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Sunrise at Gurney Drive

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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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July 23, 2008 1:14am

The sunrise at Gurney Drive can be pretty if the tide is high but nowadays, most of the time it seems to be low tide. I think the sea has receded there somewhat. This pic was taken near the "MacDonald roundabout".
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
Location: Land Down Under
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October 12, 2008 8:38am

Hello, Kayes. Smile All sunrises and sunsets are beautiful and more so when reflected in lakes, seas or the ocean. For about a year between '77 and '78, I stayed every weekend at our company's house in the Weld Quay area. At the time, I was living/working in Ipoh and my then 'flame' was living/working in Penang. His office was in Burmah Road. We spent quite a bit of time in the Gurney Drive area.
kayes

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October 12, 2008 9:00am

hello Phoebe, glad to see you popping in here from Ipoh Talk Smile My office was in Weld Quay from 1974 to 1979. First, it was at Tan Chong building, right opposite the ferry terminal and then I moved into the ferry terminal itself, the Port Labour Board building. As the PLB building juts out into the sea, the view from my office was fabulous. Made you feel you were sitting on the sea and each ferry that berthed looked like it was going to crash into the office.
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Registered: October 2008
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October 12, 2008 9:21am

Oh, hi there, Kayes. I'd been meaning to check out Penang Talk for a while but always got sidetracked. Smile I see you have so much more happening on this forum here. Can't get enough of your wonderful photography works! I can remember Tan Chong Building but for the life of me, just can't recall the exact location of the company's house we staffers used to stay in. At the time, I was working for the Ipoh branch of the Penang-based futures trading company, Cayman Commodities. As a staffer, I was living at the company's house in Ipoh Garden East (in Ipoh). After work each Friday evening, a whole bunch of us would travel in 2 cars to Penang. Most of my colleagues were Penangites who travelled to Ipoh bright and early on Monday morning and then back to Penang on Friday evenings so it was really convenient for my private life! Smile My then *interest* was working for Union Carbide along Burmah Road.
kayes

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October 12, 2008 9:37am

I hazard a guess. Your company's house must have been further down Weld Quay, nearer to the heritage site, Chew Jetty. The "company house" was an old shophouse or a more modern kind of building? I remember Cayman Commodities because I acted for one of their competitors, Ace Commercial. Ho Saw Weng who owned Ace was from Pusing and he is a good friend of mine. I also knew one of the partners of Cayman whom we called "Ah Sai". Wasn't the Cayman office also at Weld Quay?
Phoebe
Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
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October 12, 2008 9:48am

I'm not familiar with Ace Commercial at all. My memory's a little hazy but I think Cayman's MD was Michael something-or-other but the Manager's name escapes me. You're right, Cayman's head office was at Weld Quay and the company's house was within walking distance.


There was a very nice nightclub on the top floor of a hotel near there. Can't remember the name. Was it Eastern Hotel or Continental Hotel? Many, many memories, albeit hazy, come flooding back ... Smile Since that time, whenever I hear "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" (The Platters) and "Too Much Heaven" (Bee Gees), my mind gets transported right back to that nightclub. Wink
kayes

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October 12, 2008 9:57am

That must have been the Continental Hotel which has its nightclub on the Penthouse floor. In the 70s the GM of that hotel was Peh and he was a real accommodating guy.
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Phoebe

Registered: October 2008
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October 12, 2008 10:02am

Yes, the nightclub was on the penthouse floor! We enjoyed going there for the live band playing all those romantic numbers for slow dances. Smile And is/was Eastern Hotel in the vicinity, too?
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October 12, 2008 10:12am

There is an Eastern & Oriental (E&O) Hotel across the road and Hotel Malaysia is next door.
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Phoebe

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October 12, 2008 1:37pm

Ah, that's it. I was thinking of E&O. Thanks. Smile


Just remembered the surname of Cayman's MD. It was Teoh. I think a younger brother of his worked for the company, too.



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