Friday, December 6, 2013

Nostalgic Cheong Loy Rice Shop in Ipoh Old Town, Perak, Malaysia


These days, food goers prefer to dine at fancy and modern restaurants which equipped with air-conditioning but the problem is the food doesn't taste as good and unique as you hope for apart from concerning about the price.

When I traveled to Ipoh Old Town which is literally known for famous tin mining industry in the state of Perak in Malaysia during the 19th century, I was introduced to this affordable and nostalgic Cheong Loy Rice Shop. Cheong Loy Rice Shop has been operating for over 35 years and situated in the hidden and quiet lane behind Old Town Flats within Ipoh Old Town area.

Cheong Loy Rice Shop is located at the end lot of the quiet lane along Pasar Jalan Patrick within Ipoh Old Town. The quiet street was used to be occupied by food traders but they have moved to elsewhere. Thus, these lots are rented out as storage rooms. There are two shops by the corner, which are still operating as selling school bags, shoes and flip flops (slippers).    

Cheong Loy Rice Shop opens during lunch hour between 12noon to 3pm daily. The restaurant begins to get crowded (packed) by 1pm thus, you need to wait patiently for the table seating and food to be served. Moreover the pricing is very reasonable where you can't find cheap and tasty Chinese food like this shop. We ordered some herbal drinks, stir-fry leeks with roasted pork, preserved sour vegetable and pork soup, Hakka pork belly slices with yam and a fried fish with sweet sour sauce and some steamed rice (white rice) for four people. At the end, we paid about RM51 (US$16). Don't you think it's extremely cheap?

Well, why don't you give yourself a try at Cheong Loy Rice Shop when you travel to Ipoh Old Town for a weekend trip. The restaurant might looks ruined down but I strongly believe that as long as the restaurant keeps clean and serving tasty food at reasonable pricing, it's worth the money to eat with friends and families.

CHEONG LOY RICE SHOP (Chinese cuisine)
@ Pasar Jalan Patrick, behind of the old town flats,
off Jalan Bijeh Timah (Ipoh Old Town)
30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Business Hours – 12pm – 3pm daily.
Closed only on major Chinese festivals.



Long nostalgic and affordable lunch restaurant hidden behind Old Town Flats within Old Ipoh Town in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Long nostalgic and affordable lunch restaurant hidden behind Old Town Flats within Old Ipoh Town in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Cheong Loy Rice Shop is located behind Old Town Flats within Ipoh Old Town in the state of Perak in Malaysia
Cheong Loy Rice Shop is located behind Old Town Flats within Ipoh Old Town in the state of Perak in Malaysia




This quiet lane was used to be busy with food traders but now the lots are rented for storage rooms and selling shoes and flip flops by the corner shop at Pasar Jalan Patrick within Ipoh Old Town in Ipoh, Malaysia
This quiet lane was used to be busy with food traders but now the lots are rented for storage rooms and selling shoes and flip flops by the corner shop at Pasar Jalan Patrick within Ipoh Old Town in Ipoh, Malaysia




Open kitchen concept at affordable and nostalgic Cheong Loy Rice Shop at Pasar Jalan Patrick off Jalan Bijeh Timah within Ipoh Old Town in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Open kitchen concept at affordable and nostalgic Cheong Loy Rice Shop at Pasar Jalan Patrick off Jalan Bijeh Timah within Ipoh Old Town in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. There is a self-service for Chinese tea from the kettles with the cups on the tables.



Open Kitchen Concept of Cheong Loy Rice Shop, Pasar Jalan Patrick off Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Open Kitchen Concept of Cheong Loy Rice Shop, Pasar Jalan Patrick off Jalan Bijeh Timah, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


From left to right counterclock, Hakka Pork Belly slices with Yam, Preserved Vegetable and pork soup, Stir-fried leeks with roasted pork and a fried fish with sweet sour sauce at Cheong Loy Rice Shop, Pasar Jalan Patrick in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
From left to right counterclock, Hakka Pork Belly slices with Yam, Preserved Vegetable and pork soup, Stir-fried leeks with roasted pork and a fried fish with sweet sour sauce at Cheong Loy Rice Shop, Pasar Jalan Patrick in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Temple of Literature, Confucius Temple (Văn Miếu) in Hanoi, Vietnam


Temple of Literature is the oldest Confucius temple and also Vietnam's first founded university to teach children of royalty and aristocracy. The Temple of Literature is situated about 10 minutes drive from Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi.

