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kayes



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September 22, 2008 2:05pm

Would like to know where in Penang we can find delicious and yummy....


Penang Assam Laksa; Penang Char Koay Teow; Rojak Buah; Nasi Kandar (besides Kayu); Penang Prawn Mee or other famous and good Penang food. Thank you!!
Ken Chan

Registered: August 2008
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
Posts: 21
September 23, 2008 6:32am

Kek Seng on Penang Road would be a good starting point for a feasting expedition. Kayes would be in a better position to provide the exact location of this coffee shop. I love their Kway Teow Tung, Popiah and Ais Kacang too. I have not eaten there for quite some time. Hopefully, the quality and taste is still as good as it use to be. ENJOY!!
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,548
September 23, 2008 2:15pm

Susan, indeed Kek Seng in Penang Road is a good place to have laksa. In the pic above it is near where the blue Kancil is pulling out .... where the "Fizz" sign is ... near the"Kedai Jam". Near the Pulau Tikus market there are a couple of coffeeshops that sell good laksa. For more good hawker food, try New Lane, near the Sunway Hotel. In fact that is my favourite place. It is best to go in the evening when all the stalls are open.
hypy

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 49
September 25, 2008 1:56am

G'morning Kayes & all Penang Talk forummers, may I ask if the photogaphy maestro Kayes can oblige us by posting some of his fabulous pics of New Lane?
Or if it is already posted please tip us off as to how to get-it will make my day! Terima kaseh.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,548
October 5, 2008 4:41am

hi Hypy, here are two pics of New Lane


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/newlane4.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/newlane5.jpg
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 11, 2008 12:03pm

Hi Kayes, In the Penang Road photo above, just outside the RIA Jewellery Centre I can see the remains of the tram tracks running along the centre of Penang Road till as far back as the Rapid Bus and beyond.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 12, 2008 4:15am

Now that is interesting Ann,have they just being made visible Kayes,due to resurrection?or have they always been so?I must say I have never noticed them before and I have crossed the pedestrian bridge many times
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 12, 2008 8:43am

Jim, in July this year I noticed the tram tracks running from the beginning of Chulia Street (i.e. a few metres away from the junction of Penang Road and Chulia Street, opposite Odeon) and the tracks run along Penang Road and stops just before the overhead bridge that brings you across to the other side of Penang Road which is the photo above. I must say I don't remember seing the trams running along PR in the '50s but I do remember seeing the overhead cables and a beige or yellow coloured tram in Ayer Itam a few metres away from the police station in the direction towards the roundabout. I'm not sure whether it was a disused tram with overhead cables but I certainly remember seeing it in Ayer Itam.
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
November 12, 2008 10:03am

I believe Ann is referring to Trolley buses operating around Ayer Itam. A TB runs on ordinary rubber tyres and is powered from overhead electric cables whereas a tram is also powered by overhead cables but runs on rails.
Quote from Penang Trams by Ric Francis
"Penang was one of the first urban centres in Southeast Asia to operate steam trams, horse trams, electric trams and trolleybuses. When the Municipal Commission established its own electrical supply, it took over the tram service and started the electric trams in George Town in 1906. This gave the local population excellent public transport around George Town, with one line going up to Ayer Itam. In the late 1920s, the Municipality replaced trams with trolley-buses, experimenting for a while with re-conditioned double-deckers from London Transport!"
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
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November 12, 2008 10:13am

Further to the above I found out that the last TB ran in Penang in 1963. This is about the same time they were withdrawn from service in UK cites as well. They could make a welcome return as they are low polluting vehicles within city centres, although of course the original generation of the electricity to power them will have caused pollution somewhere else!
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 12, 2008 12:45pm

Thanks so much Bomoh for telling me the difference between trams and trolley buses and the excerpt from Ric Francis which shows how advanced Penang was in the early 1900s. You're probably right about TB in Ayer Itam. I remember more the overhead cables then the underlying wheels. It's always the British who have taught me to use the right word.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 12, 2008 12:58pm

Nope,sorry to dis-agree Bomoh,those lines are tram lines,Ann is right.I have walked along Pinang Road many times,and at the level I walked,i.e.Ground Level I would not have noticed them,but from an elevated position,that is the Pedestrian Bridge,they would be noticeable.They are Tram Lines.Perhaps Kayes would choose to settle this?
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
November 12, 2008 1:39pm

