Fantastic company…..!

Fantastic company…..!

Today we were very fortunate that Shareenjit and her mother wanted to meet for lunch, we went to

Life Style Veggie
50 Macalister Road
10400 Penang Malaysia
T: +60 1 3398 8933

Dec 12, 2012 2:14 PM

We were talking as if we had know each other for a very long time in fact it was only a few minutes!
We had so much to eat, at first we ordered many dishes. Once we finished them Shareenjit’s mum said lets order more!! I am in the company of foodies…..fantastic!!!!

Afterwards they kindly took us to

Khalsa Dharmic Jatha
51 Patani Road,
10150 Penang

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The gurudwara was founded in 1937 by the sikh sangat of penang, Malaysia. All religious ceremonies, social and community services are performed. The sikh sangat runs a Khalsa school and a library for the weak students to learn sikh philosophy, Punjabi language and religious hyms. The Managing Committee has over 100 members

We then went to

10150 George Town,

Unfortunately this Gurdwara was closed due to the lady not being there.
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They then took us to the Colonial town, Wharf and Little India where we had fresh coconut water. It was like a private tour of the town.

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The few hours we spent together just seem to fly past! It was time to leave Georgeown and head to Ipoh. Shareenjit and her mum said that when we next come to stay at their house. Just like family!!

We got dropped back at the hotel where we said our byes, picked up the car and headed to Ipoh.

Whilst in Penang we tried two fantastic dishes Char Kway Teow and Laksa Asam. A definite must try.

Crossing the bridge back to the mainland.
Dec 12, 2012 4:19 PM
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The motorway
Dec 12, 2012 6:05 PM

Arriving in Ipoh
Dec 12, 2012 7:16 PM

We made our way to one of the many Gurdwaras in Ipoh

Jalan Gurdwara,
30100 Ipoh,

In the twilight years of the 19′ Century. there was a small community of Sikhs in the Ipoh area who worked in the tin mines as general labourers or were bullock cart drivers and dairy farmers.
These Sikhs built their first Gurdwara Sahib around 1890 along Club Road. Sometime later, the Ipoh Police Station was built next to this Gurdwara Sahib. Subsequently, the management of this committee came under the control of the Sikh police personnel. The civilian Sikhs vacated this Gurdwara Sahib in 1910 as its location within the Police compound was found to be unsuitable due to security reasons.

Around 1910, the Sikhs were allowed to build their Gurdwara Sahib on the present site. In 1920, these Sikhs built a new wooden building, which was used as a Gurdwara Sahib. The Sikh Holy Book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, was respectfully placed in the Darbar Sahib on 13th December 1920. A jormela was held during, this occasion, which was well attended by the Sikh sangat from near and far. This Gurdwara Sahib land, which is 1 Acre 1 Rood in size, was gazetted as a Sikh Temple Reserve in 1929.

By 1981, the Gurdwara Sahib was in dire need of repair. It was also too small to accommodate the Sikh Sangat, which had grown considerably over the years. The Management Committee set up a Building Fund Committee to raise donations to build a new Gurdwara Sahib.

The foundation stone of the new double storey Gurdwara Sahib building was laid on 3rd January 1982 on the site of the previous Gurdwara Sahib. The cost of this building came to RM1,000,000.00 out of which RM120,000.00 was donated by the Government. The first religious function in this newly completed Gurdwara Sahib building was held on 9th October 1983. Sant Baba Harnek Singh Ji did kirtan and katha during this programme. This new Gurdwara Sahib was officially declared open on 22′ February 1988. The first floor is used as the Darbar Sahib. The ground floor and the annexe comprises of the Granthis’ quarters, langgar hall, kitchen, store, office library and two rooms for Sikh visitors.

The name of this Gurdwara Sahib was officially changed to Wadda Gurdwara Sahib Ipoh on 10th June 1985. Some of the Presidents who have served in this Gurdwara Sahib include Baba Bela Singh Kairo (1940s – 1950s), Sardar Ditt Singh J.P. (1960s), Sardar Sowdagar Singh (1970s), Sardar Tara Singh (1980s), Dato’ Seri Darshan Singh Gill J.P. (mid 1990s) and Sardar Darshan Singh Keliah (late 1990s to present).

The Management Committee comprises of the President, Secretary, Treasurer, their assistants and ten committee members. The present Trustees of this Gurdwara Sahib are Dr. Awthar Singh, Sardar Hira Singh and Sardar Dheer Singh.

There is a Sikh Assistant Registrar of Marriages who officiates at Sikh marriages in this Gurdwara Sahib when called upon to do so. The actual marriage ceremony is performed by the Granthi in accordance with Sikh rites.

Among the Granthis who were engaged in this Gurdwara Sahib was Bhai Gurdial Singh Gill Village Kambo Dhaiwala, Amritsar who served from 1949 to 1985, a period of about 36 years. Prior to this, he had served as a Granthi in the Gurdwara Sahib Lahat, Perak for about 10 years.

