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Batu Ferringhi

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LyndaD
LyndaD

Registered: October 2008
Location: Batu Ferringhi Penang
Posts: 13
October 5, 2008 10:16am

This is a great photo. Was it taken from Sri Sayang? I once had the 'honour' of moving someone out from the Penthouse there, and the view was spectacular!!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
October 5, 2008 10:28am

hello LyndaD and welcome to the new Penang Talk forum Smile Indeed the pic was taken from the Sri Sayang on the 18th floor if I remember right.
Aussie Pete

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 16
October 6, 2008 1:06pm

The white building in the centre of the photo is the Golden Sands Resort and the Rasa Sayang (sister property) is bottom right. Night markets run from here along the street to the Holiday Inn (tall white building top left).
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 13, 2008 6:11am

This is indeed a great photo of Batu Ferringhi and Aussie Pete's description of the location of the surrounding hotels has made me appreciate the surrounding properties, beach and 'hills' better.
Peter

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 26
November 14, 2008 9:53pm

Thanks Ann, this is my favourite relaxing place on Penang. I can still remember coming here for a cub scout camp in the middle 50s. A friend almost put his shoes back on in the morning when he found a scorpion inside! Always turn your shoes over if you take them off outside! Golden Sands at that time was a two storey beach hotel surrounded by casurina trees (like Lone Pine) and the kampongs had thatched rooves. Ideallic days! Regards Peter (Aussie Pete)
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 14, 2008 11:37pm

Hi Peter, Thanks for recalling the '50s by the beach as I'm thrilled to hear stories of the past especially of Penang. Although I visited the beaches from Tanjong Tokong to Batu Ferringhi as a young child during that period I cannot remember the properties except Chinese Swimming Club where I was nearly drowned, Chusan(?) and Mount Pleasure. Were there properties where Rasa Sayang and Holiday Inn are today? I'm not sure whether the night markets existed in the '50s and whether there were vendors selling T'shirts, sarongs or food and drinks by the beach at that time like beaches today in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka. Regards.
Peter

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 26
November 15, 2008 12:08pm

Hi Ann, As Penang was a garrison island during the Emergency (I was there 1955-56) we were restricted as to where we could venture as children, the Runnymeade in Georgetown after school and the Army Club (which later became the RAAF Club) in Tangjong Tokong/Bungah on weekends. I too recall swimming lessons at the Chinese Swimming Club and visits to the Botanical Gardens and Penang Hill (loved the railway!). Batu Ferringhi then was most likely kampongs and fishing villages and with no large hotels like now there wouldn't have been the night markets. When I returned in 1970 and stayed at Golden Sands, I used to watch the fishermen bring their catches onto the beach. I also bought a number of paintings from an artist on the beach showing the kampongs as they used to be. Thanks for the memories. Peter
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 15, 2008 1:03pm

Hi Peter, My experience at the CSC was not resulting from swimming lessons but just walking leisurely along the beach, where one minute I was walking and the next minute I was struggling for my life as I must have fallen into a hole and sucked in by the strong currents below. That traumatic experience has caused me to be afraid of swimming in the sea or pool.
At the Botanic Gardens do you remember a photographer within the grounds who would take our photos and superimpose to make it look like someone is standing on our palms? At Penang Hill do you remember staying in any of the properties? I don't remember the property I stayed in. I remember the cool fresh air during our morning walks and the pretty big buttercups. I don't remember going up by train as a child. I wonder whether it was by car.
As for paintings I visited an artist's gallery which was close to Holiday Inn in the 1980s but didn't buy any because they were expensive.
During your stays at the Golden Sands did you come across beautiful, unusual shells on the beach?
Peter

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 26
November 15, 2008 1:30pm

Hi Ann, For me Penang Hill was always a day excursion and I never got to stay up there because of security (would love to now if I could afford it). As for the beach around Batu Ferringhi I can't say I have seen shells there (the water was very cloudy) and it is now over-populated.
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 16, 2008 3:07am

