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Lau Ek Ching Street

kayes



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Phoebe
Land Down Under

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November 9, 2008 2:18pm

It sure looks like Lau Ek Ching Street has had a facelift. Smile


Kayes, please can you take a pic of Po Gardens when you're there next? Thanks.
kayes

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November 9, 2008 2:28pm

Here is a pic I took of Lau Ek Ching Street last week. Po Garden is the one towards the left of pic with the white signboard and that round Interflora sign at the entrance. It is only this half of the street that has undergone restoration. The other half is dilapidated.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/pogarden.jpg
Phoebe
Land Down Under

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November 9, 2008 2:55pm

Thanks for the pic and info, Kayes. Hopefully, the other half will also get restored in time to come.


Oh, I just noticed a man sleeping out the front of the shop on the right of the pic.
kayes

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November 9, 2008 3:05pm

I wonder whether he is an out-of-job salesman.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/pogar4.jpg
Phoebe
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November 9, 2008 3:46pm

The poor man. Seeing the image of him sleeping like that instantly reminded me of the night my brother and I came across another homeless man sleeping behind a shopfront column in Jalan Hang Lekir in KL in 1980. As we were walking past, we heard this awful gurgling sound and groans coming from nowhere. Being a crime reporter, my brother felt his ears pricking up so he set about looking for the source of the noises. It was so dark we nearly missed the poor man but for the noises he was making. As it turned out, he had been stabbed several times so my brother rang the cops. Unfortunately, the poor man had succumbed to his injuries by the time the ambulance arrived.
JC

Registered: November 2008
Location: Kuala Lumpur
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November 14, 2008 2:11am

Hi, Kayes. I'm from Ipoh and have fond memories of Lau Ek Ching St, where my late grandparents used to live. I recently went back there on a brief visit and was quite appalled to see the condition of the 'other half' of the street from the location of your picture. Most (if not all) the houses were deserted and dilapidated, as if awaiting demolition. However, I've also seen a picture posted on the Ipoh Mali Talak Sombong site, which shows immaculately refurbished houses in that row. Admittedly the posting is dated March 2007, but 18 months really can't make such a dramatic difference, could it? I'm just very puzzled! Would appreciate it very much if you could shed some light on this, thanks.
kayes

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November 14, 2008 2:55am

hello JC, not sure what you are talking about. Pic below shows the entire length of one side of Lau Ek Ching Street. Those houses at the further end (on both sides of the road) have been restored/renovated while those nearer to camera are in poor condition.



http://penangnewspaper.com/pics3/flock4.jpg
JC

Registered: November 2008
Location: Kuala Lumpur
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November 17, 2008 2:20am

Hi, Kayes. Your latest photo looks more like what we saw in August - only a tad better.
Retired Falcon

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June 11, 2009 6:55am

Kayes, you may know Dato' John Lim of Perak Turf Club. He used to stay in Lau Ek Cheng St. 3rd or 4th house in the above pic. Last Chinese New Year, he had a gathering of old friends who used to live around this area. I was part of the gathering held at his bungalow in Meru Hgts. and the music and wine went on till the wee hours of the morning. Cowan St. and Lau Ek Ching St. were our favourite haunts during those days.
kayes

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June 11, 2009 7:10am

Last year I had tea at the Perak Turf Club with some Committee Members and I think he was there. I know Dato Terry Lee better. He comes often to the Penang Turf Club for the races. Of course I know Tan Sri V. Jeyeratnam very well since he was my former boss.


In the early 60s I used to visit 18 Lau Ek Ching Street almost every weekend. A classmate, Chan Lup Keong lived there and his mother often invited me and others to have meals there. He also had a record player and plenty of records and so it was like a party everytime. His room was airconditioned too.
Retired Falcon

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June 11, 2009 7:29am

In the 60s, the folks living in this area including Seenivasagam St. were rather close knit. There was a family who used to run a curry mee stall on the plot of land beside the old Hotel Cowan just facing the church. It tasted quite good but I think a lot of guys patronised the stall because of their daughter who was a beer promoter and used to help out at the stall.
kayes

