THE ESPLANADE

 

 

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Jason Jones<joneljason@yahoo.com>

LEAVING PENANG

I'm a-goin away,
my own true love.
Across the vast and stormy ocean.
Under azure skies,
I'll think on you.
I'll cast my gaze toward your forever distance.

I'll think on the love that held me there
among your sands of golden.
Beneath your canopy of palms,
I loved her so.
Until our fate began to drown us.

So now I'm a-goin away,
my own true love.
I'm a-leavin in the first light of mornin'.
But if you ever miss me,
my own true love.
Blow a kiss on the wind toward me.
Keep an eye on the fronds as the breeze passes by.
And in the depths of my dreams,
I shall receive it.

Arthur Cresswell<cresswell.ab@pacific.net.sg>

Penang is a beautiful place to be in . The people are friendly and very helpful. Places of interests Night Bazaars, Fort Cornwallis. The Kek Loksi Temple and Penang Hill. In 3 simple words I love Penang. I have been 8 times.

Tony Taylor<Anthonychng@aol.com>

From 1953 to 1955 I was stationed at RAF Changi, Singapore and in my final year in the Far East I was lucky enough to get some leave in Penang. In those days the train from Singapore to Prai was preceded by an armoured tank contraption, designed to prevent guerillas from derailing trains. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it did not. The carriages had an open verendah at each end, on which a soldier (or in my case, an airman)stood with a rifle. The carriages at night were well lit, the jungle alongside was not, and I couldn't help thinking what a lovely target I made, while I could see nothing outside the carriage. In those days the RAF leave centre was at Tanjong Bungah with a lovely beach. Don't know how this equates to modern Penang but have a suspicion it may be Batu Ferringhi. Looking at the photographs on this website, I am taken back. I well remember the old cannon gun. There was also a snake temple and a large Budhist Temple which, I believe was at Ay! er Itam. I may be wrong, my 68 year old memory is not what it was. I do remember a dance hall called City Lights but that has probably (deservedly) been removed! I have a whole album of black and white photos of Penang in 1955, but have not yet invested in a scanner. I like your photos and remember Penang with great fondness.

Sampuna<sampuna@yahoo.com>

Hi there! U have marvelous pics here! Although i'm in Borneo, i can feel the 'Penangness' in this site. Malay proverb has it,"Jauh mata memandang, dekat dalam hati". Is the canon shown the mystical Sri Rambai? It was said that Sri Rambai blesses barren couples with chilren, if the couple is sincerre in their wish. Barren couples would offer flowers to it and seek the 'keramat' 's help...it's a sort of supernatural intervention

