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ACS (Horley Hall), Lahat Road

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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
July 18, 2008 4:09am

Looks like a prison camp. The food was ..... barely edible. The Boarding Master (Brian Foenander) was tough to get along with. I was an inmate here for a few years.
tonypun

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 7
August 2, 2008 6:11am

Could'nt agree more with kayes. It looks more like Stalag 13. Hollywood should use this building for a prop in their next "Freddie" movie. As for the food, you get better food at the richshaw food stall in front of St Michael School for 10c (ie circa 1950s. There use to be rabbit cage at the left of the building in 1954. Do you remember the changing of colours in the trees across the railway line - errie! How do you put up with it at night? ACS old salt
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
August 2, 2008 6:43am

Part of the ragging at Horley Hall was to make the new guys run over to the cemetery at midnight and collect candles from the gravestones. When I had to do this, it was a full moon night and the cemetery was brightly lit by the moonlight. Lucky me. Whenever meat was served at meals, many inmates checked to see if their leather shoes were missing.
Unni

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 7
August 6, 2008 7:02pm

I was a hostelite from 1971-1975. Food was atrocious except for 2 days which had reasonably stuff camouflaged as meals! Those were generally good days with Saturdays being looked forward to for the lifting of curfew for the day to be able to go to town. Sometimes we got permission for Friday night supper outing to the railway station stalls (laksa and nasi lemak there was heaven sent after the hostel dinner!). Hostel games were fun as were the annual dinners. Will try and dig up some old photos and upload them somewhere
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
August 6, 2008 10:43pm

Hi Unni, I suppose Brian Foenander was the Boarding Master when you were there. And he was driving that Morris 1100? I met him at Chee Lim's place in Lahat Road way back in 1974. Chee Lim was my father's mechanic and he looked after all my father's cars. When you find the old pics, send them to me and I will post them for you. My bed was the one right next to the phone. I had the upper bunk.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
September 28, 2008 6:15am

Hi Kayes.I am very fond of the Convents, SMI and ACS. But you seem to have forgotten all about another premier school in Ipoh- Anderson. I can't find a pic of this school in Ipoh Talk. I looked under "Schools".
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
September 28, 2008 10:54am

Kayes, I agree with blue grass 110%! I have not seen a single picture of my alma mater, Anderson School. It may not be the greatest school but it is still one of the premier institution in the city. A picture of the front facade, with its 'trademark' palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze, will bring back a slush of memories of those formative years as a student in this school. This means a whole lot to someone who resides halfway across the world from Ipoh and don't have the privilege to drive by the school every now and then to recapture those nostalgic moments.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
September 28, 2008 4:45pm

hello to Blue Grass & Ken, I actually have a nice set of Anderson School pics taken during their sports day in 2004. I have not been able to find them on any of my Macs or other storage devices. Okay Ken, I know how you feel. My next trip to Ipoh should be late October. Will climb over the fence and get you some pics Smile
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
September 28, 2008 5:46pm

Hello Ken. Your vivid description of Anderson School brings to mind Lat's drawings in TOWN BOY. Have you seen his book published many years ago in 1980? It recounts Lat's youth growing up in Ipoh. He was also an Andersonian and therefore the school features prominently in this book.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
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September 28, 2008 9:23pm

Hi blue grass, Lat is indeed an Andersonian and if I am not mistaken, he is probably a few years my junior. His 'Kampung Boy' hit the bookstores in the U.S. in August, 2006, and "Town Boy' was available since October last year. He does have a knack for capturing those poignant moments in Malaysian life and as I flip through the pages of his books, the contents does strike a chord in me. As for Anderson School's 'trademark' palm trees, I can remember it so well because we use to sing about it our school song every Friday, at the beginning of the weekly assembly.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
September 29, 2008 6:45pm

Hi Ken. If you enjoyed "Kampung Boy' and "Town Boy" you will definitely like "Kampung Boy: Yesterday and Today." His stories will make you nostalgic. Do you know that they serve a very tasty banana leaf lunch at the Old Andersionan Club?
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
September 30, 2008 10:08am

Hi Ken & Blue Grass,


LAT also went to Pasir Putih (English) Primary School. Some of the characters like the Headmaster and the Chinese Teacher with the pointy glasses were teachers that had taught me as well. LAT is a few years my senior.


