From Taiping with Love – Part 3 (Taiping Town again)

Completed our so-called ‘treasure hunt’ in Matang and Kuala Sepetang earlier. But, we definitely need to continue the ‘treasure hunt’ back in Taiping town itself. Right after the overdosed consumption of prawns, we then drove back to Taiping town. Just to kill the time, we strolled down the Taman Tasik Taiping and it’s really KILL me out! I lost my BB right here! I just realized it when we left the place and we quickly turned back to check whether my BB is still there or not. After a few trial, ‘the person’ who found my BB cancelled out the call and turned off the phone immediately. Thanks! You’ve made my day! Tragis gile. By the way, I’m proud to announce that I’m now phone less for almost 8th day. 😀




In case you’re wondering that big trees, it’s actually ‘Pokok Hujan’ or Rain Tree. Scientifically, it was called as ‘Samanea Saman’. Right after the tragedy, we then left to hotel and had our dinner at the food court next to Balai Bomba Taiping. So, our choice is Kak Lia Yong Tau Fu No. 17 as advise by other blogger. Maybe, Yong Tau Fu is just not our kind of food. We couldn’t complete the whole meal plus the condition of the food court itself. :(.

On the 2nd day, we immediately checked out from the hotel since we need to get back to KL as soon as possible. But we promised our self that we need to get some good local food before we left. FF’s really wanted to go to The First Galleria since we saw the place the night before. Apparently, we got lost and that the reason how we found out about it. Unfortunately, the place will be open somewhere around 12.30pm and we have to pass it out. But, we had fun looking over stuff just in front of the galleria.

The First Galleria.


Model 221 Class of 22125 which carried the name of ‘Teluk Chempedak’! For many years, the 221 class was used in the back and forth to Singapore via ‘Ekspress Rakyat’.



This is definitely our last tour to Taiping before we left. We parked our car by the roadside and walked along the old looks of shop houses to the market and end up at the Larut Matang Hawker Centre.


Oh my, we really impressed on the structure of the old market. It really stand till today.

The barber. A Pakcik and an Uncle. Love it!

And this is where our food hunting ends! We tried the Ella Popiah before waiting Pakcik Jabbar to set up his stall. You can see the ingredients. Simple but yet delicious! We then ordered the famous Mee Combat too! Since we’re there early and no one were around, we had a short chit chat and asked Pakcik Jabbar how does the word of ‘COMBAT’ came into the picture. He explained to us with full of action. How cute! He actually love the COMBAT TV series produced way back in 1972 and he always makes fun with the children who came down from the upper floor through the staircases (previously the Larut Matang Supermarket) doing an action of gun shooting. Since then, people around called him Combat! We laughed out loud! To make it more real, Pakcik Jabbar will always wear an army shirt as his uniform too!

Ella Popiah.



In overall, Taiping really create the scent of calm as for us. And there’s no time concept here. Everything were remained as it should be in this modernization era.

Mission accomplished! Taiping rocks! Where’s next?

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma