08:00December 14th, 2021|Categories: history, Memories, nature|

According to the donors of this photograph; “18 December 1956, was a day of heavy rainfall all the way from Tapah to Cameron Highlands. As the 2 Troop C Squadron of the 15/19 The Kings Royal Hussars (TKRH) were heading up in a 12-truck convoy the troopers in the leading Saracen Armoured Personal Carrier came across a big fall. Three troopers disembarked from the Saracen to guide the convoy through; as this was being done another landslide started and hit the side of their vehicle which then fell into a 300 feet deep ravine“.

More of this story can be found here.

November 2021

The Royal Bodyguards

By |2021-11-12T16:57:41+08:00November 12th, 2021|Categories: history, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|

Did you know that the Perak Sultan once had bodyguards comprising members of the Mounted Police? Here’s an article from Harchand Singh Bedi, which appeared in The Star recently.

HRH Sultan Abdul Jalil, the Sultan of Perak, and his consort surrounded by their Sikh bodyguards comprising members of the Mounted Police from the Federated Malay States in the early 1900s.
Photo from Star Online

In the early 1880s, a small body of cavalry troops was established to suppress highway robberies, then of almost-daily occurrence in the pass between Taiping, Kamunting and Kinta. They guarded the pass at night; due to their vigilance, the dangers faced by travellers soon disappeared. The construction of the Taiping Kinta cart road and other roads in Kinta, telegraphs and railways, caused the troopers to be less necessary.

Following the formation of the Malay States Guides in 1896, the cavalry troop was separated and transferred from Taiping to Kuala Kangsar to form a royal bodyguard to escort His Highness, the Sultan of Perak. (read more here)

October 2021

September 2021

The Perak Pioneer

By |2021-09-06T11:58:44+08:00September 6th, 2021|Categories: history, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|

The first issue came out on 4 July 1894; a quarto 4-page bi-weekly edition, which evolved into a 4-page folio journal. By 1 January 1901, the Pioneer was converted into a tri-weekly issue – which soon expanded into 6 pages. By 1 March 1905, this paper transformed in a daily paper. It had 8 pages, with daily service of Reuter’s telegrams and the latest news relating to the Federated Malay States and the Straits Settlements. (read more here)

The picture shows the 1st issue and the printing offices. The gentleman shown is none other than the proprietor – Syed Abdul Hassan Ibnay Burhan.

July 2021

The Other Side of Dong Hua Cave Temple

By |2021-07-05T11:55:36+08:00July 5th, 2021|Categories: Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, nature|

A long long time ago, there was a wooden temple built onto the side of a limestone cliff. It had a zinc roof. Members of the Perak Heritage Society had visited the place in October 2007. It was located at a limestone hill halfway between Tambun town and Tanjung Rambutan.

This modern structure has since replaced the wooden one. We thank Charlie Choong for the pictures, as well as the short excerpt above. 

May 2021

March 2021

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

October 2020

September 2020

August 2020

May 2020

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.

February 2020

Back in Action?

By |2020-02-17T16:57:53+08:00February 17th, 2020|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|Tags: |

We came across this article in the Star newspaper. If this plan goes through, perhaps we’ll be able to see the once iconic Station Hotel back in all its glory.

Here’s a recap of the inside of the Station Hotel, from the early 1920s, when a retirement dinner was given to the 14th British Resident of Perak, Lt. Col. WJP Hume.

Our donor tells us that, Lt. Col. Hume is in white, seated at the head of the table. Seated in the middle of the right row is J A S Jennings, the Editor of Times of Malaya.

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.

December 2019

August 2019

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?

May 2019


By |2019-05-27T16:35:36+08:00May 27th, 2019|Categories: hobbies, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Natural Heritage, tourism|

Anyone here a fan of spelunking? Hmm…maybe I’ve lost you guys for a minute 😉

Spelunking is the exploration of caves, especially as a hobby. So, back to the question in hand; anyone here been spelunking before? If so, have you come across this cave (picture below)? This place is somewhere in Ipoh, by the way…

January 2019

November 2018

‘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

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.


courtesy of the Estate of William Kellie Smith

September 2018

What’s this?

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


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

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:



July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

Ipoh, 1936

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


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

March 2018

Sketch of a familiar landmark

By |2018-03-23T12:26:32+08:00March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage|

A long time ago, a featured two sketches from a local artist (who’s also an alumni of ACS). Some of you may recognise his work (see picture below). Yes, this is another drawing from Amiruddin Mohd Daud’s collection. Together with his wife, they are quite involved with charity and fund raising activities; 10% of the sale of his drawings will go to MAKNA (Malaysian Cancer Council). For more information on Amiruddin and his works, you can contact him via email: rat.adventure@yahoo.com


February 2018

Club Road, Ipoh

By |2018-02-23T14:55:12+08:00February 23rd, 2018|Categories: Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |


Remember the time when palm trees lined up Club Road? Neither do I  😉 Jokes aside, I’m sure those trees stood there for quite a while, before bowing to ‘development’. Since the Town Hall can be seen in the background, I’m making a wild guess as to the date of this postcard; I’m thinking…1920? Perhaps the experts out there could correct me..

Hugh Low Street & Bridge – Then and Now

By |2018-02-02T14:27:29+08:00February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|Tags: , , |


Left picture: Tinted photograph from 1950 Right picture: Same bridge and street from 1989 (courtesy of Ngai)

Yes, we’ve featured this famous bridge and street numerous times. But what I’m curious about is the building next to the Lam Looking building. In the tinted photo, it looks like just another shophouse.  In the 1989 photo however, this same building seems to have undergone a massive makeover. Can anyone tell us more about this building?

January 2018

October 2017

“Kinta in Ipoh”

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

kinta in ipoh


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.

Inside No. 3 Changkat Road, Batu Gajah

By |2017-10-16T14:58:14+08:00October 16th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , , |


Here we have the living room of Charles Alma Baker’s residence (once upon a time) in Batu Gajah. This large space included a 12-seater dining table, several sofas and easy chairs, and Chinese antiques. The Master of this house and his guests were kept cool by a punkah. If you look closely, you’ll also notice a billiard table in the far end. How’s THIS for interior decoration ideas!

From the J. J. Series

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


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?

September 2017

April 2017

March 2017

Batu Gajah Court House

By |2017-03-14T17:16:08+08:00March 14th, 2017|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|

BGcourthousepicture source: Heritage Asia magazine, January-March 2007

The first headquarters of the British in Kinta was Kota Bharu, the lowest landing stage on the Kinta River, and also the river port for the important mining centre of Gopeng. However, Kota Bharu was so malarial that it had to be abandoned, and in 1884 the capital was shifted to Batu Gajah, the next landing stage.



Papan Town?

By |2017-03-08T17:04:25+08:00March 8th, 2017|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|

magazine002027This picture was taken off Heritage Asia magazine, back in 2004. The description reads as:

Perak, as in many parts of Malaysia, has a large number of pre-war and colonial shop-houses. Distinctive in their decorative sturdy look with sculpted openings and large columns guarding the shaded five-foot ways, they were the mainstay of retail business then. Somehow, new shop houses lack that character. Quiet towns like Papan still have these old edifices.

So, is this a photo of Papan? Or, could it be another town in Perak….?

February 2017

Visiting the ‘Silver State’…

By |2017-02-17T16:17:27+08:00February 17th, 2017|Categories: ipoh, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , , |


It’s obvious that the writer of the above article had a good time in Perak recently. We’re glad he and his friends enjoyed themselves. We’re also glad that they visited our Hakka Museum (ref. to  the area highlighted in blue).

ps: Have YOU visited the Hakka Museum lately? If not, what are you waiting for?

January 2017


By |2017-01-30T20:51:05+08:00January 30th, 2017|Categories: festivals/celebrations, food, history, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: |


“Commonly made of bamboo, plastic, wood or stainless steel, Chopsticks were first used by the Chinese. This later spread to various parts of the world through cultural influence or through Chinese immigrant communities. How does one use chopsticks? Well, the lower chopstick is stationary, and rests at the base of the thumb, and between the ring finger and middle finger. The second chopstick is held like a pencil, using the tips of the thumb, index finger, and middle finger, and it is moved while eating, to pull food into the grasp of the chopsticks….” (Wikipedia)

Some of you may have seen this video, but since we’re still in the CNY mood…I thought I’d share it again with you!



