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August 2022

July 2022

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)


April 2022

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.

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. 

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?

September 2020

February 2020

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

August 2018

July 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?

February 2018

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.

January 2017

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

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.

June 2016

March 2015

February 2015

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

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

PowerPoint Presentation

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)


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

October 2014

September 2014

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 😉

June 2014

Have You Heard of the Kinta Weed?

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

KintaWeed(click to enlarge)

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.

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|

GTown(click to enlarge)

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|

ipohThe landmark that I was looking for (1997 visit)-edited

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?

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?

September 2013

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: , , |

Blog iverside

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?

April 2013

March 2013

Earth-Hour Ideas!

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

EH@ECPoster Sm

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

January 2013

December 2012

“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.



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

August 2012

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!

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.

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.

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

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.



December 2011

November 2011

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?

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! 🙂

July 2011

Memories of Kledang Hill – by IpohBornKid

By |2011-07-08T10:38:51+08:00July 8th, 2011|Categories: childhood, Memories, nature|Tags: , , |

Here’s a little nostalgia from IpohBornKid, about a trip to the famous Kledang Hills. Happy reading 🙂

A Nostalgic Climb up The Kledang Hill circa 1950s.


Dear Ipoh and Menglembu Old Timers


Everyone has heard of Cameron Highlands (off Tapah), Frazer Hill (Off Taiping) and later on Genting Highlands but not many have heard of the humble Kledang Hill.  Menglembu (Chinese name is Man Li Mong) meaning thousand li view, is a quiet little town surrounding by tin mines and its locality is at the foot of Kledang Hill.  Although it is mainly limestone hills in the Kinta Valley, Menglembu seems to have some hills full of granite which was frequently quarried. Surrounding Menglembu town were 4 residential areas called “North, South, East and West Regrouping Areas.  Their geographical arrangements seem to following the emergency procedures.


Jalan Kledang, previously known as Pike Street, runs into the hillside, first passing through the old cemetery, the Sikh Diary Farmers (the man with the Bullock Cart – there is another story here) and into the mining pools. 


The road to the top of one of the peaks (probably 1,000 ft) existed but was later sealed when a radio transmitter was erected on top of the hill.  The communication centre was guarded by soldiers and probably had a strategic military use.  If I remember correctly it would take a couple of hours to hike up to the top of the transmitter station.


In the beginning only land rovers (or other 4 wheel drive vehicles) are allowed up the hill and most of them were PWD, Police or Military vehicles.  Beginning at the bottom,   the road cuts into the hillside in a zigzag manner.  Sharp and steep corners were common as you drove up the hill.  At a third of the way up, you would have reached the “First Waterfall” (left of the main hill).  Another third up the road, you would have reached the second waterfall.  As you climb further you would reach the peak where the radio transmitter was located.  The area is normally fenced in and guarded. 


There were two ways to ascend to the main hill.  One was by road and the other, a steep climb directly on the main hill.  There were man made steps on the face of the hill which indicated that the first team of workers to ascend the hill made those cuttings.  They have to get the electricity up the hill.  I have personally climbed this part of the hill and it is a bit dangerous.


Early in the 1950s, people in Menglembu began to trek up the hill when the road was sealed.  At one time, it became very popular and picnics were organized by local residents (mostly school kids).  I remembered clearly that we ascended to the top of the hill was not permitted to enter the transmitter buildings.  Through the intercession of a well know Menglembu politician (Sailing Boat Party, probably MCA) Mr Yap Yin Fah, we were allow to use the premises.  The roof top was tarred and most of us had learned how to dance, cha cha and the works; so we went up the roof and started dancing.  We would descend at about 3.00pm and reached town by 5:00 pm.  As an outing, it was fun and cheap.  One photographed showed us walking on the tar sealed road, another with the Menglembu beauties (langloi) and a group p picture at the base of the transmitting antenna tower,


When the fad died down, many started to drive up to Kledang Hill in their own cars.  My uncle was an enthusiast and he drove his Austin Mini up the hill and back.  Going up is no problem but coming down is hard on the brakes.  It is not unusual to stop the vehicle and let the brake pads cool otherwise the brakes would overhead and you lose your brakes.  The only thing left to do was to crash on the hill face and not the off side which send you down hundred of feet to your demise.  Also, never pour water into the brake assemble or you might crack the brake drum.  Anyway, after a few trips you need to change your brake pads and have the drum sheared.  Before I forget, if you have a lousy radiator that leaks, you will be asking for trouble as the engine will start boiling.  Fortunately there was always ample supply of cool water.  We had the same experience when we pushed our bicycles up the hill and free wheel downhill.  What a stupid thrill!


