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Convent, Tanah Rata

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Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
November 8, 2009 3:26pm

Class of 1960. Pic courtesy of Neil who wrote:-


"Hi Here is one for all the baby boomers in Tanah Rata. Class pic from the convent school around 1960. Neil"


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/neil209.jpg
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
November 8, 2009 5:07pm

Hi
When I was going to the convent school it was situated in an old army base because the convent was being used by the British army as a hospital.
If you were lucky your class was in a barricks building with a wood floor,if not like me you were in a quanzit hut with a dirt floor.
it was very crude schooling and i didn't learn much.
Neil
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 9, 2009 1:57am

Hi Neil,


Was Tanah Rata Convent a co-ed school or this pic. was taken during one of those inter-school extracurricular activities, please? A very interesting black and white pic. Thanks for sharing.
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
November 9, 2009 4:35am

Hi
The school was co-ed with large classes and very strict.
Hand warmings with a rattan cane were common for serious crimes like talking in class.
Neil
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
November 9, 2009 4:39am

Hi
I think that the school was located at what is now called Fathers Guesthouse.
Neil
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
November 9, 2009 7:52am

hi Neil, Fathers Guesthouse is just before the new Strawberry Park Hotel and it is not too far from the TNB Bungalow (Rumah Melaka during your time). Did you walk to school? Not near but walkable Smile


You might have heard of the mysterious disappearance of the American, Jim Thompson (ex CIA agent) in the mid 60s. He took a walk along a jungle trek from the Moonlight Bungalow and apparently disappeared into thin air when he reached Fathers Guesthouse or the Strawberry Park Hotel area ..... of course the hotel was not there yet, just plain virgin jungle. Some say he was carried away by a hungry tiger. Did you hear tigers growling at night when you were there?
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
November 9, 2009 8:15am

Hi
Well i am incorrect about fathers guesthouse as the school was on a hill overlooking down town Tanah Rata.
I have read both books about Jim Thompson and think the tiger theory the best.
Didn't see or hear a tiger but there was lots of evidence of critters around the house at night judging by the paw, hoof etc prints in the veg garden behind the house.
Talking about critters,the local snakes of great size used to come out of the cool jungle at night and lie on the warm tarmac roads and be run over.
Neil
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 9, 2009 3:10pm

Neil, did you ever visit the Lutheran Mission Bungalow which is one of the bungalows "near" to the TNB Bungalow? I have been visiting Camerons frequently since the 60s and have photographed almost all the bungalows there EXCEPT the Lutheran Mission Bungalow. The approach road to that bungalow always feel eerie to me and each time I near the junction leading to the bungalow, something tells me not to drive in. Furthermore, the approach road must be one of the worst in Camerons, full of potholes and mud. A few years ago, I was driving up to Moonlight and I decided to pluck up enough courage to drive into the Lutheran Bungalow to take my first pic but as I was about to enter the road, I saw someone praying with joss sticks at a big tree. That put me off and I quickly backed the car and drove away. I am no coward but I believe in the supernatural and paranormal.
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
November 9, 2009 3:44pm

Hi
I don't know where the lutheran bungalow is.
If it is above the TNB bungalow there was a very large house that was empty while i was there and i was friends with the caretakers.It was kind of spooky.
A small diagram of TNB bungalow and where the Lutheran Bungalow will be useful.
Neil
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 9, 2009 4:10pm

Neil, I think I am the one who made the mistake about Fathers Guesthouse. It is just below the Heritage Hotel in Tanah Rata and not the Strawberry Park Hotel, near where you lived. From Fathers Guesthouse you should have a clear view of Tanah Rata town. Fathers Guesthouse is very near the Convent.
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
November 9, 2009 4:21pm

Hi
I have seen pics of Fathers Guesthouse and it fits the bill rite down to the tin huts.
As for the lutheran mission bungalow,i have read that the original Cheefoo school is the same building.
Have been there and it didn't seem spooky.
Neil
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 9, 2009 4:43pm