Ipoh By The River

By |2017-01-06T12:57:40+08:00January 6th, 2017|Categories: Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, nature, tourism|

fullsizerender29photo from: Lay Jin Chew

Here’s another river scene, from one side of the Hugh Low Bridge. Can you see the wooden bench near the lamp post? I doubt there’s such a thing there today. Even the bridge is different now. But don’t let all the changes discourage you from enjoying this nostalgic photograph.

December 2016

The way it used to be…

By |2016-12-16T10:44:50+08:00December 16th, 2016|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |


Looking at this picture (from Lay Jin Chew), I couldn’t help but wonder how much Ipoh’s landscape has changed over the years. Could that bridge (far left) be part of the Hugh Low Bridge, or part of the Birch Bridge? I would also like to draw your attention to the area on the left of the shop houses (other side of the bridge). Any idea what that building is?

October 2016

Tambun Caves Vandalised!

By |2016-10-14T15:22:22+08:00October 14th, 2016|Categories: ipoh, Natural Heritage, nature, tourism|Tags: |

Shocking but true. While we’re busy building new structures, our heritage sites are paying the price. Some are either ignored or just left to ‘fend’ for themselves.

One such place is the famed Tambun Caves which recently fell victim to vandals.


As the Star Metro report states: ” The prehistoric cave drawings are still there, but if nothing is done they are in danger of being overwhelmed by random scrawls of vandals.” We couldn’t agree more.

Old Town News…

By |2016-10-13T14:32:13+08:00October 13th, 2016|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|Tags: |

Recognise this place?



Familiar, right? Perhaps the next two pictures will give you more clues.




In case you’re wondering why we put these up, this is just to show you what’s become of those food stalls in the area. They have their very own food court now….and as you can see, the area is so CLEAN! Hope it stays that way…

July 2016

Still In The Raya Mood…

By |2016-07-11T11:21:14+08:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: festivals/celebrations, food, Natural Heritage, tourism|

p2_mprk_dz_0807_p2_dz_1picture courtesy of: Star Online

Lemang Kelamai is said to have originated from Pagar Ruyung, Indonesia.  What gives it this lovely shade of brown? Gula Melaka, of course! The other extra ingredient is kerisik (toasted coconut).

This variant of Lemang is also quite popular in the villages of Gopeng. Have you tried this variant before? If you have, do tell us about it. I’m more familiar with the usual type of Lemang. I usually enjoy Lemang with some rendang and a little peanut sauce. How do YOU like your Lemang?

June 2016

A WIN for heritage!

By |2016-06-29T14:33:34+08:00June 29th, 2016|Categories: Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration|


We featured the above picture in a previous blog. Do you know what this looks like today? The pictures below are courtesy of Charlie Choong.




Here’s more proof…that with a little hard work and determination (and love for heritage as well!), historical buildings like these CAN be restored (instead of being demolished).

The ORIGINAL Batu Gajah Police Station!

By |2016-06-21T15:02:59+08:00June 22nd, 2016|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , |



This is said to be the original building of the Batu Gajah Police Station. Our donor, Daljit Singh Guram, told us that his late grandfather is in this very photograph (back row, 11th from the left). Daljit’s late grandfather – Gurcharan Singh Guram – was in the Malaysian Police Force from 1920 to 1945.

April 2016

March 2016

Do You See What I See?

By |2016-03-31T10:31:56+08:00March 28th, 2016|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|


Do you recognise these panels? They can be found on the four sides of the Birch Clock tower. Still wondering what I’m talking about? Well, the next time you pass by the clock tower, take a closer look 🙂

The Growth of Civilization.
The following is a description of the figures represented in the painted panels:
PANELS A AND B: Prehistoric Times to the Time of Christ.

The Stone Age – A Hunter.
A Fisherman.
A Woman spinning.
The Iron Age – Man and Woman.
The Early Eastern Peoples – A Nubian with gold and ivory.
A Chaldean Astrologer.
A Woman making pottery.
An Egyptian.
An Assyrian.
A Persian.
The Eastern Meditteranean – Judaism.
A Phonecian.
A woman representing the Agean civilization.
The Far East – Confucius.
Lao Tzu.
Greece and Rome – A woman representing Greek Art.
Alexander the Great.
A Greek Philosopher.
PANELS C AND D – From the Time of Christ to the Present Day.
The Byzantine Empire – Constantine the Great.
Islam – Mohammed (pbh).
The Age of Chivalry – A Crusader.
The Age of Faith – St. Clara.
Gothic Art – A Bishop with a model of a Cathedral.
The Renaissance – Science – Galileo.
Art – Michael Angelo.
Literature – Vittoria Colonna.
Enterprise – Columbus.
The Reformation – Luther.
The Elizabethan Age – Shakespeare.
PANEL D EAST – Modern Science, Art and Social Services.
Physics – Newton.
Medicine – Harvey.
The use of steam – Watt.
Easter Art – Embroiderer.
Music – Beethoven.
Engineering – Stephenson.
Photography – Daguerre.
Social Service – Miss Nightingale.
Natural Science – Darwin.
Electricity – Edison.
Humane Surgery – Lister.

What’s Happening Here?

By |2016-03-14T10:11:05+08:00March 14th, 2016|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage|

Sometime ago, we featured this building – the former Oriental Hotel, which was turned into an electrical store.

One of our readers, Charlie Choong, sent us the following photographs recently.


Looks like the electrical store is closing down….or perhaps they are relocating….we don’t know. Does anyone know what’s going on?


January 2016

The Finished Product!

By |2016-01-15T16:15:47+08:00January 15th, 2016|Categories: Events, Exhibitions, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

Sometime last year we gave all of you hints about a project of ours – at No. 1 Treacher Street (Jalan Bijih Timah) in Old Town. Yes, the blue building next door to Han Chin Pet Soo.


The story is in today’s Star Metro (15/1/2016) – “Telling A Tale Of Tea”. This new exhibit will be fully open to the public by Chinese New Year. Stay tuned for more updates!

Taiping’s 130-year-old Market!

By |2016-01-05T14:27:48+08:00January 5th, 2016|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|

taiping001_edited-1source: NSTP


Sometime ago, the NST featured the Taiping Central Market – which was built between 1884 & 1885. Yes, the market is 130 years old! The above picture shows the wood and cast iron latticed structure which is a prominent feature of this landmark.

Taiping folks, we want to hear YOUR stories / adventures about this market 🙂


October 2015

September 2015

Preserving heritage buildings…a burden?

By |2015-09-25T18:44:49+08:00September 25th, 2015|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|

metp_my_2509_pg2_yvonneleemy_9picture courtesy of Star Publications

We admit that it was not easy, but through much hard work and determination we managed to restore the Han Chin Villa (Han Chin Pet Soo) and turn it into a museum. As can be seen in the above picture, the restored Villa stands proudly amidst the other shops. Our up-and-coming project is the blue building next to it (a secret we shall reveal in the near future, so stay tuned!).

From what today’s Star newspaper says, restoring / maintaining such buildings can be a burden to the owner(s). What do YOU think? We’d like to hear your views on the matter.

You can read the full Star article here.

August 2015

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May 2015

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!

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.


April 2015

‘Lady Justice’, at the Ipoh High Court

By |2015-04-29T16:06:08+08:00April 29th, 2015|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration|

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“Lady Justice is most often depicted with a set of scales typically suspended from her left hand, upon which she measures the strengths of a case’s support and opposition.She is also often seen carrying a double-edged sword in her right hand, symbolizing the power of Reason and Justice, which may be wielded either for or against any party. Since the 15th century, Lady Justice has often been depicted wearing a blindfold. The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favour, regardless of money, wealth, power, or identity; blind justice and impartiality.”

This icon can be seen on the outer wall of the first floor, of the Ipoh High Court (the wall facing the flag poles).