There are presently about 300 Sikh families in this area who participate in the religious activities of the Gurdwara Sahib. The normal weekly prayers are held on Sundays from 6.30a.m. to 8.30a.m. Prayers are also held on Thursday evenings from 6.30p.m. to 8.15p.m. The Asa Di War Kirtan is held from 5.30a.m. to 6.30a.m. except on Sundays. The Isteri Satsang programme is held on every Wednesday afternoon from 3.00p.m. to 5.00p.m. The Sikh Naujawan Satsang programme is held fortnightly on Thursdays from 6.30p.m. to 8.15p.m.

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Afterwards we drove to Kulvinder Singhs house, affectionately known as Kumi Veerji. In the evening we had a nice meal

15-17, Jln Dato Seri Ahmad Said (Green Lane), 30450 Ipoh. Specifically, it is situated in Greenhill area, opposite Regal’s Lodge hotel on the other side of the road.
Business Hour 11am – 3pm, 6pm-10pm

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Today we are leaving Tanah Rata for Georegown, Penang. We attended Simran, Nitnem and then after breakfast, there was IPS (inspiration sessions) with Sant Baba Sohan Kirtan Sewak Jatha. Afterwards our veerji (brother) gave a talk and asked us both to come on stage to share some words. Sangeet gave a great speech, I was next and just said a few words.

Goodbyes are always difficult, in this case they were very difficult. The love shown to us from this sangat has been amazing. We have not seen this much love anywhere else!

We left Tanah Rata at 11:30am when we were supposed to leave at 9am! The drive to Georegtown was firstly through winding roads then via a motorway

Stall on the side of the road
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They knew I was coming!
Dec 10, 2012 2:56 PM

Bridge crossing to Pinang island
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After arriving into Georgetown we checked into
Traders Hotel Penang
Magazine Road
George Town
10300 Penang
T: +60 4 2622 622
F: +60 4 2626 526
E: [email protected]

After checking in we went to grab some food

Life Style Veggie
50 Macalister Road
10400 Penang
T: +60 1 3398 8933

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The food tasted amazing, this restaurant is definitely worth a second visit.

Dec 10, 2012 9:00 PM

Coordinates: 05°25′N 100°19′E George Town (less commonly also spelt Georgetown,) is the capital of the state of Penang in Malaysia. Named after Britain’s King George III, George Town is located on the north-east corner of Penang Island. The inner city has a population of 720,202 and the metropolitan area population are 2,500,000 making second largest metropolitan area in Malaysia
Formerly a municipality and then a city in its own right, since 1976 George Town has been part of the Municipality of Penang Island, though the area formerly governed by the City Council of George Town is still commonly referred to as a city. George Town is also known as Tanjung (“The Cape”) in Malay, 乔治市 (Qiáozhì Shì) in Chinese and ஜோர்ஜ் டவுன் (Georgetown) in Tamil.
The inner city of George Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
George Town was founded on 11 August 1786 by Captain Francis Light, a trader for the British East India Company, as base for the company in the Malay States. He obtained the island of Penang from the Sultan of Kedah and built Fort Cornwallis on the north-eastern corner of the island. The fort became the nexus of a growing trading post and the island’s population reached 12,000 by 1804.
The town was built on swampy land that had to be cleared of vegetation, levelled and filled. The original commercial town was laid out between Light Street, Beach Street (then running close to the seashore), Malabar Street (subsequently called Chulia Street) and Pitt Street (now called Masjid Kapitan Keling Street).
The warehouses and godowns extended from Beach Street to the sea. By the 1880s, there were ghauts leading from Beach Street to the wharf and jetties as Beach Street receded inland due to land reclamation. A new waterfront was created at Weld Quay, where commercial buildings sprang up.
The historic commercial centre was segmented into the banking and trading areas related to port activities which included shipping companies, the import and export trade, and the wholesalers who dominate the southern section of Beach Street until now. It has been listed as a World Heritage site since July 2008.
At the turn of the 19th century, the northern section of Beach Street and the adjacent Bishop Street were the ‘high street’ where the ‘modern’ European emporium and stores selling imported merchandise were situated.
Among the early foreign companies that located their offices on Beach Street were the Netherlands Trading Society, the Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC), the Chartered Bank, Boustead & Co., Guthne & Co., Caldbeck & Macgregor, Behn Meyer, Sandilands & Buttery, G.H. Slot and the stores of Pritchard & Co., Whiteaway, Laidlaw & Co., and others. Among the local businesses that were established here during this period were H.M. Nooradin, Tiang Lee & Co., Guan Lee Hin Steamship, Tye Sin Tat, Pinang Sales Room, Koe Guan and others. Penang’s first petroleum lamps were installed on this section of Beach Street by Huttenbach & Co..

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