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Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
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November 11, 2008 7:03pm

Dearr.Kayes
Was F&N factory located here during 50s
I remember it as a landmark as we take jalan sungai pari
subbu
kayes

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November 11, 2008 7:58pm

hi Subbhu, if you are coming from town, the old F&N factory would be about 1km away, before reaching this church. The old F&N factory was at that spot in the 50s, 60s and 70s. That I am sure because I have a friend who worked there in the 60s and 70s. I think they moved to their new factory in Lahat in the early 80s.
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November 5, 2009 3:20pm

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Orange

Registered: February 2009
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November 5, 2009 9:10pm

I have a friend who stays at one of those houses behind this church. Her father is a plumber and got contract to do the plumbing for that housing developer. Instead of paying her father cash the developer decided to pay him in kind - a house. I was told it's a norm.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
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November 6, 2009 5:21pm

Orange,your friends Father must have a second job?otherwise how does he pay local traders for goods? A good arrangement,I agree,but a Barter economy only works if all are prepared to Barter
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
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November 6, 2009 5:35pm

Second Job,or source of income.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
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November 6, 2009 5:42pm

Jim, my friend's father is a sub-contractor. He depends on the main-contractor to pay him. If the main-contractor receives payment and pays his sub-contractor promptly, everything is rosy. But things do happen. There are many sub-contractors are assets rich. If the sub-contractor is cash rich, it's not a bad thing after all. Value of houses appreciates eventually.


P.S. My friend's father got the plumbing contractor from another town but was given this house behind the church. Do not know why. I think they have no regrets for receiving the house as a payment.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
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November 6, 2009 5:50pm

Kayes, there is a grotto beside the Church. I'm not sure how old the grotto is but people have come to pray there and their prayers have been answered.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
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November 6, 2009 5:57pm

Hi Kayes,
The old Church of St. Anne in Bukit Mertajam has been a special place for worshippers as prayers have been answered. That is why you see hordes of people flocking to that place every year.
I was told by my dad that during the war, the Japs were shelling the mainland and somehow, by some miracle, the Church was spared. Not one shell landed near it. Whenever I can, I try to make a trip to the Church but not during the peak time. Its a nice feeling there.
Jim Joyce

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November 6, 2009 9:00pm

Is this Church 'Our Lady of Lourdes'?I ask because I have a Sister-in-Law who worships thereat,in Silibin.
Retired Falcon

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November 6, 2009 10:42pm

Hi Jim
Yes, this is the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Silibin.
kayes

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November 10, 2009 5:00am

Joe, there is an Ipoh couple I know, Johnny & Magdalene Deng who now live in Australia but they come back almost every year for St Anne's Feast in Bukit Mertajam. Maggie told me St Anne has answered many of their prayers.
Jim Joyce

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November 10, 2009 10:56am

Cheers Falcon,I'm not a Church(Worshipping) person,but I do admire some of the Beautiful Designs therein and have visited many Churches and Cathederals throughout the world.The images portrayed are,indeed beautiful a great deal of love,devotion and pride in ones art,must have gone into these Images,as indeed,have gone into the Images of other places of worship
Retired Falcon

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November 10, 2009 6:30pm

Hi Kayes,
Many people had their prayers answered at St. Anne's and make it a yearly pilgrimage to BM. I know of many Hindus who go to St. Anne's to seek an answer to their prayers. I have not been there for quite some time but hope to do it one of these days.
However, its sad to see some opportunists setting up stall along the road selling their wares one of which is the huge candle which they charge five bucks or more. These candles are just mopsticks covered with some wax and people unknowingly buy them. At the end of the festives, the massive cleanup at the Church compound takes place and you can see these mopsticks.
nsubbu135
nsubbu135

Registered: July 2009
Location: Chennai
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December 2, 2009 9:29am

Dear Mr Kayes
Pardon me if this is typed at wrong place
Once u told me u will start some thing on jalan sungaipari
with hindu temple near the river and school at jalan madras
I am eagerly awaiting the same
merry X mas and happy new year
subbu
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 31
August 19, 2010 11:35am

Not sure if its a record or not. Jalan Sungai Pari is a stretch about 3km long but it has so many temples and churches on and along its side roads. Has anyone made a tally yet?
kayes

