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Bangkok Lane

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Have you any stories/experiences to share with us regarding the scene depicted by the pic above? Share them with us by using the "comments" box below.
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kayes

Registered: July 2008
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February 3, 2010 9:58pm

An email from Jasmine Low (jasminelow@gmail.com)


"Dear Kayes, what a fantastic job! I stumbled upon your site as I was doing some research for MYPENANG REUNION - a Chinese New Year Chap Goh Meh festival, which I'm a part of, on 27 & 28 February 2010 @ Esplanade Penang. The concept was inspired by my mother, in fact. She currently resides in Sydney and refuses to come home to Penang as she's very content there. I still believe her heart is in Bangkok Lane / Kelawei Road. The Town Hall, Esplanade, the Fort and the great wide field is an amazing sight. It is my honour to be involved in this year's CNY celebration there.


I used to follow my grandmother Khoo Chye Hong hand in hand down Gurney Drive in search of crabs and prawns! Fresh off the boats of the fishermen. I must have been 7 or 8. I would hear stories about how she once sat on the beach (yes there was one!) on Gurney Drive back in the 60s and would wait for Grandpa (Cheah Phin Cheang) while he swam. To her horror one day, she saw fins in the horizon and screamed!!! Only to realise later that they were the fins of dolphins. My grandparents raised 6 children on 63 Kelawei Road. That, is now an art gallery. They have both passed on and rest in a Sydney Memorial Park in Australia".
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February 3, 2010 10:02pm

hi Jasmine and welcome to Penang Talk :-) I think No:68 Kelawei Road is at the junction of Kelawei Road and Bangkpk Lane. As you say, it is now an art gallery. The owner is a chap called Ong and he has done up the place very nicely. I was given a tour a couple of years back. Why not join us here and reminisce? Best wishes, kayes.



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