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“二叔公” 与 “金铺”

A corner of the street that is full of pawn and jewelry shops.

 

    

     

   

   

Traditional pawn shop “二叔公” with bell shape logo.

Note :

二叔公即係當鋪,係廣東話。二叔公收二手貨押品借錢應急,客人之後可以用當票畀錢,要返件貨,叫做熟當。比如“拜二叔公”就是指将财物典当(因为旧时当铺柜台极高,当客要将财物高举才能递进柜台)。

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Here are some rare glimpses into the interior of the infamous Pudu Prison of Kuala Lumpur, days before it was closed forever from the public’s eyes. From the corridors to the room cells, the whole structure of this century old prison painted a picture of gloom and doom.

   

Block D where the execution chamber was located. The hanging room was torn down, leaving a big gap when view from busy Jalan Pudu.

 

A fountain now left abandoned and  broken.

   

Iron gate leading to the prison cells of Block A (Left), Old entrance to the prison circa 1895 (centre) and the main entrance view from inside out (right).

  

The kitchen of the prison.

    

Corridors of despair and rooms of loneliness. The empty gap once housed the execution room where condemned men and women were hang for crimes committed.

        

A view from the second floor. Below is an air passage for sunlight to illuminate the cells of the lower floor.

   

A training centre for inmates to produce rattan furnitures for sale.

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The Fallen Heritage  文化遗产倒了….!

     

 The Pudu Prison was located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was completed in 1895. There was a 390-metre prison wall, and had been adorned with the world’s longest mural at one point in its history.

According to some sources, in the early 1980s’, Mr Khong Yen Chong, a talented former inmate, used some thousand litres of paint to create an eye-catching and impressive mural of tropical scenes. The mural measured about some 800 odd feet long by 14 feet in height and was also mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records as being the longest mural in the world. He came back as a volunteer to complete this memorable masterpiece, although he was a free man after his release.

    

More pictures of interior of this infamous prison in coming parts !

Videos showing the demolition of the mural

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ye8eyq_yc1w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2OEHIqcnL4

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A beautiful heritage building, but unfortunately it was left abandoned by the owners. Note the arch, a rare sight nowadays and the old-fashioned windows (above).

     

Ah, this row of pre war buildings had been renovated and were put to good use as guest houses and restaurants. You can see a lot of foreign tourists along this road, relaxing and enjoying their Chinese cuisine, drowned with pints of beers.

      

This white building housed a Chinese drama society called “Yan Keng Benevolent Dramatic Association 人镜.” Just next to it was an old tailor shop from the past, still operating under the name “Kwong Fook Wing.” Both these buildings are a very rare sight in this metropolitan city of Kuala Lumpur.

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The Chin Woo was officially founded in 1915 by the students of a wushu shi fu (), a Master and teacher of wushu called Huo Yuan Jia (), ………….Many sources say that Chin Woo was founded by Huo YuanJia (霍元甲).

                  

                

The only public pool can be found in KL center, that’s Chin Woo’s swimming pool.

CHINWOO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Chin Woo’s spirits

CHIN WOO’S THREE VIRTUES

WISDOM: Man of Wisdom cannot be misleading
BENEVOLANCE: Man of Benevolence has no worry
COURAGE: Man of Courage has no fear 

CHIN WOO’S TEN CONCEPTS 

Man: To achieve all around ability through moral, intellectual, and physical training

Character: Respect for others and self-respect through justice and integrity

Caring: Humanity and equality through honesty and frankness

Words and Deeds: A person’s dealings are judged by his words and deeds

Trustworthiness: To keep every pledge and promise

Punctuality: To be punctual in appointment with no apology

Justice: To uphold justice impartially

Service: To render service with honor

Welfare: To give and not to take

Fraternity: To love others as you love yourself and your own family

              

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The Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall雪兰莪中华大会堂(KLSCAH) is located at No: 1, Jalan Maharajalela (Birch Road), 50150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

                                   

       

Kuala Lumpur’s landmarks have constantly been changed to cater for the growing needs of the city’s folks. The Chinese Assembly Hall is still standing majestically. Despite the fast pace development of the city, KLSCAH has been able to survive the demands of developments.

It has a glorious past, built-in 1910 and completed  about 13 years later. The historical building was the center for cultural and political gatherings of the Chinese community when Kuala Lumpur was still part of Selangor and even until now. This all white building was beautifully lit up at night throughout the year and big red lanterns adorned its doorway. It was indeed a pride of the Chinese community of this nation.

You can see a pair of Chinese guardian lions (石獅) standing firmly at the main entrance. They are believed to have a powerful mystic protective power. Such powerful icons can always be found at the home of the wealthy, temples and associations. The lions are always created in pairs, with the male playing with a ball and the female with a cub. They represented the harmony of yin and yang.

         

        

This building used to face a tall and colorfully lighted fountain at a roundabout (now an extinct roundabout called Bulatan Merdeka). It was one of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular sightseeing attractions during the late 60’s and early 70’s (the road was formerly named as Birch Road).

Further down this road was the famous Chinatown, a must go shopping district for tourists both local and foreign alike. Come and feel the splendour of the past in one of the most historical area of Kuala Lumpur.

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Did you know ?  

The Morning Glory family includes Moonflowers that only bloom at night.  

           

          

Morning Glory Plants.  

The fragrant flowers unfurl to greet the morning sun, then close up in the afternoon. Colors include white, red, pink, purple, blue, and bicolor. Give your Morning Glory plant something to climb up. They will entwine themselves around obstacles. They are perfect grown on a fence, lamp-post or trellis.  

The Morning-Glory, in the family Convolvulaceae contains at least 50 genera and more than 1000 species. The Morning glory flowers start to fade a 2 hours before the petals start showing visible curling.   

                       

                     

Caring for Morning Glory 

Give a good support system to the upcoming vine. 

Morning glories are favourites of sun, so do not over water them. 

Morning glories are excellent reseeders. So once you plant them, there is no need to replant them. 

To reduce their reseeding capability remove all the dead vines after they are killed by frost.

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