Hi Ken,


Are you based here in the US? How long have you been here? For me, I have been in California since '91.


ACS77
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
September 30, 2008 7:32pm

Hi ACS77 and Ken. I went and dug up my copy of TOWN BOY to have a look at those teachers featured in the book. You should recognise the maths teacher with the cane. None other than Mr Ang Kek Cheow. He had such a reputation and was lager than life!{Not sure I spelt his name correctly.}
I met Lat recently and he still has that mop of unruly hair.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
September 30, 2008 9:35pm

Hi blue grass,
Thanks for the info on "Kampung Boy:Yesterday and Today". I can't wait to lay my hands on it to enjoy LAT's brand of typical Malaysian humor. Laughter is still the best medicine and after a hectic day at the office, having my funny bones tickled by our own hometown cartoonist is indeed a rare treat. The late Ung Khek Cheow was a strict disciplinarian but Anderson School's favorite 'Uncle' (nickname) was also a kind person at heart. Under his watchful eyes, my marginal prowess in math improved by leaps and bounds. 'Uncle' ran his math class like a tight ship, tolerating absolutely no nonsense from any student. The results spoke for itself and those of us who were taught by him would cherish his memory for a lifetime.


HI ACS77,


Yes, I am based in Chicago and has been happily 'exiled' in the US since 1983. Time flies with the blink of the eye, and before I know it, the Midwest has become my home for a quarter of a century! Nevertheless, I am still very much a Malaysian in heart and soul, and Ipoh will always by my hometown. I have made several visits to Malaysia but whenever we are in that part of the world, we could not resist those alluring side trips to other Asian countries. That's why, time is of the essence, and my stay in Ipoh is usually short and sweet. As I grow older, I yearn to re-connect with the past and there is a strong desire to spend more time in the land of my birth. After my retirement (which is still many years down the road) I intend to take it easy and will stay longer to enjoy Ipoh's leisurely way of life.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 1, 2008 6:18am

Hi Ken and ACS77. How did both of you stumble across Ipoh Talk? All these lovely photos taken by Kayes must help to keep you connected with your home town. You may be half way round the world but with Ipoh Talk you will at least get to know what is happening in town.
Ken, I heard that "Uncle" was a very good rugby player in his youth. His nickname may have been "Bulldog" Come to think of it, he had the built of one!
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
October 1, 2008 7:30am

Hi ACS77........the lady teacher with the pointy glasses in Lat's cartoon is Mrs. Moira Hew
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
October 1, 2008 3:50pm

Hi Liz,


Thanks for the info.


Hi blue grass,


I came across Ipoh Talk last year and had enjoyed it very much thanks to Kayes. Yes, those beautiful pictures and interesting topics including "food" really makes me "home sick". Kayes's video "Along Pasir Putih" was almost the same route I took to go to my primary school !


Hi Ken,


We should connect up sometimes. I work in the "Silicon Valley" in San Jose and I occationally make business trips to Chicago. I agreed with you that Ipoh will always be my Hometown. I still have siblings living there and I tried to introduce Ipoh to my family here. Take care.


Regards,
ACS77
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 1, 2008 8:39pm

Hi blue grass,
It all happened after my return from Malaysia two years ago. I was still reminiscing about the great time I had and was wasting away, suffering from post vacation syndrome. My wife was the one who 'discovered ' Ipohtalk and she suggested that I surf the site to exorcise the demons of depression. The rest is history and I have been a regular ever since. For those of us who reside in distant lands, the site is like a lifeline that links me to Ipoh, a city that is near and dear to my heart. There are other sites that feature Ipoh but in my opinion, none is comparable to this. Kayes' colorful pictures are second to none and the conversations and discussions are always lively, interesting and informative. In addition, I am also a regular in Penangtalk because I briefly worked in that city when I was fresh out of school. Kudos to Kayes for all his good work. Maintaining these sites must be his labor of love.


