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kayes



Registered: July 2008
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Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 23, 2010 7:10am

Thank you Kayes for this lovely shot! It brings back lots of fond memories. The grey clouds captured and the empty field add to the mood ..... If only I could turn back time!!
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
December 24, 2010 1:33am

SEASON'S GREETINGS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO Kayes, Joe, Ken, Liz, Orange, Phoebe, Sam and all friends of Ipoh Talk. Have a lovely holiday with your family and friends. Cheers. Here is to 2011.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
December 24, 2010 1:43am

Way to go Blue Grass! Here's a toast to you and all the dear friends you have mentioned, from across the miles. Cheers and 'Yam Seng"!!
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
December 24, 2010 4:22am

Hi Blue grass,
Merry X'mas and a Happy New Year to you too and also to Kayes, Ken, Orange, Phoebe, Sam and everyone on Ipoh Talk. Cheers to all of you.
From me and Liz.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
December 24, 2010 8:27am

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Kayes, Ken, Joe, Liz, Phoebe, Blue Grass, Orange and all our friends in Ipoh Talk. Hope you enjoy this holiday season.


As for me, my family and I will be heading back to Asia to celebrate Chinese New Year in February 2011. We will be in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh and Penang. Hope to meet up with some of you.


ACS77
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,823
December 24, 2010 8:33pm

hell Blue Grass, Ken, Sam and Joe, thanks very much for season's greetings. I wish all of you the best for 2011 Smile
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
December 26, 2010 8:51pm

To Ken, Blue Grass, Sam, Liz & Joe,


Your wishes added Joy to my season! Thank You!!
hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
January 8, 2011 4:57am

A belated Happy New Year to all. Wishing all the very best the year will bring.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 8, 2011 8:02am

Hi hokin,


Happy 2011 to you too!!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 8, 2011 1:07pm

Thanks Hokin, for the New Year wishes. Season's Greetings to you too, and we are glad that you are keeping in touch with the Ipohtalk fraternity.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
January 8, 2011 10:03pm

Best Wishes to All at IpohTalk. Looking forward to more chit chat during this year.
Hopefully my upcoming trip to Ipoh will bring back lots of photographs.
Please let me know what are the best makan places in Ipoh. By the way, I will also be visiting Penang, KL, Singapore and Hong Kong on this trip.


ACS77
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 10, 2011 2:07am

Hi ACS77,


Selamat Bercuti & Selamat Balik Kampung!!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 15, 2011 8:04am

Hi Sam,
Are you counting the days when you embark on your 'Balik Kampung' trip yet? The whole family must be pretty excited about the journey to the fabled East, though traveling with young children is never easy. What we adults would like to see may not interest them, and then there is the heat, humidity and mosquitoes to contend with. Don't forget to bring along an adequate supply of repellants. I am sure your folks back home will show you the ropes when it comes to sightseeing and dining in Malaysia. However, I'll take the liberty to share some of my thoughts about Hong Kong and Singapore, two very westernized metropolis where the cityscape can be very reminiscent of our American cities.


Hong Kong:
Food- The Chinese food in our part of the world has improved tremendously but HK's Chinese BBQ is still the best. Try a combination platter where you can savor roasted goose, duck, pork (char siew) and crispy-skin succulent pig. I tried "Poon Choy' (various types of meat and seafood neatly piled up in a basin, and warmed over a slow flame) and it was quite a refreshingly different culinary experience that I can't get to try in the US or Malaysia. I have forgotten the name of the restaurant but I am sure the hotel's concierge can help. As for shopping, many of the designer labels are cheaper in our malls and I honestly prefer the colorful sights and sounds of the street markets. Bargaining in Temple Street Market in Kowloon and Stanley Market in Hong Kong Island is an unforgettable experience where you can really hone your shopping skills. I loved the view of Victoria Harbor from the Peak and the night scene is stunningly beautiful. There is also a wax museum at the Peak, which is somewhat similar to Madam Tussards but less cheesy. The must-see feature is the 'Symphony of Lights', a nightly laser light show that is orchestrated from the roof-top of 40 skyscrapers around the harbor area.