INDERJIT BHINDER<NYBHINDER@HOTMAIL.COM>

HI KAYES, MY FATHER WAS A WATCHMAN AT THE "GARRISON CLUB" WHICH WAS LOCATED DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE ESPLANADE.THIS CLUB WAS USED BY BRITISH ARMY PERSONNEL.NEXT TO THE GARRISON CLUB WAS THE MARINERS CLUB.I WAS BORN IN INDIA AND MOVED TO MALAYSIA IN 1958.SEEING A PICTURE OF THE ESPLANADE BRINGS BACK GREAT MEMORIES.AS A KID MY FRIENDS AND I USED TO CLIMB ON THE CANNON AT FORT CORNWALLIS.IN THE 1950'S RIGHT UP TO AROUND 1962 THE ESPLANANDE USED TO BE FULL OF PEOPLE AT NIGHT.ONE SECTION WAS RESERVED FOR BICYCLES(AND THERE WERE TONS OF THEM) AND PEOPLE WOULD SIT IN THE "PADANG" AND THEN LEAVE AROUND 10PM.THE CLOCK TOWER WAS NEARBY.THE ESPLANADE WAS USED FOR PARADES(LOCAL SCHOOL AND THE BRITISH ARMY).DURING THE 1959 ELECTIONS VARIOUS CANDIDATES WOULD COME AND SPEAK AT THE ESPLANADE.(WOODEN PLATFORMS WERE CONSTRUCTED FOR THEM).THERE WAS AN OCCASION AROUND 1960 WHERE AN INDIAN MAN PEDDLED HIS BICYCLE BY SITTING ON THE HANDLE BARS FOR 3 DAYS AROUND THE CLOCK.ALSO PEOPLE OF THE MUSLIM ! FAITH WOULD CAMP THERE TO SEND OF THEIR LOVED ONES FOR THE "HAJ" TO MECCA.THOSE DAYS MUSLIMS USED TO GO TO THE "HAJ" BY SHIP AND THE SHIPS WOULD DOCK BY THE WHARF WHICH WAS CLOSE TO THE ESPLANADE.THERE USED TO BE A MAGICIAN PERFORMING HIS "MAGIC" TRICKS(HE HAD SOME SNAKES WITH HIM) FOR THE PILGRIMS.THE ESPLANADE WAS ALSO USED FOR SOCCER MATCHES BETWEEN THE LOCALS AND THE MERCHANT SHIP SAILORS (THEY STAYED AT THE MARINERS CLUB).THERE WAS A WATER FOUNTAIN ON ONE SIDE OF THE ESPLANADE.THE 2 WHITE BUILDINGS(CITY HALL) WAS WHERE THE 1959 ELECTIONS RESULTS WERE POSTED.THE PESTA PULAU PINANG WAS ORGANISED SEVERAL TIMES AT THE ESPLANADE AND IN THE 1971 PESTA I HAD MY FIRST JOB THERE WAS A TICKET COLLECTOR.ALSO THAT WAS ALSO THE YEAR AT THE PESTA WHERE THEY HAD A STAGE WHERE SET UP AND 10-15 GIRLS SAT ON CHAIRS AND THE MEN COULD DANCE WITH THEM.LIFE WAS MUCH SIMPLER AND SLOWER THEN.VERY FEW CARS AROUND THEN.AT THE GARRISON CLUB THERE WAS A TRISHAW STAND IN CASE THE BRITISH SOLDIERS ! NEEDED A RIDE.THE GARRISON CLUB CLOSED AROUND 1963 AND THE BRTITSH FORCES I THINK MOVED TO MELACCA(CAMP TERENDAK).BUT MY FATHER DECIDED TO STAY IN PENANG AND WAS THEN EMPLOYED AS A WATCHMAN AT THE "F&N" BOTTLING PLANT BY "LIDO THEATRE".FREE MOVIES WOULD SOMETIMES BE SHOWN AT THE ESPLANADE BY VENDORS WHO USED TO SELL BRYLCREAM AND PLASTIC COMBS OUT OF A VAN.NEXT TO THE ESPLANANDE(CLOSE TO THE CLOCK TOWER) WAS A POST OFFICE.IT WAS DEMOLISHED AROUND 1960.I WAS THERE WATCHING THEM DEMOLISH THE WALL OF THE POST OFFICE(8 YRS OLD).ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON(1959-1960) MY FRIENDS AND I CLIMBED UP FORT CORNWALLIS AND THEN TRIED TO PICK SOME "JAMBUS" FROM A JAMBU TREE BY THE LIGHT HOUSE.AS KIDS WE WERE TOLD NOT TO GO INTO THE FORT AT NIGHT BECAUSE THERE WERE GHOSTS AND "ORANGE MINYAK".ALL THESE MEMORIES OF THE ESPLANADE ARE AS VIVID TODAY IN MY MIND.IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY.THANK YOU FOR THE PICTURES THE ESPLANADE.

Chris Lloyd<Chris.lloyd@vauxhall.co.uk>

Spent 10 days in Georgetown last year, a wonderful holiday and welcoming people. My great grandfather was there in 1856, a copy of his diary is in the Museum. Updated copy being prepared. Was very disappointed with the Fort, a guide to the Fort is essential. Also disappointed with the Hill in that there were no directions or maps of what could be seen up there. If the waterfall in the park is as good now as it was in 1856 then it would make an ideal tourist attraction. Glad to see so many old houses being renovated. Hope to return soon to recapture those memories.

