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philip lee <plee@sph.com.sg>

Calvin, you wrote that you can't recognize Penang on your very occasional trips back there? That's odd because in large part, Georgetown is as it has always been right from the 1950s when I was a kid there. Like you, I too, moved to Singapore in search of work Except for the changes in streets names and the re-planning of road traffic systems, Penang has been preserved unmolested for decades. Compare it to Singapore. This island-state has truly changed beyond recognition from, say, what it was like in the 1960s. It is almost a metamorphosis on many fronts, the economy, infrastucture, cityscape - you name it. But the unaffected, quiet, old-world charm of Penang is ageless and forever desirable- and I will always love this unpretentious little, hilly island of friendly people and gorgeous street food.

Renik J. Fair<rnkj7@yahoo.com>

My dad had his schooling in St Xavier's Institution in the 1930's. He stopped in 1939 and travelled to Singapore to become a seminarian. He - Benedict Fair - returned after his time spent at the seminary and taught at Penang Free School which was, and still is, one of the most prestigious schools of the day. His mum, my grandma, now passed on, stayed at the Little Sisters of the Poor. He also notices that many shops along Penang Road are still the same except for renovations. Now, he and my mum, both retired English teachers from Brunei, reside in Kampar, a small town on the outskirts of Ipoh, which is fast becoming recognised for being the location of TAR university currently under construction. My dad also used to befriend a Seargent Dougdale working at Minden Barracks after World War 2. My dad used to travel there in a 2-seater MGA Sports car. He even mentions this in his memoirs which is almost finished.

Ruben Fair<ruben.fair@talktalk.net>

My father went to St. Xaviers years ago - I can't remember the year. His name is Benedict Fair - now retired in Kampar, just south of Ipoh. Could anyone who knew him please get in touch with me? He is putting together his memoirs and I would like to suprise him.

Chan<calvin_111@hotmail.com>

I was born and bred in Penang, living in Penang Road and got educated in St. Xaviers (from Primary to Secondary). Very happy to come across this website. Yes, Penang is a beautiful place and the "Pearl of the Orient" (as far as I am concerned). I would stay on if not for my need to seek employment. I am now living in Singapore and have started a family there. Occasionally (actually rarely) do I come back to Penang to visit my parents, family and relatives. I found that I can hardly recognise the place I used to call "Home". Some of the roads are converted to one way street and some have been diverted. Anyway, thank you very much for your lovely pictures. There are many ex- Penangites staying in Singapore. Do touch base with me & keep in touch.

Alan Weedon<alanweedon@yahoo.com>

On the north side, and about halfway along Penang Road, there used to be a small cinema showing multicultural films. On the sides were Chinese subtitles, along the top were Indian and underneath were English subtitles. The sound track was in Malay and in the middle somewhere was the film.

Derek Howell<ffynonlas@aol.com>

I was detached to Minden Barracks 1958-1960 with the RAF. We had two Dakotas at Bayan Lepas Airport fitted out with underslung tannoys to broadcast to the terrorists in the jungle.I loved Penang & made great friends with Bobby Tan who was born near Tanjong Bungha ,(he was attached to the RAF.)Later on 1963-1966 I was posted to Changi Singapore & my wife & family spent a wonderful holiday at the Sandycroft Leave Centre,Tanjong Bungah. Penang is Paradise.

Stephen Singam<ssingam@comcast.net>

St.Francis Xavier's Church on Penang Rd- how can I forget that- I grew up at St.Joseph's Orphange ( 196x-1980) - have Penang in my heart forever! So, is St. Xaviers, (known as Morgen- 1969-1980 ) - my friends- Std 1a, 2b, 3c, 4d, 5b, 6b, Form I IA2, 2IA2 3IA3 4SocS and 5SocS - very thank ful towards my teacher- Ms.Goh, Morshing,FRANCIS LEE! - they made an orphan kid to end at up Wharton School of Business! I am thankful to Penang! St.Xaviers- I am interested to hear from anyone from that era. stephen morgen singam

Mark Boast<mark.boast@baesystems.com>

I was a school kid and left at 10. I was stationed there with the RAF at Penang from 1965 to 1968 with my mum & Dad(Jill & Keith). I went to school at Minden Barracks and my really decent teacher called Grindrod - anyone remember him?. I have fond memories of the Golden Sands Hotel(and the mudskippers at the waterfront); the Minden Barracks swimming pool (Still got the badge somewhere with the single palm tree on a green background!); the very tall Iyer Eatem temple (Spelling unknown) where the giant turtles lived and where the yearly procession started when the serious weirdos wandered around with large constructions on their heads and their cheeks pierced with steel spokes to hold it! I remember Wendy Simmons and skinny dipping with her(First girlfriend - where is she now?) and a nutter called Hadrian Johns - did he ever change? It was rumoured he joined the SAS? I also recall Victoria and Elizabeth and John Maclean (bumped into him in Saudi Arabia in 1995)and we kept in contact with Shirley Maclean and her family; her dad was a WO. My Dad was stationed at the top of the hill in Penang on the Radar base (I think he was a sergeant then - he's at gypsyhouse@aol.com)and my mum worked for the red cross. Does anyone know of Colin and Isobel Rozells? I have very fond memories and will return one day - Mark

