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Ipoh's Concubine lane ...

Well, though there's still seven more days where we can finally declared the Chinese New Year is over, the holidays are virtually over for most of us... LOL. Yes, it's back to work today and I am sure most of you have a good week of holidays and spent quality time with your family. I was back in Ipoh as usual and like previous years, I do go around town to check things out. It's been a while since I last went to concubine lane in old town and I thought maybe it's a good idea to check it out during CNY. It was kinda quiet there on the second day of CNY though there are some tourists around. And, I was amazed at how commercialized that place has became, unlike the past where it was some very old houses standing by. Now, most of it has become shops selling souvenirs and desserts.

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The popular Kong Heng restaurant nearby, still standing there. I used to patronise it for the hor fun, popiah and white coffee

Strolling around the concubine lane... and there was a light drizzle 

A souvenir shop there

Some buildings are refurbished and nicely painted

The 'Plan B' cafe nearby

Love the locks here ... for couples?

The 'Plan B' cafe .. it was crowded but I like the nostalgic feel there.

Opposite the concubine lane is the famous herbal tea , Hor Yan Hor museum. It was closed then.


And, some colonial buildings around old town which were re-painted. I am glad they didn't demolish it . 

My kids were delighted to spot a MilkCow ice-cream shop opposite Concubine Lane. Usually, they have to get it in Bugis Junction, Singapore as there was no Milkcow in JB, whenever they cross the causeway. It was crowded then , since lots of eateries are not opened.

Nice to see a modern eatery in an old pre-war building 
Three ice-creams for the four of us

Little princess enjoying her milky way ice-cream.
To be frank, I always likes to drive around Ipoh's old town whenever I am back, either to stroll around or enjoyed the white coffee and delicacies there. :)

35 comments:

  1. The 5th photo, the house looks a bit eerie

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    1. It's an old house that was refurbished to become a restaurant.

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  2. Can find a concubine there? Interesting place, I sure would love to check it our should I hop over to Ipoh anytime soon. I so love those old colonial buildings, good that they have restored and preserved them - our heritage. Hope to get to try Milkcow some day, must be nice since your kids love it so much!

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    1. History pointed out that here used to be concubines of the rich men there in the old past but of course , not anymore now.

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  3. Once again, I must say your daughter looks so sweet and she has high forehead, must be a clever girl good in studies

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  4. It was a nice break, wasn't it? It was very difficult for me to wake up this morning to resume with the normal routine of preparing Ethan to school etc etc...

    Gong Xi Fa Cai to you and your family, Chris :)

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    1. Yes , it was a nice break. I'm feeling all the blues now and It doesn't help when my SG colleagues who started work last week. They gave me a lot of work to follow up.

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  5. Good morning and Gong Xi Fa Cai to you & family.. Back to work, Monday blue, huhuhu..

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    1. I need to workout hard hard today ... Haha

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  6. Gong xi fatt chai!

    Hv been to ipoh a few times but never walk around there.

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  7. The 2nd picture, not crowded when you went there? Saw FB, a getai artist went to her boyfriend hometown which is Ipoh, went there, same spot with the 2nd picture, it's so crowded...

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    1. I guess many visitors come over here when they are back home.

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  8. Wah! Your blog so ong colour!

    Happy new year Chris!

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  9. I must go for a stroll around Ipoh la someday. :P

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  10. What an interesting name - Concubine Lane :D Must visit if I ever step foot in Ipoh!

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    1. It's really famous in the past for a reason !

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  11. Gong Xi Fa Cai.. so you also had a week's long CNY holiday huh?? i also just come back to work today, anyway, i was still around KL during CNY.. just love KL during CNY because it's a lot more quiet and peaceful than the usual bustling KL.. hehehehe, but of course have to see where you go about in KL lah, it will be Little Bangladesh in Kota Raya area, and shopping malls and eateries are usually packed with people..

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    1. Same as JB and SG, it's quiet during CNY. And I prefer to stay in JB so that I don't have to brave the jam with others ...hahaha

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  12. yes, this Concubine Lane has become so commercialised and there are actually more tourists than locals hanging out there.. i've seen many people taking photos and sharing them on social media too.. that signature Plan B is always one of the target, and there are actually quite a number of such cafes mushrooming in Ipoh huh?? :)

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    1. Yeah, it's getting more and more like a desert and souvenir lane than its original namesake. Yes, lots of cafes are coming up in Ipoh.

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  13. many shops were not open during CNY in Ipoh and those that were open must be packed with people (because many Ipoh people who work outside all came back home).. so happy for you to find Milkcow by accident, didn't manage to have it in JB, you had it in Ipoh, and probably this can be one reason to get your kids to love going back to Ipoh?? hahaha.. three cups for four of you, who were sharing?? i see one plain, one oreo, and another one is what??

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    1. Hope milk cow will setup one branch in JB. We had milk way , honey Milky Way and Oreo. I share with my wifey.

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  14. I've never heard of Concubine Lane before. =O

    It was business as usual because CNY is not a holiday here... although some of the Chinese communities here did welcome the New Year with the reunion dinner. =)

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    1. Oh . You are overseas. Yeah , Chinese are everywhere and I am sure you had a good time with the reunion dinner.

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  15. A nice way to spend with family. Goung around exploring new place and food

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    1. Yup, it was nice to bring them around as they are not Ipoh born.

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  16. This time you were really back in Ipoh for a long time huh! Good for you!!

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    1. Yeah , this time I stayed longer at home in Ipoh , almost a week. Nice to see all of you including your bro in law ! First time I had a nice chat with him.

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  17. Nice to be back to Ipoh for a holiday.

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  18. WOW! So much changes have taken place with the once sleepy Concubine Lane! I think my last trip was like 4 years ago.

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  19. Nice! I have not been to the Concubine Lane. Will try to look for it the next time going to Ipoh.

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