Road Trip to Ipoh – Part 3 (Jalan Jalan Cari Makan)

Another reason to travel all the way to Ipoh is definitely the FOOD and this is why people keep coming back. Oh my, we have been spoilt with all the delicious local foods there. Since we were there for just a short trip over the weekend, we only have to 2 days just to fulfil our appetite. So, this is it!

Nasi Ganja

Once reached the town, we started with our first selection which is the famous Nasi Ganja or Nasi Kandar Ayam Merah or Nasi Vanggey or whatever local called it for our lunch. Did we missed any of their name? We opt for the one in Restoran Yong Suan (yes the stall is located inside the Chinese Coffee Shop) at Jalan Yang Kalsom which is near to the Pekan Baru Police Station. It will be easier if you could spot Hotel Bajet Memori Ipoh (painted in yellow) and the restaurant is just in front of it. As mentioned by locals, the meal could be addictive at times and that’s the reason why it was called as ‘Nasi Ganja’.

Verdict? Ermm, is just not the best nasi kandar that we had in our life. But, doesn’t harm trying.

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Mee Kari / Kicap Daud Mat Jasak

We found out about this place as we read through ThatSoFarah blog talking about how she and the whole family used to have this whenever they are in Ipoh . It’s her family’s favourite eatery. It’s a little bit tricky to find this small shop as this is our first time there and we have to make a few big rounds at Jalan Dato Onn Jaafar just to find the shop. We waited for about 15 – 20 minutes just to secure a table and we reminded ourself that ‘this better be good’ as we’re super hungry at that point of time.  We choose to have both which is the ‘Mee Kari’ and ‘Mee Kicap’. We dig into the bowl once it was served and it’s gone in just a few minutes. Everything was so good! The gravy, the fresh ingredients, the taste. Ohhhhh. Missing it so much.

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Medan Selera Dato Sagor

We randomly choose to have our breakfast here as we wanted to do the Ipoh Heritage walk right after that. Medan Selera Dato Sagor is located exactly behind the Ipoh Town Hall and near to Ipoh State Mosque. This is where you’ll experience the 1 Malaysia theme when multi racial are under the same roof. You got to taste a little bit of Malay cuisine, Chinese cuisine and even Indian cuisine too just to kick off your day. Amazing!

Freshly made hot “Apom”, one of our Indian cuisine. When it is hot, the edge of the apom is very crispy while the center is soft. Normally eaten with sweet or spicy thick coconut gravy. But we just love to have it with plain curry.
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Nasi Lemak Rendang, a complete meal for both of the guys.
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Roti Goyang, the highlight of all! Crispy bread toast topped with half boiled eggs. The taste was awesome!
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Ipoh Hainan Chicken Rice

Last but not least, the Ipoh Hainan Chicken Rice. It wouldn’t be complete if you did not try a plate of Hainan Chicken Rice before leaving. This is one of the Halal Chicken Rice in town and it’s located at Jalan Anderson (just a short distance away from the Hospital roundabout) and another shop just behind the Greentown Mall (next to DWJ Hotel).  We opt to have our lunch at the Greentown Suria shop lots as there are ample parking lots provided.

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Ipoh Pamelo / Limau Bali Ipoh

Last but not least, our next hunting was the Ipoh’s famous fruit which is Ipoh Pamelo or ‘Limau Bali Ipoh’ just to wash away and detox everything that we had earlier. Naaaah, just kidding. It was mentioned that the best and juiciest pamelos are reputed to be from Tambun. There are stretches of stalls selling pamelos along Jalan Raja Nazrin Shah (Jalan Gopeng) adjacent to Sam Poh Tong Temple to cater tourist driving in and out of Ipoh. We bought a numbers of it at En. Muhammad Ridhuan stall (Stall No.28) at a very good good good deal! He and his wife was so generous.

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So, what are you guys waiting for then?

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

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Road Trip to Ipoh – Part 2 (Masjid Muhammadiah, Ipoh Heritage Trail, Pasar Karat)

Masjid Muhammadiah, Taman Tasek Jaya

While googling on where to go in Ipoh town, we stumbled across a newspaper article of the ‘First Chinese Muslim Mosque in Perak’ which was recently completed in September 2013. As we had reached our afternoon prayers time, we decided to make a stop there in order to perform our prayers. So, here we go! This unique little mosque is located in Taman Tasek Jaya, Ipoh. How does it all started? Masjid Muhammadiah has its origin from a small ‘surau’ which was built-in the 80’s and this was a brain child of Allahyarham Tuan Haji Abdul Latif bin Haji Mohd Kassim and the early residents of the neighbourhood too. What makes us so impressed is that we spotted a multi racial community stopping by just to snap a photos in front of the building. From Chinese, Indian, Malay even Bangladesh and Nepalese too. In a way, we could see that it already emerged as an important tourist attraction for all races, including the non-muslims.

