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Greentown Complex

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Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
May 26, 2014 5:45am

This is not the Greentown I know. The image of the old Greentown that is seared permanently in my memory is one of rolling hills, shady trees and rows of neat government quarters. Regrettably, these sights will never appear before my eyes again. Urban development has mercilessly eradicated my favorite 'green oasis.' How I miss the Greentown of yesteryears.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
May 27, 2014 3:44am

Neither is it the Greentown I remember. It used to be a "peaceful" area full of trees and those quaint "government quarters". I often drove there to visit a family who stayed at one of those quarters. It was always good to sit on the swing with either Yvonne or Yvette and chat the evening away Smile
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
May 27, 2014 1:05pm

Our favorite pastime in the 'old' Greentown was hanging out behind Convent School to enjoy the holy grail of hawker food. The Indian Rojak, Cendol, Kway Gak (cube-shaped rice flour cake fried with eggs, tougay & dark soy sauce) and Sotong Kangkong were simply too good to resist. While we were on this feeding frenzy, our eyes were also feasting on the abundance of eye candy, -the endless stream of school girls that were milling around after the school day was over. For many teenagers of my time, this was the rites of passage or growing-up experience in the days when I-Pads, I-Pods, Facebook and video games were many light years away from being invented.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
June 7, 2014 12:58am

Kids growing up in town vs. we kids from the suburb:


During any school day, we woke up at 6am and waited in front of our house for our school bus which usually arrived around 6.45am. After school, it was straight back to our house. If not, you had to ensure endless of questions. Smile After lunch, if there was no tuition class, we get to have our nap. Evenings would be spent cycling and meeting up with friends around the neighbourhood in the playground near our house or playing badminton - front garden gate was the badminton net for us. Smile


On Saturdays, it was straight back to the house by town bus after school activities. You had to have great creativity juice running to answer all the difficult questions if you wanted to stay back in town with friends. If not, elders usual exclamations were: "Your parents would scold me and not you!" as we were under our relatives' charge when our parents were working and staying in Batu Gajah. School holidays were spent in Batu Gajah and towards the later part of the secondary school days, it was spent in KL.


It was a real "treat" if we get to "Lok Kai Chong" (go downtown) which was very very rare. We "Lok Kai Chong" only when our elders or parents brought us shopping or to visit relatives. That's why we kids from the suburb always envied classmates or friends who stay in the "Kai Chong". Smile
Yusof

Registered: May 2015
Posts: 1
May 26, 2015 9:13am

Hi guys! Please let me introduce myself. My name is Yusof. My family and I lived in Greentown from 1969 to 1981. It was my quest to reminisce the good old days of growing up in Greentown that brought me to this site. Comments from Ken Chan, Kayes, Orange and (?) Blue echoed my sentiments exactly. Guess we are in a similar aged group, +/- a couple of years. I went to Cator Avenue and then to Anderson school, All my sisters went to Main Convent, the last left Main Convent in 1979. Do you all have any old pictures of Greentown to share? I have a few. Will upload it when I get home. Hope to hear from you guys.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
May 26, 2015 4:13pm

hello Yusof and welcome to Ipoh Talk Smile It will be very good if you join us here at this forum and reminisce on the good old days in Ipoh. I am 70 this year and so we might belong to the same age group Smile Greentown was a special place in Ipoh ,,,,, so green and peaceful. I also visited Jalan Lasam often to see a friend. Big house with huge compound and plenty of rambutans to eat. Looking forward to see your pics of Ipoh. If you have problems posting them, let me know or you can send them to me and I will post them for you. Send to kayes777@gmail.com
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
May 30, 2015 6:22am

Hi Yusof,
Like you, Greentown will always occupy a special place in my heart even though I was not from there. I have nothing against progress and development but in my mind, the new Greentown will never replace the Greentown I used to know. I miss the rolling hills, grassy lawns, the neat rows of government quarters, the great, inexpensive hawker food, the soccer matches in Jalan Abdul Jalil and more. I can really go on and on. Now, we can only reminisce about the our favorite Ipoh neighborhood by re-visiting the images that are seared permanently in our memory.



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