Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weather "Switch"

In my recent posts, there are many complaints about hot weather in Ipoh. Although the Malaysian Meteorological Department had announced more than a month ago that the effect of El Nino ended and we would experience long rainy season in the second half of 2016. It wasn't turn true which very much disappointed me, whom very fragile in fighting high temperature environment. However, the weather changed dramatically since last week, just like turning on a switch. Rainfall, or sometimes downpour, would hit the valley almost every afternoon. There were even few full raining days in the week. This has eventually removed all the accumulated heat in the past few months and return a fresh and comfort atmosphere for living.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Poor Old Man

I am not sure others realize that there are many senior citizens are collecting recyclable trash in the city. They normally picking polymer containers, papers, cartons, aluminium or other metal stuffs. Some would carry along by hands, some use trolley or tricycle. It seems they are consistently doing it. All these trashes could only bring them very tiny earning, which tells us they are most probably living in very poor and difficult situation. This reminds me of the scene that I published 2 years ago and the same question shall be asked.

Friday, July 15, 2016

We Are Number 6

This is truly a big surprise news, not just to Ipoh but the whole nation, that Ipoh is listed at sixth among the ten best Asia destinations to be visited in 2016 by Lonely Planet, a well-known international travel guide publisher. Over the years, Ipoh is probably a secondary destination of most travelers or just a pass-by city between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Despite the increased number of tourists are plotting Ipoh in their traveling route, most Ipoh citizen do not realize the focus on this valley city. This could be resulting from the natural growth of many new tourist attraction spots without too much publicity and the effect of social networks that promote Ipoh through personal sharing. 

Ipoh has just reached a new milestone and much more effort needed from the locals to develop the tourism industry. This is a gifted home which surrounded by natural mountains & clean water falls, irreversible history & beautiful heritage, delicious food & hospitality, which would certainly impress our guests. We would go further by appreciating and appropriately utilizing these resources and advantages. Good luck Ipoh!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Looking Out from De Garden

Looking out from De Garden multi-storey car park top floor, the skyline of Ipoh city center changes significantly resulting from the completion of several high rise projects. It seems there are more buildings rose on left part of first photo as compare to the scene captured in 2013. The view continues to change but will not be impressive.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Moment Before Storm

An afternoon storm is approaching. Thick clouds are covering almost the entire Ipoh city. Even though downpour on certain days in the past few weeks, the rainfall is pretty unpredictable and we still not fully relieved from the heat which accumulated since last few months. It's everyone's wish to chase away the sultriness and I am looking forward to having continuous rainy days soon.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Kinta City New Look

It seems the major renovation of Kinta City is coming to the final stage. The painting work of the facade is almost finished, which seen with very different look from its previous appearance that maintained for 19 years. Probably this is the right time for Kinta City to put on new dress for celebrating its 20th anniversary. By the way, I find the random lines painted on the mall surface also seen on Aeon Klebang. Could this be a designated pattern of Aeon Malls in Ipoh?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

New Skyline in Medan Ipoh

Here come one of the modern looking condominium buildings in town. After 2 years of construction, D'Festivo eventually completed and making skyline change of the rapid developing Medan Ipoh. It would be further upgraded when the few under-construction skyscraper projects in the vicinity turn true.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Big Screen Is Coming To The Park

There is a structure installed at Railway Station Park. Obviously this is a frame for an LED screen, if I got it right. Anyway, there is still no sign of screen installation but yet the frame itself is considered the best looking one among all LED screens in the city. Anyone ready to advertise here, or this may be reserved for the local authority only?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mission Accomplished

I have witnessed the assembly of tower crane of The Octagon 2 years ago, and now I am here watching the dismantling of this crane. It has finally accomplished its mission to construct this 23-storey building in Ipoh downtown. Time flies, as I feel like the commencing of The Octagon construction a yesterday story.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Young Footballers

Today is a nice cloudy day for outdoor activities. A group of young footballers are having their training at Ipoh Padang this evening. Some of these young boys may become state or national player in the future.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Residences Growing in Vertical

High rise condominium is not Ipoh's mainstream of living style, but such concept is getting more popular in recent years. I believe this mainly comes from people's higher expectation in living environment, especially security, privacy and community facilities. These two luxury condominium projects running side by side are progressing aggressively on the golden land of Polo Ground-Tiger Lane area. Although we won't expect condominiums to mushrooming in Ipoh, demand of such property would, anyway, growing in the city.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Another Building Goes Empty

7 years after my previous post that published at 15-May-2009, this building has lost its last tenant, a home appliances shop. I am not sure this is due to the impact of economic downturn or some other factors, but I do observe there are many properties around the city are pasted with such yellow poster by property agents looking for occupants. It seems situation is getting tougher nowadays.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

New Town Children's Playground

How many of us still remember the Children's Playground at Anderson Road? It used to be a popular playground and recreation park in New Town decades ago, which is still a sweet memory of many Ipoh folks. Indeed the park was directly accessible from Anderson Road, Brewster Road and Osborne Street in the past. Somehow its boundaries at Brewster Road and Osborne Street are now occupied by modern building and hawker stalls respectively. The landscape and structures in the park appeared to be poorly maintained, and we do not see children playing in the park.

Monday, May 9, 2016

City View from Aeon Big Falim

This is my second visit to Aeon Big Falim, Midtown Shopping Mall. The mall is currently partially occupied with only Aeon Big and some shoplots at north wing are operating. Aeon Departmental Store on its south wing will probably commence business this coming September. Finding parking is not an issue over here; plenty of parking lots available on the ground. Anyway, I choose to park at the roof top because I yet to experience the panoramic view from here. Its perimeter wall is pretty high, which I believe is to prevent any falling accident. It's not easy to grab a complete Ipoh city skyline but I am able to snap the skyline of New Town and Old Town. The above photo is probably an angle that could see most working tower cranes in one glance. Could you point out all the 9 cranes in this photo?

Close up view of New Town can be split into 2 portions; the city center which seen Ipoh downtown current tallest building, The Octagon and others such as The Majestic, MBI, Tower Regency Hotel, Excelsior Hotel and so on, whereas another snapshot focuses on city outskirt, which seen tower cranes of two new condominium projects (Kampung Paloh & Tin City), Impiana Hotel, Prima Ipoh Condo, Damaipuri Condo, etc.

Old Town skyline remains stagnant since the completion of Cititel Express Hotel. In my opinion, Old Town shall avoid intensive modernization in order to maintain low density of high rise building and minimize construction of new building for preserving its heritage appearance.

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