In order to successfully convey the image of the ‘First Ever Chinese Muslim Mosque in Perak’, the mosque was built with a complete Chinese architectural design. The roof tiles were imported all the way from the Land of China, whilst the assembly of the roof was supervised by a specialist technician from China too. As mentioned by the Management, the primary objective of having this architectural design is to make it clear to our multi racial society that Islam does not prohibit the cultural practice of any particular race provided that the cultural practice does not conflict with Islamic teachings, just as Islam does not prevent anyone to excel in their own language and culture respectively.

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Ipoh Heritage Trail

Yes, this town is made for walking! You can leisurely stroll along the historical buildings with colonial architecture and the pre World War II which took about 2 -3 hours of your time. A self guided tour is possible with the helpful map. We managed to visit only a few of it as we’re running out of time.

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Source: Ipoh Paradise

If you intend to do this, put on your most comfortable sneakers on and your most trusted sunblock. And now, you’re ready for it!

As we had our mouthful breakfast at Medan Selera Dato Sagor, we basically kick off our heritage trail from there. So, our first pit stop is definitely the Ipoh Town Hall and Old Post Office.

The beautiful building of Ipoh Town Hall and Old Post Office
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The most iconic building in Ipoh which is the Ipoh Railway Station. Those days in the past, it is known as the Taj Mahal of Ipoh and it houses the hotel called the Majestic Hotel. When we were there, it was sad to see that the hotel was no more in operation. In fact, half of the building was left unattended and was not properly maintained. It was such a waste!

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Next spot are the Birch Memorial Clock Tower, standing just in front of Ipoh State Mosque. This memorial tower was built dedicated to the first British Resident in Perak, J.W.W Birch. He was killed in Pasir Salak by a group of Malay way back in the year of 1875.  In the ancient stories, it was told that Mr. Birch was such an arrogant man and showed no mutual respect and sensitivity towards the local customs and religions.

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Right after that, we randomly walked and spotted the Straits Trading Building (OCBC), The Standard Chartered Bank, Perak Hydro Building which is now used by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) and many mores. But what attracted us was the art work near to Jalan Dato’ Maharajalela. We ended up heritage trail and walked back to our car near to Medan Selera Dato Sagor. Penat gak lar. 😀

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Pasar Karat

Next was Pasar Karat! Yes, Pasar Karat Ipoh or formerly known as Pasar Loken located at Jalan Horley. The market started as early as 7.00am till afternoon. You can find almost everything from the olden days. ALMOST everything! The next things that we knew is that we keep reminding and talking to each other that ‘I used to have that’, ‘this is what we had masa kecik kecik’, ‘macam pernah tengok jek kat rumah Atuk and Nenek dulu?’ and all kind of statements and questions that popped out from our mouth. It was like walking through the time machine and going back to the old days. Everything was so VINTAGE & RARE. It come to the extend that you never thought that you will find those stuff there at the market. But they look very differently as everything are so valuable.

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The portrait on the right is kind of scary. The eyes especially.

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We spent so much time here as FF’s is really into the Volkswagen Station Wagon Model.

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That Volvo grills reminded me of Arwah Ayah car.

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In overall, Ipoh is definitely a place if you want to run from the city area just to get a short getaway over the weekend. Explore and discover yourself!

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

 

Road Trip to Ipoh – Part 1 (Gopeng Heritage Museum, Kellie’s Castle)

Yes, again, we’re on a Road Trip to Ipoh over the weekend. Did we mentioned that we just love road trip! It’s fun. FF’s lil’ brother just got his new car and we just wanted to try the ‘so called’ new car endurance. Well, that’s the plan and why Ipoh? Somewhere around end of last year road trip, we only managed to cover Taiping and we believe Ipoh and the surrounding town has even more to offer.  We don’t have any fix itinerary as it was just a free and easy trip for 3 of us. We are very much depending on WAZE application through out the trip and it direct us to the correct location each time.

GOPENG HERITAGE HOUSE

As we just a few kilometres away of the Gopeng exit via the PLUS North South Highway, we then decided to drop by to the Gopeng Heritage House. We just knew that Gopeng Heritage House was actually started right after the opening of Muzium Gopeng. The Gopeng Museum was launched on April 2009 and the Heritage House 2 years later. We initially got confused when we did passed by Muzium Gopeng and saw such an identical design, colour and building on our way back from Gopeng Heritage House.

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At the Gopeng Heritage House, we found out and realized that Gopeng town was actually older than Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur 150 years ago where the main 2 activities are the tin mining and rubber plantations. This is even where the most famous traditional chinese medicine product of Eu Yan Sang (such as the ginseng, bird nest and etc) is fully originated.

It all began in 1873 when Eu Kong left his hometown of Foshan, a village in Guangdong province of southern China, to seek his fortune in Malaya. The industrious young man settled down in the small mining town of Gopeng, Perak.