Singapore:
Food-the food courts have a good collection of street food but the 'WOW' factor is somewhat missing and I still prefer our authentic Ipoh fare. The cable car ride from Mt. Faber across the harbor to Sentosa Island is quite an experience. There are only two cross harbor cable car systems in the world, and the other ride is in Barcelona, Spain. The Night Safari Zoo and the colorful Jurong Bird Park are perennial favorites among many visitors. For those who enjoy heights, the Singapore Flyer is the world's tallest ferris wheel and I personally feel that it is a more interesting ride than the 'London Eye'. Shopping tends to be more expensive than the States and our Singaporean relatives who visited us last summer attested to this fact. As for museums, a visit to the Chinese Heritage Center Museum in Pagoda Street in Chinatown was a throwback to the past. It was an eye-opening experience for my US-born kid to see the cramped and squalid living conditions our forefathers have to endure when they first immigrated to South-east Asia from China. There is also a Peranakan Museum that proudly show off the rich cultural heritage of the Straits-born Chinese. The food and beverage outlets in the Clark Quay area, along the Singapore River are very lively too, with lots of local color and flavor.


The theme parks in Hong Kong (Disney) and Singapore (Universal) are hugely popular but having been to those in the US, you may not want to go out of the way to see more or less the same thing.


Have an enjoyable and safe trip and share your thoughts with us when you return.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 15, 2011 10:08am

Hi Ken & Sam,


Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Hong Kong is an interesting seafood restaurant to visit. Still having photos taken wearing Queen's (Wong How) custom hired from this restaurant. Konon-konon want to dress like an ancient Chinese Queen. He he he


As for the Singapore Flyer, around sun set is the best time to take the ride. Some prefer to go after 8pm for the beautiful night scenes. We snapped many pics. while we were in the capsule because it was very still. No problem for those who are afraid of height.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 15, 2011 8:02pm

Those male tourists who rented the Emperor's costume for the photography session were asked to remove their spectacles when during photos. The photographer told us: "Where got Wong Tai wears spectacles one!" Smile


There are many pubs and restaurants around Clark Quay area. Patrons were partying till the wee hours during the X'mas we were there. The pub near Clark Quay which used to have bar-top dancing was forced to close by the authorities. Bar-top dancing was the reason for the closure since tourism is very important for S'pore. It was more drastic than that. The closed bar-top dancing pub was situated right beside the riverbank.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 15, 2011 8:14pm

The first sentence for the first paragraph for the above post should be: "when taking photos."


As for the second paragraph, the fourth line should be read as: "Bar-top dancing was not the reason for the closure ....."


Sorry for the typo errors - many hungry mouths are waiting for my lunch la. Kah kah kah
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 15, 2011 9:55pm

Hi Orange,
I also visited Jumbo Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen and the seafood was not bad, though the crystal prawn (sooi ching har kow) was rather bland. Another area that has better seafood is Lau Fou San which is especially famous for oysters and grouper fish (sek pan, especially the famous lou shee pan). I also goofed around in the emperor's costume in Jumbo Restaurant but I definitely don't have the noble look even after donning those royal attire.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 15, 2011 11:31pm

Hi Ken,


Aberdeen ..... Our Hong Kong Tour Guide told us something about Aberdeen and World of Suzie Wong. Not sure if Suzie Wong (the actress herself) was born in Aberdeen or the movie was filmed in Aberdeen. It must be the tasty seafood which made me didn't pay attention to what the tour guide was saying. Smile
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 16, 2011 9:46am

Hi Orange,
Nowadays, Aberdeen which is also known as Hong Kong Chai (Hong Kong Minor), is an interesting patchwork of the old and new. On one hand, reclamation has extended the land-hungry island and high-rise buildings are sprouting up ever so quickly. Against this backdrop of modernity, there are still thousands of traditional Chinese junks that constitute the floating village of the 'Tanka' or boat people which is located near the Typhoon Shelter (Bei Fung Tong) area, not far from Jumbo Seafood Restaurant.


Wanchai which gained notoriety in the movie 'The World of Suzie Wong' is not in the same area as Aberdeen. This used to be a popular stomping ground of US sailors on rest and recreation leave and the area was once dotted with rows of sleazy bars. Understandably so, prostitution was one of the oldest profession here and the servicemen made a beeline to this red light district to get their dose of cheap thrills. Today, the whole area is revamped by urban renewal and it has become a teeming commercial district that is lined with cool restaurants and watering holes that cater to the business crowd. One of the most famous new landmark in the city, the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center is located in Wanchai, and the official hand over of Hong Kong from Britain to China took place there in 1997.