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June 11, 2009 7:47am

Joe, I can't remember that curry mee stall but I must have eaten there. In the 70s, "promoters" were very popular. I can remember the promoters of almost every brand of beer on sale then. Esso had their "Tiger Girls" promoting their petrol by going round to all the bigger pumps in the country. One of our Miss Malaysia, Maggie Loo was once a promoter with Esso. Obviously a pretty promoter can do wonders. You can just sit there in those open air dim sum places in Ipoh just ordering large bottles of Tiger or Anchor repeatedly. On top of that I had a good friend who was in sales with F & N which marketed Anchor beer and so it was inevitable I knew many of the promoters for Anchor beer. Another friend was with Guinness and those Guinness promoters started by wearing cheongsams. Wow, I can go on and on.
Retired Falcon

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June 11, 2009 8:11am

Haha Kayes. I totally forgot about the 'Tiger Girls' from Esso. That was cool in those days. The beer promotors were many in those days and besides Anchor and Guiness, there was also Carlsberg too. Another one that just came to mind was the gold dress worn by the promoters, could it be 'Gold Harp' or something like that. The famous line of Carlsberg was 'the Long Cool Dane'.
kayes

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June 11, 2009 8:24am

You are right Joe, those that wore the gold dress were promoters of Gold Harp beer, which did not last long. I think it tasted like Chang beer. Anyway, I remember those Gold Harp promoters weren't as pretty as Anchor promoters and boy, the Guinness promoters were the classiest of the lot. The first batch of Guinness promoters were handpicked by the big boss in KL and they all wore cheongsams and all were fluent in English. The first batch was just to spearhead things and soon after, they were replaced with more ordinary girls. Remember those Guinness posters which were pasted in almost every coffee shop all over the country? I was asked to look out for pretty girls who would be prepared to model for those posters. I remember they paid RM2000 and was also given a free cheongsam.
Retired Falcon

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June 11, 2009 8:50am

Yes Kayes, I remember those posters very well. I think they were the best ones. I wonder whats the rate for modelling for these posters now; probably more than that. Maybe I'll take a look at the coffeeshops that have these posters now and I'm sure there'll be some nice ones around. 'Guiness Stout is good for you'
Retired Falcon

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June 11, 2009 8:54am

I still remember the advertisement for Guiness (Indian version):


'Guiness Stout, Oonderne Kenarlle De'


Don't know what it means, but it sure sounds something like that.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
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June 11, 2009 6:17pm

Ah!!! Natures most wonderous gifts to Man.Beer,Pretty Girls in Cheongsam and Guiness.Bet the Pretty Girls sold more Guiness than that ugly Toucan
Ken Chan

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Location: Chicago. IL, USA
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June 11, 2009 8:13pm

Hi Kayes,
Your classmate Chan Lup Keong's brother, Willie Chan Chi Keong, has had a successful career in Hong Kong's movie industry. Willie Chan has been Jackie Chan's manager, confidant and business partner for more than 30 years, and he was credited as the person who helped launch Jackie's meteoric rise to stardom. Together, they founded the JC Group which produced movies, managed the career of many aspiring stars, and also served as talent scouts. During its heyday in the late 1980's, the company was managing the careers of more than 40 movie stars. Jackie Chan's phenomenal success in the 'Rush Hour' movies made him an international star and William Morris began to manage his career and act as his agent in the U.S. Meanwhile, Willie Chan continues to call the shots in Hong Kong where Jackie Chan is still actively involved in acting and producing movies.
Retired Falcon

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June 13, 2009 10:37pm

Kayes, on one of your early visits to Ipoh, perhaps you would like to try Keng Nam Coffeeshop just at the junction of Cowan St. and Green Lane. It is famous for its curry mee, pulut kaya, and chee cheong fun. The shop packs a good crowd esp. in the mornings.
kayes

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June 14, 2009 3:50am

Ken, you provided some fantastic news! When I was in Sixth Form together with Lup Keong, Willie was already studying medicine in UK and I hardly saw him at all. After Form Six, I lost touch with Lup Keong and someone later told me he also studied medicine in UK like his brother and became a plastic surgeon in Hong Kong. I have never met Lup Keong again after schooldays. I never knew Willie has such an illustrious and exciting career and it sure interests me to read your news. Where did you get this info from? Are you acquainted with Willie? I really enjoyed myself whenever I visited Lup at Lau Ek Ching Street. He had an airconditioned room where I could stay the night if I wanted to and he had a big collection of records plus some fancy record player. He also had a car, an Opel Kadett, and we used to go for rides to Batu Gajah, Gopeng etc. His mother was very kind and generous and kept on buying food for all of Lup's friends, including me.