They are tram lines in the Penang Road picture. That is quite clear. The comment about trolley buses specifically relates to the following comment from Ann relating to Ayer Itam. "I do remember seeing the overhead cables and a beige or yellow coloured tram in Ayer Itam a few metres away from the police station in the direction towards the roundabout. I'm not sure whether it was a disused tram with overhead cables but I certainly remember seeing it in Ayer Itam."
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 12, 2008 3:19pm

Sorry Jim for having caused the confusion. I was trying to relate the tram tracks along Penang Road to the overhead cables I saw in Ayer Itam which I thought were from trams.
Bomoh, WRT Ric Francis' article on reconditioned double deckers from LT were they trolley buses or were they the famous red DD buses we see in London that we can hop in and out from the back, currently being phased out for buses with a door in front and one at the back?
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
November 12, 2008 3:45pm

The way the article reads it is double decker trolley buses although single deck ones existed. I'm not old enough to remember them as I only came to Penang from 1980. My wife (Penang girl) can remember the last ones as a child in the early 60s. The article is from a book called Penang Trams, Trolleybuses & Railways: Municipal Transport History 1880s-1963
Ric Francis & Colin Ganley and is published by Areca books in Penang. The LT bus you so liked was the iconic AEC Routemaster. There were 2876 Routemasters produced between 1954 and 1968 with almost a 1000 still active. Sorry I sound like a bus anorak!
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
November 12, 2008 3:48pm

There is a short film on Youtube that shows a car driving down Chulia street and Penang road claiming the tracks were uncovered in 2005. If you Google tram and penang you'll probably find it.
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 13, 2008 1:02am

Thanks Bomoh for that useful info. I have always liked buses as a child and when asked what I would like to be when I grew up would proudly tell all, a bus conducteress as she had a pouch jingling with coins. That's after being in the green, blue and city council buses in Penang, collecting tickets from conducteress and climbing up to ring the bells.
I still use buses when I am overseas and find that it is the cheapest and best way to see a city when time is in your hands.
The 1000 or so active recycled Routemasters must be all over the world and not in the UK. I will miss them in London as I find hopping in and out very convenient especially in congested traffic.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 13, 2008 1:40am

Sorry mis-read,no offence meant
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
November 13, 2008 11:35am

No problem Jim!
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
November 13, 2008 11:47am

Ann, one can still ride a Routemaster in London on a few select heritage routes between Royal Albert Hall, Trafalgar square and Tower etc.
I always use public transport when overseas on holiday especially the train and bus as it enables a much better feel for the true local scene. When people used to visit me in Penang I always used to make them circle the island on the bus going from Georgetown through Batu Feringhi and Balik Pulau and back to the Komtar bus station. My elderly parents were very impressed riding with the chickens whilst been driven by a daredevil busdriver managing to get the bus over at an angle of 20 degrees on a blind bend.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 13, 2008 1:00pm

Bomoh,if I may ask,I have often heard the term Anorak used,by Brits,I can only assume it is a term used to indicate a Person who is an enthusiast,in something.Am I correct? Your language and Slang has changed somewhat since I was Stationed there 1968-1970.Regards
Bomoh

Registered: September 2008
Location: Mount Gambier, Limestone coast, South Australia
Posts: 87
November 13, 2008 2:08pm

An anorak as you well know is a kind of rainy weather wind proof jacket. It was usually worn by train spotters and so anorak in the last 20 years has come to mean "a person having a wealth of useless knowledge about a boring subject". Of course that's a bit subjective and cruel. Typically anorak is a derogatory term for a bus spotter, train spotter, someone who knows all the words to a Monty Python sketch, some one who can tell you how many Routemaster buses where built etc etc.


