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well, I am a Penangite,currently studying in HK. I have been away for 100 days today and u have no idea how much I miss Penang!! first thing to notice, no one smiles here in HK whereas walking on the streets in Penang, it s not a hard job to get one smiling face!! Thank you for establishing this site, pictures here r so real n pretty, making me feel like coming home, so please, keep this site running...I'm from Macallum Street, Weld Quay, I hope that someone could help me posting some pictures from that area...
Sheo Aik Jong<email@example.com>
Weld Quay. I used to stay in the squatter area along Weld Quay (junction to Acheen Street Ghaut - Pa Cheo Kay for the Hokkiens). Still remember the address - 49R, Weld Quay. Used to do quite a bit of fishing during high tide along "Seh Tan Kio" which is the houses on stilts for the Tan Clan. When it's low tide, there are mud skippers to catch - these are for sale at the tackle shop - at 5 sen per tin (condensed milk).
There was virtually no crime in the area then. Most of the neighbours were stevedores - all very wiry and tough. None of the gangsters form Nordin Street (Sa Tiow Loh) dare venture there. Front doors were left unlocked during the nights. Although most of the squatter houses had attap roof, there was no fire during the years that I lived there (from Standard Six until I joined the Air Force). Any body playing with fire crackers or rockets during Chinese New Year were properly bashed up - all of us were very conscious of fire prevention. All you need is a little spark to set the whole area alight. In later years I brought my children to view the place (so that they can feel the father's roots and to make them see how lucky they are to stay in a proper house, flush toilets, etc). But they wandered around like 2 proper tourists.
Every year there'll be rumours that the squatter houses would be demolished. But that never happened. My mother continued to stay there for almost 20 years and could even sell the wooden house for about 7,000 ringgit. Amazing. She then bought a place in Tg Bungah. Weld Quay has a lot of good memories although it's not the most pleasant place to stay. The mud flats at low tide give off a horrible odour. Whenever my friends visit me (very few), they would ask me what the smell was. And me, having stayed there for so many years would be asking them "what smell?" - my nose was perfectly at home there.
The last time I was there in the area, the squatter houses have yet to be demolished. It's incredible. Half my mind says that they should be torn down to make way for development. But the half also has a soft spot for the squatters - they have no choice. It's not very pleasant to stay in a squatter area - your friends don't usually want to visit you because of the dismal conditions, which is understandable. But at age 59, staying in Weld Quay were the "good old days". They say that those were the good old days because we have bad memories/selective memories. But thanks for this fantastic site - especially for people who grew up in Penang.
I have a lot of fond memories in Youth Park and Padang Kota Lama when I was little. I was born in Weld Quay, moved out to the mainland when I was 4. For some reason I spent most of my time in Penang more then anywhere else. Now I am married to an American living in Japan and the US is just so too far to reach the place I love to go, foods I love to eat & friends I love to meet. All these reasons makes me sick! I would definitely move back to Penang in the very near future.
I m sure this has to be the most unique settlement in Penang. Love to live in one of these houses. The atmosphere there is just great, love the sea breeze. It's like a world of its own.
Just checking out all the pages here. They all look good Kayes, many good memories on all of them. I saw the bottom entry by Noor with the address starting M.Noor and was reminded of a chap my husband worked with at the airforce base. His name was Mat Noor and he was the Imam for his Kampong. We had a great day there for Hari Raya and have always wondered how he and his family are now (21 years later) If anyone knows him please tell him we are thinking of him. His Kampong was on the mainland near the airforce base. Cheers, Pam Rackley
I'm currently doing my arhitectural thesis on revitalization of weld quay, your site is really helpful, especially with a nice photo, as i'm studying in utm and can't afford to go back regularly...i really miss penang so much..
About 6 weeks ago, my college had a site visit to Georgetown. Being architecture students we had to study this precint and propose ideas for our design project. What I noticed was Weld Quay is a very nice area with its scenic waterfront views but much to my dismay these wondrous views are obstructed by abandon-looking warehouses. I believe that Weld Quay is a potential area for further development. Probably the exixting warehouses could be manipulated by including a bazaar or some other congregational structure to act as a catalyst to induce and rejuvenate more activities towards the waterfront. I would definitely love more feedback on this area. Thank you.
I was surfing for some other information and stumbled upon your site. Simple and fun .... I had a good 50 mins break in going thru your site. Thanks.
Hello kayes Thankyou for responding to my enquiries, I am really thrilled to be given a chance to recall some fabulous memories, of which your email has sparked a few more. There was a big house on the hill, opposite the turn off into Hillside, what is that street called? We used to walk up through there and go down to water, some friends lived down there, beautiful! There was a hotel/bar on the beach around to the right called the "Springtide", they would let us in to drink F&N soft drinks and play pinball... ah, those were the days. I stumbled upon your page while browsing around for sites besides Hotel information on Penang, I searched for Tanjong Bungah and here I am. I have bookmarked your page so I'll check it out from time to time. I am interested in anything on Tanjong Bungah/Tokong and Weld Quay. Thanks again, Kayes.
Liew Chee Wah<firstname.lastname@example.org>
Although I am originally a Taipingite, I always have an affinity for Penang. I did spend some time working in Penang and during that short period (3 months); I thoroughly enjoyed myself. To date;28 years on, I still have vivid memories of Penang. I know Penang has changed alot over this time.Nevertheless; it still gives me the same sort of thrill and excitement whenever I am about to make a trip there. I am really pleased to learn about the setting up of a site for Penang. It means I can now get up to date news of this wonderful Pearl of the Orient. Keep up the good work..
Seoh C.S <email@example.com>
Nice to know there is such a website for Penang's people. There are many streets and road I still remember, particularly the longest road in Penang, Perak Road. I don't know is there any new road longer than this?
Being a Malaysian, I love Penang very much for its splendour and beautiful city overall. However, I would have liked to suggest as follows: a) the cleanliness and the hygienity of the premises at the Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim need to be enhanced (present condition it looks terrible); b)Penang should have modern transportation-for instance monorail like in Sydney trishaw no longer suitable for the busy city); c)the cable car service at Bukit Bendera should have been privatised in order to be viable-I took the family once, but the safety has been suspected.