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Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
August 5, 2008 3:15am

My Alma Mater. Left in 1964 during the late Bro. Ultan Paul's time. My sons were educated here too. It leaves fond memories for all of us who were from this school.
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
August 7, 2008 8:06pm

Hi Kayes, I am very new to this forum but am really impressed with this wonderful and very pictorial site. This pic of St. Michael's gives me such good memories. My old home was a bungalow just behind the school and many happy childhood days were spent playing in SMI's school field with my siblings. All my 10 brothers, two sons and hubby Joe were educated in this school.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
August 7, 2008 8:42pm

Hi Liz and welcome to the new Ipoh Talk Forum Smile I look forward to meeting you and Joe soon.
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
August 9, 2008 5:26am

Yes Kayes, would be really nice to meet you too. Joe and I have been thinking of some place in Ipoh where you have not photographed yet, but after going thru all your pics I think we have given up. There's nowhere else coz you have nearly photographed every building in Ipoh. How do you find the time to take these beautiful pictures? It's incredible !!!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
August 9, 2008 5:49am

Hi Liz, whenever I find time, I make a "photography expedition" to Ipoh. I start from Penang at 6 am and make sure I am in Ipoh when the sun rises. To me, the best time for photos is from sunrise to about 11 am. So I dash about in Ipoh between 7.15 am and 11 am looking for buildings nicely lit by the morning sun. And the quality of the sunlight varies from trip to trip. Sometimes, I get clear clean light and at other times, the light is a dirty grey which will produce disappointing pics. At 11 am when I finish I usually head for Kong Heng or that curry mee shop nearby. And after that I head straight back to Penang with a stop in Taiping Smile
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
September 21, 2008 8:11pm

hello Liz, you mentioned you lived in a bungalow behind SMI. I have been trying to find Douglas Road which should be somewhere behind SMI, if I remember right. Last trip, I went past that area twice but I could not see any road sign stating "Douglas Road". Has it changed name?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
September 22, 2008 5:11pm

hello again Liz, late last night I took a trip to the Poetic Bookworm's Reading Room and what a great trip it was! I could feel almost every line you wrote. Your daydreams and thoughts became mine. Your treatment of the truth invites soul searching. Well done and congratulations. You write well. I have become one of your fans Smile Those who wish to read some of Liz's poetry can get there by going to Joe Chin's Blog which is featured at our "Sister Sites".
Liz

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 192
September 23, 2008 7:23am

Hi Kayes. Thank you so much for you kind words. I am humbled by your very generous compliments and am so glad you like the poems. I wrote them some years ago when my sons were leaving home and it was a traumatic time for me. As a stay home mom, taking care of my family was my career and I felt redundant and thankfully, writing helped me cope Smile


Regarding Douglas Road, it's now called Jalan Panglima Bukit Gantang Wahab, where the State Secretariat is. I used to live in the house facing the St John's church but is now demolished. Thanks once again.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,818
September 23, 2008 7:53am

Hi Liz, I remain your fan. Write more Smile


In the 60s, I used to go to Douglas Road now and then with my father. My father had a good friend, the late Tun Hamdan Tahir who was a Federal Inspector of Schools and the Inspectorate was housed in an old big two-storey bungalow in Douglas Road. I thought I would take a pic of the area. Later Tun Hamdan became the Governor of Penang and my father and I were invited for lunch at his official residence a couple of times. He was a really nice gentleman.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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November 6, 2008 12:48am

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hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
November 6, 2008 4:27am

Kayes
This picture must be the new Primary school which was officially opened on the last Sat of Sept 08. I too have fond memories of SMI, having spent 13 years there. Wonder if the detached house where I went to kindergarden is still around.
knowbead

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 20
February 7, 2009 1:15am

Yep, it would be nice to take a picture of the kindergarten, if it is still there.
hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
February 8, 2009 7:24am

I drove pass the kindergarden two weeks ago and it is still there but appears to be locked up. I wonder who actually owns the bungalow building. Joe, perhaps you know and can share with us.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
February 9, 2009 5:32am

Hi Hokin,
I checked up with the OMA (Old Michaelians Association) and was told that the bungalow behind the school which was used as a kindergarten was sold to Bank Islam a few years ago. It has since been locked. They wanted to convert the land into a car park for its customers but so far nothing has been done. What a waste.
hokin

