Monday, August 31, 2009

52nd Independence Day of Malaysia

Today is the 52nd year that Malaysian celebrating the independent of the nation. There is no parade for this year celebration due to the Muslim fasting month. Anyway, the flag pole at Ipoh Padang is, as usual, changing the Perak state flag to Malaysia national flag, Jalur Gemilang, to mark the special day for this nation. Happy birthday to Malaysia, hoping for a progressive development in all sectors and prosperity for all the citizens.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thirty Five, 35

I found this new shelter at the Bougainvillea Park in front of Ipoh City Council. I am watching the blue sky through the beautifully decorated roof while heading to the restaurant of Secret Recipe at Syuen Hotel for my birthday lunch. Yup, it’s my 35th birthday!!

During dinner, a simple but charming dinner with my family, of course, plus a small cake. And, supper with the special one at night.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Sunset at Panglima Kinta Mosque

A peaceful nightfall at Panglima Kinta Mosque, Hume Street. Although this should be a exciting weekend night, I can only hear from the birds over here.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Old Hot Spot

Yik Foong Complex is a favorite spot during the teen age of my generation. In the years of 1980’s and 1990’s, this building is crowded by youngsters for fashion, game, food, souvenir & many other attractive things. It is now one of the hubs in the city for computer & accessories and mobile phone. Anyway, it has not been the most popular shopping complex since 10 years ago. Situation becomes worse after the Super Kinta Department Store that opposite to it close down years ago.

Friday, August 14, 2009

The Last Moment of Hugh Low Bridge

According to the notice board, Hugh Low Bridge will be closed from tomorrow onwards for more than a year. I am not sure what time exactly the bridge will be closed but the temporary two-lane alternative bridge is already completed on its right side and soon will start operating. It’s time to say goodbye to the old Hugh Low Bridge…

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Extended Life of a Cinema Building

Majestic Cinema at Chamberlain Street was one of the popular cinemas in town. It was the first cinema completed after World War II. Operating for more than 30 years, finally it lost the battle with video cassette that became so popular during 1980’s. It turned to be a video game center for several years, and then changed to be a furniture shop until today. None of the old cinemas in Ipoh survived in the wave of change. All have been converted for other purposes today.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Looking into Past

When walking in this kind of old shop corridor, it always makes me imagining how it looked like 50~60 years ago. This walkway was busy with shops open for business. There are tailors, coffee shops, retailers, barbers, etc. Families staying at first floor had their kids paying along the corridor and people walking around looking for goods they need to buy. There could be some trishaws on the road waiting for passengers. Today, the corridor become quiet; families have moved to new residential areas, many shops are closed, heavy traffic on the road with engine roars loudly, people not walking on the corridor but just park the car, drop by for their business and leave.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nightfall at Ipoh Padang

It was raining for a short while before the nightfall. While driving back from dinner, I passed by Ipoh Padang. The scene looked so attractive and I stopped to capture the twilight.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Clear View on the Mountains

I was leaving the factory on time today heading to Bercham for car repairing. This is a clear day where the sun is shining directly onto all objects. When come to the flyover entrance of Bercham, the mountains at far background seemed to be so clear, unlike other days.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sunday at Fair Park

Fair Park is one of main roads connecting the city to northeast part of Ipoh, such as Simee, Ipoh Garden & Bercham. The approximately one kilometer narrow road, although is a double-lane two way traffic, is always busy during day and night. Only when come to Sunday, the street turns to be more peaceful compare to normal days while many of the shops by its side are closed.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Goodbye Hugh Low Bridge

The Hugh Low Bridge connecting Old and New Town will be demolished for rebuild very soon. How would it looked like in the future? Anyway, for sure the Ipoh citizens will miss this old bridge. Share with you the photo of the bridge before it's end of life.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Return of the Clear Sky

The haze had covered the Kinta Valley, even the whole Peninsula Malaysia for weeks. The sky looked gray for many days until this morning, white clouds and blue sky appear on top of everyone. I really feel relief although this is not a big thing but it makes me start to think, it becomes more and more difficult to breath fresh and clean air nowadays. How would be the world in tomorrow?
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