The Last Dredge, Tanjung Tualang No. 5

Feb 25, 12 at 12:30 pm

After our epic lunch at Lung Seng, my dad suggested that we should stop by the last remaining tin dredge in Malaysia for a quick visit. We all unanimously agreed and happily drove to the place. The drive took about 10 minutes from Tanjung Tualang and it is actually located near the village of Chenderong.

Now, the tin dredge is actually more like a floating factory, where the chain of manganese buckets at the front dig the earth for tin deposits, passes through a couple of machines to extract the tin and finally the waste material being disposed back to the earth at the rear of the dredge.

This dredge, called Tanjung Tualang No. 5 or TT5, weighs 4,500 tonnes was built in England by F.W. Payne & Co. in 1938 for a company called Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd. It operated for 44 years until 1982 when tin industry in Malaysia collapsed due to low tin prices and escalating operating costs.

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Restoran Hong Xing Dim Sum @ Bercham, Ipoh

Feb 12, 12 at 11:17 pm

No one can argue that Ipoh is definitely a dim sum haven. Come to our famous dim sum street on weekend and I wish good luck in finding a table. For locals, we go for lesser known ones but still good enough to satiate our tastebuds.

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Tua Pek Kong Temple @ Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

Feb 8, 12 at 10:22 pm

Update: Direction with map (at the end of the post)

I love visiting all kinds of Chinese temples. Even in my travels, most of them include at least a visit to the temple.

Over the festive holidays, I took the opportunity to visit this particular temple located at Sitiawan, almost an hour’s drive from Ipoh. Truth be told, I have never set foot in Sitiawan for more than a decade, so I vaguely remember what we did the last time we were here. Lumut is another place I have not seen for a long time. Perhaps, another time.
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Back to the story, the temple is located deep inside a kampung by the coast at Pasir Panjang. The main attraction drawing crowds of local and out-of-town visitors are 98 statues of deities and animals from the Chinese lunar calendar on the well-landscaped three-hectare compound.

Tua Pek Kong Temple at Kampung Pasir Panjang, Sitiawan

Life’s Simple Pleasure @ Kedai Kopi Keng Nam

Jan 27, 12 at 11:03 am

Unpretentious and still going strong after more than 20 years in operation, Keng Nam Coffee Shop is the perennial favourite of local people of Ipoh. It used to be our favourite place for breakfast on weekend but given that we had to jostle for a table among the notorious crowd, we just had to let go our hope.

Why life’s simple pleasure you may ask? Well, the answer is the goody good kaya glutinous rice. A definite order every single visit unless sold out. There is a curry version which is also good unless you are not a fan of glutinous rice.

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Another old school favourite of mine is the dry curry noodles. It doesn’t taste as good as it used to be, but I just can’t help eating simply because I’m their regular patron for the past 20 years.

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Kedai Kopi Keng Nam
127, Jalan Raja Ekram,
30300 Ipoh.
Opens for breakfast til late morning.