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December 2010

May 2010


By |2010-07-04T00:48:53+08:00May 7th, 2010|Categories: Identify Photographs, Ipoh Town, Memories, People|Tags: , , , |


A TRIBUTE TO MOM  献给天下间的母亲

Dearest Mom, how can I ever forget

the simple joy of nestling in your loving arms

and suckling contently at your milky breasts

that gave me the nourishments of life.

Dearest Mom, how can I ever describe

your kind smile that I saw through my tears

as I took a fall and you whispered to my ears

that it is sometimes alright to take a tumble in life.

Dearest Mom, how can I ever thank you enough

for the wisdom that you taught me as I grew up

and the love you gave me so unconditionally

which is the sweetest nectar I have tasted in life.

The lovely lady in this photo is my beloved late mom, Madam Chow Chiew Sai. This photo was taken in 1945 for match making purpose. It was taken at an unknown studio in Ipoh, most probably near Kg Kuchai where she stayed during her younger days. In those days, match making was the norm upon reaching marriageable age.

In this photo she sported the “abalone” hairstyle made famous by the popular mainland Chinese songstress, Zhou Xuen周璇. Mom was a big fan, always humming her songs as she goes about doing her chores. For this photo session, she also sewed herself a set of samfoo to complete the pretty look. Needless to say, she won my dad’s heart straight away!

From cradle to grave, Mom never had it easy. Her own mother died when she was only six and being the eldest child, she had to take care of her siblings and doing all the house work even though she is still a child herself. And in those days there were no electricity or tap water, much less gas stove! So she has to draw water from the well and chop fire woods as a child.

After marriage, she had to face abusive in- laws and in old age debilitating illness.But Mom is a very resilient and gentle person. She has never throw a tantrum nor even rise her voice. Despite the many hardships, she and Dad managed to give my siblings and me a decent childhood and for that we are forever indebted and grateful to them both.

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day. Even though she is no longer with me but she is always in my heart and in my mind. And I like to take this opportunity to thank her and also to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day and may she rest in eternal peace.

Of course, I also like to wish all the wonderful moms in the world a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY. Mothers are our guardian angels. As the Jewish proverb puts it aptly “God cannot be everywhere, therefore he created mothers.”

December 2009

Mr Lip Po’s First Car!

By |2009-12-16T05:13:33+08:00December 16th, 2009|Categories: ipoh, Memories, People|Tags: , , , , |

Lip Po left China, with a Catholic priest, and came to Malaya at the age of 5 in 1877. Having completed his education, he later went into mining. He however lost his mine in Falim and then ventured into selling cold drinks on the street. With that, he saved up some money and bought a 10-acre plot of land – which became Po Garden.

Po Garden, with its many fruit trees and flowers, eventually became the first organisation to have worked with Interflora. Here is a picture of Mr Lip Po with his first car, probably in the 1920s. Next to him in the car is one of his sons – all his 5 sons studied at St Michaels Institution; hence, Lip Po was one of the major donors for the 1939 extension done in the school.

I’m sure some of you out there remember Po Garden, located just beside the Main Convent. During my Primary years at  the Main Convent, I would sometimes walk along Po Garden Lane (between the nursery and the Convent) and admire those shady trees. Now that the nursery has moved, the land which once stretched from Brewster Road all the way back towards Syuen Hotel has been (sadly) abandoned.

The company Po Garden still exists in the Cameron Highlands.

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