Hi ACS77,


Great idea! Don't hesitate to give me a shout when you are in town. It is always interesting to touch base with fellow Malaysians, and if he or she is from Ipoh, the encounter is all the more meaningful. My whole family has relocated to this Midwestern metropolis, though my elder brother resides in New Zealand. I have relatives in California too. My niece is also a resident of San Jose, and my nephew is with the faculty in the University of California, Davis. It is great to befriend fellow Ipoh folks in the US.
Give my regards to your family.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 2, 2008 8:20pm

Hi Ken and ACS77. I wonder if we are somewhat peculiar to be so fond of Ipoh. Do other Malaysians feel the same way as we do about their hometowns? Have you heard your friends from other parts of Malaysia rave and pine about their hometowns? Except for Penang friends, I don't think I have. Strange.:}
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 2, 2008 10:15pm

Hi blue grass, I am sure most, if not all Ipoh folks share the same sentiments for their hometown. When we were living there, we tend to take things for granted and never fully appreciate everything that was around us. It's only after leaving that we realized how much we missed the city we grew up in. Don't get me wrong, I am perfectly happy and well-adjusted to living in Chicago, which is a world-class cosmopolitan city. However, the feelings of attachment for Ipoh is unique and beyond compare because we spent our formative years there and at that impressionable age, every experience seems to be well worth remembering. Over the years, those memories are etched permanently in our minds and we re-visit them whenever we can, even in our dreams. That is why when I am back in town, the sight of the limestone hills and the aroma of the street food tells me that I am back in Shangrila!


By the way, I am extremely impressed with your vast knowledge on the different species of plants and flowers. I do quite a bit of serious gardening every summer but I never take the trouble to find out about the biological names of the things I grow, be it flowers or veggies.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 3, 2008 8:34pm

Hi Ken,you are right. Places and friends we loved during our formative years are never forgotten but fondly remembered. Hope you make it back to Shangrila real soon.
I enjoy potting around in the garden but as you know we have to contend with the heat and mosquitoes here. I have a tan that you over there might envy but it is the mosquitoes we have to be mindful of. Dengue is still prevalent in Malaysia. Hence I have to arm myself with mosquito repellent or otherwise be covered up with long sleeves and trousers! Most plants grow at an astounding rate and it is a constant battle to prune shrubs and trees. No complaints though as the garden gives me hours of pleasure.
We would be interested to know what sort of "serious gardening' you do in summer. Sounds interesting but I'm sure it involves a lot of hard work.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 3, 2008 10:05pm

Hi blue grass,
Chicago is in the Midwest and our winters can be harsh and long. As a result, the warm summer months mean a whole lot to us and we try to make the most of it. By mid-spring, almost everyone is already fed up with the drab, grey winter and we can't wait to kick off the new planting season. I personally prefer to plant flowering annuals even though they only last for one season. Perennials may regenerate every year but their flowers are usually less colorful and they also take a longer time to bloom. Annuals grow and bloom much more rapidly and it is almost magical to see an instant flower garden appearing right before my eyes. My window boxes are planted with Geraniums,while the hanging baskets are overflowing with cascading Petunias. Other annuals like Marigolds, Impatiens, Begonias, Pansies and Coleus are planted on the ground, depending on whether they have an affinity for the sun or the shade. My mom who is in her 80's, dabble in growing veggies like string (long) and green beans, bitter melon (gourd), chives, and kangkong. Since I love spicy food, we also planted many types of hot chillies that will be used for frying sambal belachan. Most of the yard work is done in the evening and after a long day at the office, I find it extremely relaxing and therapeutic. I really enjoy the outdoors and knowing that winter is always waiting somewhere in the wings, it is only prudent to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.
October 3, 2008 10:53pm

Talking about mosquitoes, was admitted to SJMC for four days because of dengue. Move in hardly 2 weeks, the previous tenants were definitely the culprits. Now, the gardener comes religously every month to do the cutting and prunning and we pay him only RM70.00. Neighbours get very envious. So, I always tell them that not because I am good at bargaining but just that the good gardener "kesian" me only!!
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
October 4, 2008 7:34am

Hi Ken, I can imagine your garden must look like those from the gardening magazines. Must be truly beautiful. Planting vegetable is a truly rewarding gardening experience especially when you get to eat your own veggies.


