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Sunday, January 17, 2010

The best city to live in - Ipoh

If you ask me "where is the best city to live in?", I'll shout out "Ipoh".

Why Ipoh?

Because Ipoh is the place where I was born, was brought up and grown up in. I found hubby in Ipoh, married to him in Ipoh too. I have all my sweet and sour memories here in Ipoh.

Some history lesson:

Ipoh developed into one of Malaysia's main cities due to the booming tin mining industry around the turn of the 19th century. During the British colonial era, Ipoh was Malaysia's second city for administration purposes. There are several notable buildings from the British Colonial era such as the railway station and the town hall. 70% of Ipoh's population is of Chinese origin.

The name Ipoh derives from a local tree, pohon epu or now more commonly known as pokok ipoh. The sap of this plant is poisonous and was used by Orang Asli (indigenous people) to coat the tips of the darts of their blowpipes.

Ipoh was formerly known as "Paloh" (Chinese: 壩羅) among local Chinese, referring to the gigantic mining pump used for early tin ore extraction. It was also called "the Town built on Tin" (Chinese: 锡城) and "City of Millionaires", referring to the vast fortunes made during the boom of the tin mining industries.

Other nicknames include "The Bougainvillea City" and "Shan Cheng" (Chinese: 山城) which means "The Hill City" in the Cantonese dialect.

These days Ipoh is best known for its excellent restaurants, wonderful caves, beautiful temples and famous local dishes. Ipoh is also best known for giving birth to pretty girls!

Sydney Fish Market

Sydney Fish Market, a place where we heard long long time ago before depart to Australia. Hubby and I take a bus to Pyrmont, walk cross a few street and reached Sydney Fish Market. It's easy!

Sydney Fish Market incorporates a working fishing port, wholesale fish market, fresh seafood retail market, a delicatessen, a sushi bar, a bakery, a gift shop, a fruit and vegetable market, a beverage outlet, a seafood cooking school, indoor seating and an outdoor promenade for visitors. There are daily wholesale auctions for Sydney's seafood retailers.

Hubby and I bought a lot of great cooked seafood inside Sydney Fish Market, and because all the seats are fulled due to the Easter holiday, we went across the street to a large field, sit down to enjoy!

Hubby and I went Sydney on free and easy, no guide was appointed to bring us around. Thus I had put in a lot of effort finding our own itinerary.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Melaka trip planning

Melaka is located on the Western Coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the Straits of Melaka.

I wanted to go Melaka. I've have been there long long time ago. And because I have got my DSLR, I could have get lots of great pictures there. Delicious nyonya food is a main attraction for me too!

I have listed here the must go places in Melaka. If possible, hubby and I will stay in Melaka for one night during Chinese New Year's holiday.
  • Jonker Street - Known worldwide among famous antique collectors as one of the best places to hunt and bargain for antiques.
  • Christ Church - Built in 1753 by Dutch to commemorate a century of their rule.
  • Hang Li Poh's Well - It is said that the well never dried up, not even during times of extreme drought. It has long since been converted into a wishing well.
  • Maritime Museum - Get a closer look at Melaka from the famed Malay Sultanate of the 14th century to the Portuguese era, the Dutch era and the British era.
  • Baba-Nonya Heritage Museum - Art and objects illustrating Malaysia’s wide cultural diversity are on display in this restored home.
  • Porta de Santiago - The only remaining gateway of the formerly massive A’Famosa fortress.
  • Melaka Town Square - Town center during Dutch colonial times.
I'm recruiting friends to go Melaka with us, most of them doesn't want to go because "nothing to see"!

Gunung Lang Recreation Park, Ipoh, Perak

Gunung Lang Recreation Park is a place located within Ipoh, but not much people had been there, or may be not even heard about it.

I have been there during my secondary school time, with hubby. lol

It is practically nothing much to see there but I enjoy the view pretty much. It is very relaxing to enjoy the wind and view at Gunung Lang.

Interior view for Gunung Lang Recreation Park
Ducks and fishes swimming in the lake
A gang of us feeding fishes!