Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wall Disappearing

In the heart of busy downtown, some upgrading and beautifying works are carried out by the city council along Osbourne Street to make this one of the most visited spots of Ipoh more charming. Underground drainage system is being rebuilt, where trenches were digged very close to the shophouses. Due to the side wall of trenches were not reinforced, and it was passing by right beside the pillars of shophouses, one of those eventually collapsed and torn down partial of the wall at upper floor. This is where my parents get to know each other and they used to stay in the upper floor decades ago.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

An Unknown but Unique Small Forest

You may not know or not even notice that there is such a small forest locating right beside the busy Kuala Kangsar Road in this rapid growing area of Klebang. Unlike typical tropical thick forest, here you will find trees with thin and tall trunk lining up, which gives you a unique scene. Anyway, I am not optimistic of its survival in this growing area. Eventually bulldozers and heavy machineries will march in and bring them down for constructing houses or factories.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Heritage and Modern Towers

A view from Station Road that sees the heritage tower of OCBC Bank (formerly The Straits House) and the modern tower of The Octagon. Fortunately Ipoh is not overwhelmed by modern skyscrapers, which still make heritage building prominent and outstanding.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Wanna Say "Hello" to Kitty?

Well, I just don't need to elaborate much on this photo. Apparently this is the car owned by a fan of Hello Kitty. And there are many more out there showing their loyalty to Hello Kitty with their cars. Anyway, I do like this as it always brings excitement to the public.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Social Bistro, We Are Waiting....

It was quite an exciting news when knowing Social Bistro is going to open in Old Town and contributes to its growth. However, the progress of renovation is extremely slow since 2014. And we yet to see any visible schedule of its completion and opening for business. Let's just wait and see by crossing our fingers that it won't turn halted.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weather "Switch"

In my recent posts, there are many complaints about hot weather in Ipoh. Although the Malaysian Meteorological Department had announced more than a month ago that the effect of El Nino ended and we would experience long rainy season in the second half of 2016. It wasn't turn true which very much disappointed me, whom very fragile in fighting high temperature environment. However, the weather changed dramatically since last week, just like turning on a switch. Rainfall, or sometimes downpour, would hit the valley almost every afternoon. There were even few full raining days in the week. This has eventually removed all the accumulated heat in the past few months and return a fresh and comfort atmosphere for living.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Poor Old Man

I am not sure others realize that there are many senior citizens are collecting recyclable trash in the city. They normally picking polymer containers, papers, cartons, aluminium or other metal stuffs. Some would carry along by hands, some use trolley or tricycle. It seems they are consistently doing it. All these trashes could only bring them very tiny earning, which tells us they are most probably living in very poor and difficult situation. This reminds me of the scene that I published 2 years ago and the same question shall be asked.

Friday, July 15, 2016

We Are Number 6

This is truly a big surprise news, not just to Ipoh but the whole nation, that Ipoh is listed at sixth among the ten best Asia destinations to be visited in 2016 by Lonely Planet, a well-known international travel guide publisher. Over the years, Ipoh is probably a secondary destination of most travelers or just a pass-by city between Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Despite the increased number of tourists are plotting Ipoh in their traveling route, most Ipoh citizen do not realize the focus on this valley city. This could be resulting from the natural growth of many new tourist attraction spots without too much publicity and the effect of social networks that promote Ipoh through personal sharing. 

Ipoh has just reached a new milestone and much more effort needed from the locals to develop the tourism industry. This is a gifted home which surrounded by natural mountains & clean water falls, irreversible history & beautiful heritage, delicious food & hospitality, which would certainly impress our guests. We would go further by appreciating and appropriately utilizing these resources and advantages. Good luck Ipoh!

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