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Belfield Street

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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Phoebe
Land Down Under

Registered: July 2008
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September 26, 2008 6:51am

Ah, S.S. Mubarak's bookstore, one of my favourite old haunts during secondary schooldays. Mubarak used to occupy two shoplots a few doors apart. One of them was at No. 136 Belfield Street. A friend of mine (SMI alumnus/hockey player) used to live upstairs until the mid-'70s.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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October 18, 2008 11:30pm

Another view.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/bookshop.jpg
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nsubbu135

Registered: July 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 17
September 28, 2009 6:48am

Duing 50s I remember Alli nd sons,Whiteaways were in Belfield Street
During my re-visit in 2000 we also Kalyana sundara mualiar was located Mr Kayes can pl show the status of this buildins now
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nsubbu135

Registered: July 2009
Location: Chennai
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September 28, 2009 6:58am

Dear Mr.Kayes,
I hope you will cover Jalan Sungai pari and Mariamman temple near bridge and school at Jalan madrasa
subbu135
kayes

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April 19, 2011 4:04am

hello subbu,


Here are some pics of the temple you requested. They were taken by Blue Grass. Thanks Blue Grass Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/subbutemp11.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/subbutemp12.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/subbutemp13.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/subbutemp14.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/subbutemp15.jpg
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 31
April 20, 2011 10:39am

Hi Kayes, Blue Grass. You got the CN Anadurai Bridge. I remember those street lamps used to be very nice hanging down from the curved concrete poles(antique style...can't describe it). I guess it could not be repaired so they modified it with modern lamps. The railings were different too. This renovation happened just a few years ago. Blue Grass managed to get some of the temples for subbu. Hope he likes it. There are so many temples here and its surrounding you will be lost for words(maybe lose count too).
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
April 20, 2011 9:16pm

Hi Adr1970, thanks for identifying the bridge. After your post I could just make out the words on the plaque. I am not familiar with the area and was amazed to see quite a number of temples within this small place. The largest one is Mariamman Temple just before the CN Anadurai Bridge and the pic immediately above this one of Mariamman interior is another temple in same vicinity.
I wonder if anybody has pics of of the CN Anadurai bridge before renovation.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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April 20, 2011 9:49pm

In the vicinity of the bridge, there was a famous curry mee operating out of a house with a big compound. The house is owned by the curry mee seller. The last time I ate there was 1990. Anyone knows whether it is still doing business?
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
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April 21, 2011 8:14pm

Hi Blue Grass,
Those were lovely pictures of a neighborhood that I have seldom ventured to, even when I was still staying in Ipoh. I never knew that there were so many temples in that neck of the woods. I was very impressed with the ornate interior and the front facade of the temple reminded me of Little India in the Serangoon area of Singapore.
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
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April 22, 2011 12:26am

Hi Blue Grass,
CN Annadurai was a famous politician (India) who believed in theism. I guess its ironic there are so many temples around his bridge. Did you get your stock of "kacang putih" when you were there? If you had driven further ahead you will reach a roundabout. That is the world famous Kampung Kacang Putih area. You get larger portions for a fraction of the normal price.


Hi Kayes,
A few meters from here is turnoff towards the market. There are a few curry mee stalls plying their trade from their houses. Not sure if this is the one you are talking about. They open in the evenings. Some have closed but new ones have taken its place. Weekends and the stretch is jammed with patrons.


Hi Ken Chan,
If you include Jelf Road (backlane of Ipoh Railway Station) which is 1km away, I would estimate more than 10 temples.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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April 22, 2011 5:47am

hello Adr1970, thanks very much for the curry mee info. I am surprised there are now a few curry mee stalls operating from houses in that area. In 1990 there was only one. Like Ken and Blue Grass, I hardly go to the Sg Pari area unless I have to go to the Honda workshop.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
April 22, 2011 2:09pm

Hi Kayes, Adr1970,


I think this is the same bridge that we have to jogged across during our cross-country run in the good old ACS school day. Correct me if I am wrong.


