Thursday, January 29, 2009

Paloh Old Temple

The oldest Chinese temple in Ipoh, Paloh Old Temple located on the west bank of Kinta River. It is believed to be established in the year 1872. However, on its roof it is marked the year of "Guang Xu Jia Wu", equivalent to year 1895, in which the temple is further decorated. During Chinese New Year, the temple is flooded with people from local & outstation praying for a better luck, prosperous & healthy year.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Crowded Restaurant

The restaurant in Greentown is so crowded in the 3rd day of Chinese New Year. As normal, people gather at cafe & restaurant for reunion to share their stories in the past one year. This phenomena should last for another one or two more days before the youngsters back to their working position away from Ipoh.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Warm Day Rainy Night

It used to be continuous warm days during Chinese New Year. Somehow the weather has changed, sunny day in the afternoon will quickly turn dark & rain in th evening. Thick clouds start to form around 3pm today.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Happy Chinese New Year !!

Gong Xi Gong Xi (Congratulations)..... It's Chinese New Year again. Today is the first day in this lunar year of ox. Red lanterns are everywhere in the city. This is one of the shops selling lanterns & other praying stuff at Cockman Street (also known as Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar). Everyone is hoping the ox will bring prosperities, stability & healthy. Cheers!!!


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Sunset at Hugh Low Bridge

Viewing from the end of Laxamana Road on Hugh Low Bridge, the sunset is beautiful. In the Chinese Lunar calendar, today is the last day of year of rat. Should all the good & bad in this year (mainly year 2008) being remembered & hoping for a better tomorrow.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Market Terrace

Market Terrace (Tingkat Pasar) although is not a major street in town but it is a famous spot for cheap & useful stuff. It used to have a second-hand goods outdoor market selling all kind of funny & unique used items. The market has moved to Osborne Street many years ago. However, the shops at Market Terrace still popular on selling low cost house hold items.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Last Day Working in Balda

Today is my last working day in Balda Malaysia. I have been working here for 4½ years & soon I will move to another company to continue my career. I gain sweet & bitter memory here but somehow this will be one of the most unforgettable moments in my life.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Kinta River in Town

Kinta River is the mother river of Ipoh. Ipoh was first established at its west bank during the end of 19th century. The fast growing tin mining industry had boomed the development of this small town. To solve the congestion, bridges were built to cross over Kinta River at early 20th century and raised a new township on its east bank. That is the formation of the Old Town & New Town. In the modern day, this segregation is fading away under the rapid transportation & urban development. Many youngsters may not differentiate the Old Town & New Town but rather recognize both as the original city center.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Lam Looking Bazaar

Seeing the current condition of this building, I am sure many senior citizens of Ipoh would feel sad. The Lam Looking Bazaar was once a very happening spot of Ipoh. It was built in 1933 & had hotel, restaurant, shopping arcade & even an opera hall under one roof. Perak Emporium was occupied the building in 1970’s as a famous shopping center in town. However, situation has changed since 1990’s. Lam Looking Bazaar lost its attraction due to the establishment of modern shopping malls in the city. It even damaged in a fire in 2005 that makes the building fully evacuated. Thus far, no restoration plan is visible & the future of this building still unclear.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Silver Jubilee of Sultan

Boards & banners are being put up in the city to greet the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, for Silver Jubilee of ascending the Perak throne. His Royal Highness is the 34th Sultan of Perak since 1984. The state government has set the official celebration on 14 February 2009. This giant board is located infront of the Tun Razak Public Library.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Out of Service

These lamp posts that placed surrounding Padang Ipoh (Ipoh Field) have been out of service for some time. I found it last night where the lamp posts are removed & gathered at one corner of the field. It was installed few years ago to decorate Padang Ipoh but seem like the maintenance was poor. Will the City Council replace with new one?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Old Post Box

I believe this old post box in Ipoh Railway Station is the only one of its type that left in the city. The crown symbol on it simply tells this post box has stood here since the British colonial era but I can't figure out how old is it. Somehow I truely do not like the stickers that pasted by the Post Office.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Ipoh City Council

The Ipoh City Council building at Greentown houses the city authorities & is a well-known landmark of Ipoh. Completed in 1986, the 11-storey building topped with a Malay style roof.
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