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A House To Be Proud Of

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Subject :A House To Be Proud Of
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Location : Hume Street, Ipoh
Estimated Year : 2010
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Source : Ian Anderson, Ipoh
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This beautifully preserved house is located along Hume Street and has remained as such for a number of years now.

According to one of our blog readers, kh:

I know this house as well as the family as I also grew up in Hume Street and was living there from the 40s till the 60s. In the early days, they have a “peen pak” Cypress tree in front of their house–this tree died after they tar the road.

I have seen the Hume Street road changed from gravel to tar. In the old days more bullock carts passed by Hume Street than cars. We used to play basketball in the basketball court just behind this house, there was the Chin Woo Association there in the old days too, where people learned “kung fu” at night

The lady who build this house was Madam Choo and fondly known as “koo por” grand aunt, she used to dress in a blue sarong and white shirt and had a bun on her hair–the Nyona style.

She was a very kind and loving lady–in fact in those days all living in Hume Street have great respect for her, almost everyone call her “koo por”–her door was always open and the trishaw man will just walk into her house for a cup of hot tea whenever they so wish as her door was never lock during the day–in the old days–never a problem.

Her grandson is the present owner of the house and he is maintaining this in memory of her (Madam Choo) as he and his younger sister were brought up by the Grandmother as their father (who was Madam Choo’s youngest son)died during the Japanese occupation of Malaya.

I believe he has also made a trust to look after this house when he is no longer here to do so in the future as a token of his gratitude to his grandmother for all the sacrifices she made in bringing him and his sister up–so I guess there will be a future for this house–even in later years, which will serve as a memory to a grand old lady–Madam Choo. How nice a grand old house to remember a grand old lady.

Madam Choo had 3 sons and 8 daughters and many grandchildren and great grandchildren

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