Shadow Puppet

By |2015-04-27T20:47:48+08:00April 27th, 2015|Categories: concerts, history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage|Tags: |

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Wayang kulit is a unique form of theatre employing light and shadow. The puppets are crafted from buffalo hide and mounted on bamboo sticks. When held up behind a piece of white cloth, with an electric bulb or an oil lamp as the light source, shadows are cast on the screen. The plays are typically based on romantic tales, especially adaptations of the classic Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Some of the plays are also based on local happening or other local secular stories. It is up to the conductor or dalang or master puppeteer to decide his direction. (source: Wikipedia)


Thought we’d share this picture (taken from a calendar) with our dear Readers. Here you can see the Puppet Master in action, as he presents his story. From what I’ve read, this form of theatre has its roots in Java, Indonesia. This art caught on in Kelantan….did it ever take flight here in Perak? Wonder if our Arts experts know more….

In Memory of the Fair Park Houses…

By |2015-04-14T10:51:54+08:00April 14th, 2015|Categories: childhood, history, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

Fair Park, Ipoh, 1938Picture from Ruth Iversen Rollitt

“Rental was $60 a month, a bargain in the immediate post-war years with the shortage of housing. Each house had 3 bedrooms upstairs; and downstairs. a living room, dining room, a modern flush toilet (very rare for Ipoh at that time), a small kitchen and backyard. There was a built-in wood fired stove….A concrete stairway near the front door took you up to the first floor bedrooms and bathroom. There was an under-stairs storage area and next to it the toilet. All the windows were of the steel casement type…..The houses were built in 1937 by Loke Wan Yatt….The architect was the well known Berthol M. Iversen.”

The extract above is taken from the book “Ipoh – My Home Town”. Remember these houses (picture above)? It’s a pity they’re gone now – demolition began in 2009, around the same time the Fair Park shop houses (across the road) were knocked down.


March 2015

The Dunlop Rubber Company HQ

By |2015-03-18T16:50:16+08:00March 18th, 2015|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Natural Heritage|


This was formerly the headquarters for the Dunlop Rubber Company in Ipoh, which was behind the railway station.

As you can see in the pictures (above and below) this building has long been abandoned.


These pictures (donated by Kinta Heritage Group) were taken back in 2009; from what we were told this place has been converted into a Hindu Temple.


February 2015

Perak Academy Talk – ‘Challenges for Malaysian Botany & Conservation’

By |2015-02-24T10:19:46+08:00February 24th, 2015|Categories: Events, nature|

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For those interested, do come for this talk by Datuk Seri Lim Chong Keat, on 28th February 2015. The talk is at 4.00pm, and will be held at:
Perak Academy
No. 71A, 1st Floor,
Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh
(opposite Maybank)
Registration is RM 10 per person. Please contact Ms Jaya or Ms Jasvinda for reservations (05-2545293)


January 2015

Presenting – ipohWorld@Han Chin Pet Soo!

By |2015-01-30T12:00:37+08:00January 30th, 2015|Categories: Events, Exhibitions, ipoh, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , |


To all our fans, thank you for being so patient with us 🙂


Here we have the e-flyer of our latest project – ipohWorld @ Han Chin Pet Soo!

This private exhibition opens on Thursday 5th February, by appointment only. Reservations may be

made at www.ipohworld.org/reservation


We look forward to welcoming you to this fascinating exhibition. Entry is FREE, but we welcome

donations – which will go towards the upkeep of this unique building.


Book NOW to avoid disappointment!

December 2014


By |2014-12-18T16:48:20+08:00December 19th, 2014|Categories: Memories, nature, tourism|Tags: |

Imagine having a picnic at such a place! No rubbish about, no unpleasant odour from the river, clean and clear running water…etc. Blissful isn’t it?


This is none other than the Perak River (at Parit). Yes, folks…believe it or not our rivers once looked like this 😉

picture courtesy of: Ruth Iversen Rollitt

Anderson Road in Ruins?

By |2014-12-10T15:29:34+08:00December 10th, 2014|Categories: Events, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , , |

Much has been said about preserving our heritage buildings in and around the Kinta Valley. But alas, profit always seem to over ride conservation efforts.

The following photos (taken this afternoon) is yet another incident whereby pre-war shop houses are forced to make way for more modern structures….




One of our local dailies covered this story too. I’m sure some of you would have seen the demolition taking place – along Anderson Road (Jalan Raja Musa Aziz).

Holiday Ideas?

By |2014-12-09T16:26:20+08:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|Tags: , |

Don’t know where to go during this long break? How about Kellie’s Castle?

No, we’re not advertising for this place. Rather just showing you what this iconic landmark looked like – way back in 1957!

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This is a photograph of Ho Hoo Wan with his siblings and friends, posing just outside the famed Batu Gajah castle. How many of you have visited this place? Has the place changed much since it was first opened to the public?

On that note, is this place really haunted…or is it just one of those myths? 😉

Another Famous Landmark in Papan

By |2014-12-04T20:54:24+08:00December 4th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

A couple of months ago, one of our readers – Hasbi – sent us these pictures.

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This grand old building is the Rumah Besar of none other than Raja Bilah.

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The gentleman in the picture is Hasbi himself with his wife. They had visited Kak Saadiah – the maternal great grand daughter of Raja Bilah. She still lives in the restored, original family house behind Rumah Besar.

If you have not been to Papan this area is well worth a visit.

October 2014

Have You Seen…

By |2014-10-03T16:50:02+08:00October 3rd, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , , |


…the Papan Mosque? Initially I thought this was part of a typical kampung house, but was sorely mistaken! It is in fact a mosque. This Mandailing-styled mosque was built in 1888 by Raja Bilah. It was later restored and reconstructed by the National Museum (Muzium Negara) in 1999. Has anyone seen it?

September 2014

The Gopeng Pipeline

By |2014-09-17T19:00:13+08:00September 17th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: |

Ever wondered what happened to this famous Gopeng Landmark? Well, wonder no more! Thanks to our photographer Charlie, we have these pictures for your viewing pleasure! As the State Government once promised, a section of one of the pipes on its original structure has been saved and turned into a sort of a memorial to past technology and a symbol of Malaysia’s Heritage in the world-wide tin mining industry. gopeng2 gopeng1

And in case you were wondering about what the plaque says…

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Another Day at the Market!

By |2014-09-10T15:21:56+08:00September 10th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |


We don’t mean to confuse you again, but here’s another photo of a local market 😉 This one isn’t in Ipoh….it’s actually in Batu Gajah (according to our donor Wendy Lewis). Notice the shape of the roof –  quite unique for a market building, don’t you think? Any Batu Gajah folks around? Perhaps they could tell us more.

A Resort in Pangkor

By |2014-09-05T11:09:16+08:00September 5th, 2014|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, nature, tourism|


Wendy Lewis tells us that this holiday resort was in Pangkor Island. Back then (probably the 1950s) there was no air-condition – only fans and mosquito nets!

I wonder if this resort is still there….perhaps it has been upgraded with more modern facilities (besides air-condition, perhaps free wi-fi too?).

Any frequent visitors to Pangkor? Do share your experiences with us 🙂

August 2014

Once Upon A Time in Pangkor

By |2014-08-08T15:34:40+08:00August 8th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, nature|Tags: , , , , |


Larry Sawyer tells us:Pangkor was our choice of holiday spots. This photo shows the boat landing at the island. The road across the other side was mud. The waterfront was reputed to have been a opium haven.”

Well, anyone from that side of Perak care to tell us more? I’m sure the jetty looks different now….don’t know if these old boats are still in use though 😉

July 2014

The Kuala Kangsar Post Office

By |2014-07-08T11:14:01+08:00July 7th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |


We hope those familiar with Kuala Kangsar can help us out with this – is this a past or present depiction of the Kuala Kangsar Post Office?

This was taken off a souvenir postcard, issued by the local post office. We also have a 1967 picture of this building (on our database) to compare with, but we’re still wondering. Could anyone help us out please?

June 2014

Have You Heard of the Kinta Weed?

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

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Have you heard of the ‘Kinta Weed’? These plants usually grow in tin mining ponds (they are probably hard to find now).

The funny thing is, this ‘weed’ doesn’t really grow in the water; they actually perch on top of other aquatic plants – preferring the sun rather than the shade!

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

We thank Pak Peter for the above information.

The Japanese Carbide Factory

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


Deep inside Kampung Tanjung Bangkung (Malim Nawar) was once a Japanese Carbide Factory. The picture above is that of the former guard house. It is said that the factory was part of a complex that manufactured armaments for the Japanese – which were then sent to Burma. All that remains of this factory now is the above guard post and one of the two chimneys (see pictures below).