Thanks Joe, I know the place but I have not eaten there for a long time. Will do soon. I always value your food recommendations Smile
Ken Chan

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Location: Chicago. IL, USA
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June 14, 2009 2:31pm

Hi Kayes,
I am not an acquaintance of his but in my previous job, I do get to catch up with celebs from Hong Kong and Taiwan. I heard from the grapevine about this guy from Ipoh and his innate abilities to rub shoulders with Hong Kong's A-list movie stars. An older colleague who was in charge of advertising knew Lau Ek Ching Street like the back of his hand and back then, your friend's house was known to be the home of the gentry. This elderly gentleman filled me in with some interesting details that ran like a colorful tapestry about those early days in that neighborhood. Apparently, Willie did not pursue his degree in medicine. He graduated from Hawaii's East West Center with a masters degree in marketing, after which he decided to spread his wings in Hong Kong. Because he was a local boy who made it big in a foreign city, some of Ipoh's Chinese newspapers like Kin Kwok Daily News (now defunct, I am sure) also ran articles about his successful career as a producer, manager, and talent scout. In some ways, Ipoh is not exactly a large city, and it is not difficult to find out about 'who is who' within the confines of our hometown.
kayes

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June 15, 2009 2:59am

hello Ken, thanks for the further info. Now my creaky memory is starting to remember things. I could have been wrong when I said Willie studied medicine in UK but Lup Keong did become a doctor and he is now a psychiatrist in Hong Kong and not a plastic surgeon like I said earlier. I have never heard of Willie being Jackie Chan's Manager and so that remains news to me. Looks to me Michelle Yeoh is not the only Ipohite to make it big in Hong Kong's film industry. And talking about Hong Kong stars, I have always been a great fan of the late Anita Mui. Her showmanship was fabulous and her singing is still not matched by the younger female singers in Hong Kong today.
Ken Chan

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January 20, 2011 9:14pm

Hi Kayes,
I have just heard from the grapevine that your friend Chan Lup Keong, who was practicing medicine in Hong Kong, had passed away a few years ago. Perhaps you have already heard the news.
kayes

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January 21, 2011 1:12am

hi Ken, I did not know that Lup had passed away. Thanks for the info. I sure miss those good old days in Lau Ek Ching Street when I visited him.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
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April 17, 2011 4:59pm

Hi Kayes,
Newsflash from the glittery world of Hong Kong cinema! Your friend Willie Chan was honored for professional achievement at the 30th Annual Hong Kong Film Film Awards ceremony which culminated last night. Willie is Jackie Chan's agent cum manager extraordinaire and together, they have navigated the rough seas in Hong Kong's fiercely competitive movie industry for many years. Led by Jackie, a group of his clients paid tribute to him while another client, Jacky Cheung (HK's God of Songs) offered his thanks with a recorded performance of Old Blue Eyes' evergreen ballad 'My Way.' Not bad for the boy from Ipoh and those who had their roots in Lau Ek Ching Street in one way or another must be proud of him. It is not easy to gain that kind of recognition in clout-heavy Hong Kong, where egos are larger than life.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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April 18, 2011 2:13am

hello Ken, thanks for the news again. Really good to hear an Ipoh boy has made it big in Hong Kong. They should have some kind of signage at No:18 Lau Ek Ching Street to indicate Willie's birthplace. I wonder whether he often mentions his Ipoh roots during big occasions in Hong Kong.
kayes

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January 3, 2013 6:18am

Ken, I am in touch with some of my old classmates of ACS Ipoh and none of them knew that Lup Keong died several years ago. Now we are all very curious. Can you please find out from your sources how he died? Under what kind of circumstances? Thanks in advance.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
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January 4, 2013 7:30pm

Hi Kayes,
I came across the info in another blog where a group of ACS old boys were catching up with each other. In the ensuing exchange, the news about Lup Keong was mentioned and that's how I came to know about it. I'll try to retrace my steps and dig for more info. Incidentally, I read in the Chinese newspapers that Willie Chan Chee Keong was also under the weather for a while in Hong Kong. Hope all is well now.



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