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 118
February 9, 2009 6:14am

A shame indeed. It could really be turned into a good fine dining place with alfresco dining and also have life music. I think we can make some $ if this can be done.......this will give Indulgence some competition! Wink


Perhaps we all here at IpohTalk can make this happen! Smile!
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
February 20, 2012 6:38pm

This is the field that will be the venue for the Centennial dinner on 29th September. I do hope the platform to be built will save the grass. We can't have some 2000 old boys and girls stomping all over the grass!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 22, 2012 10:37pm

Hi blue grass,
A travelogue featuring Ipoh was just broadcast on Chinese cable TV (TVB) this evening. St. Michael's Institution was featured prominently and so was the nearby Indian Muslim Mosque. Other points of interest that were showcased included the Banjaran Hotspring Resort, Railway Station, Town Hall, Royal Ipoh Club, Little India (Batu Pahat Goldsmith), De Garden Mall, and the cave temples. A feature on Ipoh would be incomplete without any spiel about the food galore that is available. Ipoh Garden's Gourmet Square was well publicized and the spotlight was also focused on the Secret Garden Restaurant. A coffee shop that offered 'Yeong Tau Foo' and a tantalizing variety of 'liew' was also shown. The gastronomical highlights concluded with a segment on a Nyonya restaurant and the spread on the lazy susan looks really inviting indeed. However, the names of the coffee shop and Nyonya restaurant were not mentioned; so that kept us abuzz with curiosity regarding the whereabouts of these eateries. The program was hosted by Toby Chan, Miss Hong Kong 2010 and overall, she did quite a good job.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
February 25, 2012 12:39am

Hi Ken
I wonder if that travelogue on Ipoh will get shown here. This is visit Ipoh year and there was a big event at the Town Padang to launch it. Perhaps that was why this episode about Ipoh was shown on your Chinese cable.
There are not so many restaurants in Ipoh serving Nyonya food - they are Bee Gaik, Yum Yum, Kim Bali, 1919 Restaurant and Gallery and even a halal Nyonya restaurant called C U Village! If you can give me a description of the restaurant, I could make a guess and with pleasure go check out the place!
As for the 'Yeong Tau Foo' and 'liew' in a coffee shop, it could be 'Let's Rock' - the original stall, beside a tree, was in Pasir Putih area. It is now in a coffee shop, along Cowan Street but I've yet to eat there. Always well patronised though!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 25, 2012 7:09am

Hi blue grass,
Supposedly, the Nyonya restaurant has been in business for almost 20 years. The owner is Mr & Mrs Cheung (or Teoh) and there is a showcase along the wall that is filled with real antique chinaware that was specially ordered from China by an early Nyonya family. Unlike traditional chinaware that is usually filled with dragon and phoenix motifs, Nyonya chinaware features only the phoenix and flowers like the peony. According to the owner, dragons are not favored by the Malay element in Nyonya culture. The 'Yeong Tau Foo' restaurant is a coffee shop that has a rectangular counter in the center, displaying all types of 'liew' for the customers to select from. I have never seen such a large variety before and one item that caught my attention was the fried fish cake patties with salt fish. I am sure this 'liew' is not available when I was in Ipoh. That clip was shot at 8.00 a.m. which is prime time for the breakfast crowd but surprisingly, even the host commented that not many people were in the dining area.


Overall, I was rather disappointed that Gunung Lang, the newly revitalized river front and Panglima Lane was not featured because these picturesque sights are unique to our hometown. Nonetheless, I have to thank you and Kayes because many of your photos have kept me up to date with the happenings around the city. The places shown in the travelogue look familiar to me because I have already seen them before in this blog.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 25, 2012 5:12pm

Still remember watching a culinary & cultural adventure programme, the famous television personality & host was savouring a "Siew Mai" and commenting at the same time: "This WONTON is lovely!"


Can't blame him since he is not an Asian!!
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
February 26, 2012 2:38am

Hi Ken
Thanks for all the clues and description. All I need to do really, is go to the Nyonya restaurants in town and ask if they had been featured in travelogue programme about Ipoh. And eureka, we have the answer!
The shop selling all types of 'liew' is still a mystery though because let's Rock is not what you described. No fear, we foodies will get to the bottom of it!



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