Direction wise, the Lutheran Bungalow should be behind the TNB Bungalow. If you drive it is about two minutes away through two long loops with sharp bends. When you get to a junction, one road leads to the new Strawberry Park Hotel, one to Moonlight Bungalow and the other to the Lutheran Bungalow. The present Cheefoo is further up almost on the fringe of Brinchang/Tanah Rata. It is now a Methodist Retreat. I am not sure where the original Cheefoo was.
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
November 9, 2009 4:59pm

Hi
I looked at your pic of Cheefoo school gate and it is the same as i remember.
Wrong place.
Neil
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 9, 2009 7:51pm

This is from an old student of Cheefoo, taken from the old board:-


Eva (Stenbäck) Nordblom


My brother Anders and I went to Chefoo school in Cameron Highlands 1971-73. Of all the 13 schools (even counting high schools and universities), Chefoo was my absolute favorite. The beauty of the surroundings, the friendly atmosphere and the fact that we were living in an adventure has given us memories for our lifetime. One day, we had a backward day. We were woken up by our dorm auntie, saying: Good night! Then we had our evening prayers and a hot bath. Desert was served before the hot meal and in the end of the day, we had breakfast and at last morning prayers in the assembly room. We were put to bed with a "Good morning!" This made many of the pupils walk backwards or put their clothes on with the buttons on the back. I have always compared other schools with Chefoo and no other school has come close. But now our eldest son goes to a small free school in Uppsala (Sweden) which reminds me of old times in Cameron Highlands. And it makes me warm. When we were smaller, the whole family often went to Cameron Highlands for holidays. We mostly stayed at Lutheran Bungalow. It was exiting to light fires and to sleep with blankets to keep warm. In Penang, we never used a cardigan nor had hot water baths. I love the Cameron Highlands, but it has changed quite a lot since then.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
November 17, 2009 2:56am

Found a pic taken in 1979 from the Tanah Rata Convent. In the background must be Fathers Guesthouse. Neil, can you confirm that? I wonder what was Fathers Guesthouse original name.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/fathers123.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 18, 2009 1:19am

If the reg. number on the beautiful Alfa Guilietta is not Malaysian, I can't believe this pic. was taken in Cameron Highlands. Macam di Luar Negeri only!! Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
November 18, 2009 2:08am

hi Orange, thanks for mentioning the Giulietta. I owned three of them, 1.6 (green), 1.8 (brown) and 2.0 (blue). And my favourite was the 1.6! No doubt it had the smallest engine but if you stirred the gears, that car really performed and it provided lots of excitement. The 1.8 was powerful but the engine not as sweet as the 1.6. The 2.0 was also powerful but lacked the verve and flair of the 1.6. When the 1.6 arrived, the number I had booked (PAE 777) was not due and I spoke to the RIMV (now JPJ) head in Penang who allowed me to use "PAD6518" and about 4 months later, I changed it to "PAE 777".


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics4/giulietta22.jpg
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 18, 2009 2:20am

Wow! It's a brand new Guilietta!! After or before the first 1,000 km running in? Smile
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
November 18, 2009 5:35am

Hello Kayes,


When you got your PAE 777, what did you do with the reg. no. PAD 6518. Was your Guilietta reg. under PAD 6518 first then PAE 777?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
November 18, 2009 6:22am

I bought a new motorbike and put PAD 6518 on it. PAE 777 was then registered to the Giulietta. The JPJ does not allow this anymore, I understand. All "retention of numbers" cases must involve only cars and bikes cannot be used.
ironhead

Registered: November 2009
Posts: 36
January 22, 2010 12:03pm

Hi Kayes
I have found an exellent pic of Tanah Rata showing where the Convent School was in 59-60 however i have lost your email addy.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,806
January 22, 2010 5:24pm

hi Neil, thanks for good news :-) Send it to kayes@pc.jaring.my



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