Noticing that the tin mine workers depended on opium to alleviate the pain and suffering from hard work and poor living conditions, he introduced traditional Chinese herbal remedies to nurse their health. This led to the opening of the first Yan Sang shop in 1879.

Source: euyansang.com.my

The house was a brilliant idea of a banker by profession, Bernard Yaw where he returned to Gopeng just to fulfill his mother’s dream. We were so impressed as this is one of his efforts to reminisce the glory years of Gopeng and to show the way of life in the last century.

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Introducing FF’s lil bro. 😀
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They even have a small cafe if you intend to have a cup of coffee and tea at the back-end of Ground Floor. It comes with a small souvenir corner too. It was just nice to watch those Aunt and Uncle having their talk from this top view with such a nice background set.
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The Heritage House is only open on Saturday and Sunday meanwhile the Gopeng Museum opens five days a week and is closed on Wednesday and Thursday. In case you are wondering where’s the exact location, this is it:

Gopeng Heritage House – Jalan Sungai Itik, 31600, Gopeng Perak

Muzium Gopeng – No. 28, Jalan Eu Kong, 31600 Gopeng, Perak

KELLIE’S CASTLE

Right after Gopeng Town, we then moved forward towards Ipoh town. We suddenly spotted the road signage showing ‘Kellie’s Castle’ on the main road and we decided to re route and headed to Batu Gajah. It was our first time here. We were there somewhere around 11.00am and it was scorching hot at that time. We were told that this is the ‘NEW’ kind of look of the castle as it was newly refurbished with an extra features of public facilities such as the ample parking lots, toilet, convenience shop, new landscape and others just to serve as a visitor spot. Plus, local visitors are required to pay for an entrance fees of RM 5. This castle was strategically located where it was surrounded by a river.

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Kellie’s Castle (Kellie’s Folly) is located near Batu Gajah, and it is about 20 minutes drive from IpohPerakMalaysia. The unfinished, ruined mansion, was built by a Scottish planter named William Kellie Smith. According to differing accounts, it was either a gift for his wife or a home for his son.

Unfortunately William Kellie Smith died at the age of 56 due to pneumonia during a short trip to Lisbon, Portugal in 1926. William’s wife was devastated and decided to move back to Scotland. In the end, Kellas House, later known as Kellie’s Folly or Kellie’s Castle, was sold to a British company called Harrisons and Crosfield.

Source: Wikipedia

The main entrance
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The famous Kellas House
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There have been many myths about the castle where it was believe that Smith’s and his daughter spirit are still wandering inside the castle especially along the corridors. There’s also a statement saying that those spirits are from the workers who are died during the construction and 2nd World War. Despite of all the myths, what exactly attracted us is when we found that one of the most famous Project Management Consultant (PMC) – Opus International was originally from Kinta Kellas Tin Dredging Company Ltd owned by William Kellie Smith. And this is how it all started.

The ‘so called’ Haunted Corridor

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The view from 2nd floor where the podium and an indoor tennis court is located. It was believe that the floor was constructed to cater function for all the wealthy colonial planters around Kinta area.

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Besides being haunted, the castle is believed to have hidden rooms and secret underground tunnels. It was believed that there are 4 underground tunnels and Smith’s car is parked in one of the tunnels too. Amazing huh? Perhaps, you might want to include this unfinished castle or mansion to your itinerary if you’re happen to be in Perak.

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Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma

A Short Trip To Kuala Selangor

Assalammualaikum and Hi there!

2nd June 2012, the Agong’s birthday. It’s one of the 10 days of public holiday gazetted in the company I’m currently working. Lucky me! Another 24 hours quality time with FF. Hubby’s are working in the government sector so he could actually make used the 2 days over the weekend meanwhile i had to work 6 days a week. Oh ya, don’t ask me why i was only given 10 days of public holiday throughout the year. Do some reading and please read the Malaysia Labour Law then. Pity me!

FF came up with an idea for a short trip to Kuala Selangor. We haven’t been there together. I was there somewhere in 2006 or 2007. I couldn’t remember. Since we stayed up late the night before, we only managed to leave house just about lunch time. We opt for a quick-lunch somewhere nearby our home before we start our journey and it seems the best decision that we’ve made at that point of time. We drove all the way to Kuala Selangor using the new Latar Highway and we caught in a bad traffic just after the Kuala Selangor / Ijok exit. Oh ya, school holiday, weddings invitation here and there and Agong’s Birthday. Just the right time. We thought we are smart heading there on Agong’s Birthday but we guess everyone else had the same BRILLIANT idea as well.

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It took us almost 1 hour plus to release us from the traffic all the way from the Kuala Selangor Latar Highway exit to the town itself. Phew! Stopped for half an hour at Masjid Jami’ Sultan Ibrahim to perform our prayer there since we reached there around 2.30pm. Dah macam pesta kat situ. Ramai betul orang.

