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Brewster Road

kayes



Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
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Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
February 27, 2009 6:00am

A few decades ago, this row of shops did roaring business. On the right of this pic was an old style mamak shop called Freedom Cafe with a hotel upstairs. Further down this block was Shanghai Laundrette. On the left of this pic is a row of shops which housed Triumphant Records. I used to hang out here to pick up new records. They had little booths where you could sit and listen to the records before buying.
Orange

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 3,163
February 28, 2009 3:13am

Brewster Road is one of those few busy streets in Ipoh and sad to see the condition of some of the shops. Wonder what caused it? Is it because of high rental due to the "lifting of the Rent Control Act" or the mushrooming of new hypermarkets and shopping complexes. I don't see parking as one of the factors contribute to the non-tenanted shops. Hope Ipoh won't loss her glory!
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
February 28, 2009 8:25am

Ever since Brewster Road and Hugh Low Street was converted into a one-way street, life was sucked out of the two busiest streets in Ipoh. In the later part of the 80's and 90's, the focal point of commercial activity was shifted to the Greentown and Ipoh Garden areas. That sounded the death knell for many neighborhoods that were once the life and soul of the city. The doing away of hawker stalls also contributed to the demise of many busy streets and some parts of Ipoh were stuck in a time-warp, all in a world of its own.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
February 28, 2009 5:15pm

Hi Ken, your description of the situation in Ipoh is very true. It is just like 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' for the business there. You can drive through the two main streets at night and you can see nothing happens there at all. The only place thats happening is Osborne Street where they have a nightly pasar malam and the ngah choy kai area where parking can be a real headache. Other than that, it looks like total darkness.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,823
February 28, 2009 11:31pm

Was there a tailor shop about two or three doors left of "Elegant"? That tailor was supposed to be very good in making "bush jackets" that were fashionable in the late 60s and 70s. I had two made and they fitted me fine.
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
March 2, 2009 7:24pm

You are right Kayes, there used to be a popular tailor here years ago. I am not certain but a fire here/nearby might have caused it to relocate elsewhere.


Ken, I read that high winds and late snowfall have plagued the Eastern and North Easter states. Are you affected? Hope you and family are well. The migrant birds are still around and they are a good indicator of weather conditions in the cold north. They are wise to hang around for sometime yet. I was walking in the garden this morning when I startled the Chinese Pond Heron, a very common winter visitor. It has snowy white wings in flight and usually makes a deep harsh 'kwok intermittently'
Ken Chan

Registered: July 2008
Location: Chicago. IL, USA
Posts: 1,170
March 2, 2009 10:32pm

Hi blue grass,
The entire eastern seaboard of the US was lambasted by a wicked late winter storm. Big cities and small rural towns were plastered with foot-deep drifting snow. Schools were closed and many flights to the east coast were cancelled. This time around, the midwest had a comparatively lucky break. It was cold last Sunday but we only had a dusting of lake-effect snow. We are well and knowing that spring is not too far away, our spirits have soared. The daylight hours are much longer now and on some warmer mornings, the birds are basking in the sunshine with a song in their beak. Being a staunch lover of nature, you are really very observant when it comes to the movement of migratory birds. I can imagine you must have a well-maintained and mature garden, which is almost like the natural habitat or sanctuary for these feathered visitors. Have fun bird-watching, my friend!
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
March 2, 2009 11:11pm

Hi Kayes and Blue grass, I'm not too sure what's the name of the tailor shop but two names came to mind, one being Hong Kong Tailor and Excellent Tailor. The fire destroyed a few shops there and the tailor shop prob. relocated after that. Oh! BTW the corner shop at the traffic lights (horse racing pics) has been burned down. I just noticed it when I was back in Ipoh the other day.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Location: Penang Malaysia
Posts: 4,823
March 2, 2009 11:36pm

hi Joe, are you sure it is Scoops that was burnt down? As far as I know, Scoops was never the corner shop at the traffic lights. The original location was along this row (as shown in pic) but a few lots to the right which cannot be seen in pic. After the Control of Rent Act was repealed and the rental raised significantly, Scoops moved to just across the road from its original location. Lean, the one man show who runs Scoops, had a stroke a year ago and has been unable to work since. I miss seeing him at the Penang races. He never failed to greet me and chat a little about Ipoh.
Retired Falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 1,168
March 3, 2009 5:19am

Hi Kayes, Scoops was probably the second shop from the corner nearer to the Bank Simpanan building. It moved across the road some time back. The building that was burned down was in real bad condition.
ACS77

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 218
March 3, 2009 12:29pm

Hi blue grass, Joe, kayes, Ken,


The shoplot that my brother's Optical Shop (Elegant) currently occupied used to be a Tailoring Shop. Owner's name is Peter. My brother had bought the shop lot and renovated it. There use to be Dr Leong's Eye Clinic, 2 shop lots to the right of Elegant Optical. Dr Leong had retired. I know all his 3 sons who are all doctors. The youngest one is here in the SF/Bay Area. We still keep in contact.


ACS77
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
March 3, 2009 5:56pm

Thanks for jolting my memory ACS77. I had forgotten that Dr Leong's Eye Clinic was there. Gosh, what short memories we have. However thanks to this wonderful forum we are able to keep track of Ipoh, past and present. Cheere Kayes!
blue grass

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 995
March 3, 2009 6:28pm

Hi Ken. It is indeed be heartwarming to know spring is not far away. Have you already started planning for the new season? It must be exciting to start anew each year but it also means backbreaking work again! You would agree that it is at the same time, most satisfying work.
We have a mature garden that has undergone many transformation over the years. It is sometimes very hard to imagine what a tiny sapling would look like in a couple of years. So we seem to be constantly planting and felling trees in our garden! It is also quite densely planted making the garden a sanctuary for birds and small animals. We see tree shrews, civet cats, flying lizards and more in our safe haven!



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