On Friday, we started our journey from KL to attend the akad nikah after Friday prayer. Since we had a bit of extra time, we detoured to Gopeng. I wanted to visit the Gopeng Heritage House. But I found out it's only open on weekend. Then we went round and round the small town looking for Hup Teck soya sauce factory. Hup Teck is known for its homemade recipe of preservative-free soy sauce. Actually, the factory is right behind the Gopeng Police Station. Look for a wooden house with lots of earthenware jars in their front yard.
Sentosa Villa. It's located very near to Taiping Lake Garden.
And the 15yo dude seems to agree with me. At least for this one :-P
Kids getting excited over a leech.
Before we left Taiping, we stopped by few places. Throughout this trip, I love the opportunities to expose my kids to history. OK. truthfully, as always, I was more excited than them. But you got to at least give it a try, right? :-P History has never been their favorite subject at school. Luqman thinks the syllabus is superficial and there's a lot of brainwashing. No offence, but I understand where the dude is coming from. Flip through their text books and you will see it's 1Malaysia all over. Hajar is just plain bored. History never intrigued her. Call me imposing, but I really want to prove to them that learning history in context is so different and can be interesting. And I think I am making progress. Small, small progress :-)
Taiping War Cemetery. You can learn more about the history here.
The girls checking out the antiques.
But this coconut cookies is yummy. I should buy more :-)
After the wedding reception in Ipoh, we checked in The Roots. It's an eco-resort in a fruit orchard. I wanted to try out the tree house but was advised not to by Meena, the owner of the place. All the tree houses were by the road side. And according to her, it can be pretty noisy especially at night. So we opted for the Orchard Villa instead.
It's practically empty but it's a nice place to get kids started with the history of Perak. The Perak man. The meteorite explosion in Lenggong Valley. etc.etc.etc.
Street art in Ipoh old town.
Old buildings.Besides old buildings & street arts, Ipoh has a lot of interesting old dying traditions. We went to Jalan Silibin to catch the laundry man who washes clothes the old fashion way. Read more about Mr Supramaniam here. Unfortunately, we were not fast enough. We reached there about 10.30 am and he already hanged all the clothes. Then we tried our luck trying to locate a signboard engraving shop at Lorong Bijih Timah in Ipoh Old Town. Hajar wanted to see the craft man at work.And we discovered that most shops were closed on weekend.
But we found Burps & Giggles :-)
Great ambience. Great food. Great music.
Last stop before we headed back to KL. Kellie's Castle in Batu Gajah.
I found it interesting that the castle had so many secret passages. Was it just a normal safety measures or the guy was paranoid? Maybe due to bad experiences?? God knows.