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

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

May 2014

A New Attraction – Old House Museum, Taiping

By |2014-05-10T09:06:29+08:00May 10th, 2014|Categories: festivals/celebrations, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, nature|Tags: |

Old House

Situated at 2A Market Square, Taiping, this is the project of Tan Kok Siew (Kapitan Antiques) who has leased this old house and filled two floors with antiques and collectables from days gone by.

Entrance is RM5.00. The museum is opem every day from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.

Apart from the items on display, the house itself is a treasure. Built in 1880 by Lim Ji You it was one of the earliest 3-storey homes in Taiping, if not the very first.

If you are withing striking distance, do go along and while you are there you might find a long forgotten memory in the antique shop just along the street.

February 2014

Lorong Said Tauphy, Greentown

By |2014-02-24T12:29:23+08:00February 24th, 2014|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, nature, People|

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Yusof sent us these wonderful photos. From his email, we know that he lived in Greentown from 1969-1981. Yusof also had this to say:

“The house is one of six detached govt quarters surrounding a palm tree lined field within a circular lane off Jalan Iskandar, named  Lorong Said Tauphy. As depicted in the photos attached, Greentown was indeed green back then, with the fields bamboo hedges and abundant coconut trees. It is really a shame what Greentown has transformed into now. Anyway, I hope these pictures will bring back some memories of the original Greentown to some folks out there, esp. ex Greentownians. Looking forward to more pictures of Greentown then from those who still have the old photos.”

Like Yusof, we at IpohWorld also look forward to hearing from former and present Greentown folks! 🙂


“Workshop” or “Woksyop”

By |2014-03-10T12:59:14+08:00February 18th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, nature|

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We thank Taffy Owen for this one. I’d like to draw your attention to the unique signboard – this was taken around 1997 (according to Taffy); note the spelling of the word ‘workshop’.

Also take note of the mountain in the background – yes, folks….it looks like Gunong Panjang….or could it be another mountain?

A Different View of a Dulang Washer

By |2014-02-12T15:48:22+08:00February 7th, 2014|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, People|Tags: , , |


Most photographs of dulang washers show the ladies almost knee deep in water, while they rotate their dulangs. This photo here (from Alison Cotterill nee Caldwell) shows the dulang washer in a field instead! This area was probably near Kramat Tin (Bidor). Notice the 1 cubic ft box (bottom left), and the white bowl (above the large drum). Can onyone out there tell us what these items were for?

We thank Alison for this unique photograph.

January 2014

Have You Heard…of Wilkinson Road?

By |2014-01-15T16:43:15+08:00January 15th, 2014|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, nature|


We received this from Alan Steel, with the words Wilkinson Rd from the back seat of a bus. Do any of you know WHERE Wilkinson Road is? Since many road names in Ipoh have been changed over the years, I wonder what the new name is. Or, perhaps I got it wrong…and this place is not Ipoh after all?

December 2013

November 2013

Perak’s Famous Water Tower

By |2013-11-20T15:57:05+08:00November 20th, 2013|Categories: Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|Tags: , |

Some call it Perak’s version of “The Leaning Tower of Pisa”. I’ve never been there, but from recent pictures it does seem like it’s leaning a little to one side. However, here is an early 1900 picture of the same water tower in Teluk Intan (see below) – and it seems rather STRAIGHT to me 😉


So, WHEN did this tower start to lean? We’d like to know MORE about this tower – especially from the Teluk Intan folks!

Picture taken from  the book 20th Century Impressions of British Malaya.

October 2013

Sri Perak Darul Ridzuan

By |2013-10-11T14:25:48+08:00October 11th, 2013|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , |


I remember passing this building quite often on my way to St Michael’s Institution. But I never really paid attention to what it was. All I know is that this is the Sri Perak building. Any idea what’s inside? Was it one of those government offices? Or, was it like the present UTC (former Super Kinta)?

We thank Hasbi for this picture-postcard.

September 2013

MORE Scenes from Brewster Road

By |2013-09-18T14:45:48+08:00September 18th, 2013|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

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One look and most of you can already guess what this iconic building is. Of course, so much has changed now: the small field in front of this cinema is no longer there; instead there’s a row of food stalls. Also, right next to the cinema is one of the entrances of Sam Tet School. Lately, I did notice that there seems to be some construction going on at this very site. Are they restoring/renovating Odeon?

Photograph courtesy of John McAuley, a former serviceman who worked in Malaya in the 1950s.

From the Days When Ipoh Had Style

By |2013-09-07T14:12:54+08:00September 7th, 2013|Categories: history, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, nature, People|Tags: , , |

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Just look at this grand old postcard from  the 1920’s. Recognise the place?

Well I guess most of you will not be able to pin this down, but as the postcard caption shows, it is the People’s Park, Ipoh. Historically the land was gazetted as the ‘People’s Park’, a gift from the government to the people of Ipoh. At the time the land was valued at $70,000 and was used to display a fantastic collection of Chinese plants presented by Yau Tet Shin. The Park was officially opened on the same day as the Birch Memorial Clock Tower was dedicated in 1909.

Today we have what is known as the beautified park, with its red yellow and blue plastic etc. For me I prefer Mother  Historically Nature as it used to be.

What about you?

August 2013

June 2013

A Day Without the Haze…

By |2013-06-26T16:29:01+08:00June 26th, 2013|Categories: history, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

Yes, folks – this is none other than Anderson Road!

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Taken in the mid 1950s, you can see that not only is the traffic light…the skies are clear too! Here’s hoping that the haze situation resolves itself soon.

By the way, anyone know what building that is on the far right corner? From the words, it looks like a hotel….

St Michael’s Church, 1950s

By |2013-06-24T16:16:41+08:00June 24th, 2013|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

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For those of you who’ve already guessed this building, give yourself a pat on the shoulder. Yes, this is none other than St Michael’s church – which is along Brewster Road, behind the former Odeon Cinema. What I’d like to point out is the road leading towards the church itself. Notice how it seems almost flat! For those who are familiar with this church would know that the present road slopes upwards. Also notice that there is no wall surrounding the cemetery. Anyone know WHEN these changes happened?

This picture is from John McAuley’s collection.

What Does It Say?

By |2013-06-21T15:12:45+08:00June 21st, 2013|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: |

“Sited at the key junction of Hugh Low Street, Gopeng Road, Tambun Road and Brewster Road it welcomes travellers to Ipoh from all directions.”

Yes, we’re talking about the Sultan Yussuf Fountain (see picture below). While many of you have interesting stories about this unique landmark, we’d like to draw your attention to the plaque. Any idea what was written on it? As far as I know, that plaque is no longer there (or perhaps it’s hidden among the flowers?).


We thank Edwin Seibel for this photograph.

The ‘Magnificent’ 7!

By |2013-06-19T16:20:44+08:00June 19th, 2013|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , |

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No, I’m not referring to the famous cowboy series. I’m talking about this row of shops along Hugh Low Street. At present, seven of these shops have been painted according to the seven colours of the rainbow. This picture however was taken back in the 1950s.

We’re not offering any prizes for guessing, but all the same can you name any/or all of  the seven shops in particular?

We thank John McAuley for this picture.

Can you spot them?

By |2013-06-12T13:47:49+08:00June 12th, 2013|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|Tags: , |

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This isn’t a hard one to guess. Yes, it’s another photograph of Ipoh Motors Ltd. What I’m curious about is the street vendor – far right of this photograph (click to enlarge). What was he selling at that time? Can you also spot the petrol pump (below the sign Fargo Truck)?

This photograph is part of John McAuley’s collection. McAuley served in Ipoh in the mid 1950s.

A Tale of Two ‘Parks’…

By |2013-06-08T22:49:51+08:00June 8th, 2013|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

Jubilee Park, Ipoh

This was Jubilee Park then….when they first started business. Later, the Shaw Brothers gave it a ‘facelift’ (see picture below).


Today, a night club has opened at the corner of Brewster Road and Cowan Street. But this side of Jubilee Park still remains. Anyone knows what’s going on inside? Are the stalls still there?

We thank Ruth Rollitt for these two photographs.

