Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Flying National Flags, The 54th Independence Day

Yes, today is the last day of August, and it's the 54th birthday of this nation called Malaysia. Flying flags has become a tradition to celebrate the independence day. Kinta Heigths is seen with lots of Malaysia national flag "Jalur Gemilang".

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Familiar Structure

I was driving towards south and passing by Gunung Rapat. When I saw this rocket-like post & it looked so familiar. This is the same structure appears in Tasek's KFC & Pizza Hut outlet. It seems Gunung Rapat will continue with the battle of fast food, after having McDonald's, Station One, Secret Recipe, Domino's Pizza, Burger King & Old Town. Gunung Rapat, as the southern gateway to Ipoh is now growing to be another hot spot apart from Ipoh Garden, which is at the northeast.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Shopping Craze

Long holiday, what would be the most welcome activity in Ipoh? The answer is eating & shopping. Apart from enjoying tasty local food of Ipoh, spending time in shopping mall is almost a must. As there are only handful of shopping malls in Ipoh, they usually get crowded at this time. From the fully occupied car park, obviously Kinta City is one of the hottest spots attracting Ipoh citizens & visitors.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Special Auto Show

To promote the new cars, old generations are gathered to attract our eyes in an auto show. Nevertheless, it had really catch my attention while these old & nicely decorated cars lined up at the front car park at De Garden. Apart from attracting people, these old cars also help to gain potential customer's confidence on robustness of this brand

Saturday, August 27, 2011

New Style of Desktop Advertising

Advertising on eating shop & food court tables isn't a new idea. It used to be a piece of printed poster pasted on the table. However, it is quite limited space to advertise more details & not so flexible for updating latest post. This kind of desktop advertisement had been disappearing for some time and here come a new style, as seen in this photo. Flipping cards are placed on tables. I guess it will provide sufficient information on product or service & updating new advertisement can be done anytime.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Leaning Wall

When talking about preservation of heritage building, safety must be taken care too. Constrcution requirment at a century ago might not consider the building robustness after hundred years. We can see some buildings started to deform & leaning wall like this shoplot is usually found. Hopefully something will be done by the owner before any unwanted tragic incident happens.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beautiful Mosque

This mosque in SPPPK Housing Estate has just been renovated & looked beautiful. It is called Al-Furqan Mosque. I find it so attractive especially under the nice blue sky with clear white clouds.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Faded Paint

The faded paint at this pillar probably can tell us how long the shoplot has been left vacant. While I was thinking this radio shop is no longer exist, I am surprise to find it has moved to the opposite row, which seen in background of this photo. By the way, the building occupancy is quite poor along this part of Anderson Road. The corridor always quiet day & night.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Construction Chased By Time

Citizens of Ipoh are all quite concern about whether this shopping mall will complete according to schedule. Since the last post about its status in July, it seems the work is progressing smoothly & the building is now growing to more than half of its planned height. To complete & open to public by February 2012, it still need some more effort & hard work.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Balloons Under The Sun

In the warm & sunny afternoon, she is walking from street to street, crossing the busiest traffic in town struggling to sell as many balloon as she can. These balloons are probably the only shade to her under the hot sun. Life is not easy, but it still goes on....

Friday, August 19, 2011

Airport Under Expansion

It had been talking for years, finally work of expansion started at Ipoh's Sultan Azlan Shah Airport. Despite argument in the community of whether to move this airport to a farther location from Ipoh city center to enable the city's high rise building development & build it bigger for international flights, or to slightly expend it in the highly populated area, the government decided to proceed with the latter. To give way for renovation, more than half of the airport terminal is closed & is operating in a poor condition. Hopefully the construction can be completed soon & appear in a new look just like the picture displayed at the site. Anyway, I believe the control tower will remain unchange.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

New Look In Town, Ipoh SoHo

A new properties development in downtown, Ipoh SoHo by Kinta Saujana, may introduce a new concept to remain population in city center. In the past 2 decades, people are moving out from downtown seeking for more spacious living environment & avoiding congestion in the city. It had caused Ipoh city center become a dead town at night. The Ipoh SoHo project would promote a combination of living & commercial building in the heart of city. If the concept works for Ipoh, there may be more similar projects in future will copy the concept. Furthermore, current old shoplots which was designed in the same way might also be restored to accommodate needs of modern day's living & commercial style.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Board Is Gone

If you remember one of my post in April about an old board in front of Lido Cinema that used to advertise the latest showing movie, it is not gone with only the concrete pillars remained. There may be no intention to completely remove all structure because the pillars are re-painted. Perhaps a new board will be put on & it continues its mission to advertise, but not movie anymore.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

More Damage Is Going On

I can see the work to bring this building down is going on. Since the last photo captured in June, the roof is already removed & part of the wall is being taken away. This is now an empty structure with only the skin remains. I have no idea about its fate; will it be completely demolished or the outer surface will remain?

Monday, August 8, 2011

Back In 19th Century

I was walking street to street in Old Town. Surrounding scenery is just so familiar. But if I was not glancing at this narrow alley, the side wall of this building wouldn't catch my eyes. It's front has been modified like any other ordinary modern building. But its side face seems untouched; the metal shade & the wooden window are believed to be still the original one. When I looked up, I found an amazing thing, it is the Chinese characters engraved on the top floor still remain. Immediately it reminds me about an old photo of Ipoh Leech Street, in which the characters seen at top left are what I see now. It suddenly makes me feel like back in 19th century.....

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Sunny Morning at Yang Kalsom Road

One of the busiest road in town, Yang Kalsom Road, is seen with long queue again in front the traffic light of Hugh Low Street junction. The weather in past one week tend to rain in the afternoon. Usually the next morning would be clear & sunny.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Lim Kopi

Having coffee or tea together with toast, snacks, or oriental dishes is your favorite? Now you can enjoy it in a Lim Kopi cafe in Hugh Low Street, right at the oldest part of Ipoh ("Lim Kopi" in local Hokkien dialect means drink coffee). By keeping the building structure, the interior is made to be nostalgic but comfortable. You may really like to have your cup of coffee right here. I also heard the adjacent Oversea Building will be converted into a boutique hotel by the same owner of this cafe. What a nice idea!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Shining Bee Nest

Lighting decoration is getting more popular nowadays. Pubs & bistros in Ipoh Garden East always keeping themselves attractive by putting on new look. Colorful running lights are now here & there in the city. This bee nest is one of my favorites.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Invasion of New Architecture

I captured the last scene of 3 old shops at Treacher Street in June 2010 before it was torn down. Now there is a new building which is completely inharmony to the neighbouring old buildings under construction. Despite some restoration project in town that intend to preserve original structure, or at least its appearance, we still find many are not appreciating the value of heritage buildings.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Yau Tet Shin Road

Yau Tet Shin Road was once well known as hawker street back in 1970's~80's. However, since Ipoh City Council forced to relocate street hawker in 1986, it had been quiet for some time. Except few of them moved in to shops and continue their business here, most are now based at Rainbow City hawker street. Until recent years, Yau Tet Shin Road at night back to be a popular spot for food & local product. Apart from the famous beansprout chicken restaurants, there are also restaurants of Cantonese & Teochew food. The street become so congested at night, especially weekend & holiday eve. It's a very different scene from this day time condition.

Monday, August 1, 2011

MH Hotel at Its Full Height Now

From the previous post of MH Hotel on February, it is still chasing time to grow higher. Now it has reached top level for some time and interior works should be the focused task now. We should expect the grand opening by early next year, probably to catch up with the first festive holidays of Chinese New Year.

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