Susan having a serai(lemon grass) or citronella bush helps to deter mosquitoes. Also eating food cooked with serai or drinking water boiled with serai helps to keep mosquitoes at bay too (guess has something to do with the smell) ....my friend who had dengue twice tried it and she said it works and now not so many mozzies chasing her anymore Smile
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 4, 2008 10:07am

Hi Liz, my garden is not large per se. Land in a big city like Chicago is extremely precious and space is limited. Houses in the distant suburbs have more abundant land but the daily commute to work can be torturous, especially during a snow storm. Nevertheless, we make the most of what we have to create a sanctuary that is conducive to relaxation after a hard day's work. Gardening gives me something to look forward to because it signals the arrival of spring, and the return of warmer weather. Flowers add color to the house and it gives the place an air of liveliness. I even have a bird bath with running water, which attracts many feathered friends to drop by to cool down and quench its thirst on hot, scorching days. To a much lesser extent, we also encounter the mosquito menace during late summer and many electronic contraptions are available to zap those bugs. I spend a great deal of time outdoors, reading, surfing the net, sipping my favorite glass of merlot or nibbling junk food, and these blood suckers can be a real nuisance. On weekends, we like to grill outside the house and food attracts them too. In addition to electronic devices, I also resort to lighting citronella candles and I find them to be pretty effective. The trick is to fire up the candles at least an hour before you venture outside, so that its effects have fully diffused and is lingering in the air within the compound.
October 4, 2008 10:11am

Hi Liz, serai at the backyard is okay but serai at the front of the garden is a uphill task to convince esp. my neighbours. Looks like I have to have my fav. Tom Yam more often now. Thanks for the tips!!
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 5, 2008 8:02pm

You speak like a true gardener Ken.I like the picture you describe of your garden. In Malaysia, this sort of garden is only possible in Cameron Highlands. We try to keep a low maintenance garden but once in a while we grow annuals for the splash of colour. I like water plants and so have pots of water cannas, lilies and lotus around the house. You would need a conservatory to grow these lovelies. We try to keep the planting natural. The garden is a little wild with tall trees and under their shade are gingers, heliconias and ferns. Tell you about the edibles in the garden next time. Have to run.
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
October 5, 2008 8:34pm

Blue grass and Ken you should write a poems dedicated to your garden like I did. I can already visualize your pretty gardens and would love to read a poem on it. Love writing garden poetry. Looking forward to some garden poems from you both Smile
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
October 6, 2008 7:52am

Hi Ken, blue grass, susan and Liz,


I guess I missed out on all these Garden Talk over the weekend. The reason, I was gardening. Trimming the rosemary bushes in our back yard. Contrary to Ken, I do live away from the city and do have to commute to work. We have a relatively big back yard. The good thing about living here in California, because of the relative drier weather, mosquitoes is never a problem for us :}


ACS77
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 6, 2008 8:28am

Hi ACS77, while we were only talking, you were working. I am totally envious- you trim your rosemary bushes! Mine grows in a pot and I have to refrain from pinching too many leaves for cooking. This is my second plant. The first one died on me as it was attacked by aphids.
Tell us more about your garden.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 6, 2008 7:32pm

Hi Liz, writing is not my forte and I am not even half as proficient as you are when it comes to writing poems. I work with numbers and seldom have the opportunity to express my thoughts in writing even though I had very decent grades in English Language when I was in university. My only saving grace is that I am a voracious reader and will devour anything I can lay my hands on. Here is my attempt to write a poem about my garden:


Colorful blossoms and emerald green leaves
Fill my world with splendor and sweet relief


Sounds of running water humming a joyful song
Beckoning to feathered friends to sing along


The garden is a haven where I can find
Peace and tranquility to ease my tired mind
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 6, 2008 8:29pm

Hi ACS77, California's mild weather is definitely very conducive to gardening and your garden must be producing bumper crops every year. In northern Illinois, our growing season is rather short but even then, we have a lot of green beans (kachang pendek) and long beans (kachang panjang) this year and we end up giving it away to friends and relatives. As soon as the first frost hits the ground, most plants will wilt and perish, and the garden looks stark naked and barren. In addition to the highly unpredictable weather, I also encounter problems with garden pests such as slugs (snails without the shell) and squirrels. Slugs feed on the young leaves, leaving them tattered and torn with gaping holes. Squirrels like to dig around with their nimble claws and in the earlier part of the growing season, many young plants were uprooted. At times, we even have unexpected visits from skunks, raccoons, possums and rabbits. These pests may be a source of irritation and frustration for the Midwestern gardener but I still look forward to the beginning of the growing season with keen anticipation every year.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 6, 2008 8:56pm

Hi blue grass, I like water plants too and for several summers I planted water hyacinth in my concrete bird bath. The plants flourished and I even had a few goldfishes swimming gracefully in the water. The fishy smell must have attracted the attention of skunks or raccoons and on several occasions, the water hyacinth plants were uprooted. The fishes were also messing up the bird bath and the water pump's filter was clogged all the time. Eventually, I gave up on the water hyacinth and goldfishes. The water in the bird bath is now 'decorated' with colorful petals from the flowers that are growing around it.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
October 7, 2008 12:59pm

Hi Ken & blue grass,


When we move into our current home about 8 years ago, we wanted a "low maintainence" yard. So I do not want to give you the impression that I love to work in the garden : ) I do what is necessary to keep it tidy. As for vegetables, we do have a raised bed that we plant tomatoes, squash and chilly padi. We usually end up giving most of them to friends and neighbours. Being a commuter and also having a relatively young family do not leave us much time to do gardening. By the way, we also have a pool which also takes up time for upkeeping : )


ACS77
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
October 8, 2008 7:00am

Hi Ken. Thank you for your short and so sweet poem. Speaks heaps about how you feel about your garden. A request here : May I add it to my poetry blog ? Hopefully yes, so thanks in advance.


Blue Grass and ACS77 hoping to get a poem on your gardens soon. Will be looking forward to it. Thanks
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 8, 2008 10:10pm

Hi Liz, if you think my sloppily written poem is fit to be added to your poetry blog, go ahead. I really enjoy reading your works because you articulate your thoughts so fluently. You, blue grass, ACS77 and myself seems to share a common interest in plants and flowers. We have veered into an impromptu garden club, sharing our passion for gardening from across the miles. Fall is here and my garden is on its last legs. But then, the weather can be very fickle. Some years, the geraniums in my window boxes are still blooming when I am setting up my outdoor Christmas decorations. Fall colors will be at its peak in the next few weeks. It's a great time for a road trip to indulge in seasonal activities like apple picking, tasting fresh cider and maple syrup, and hay rides. The changing colors and wind-swept fields covered with falling leaves are a feast for the eyes. I dedicate this poem to autumn, one of the prettiest seasons of the year:


As the trees turn crimson and gold
Nature's greatest show unfolds
The blaze of color is an annual treat
A glorious sight that is hard to beat
Enjoy the multi-hue foliage while it last
For those autumn leaves are falling fast


Cheers and regards!
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
October 9, 2008 1:07am

Hi Ken. I can envision the spectacular colors of fall and envy you on all the outdoor activities. Reading what you wrote this song came to mind : Autumn Leaves by Nat King Cole "The falling leaves, drift by my window.
The autumn leaves of red and gold"