I have not found good shells along Penang beaches. However, my best shells were found whilst walking along other Malaysian beaches.
Thanks Peter for your recollections.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
November 16, 2008 3:35am

hi Ann, there are more sea shells along the Tanjong Bungah stretch of the beach than in Batu Ferringhi, especially near the Tanjong Bungah Beach Hotel. I know of two ladies who scour the beach there to collect sea shells for their "jewellery" business but one of them told me that "nice shells" just don't get washed up anymore. She said during the 60s and 70s pretty sea shells could be found along Penang beaches but sadly, no more. Pic shows the beach outside the Tanjong Bungah Beach Hotel.


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kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
November 16, 2008 3:45am

Ann, I don't know whether it is the same photographer but there is still a chap at the Botanic Garden who is doing those "superimposed pics". He was taking pics for a group of Iranians who seemed pretty excited over that kind of photos. Then up in Penang Hill, there is another chap at the Top Station who does the same thing but the Penang Hill chap is not always there. Could he be the same fellow who is at the Botanic Garden, I wonder?
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 16, 2008 1:17pm

Kayes I'm pleased to hear that these photographers still exist today and proud to say that Penang had such pics even in the 50s. Unless he is elderly he cannot be the same photographer.
As for shells the above pic looks interesting. I have not walked along this stretch of beach before.
I was able to get unusual, exciting and pretty shells in the late 90s and early 2000s from the beaches of Labuan, Kota Kinabalu, Langkawi and group of islands east of Mersing. However when I was in Labuan a few days before the tsunami there were just ordinary shells. Since the tsunami I have shunned away from beaches.
Thanks for changing my mind about Penang beaches where shells are concerned. I'll certainly check it out.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
November 16, 2008 1:36pm

Ann, I can recognise the photographer at the Botanic Garden. He should be at least in his late 50s. He usually stations himself about 50 meters from the front entrance and he would display a piece of cardboard which has sample photos glued to it. The tourist would have the opportunity to choose what they want their pics to be superimposed on ... for example Penang Bridge, Botanic Garden, Kek Lok Si which are the examples I remember seeing.
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 16, 2008 2:21pm

Kayes if he is in his late 50s he can't be the photographer who took pics of my brother and I. By superimpose I meant he took photos of my brother and I separately in the BG and put me on the palm of my brother or my brother on my palm.
derrickab

Registered: August 2008
Location: England
Posts: 74
December 23, 2008 7:37pm

Hi All.Its great reading all your stories regarding BF in the 50's and 60's. I was not in Penang until 1964 through to 66 even then it was not as built up as it is today. There were only 2 hotels then, the 'The Golden Sands' albeit a smaller version and the 'Lone Pine' of course, it was also a pleasure to be able to swim in the sea unlike these days. I just wish I had taken many more photo's and then I would be able to compare them with the scenes as they are today. I have been able to collect quite a number of old postcards taken about the time you guys are talking, from them I can imagine what it was like. Keep up with the stories it makes very enjoyable reading.
Peter

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 26
December 24, 2008 10:51am

Hi kayes and all PenangTalkers, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. May all your dreams come true, I am working on mine and these posts are a great help! Perhaps one day we will be able to organise a gathering/get-together of all of us, that would be quite a blast! Remember the idea of the drop-in centre?
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,555
December 24, 2008 11:35am

hi Peter, many thanks for Christmas greetings. Will be a very quiet Christmas for me, just sitting in front of my Mac, listening to iPod and eating a McDonald Prosperity burger Smile May your dream come true and I also have one dream which has to come true for me. A get together in the near future will be great. I must not forget your support for Penang Talk throughout all these years we have been on air.
Peter

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 26
December 25, 2008 12:13am

Hi kayes, thanks for that. Enjoy your McDonalds prosperity burger, the Chinese New Year is coming!
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
December 26, 2008 3:46pm

Kayes,could you tell me please?what now stands on the site of the Springtide Hotel



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