Temple of Literature is divided into several sections of courtyards. The First Courtyard stretches from the main gate of Temple of Literature to the Second Courtyard. Second Courtyard is decorated with garden park which resembles the pavilion of Hanoi city streets. There are some turtles' tombstones with names of doctorate students which are situated at Third Courtyard. 

There are some bronze statues of a crane standing on a turtle located in the temple which represents the power, luck and longevity, according to Vietnamese's culture and belief. There is some belief that touching the crane would bring some fortune while touching the head of a turtle would bring luck and longevity.

I haven't seen very well-maintained temple buildings and garden parks like the oldest temple ie, Temple of Literature. Temple of Literature opens from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day except on Monday and public holidays. Visitors require to pay some minimal entrance fee of 10,000 VND per person (US$0.50).


The main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
The main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


In front of the main gate of Temple of Literature, there are four tall pillars facing the main street in Hanoi, Vietnam
In front of the main gate of Temple of Literature, there are four tall pillars facing the main street in Hanoi, Vietnam


Dragon statues at the main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Dragon statues at the main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


The rear view of the main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
The rear view of the main gate of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


The first courtyard before heading to Second Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
The first courtyard before heading to Second Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Second Courtyard and Constellation of Literature pavilion at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Second Courtyard and Constellation of Literature pavilion at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


A closer view of Third Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
A closer view of Third Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Turtle stone stele to honour the school's successful doctorate candidates at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Turtle stone stele to honour the school's successful doctorate candidates at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


A large pond, called the well of heavenly clarity. at the third Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
A large pond, called the well of heavenly clarity. at the third Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Third Courtyard of the temple with the Well of Heavenly Clarity and the red Constellation of Literature pavilion at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Third Courtyard of the temple with the Well of Heavenly Clarity and the red Constellation of Literature pavilion at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


The fourth Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
The fourth Courtyard of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


A closer look of temple ceremony at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
A closer look of temple ceremony at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Side view of temple ceremony at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Side view of temple ceremony at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


In Vietnamese culture, the turtle and crane stand together represent a healthy long life of happiness at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
In Vietnamese culture, the turtle and crane stand together represent a healthy long life of happiness at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


In Vietnamese culture, touching the turtle or crane by hand and hoping to endure  longevity or power respective at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
In Vietnamese culture, touching the turtle or crane by hand and hoping to endure  longevity or power respective at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Dozens of flowers are used to decorate the logo of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Dozens of flowers are used to decorate the logo of Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


Confucious Gods shrine at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam
Confucious Gods shrine at Temple of Literature in Hanoi, Vietnam


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  • Friday, November 29, 2013

    Museum of Ethnology (Vietnamese Ethnic Groups) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Museum of Ethnology is one of popular tourist attractions in Hanoi, Vietnam. The museum exhibits 54 officially ethnic groups in Vietnam ranging from costumes, culture and their beliefs. This is a two-level medium-sized museum with limited products and photographs to display thus, the whole tour takes between two to three hours to visit the indoor and outdoor of the museum entirely.

    I like the outdoor exhibition, the most as I could visit and experience the model houses such as Giarai tomb where the large wooden figures encircling the tomb to accompany the dead into the afterlife, Bahnar communal house with a height of 19 meters from Kon Rbang Village and Ede longhouse with a length of 42 meters to accomodate the families of daughters and granddaughters of an extended matrilineal family.

    Museum of Ethnology opens from 8:30am to 5:30pm (Tuesday to Sunday).