I think anyone will be inspired to write poetry with such beautiful scenery. I'm sure it took no effort for you to come up with those 6 beautiful lines as autumn comes to mind. Somehow the words will flow inspired by nature's beauty ! As for my garden, it's really tiny but I make the most of every available space.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 9, 2008 8:45pm

Hi Ken, ACS77 and Liz. "How does your garden grow?" Remember this nursery rhyme? I have been busy and the garden has been sort of neglected for a while. It must be wonderful to be outdoors at the moment for both of you. Had any barbecue parties yet?
Ken, from experience I've found that goldfish and plants do not go well together. The goldfish are bottom feeders and tend to uproot plants. They also destroy the fine dense roots of water hyacinths and these very roots clog up the filter as you found out. In our pots, I keep rosy barbs with the water lilies and just guppies in the lotus pots. These small fish keep mosquito larvae at bay. We need to be careful that there no mosquitoes breeding on our premises as the city hall officers come round to check occasionally.
At the moment the "kow tim fa" [nine o'clock flower in Cantonese] is flowering and every night the fragrance from the small white flowers fills the air. It is also known as "Queen of the Night" Some locals do not like such plants in their garden as it is said to attract spirits, especially lady ones!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 9, 2008 9:04pm

Hi Liz, my garden isn't big too by any stretch of imagination. Make the most of whatever space you have by giving it your personal touch so that the end result will reflect your sense of taste and creativity. Chicago is a windy city. In addition to plants, I also like to string hang mobiles and pin wheels at strategic spots and when these contraptions rotate and spin in the breeze, there is a spectrum of colors in motion. Fall is indeed a breathtakingly beautiful season, but it is a time for hard work too. I spend many weekend hours raking fallen leaves that carpet the ground. The leaves are used to fill up plastic bags that are shaped like pumpkins. These bags are strewn in the front yard as Halloween decorations. In all honesty, gardening is not for everyone. To me, gardening is a relaxing chore, an effective stress-buster, and also an great way to burn off unwanted calories.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 12, 2008 9:46pm

Hi Liz and Ken. Here is a little something of the birds in the garden.


My garden is a sanctuary for birds, big and small
The shrikes are here to escape the Fall
I hear them chatter loud and clear
So into each other territory they do not steer
Blue, brown and green the Bee-eaters
Are also here to wait out dreary winters
They fly and gracefully dive to catch bees
Such a beautiful sight. They are a must see.
The Brahminy Kites have a large nest nearby
And are often seen flying high in the sky
They cry to each other in soft shrills
What are they saying? Do they feel the morning chill?
In the backyard, on long legs the Waterhens are found
But they take off at the slightest sound.
Do you remember hearing them making a racket
Kru-ak kru-ak-a-wak-wak in some thicket?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
October 12, 2008 11:00pm

Blue Grass, I just had a virtual walk through your beautiful garden. Smelled the flowers and watched the birds and bees. Perhaps one day I can stroll in for real to see and touch those many things of beauty.
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
October 13, 2008 6:19am

Hi Blue Grass........Beautiful !! Thanks for letting us view your garden and all the birds through your eyes and poem. Must be so serene out in your garden right? You must be a real nature lover to be so observant of all the goings-on in your garden Smile
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 13, 2008 5:27pm

Bravo blue grass! You are indeed the nature lover I envisioned you to be. You not only have in-depth knowledge about plants and flowers, your knowledge on birds is even more astounding. I am truly in awe of your interest in flora and fauna. Listening to songbirds is a treat that I look forward to in spring and summer. In the waning days of winter, when my feathered friends start to return to my backyard to sing, my heart tells me that warmer days will be here again. Observing them as they are feasting on bird feed and frolicking in the bird bath is such a delightful sight. However, I know very little about their names and pay scant attention to their mannerisms and behavior. In this respect, I really have a lot to learn from you. I am glad you derive so much joy from what nature has to offer, and I hope you will continue to enrich us with knowledge too.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
October 16, 2008 12:45am