All set and we then headed to Bukit Malawati. Bukit Malawati is actually a hill overlooking Kuala Selangor and the Strait of Malacca. You need to pay RM5.00 (for adult) and RM2.00 (for kids) which covered Bukit Malawati and Taman Ikan Air Tawar. Tram are provided and its only operated on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday. So plan your trip!

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Omg! We just realized how shiny our skin are (compared to the lady next to us)! Baru lepas berjemur kat Cambodia, berjemur kat sini plak.
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This is basically the history of Bukit Malawati taken from asiarediscovery.com –

“Bukit Malawati was once the epicenter of many struggles. Steep in history, the story began in 18th century after Sultan Ibrahim built a mighty fortress on the hill to safeguard the state from Dutch. Soon after, the hill witnessed battles with Dutch. After Dutch conquered Bukit Malawati, the fort was reinforced with Dutch’s cannons and it was renamed to Fort Altingsburg. However, a year later the fort was recaptured and returned to the sultanate during a night raid.”

You can actually see a lots of silver leafed monkeys species on top of the Bukit Malawati who will greet you once you got off from the tram. They roam freely here and you can actually see the mother’s holding her golden babies attached to the body. Besides, there’s also ancient canons and forts, museum, light house, Baitulhilal and others.

The signature of Bukit Malawati, the light house.

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Ancient canons
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Baitulhilal Bukit Malawati Kuala Selangor. This is definitely the place to sight the new moon to determine the beginning of Ramadhan and Syawal. Oh yaaa, Selamat Berpuasa to all!
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The museum on top of Bukit Malawati
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We spent almost an hour here reading and browsing through the Selangor and Kuala Selangor history in details. If we haven’t been here, we definitely didn’t know the how Selangor got his name, the types of cannon found here and others. Just to quench your thirst, you probably could try the local cendol there. Just nice. Hot steaming weather and a cup of cendol while waiting for the next trip of tram, awesome!

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Makam Diraja Kota Malawati
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Making our way down. Such a skillful drivers where he had to make a big u-turn in a small junction.
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Since our tickets covered Taman Alam, the tram stopped over at Taman Alam but none of the visitors get off from the tram since it’s almost 4pm plus and its almost 50 peoples queuing to get into the tram. So, we decided to drop off just in front the entrance to complete the whole visit there.

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The normal view of the old town of Kuala Selangor. We decided to make a big round at the old town before we proceeded back to Pantai Jeram. Our initial plan is to go to Pasar Pasir Penambang where you can actually get a supply of fresh seafood and dry seafood. Pasir Penambang is a Chinese fishing village just after crossing the Kuala Selangor bridge. There are even Seafood Restaurant but we opt for the one in Pantai Jeram as reviewed by most bloggers.
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As mentioned by bloggers, it’s quite difficult to get a place during a public holiday at the Seafood Restaurant in Pantai Jeram. We google around and made a quick phone call for a booking and confirmation. Lucky us! The most reviewed seafood restaurant are Restoran Aroma Ikan Bakar and Restoran Ikan Bakar Pantai Jeram. We just made a random choice by choosing Restoran Ikan Bakar Pantai Jeram this time around. The girl at the counter even gave us a quick direction on how to get there.

Making our way there.
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We went straight to the seafood counter! Seafood fiesta!
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Our booking number. Just imagined, we came as early as 5pm and our lucky number are number “5”. Bertabahlah hoping that it won’t take them long enough to prepare all the foods. If you get here early, you don’t have to worry if you need to perform your prayer. Clean and comfortable surau are provided by the restaurant.
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The view just in front of the restaurant.
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We only waited for 20 minutes to get all of our food. We ordered ketam cili, lala masak pedas, sotong goreng tepung and ikan stim ala Thai.
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Our rating is 3.5 out of 5. We found that the way that they cook doesn’t impressed us much but the freshness of the seafood itself save the whole things. But we managed to swallow everything and again, it’s just two of us at the crime scene. Melantak namanya ni. Just in a split second, the restaurant is full of people’s. Most of them had their family and friends reunion and gathering here where they came in a very big group.

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While waiting for FF to finish his food, i went down to the beach to capture the sunset in Pantai Jeram. Oh ya, the bill came and we ended up paying RM62 which we find very cheap for that 4 kind of dishes.
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We wrapped up the whole journey somewhere at 8pm and headed back home. Since we came from Latar Highway, we decided to go back by using local road heading to Klang. There’s goes our day! A one day trip to Kuala Selangor. Insya Allah, we definitely gonna return here for another visit to Pasir Penambang, Kg Kuantan Fireflies and others. Or its best to stay overnight at the local homestay kan?

Simply us,
Zara AB & FF
The Province of Chroma