Another interest event that took place was racing car up to the first waterfall.  In the old days, some bright spark started the sport of racing cars to the first waterfall and it became popular for a while.  For safety reasons, each car accelerates toward its destination and was timed.  The shortest time won the race.


There is another route up to the first waterfall.  To get there, you have to follow the stream to its source.  After reaching the foot of the hill, there is a precipice, a drop about 10-15 feet.  After you have ascended this rock face, you move up the slippery rock surface.   If you had slipped and fell, you would have severely injured yourself or worst, got killed.   I had an experience on my descent on those rocks.  I slipped and slid down the rock surface.  I was very lucky that my friend Chow Kai Sek (an ACS old salt) was on guard near the drop.  He lodged himself with a tree branch hanging across the rock surface and grapped me.  If he had missed me, I would not be writing this story.


You can say that there were a lot of fun loving days that could get one killed.  I also remembered about my trip to the foot of Kledang Hill with 2 other ACS boys.  Two were my senior and we all rode in one Honda Cup.  Coming downhill on the flat, we swerved off the road and continued along the grass patch.  We did not manage to cross the stream running across us.  The motorbike went up and we went down.  We all fell in the water.   Of course, one was Kai Sak and the other was the son of a saw mill owner near Falim.


We also used to play Russian roulette.  On top of the Bukit Merah entrance, we would signal the bike rider up the top that the main road is clear of traffic.  On a given signal, the rider took off from the top, down the steep slope and cross the main road.  Lucky for us there were no speeding car on the road…


Why go to Kinta Swimming pools when you have mining pools all over Menglembu.  I used to swim a lot in mining pools.  Adults often told us horror stories about drowning accidents in mining pools.  How many managed to dive into rocks and swam under a submerged rock hole and ended up drowned.  Those stories did not deter us one bit…  I guess we were lucky to be alive after all the dangerous activities we did without our parents’ knowledge.  I used to get caned if there were tell tales signs of having swum in a mining pool.  If they scratch your skin and a white powdery line comes up, it was a sign that you were in the water for some time.    Always take a bath at home immediately after swimming in a mining pool.


The only horror I have encounter in mining pool was to see a black snake competing with me to get on the edge of the pool.  Whew, that was close.  My second encounter with the black snake was riding my bicycle from the foot hills to town.  Traveling quite fast, my front wheel was about to run across the snake crossing the road.  Luckily, I was skilled in jumping off the bicycle (hours of training for this event).  Before my bicycle hit the snake, I jumped off the saddle and the bicycled collided with the snake.  After 10 minutes I recovered my breadth and started to retrieve my bicycle.  The snake was killed when it lodge is body in the spikes of the bicycle.  I used a long stick to remove the snake and when I went home, I was still shaking from fright


Later on in the 1970s, I heard that not many people want to walk up the hill.  People would only walk up to the foothill as a form of exercise only.


When you live in Ipoh town, you do not have open space to play with.  But in Menglembu, the play ground is open space full of mining pools, snakes, and good fishing spots. 


As an aside, I fondly remember the Sikh family living near the cemetery.  They were diary farmers and they sell fresh milk.  Ever try to jump up to a bullock cart and get a free ride without the driver swearing at you in Punjabi.  Most of the family members speak Cantonese and one of their famous sons was an ASP in Singapore. 


I write this story before people forget that Kledang Hill was once a great playground for its residents.



May 2011

March 2011

Horror of Horrors!

By |2011-03-21T20:40:46+08:00March 21st, 2011|Categories: Natural Heritage, nature|Tags: , , , |

We’ve come to know of an incident involving soldiers and poaching (from Perak News).

The news thus far claims that there’s been “…a photo posted on the Facebook profile of a Malaysian soldier who proudly (shamelessly) poses with his fellow soldier friends, with a Rhinoceros Hornbill which looks like it has just been slaughtered.”   It is said that an anonymous source stumbled onto this Facebook Profile and alerted Perak News (the Source was said to be someone who was involved in “various conservation activities” in the country. More can be read at the Perak News website from which this photo was taken.

According to the website, the photo was allegedly taken in Belum Forest. Regardless of WHERE it was taken, the very thought of hunting a protected species is appalling!

Has anyone out there heard MORE about this shocking news? Has any action been taken with regards to this incident? We await for your feedback and updates! (It also wouldn’t hurt to spread the news too!)

What a Beauty!

By |2011-03-07T11:22:50+08:00March 7th, 2011|Categories: Identify Photographs, nature|Tags: , , , |

This scenic haven can be found just outside Ipoh – on the Simpang Pulai/Cameron Highlands road. This dam is rather unique, because it has a hot spring at the picnic area (further downstream).

We thank Coleman Chin for the picture and the short description. Have anyone of you been to this place? We’d like to know more – especially since such places are fast disappearing!

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