    The main entrance to Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The main entrance to Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    A bike carrying fish traps along Red River Delta on display at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    A bike carrying fish traps along Red River Delta on display at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Fishing equipment such as fish and turtle bait box, fish trap and fishing hooks on display at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Fishing equipment such as fish and turtle bait box, fish trap and fishing hooks on display at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Muong funeral scene at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Muong funeral scene at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Vietnamese cultural garments (traditional clothes) at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Vietnamese cultural garments (traditional clothes) at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The longest dragon boat that I have ever seen at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The longest dragon boat that I have ever seen at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    A typical wooden Vietnam house at the outdoor of Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    A typical wooden Vietnam house at the outdoor of Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    This house belonged to a wealthy family in Thanh Hoa province which is longer than a typical traditional houses at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    This house belonged to a wealthy family in Thanh Hoa province which is longer than a typical traditional houses at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Vietnamese were skilled to weaving clothing and wood crafting in early years at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Vietnamese were skilled to weaving clothing and wood crafting in early years at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Kitchen area of a wealthy family in Thanh Hoa province at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Kitchen area of a wealthy family in Thanh Hoa province at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Ede longhouse with the lenght of 42 meters to accomodate the families of daughters and granddaughters of an extended matrilineal family at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Ede longhouse with the lenght of 42 meters to accomodate the families of daughters and granddaughters of an extended matrilineal family at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Bahnar communal house with the height of 19 meters was built in 2003 by 42 villagers from Kon Rbang village at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Bahnar communal house with the height of 19 meters was built in 2003 by 42 villagers from Kon Rbang village at Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi, Vietnam


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  • Tuesday, November 26, 2013

    Hoa Lo Prison (Maison Centrale) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Hoa Lo Prison which is also known as Maison Centrale, left a deep memory during my vacation in Hanoi, Vietnam. If you participate the local trip like one day tour in Hanoi city, you won't find a tour to Hỏa Lò Prison at all. I don't know why but I guess no one wants to share and relate saddening and sensitive issues like how the Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters were tortured and executed in this prison for the independence and freedom of the nation. 

    Hỏa Lò Prison was built by French colonialist to hold Vietnamese prisoners particularly, political prisoners who were fighting for the country's independence. I had difficulty to control my sadness when I visited the confined rooms which were used to sentence the leaders of patriotic and revolutionary and any prisoners who broke the rules in the prison. It was also saddening to learn that the Vietnamese prisoners were being locked with fetters on their ankles thus, they had limited body movement on the beds.

    There was an amazing display of an American flying suit of major pilot John Mc. Cain where he and other American pilots were arrested during the bombing of North Vietnam. There were many objects and photographs displayed to show that the American prisoners were treated well in the prison by the Government of Vietnam until they were released eventually under the agreement between both countries. John Mc. Cain then participated in the United States of America election in 2008.


    The main entrance of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The main entrance of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Broken glasses on top of high walls to prevent prisoners from escaping the prison at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Broken glasses on top of high walls to prevent prisoners from escaping the prison at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    A panaromic view of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) from top bird's view during the early years in Hanoi, Vietnam
    A panaromic view of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) from top bird's view during the early years in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The outline of the visiting route at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The outline of the visiting route at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The recent view of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) from the top bird's eye view in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The recent view of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) from the top bird's eye view in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The 3D model of the Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) during the early years in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The 3D model of the Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) during the early years in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Thick and giant main gate was displayed at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Thick and giant main gate was displayed at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The giant door hinge of the main front gate of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The giant door hinge of the main front gate of Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Prisoners' clothing at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Prisoners' clothing at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The old-fashioned toilet squatting at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi. Vietnam
    The old-fashioned toilet squatting at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi. Vietnam