Boey Cheang Meng<sboey@telus.net>

I was born and raised at 22 Ceylon Lane. The small lane that intesect Hutton Lane and Argyll Rd. The names could have changed by now. I left for British Columbia, Canada in 1987. I still remember the good old days when I was growing up. I used to play with my neighbours - James, Nathan and his brothers (they were Tamil Catholics). I still remember Ah Choong ,the other neighbour and the opposite neighbours -Ah Kow and Ah Moong. What a fun time those days. We use to buy Mee Rebus for only 20 cent, ice kachang for 10 cents. Remember those days that you can cycle to school (St. Xaviers Institution). Remember Bro. Michael (Tiger) that kept his cane hidden under his long white sleeves and used it quite often to keep us in check during recess time. Ahh!! the fights that we had during recess time. I congratulate your wonderful site.

Loh Yeong Hong<hong@charlenechoi.com>

I looooooooooooove Penang, the place i came from. I am studying in Kl now, and I missed Penang soooo much. I miss the culture there. I miss the smell of food coming from stalls on street. I want to go back there.

Roger Jones<rj@kapemifotu.fsnet.co.uk>

I was privileged to be stationed at Minden Barracks in the RP section of the 1st Bn GreenJackets 43rd & 52nd from 1962 to 1965. I hear the barracks has been taken over by the Penang education dept. It was a wonderful posting and i enjoyed the swimming pool behind the guardroom and many other local beauty spots..

Irene Ng Swanberg<irene@hammeringman.com>

I stumbled upon your website while browsing for something else and loved looking at the photos. Some look so totally foreign to me and yet I see a little hint of recogntion here and there. I particularly like the one of "Wing Look Restaurant" as it brought back memories of when I was little and my parents would take me there for my special birthday treat of "Chicken pie". I also remember a time when I was taken to see the Tarzan movies at Cathay, it was a marathon where they showed a different one everyday and then an ice cream treat at Wing Look. I will certainly save that photo to share with my kids. Thanks for bringing back the memories!! Far from Penang in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Sze Min<nimezs@lycos.com>

I have been thinking of Penang, my lovely hometown...I have been trying to look at the photos from the internet, but they can't comfort me...until i found this!!!!! Thank you very much!

Fiona Brown<fionabrown45@hotmail.com>

My whole family was born and raised in Penang. My brother and I hope to return in January as he was only 6 when we returned to the UK. I have seen the Penang Swimming Club website and it is unrecognisable.

Sarah Drude<sarahdomino@excite.com>

I have been to Penang working for my former employer. I loved all 3 trips. Thank you for the photos and reminding me of such good things.

Dr.Gary K.H.Teoh<bom@ms17.hinet.net>

Thank You so much for the pictures of my dream,Penang.It cure my 22 years of homesickness.For those who had born in this beautiful island with unforgetting memory ,this website do means a lot.The pictures refresh my mind and it bring tears in my eyes.Hope to see more pictures and written words(because of some change that is not familiar to me) in the future if I am not asking too much! Keep on with the great job!

Len Cowden<lcowden@hotmail.com>

I was in Penang last September on holiday. so many things had changed. Ihad been stationed at RAF Glugor, lived at 64 Glugor street.was great to see that some places are still there.

Adershan Dhillion<adhillion@yahoo.com>

Great pics and good feedback. I left Penang wehen I was 22 and have been in the US for 10 years. It is time for a visit. I have longed to return home but career opportunities have been a barrier thus far. I remember hanging out with the Aussie kids riding dirt bikes in Tanjung Bungah and my Penangite friends racing road bikes down Penang road and Gurney drive. Traffic wasnt too bad then I guess. I too thought at first the Embassy building was Boston Pub but Embassy is actually on Burmah Rd. I waited tables at the Boston restaurant when I was a teenager during school holidays where I met many tourists and learnt many foreign curse words. Seriously planning a trip in Feb 2001 so I hope to be pleasantly surprised at the difference.

