Friday, October 30, 2009

OCBC Bank Under The Nice Blue Sky

It's a sunny afternoon in Old Town. Partial of the sky shows white clouds and blue sky. It makes the heritage building of OCBC Bank looked even more attractive. However, another portion of the sky is, in fact, start seeing dark clouds growing. Soon it will become a rainy afternoon.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Eu Yan Sang at Leech Street

Eu Yan Sang is a famous brand for Chinese traditional medicine. It is founded in 1879 by Eu Kong, who migrated from Southern China to Malaya. He settled down in Gopeng town, which was a boosting tin mining town. He helped the tin miners recovering from their physical suffering & health damages. Later, Eu Tong Sen, his eldest son, was expending the business to Kampar, Ipoh, Singapore and as far as Hong Kong. This Eu Yan Sang building in Leech Street still marked with his name and the year of completion, 1907. A hundred year later, many of the neighbouring structures have been rebuilt but this building remain unchanged, just like what was captured in the below photo (first shop on right hand).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Food Court Open Soon

Ipoh is famous of its food. Despite the tremendous numbers of eating shops (normally called coffee shop) and restaurants around the city, food court is also growing. The advantage of a food court is we can choose from many varieties of food that we like, from Chinese to Malay, Indian, from oriental to western. This food court, GP, is about to open in First Garden soon and is one of the few branches in the city. It will be operating in a well-built structure featured with some small retail shops, just like the well known Woolley Food City & Tasek Square.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blank Board

The flyover of Kuala Kangsar Road across Anderson Road is a busy interchange in the city. Somehow, I am wondering the advertisement board on the structure is not that popular. There was an advertisement of a well-known camera but stagnant for quite some time. And since the camera removed from there, the board is left blank. Isn't it a waste as so many cars pass by this location everyday.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Railway Station Garden Arcs

The existing landscape of the garden in front of Ipoh Railway Station has not changed for more than 10 years. These arcs are very popular structure for photo taking by visitors & tourists. Bougainvillea flower, flower of the city, are planted everywhere in the garden.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Old OCBC Bank Building

This is the previous OCBC bank building which is now vacant. It was one of the landmark of old time Ipoh. The building is located at the first row of shop houses along Old Town Hugh Low Street. I have seen it appears in many photos taken before & after World War II. The photo below is one of it, where the building with the unique architecture can be clearly identified at the right of this street.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Praying at Tow Boh Keong Temple

The celebration for God of 9 Emperors (九皇爷) birthday is on for the 7th day. I came to Tow Boh Keong Temple (斗母宫 Dou Mu Gong) pray for good luck. The crowd although is not as many as I imagine but I still feel the difficulty to move around the temple. This is the Light of Heaven (天灯), to my understanding, which is a signal to the heaven that praying event is held on the earth.

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Lucky Lights

There are decorating lights installed on the external pillars of this shop. Each of it has its own shading protecting it from sun & rain, whereby the air conditioning compressor unit is not so lucky. This is a shop selling useful & nice looking bottles & cans, located at the meeting point of Hugh Low Street & Leech Street.


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Film Shooting at New Town

Ipoh is considered quite a popular place for film shooting, epecially those telling the 1940-1970's stories. May be because of its old building and limited skyscrapers, it's relatively easier for the film maker to recreate the atmosphere of the old time. This event was took place next to the site of demolished Yau Tet Shin Market. Many are quite interested to stay for watching how the filming is being carried out. I just got to know from someone that this is a crew from Singapore.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Evening in Town

When day starts turning dark, the civilian on the street become lesser. Only cars are roaring and moving fast on the road. This area used to be crowded at night with people shopping at the complex and watching movies in the 3 nearby traditional cinemas, which are all converted to other purposes now.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Flipping Butterfly

It is recently very common seeing cars in the city installed with a solar energized decorating toy. It normally appears as 2 pieces of grass in a vase. When sunshine shining the toy, the grass will start flipping. Anyway, I find a different pattern in Old Town this afternoon. The grass become a butterfly & the base is a ladybird. I think I will find one for myself.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Commemorate the Brave Men

This is a memorial at the garden in front of Ipoh Railway Station. Many may not know if not approaching to it, that this is actually to commemorate those who were from the State of Perak lost their lives during World War I (1914-1918).

Friday, October 16, 2009

Praying at Lunar Nineth Month

The 9th month in Chinese Lunar calender is approaching. The Chinese is celebrating the birthday for God of 9 Emperors. There are few temples in the city organizing big praying events that last for 9 days. It will start from the first day of the month, which is this coming Sunday. We start to see flags put up by the temples at its nearby area.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Sunny Morning

Right before I get into my car and driving to work, I took this down. A fresh and sunny morning in Ipoh. Anyway, you can never predict a downpour in the afternoon. It's close to the 9th month of Chinese Lunar calender. So, raining season is approaching.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Back to Silibin

Silibin Road (Jalan Silibin) appears in my life since I was born. Although I spent few years away from Ipoh for further study, and moving to new house in Klebang few years ago, at last I am back driving daily on Silibin Road to work. Well, I may thaught I have progressed far but seem like I am moving back to the same point.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Busy Hugh Low Street

As usual, Hugh Low Street was having heavy traffic this afternoon. There are 4 cross junctions with traffic light along the street while 3 of it at New Town are always congested during rush hour in the afternoon. It used to have police officers to temporary control the traffic flow at these locations.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Competative Business

Within a distance of less than a kilometer, there are three furniture show rooms open along the Kuala Kangsar Road. I can imagine there are many more in the city that I know and I do not know. Just wondering the market of furniture is so competative but yet there are more and more new show rooms available around the city.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Reuse Paper in Wrong Way

Sometimes when we are running short of resources, many alternative has to be explored. Anyway, to replace the missing petrol inlet cover with trash paper may not be a good idea.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Communicating with the Moon

A latest move of human being to explore the Moon, NASA has just crashed a space ship on the Moon surface to investigate the existence of water. Will I be able to witness the day that human being colonize the Moon? Since we put our first foot print 40 years ago, exploring the Moon was getting cool for some time, but it is now back on stage again.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Return of the Camera

The update of this blog was ceased for a month because the camera broke down. Finally it's back on function today after repair. The sunset captured through backyard of shop houses at New Town. .
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