26/11/2008

Penang during the Old Days

My Sis forwarded an email about with some pictures of old Penang and the city of Georgetown recently. It certainly brings back nostalgic memories looking at them. I also picked out several images from the attachment and want to show it to you here. If you have seen Penang Island before 80s, you'll love this pictures!


Look at this vendor selling balloons! I certainly have not seen this, probably too young. I didn't know helium balloons were sold this way. I only remember buying balloons in the Pesta Pulau Pinang at Sungai Dua and all the Pasar Malam during school holidays at Gurney Drive.



I love this picture. Who is this woman? Cool and trendy. This is the trishaw man and his passenger. Trishaws were plenty in the olden days. I remember in the 70's, many school kids were sent to school in trishaws! In the 80's there were some but not as many. Trishaws used to be King of the Road so if you happen to drive behind a trishaw, don't be surprised if they don't make way for you.



This was common sight in housing estates. We used to have the 'breadman' delivering a loaf of bread to our house on alternate days. When we weren't in, he'd just pop the bread into our large newspaper compartment. We would hear his bicycle horn/bell as early as 5am and once more at about 5pm. We always love the Sunshine's Fluted Roll. It's round loaf of bread. I wonder if anyone remembers this breadloaf.



This used to be my family's favourite Sunday place. After Sunday lunch, we'd be driving to this Cold Storage located in Georgetown to get our weekly groceries. Back then, there were only few supermarkets. One was Barkath Store near my home and Cold Storage. There were some departmental stores like Oriental, Tong Aik and if i remember correctly there was Island and one other next to it and there was Super Burmah Road, at that time the latest addition.



When I saw this picture, it was unbelievable. In general, this is the picture of Penang Road but those KDK lighted signage was something that brought so much memories to me because my cousins live on that top floor (with the open space red tiled flooring)! My cousins and I used to play 'catch' on that red tiles before and after dinner. That is the highest floor in Singapore Hotel (in Penang of course) and my uncle was an employee of that hotel, thus the family lived on the top floor. My sis and I used to visit them often every Saturday and Sundays. When there was a Chingay parade, we'd be sitting dangerously below the KDK pillars on the roof and watch Chingay. The tall flags sometimes fall against the roofs and we as kids would get excited and tried to pull the flags.

12 comments:

FAMILY FIRST said...

I love to browse through very old pics too! Especially with my mom and on her bed .. hahahha! Love the good old times where everywhere, everything and everyone was safe. Now ah, cant even step out of our own house!

reanaclaire said...

wow.. real cool pictures of the yesteryears.. i love to see those type of pics.. how i wish i have snapped more of my younger days too.. now i miss my old house, what i hv are only memories..

Nick Phillips said...

I had an uncle who lived in Penang in the 70's and we visited him during the school holidays and those pictures sure does bring back fond memories :D

Pete said...

Ha ha, brings me back to old Penang. Nice nostalgic pictures!

Nancyew said...

Cool pics......brings nostalgic memories back to the good old days.

stay-at-home mum said...

Love looking at "old" pictures. Sure brings back memories!

PureGlutton said...

Wow! Those are certainly priceless pics! Altho' i'm not from Pg, i can relate to some of the stuff - the breadman - yes, we had that kinda breadman in ipoh too! And of coz i remember the round Sunshine fluted loaf! And all those round coconut buns which only cost 10sen back then!

Purpled Sky said...

aaaaw, i know how you're feeling. it's always nice to look at old pictures and reminisce the days :-)

Coriander Dreams said...

gorgeous photos of yesteryears!!
-Marie

Martini said...

look very peaceful ya, not much cars on the road :)
until now my hometown in Indonesia still has lots of "beca", but it's a different one from the one in Penang.

Anonymous said...

so nice to be able to look at these old pictures :) thanks sharing.

Jipunabor

dyn said...

can't beleive they sell balloons that way...with helium tanks all around~