Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ipoh

I'm back in Ipoh, my peaceful little hometown, for a few days during the study week. The main purpose for the trip back, beside to get some rest and to be with my family, is to scout for places to bring my fellow coursemates around during their visits this coming November. This would be my second time being a host and since some of them had been to Ipoh (and three of them were the one I brought around last month or so), I need to keep things a bit fresh.

Honestly, Ipoh is truly famous for two things and those are the tongs (caves) and foods. Really, there's plenty of tongs here in Ipoh such as the famous Sam Poh Tong Temple with Ling Sen Tong, Nam Thian Tong and Kek Long Tong all clustered around there, Perak Tong Temple, just to name a few. All these are Chinese temples built on caves by monks back in the old days. Besides that, there's a natural cave in the form of Gua Tempurung if that's what you're looking for.

Perak Tong Temple
Gua Tempurung

For the food department, there's nothing that represents Ipoh more than nga choi kai (chicken with beansprout). Whenever the name of Ipoh was mentioned, nga choi kai surely will pop out from the mouth. And there's dim sum, kai si hor fun (noodle with chicken floss), curry mee, and, most importantly, Ipoh white coffee, my personal favourite. I really do love to drink white coffee, and while typing this, I'm savouring for a cup right now!

The architectures of the building in the Old Town are also a sight to behold as it has those pre-colonial feels to the British architectures. One of the most famous building is the Ipoh Railway Station which is often referred to as the 'Taj Mahal' of Ipoh (according to a website la). The last time when I brought my friends there, we saw a couple shooting their wedding photos at the station. I guess it's a testament to its beauty.

So, here's the rough places to bring them for their 3 days, 2 nights stay at Ipoh:

13th Nov
  • breakfast/lunch once they arrived (depends on the time of arrival)
  • tour around old town
  • lunch/tea
  • Perak Tong
  • Dinner ==> nga choi kai
  • pasar malam
14th Nov
  • breakfast at Foh San Restaurant
  • Gua Tempurung
  • lunch
  • Kellie's castle
  • Sam Poh Tong
  • dinner
  • supper at Tong Sui Kai
15th Nov
  • breakfast at pasar pagi
  • heading to Taiping
My duty lasts until the morning of the 15th November as we'll be going to Taiping and from there onwards, there'll be someone taking over the duty of a host.

Kellie's Castle

Looking back at the schedule above, I can't help but feel that it's rather spacious, for lack of words. I have a feeling that there will be a lot of time in between the plans and I don't really know how to fill it. I need HELP!!! Fellow Ipohans, any suggestions????

27 comments:

Auds said...

sorry i cudnt accompany u scouting for places in ipoh....i don tink i'd of much help anyways....cos i'm not much of an ipoh expert myself XD

u shud totally bring ur frens to indulgence fo try the desserts ther (if u guys hav extra cash =P) Ann Li and i tried it and its SINFULLY DELICIOUS !!!! even the place itself is nice.

成亿 said...

hate u and ann li...dont wait for me to go to indulgence...bad people!!!

manglish said...

waaa..must really go Ipoh leh...never went before...next time go there call u...next yr hopefully hahah

Torres Looi said...

nice one~good job ya tour guide...

发白日梦^^ said...

ipoh have such euro style of building----Kellie's Castle??

佳勤 said...

U r so Pro de..

成亿 said...

manglish: haha, sure sure, when you do come to ipoh, give me a call...i'll bring you around, have some good food and all...XD

torres: don't give me pressure ok??? haha

发白日梦: there's a lot of British-style buildings around Ipoh and Penang...even my school has such unique architecture...and thanks for dropping by...

kk: where got??? when i go KK, i go find u ah...

fuzpeiz said...

i have plan for u...
come find me on my work day..entertain me...teman me...eat with me..den..buy my product..
great idea isnt it??

成亿 said...

u gila 1...i bring my coursemates go find u for wat wo??? btw, wat product u selling wo???

Auds said...

who ask u to come back so late??? ppl free on saturday mah.....=D

ther ther...sem break we go again lo...XD

Torres Looi said...

this's not pressure la.Aduh..Bila balik..Sien lo alone at room...haha

成亿 said...

auds: wait for me ma...go on sun la...nvm, sem break it is then...

torres: tmr balik lu...2.45pm bus...go study la...

wk said...

lol...you too...keep on writing ya...jia you jia you XD

jackychan said...

come my house lo...
my house got many things to play...
catch katak,nyamuk,semut & anything
haha xD

成亿 said...

wk: haha, u more faster1...me only when inspired will write...XD

jacky: ur house sounds like zoo le, so much fun but if go zoo, sure go Taiping Zoo 1 le...XD

chifanG said...

so fast plan oledy ar???
study first leR~~~haha...or no mood study more???kaka
go IPOHHHHHHHH

Ultraman Jino said...

foh san dim sum? doesnt taste as nice as i expected... maybe can try curry mee somewhere haha i forgot the place


[Jino] - A man's not a man unless he knows how to shoot

erictbk said...

Audrey: ahha.... INDULGENCE.. u must be out of ur mind..

So fast planned dy ar u? well, you knw how to drive to Kellie's Castle meh? U tink got time after gua tempurung and Kellie's Castle still go Sam Poh Tong... I think u shd put Gua Tempurung as er,,, last? nvm, ignore it. Coz if you're going for the whole program in the gua, which means u will get to get wet and dirty, and you shd coz thts the fun of it otherwise no point going. So, u might get prepared to clean up yourself before heading for further destinations. Ipoh not much lor... come to my house larrr... Got many things to play.. LOL

Pei2: lei hou hou siu ar... XD

reanaclaire said...

since u go to kelie's castle,u can also proceed to lumut to have seafood at kampong koh... walk around the jetty... this is my suggestion... other than food, there is really nothing much in IPOH...

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[A]rSENE said...

wa...
so fast o...
mk me paisei if din post 1 day trip in penang oni... =.="""""""

+u on study o ^^

成亿 said...

chifang: haha, plan bit by bit lor...later scare dunno where to bring u ppl ma...gonna study geh la...

jino: not bad lar the dim sum there...but the bad part is u hv to wake up freaking early to beat the crowd...

eric: totally agree with u about indulgence but i do wanna try it at least once...i hv a rough idea how to go to kellie's castle n i noe of the wet n dirty being part of gua tempurung...sam poh tong is more like look, look, ciao, ciao type...hmm, gonna smooth out the plan...

reanaclaire: Lumut is like not part of Ipoh anymore...it's on Sitiawan already...i guess food is the main attraction about Ipoh...and thanks for the suggestion...

arsene: haha, wat paiseh wo? study come 1st...XD

Medie007 said...

GREAT!!! now i have an itinery to refer to when i go ipoh. weee. :P

the tong looks nice ler...

成亿 said...

no prob...give me a holler when u wanna come ipoh...i'll try my darnest best to be a good tour guide...XD

kpy said...

Bring your friends makan tau fu fah? There's always my place, Meru Valley haha...there's a waterfall...lol anyways, check out this site. It's where I go to um, stare at food. XD

http://www.j2kfm.com/

When will your finals end btw?

fuzpeiz said...

selling nesssscafeeee..
come buy la oii

成亿 said...

kpy: hmm, tau fu fah??? meru valley got waterfall??? where??? my last paper on the 17th...

peipei: buying nescafe is what my parents do, not me...XD

kpy said...

Waterfall's inside the place...but since it's rainy season, it is not recommended for you to go...hope your finals are going well for you btw..