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Chulia Street - Hong Kong Bar

kayes



Registered: July 2008
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The old Hong Kong Bar Section is at:-


www.PenangTalk.com/hkbar


That page will remain but I will no longer update it. Please post your new messages here.
· Date: December 14, 2008 · Views: 35845 ·
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
December 14, 2008 8:32am

Email from Danny Moore (pony123@unwired.com.au)


"Just found the site and brought back some very good memories. The Hong Kong Bar was always my first bar when I went ashore in Penang, followed by the Archoo Bar and others. Was a very popular boozer with Aussie Sailors in the 70s and 80s and a must visit".
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
December 14, 2008 8:40am

Email from Lars (83ahlgren@telia.com)


"In the sixties-seventies Hong Kong Bar was a favorite on the Far East trade. The great hospitality made you feel at home and as a part of the family. I especially remember an afternoon as the only guest, "talking of many things" with the girls and the youngest daughter and joking about an article in a newspaper they were reading where "making love" was said to be very hard work. Being Swedish and the reputation we had at the time I was in center of their jokes. I also had a beer in the back, watching TV and solving problems of the world with the father. I guess I fell a little in love with the daughter who was very pretty and last time I was there she told me to be careful about spending my money and if she was married to me she would really keep an eye on those matters for me!? Sorry I never came back, I would have asked her to! The fire was a real blow and I hope that the family is allright and things are going again. I wish I had had a camera myself that time so I could have contributed to restoring the albums. All the best! Lars
kayes

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December 14, 2008 8:44am

Email from Paul Daniells (paulie906@gmail.com)


"brings back good memories 8/9rar nov78-feb79 thanks"
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
December 14, 2008 8:49am

Email from Barry (Cocko) Cochrane (bmcockos@bigpond.com)


"I was in Butterworth with 75 Sqn during 1972 - 75 and lived on Penang in Jalan Bunga Pisang. What great memories came flooding back when I looked at the photos. Didn't see one of The Hostie though. I'm hoping to go back for a holiday early in 2009 and from what I've seen of Penang on the internet the place has changed just a bit since January 1975".
kayes

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December 14, 2008 8:53am

Email from Mark Pearson (webmaster@89rarassociation.org.au)


"Given the battalion's association with the HK Bar, I hope you don't mind that I have create a link to this page on our links page".
kayes

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Posts: 3,586
December 14, 2008 8:58am

Email from Anthony Khong (five.pilgrims@fsmail.net)


"I dropped by the Hong Kong Bar with my wife a couple years ago and it was very nice for a total stranger, a gentleman in the name of Irish Bill who insisted in buying us a drink. Ah Seng was there as well. It was a very welcoming place to kill a few Tigers".
kayes

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Posts: 3,586
December 14, 2008 9:00am

Email from Pidge (steve.schwartz.g@gmail.com)


"Two great RCB tours with A and B Coy 3RAR in the eighties (G'day Shorty and Owiee). Really sad to hear of the fire but great to hear you're both safe and on your feet again. When my boy's a little older we'll come for a visit".
kayes

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December 14, 2008 9:03am

Email from Kevin Wright (kevin_wright@kingston.com.pg)


"I drank many a Tiger at the HK Bar in 1990 with 5/7 RAR (MECH). Anybody out there from this trip?"
kayes

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Posts: 3,586
December 14, 2008 9:19am

Email from Paul Winton (pjw5758@hotmail.com)


"Hello again, I originally went to the Hong Kong bar in 1982 with 8/9 RAR and it was very much like in the above photo's. However I have been back to Penang and the Hong Kong bar quite a few times since, especially since the fire. I was there in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to celebrate my 50th at the Hong Kong Bar, and ill be over there again for 8 weeks in 2009. I was wondering if more updated photos of the Hong Kong bar can be added to the above to show what it is now like since the fire, I am sure many people would be interested to view the change and to see that some of the memorabilia had been saved from the fire. I am sure Peter and Jenny wont mind. Thank you for this great site".
Ric Francis

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 18
December 19, 2008 10:15am

Good shot Kayes from where you took this photo outside Air Asia office. Well each time I see this site from the office on the second floor it reminds me of long ago like fifty years when I was a regular in the Bar as a young serviceman
Ric
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 19, 2008 2:08pm

Anthony Khongs,mention of Irish Bill,reminded me of the time I was drinking with Bill,in the Hong Kong Bar and a German Merchant Seaman was becoming rather obnoxious toward us.Bill said to him"I have only two words to say to a German,Bomber Harris" it certainly shut the gentleman up
kayes

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December 20, 2008 12:05am

hi Ric, I am sure it was a boisterous bar back then Smile
Jim Joyce

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Posts: 46
December 22, 2008 10:29am

Actually Kayes,the Hong Kong Bar,in my days at least,whilst being,As you put it,Boisterus,was quite well run,and nobody stepped out of line,lest they incur the wrath of Jenny.That wrath was almost Biblical to Behold.I would add that another lady,who worked behind the bar,in the Ah Chew Bar,was a very interisting Lady to talk to.She had in fact been born in that Hotel,in Kimberley Street?I think.A very interesting lady to speak with,with much Pinang history to tell if you wished to listen.I did
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 23, 2008 1:42am

Merry Christmas to all.To those who don't Celerbrate it.I still wish you"Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all"
Peter

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 26
December 23, 2008 9:20am

Hi Jim, Agree with your sentiments. Perhaps one day we will put it all behind us. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all PenangTalkers and their families. May the angel/spirit of Good Fortune shine of all of you!
Peter

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 26
December 23, 2008 9:23am