May 2013

Rare Sightings…

By |2013-05-08T14:56:26+08:00May 8th, 2013|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|

…no, we’re not talking about UFOs! Look closely at the shop house in the middle. Yes, the shop that says ‘Chop Thong Heng’…

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Are those petrol pumps? I’ve never come across such a scene before. Does anyone remember these? On another note, does anyone recognise the row of shop houses or the street?

This was taken back in 1956/57 by John McAuley, a former British serviceman.

April 2013

The Cowan Street/Brewster Road Landmark

By |2013-04-19T09:15:30+08:00April 19th, 2013|Categories: childhood, history, Memories, movies, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |


This is none other than the Grand Theater & Jubilee Park – before the Shaw Brothers renovated it. From the clues in the picture, some of you may be able to roughly guess the year this was taken. What was YOUR early memory of this famous landmark? Were you a patron of the Cabaret? Did you frequent the amusement park? Or, were you one of the many movie-goers?

We thank Edwin Seibel for this picture.

March 2013

Do You Remember…

By |2013-03-22T15:55:58+08:00March 22nd, 2013|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, movies, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |


…what the Isis Theatre looked like? My generation have most likely never heard of this cinema hall. We’re more familiar with it’s ‘new’ name – Rex! Yes, for those of you who don’t already know, Isis was renamed Rex when the Shaw Brothers renovated it 😉

Earth-Hour Ideas!

By |2013-03-15T16:00:06+08:00March 15th, 2013|Categories: festivals/celebrations, nature, tourism|Tags: , , , |

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Want to do something different this year for Earth Hour? How about joining this fund-raising event?  (click poster above to enlarge)

Part of the proceeds of the ticket sales will be donated to the WWF-Malaysia. Your generous contribution will also pay for 40 underprivileged children from various charitable organisations – who will be able to participate in 6 “adrenaline-pumping zip line rides”.

For more information, do call Nomad Adventure  at 03-79585152 or email them event@nomadadventure.com

An Exhibition NOT to be Missed!

By |2013-03-08T19:31:19+08:00March 8th, 2013|Categories: Exhibitions, ipoh, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , |


In June/July 2012, twenty students from University Malaya and the National University of Singapore embarked on a two-week long learning journey…of IPOH!

Their discoveries prompted this much awaited publication – Familiar Spaces, Untold Stories; Encounters with Ipoh – as well as an exhibition. To know more, do visit this exhibition at: Gallery Lim Ko Pi, No.10 Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Hugh Low Street), Ipoh. This exhibition will run from 26th February – 10th March 2013; opened daily (except Mondays) from 12.30pm – 4.30pm.

February 2013

…at the corner of Brewster Road and Cockman Street…

By |2013-02-15T17:16:54+08:00February 15th, 2013|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, tourism|Tags: , |

Eastern Hotel, Ipoh

Special thanks to Ruth Rollitt for the one – yes, you read it right….this is none other than the Eastern Hotel. This was taken in the 1940s; according the Ruth, he father (Danish architect B M Iversen) had an office here. Today, the facade seems so different – and the hotel is now known as D’Eastern Hotel (last I checked)!

Can You See It?

By |2013-02-08T15:38:20+08:00February 8th, 2013|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage, Restoration|

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See that little circle below the arch? If you look closely, you can make out the Freemason symbol. This was probably one of the buildings used by the masons before a permanent one was built (along Tiger Lane, next to the Royal Perak Golf Club). Last I checked, the building was still there….but I didn’t take notice of the symbol. I do wonder: is it still in place or has it been removed?

January 2013

Cycling Around Ipoh…

By |2013-01-18T13:59:50+08:00January 18th, 2013|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|Tags: , , , |


In the background is none other than the Fraser & Neave Ltd Aerated Water building. At the bottom right, there are railway tracks leading towards the F&N building. We don’t know who the gentleman on the bicycle is…neither do we know the date this photograph was taken.

We look forward to your comments – especially if YOU are the gentleman on the bicycle! 🙂

December 2012

Can You See It?

By |2012-12-21T16:33:22+08:00December 21st, 2012|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

Some may call it artistic…some might say it’s just a badly angled photograph. But if you look closely, you will notice a fountain in the middle of a roundabout. Familiar? To those who are still squinting, this is none other than the Chamberlain Road Fountain 🙂

We thank Ko-chi Wai for this 1963 picture.

“Now you see it, now you don’t!”

By |2012-12-12T16:54:09+08:00December 12th, 2012|Categories: childhood, ipoh, Memories, nature|Tags: |

The above photo, from Sybil, was taken in the front porch of No.8 Caldwell Road back in the late 60s (note the Mercedes on the left!). 4 or 5 years ago, Sybil came back for a visit and this (picture below) was what the house looked liked.

Besides No.8 Caldwell Road, Sybil’s family had another home along the same road – at No.5. Sadly, this place has been demolished (see below).

Wonder how many other houses along Caldwell Road went through a ‘disappearing act’ over the years….

Dying Tree? A Report by Ipoh Echo

By |2012-12-08T20:46:59+08:00December 8th, 2012|Categories: Ipoh Town, nature|Tags: |

Noting the concern of some of ipohworld’s loyal followers about the apparent near-death state of the famous Ipoh Tree in the Station gardens(!) I contacted the Ipoh Echo with a request that they investigate.

James Gough immediately swung into action and today (8 December 2012, posted a report on the Echo Website at http://ipohecho.com.my/v2/2012/12/08/dying-ipoh-tree/.

Basically it appears that this is a normal situation from which the tree will recover. The report tells us:

“A check with MBI’s Director for Landscape and Recreation, Encik Meor Abdullah Zaidi Meor Razali dispelled any fear of the tree dying. Meor stated that the tree was undergoing a wintering season or ‘musim luroh’ when the tree sheds its leaves before growing new ones. “This had happened to the tree at Taman DR a year ago”.

Do read the whole report so that you are fully in the picture.



The ‘Round Market’ Saga Continues…

By |2012-12-06T15:02:27+08:00December 6th, 2012|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Natural Heritage, Restoration, tourism|Tags: , , |

From what the Star tells us, this is the proposed design for the new Yau Tet Shin Bazaar (see picture below).

This new building will be called ‘The Octagon’, and construction of this landmark will be undertaken by One Octagon Sdn Bhd (a private company, which was formed by the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry). ‘The Octagon’ is said to contain 4 floors for parking as well as 14 floors of serviced apartments. More can be read at the Star Online.

November 2012

Ipoh’s Uniquely Designed Fountain

By |2012-11-09T15:11:58+08:00November 9th, 2012|Categories: childhood, history, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, nature, tourism|Tags: , , , |

Since this fountain was erected, many Ipoh-ites have posed for pictures at this very roundabout. I suppose it was possible back then when there wasn’t much traffic – imagine doing photo shoots here in this day and age!

And what about those buildings in the background? Any idea what they are?

Tilapia Fishes at D R Park?

By |2012-11-08T16:02:25+08:00November 8th, 2012|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, nature, People, tourism|

Yes, you read it right!

The above picture, taken in 1973, shows a couple at D R Seenivasagam Park. Through email, Ko-Chi Wai tells us that:

the rocks at the far side of the lake are still there today. however, the wooden platform where they are standing, and the wooden zigzag bridge across the lake are long gone. when I was a kid in the early 80s, my cousins and I used to feed the tilapia fishes from the very same platform.

Have any of you been fishing at this lake?

October 2012

The Chua Cheng Bok Building

By |2016-12-07T11:44:45+08:00October 19th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |


This was taken off a postcard; the date on the stamp says 1938, so we think the picture was taken a few years earlier.

Nevertheless, on the far left of the picture is the sign that reads as Huttenbach, Lazarus & Sons Ltd. Did any other business take up residence at the Chua Cheng Bok building?

Where Is It?

By |2012-10-06T23:34:46+08:00October 6th, 2012|Categories: Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: |

Here’s a little puzzle for you: Where can this building be found? Is it somewhere in Perak? Or, perhaps in another state? We think it’s a mosque….but we could be wrong.

We await your feedback 🙂

We thank Nicholas Jennings for this picture which is from his grandmother’s album of the 1920’s.

September 2012

The Main Convent had a Kindergarten?

By |2012-09-19T14:39:16+08:00September 19th, 2012|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , , , |

Being an alumni of the Main Convent, Ipoh, I was surprised to note that there was once a kindergarten within the premises. Do any of the Convent alumni remember it? Is the building still there…or has it been converted into something else?