Like New York, Hong Kong is a very fast-paced city and one can really feel the energy resonating in your midst, the minute the plane lands at Chek Lap Kok Airport.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
January 16, 2011 8:53pm

Hi Ken & Orange,


Thanks for your all your suggestions and recommendations. We will spend about 3 days in Hong Kong, 3 days in Singapore and about 2 weeks in Malaysia (Ipoh, KL and Penang).
Yes Ken, we are indeed counting down the days. We will be trying out some domestic flights as well. (Fire Fly and Air Asia) Though these flights are cheaper but, there are a lot of restrictions for luggages. We will take the Fire Fly direct from Singapore to Ipoh. This will saves us some time. While in Penang, we will be using a private tour guide. Charges is reasonable, US$100.00 per day (9:00 AM to 6:00 PM). This includes, car with gas and driver of course.


Hopefully, we can capture some good photos and will share them with all our Ipoh Talk friends.


ACS77
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 17, 2011 2:48am

Thanks Ken. All this while I thought Aberdeen is Wan Chai and Wan Chai is Aberdeen!!


Honkies don't walk, they run!! Smile They are always rushing - even in Repulse Bay.
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 17, 2011 7:14pm

Hi Orange,
In the 19th century, the Repulse Bay area in the southern part of Hong Kong Island was a pirate stronghold and in the late 50s and 60's this stretch of seafront was developed into one of the most popular beach resort in the city. Today, all the older buildings from the colonial past are gone and the land has become choice real estate for the rich and famous. To enjoy decent beaches and picturesque scenery, Honkies flock to the outlying isles like Cheung Chau, Lantau Island (Tai Yu San, famous for the giant Buddha) and Lamma Island to get away from the maddening crowds in the city.


Sam,
I flew Air Asia many times during my previous visit to Malaysia and for that price, one could not ask for anything more. However, I have not tried Fire Fly before. Please let me know if it is a viable option when you return. I have also tried the 'no frills' airlines in Europe and on the whole, the service is reasonably good. My relatives have told me that there are 'hop on/hop off' tour buses in KL and Penang, just like the ones we have in the States and in Europe. I am tempted to check that out on my next trip. Bon voyage, and have fun!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 17, 2011 9:08pm

Hi Ken,


We stayed in one of the hotels in Repulse Bay (Tong Loh Wan) - arranged by a Tour Agent from Malaysia. Smile
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 18, 2011 8:14pm

Hi Orange,
Repulse Bay is called 'Chien Sooi Wan' (shallow water bay) in Chinese and is still a popular beach resort, especially in summer. On the other hand, 'Toong Loh Wan' is Causeway Bay, which is situated along Hong Kong's north shore and is one of the prime shopping and restaurant district in the city. Hong Kong's version of Time Square is located there and it is an ideal place for people watching. Yung Kee, one of the most famous Chinese BBQ restaurant is in this area and the roast goose is to die for.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 18, 2011 10:16pm

Hi Ken,


We stayed in Lee Garden when we were in Hong Kong - arranged by our KL tour agent. Our Cantonese speaking Hong Kong tour guide introduced the area around Lee Garden as Tong Loh Wan. It's must be my poor translation.


We stayed in Hilton Hong Kong before but I was told the hotel has been demolished. It was a great hotel.


Wonder what is the English name for Chim Sai Choi? You know Hong Kong so well, you must have stayed in Hong Kong before. Smile
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 19, 2011 8:34pm

Hi Orange,
That area is known as Tsim Sar Tsui in English and is also abbreviated as TST. Located at the southern tip of Kowloon, overlooking Victoria Harbor, it is a major tourist hub. Famous hotels like the Peninsula and Shangrila are situated in that area and many of the city's museums are also clustered around there. One of the most popular attraction is the Avenue of the Stars, wherein the hand prints of many A-list celebs are imprinted on the pavement, quite similar to the famous boulevard in Hollywood. Hong Kong is a great place for a short visit but staying on for an extended period of time can be quite a different experience. The crowds, the noise, and the congestion is rather intimidating at times. Remember Sam Huis' song 'Tsim Sar Tsui Suzie'? The lyrics is a parody of the thrills and spills of a fun-loving girl in that part of the city.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
January 20, 2011 7:37am

Hi Ken,


Tsim Sar Tsui is where we will be staying while we were in Hong Kong. Will definitely check out the Avenue of Stars. Interesting that you mentioned Sam Hui. Yesterday, I spent my whole commute time singing to Sam Hui's Greatest Hits. It was fun. His lyrics are easily understood but then again if you are not fluent in Cantonese (HK Style), it can difficult too. Once, I tried to explain a Cantonese joke to a non Cantonese friend, I find it very difficult and lost the punch line !


