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Tanah Rata town's main road in 1959/60

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Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Postcard courtesy Neil Morton.
· Date: November 19, 2009 · Views: 12013 ·
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,797
November 19, 2009 3:52am

Same block in 2005.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/mstanah5.jpg
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,797
November 19, 2009 5:14pm

Here's a pic of the Tanah Rata post office taken in 2005 which can be partly seen in Neil's pic.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/trpos.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 20, 2009 1:16am

The second shop on the Neil's black and white pic. was a Chinese Recreation Club, now is Chennai Curry House.


The CH post office is there for ages. Talking about post office, I have a story to tell about my first letter writing experience. When I started my Std. 1, I was sent back to stay in Ipoh while my parents were still in Batu Gajah. Somewhere during Std. 3 (just before my brother went overseas to study), I learned to write letters. The first letter I wrote was to my parents. I asked my brother to post this first letter for me but he was reluctant but asked me to cycle to the main road and put the letter inside the big red letter box. Being the first time, instead of putting the letter into the tall red letter box, I put that letter into the red letter box in front of someone's house - the advantage of having an elder brother. Sad This brother of mine is also very wise. Smile Since my parents only came back to Ipoh once a week. My parents gave us weekly pocket money. Dad thought I was too young (Std. 1) to handle money, my brother was entrusted with the task of managing my pocket money. I received my daily share of my pocket money from him. Sometimes my parents came back to Ipoh twice a week, once during the weekdays (somewhere around Wednesday or Thursday), and another trip during the weekends. When my parents came back during weekdays, dad gave another new pocket money on top of the normal pocket money he gave during the weekends just before they went back to Batu Gajah. Whenever my brother received those "new" pocket money, he conveniently forgot about those balance of the "old" pocket money. So I asked, "What about those pocket money for Thursday and Friday." He replied: "Whenever dad and mum came back, those "old" pocket money cannot be counted." I knew I should have those balance pocket money for Thursday and Friday. That "bullying" brother of mine! Smile There was another incident, I saw a beautiful pause. This pause was in the shape of a cute doll with long hair. The long hair was pleated and tied with a pink ribbon. I wanted that pause very much but I didn't have enough money to buy since my brother only gave me my daily share of the pocket money. I asked my brother for money to buy that pause. This was what he told me: "You don't even have money to buy a pause, why you need a pause for?" I wanted to cry ..... Sad Another advantage of having an elder brother!!


Whatever it is, whenever I see my brother's fav. Chee Cheong Fun, I always buy for him without fail. He always told me: "To you, I am not your good brother but you are always my good sister!" - Aiyoooh!! Want the free Chee Cheong Funn, says so lah ..... Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,797
November 20, 2009 3:02am

Does it appear that the road is now lower than in 1959?
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
November 20, 2009 4:58am

Hi kayes, the road level is the same. It is the flight of steps down to the road that has changed. Back then the gradient was gentle and the steps wide. You can see how steep and narrow they have become in your pic, giving the impression that the road has been lowered. With the increase of tourists in Tanah Rata, I guess the five-foot way had to be widened.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 20, 2009 7:21am

The word "pause" in my earlier post in this thread should be read as "purse". I am sorry for the typo error. Still angry with my brother laaaa ..... Smile
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
December 14, 2013 7:30am

Hi
- 23C here in Ottawa Canada and I wish I was in Tanah Rata.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
December 14, 2013 8:51am

Hi ironhead,
You can say that again. Those of us who are 'exiled' in the frigid north would love to be in the tropics at this time of the year. It is not so cold in Chicago, only 0 degrees Centigrade but rather snowy. For foodies like me, this is the best time to enjoy my favorite alcoholic beverage and Szechwan hotpot. Malaysian delicacies like Beef Rendang is great with liquor too.
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
December 14, 2013 4:13pm

Hi Ken
We are lucky here in Ottawa we have a Malay restaurant called Singapore that serves a good laksa and other Malay foods.
Neil
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
December 14, 2013 6:37pm

Hi Neil
I've been to Ottawa many, many years ago. My wife was based in Toronto for some time. That was why I journeyed to that part of Canada. Her family migrated from Ipoh to Edmonton more than 30 years ago. On the subject of food, we have a number of so-called Malaysian restaurants here but the only good one is 'Penang' where street food like rojak, lobak, char kway teow, roti canai and satay are very edible. These days we home-cook Malaysian food because recipes are available online and fresh ingredients can be easily purchased from Asian grocery stores.



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