The above picture is from Dr Ho Tak Ming.

August 2012

July 2012

‘Magic’ Dragons?

By |2012-07-26T11:55:59+08:00July 26th, 2012|Categories: history, Memories, movies, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

In a previous blog about the Rex Cinema, our fans talked about dragons. Thanks to the helpful staff at the former cinema, we managed to take these pictures (see below).

These were taken from the balcony (now full of mattresses) of the former Rex Cinema. As you can see, the right hand dragon is ‘suffering’ due to the leak in the roof above it – if left unattended to, this beautiful wall-art will be ruined 🙁

The lighting made it difficult to photograph, but somehow we managed. I’m sure there are some professionals out there who (with the proper camera and equipment) could do a better job – we’d be greatful for some better shots of these dragons, which we’d love to feature on our database.

June 2012

When was THIS taken?

By |2012-06-25T11:17:05+08:00June 25th, 2012|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, nature|Tags: , |

[click to enlarge]

Dear Ipoh-ites…..can you guys guess the year this photograph was taken? The familiar landmarks may give you some clues 🙂

Here’s another hint: at the bottom left there seems to be some construction going on (at the back of Waller Court Flats) – this site later became S.K. Coronation Park 😉

Happy guessing!

The New Town Market, circa 1910!

By |2012-06-18T16:30:39+08:00June 18th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , , |

Believe it or not, the Pasar Besar in Ipoh New Town isn’t that ‘old’! This early 1900s picture (taken from the Kinta Valley book) is quite unique – has there been that much change since Towkay Yau Tet Shin built this place?

I’ve noticed that those large rattan baskets are still in use today….

The Douglas Road Mansion

By |2017-08-02T10:16:39+08:00June 7th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , , , |

Before it was converted into the Darul Ridzuan Museum, this 10-room bungalow (along Douglas Road) was built for none other than one of Ipoh’s famous miners – Foo Choong Yit – back in 1926. Later, in 1940, two air raid shelters were constructed in the compound (in anticipation of Japanese aerial attacks). Ten years later, the Government took over this building and it became the premises for the Perak National Home Guard. Post Independence (1957), this place housed the Public Services Department, then later (1992) converted in the Darul Ridzuan Museum.

[Note: This is NOT an actual photograph of Foo Choong Yit’s mansion; it has been Photoshopped to create an impression of the original building]

Parkson Ria?

By |2012-06-01T12:12:04+08:00June 1st, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

No, this is NOT a product of Photoshop!

There was a ‘Parkson Ria’ shopping mall in Ipoh, somewhere in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Does anyone remember it? Did it close because of the fire….or before the fire broke out?

[ For those of you still wondering, let me put you out of your misery – yes, this IS the famous Lam Looking Bazaar 😉 ]

May 2012

Jungle Forts, 1950s

By |2012-05-24T11:45:07+08:00May 24th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, nature|

Sent to us by Norman Doctor from the UK, these aerial shots were taken in the 1950s. The shots were probably taken during the routine supply drops.

Does anyone out there recognise these forts? There aren’t that many clues, but we’re hoping someone out there knows a bit more about these places.

Inside the Lam Looking Building

By |2012-05-22T14:58:30+08:00May 22nd, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

Thanks to Ruth Rollitt, we now have some interior pictures of the Lam Looking Bazaar.

For those of you who were curious to know what the interior looked like, feast you eyes on these! 🙂

the staircase inside the building

left to right: the top floor, which became a cinema hall; the corridor on the upper floor

You’d NEVER Guess….

By |2012-05-21T15:20:44+08:00May 21st, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

….that THIS (picture above) was the ORIGINAL design of the Lam Looking Bazaar! (click image to enlarge)

Thanks to Ruth Rollitt (daughter of the late B M Iversen), we have here the drawing of this famous building. Ruth also had this to say in her email:

The firm of Keys & Dowdeswell left Singapore in the early 30’s in disgrace, after the Board of Architects had found them guilty of professional misconduct and struck them off the register. He took over the jobs that were under construction, but it was not an easy time. My father was 25 years old and for the first time in his life – his own master.  He had to pay for the ‘goodwill’ and no longer received a monthly salary. But gradually things started to improve, he got more and more work and by 1932 he was well established, making a name for himself. From this period he really came into his own and started producing work that became landmark buildings. 

Ruth also mentioned that her father wrote to his wife, way back in 1931, about this ‘big job’ being a ‘very smart business transaction’.

We are indeed very thankful to Ruth for sharing with us this gem. 🙂

Do You See What I See?

By |2012-05-16T15:33:55+08:00May 16th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

Yes folks, your eyes are NOT playing tricks on you – that IS an F&N bottle on the rooftop of the Lam Looking Bazaar! This form of advertising seemed quite common back then; there was a similar bottle on the other side of the rooftop (front part of the building) – which can be viewed here.

We thank KKFoong for this picture 🙂

More from Ipoh’s ‘Novena Church’…

By |2012-05-24T09:21:38+08:00May 2nd, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

This is the house that was taken over by the church from the mining company French Tekka on Tambun Road for the original Novena. Designed by my father pre-war. It was demolished and a hotel stands where it once graced Tambun Road.

Such were the words of Ruth Iversen Rollitt (daughter of the famous Danish architech B M Iversen) in a recent email. The above picture was said to be taken sometime in the late 1930s (I’m making a rough guess, say 1938 perhaps?). Those of you who remember this building BEFORE it was demolished, do tell us more 🙂

We’re proud to annouce that we have another picture of this church, courtesy of generous parishioner 🙂

Seems like this picture was taken during the church’s annual Feast Day. Can anyone guess the year?

April 2012

….what it USED to look like….

By |2012-04-30T09:41:56+08:00April 30th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, nature|Tags: , , |

A while ago, we featured a post about the on-going ‘renovations’ of the Station Gardens. So far, we’ve heard no news about what’s going on behind those boards. Has there been any progress lately? If anyone has noticed anything, do let us know.

In the mean time, here is a 1950s picture of what the gardens used to look like. Picture by Ruth Iversen Rollitt.

‘Pejabat Pos Besar’, Ipoh

By |2012-04-25T09:31:16+08:00April 18th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , , , |

Here’s a rare picture of the former Post Office (behind the Ipoh Town Hall). Notice the stalls beneath the shady tree – and the crowd of patrons too!

We thank Ruth Rollitt for this gem 🙂

Charlie reminds us (#13 below) about Savings Stamps and immediately Hasbi sent us these scans. Thank you both so much.

I never cease to be amazed and fascinated by how well our readers support us. We are so glad to have you all with us. Thank you.

Here’s (yet another) Mystery for You!

By |2012-04-13T11:59:30+08:00April 13th, 2012|Categories: history, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

In a previous blog, we mentioned the Ipoh Tutorial Institute. When Ruth Rollitt sent us this picture (below), we couldn’t help but wonder: Were these institutes one and the same? If so, when did they move to the bigger building?

In case some of you are wondering, this building is STILL THERE today…but it’s not the Tutorial Institute anymore.

Another Side of Ipoh

By |2012-04-06T12:34:14+08:00April 6th, 2012|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|

We received this picture from a STAR Alumni. The donor of this picture also gave us a list of the marked places in this picture.

Marked in green:
1. Tiger Lane (Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah)
2. Dairy Road (Jalan Raja Muda Mahadi)
3. Sekolah Izzuddin Shah
4. Pejabat Kaji Bumi & Minerals
5. Canning Garden

Marked in red:
A. Entrance to STAR at Tiger Lane
B. Administration office, Hall and Class rooms
C. Industrial & Science Labs, Library
D. Sixth Form hostel
E. Remove Class hostel
F. Green House hostel
G. Blue House hostel
H. Black House hostel
I. Red House hostel
J. White House hostel
K. Yellow House hostel
L. Dining-hall

Those of you who pass some of these roads/places often can testify that SO MUCH has changed over the years 🙂

March 2012

‘Gone Fishing’

By |2012-03-21T15:52:31+08:00March 21st, 2012|Categories: childhood, Memories, nature|Tags: , , , |

Not too long ago, I received an e-mail which talked about the simple things in life. The e-mail ended with the phrase “Life was simple when Apple and Blackberry were names of fruits”. Hence, when I saw the following pictures (below) from Charlie….