Thanks for your kind words Kayes, Ken and Liz. I think the pace of life in Ipoh allows us the time and energy to pursue our interests and hobbies. After all, workplace and most amenities are just 10-15 minutes drive away. Besides help is still affordable here and with hired helps to deal with the nitty gritty part of living, we have the luxury of indulging in our hobbies.
The family members generally get very involve with each others hobbies.This is good as it helps sustain our interests. You would be surprised how much information can be absorbed from fellow enthusiasts. Therefore we join societies and clubs to meet other hobbyists.
I enjoy bird-watching immensely although it is certainly not for everyone. All you really need is a good pair of binoculars, lots of patience and even a dash of luck! There are lots of places near and around Ipoh to bird watch. But I am not terribly serious about it as I do not even take part in a bird race. If you do not know what is a bird race, let me explain.
A bird race is a competition among birders who are in teams of perhaps three. They meet at an appointed place, like Fraser's Hill and in a given time frame (usually 24 hours) spot as many different species of birds as possible. However 2 out of the 3 members in the team must see it. Obviously the race depends heavily on the honesty and integrity of the teams. Please note that birds in cages and zoos are not acceptable. So not only do you need sharp eye sight but also a good memory for names of birds. You may of course bring your bird books for reference.
Hope I did not bore all of you to bits!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
October 17, 2008 7:34pm

Hi blue grass,
You are absolutely right to hint that life in Ipoh is a cut above many other cities. Our hometown has big city amenities but the pace and cost of living is bearable and manageable. Getting around is so easy, without having to deal with the hassles of traffic congestion. Of course, the icing on the cake is to indulge in the famous street food, which is still very affordable. To top it all off, the people are friendly and Ipoh's crime rate is comparatively lower than other urban areas in the country. That is why you are enjoying the leisurely lifestyle that we can only dream of. No matter how you see it, life in the US is much more stressful. Among my circle of friends, none of us have the time to pursue hobbies like bird racing. Don't get me wrong, there are many bird lovers in Chicago and they belong to clubs that organize year-round activities for its members. In fact, many downtown skyscrapers dim their lights at certain times of the year so that migratory birds will not be confused and stray from their flight path.
By the way, thanks for the info about the type of fish that is compatible with the cultivation of water plants. I will have some guppies swimming in my bird bath next summer.
eddie

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 85
February 28, 2009 11:24pm

Wonder if Brian is still in Ipoh. Had many hours playing in front of this hall at the "padang".
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
February 28, 2009 11:37pm

hello Eddie and welcome to Ipoh Talk Smile Brian is still living in Ipoh but I have not seen him for some years. After his retirement I met him once at Chee Lim's motor workshop in Menglembu and he was still driving that Morris 1300 (1100?) What did you play in the Horley Hall field? Hockey? Were you ever ragged in Horley Hall and asked to go to the cemetery across the railway track to collect candles?
Unni

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 7
October 5, 2009 12:38am

Hi kayes, my last post here was in Aug 08. Lots of excuses why its been so long between posts but none of them hold water!! All my photos of Horley Hall are in my Dad's hose in Ipoh. I live in Subang Jaya. I will certainly try and scan the photos and email them to you.


My bed was in the Lower Dorm (1971-1973) towards the back door, close to the door leading to the dining room, then above the swimming pool in 1974 when the hostel was expanded to accommodate the Malay scholarship students, then in the Upper Dorm in 1975 close to the door connecting to the school (lower form) and under the FAN!!!!


Recent Horley Hall related news:
I connected with Lim Yong Been (Big Korea) and Kenneth Lee who are now in the US. I sent a email to Andrew Chan (Hong Kong guy who liked photography)...found his email in "kawan.com" under class of 1974. Will see if he replies!


Eddie, sorry mate but which "eddie" are you?