Pat Ferry<pferry@citygirls.portsmouth.sch.uk>

I was last in Penang in 1957 on January 1st as a nine year old en route to Hong Kong on the liner P&O Chusan. My memory of Georgetown is of a clean city and a victorian post office building. I shall be there again on January 1st 2002!!

Si Oon<sioon@hotmail.com>

Hey cool! great photos there i must say. Makes me feel like going home and get a trishaw ride. I am now away from Penang too and these photos brings back fond memories. Keep up the good work:)

Boon Leong<boonleong1@hotmail.com>

I'm now far away from Penang, and I have visited this website many times, eventhough all the pictures still the same. I miss penang, and I was so surprised, that this website would contains so many pictures of penang on my first visit. I would never make myself not to visit this page from now. I would like to ask if some more pictures can be added to this website. I live in Georgetown, and the street name is Lebuh Armenian, and if I can see the pictures from this website, I would be very happy. Thanks for those pictures. I really appreciated it. All the best!!!

Boon Leng<boonleng1@hotmail.com>

Same message as my older brother. I'm now far away from Penang, and I have visited this website many times, eventhough all the pictures still the same. I miss penang, and I was so surprised, that this website would contains so many pictures of penang on my first visit. I would never make myself not to visit this page from now. I would like to ask if some more pictures can be added to this website. I live in Georgetown, and the street name is Lebuh Armenian, and if I can see the pictures from this website, I would be very happy. Thanks for those pictures. I really appreciated it. All the best!!!

R.Golfarini<kahera82@yahoo.com>

Any memories...?? Yes!The best pasembor that I have ever eaten!! My congratulations on your page! Keep up the good work.

Ivy Goh<jwgoh@yahoo.com>

I am a collage student. Now my collage wants us to do some project about Penang. Can u send about the famous place,history and culture in Pualu Penang, please?

Tzun Wei<tzunwei@iastate.edu>

You could put up more photos of Jelutong and Gelugor. Especially the Jelutong market with the food stalls. Photos of Chung Ling High School (government) and also Convent Pulau Tikus. Gurney Drive food stalls. "End of the World" seafood restaurant and Bukit Jambul Complex. And of course, a photo of Penang bridge.. what is Penang without the bridge? The jetty as well.. with ferries. Photo of old KDU as well as the new KDU. Urm.. another idea.. photograph all the high schools in Penang.. because people like us who are in overseas miss our schools. Also, you can put pictures of trishaws around Penang city.

Brian Kilpatrick<Brian.Kilpatrick@ubc.ca>

I am a technician in the Curriculum Studies Department of Education at UBC. I was over in Penang for a month in 1993 and again in 1994. I consider myself a Harry Potterfriend of Penang.

Rob Verhulst<rob32v@netscape.net>

Kayes, thanks for informing me about your web site. I enjoyed all your pictures very much, the buildings and the scenes. It's like an open air museum. Together with the interactive stories from others it gives a lively impression of Penang. I hope to visit the island when I am in next time. Good work, this web site of yours.

JOHN COLES<TRANSDUCERS@CDUK.SAINT-GOBAIN.COM>

BETWEEN 1965 AND 1970, I USED TO WALK ALONG THERE EVERY EVENING AS A BOY WITH MY AYAH WHO WAS CALLED AH QUE. AT THE END OF THE ESPLANADE WAS A DISUSED UNDERGROUND HOTEL, USED BY THE JAPANESE SECRET POLICE DURING THE WAR AS AN INTEROGATION CENTRE. HER FATHER WAS ONCE HELD THERE AND SHE WOULD NEVER GO NEAR THERE AFTER DUSK, AS SHE WAS VERY SUPERSTICIOUS. AT THE TIME, WE LIVED AT 21C ROSE AVENUE.

Jim Walls<jimwalls9@msn.com>

I have enjoyed two visits to Penang in the last two years and I went to the fort both times. The last trip I got a close look at the canon set on the corner of the fort. I have some photos I would be happy to share.