…..I began to wonder: what was life like back then? Do boys (maybe some girls too?) still go fishing with their dads/buddies? I know in some housing areas, the common padang is almost empty (save for a few kids on their bicycles). To the youth out there – what is YOUR favourite way of passing time?

February 2012

Did You Know…..

By |2012-02-27T15:44:06+08:00February 27th, 2012|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

….that the first Elim Gospel Hall was built in 1920? As the assembly increased in number, a bigger hall was needed – there was also the idea of having separate halls for the Chinese and English speaking assemblies as well.

The picture we have here is of the first building (1920) which was built by none other than C H LaBrooy. Made of half wood and half concrete, the building was later torn down in 2002 to make way for the Chinese Assembly Library, Office and Conference Halls.

The Silibin Church and the Heritage Gallery

By |2012-02-22T21:15:59+08:00February 22nd, 2012|Categories: history, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

Today we’re featuring the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, which is along Silibin Road. Long before the idea of a church in Silibin came about, the needs of the Tamil Catholics of Ipoh were taken care of by visiting missionaries of St Michael’s Church. Later on, more families began to settle towards Silibin area – thus the need for a proper building for Sunday worship rose. More on the church’s history can be found here.

This picture shows the first building, way back in 1905.

This 2010 picture shows the church as it stands today. The picture was taken from the ‘Bernadette Centre’ – a new building within the church grounds, which consists of the church office, classrooms/meeting rooms and more recently a Heritage Gallery. The Heritage Gallery, which is open from 10am to 5pm daily, has a unique collection of memorabilia dating back to the early 19th Century.

For more on this gallery, the following web links may assist you:



We’d like to thank Alexandar for the photographs and the above links.




That Famous ‘Garden’……

By |2012-02-01T15:17:55+08:00February 1st, 2012|Categories: childhood, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage, nature|Tags: , , |

This picture here was probably taken in the late 1960s or so. I’m just curious: did the clock (behind the little boy) actually work or was it just part of the garden’s landscape? If it did run, is it still there now?

Anyone been to the Japanese Garden lately? Do let us know 🙂

January 2012

A Day at the Waterfalls!

By |2012-01-09T15:33:52+08:00January 9th, 2012|Categories: childhood, Memories, nature, People|Tags: , , , |

IpohBornKid shared this little story with us through email. Here’s his take on a memorable outing. Happy reading 🙂


Convent Girls by demand – at Kledang Hill


Many teenagers walked up the Kledang Hill in the 1950s (see previous blog).  It was a good natural outing where a big group of Menglembu neighbours and their Ipoh friends would joined in for a group picnic, exercise, dancing and friendship.  Food and sandwiches were locally prepared at home (not bought) and they would be taken uphill by strong young men (or those who wish to impress the girls how strong they were).    Most of them would be in their junior high school (Form i to III) with some in Form Iv and V.  My friend Captain (or Major in the Malaysian Army) Teoh Hoot Aun, an ex-Ipoh ACS boy and queen scout, would be one of the leaders. He  has probably retired by how.  Yes, he did married a Convent girl.   I was only junior but had an eye on all my elder sisters’ classmates. 

Here is a group photo of convent girls, some from Falim and Ipoh who ascended the Kledang Hill for a picnic dance.  This group of people were very keen to learn modern dances (cha cha & the rest) and they used to go to Ipoh YMCA or YWCA on Saturday nights. I can name a few, viz. Poh Yin, Soni, Yoke Fong and hope your readers might be able to identify themselves or others.  The location was the first waterfall in Kledang Hill (note the water rushing out of the bridge tunnel.  Happy Memories.



‘Little Women’…..

By |2012-01-06T11:34:21+08:00January 6th, 2012|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|Tags: , , |

Ah yes! MORE pictures showing Ipoh’s pretty lasses 🙂

For those of you who are wondering, this picture was taken at the Tambun Hot Springs – sometime in the early 1970s.

A special thanks to Sophie for this picture. Sophie, if you’re reading this: are you in this group? Could you tell us the names of these lovely lasses?

December 2011

November 2011

‘Apple’ in Ipoh!

By |2011-11-28T09:26:35+08:00November 28th, 2011|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: |

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you 99 Anderson Road, Ipoh!

This building was originally owned by Foong Seong. Later, the Cheong family bought it. When the Cheongs lived here, the front part of the building was a men’s hairdressing salon while the back portion was a famous tailors shop from where hundreds of made-to-measure school uniforms would emerge. Any of the old girls remember Mdm Loong Foon Yoong who used to measure all the girls herself?.

The Cheong family then moved away, thus the shop became a computer shop.

This picture was taken back in the late 1970s, when Utama Computer Centre sold Apple Computers. Probably the only Apple Store in Ipoh then – unless you know different!  🙂

What is it now?

N.B. The story of the Cheong family growing up in Anderson Rioad is in the book  “Ipoh, My Home Town”.

A Writer at ‘Work’….

By |2011-11-25T11:26:56+08:00November 25th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, nature, People|

A big ‘HELLO’ to all Writers out there! I’m sure some of you have done strange/awkward things when trying to overcome writers’-block. I recall one of my online buddys telliing me that he attempted growing his beard and didn’t shower for a week – just to write about a homeless man! Well, what ever works for you, I suppose!

Some of us don’t usually go to such an extreme 😉 Here we have a 1960s picture of Cedric Jennings (son of Times of Malaya Editor J A S Jennings) working hard on his piece. Perhaps the garden and the tropical climate of Malaya inspired him at some point?

Where Is It?

By |2011-11-14T13:58:42+08:00November 14th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

The shop 3rd from left is ‘Chop Cheong Chin’; next to that is ‘Syarikat Perak Travel Agency’, which is also an agency for Singapore Airlines. That’s about all we could make out from this picture. Now, across the street from this row of shop houses…..(see picture below)

….is another similar row. Notice also that at the end of this street is what seems to be the roof top of the Market.

Could anyone help us with the name of this street. While you’re at it, what is that tall building in the background (seen in both the pictures)?

Teaching In and Around Ipoh – Episode 3

By |2011-11-02T09:09:23+08:00November 2nd, 2011|Categories: childhood, Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, nature, People|Tags: , , , , , , , |

We have here the 3rd installment of UV’s account….about his teaching experiences in and around Ipoh. Happy reading 🙂


the waterfall at Buntung

Teaching In and Around Ipoh

Episode 3

Teaching is not merely the passing on of knowledge to students.  It involves and interaction that is rather complicated.  A student learns through various ways.  [This article, being mainly for lay people, will not dwell into pedagogical terms but would be using layman’s terms.]  Unfortunately, many teachers during my time still depended on the textbook or the ‘chalk and talk’ method.  That is, the teacher would write on the board a lot of notes and try to explain and idea by merely talking. 

Most of the students will be busy scribbling notes onto pages and pages of their exercise books, word for word and trying desperately to listen to their teacher.  Sometimes, the teacher would scribble and talk (facing the blackboard) at the same time.  This is when some naughty students will do cheeky things behind the teacher’s back.

Such teaching methods should be obsolete by now but unfortunately old habits die hard and many teachers today are doing the same.  Another batch of teachers don’t even bother to write notes, they merely open the textbook [insisting that every child must have one too, if not the child would be punished] and read from it, and from time to time, instruct the students to underline important sentences or phrases.  To ensure passes in their subjects, these are the parts they will set questions on during the examinations.

These are teachers that do not prepare their lessons or had done so once [underlining their own textbook so that he or she remembers where to tell his or her students to do so].  For years, until the textbook is changed, they would use this same old textbook [facts may have changed a lot] to ‘teach’!

However, there are others who would prepare their lessons meticulously and bring along to class maps, charts and models to make their lesson interesting.  They would involve their students in activities necessitating them to move to the front of the class or into groups for group work and discussion.  The lesson is different every time the teacher steps into class.  The students are never sure what to expect.  Motivation for learning is high.

Many teachers too resort to interesting anecdotes or simple but unforgettable stories related to the theme of the lesson.  Students may forget the facts but will never forget the stories told and eventually recall the facts the story is based on.  Some teachers use a joke to set the mood for teaching, but sometimes this would backfire on the teachers.  The students are set wrongly and look forward to a period of fun and follies!

