Hello Ipoh

Ipoh from 5th floor of Hotel Ipoh City

Adriene accompanied us on our Chinese New Year trip to Ipoh with Frosty and Patches in tow. She came back from Japan to spend the festive season with her family here in Ipoh, too. We began our journey at around 10.35am. Traffic was a little heavy but smooth-flowing. Police decoys were placed below some flyovers to drive the message home to speeding drivers. I was given a scare by one of those. No, I was not speeding but the sight of a policeman pointing the radar my way was unnerving. Nevertheless, we made good time and arrived at 1.15pm.

Ipoh is not only famous for its delicious taugeh (beansprout) chicken, pretty girls and picturesque limestone hills. Wuan pointed out to me that Ipoh drivers are not very considerate and can be unforgiving at times. That I found to be too true as they are not fond of giving way like the drivers in Kuala Lumpur do. All the while, I thought Penang drivers were the worst in Malaysia. That aside, I hope to explore a some of Ipoh’s famous landmarks and delicious food while we are here.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

3 thoughts on “Hello Ipoh”

  1. Hey how can you say Penang drivers are the worst!!Let me tell you that they are the most practical and environmentally conscious drivers around.Let me give their good points.

    1)Braking abruptly while driving is good as it checks the serviceability of the brakes in case of emergencies.

    2)Turn indicators are a waste of resource as they wear out the lights and switches unnecessarily.Bad for the environment.

    3) Weaving in and out of traffic is a good test to see if there’s a leakage in the steering system and straddling the lane dividing line is good practice as it gives a visual indication if you are drifting left or right.

    Its the reckless out of towners that don’t appreciate the good driving practique of Penang drivers.

    Oh I almost forgot , dashing out of a junction is good because a)it tests if your engine is in good shape and has sufficient power b)It serves as a good check on the other drivers reflexes c) if your time to reincarnate is long overdue.

    FYI,I’ve been out of penang for so long I’ve become a bad driver just like you.

    I actually drive like a Penangite in KL, a KLite when in Penang and a little of both when in Ipoh. I am as good Malaysian drivers can get. And I like how you summed up Penang drivers. We are not that nasty on the road after all. 😀

  2. u will love ipoh especially the food.there are a few nice limestones caves too.it’s very relaxing.you are staying in town right?isn’t it a bit noisy?there’s mat rempit at night..
    anyway happy chinese new year and enjoy ipoh!

    Thank you and Gong Xi Fa Cai!

  3. peter and wuan, thank you very much for the ride home. the delicious lunch at Second Wife Street was very nostalgic for me, in a good way, too 🙂 kam sia.

    You are most welcomed. We, too, enjoyed your company very much. Looking forward to seeing you in KL soon.

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