ACS77
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
January 20, 2011 7:21pm

Hi Sam,
Sam Hui wrote the comical lyrics and and composed the catchy tunes of many of his songs He is indeed a master of rib-tickling satire and while his songs reflect the comedic situations of everyday life, it also echo the feelings of the average man. I saw him perform live in concerts and he is without doubt a consummate entertainer par excellence. Unlike many other entertainers who wasted valuable time on several costume changes during each performance, Sam Hui would perform uninterrupted in an extended stint. In between, he may drink a quick gulp of water before starting off with the next song. To someone who is not familiar with colloquial Cantonese, the effectiveness of the dialect is easily lost in translation. That is why, what is amusing to you and me may not elicit any response from someone who does not catch the meaning of those Hong Kong Cantonese slang. The Avenue of the Stars is a promenade along the sea front and with a panoramic view of the skyline, it is an ideal spot to watch the Symphony of Lights, a nightly laser show that is orchestrated from the rooftop of tall buildings in the harbor area.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
January 22, 2011 9:17pm

Hi Ken & Sam,


Love Sam Hui's songs too esp. his Beat It from 72 Tenants and Parents' Love.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
February 25, 2011 9:19am

Hi Ken & Orange,


We manage to go to some of the recommended places.


In Hong Kong, we stayed in Kowloon side near TST. We did not see TST Susie ! However, we did manage to see some very good fireworks on the 2nd night of CNY. We were at the Star Ferry Terminal. We visited, Victoria Peak, Aberdeen - Jumbo Restaurant. Went to Stanley market twice. Once in a Junk Boat. Shopped in Ladies Night Market. Overall enjoyed Hong Kong.


In Singapore, we did the Little India, Chinatown, Merlion (under restoration), Botanical Garden and Singapore Flyer and Newton Hawker Center. The foodcourt food has improved compared with 20 years ago. Electronic goods are more expensive than in the US !


In KL, we did the Twin Tower, Central Market and Chinatown area. Traffic is really bad.


In Penang, we did a tour of the Peranakan Building (very interesting), Butterfly farm, went to Air Itam, looking for monkeys (my son's main interest). Fort Cornwallis.


In Ipoh, makan, makan and more makan. Found a Indian restaurant next to Ruby calll KK Vila. Very clean and good food. Their vadae and appam is only for breakfast (until 11:30 AM). Ate the Mah Chae Curry Noodles the day before we leave Ipoh. Ate the lieus in Buntong Noodles near former Yau Tet Shin. Saw in the news that they are planning to redevelop the old Yau Tet Shin. Is there any truth to it ?


Sam
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 25, 2011 5:15pm

Hi Sam,
Thanks for the great update and from what I see, you did cover a lot of grounds. Makes me want to jump onto the next plane to balik kampung too. Hong Kong is always an interesting place for a short visit, especially if you don't mind the crowds and noise. It is a very vibrant city that is teeming energy, very much like New York, Chicago and LA on a busy summer weekend. Singapore is clean and orderly as usual, and you are spot on to notice the high cost of the electronic goods. In fact, my S'pore relatives came to visit us last summer and they went home loaded with laptops, Coach and Louis Vitton bags, Nike & Addidas shoes, plus DKNY and Ralph Lauren shirts. The prices in our outlet malls are much cheaper than what they can get in their annual Great Singapore Sale. KL has undergone a dramatic transformation, though some of the development is rather haphazard. The city also has plenty of good food because many hawkers from Ipoh and Penang have relocated to the federal capital for greener pastures, Penang and Ipoh still has the homey ambience, and as far as food is concern, there are goodies everywhere.


According to a very reliable source who is well-connected to the Yau family, the government has donated the plot of land which was once occupied by Pat Gok Lau Market to the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The plan is to invite investors to invest in re-developing a new market or mall on that same spot.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 25, 2011 6:48pm

Hi Sam,


Did you visit the Kasturi Walk which is just beside the Central Market? It was officially opened on Chap Goh Mei. I have yet to visit this place.


Did you see the beautifully lit Twin Towers at night or you were there during the day? There are many good hawker food in China Town. I have sure you have tried some of them. Traffic around the areas you have visited can be very heavy especially during busy hours.


As for the hot weather, the heat is usually unbearable before and after CNY. We normally avoid the midday sun. Gardening or jogging are done before 10am. or after 5pm. Air conditioner is no longer a luxurious item - it's a necessity to many. Most homes esp. master bedrooms are fixed with air conditioners. In fact, I am typing this right under a York air conditioner and I am not in the master bedroom room. Smile
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 25, 2011 8:08pm

Found the Singapore Flyer very slow. Being confined in a capsule with other strangers for nearly half an hour, feeling very uneasy and spent the entirely time clicking away.



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