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September 2012

Episode 3: Chong Soon Fan’s Grandchildren – by IpohBornKid

By |2012-09-06T10:43:25+08:00September 6th, 2012|Categories: childhood, history, Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

IpohBornKid shares his 3rd installment with us. Happy reading 🙂

The picture showing the first 12 grandchildren of Chong Soon Fan was probably taken in 1957, during the Chinee New Year. The location is the bungalow, the family residence of Chong Soon Fan.  The background building with the tin roof is the Nanyang Picture Theatre where the daughter of Chong Soon Fan was married.

Among the grandchildren, the eldest grand daughter and grandson came from the Pun family.  Ranking in seniority among grandchildren were as follows:  SFPun, YFPun, SLPun, (FWong,SLian Pun, YV Chong, PL Khoo – all same age), YW Chong, KC Khoo, YF Chong, KO Khoo, YT Chong.

Among the first 12 grandchildren of Chong Soon Fan who now resides overseas are  Dr SF Pun (US), Dr SL & YF Pun (Australia), SLn, F Wong, YT Chong & YW Chong (UK) , KO Khoo (Canada).  At the moment, Dr SF   and Dr SL are proud grandparents., More 5th generation babies will be popping out soon.  After the first 12 grandchildren, many others were born after the picture was taken and at last count, there were additional 3 residing in UK, 1 in Canada and 4 in Australia.

Among the 12 grandchildren there can be found graduates in Medicine, Science, Law, Engineering, IT,Teachers, Nurses and Businessmen.

I would like to invite those of you who are featured in this photograph to give your side of the history.  Later chapters in this series will talk about a day in the life of the Family in in early 1960s, the other grandchildren and  the golden wedding anniversary of Chong Soon Fan.

The number of grandchildren residing overseas reflects the sad picture of Malaysian brain drain to the Western countries since 1950s but it also reflects the global spread of the Chinese diaspora in Western countries.

May 2012

‘Makan’ Time!

By |2012-05-04T13:40:36+08:00May 4th, 2012|Categories: childhood, Memories, People|Tags: , , |

This picture (from Thomas Lee) needs no explanation. Steamboat restaurants have mushroomed around the place (there is one barely 1 km from my house!) and at a glance, these restaurants are often packed. What I’m curious about though is HOW/WHEN this dining experience began in Ipoh.

April 2012

Indoor Games

By |2012-04-25T09:49:22+08:00April 25th, 2012|Categories: childhood, games, Memories, People|Tags: , , , |

Remember these tiles and the hours of fun you could have with them? It is believed that this game originated in China, during the 12th Century. In the early 18th Century, it was introduced in Italy and eventually the rest of Europe became engrossed in the game. Dominoes are played today all over the world – there are also annual tournaments held in certain countries too!

This game needs NO introduction! I was told that playing this is almost similar to Gin (but I stand corrected, since I’ve never played Mahjong before). What kind of indoor games did YOU play?

We thank Thomas Lee for these lovely pictures 🙂

September 2010

Do you know them?

By |2010-09-06T09:05:17+08:00September 6th, 2010|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , , , |

Noting the response to our previous posting, we’ve decided to put up two more pictures of the said family:

Peranakan or Chinese? We don’t know…maybe someone out there knows….

Here we have a better view of the house. Note also the number plate on the vehicle – PK 3226. That should give you a rough guess as the when the picture was taken.

We await for your comments / feedback 🙂

A Baba-Nyonya Family in Perak

By |2010-09-03T12:17:00+08:00September 3rd, 2010|Categories: Identify Photographs, Memories, People|Tags: , , , |

To what we know, this family used to live at Simpang Pulai, Perak. Surprised? So am I…never knew we had Peranakan families here in Perak! Notice how the women are dressed, compared to the Western suit worn by the man (probably the husband of these two women).

Maybe someone out there knew them? Or, perhaps one of the children in the picture here is still around? Do share your thoughts with us.

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