I got up at 4:45 a.m. on a very lovely Wednesday today. We have a mission and that’s to reach the KL Sentral station by 8 a.m. to have breakfast before catching the 8:30 a.m. ETS to Ipoh.
After 2 rounds of laundry and some house chores, I woke the girls up to get them ready.
I could not resist the magnificent colors of sun rise splashed on the sky and snapped a couple of pix. Can you spot the crescent moon and star? The moon and star are aligned beautifully for us today.
Thank God we were on time and managed to hop onto the train at 8:28 a.m. The train departed at 8:30 a.m. on the dot.
We were warmly greeted by my dearest papa and mummy who were already at the train station half an hour before we arrived.
My papa took us to Thean Chun @ Ipoh Old Town for lunch. This part of Ipoh is the most popular place in Ipoh where tourists and locals flock to savour the best ‘ngar choi kai’ (bean sprout chicken) in the world. Bean sprouts from Ipoh are the crunchiest, freshest, fattest and juiciest in the world.
Beef balls, beef belly with radish, satay, ‘kai si hor fun’, bean sprouts…
Wanton mee with chicken fillet (best in the world!) and ‘sui kow’ (meat dumplings).
Beads of sweat were dripping down our head and body while we tucked into our piping hot bowls of ‘kai si hor fun’. The weather today has been scorching hot and the sea of people at the coffee shop and the entire stretch of road made me dizzy. It’s definitely not a good idea to visit this place during public holidays.
After a satisfying and sweaty lunch, we adjourned to Concubine Lane, located just opposite Thean Chun coffee shop. It was our first time visiting this tourist hot spot.
Concubine Lane on Lorong Panglima is known to locals as ‘Yi Lai Hong’. Rich Chinese tycoons in the past were known to have kept their mistresses on this lane.
Concubine Lane is a 120-year old lane in Ipoh Old Town. It is part of Ipoh Heritage and one of the icons in Ipoh. Concubine Lane is most vibrant on weekends and public holidays where many pop-up stalls sell souvenirs, candies, desserts, refreshing drinks, toys, handmade crafts, etc.
Below – Drama Queen shopping for souvenirs of cute pencil cases for her school’s upcoming canteen day.
Below – dream come true for Drama Queen and Cass when they came across a stall selling DIY dream catchers.
Below – the ever indulgent koong koong bought these fruit popsicles for his precious grand daughters. At RM8 each, these ice fruit popsicles sure don’t come cheap.
Below – I spotted this concubine wannabe walking down the Concubine Lane.
Below – Cass and Drama Queen checking out drinks packaged in light bulb bottles. And no, I did not succumb to Cass’s plead to me to buy her one bottle to try.