In MGS Ipoh in the 60s and 70s we have all sorts of teachers as described above.  Boring teachers or interesting ones are remembered.  The in-betweens are forgotten.  When I started teaching, I modeled myself on some of the best teachers I had in ACS Ipoh.  My Geography teacher, Mr. Yee Sze Onn impressed me so much that I gave up a place in Business Management when offered to me to take up Geography as my major from the Second Year of my Degree course instead. [I was called directly a ‘fool’ by the head of the Economics Department then.] When I started teaching in MGS Ipoh, I was one of three graduates, the most junior of the lot.  I decided to emulate Mr. Yee and asked for a Geography Room to be set up and it was granted.  I had a sand tray set up so that I could make landscape models to explain to my students what features I was teaching.  To my horror, stray cats made it their toilet!

I had a map tracing table specially built so that I can trace maps and diagrams.  MGS was one of the few schools with an epidiascope that could project pictures or diagrams from text book on to a screen [but the bulb was so powerful, if we leave it on for too long it would singe the page the map or diagram is on] and this was used for projecting maps, diagram and pictures in class or in the Geography Room and used for making charts.  There were storage places for rolled up maps and drawers for topographic maps.  Globes were available for teachers to take to class.  A fantastic collection of pictures and charts, made by me with the help of my senior girls were available as teaching aids.

I give credit to the other teachers of Geography that came before me for a good collection of Geographical materials.  It made it easier to put them into a room and made available for all teachers of Geography to use.  Unfortunately, teachers being human would borrow items from the room and not return them to the proper places.  Very often they became the ‘property’ of those teachers who kept them in the Staff Room beside their favourite place of perch for ‘easy excess’ whenever they go to class.  This I consider as selfish as it deprives other teachers of the use of those items.

I also took it upon myself to take my pupils to field trips.  Geography is not a subject you learn in the classroom alone.  You need to make the students see what is really outside on the surface of the earth.  When we teach the rivers and their various stages, we could show them a real river at its various stages.  On one such field trip to a waterfall in Buntung [Guntung], we climbed up the steep slope of the waterfall and on descending; a student slipped and slide down to the base of the fall.  Luckily for me, she only sustained a small cut to her chin which she wore till today.  We rushed her to hospital and sent her home after that.  It cut short our field trip.  I never took my later students to the same waterfall again!

Visits to places of interest were another thing that made studying of Geography interesting.  I organized [like Mr.Quah Guan Teik an ACS Geography teacher of Lower Secondary classes] field trips to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Lumut and Penang just to name a few places.  These trips were to visit port facilities, factories, airports and other major landmarks in Malaysia.   I even organized a trip by air to Penang and back just to ensure the students could see the landscape from the air.  We raised funds to subsidize the fare for selected pupils who were the ones involved in fund raising.

Many of these were organized in the name of the Senior Geographical Society of the school of which I was the advisor.  I remembered in those days, the USA Presidential Election was on and I would allow my students to hold elections for positions in the society based on the American Presidential Election system.  This enabled them to learn about the American Election System, part of what is termed Political Geography and compare it with our own system.

I continued teaching Geography even when I became the Senior Assistant of the school.  My love for this subject never faded until now.  I wonder how many of my students went on to teach this same subject and did what I did when I was teaching it.  I would love to hear from some of them who did.

October 2011

The Road from Singapore to Penang!

By |2011-10-21T15:12:45+08:00October 21st, 2011|Categories: childhood, ipoh, Memories, nature|

Know this road? Way back in 1945, this was part of the Singapore-Penang route. This picture shows the road passing through Ipoh (although, we don’t know which part of Ipoh this is).

Yes, there weren’t many cars on the roads in those days; in the picture are a couple of bullock-carts.

Must have been a nice way to travel (save the LONG hours)…..minus the toll! 🙂

Dulang Washers

By |2011-10-14T16:17:07+08:00October 14th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage, People|

This was taken in 1945 by the late Geoffrey Clark (of the 4th Regiment Signals Troop). Here we have 3 dulang washers, complete with their wide hats and long sleeved shirts, working hard along the river.

On the reverse of the photo he identified the place as Ipoh and guessing that this was taken from a military vehicle, it is interesting that the land was so wild.

Where are those wide coolie hats now? Maybe they are in the same place to which the Japanese “invasion” bicycles went. I wish we could find examples of both!

Ipoh, 1946…

By |2011-10-12T12:12:51+08:00October 12th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|

Recognise this street?

Well, put those thinking-caps on, people 🙂 I’m sure some of you are grinning madly…while typing away your answers!

This picture is part of the late Geoffrey Clark’s collection. (We featured one of his pictures in a previous blog post) Clark served in Malaya from about 1945-1947 under the 4th Regiment Signals Troop (which arrived in Malaya just after the Japanese surrendered).

September 2011

What’s Become of This Place?

By |2011-09-28T15:17:27+08:00September 28th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration|Tags: , , |

Here’s a picture of the PCADA (Perak Chinese Amateur Dramatic Association) Building, taken on the day of the association’s Golden Jubilee. At the time the picture was taken (some time in 1953) the 3rd floor had been completed.

Foh Sun restaurant used to occupy the groud floor, before it moved. I do wonder what’s become of this building now? Care to tell us MORE?

Same Street, Different Year!

By |2011-09-23T12:50:06+08:00September 23rd, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

Some time ago, we featured a picture from the Jennings Collection – showing part of Panglima Street, which was under water in 1919. Here we have another look at the same street.

This was taken in 1926/1927, when yet again Ipoh suffered another great flood. Notice any difference from the 1919 photograph and this one?

Recognise This Place?

By |2011-09-19T11:42:49+08:00September 19th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Natural Heritage|

note: picture is RTM Copyright

Familiar? Well, for those of you who are still wondering, this is the Perak RTM building 🙂

I heard that there’s some renovations going on at the present site….perhaps anyone who knows more could help us out. Also, we’d like to know a little more about the history of this place.

‘Driving Miss Daisy’ ?

By |2011-09-05T12:26:47+08:00September 5th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , |

..well, not quite!

This 1914 picture shows the Gunong Cheroh Taoist temple (in the background) and part of Anderson Road (just after where the present YMCA building is).

The one driving however is Freda Jennings, wife of Jack Jennings (Editor of Times of Malaya). She can be seen driving (a lovely white car) along the wooden bridge over the Kinta River. Yes, this same road is still there today – with MORE traffic though – but the wooden bridge has been replaced.

We thank Nicholas Jennings for sending us this picture 🙂

August 2011

Is this…..

By |2011-08-15T12:52:13+08:00August 15th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage, Restoration, What is it?|

….the Abdul Samad Building? (see picture below)

Was this what the building looked like in the early 1900s? Or, perhaps its an entirely different building altogether?

We’d like your ‘expert’ opinions on this one………

This picture is taken from the collection of the late Percival Moss, who tailored the uniforms for the Malay States Guides.

Aerial View of St Michael’s Institution

By |2011-08-05T13:15:38+08:00August 5th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , , |

Here’s a lovely coloured postcard of St Michael’s Institution. Care to guess the date of this picture? Needless to say, those palm trees aren’t there anymore….and the space behind the school building is now where the new Primary Block is.

You can also see St John’s Anglican Church; notice also a green-roofed mansion (top most of the picture). Wonder whose house it was?

Guess this building!

By |2011-08-01T14:15:53+08:00August 1st, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, Natural Heritage|Tags: , , |

We know some of you out there love mysteries! Well, here’s one for you (see picture below).

Familiar? At first I thought it was the Shaik Adam Mosque (along Clayton Road, next to St Michael’s Institution)…..but then, could there be another building around the country with a similar design?

By the way, this picture was taken by the late Percival Moss. We thank his grandson Bernard for lending it to us!

July 2011

Turf Club, 1919

By |2011-07-18T11:38:37+08:00July 18th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, ipoh, Memories, Natural Heritage|

Bet you didn’t know that THIS (picture above) was what the Turf Club‘s grandstand looked like back in 1919! 😉

Of course it’s different now, after all those renovations. But we’re lucky to have such a unique picture to add to our collection. A special thanks to Nicholas Jennings who sent this to us 🙂