Perak Royal Museum - 17th March

Waiting for real estate agent to call us re looking inside a Sunway City villa to determine if they would be suitable for Asian base.  34°C forecast for today.

Read the Ipoh Coffee packet this morning and noticed each cup has 135 to 180 Calories. This is most likely because beans are boiled in Palm oil margarine before roasting and the creamer is made from palm oil. My unexplained expanding girth was what alerted me to this and we have decided to limit our consumption!

The Food Hawkers market was great last night and we scoffed down Seafood soup with lots of chillies, charcoal roasted Chicken wings and Pork and Prawn Won Ton Mee. Washed it down with a warm herbal tea. Cost 22RM or A$7.80 for the two of us.

Popped on our tourist hats and Sam took us 30 mins north of Ipoh to Kuala Kangsar. The toll road was built by Koreans and was a remarkable. Not a pot hole in sight and road surface as smooth as a baby’s bottom!

On arrival we inspected Sultan Azlan Sha Museum which was once the Sultan of Perak’s residence. It was full of expensive goodies including three Rolls Royces a few Mercedes and some very large Chinese pots. Obviously he was not short of a quid. His watch collection a diamond encrusted smorgasboard for those with more money than taste. Needless to say it was a very large place with servant’s quarters.

It seems there is a Sultan for each Malaysian state and they basically attend openings,Olympic Games etc. Unsure of their everyday role.

Visited the rather quaint Pavilion Tower built next to the Polo field by the Sultan so that he could rest between chucker’s in the cool and still see the game.

The highlight was the Istana Kananga (Perak Royal Museum) built in 1926 from woven sliced bamboo and timber without a nail being used. Even the roof tiles were timber. Unfortunately like many attractions in this region it was closed for renovations. The building was unique and after a little discussion with the man in charge we were allowed to approach the building through a side gate and take some pics. He was helpful and explained (and showed us) that damage by termites had made it unsafe and they had no current funds to do the repairs.

Another Gem here was the Ubudiah Mosque. Its gilded multi domes were like none we had seen before. Built about 1914 for the Sultan it is one of the prettier Mosques.

Ubudiah Mosque

Ubudiah Mosque

Old Malay house

Old Malay house

Perak Royal Museum

Perak Royal Museum

No call yet from the Real Estate agent. Glad we did not wait around for him.

Have discovered that car servicing is very cheap in Ipoh. An oil change general service if you supply parts is 20RM or about A$7. A timing belt service if you supply the parts is 200RM or about A$53.The last thing we had done in Oz was a new clutch and it cost over A$1500. When I told our driver Sam this he was aghast! Petrol is currently1.95RM a litre or about A$0.70 a litre. Easy to see why Stephen and Colleen give Ipoh honourable mention in their book.