Should any hostelite (1971-1975) wish to contact, my email is: actech@cheerful.com
bigkorea

Registered: October 2009
Posts: 6
October 5, 2009 4:57pm

Hi Unni, Thaks for the info on this site. Hope we more friends will stumble on to this website...
I will upload the 72 & 73 HH group photos.


bigkorea(not heard it for 35 years!)
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
October 5, 2009 5:51pm

Unni, one calendar year is equivalent to 100 IT years Smile


bigkorea, that is an interesting name you had in Horley Hall. How did it originate?
Unni

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 7
October 5, 2009 7:37pm

Great to see you here YB! Will let you explain to kayes how "bigkorea" originated.


Kayes, 1 calendar yr - 100 IT years?!! Aiyohhhhh......will try my level best to not to make it 200 IT years!
bigkorea

Registered: October 2009
Posts: 6
August 2, 2010 9:44am

kayes, sorry for the long silence....I was called Bigkorea and my younger brother Smallkorea because we were koreans. My father worked as a korean doctor in the malaysian govt hospitals mostly in rural area hospitals, so we landed up in ACS/HH.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics5/bigkorea1.jpg
bigkorea

Registered: October 2009
Posts: 6
August 2, 2010 9:46am

Here is 71/72 group photo.
bigkorea

Registered: October 2009
Posts: 6
August 2, 2010 9:48am

sorry....here is the 71/72 pic.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics5/bigkorea2.jpg
bigkorea

Registered: October 2009
Posts: 6
August 2, 2010 9:57am

Hi Unni, Kenneth and his family drove all the way from Fort Wyane Indiana, to visit me last month. Here is our picture.


1st row, My daughter Janice on the left, kenneth's youngest son Charun, Kenneth, YongBeen
2nd row, Maria (Ken's wife), ken's 2nd son Antonio, ken's eldest son Dominick


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics5/bigkorea3.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
August 2, 2010 3:30pm

hello bigkorea, thank you for responding to my call for posts Smile Nice pics. Let me check the 1971 HH group photo and see if I can recognise anyone there. I wonder whether during your time, they still rag freshies by sending them over to the cemetery across the railway track to collect used candles?
eddie

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 85
August 2, 2010 6:27pm

I remember Kyong Been, we were classmates in 1975. Collin and I were sadden when he was called home to the Lord.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
August 3, 2010 8:07am

Hi eddie,


What class were you in, in '75?


Hi bigkorea,


Which part of the US are you located? I am in Northern California, about an hour, east of San Francisco.


ACS77
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
August 3, 2010 3:44pm

Does anyone remember Ah Tak who was the caretaker of the ACS swimming pool adjacent to Horley Hall?
eddie

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 85
August 3, 2010 7:07pm

Hi BigKorea


You are my senior in ACS. In '75, I was only in Form 4A2 together with Small Korea
eddie

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 85
August 3, 2010 7:09pm

Hi ACS 77


Form 4A2.....seem so long ago now.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
August 4, 2010 8:36am

Hi eddie,


It is so long ago but yet the fond memories makes it feel like yesterday. I was in 5A1 when you were in 4A2 in 1975. Wonder what form was bigkorea in that year?


ACS77


ACS77.
bigkorea

Registered: October 2009
Posts: 6
August 9, 2010 7:58pm

Hi Kayes...Yes, collecting candles was one of the to-do items for ragging new boys during my time in HH. Not sure who Ah Tak is...


Hi Eddie, Kyong Been aka smallkorea died of pancreatic cancer in September 2008. But before he died we got to tour malaysia including a visit to ACS Ioph.


Hi ACS77. I am living in the east coast in maryland. Gaithersburg, about 30min north of DC. In 1975, I was doing 2nd year at U of Texas in Austin.
jawatankosong

Registered: September 2010
Posts: 2
September 25, 2010 6:52pm

wow that school need to be refurbish..
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
July 20, 2018 6:50am

My old Boarding Master at Horley Hall, ACS Ipoh (Brian Foenander) passed away on 1 July 2018. I think to most of us boarders at the hostel, it was a love/hate relationship with Brian. When we were under his "care" we hated him but after we left school, we began to miss him and later actually realised that we loved him. Farewell BM, you made me understand what discipline is about.


http://ipohtalk.com/pics/brianfoe10.jpg



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