Saturday, May 30, 2009
At one end of Hume Street (Jalan Mesjid) that close to the Kinta River bank, stood an old mosque, Panglima Kinta Mosque. This was owned by a local general during the early age of township establishment. The mosque is not easily found from main streets in New Town because it is located at a quite isolated end of Hume Street. This historical mosque is well preserved & displaying typical 19th century local Islamic architecture. Due to the isolated location, the surrounding does not changed much and I feel like walking in the past. I will, for sure, capture more images at Hume Street to share in the future.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
For those driving along the North-South Expressway and pass by Ipoh, they would certainly see this castle. This building on a small lime stone hill in Bercham is actually a recreation club, The Bougainvillea Club. Since the completion of North-South Expressway in early 1990’s, Bercham has become a gold mine where many properties developer spotted here for commercial & residential development. Bougainvillea Club is a product of the rapid growth & turn up to be a landmark of Bercham.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
The Ipoh City Council (MBI) building & City Square Clock Tower. Ipoh is now at her 21st birthday as a city since year 1988. It was the second in Malaysia (after Kuala Lumpur) gaining the status of city. However, this is usually celebrated in small scale, where the city council will organize some public activities, such as marathon, orchid exhibition, properties exhibition & stage performance. Many Ipoh citizens do not even remember this day because the upgrading to city has not much change except some restructuring of local authority & public services.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A shop at Cockman Street (Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar) is being painted. I am glad to see it because the intention of remaining the pre-war building by restoration instead of demolition shall be encouraged. As compare to the neighboring shop, some painting & restructuring works are good enough to lift the building status from its current poor condition.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Stadium Perak Main Entrance
Main indoor stadium, Indera Mulia Stadium
A training football field. Hockey stadium at backgrouond
There are not many cities in Malaysia having such integrated sports facilities. The MBI (Ipoh City Council) Sports Complex comprises the Perak Stadium (main football stadium), Indera Mulia Stadium (main indoor stadium), Azlan Shah Stadium (hockey stadium), People’s Velodrome, badminton & squash court, tennis court, swimming complex and also an administration center & hawker center. It is a popular spot of Ipoh citizen for sports. These facilities are normally open for free during Ipoh city day which is 27th May.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Like the typical Chinese traditional architecture, the corners of roof are bent up. For special buildings, such as palace & temple, the roof top is usually decorated with statues, such as dragon, phoenix & mascots. In South East Asia, the most commonly seen Chinese architecture building is temple. This is one of the few popular Chinese Buddhist temples in Ipoh, Guan Yin Temple off Kuala Kangsar Road. At the center of roof top, two dragons are guarding the Guan Yin statue, which is a typical design.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
This building looked nice, isn’t it? But why is it weird? It is because the front part of these shops looked like ordinary local shop & old. However the rear part of it which is facing the backyard is designed in western architecture and well maintained. This is seen just beside the famous FMS Bar & Restaurant at Brewster Road. I believe many may not find this if not properly looking at it.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Federal Government office block is located beside the city council building in Greentown. It was completed several years ago where many Federal Government departments had moved in. This is suppose a good move because the location in the city center is convenience for the public. Somehow we do not understand for what reason there is another building setup at Meru Raya which is more than 10km away and some departments have migrated there. Isn’t it a waste of resources by doing so?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
This three storey building was once a famous hotel in Ipoh. Oriental Hotel is special for its roof top garden and this is certainly unique & amazing at that time. However, things are changing over time and this building had turned to be fast food restaurant in 1980-90’s. Finally it is occupied by an electrical goods chain store.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
The glass skin building, Wisma Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea Building) is one of the few recognizable high rise buildings in town. It is named over the city flower. This is a commercial owned by the city council. Most of the high rise buildings in Ipoh are not designed in good shape. Somehow I find the Ipoh City Council has shown a good example where the council headquarters in Greentown & Wisma Bougainvillea is displaying good architecture.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Kinta River is famous of its tin mining. To the Ipoh citizens, it is also a great recreation spot at its upstream at Tanjung Rambutan. Many call this part of the river as Tanjung Rambutan River. Many spend their weekend over here to wash away the tense accumulated at work for the week. Some even camp at the river bank. The clear & cool stream plus the fresh & clean air will definitely refreshing you. It is not difficult to get here, just make a right turn at the traffic light near Tanjung Rambutan town (at direction towards north), go straight until reaching Sultan Azlan Shah Dam. Take the small road at left & drive about 200m, a car parking place & a bridge will be seen, and here it is. However, it is dangerous during raining season as the water level may rise in a sudden.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
If the development of Ipoh is consider running at low gear, the public transport here is probably in a reserve gear. This bus may be one of the buses I have taken during my school time 20 years ago. Despite many of the old buses still on service, some new buses that appeared for a short while around year 2000 are missing since few years back. This is a lousy government that never does their job properly in developing comfortable public transport for the citizen who pay tax every year.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Leong Sin Nam Street & Clarke Street (Jalan Sultan Abdul Jalil) are the only two streets in town with trees planted at the middle of the road. This tree at Clare Street is seen to have many red flowers. Anyway, the beautiful flowers cannot heal the people’s wound on this darkest day in Perak’s political history.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I have been looking for nice location to capture night scene. I find lately the mini Harbour Bridge at Kinta Water Front is quite a good place for this purpose. I like the reflection of light from Brewster Bridge and this photo is showing the skyline of Old Town.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Silibin Road is a main connecting road between Ipoh city and the North West areas, such as Silibin, First Garden & Jelapang, Somehow it is not well developed. Even with heavy traffic, it is still maintain as single-lane traffic at each direction and the condition is quite poor. There is no impressive building along Silibin road except this church, Church of Our Lady Of Lourdes. This is one of the biggest churches in Ipoh & the tall tower is visible from far. The church is usually crowded during Sunday morning.