Sam
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
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April 22, 2011 2:36pm

Hi Adri1970,
Thanks for your very interesting spiel on the Sungai Pari area. Apparently you know that neighborhood like the back of your hand and the very insightful account really aroused my curiosity in general about a part of Ipoh that I know very little of. Even a diehard foodie like me is oblivious to the fact that there are good curry noodle stalls that operated from residential houses in that vicinity. I must check out these places on my next trip to Ipoh. when I vis
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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April 22, 2011 3:14pm

Sam, you are right. I now remember the run took us through the bridge, railway tracks , the river, cemetery, some squatter houses ......... That was in the early 60s. Wonder whether they still use the same route or cross country runs are no longer held by schools?
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
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April 23, 2011 12:44am

Thanks for info Adr1970. You answered my question before I could ask you about the name CN Annadurai. I wonder if you or anyone can tell me why a bridge in Ipoh is named after a politician from India. There could be an interesting story behind it.
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 31
April 23, 2011 12:47pm

Hi all. Wow! so many questions.
This is my kampung (Buntong) so pardon my fervent descriptions. I don't live there anymore but am always eager to add my two cents worth. Food lovers will be lost for choice. I won't say much, just google it. Our bean sprout Thumbs Up! .....I rest my case. Most people are getting to know about this place now contrary to belief that Buntong is a rural and rowdy area.


I'm a Michaelian(SMI) so I better not say much about ACS stuff Wink but anyway the road systems now would make it impossible (safety reasons) to run on the same route. Remember the Japanese Cemetery? Its at the turnoff to the Honda Workshop that Kayes talks about. Just 200m before the CN Annadurai bridge.


I don't have much about why they named the bridge such. Didn't bother to know it during my younger days. But maybe, there were many tamils living here. They could have had some influence in the naming of the bridge. Annadurai was a famous proponent of the tamil language. Maybe somebody out there can shed some light on it.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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April 23, 2011 9:57pm

hi Adr1970, thanks very much for providing us with up to date info on Ipoh. For those of us who are residing elsewhere, those info are really useful and interesting. I think Retired Falcon and Hokin are also from SMI.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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April 24, 2011 2:31am

Here is a pic of the Japanese Cemetery mentioned by Adr1970. Is it a burial ground for the war dead? Pic by Blue Grass. If anyone is interested to read (and view photos) of how the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Taiping was constructed, go to my other website, Taiping Talk at:-


http://www.TaipingTalk.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=207


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/japceme.jpg
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
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April 24, 2011 3:15am

If there are similarities between written Chinese and Japanese, can anybody tell us what is inscribed on the gate pillar?
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
April 24, 2011 3:33am

Blue Grass, those are Chinese characters - Japanese Cemetery.


Chinese and Japanese share many words. Words like Bamboo, Longevity, Chrysanthemum, Gazebo and lots more. Smile
blue grass

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April 24, 2011 3:37am

Thanks Orange, knew we could rely on you.
Orange

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April 24, 2011 3:57am

Blue Grass, we are here to share - sincerely. Kudos to Kayes for all his great sites!!
kayes

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April 24, 2011 4:08am

I can recall my first venture into Buntong which was in 1971. My boss, Tan Sri V Jeyaratnam asked me to go and look for someone who could be a possible witness in one of the cases he was handling. I drove into Buntong NV and promptly got lost despite having an address with me. I drove round and round for some time before I found the house. (By the way, in those days, there was no GPS yet). On my way out, I got lost again!
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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April 24, 2011 4:30am

We got someone who can translate Mandarin to English. How about Tamil to English? This pic was taken at the same temple shown in pics above. Pic by Blue Grass.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/tamil.jpg
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
April 24, 2011 8:00am

Thanks Blue Grass, for those pictures. I never knew there was a Japanese cemetery in Ipoh even though I was born there and lived in the city for a good part of my adult life. I must find out more about this burial ground. Were the soldiers who committed so much atrocities in Malaysia buried there? Enquiring minds want to know!
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
Posts: 31
April 25, 2011 12:56am

Hi Kayes, sorry i can't help you in the translation, but i can help you in the swearing part though Smile! (this is something every student learns when they start their schooling life - swearing in multilingual stereophonic surround sound) Smile!


Ken Chan, some of those "atrocious fellows" might be there. The old wooden japanese prayer hall was replaced with a concrete one some years back. I thought they could have done more to restore the wooden structure. It was very unique to have a japanese concept prayer room facing the temple. Look at Blue Grass' first picture. Extreme left there is a small porch like structure. That is the japanese prayer hall. The current structure is just plain looking.
kayes

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Location: Penang Malaysia
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April 25, 2011 2:23am

haha Adr1970, we certainly were multilingual swearers! Smile



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