Tuesday, September 18, 2018



morning view from my room... the Sin Chew Daily newspaper distribution centre just opposite the road but didn't hear any noises this morning, must be the wonderful bed.
Breakfast was included together and it located on the 2nd floor of the hotel.  

Egg station... pick your choice and the masterchef can cook it to prefection. 

DIY for your noodles... 

the buffet line.. baked macaroni with sausage; DIY Nasi Lemak with yummy sotong sambal,  fried rice and French toast. 

Plain porridge served a variety of condiments. 

 outside the restaurant there is space for children to play.
After breakfast, it was time to do the heritage trail of Ipoh....some of the beautiful colonial style buildings ...

and of course, a lot of the old shophouses have been revamp into hipster cafes...


The "First Wife" lane..

entrance to the most popular Panglima Lane aka "the Concubine Lane".
Being a Sunday, it was super overcrowded and there are many stalls selling soveniers, food and drinks. For me this place is too commercialise...  
whereas  the desolate "2nd Concubine Lane" is a peaceful stroll 

came across this beautiful cafe... 


After this walk, it was time to rest our feet and fill up our growling tummies.  Its free and easy to take lunch and buy the famous salted baked chicken and other food items.  We took our lunch at the Onn Kee Chicken with beansprouts which the local people recommended instead of at the Lou Wong. 

When in Ipoh must visit at least one limestone cave and here we are at the Kek Look Tong, off the usual beaten track..but still amazing  

holes in the roof... 

the wave-like structure on the ground 


the layers of rock formation.

Our cheerful guide with my sister...
Last but not least a visit to Tambun Pomelo farm. Beside taking the fruit, the pomelo skins can also be used. 
Secret recipe openly displayed for everyone.

"Do not touch, if it drop, it's considered sold!"
This was the last shopping and then it was all the way towards Ijok for our dinner before returning home. 
A Big Thank You to the organiser, Ms Theresa and everyone for a wonderful trip. 

Friday, September 7, 2018



The white limestone mountains contrasting with the sunny blue sky as we travelled along the highway.  

One of the over 100 years old tree and you should be able to guess where this place. 
We departed punctually at  8 am sharp and reached Taiping around lunchtime, making a few toilet stops along the way.  The weather was just too hot to stroll around  the Taiping Lake Gardens- so missed  taking photos of those old trees. 

Durian Party @ Taiping Food Court. 

This special treat given by Ms Theresa, our beautiful organiser for the trip. 

my brother tucking in....

The Three Sisters @ Bukit Larut.

Bukit Larut aka Maxwell Hill.
Bukit Larut (Maxwell Hill) 12
Disappointing that we were unable to go up the hilltop.   We were informed that only 60 vehicles (4-wheel drive) are allow to up per day.... how lucky!!! 

The Coronation Swimming Pool  was first public swimming pool built in 1870.  

the King Edward VII school built in 1883 and not only was the building more than 100 years old, it seems that the gate (1908) and the rain trees in the compound were too.

another "oldies" ... Antong Coffee Mill.

Yes, showing off her skill as she has been making/selling  coffee for more than 30 years.

bags of the unroasted coffee beans...

you know what is used to make black coffee.... yes sugar and bags of them around the factory which was just located beside the show house. 

we can see the "factory"  but not allowed to go in... its a hot furnace 

wood used to roast the coffee beans... 

relaxing while the ladies all go on a shopping spree here. Up the stairs beside them is the entrance to the house where Dr. Sun Yat Sun stayed when he was in Taiping.  

the swallow houses beside the coffee mill..

Next on was the visit to the Charcoal factory... it was near to their closing time. 

unloading the logs which actually weigh very heavy but to these workers it seemed to be effortless work! admired their strength!  

first the logs are placed inside the kiln..

the kiln is then partially closed and a high fire(heat) is applied to burn(bake) the logs 

next the kiln is further closed (smaller hole in front) and heat is low.  
After the charcoal factory, we return back to Ipoh for our dinner and then it was time to check into the Mu Hotel (formerly Ibis hotel).. I always like Ibis Hotel especially their beds!) Clean and minimalist and good breakfast too.   

My brother-in-law in front of the Railway Station.

Suppertime at the "Tong Sui" Lane...

This was supposed to be Iced Bubur cha-cha.. 

This was very good.... Chinese Egg Tea 

the signage to the rooftop of the hotel..

Night view of Ipoh city centre from rooftop 

nice to relax and enjoyed the cool breeze..

yes he can sleep here..hahaha