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August 20, 2010 3:44am

hello Adr1970 and welcome to Ipoh Talk Smile Interesting to note there are many temples and churches along Sungai Pari Road. Are there mosques as well? This reminds me of the "Street of Harmony" in Penang which is Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling (formerly Pitt Street) in the heritage enclave. Within 100 meters of each other, there is a church (St George's), a mosque (Mesjid Kapitan Keling) and a Chinese temple (Kuan Yin) all built in the 1800s. This shows how our forefathers viewed religious harmony.
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
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November 28, 2010 9:32am

Hi Kayes
This area used to be predominantly Indians, Chinese and a significant population of Sikhs since the 60s. (Might I add about 2 Sikh-Gurdawaras here too) However, I do note a jump in Malays populating this area since 2000. Quite a few suraus (prayer halls) have been erected here and there and a new mosque. Many houses (wooden plank kind) built around the 50s have been demolished and replaced with concrete bungalows. Progress?
Orange

Registered: February 2009
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November 30, 2010 2:37am

I have three Sikh friends (who are not related) whose parents are still staying around the area from Silibin to Jelapang. Even though we are from the same hometown, we didn't know each other until we met in KL.
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
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December 1, 2010 7:39am

There is an interesting background story about the building of this church on their website. All way back to the 1900. Google "Our Lady of Lourdes Ipoh"
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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December 1, 2010 5:09pm

hello Adr1970 and thanks for the info on Sungei Pari Road. In the 70s I used to go there often but very late at night. It was to the Kinta Swimming Club's nightclub when all other nightclubs in town have closed. By the way, does anyone know whether the KSC has reopened after extensive renovations?
Orange

Registered: February 2009
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December 1, 2010 9:01pm

KSC.....


I left my watch at the changing room. Whoever is wearing it, please take GOOD care of it!! Sad
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
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December 2, 2010 11:28am

Hi kayes,
Kinta Swimming Club re-opened last month. Michelle Yeoh and father attended.
Another thing, KSC is located on Silibin Road, not Sungei Pari Road? I didn't know they had a nightclub there!


Orange,
You had to remind me...my dearest spouse did the same thing. She left her watch (my birthday gift) at the ladies in Hosp Fatimah. Whoever is wearing that watch.....i wish you WELL! Smile!
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
December 3, 2010 6:47am

Hi Adr1970,


The more we want to wear those jewelleries with sentimental value, the more we are worried that they might get displaced. If we keep them under lock and key, it's just NOT the same!
kayes

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December 3, 2010 4:04pm

hi Adr1970, thanks for correcting me on the location of Kinta Swimming Club. Well, there was a nightclub there in the 60s and 70s and it had the latest closing hour. During weekends while the town nightclubs closed at 1 am, the KSC one closed at 3 am. Therefore, as soon as the town nightclubs closed, you could see cars dashing off to KSC to get a table or otherwise, it was standing room only at the bar. Of course there were some people who never needed to sit at a table ..... they just danced the whole night Smile The nightclub was "open air" and it was a refreshing change from the smokey ones in town. Most of the time it was cool there because the dance floor was very near the swimming pool and at 3 am in the morning, the warmth from the sun was yet to be felt. It was a quaint place and I enjoyed all my visits there .... if I was sober enough. Due to the dance floor's close proximity to the pool, I have seen people falling into the water after a misstep while dancing the OB Cha Cha.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
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December 6, 2010 1:17am

Hi Adr1970,


New Muslim students were very touched when Brother Casimir told them about Halal canteen food and surau at Stella Maris during Orientation. Even though there were less than 8 Muslim students in the whole school at that time, there was an Ustazah to teach Agama.


Ha ha Kayes, I thought A Go-Go, Beautiful Sunday and Cisco Kid were the in things during the 70s.
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 31
December 6, 2010 9:36am

Hi Kayes,
Wow! A nightclub until 3am in the 60s. A rarity indeed. Must have had some special arrangements with the authorities to operate that late. There were rumors that someone died there and thats why it was deserted for such a long time. Any truth in that? Or the reason why they were closed all these years?


Hi Orange,
Thanks for the info. Sadly, the present generation muslims might not be so tolerant.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
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December 7, 2010 5:59am

Hi Adr1970,


The Ustazah from Stella Maris is a university trained Ustazah (UIA). She and few Muslim teachers attended Brother Casimir's funeral service at St. John'a Cathedral KL. Brother Casimir's sister and niece from Ireland were present as well.



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