Steve Sharkey<ditcher666@aol.com>

REMEMBER THIS AREA FROM WHEN I WAS A YOUNG BOY,AROUND 1967/68. MY FATHER WAS IN THE RAF, I WENT TO SCHOOL AT MINDEN BARRACKS. THERE WAS A FORCES SPORTS CLUB ON THE COAST ROAD, I ALSO REMEMBER THE CHINESE SWIMMING CLUB AND PENANG SWIMMING CLUB. AROUND 12 YEARS AGO, IRETURNED FOR A WEEKS HOLIDAY ON MY WAY BACK TO ENGLAND FROM AUSTRALIA, MUCH HAD CHANGED. THE BRIDGE TO THE MAINLAND HAD BEEN BUILT,THE SPORTS CLUB WAS DERELICT, MINDEN BARRACKS WAS NOW A UNIVERSITY, THERE WAS ALSO A DISGUSTING NAZI CLUB, OPPOSITE THE ENTRANCE TO THE UNIVERSITY. I DID NOT VISIT MY OLD HOUSE, WHICH I BELIEVE WAS IN TANJONG BUNGAH, IT WAS A BRITISH FORCES HOUSE AT THE TIME, CALLED ROAD THREE. I WOULD LOVE TO RETURN TO PENANG TO LIVE, BUT THIS IS UNLIKELY, I SPEAK NO LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH AND WOULD STILL NEED TO WORK. BUT I MAY VISIT AGAIN ON HOLIDAY IN THE FUTURE, I HPE SO. STEVE SHARKEY

Clancy<clancy@writeme.com>

An EXCELLENT site. That's E X C E L L E N T . Penang has a special place in my heart. I am coming home after 28 years! Home is where my heart is!!

Jim<jmitchel@island.net>

The pictures bring back wonderful memories of this great city. The people are wonderful, the food incredible and things to see and do unending.

David Chan Eng Pin<epchan@eudoramail.com>

Penang, you are always the most beautiful place in my heart.......

JC<skygirl@kichimail.com>

All these pictures remind me of Penang and it gives me a really strong urge to go back. Although I am only 17 years old, I have spent all the best times of my life in Penang... Although I am presently living in Perth, it seems to me that Perth is such a boring place and Penang has got everything to offer even though it may not be the cleanest city in the world... Penang will always be in mah heart.. =) Love the work you've done. Keep it up aight.. Laterz..

Frank Earle<fwe@alphalink.com.au>

HI! Kayes, Yes, the old Boston Cafe/Bar was one of the No.1 meeting spots. Is this site now the Embassy?. (Hotel?) One of your pictures is of a building that looks similar. The "Ice-cream Bar" in Penang Rd.? was another well patronized place on our arrival in mid '55. (The only spot to get a what they called a COLD Beer, which was poured over a glass full of ICE. It was a hard task trying to get the locals to accept the fact that the Aussies preferred their Beer COLD.) We all acquired a taste for the old local "Anchor" & "Tiger" brew. (Along with the Imported Carlsberg & Beck's.) The Boston was one of the First to bring in Aussie Draft Beer, thus became the "Trough". Many the time the last Ferry was missed because the Tri-shaw chosen, lost the race to the Pier. (A short-cut through the "Out of Bounds" district was the way to Win!.) Our accommodation was "On Site beside the Airstrip", and more than a little, in need of some "Creature Comforts". Our Commanding Officer - Wing Commander (Knobby) Lings - always reminded us, "That as an Airfield Construction Squadron, (Or - Dirt Pushers) we were there for WORK, not REST. The other places you mention were yet to be. As for Tanjon Bungah, a lot of our Married Families were accommodated there. If us SINGLE blokes were ever lucky enough to be invited, we usually headed for Mount Pleasure. All the GOODIES you mention were there in abundance. I recall they had one of the BIGGEST Great Danes (Dog) we had ever seen. He roamed around freely among the Diners. On our first visit, I, (As a dog lover) became his best friend. He had a fancy for Satays'. After feeding them to him for part of the night, (From an enormous Bowl in the middle of our table.) Mine Host came along an started to count the sticks I had collected. As a joke I asked if he thought I was going to keep them. He replied - "NO, you only pay for the ones that YOU eat!, and that includes the DOG!." - Everyone who had been watching the event, thought it was a great joke!. Sorry, I can't come up with any names that might be traceable. The only guy who MIGHT still be around, (He would now be in his 80s') is Mac Beaton/Beeton, who was the resident Engineer at the Rahman Tin Mine. He always said he would never leave the place. Anyway, I'll wrap it up for now before I bore you too much. It would be great to keep in touch!. - Regards from "Down-Under" to you, yours!. Cheers! Frank. :-)

Sze Min<sim_min@fcmail.com>

well, these are the most familiar views...these are the places where i pass through everyday, i have been staying there for the past 19 years... actually i dun feel much changes in BURMAH ROAd and Penang Road...only a few new building came up. there was a cinema called capital cinema juz opposite the lock tye kee restaurant...but it was shut down and now...there is a construction there..but the construction was stopped quite a long period...i heard that the plan is to build a shpping mall...but then,it stopped...and make an ugly view to PEnang Road.. sigh!i took a picture b4 the old buildings were demolished. what a good memory!