    The French used to lock Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The French used to lock Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Cachot area is used to confine prisoners who break the rules in prison at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Cachot area is used to confine prisoners who break the rules in prison at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The French colonialist used the guillotine to cut heads of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The French colonialist used the guillotine to cut heads of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Stockade for female prisoners at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Stockade for female prisoners at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Stockade for female prisoners who have babies at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Stockade for female prisoners who have babies at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The flight suit of Navy Lieutenant Commandar John Mc Cain while flying A4E Skyhawk is exhibited at Hoa Lu Prison (Maison Centre) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The flight suit of Navy Lieutenant Commandar John Mc Cain while flying A4E Skyhawk is exhibited at Hoa Lu Prison (Maison Centre) in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The American prisoners were treated well by the Vietnamese Government after they were imprisoned at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The American prisoners were treated well by the Vietnamese Government after they were imprisoned at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam



    Memorial monument area of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters and the Almond Tree at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Memorial monument area of Vietnamese patriots and revolutionary fighters and the Almond Tree at Maison Centre (Hoa Lu Prison) in Hanoi, Vietnam

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    Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    One Pillar Pagoda (Lotus) Hanoi, Vietnam


    One Pillar Pagoda is one of the popular tourist attraction and also highly recommended to visit while traveling in Hanoi, Vietnam. A legendary story was told that this iconic pagoda was built by Emperor Ly Thai To of the Ly dynasty when his dream was granted with a baby boy by Bodhisattva Avalokisteshvara who sat on the lotus flower in a square pond. As when the Queen delivered a baby boy, Emperor Ly Thai Tong instructed his men to build One Pillar Pagoda with the pillar in the middle of the lotus pond, since the lotus symbols of purity and blossoms in a muddy pond, similar to what he dreamt earlier.  

    Since then, One Pillar Pagoda becomes a popular prayer site among the locals in Vietnam. It becomes the culture and well-known pagoda for the locals to pray and make wishes to have children in front of small shrine devoted to the Boddhisatva of Mercy in One Pillar Pagoda. 

    One Pillar Pagoda opens for free to the public every day. Decent dressing by covering your shoulder, your upper arm and up to your knee level are required when you visit Chinese temples and pagodas as a sign of respect to the religion.



    The famous One Pillar Pagoda 1049 which resembles lotus flower in a pond in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The famous One Pillar Pagoda 1049 which resembles lotus flower in a pond in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The side view of One Pillar Pagoda which resemblance of Lotus Flower in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The side view of One Pillar Pagoda which resemblance of Lotus Flower in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Little Steps heading up to One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Little Steps heading up to One Pillar Pagoda in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Small shrine devoted to the  Mercy of God in One Pillar Pagoda at Hanoi, Vietnam
    Small shrine devoted to the  Mercy of God in One Pillar Pagoda at Hanoi, Vietnam


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    Historical Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Long Bien Bridge is another popular historical attraction to visit in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was originally named after Paul Doumer, the Governor-General of Indochina but renamed to Long Bien after Vietnamese independence in 1945. 

    Long Bien Bridge has become an important route to connect from Hanoi city to the main port of Haiphong and vice versa. The locals travel between these two cities by two wheels vehicle like, bicycle or motorcycle (motorbike) or by train.

     
    Long Biên Bridge which connects two parts of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam
    Long Biên Bridge which connects two parts of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam


    Ga Long Bien Railway Station is situated near to Long Biên Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Ga Long Bien Railway Station is situated near to Long Biên Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Taking the picture at the corner of Long Biên Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Taking the picture at the corner of Long Biên Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam


    A closer look of Long Biên Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam
    A closer look of Long Biên Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam


    The view of busy street from the top of Long Biên Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam
    The view of busy street from the top of Long Biên Bridge in Hanoi, Vietnam


    Interesting custom made of tribike or trimotor with rear car sit in Hanoi, Vietnam
    Interesting custom made of tribike or trimotor with rear car sit in Hanoi, Vietnam

     
    On the way heading back from Long Bien Bridge, we saw a beautiful historical Saint Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi, Vietnam
    On the way heading back from Long Bien Bridge, we saw a beautiful historical Saint Joseph Cathedral in Hanoi, Vietnam

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