Here's the definition from the Peevish dictionary of slang "ANORAK Noun. An often socially inept person, having an obsessive interest in a hobby or subject. Usually has little or no fashion sense, and errs towards eccentricity. Originates from the 'trainspotter' look, of wearing anoraks; spending so much time at the end of station platforms in all weathers necessitates the wearing of such attire. Cf. 'trainspotter'. Derog. "
Ann

Registered: September 2008
Posts: 36
November 13, 2008 2:40pm

Bomoh the last time I was in London was about 2 years ago and I was still jumping in and out of buses at Piccadilly Circus, Oxford Street and Edgeware Road but I must say, on very few routes only.
Fortunately Penang now has Rapid buses which are cool and clean on most routes. I had an apprentice driver who couldn't take the sharp bends of the winding road coming back from Teluk Bahang and it was indeed a jerky, rough and dangerous ride back from the beach with him knocking on the curb several times.
I also had a reckless driver on a blue bus who not only smoked on the bus but who stopped by a petrol station to fill petrol followed by a stop at a sundry shop to buy a packet of cigarettes. He eventually told me to get down from the bus after I had complained to him that he had forgotten to tell me when to get down and he gave me a refund to catch a bus back! Prior to Rapid buses I was not happy with the way the drivers were pocketing our fares! Now I insist that they issue me a ticket for my fares.
Other than for rainwear I've not heard of the term anorak being used in my few years in the UK, following Jim's query.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 14, 2008 1:41am

When I read your post Bomoh,I have to say I laughed,I think I know one or two,but don't own an Anorak myself.I thought perhaps the case was,as you explained,but you put it more politely than I could.Cheers
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,548
November 14, 2008 3:05am

Mike (Bomoh), that is a nice post Smile! When I was a child I wanted to be a train spotter. I remember it was either in BEANO or DANDY, there was a train spotting page.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 14, 2008 8:51am

Kayes,BEANO,DANDY! NOW YOU SHOW YOUR AGE.I used to like Desparate Dan,and his Cow Pies also Jumbo Johnston with his remote controlled Army.Ahhh such innocent days.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 14, 2008 10:48am

I remember the best Hokkien Mee I have ever tasted was in McAlister road,at a coffee shop just opposite the Mayflower Hotel? I think.There was also a Cinema in the vicinity,but not directly on the street,you had to walk in off the street and the Cinema was amid a square of shops.Help me Kayes
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 3,548
November 14, 2008 11:00am

Jim, that was the Gala Cinema which had since closed. It was behind Mandarin Hotel, now known as the Red Rock Hotel.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 14, 2008 5:50pm

Thanks mate,very frustrating to be able to see it in your minds eye,but can't remember the name
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 16, 2008 12:21pm

The Penang Record Club used to be in the same building area,I still have my membership card.Members could hire records and re-record them onto tapes(Tapes thats how long ago it was)but the most pleasent days
Norman Kelly

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 40
November 17, 2008 9:07pm

Hi Kayes, Et Al.


Jim Joyce mentions the record club, is this I wonder the very same record club I used in the 70's, when servicemen like myself purchased initially a top end Hi-Fi system from 'Eastern Photo', Penang Road, and taped records from this very club, I still have at home, tapes I made from listening to, are you ready for this blast from the past!, 'Frances Yip, Tracy Hung, Anita Sarawak & Rita Chao'


Thank you for invoking past memories.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 20, 2008 10:25am

Hey Norman,don't know if the purchase of your "Hi-Fi' was at the same place,mine was at the N.A.A.F.I.(We had a saying in the Forces about N.A.A.F.I)which,for Polite Reasons,both you and I know we should not mention.But the Record Club,is the same.In the same building and area.Believe me
Norman Kelly

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 40
November 20, 2008 8:37pm

Hi Jim, Et Al.


Thank you for the insight into my past for me this evening, I seem to remember at the 'Record Club' them wanting sight of my Stylus, before I could be a member of their 'Record Club' all very above board, and after me spending heaps of Ringgits at the 'Eastern Photo' for top end Stereo Equipment.


My association with the 'NAAFI' on Butterworth, was to buy English soaps for the Civilian Staff employed locally, in particular for one young lady by the name of 'Anna Ng', who at the time lived in Ipoh, and was employed as a typist, wonder where she is now these days? Happy Days, thanks Jim.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 46
November 20, 2008 10:09pm

Norman,we are getting off track here but I knew a typiste,by the name of Anna Ng.A very nice Lady she was to,a Widow in fact.Who brought up her Children,mostly,on her own.That was no mean feat in the Malaysia of the late 1970,s.Indeed no small feat today,I had a great deal of respect for that Lady



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