G. K. Lim<gklim@tm.net.my>

One scene I remember about Penang Rroad: Date: 1960. Caucasian sailors (probably English) on a richshaw (or trishaw), shouting to rickshaw peddler, "Wah Seng Hotel! Wah Seng Hotel!" Wah Seng Hotel, I found out, was not on Penang Road. It was on Irving Road (I think). Apparently that was where the sailors went for their carnal needs. Is Wah Seng Hotel still in existence?

Tang Lan Wei<lwtang@yahoo.com>

Penang Road and Burmah Road are the two roads that I'm most familiar with, coz I'm staying there for nearly 30 years. I even can see my house behind the flat there...so nice...

John<Lookingglass-@webtv.net>

Great pictures! what type of camera (digital)? Need some people in the shots. Any pictures on Thailand?

Vince de Silva<vince1@pd.jaring.my>

Been to Penang 3 times .Your website brought back sweet memories. Yes I like the sharp pictures. Two of my nieces graduated at USM. Also have a couple of friends from Penang. I like your site and I shall return.

Adrian H.S. Tan<adrianhstan@hotmail.com>

Hi, there! I thought I should pen a few words in this e-mail directory as I was born and bred in Penang. At present, I'm working as an Economics lecturer at Inti College Malaysia in Nilai, N.S., and always looking forward to coming back to Penang at least once a month to see my parents and friends. If you want, you can always e-mail to me... :)

sophine yeoh<yeohsc@hotmail.com>

I love Penang very much. The food is very delicous. Everything is so nice and perfect.

weng<wengyart.leong@dtn.ntl.com>

I was born and bred in Penang until the age of 19.Within the 19years,i have spent my wonderful childhood which is impossible to be found in others place except penang.The friendliness,caring,helpfull,dirtyness,noisyness are everything i am searching for in my dream. When i looked at the pics,the blood of Penangites in my body is boiling just like the boiling soup of Asam Laksa near to Air Itam or maybe Gurney Drive.Right here,right now,i just want to remind all the Penangites, Penang is our home ,Penang is our land.We have the priority to contribute to our mnother land. I have dream,one day,after i finish my university education in UK,i shall come back to do my contribution. This is my dream as well as my ambition,i really hope fellow Penangites who are studying overseas have the the same dream as me.MALAYSIA BOLEH!PENANG BOLEH!LETS STRIVE FOR THE BEST!

Wani<m.noor@mampu.gov.my>

I am not quite familiar with the roads in Penang. Eventhough, Penang has been one of the most attractive places for me and my family; either on my official visit or during the school vacation. In several occassions, I travelled by road from Hat Yai and caught a fligt from Bayan Lepas Airport to the KLIA. During the journey I used to sell Penang to foreigners, mostly European to describe the beauty of the "Pearl of the Orient" and to persuade them to put up one or two nights in Penang. Free promotion. 2. My last visit was in October attending a seminar at the Equatorial Hotel Bukit Jambul. With an old friend of mine, we toured the city prior to our departure in the evening. Looking for 'ole-ole' and tasted the teh tarik of Penang along the road near Komtar. I am always being a good observant and did my own observation. To avoid further embarrassment to the city which we Malaysian are being proud of, I have listed a few for the authority urgent actions: i) the hygienity of the restaurants restaurants are not up to the mark and the conditions are being terrible - I would suggest officials from the Penang City Hall to benchmark the standard sets by DBKL; ii) the taxi services in Penang is not efficient enough. To curb this matter I would suggest the authority to put up a proper system; the most crucial is the enforcement part; iii) the surroundings along the roads need to be maintained appropriately and of course the cleanliness, put up a proper landscapping to beautify the city within the city;KL is good to benchmark; iv) Some old shophouses no longer suitable for heritage rather than caused a mess and headache to look at. Any way, it has been a lot of improvements since Dr. Koh took over but still a lot of work need to be done. Thank You.

Edmund<lbhed@hotmail.com>

Though not all are familiar, these fabulous pictures really bring me back to the days that I spent with girlfriend while I visited her there. Especially, the mosque pix, if I am not wrong her father's shop used to be near by there...... I really miss that place......

NAZIA<NAZIA_JANNATH@YAHOO.COM>

UR PHOTOS HAVE HELPED ME A LOT FOR MY ASSIGNMENT WORK.THANKX A LOT.WELL, I WOULD SEGGEST IF THE PHOTOS ARE TAKEN IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE WHOLE VIEW IS CLEAR IT WILL ADD WEIGHTAGE.BYE.

Vu<vu_hnguyen@yahoo.com>

woooo!!! I think this site is really fun, We will be in Penang for our Hooneymoon, and I m surfing the nets for some informations, found the site, GREAT !!! by the way can anyone advise me on where to go, and what to do in Penang??? and cheap places to stay??? thanks ! will be back.! :-)

 

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