I should have added I hope the Tigers don't roar in the night!
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 23, 2008 2:14pm

Peter,my regards to Jenny and of course Irish Bill,if he is still around?
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 23, 2008 2:19pm

I should have added,"Let the Tiger Roar all it wants,we will still wrestled it" Though perhaps come up "Wounded In Action"
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 23, 2008 2:56pm

Those of us who,over the years,have indulged in your Hospitality Peter and Jenny,know there is few better
Peter

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 26
December 23, 2008 7:27pm

Hi Jim, just letting you know that I am not Peter from Hong Kong Bar but I used to post as Aussie Pete. They were especially fine Mein Hosts on my last visit after the fire and I too wish them well. Hope to be back within the next year.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 24, 2008 12:50am

I do apologise Peter,pardon my assumptions.There really is a lot of History in some of these places if only people would take the time to look,listen and learn.Yes they may have been boisterous and bawdy in their day,as I am sure a lot of Seafarers/Military Bars have been.But it all adds to the character of George Town and the History.Perhaps Pinangites could sometimes Ponder the amount of History they are part of,not just locally but globally.I am happy to see parts of George Town heritage listed,I really am
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 25, 2008 8:13am

In Batu Uban there is a Wooden Mosque,that pre-dates European Settlement,here in Australia.In Bagan Serai there is another,beautiful Wooden Mosque,which dates I confess I do not know,in Pinang near the corner of Chulia Street and,I think Leboh Farhquar?is a Mosque built by Bengalli's.The Museum in Taiping is,I believe,the Oldest One in Malaysia.I don't know the correct name,so please pardon my ignorance,but in Kedah there is a Mountain,that we used to call "Kedah Peak"where remains of a very ancient civiliastion have been found.Malaysians have a very rich History,they drive past it every day.Richer,in fact than the United Kingdom or Europe.They just don't realise it
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 25, 2008 8:52am

I stand corrected on my last,For Chulia Street and Leboh Farhquar,please read Chulia Street and Leboh Leith
alan eaton

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1
February 19, 2009 12:39am

Revisited the Hong Kong bar in early Sept 2008 after 22yrs.It was the highlite of our 7 days in Penang.To be able to show my wife where I spent a lot of my early yrs in the army was great.Jenny's smile never changes,same great service and icey cold Tiger beer.I will go back one day,hope its not another 22 yrs between dinks.
kayes

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September 24, 2009 12:00pm

Email from Michael J Quinn (michaelj.quinn32@bigpond.com)


"Went back again Xmas 08 and had New Years Eve at the bar in good company. Will be back January '09.Ex 3 RAR and 2/4 RAR.Best tour was with Charlie Company 3RAR. Also had a good one with 12 platoon (THE DIRTY DOZEN) Delta 2/4 1987".
kayes

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Posts: 3,586
September 24, 2009 12:02pm

Email from Steve Ferrell (s.ferrell@bigpond.com)


"Have some Great memories of the bar and still have all the old photos will try and down load them. Swanny remember having too find P.J.on the "ROCK" the nigth he got tied up and was awol".
kayes

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Posts: 3,586
September 24, 2009 12:03pm

Email from Steve (imse853@hotmail.com)


"I visited the HKB a number of times in the late 70s and early 80s while in the US Navy. Had many good times there he Ah Chew Bar and the Crazy Horse Saloon. Also remember the great steaks at the Eden Cafe. Will never forget the times I had at all of these places".
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
September 24, 2009 12:09pm

Email from Mick England (Mickengland2003@yahoo.co.uk)


"I was in the hong kong bar in 92, I was on a short break, a week from life in Bangkok, what a good bar, looks like it has not changed a bit".
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
January 20, 2010 10:12am

Email from Steve Holt (steve@inuendos.co.uk)


"My first visit to Penang was in 1980 and I was hooked on the culture the lifestyles the history the people but most of all a strange kind of intangible magic that grabbed my soul. Now I've got to keep returning to make sure its ok - my soul that is. I try to get back at least once a year. Well maybe you will all know from previous comments which is my favourite bar in all the world - yep Hong Kong Bar on Chulia St. I have so many happy memories of that bar, every bar has a right to have character but the Hong Kong abuses the privilege. The family that runs it seems to remember everyone and sometimes its hard to get out when its quiet and Annie is saying awww go on have one for the road; hey should I care though. There is a picture of me as a much younger man in one of their books in the back room and many of my stories and signatures in the books below the bar. Maybe Penang itself isn't quite the same now as it used to be, but where is? I would still love to retire their from the uk, eventually, and then I could become a regular at Hong Kong bar. Of course I know that there is much much more to the Pearl of the Orient - Penang, than a bar on Chulia Street. What a great site, thanks so much for all the pictures".
tifino

Registered: December 2010
Posts: 6
December 16, 2010 11:13am

HkBar has held special memntion in my own memories over the various return visits (military) to Butterworth; 1981, '84 & '93-'96.
In '95 the bar one night evolved into an engagement party to the now-ex. The place hummed with a regular flow through of filipinas, and for anyone walking in, they'd be forgiven for thinking we were back in downtown (backstreets) Manila. Come to think of it, the party was just about the most exciting part of a soon to be doomed relationship. For that night at least - thank you hkbar.
I hope & believe the place is back to its previous glory since the fire. Sorry all those signing books probably went up. Precious memories. Good luck to your future.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,586
March 19, 2012 4:19am

An email from Shane Pilkington:-


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kayes

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July 11, 2015 2:47pm

Hong Kong Bar as it looks on 11 July 2105.


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