The Half Jungle

Since SJK (C) Chong Fah Phit Chee was founded 109 years ago, in 1909, it gives an indication as to how long ago the Chinese community settled in Pudu.

Till today, Pudu is still known as Half Jungle in Chinese. It harkens back to the early development days of Kuala Lumpur when it was partially developed..

Half Jungle was the area between Pudu Jail and Cheras. Search to see my photo essay on Pudu Market for more insights.

Back to the school. From its original humble wooden building, a new building was built in 1952. It is both privately and publicly funded. In 2011, funds were raised to modernise the old building from 1952.

The ceiling, roof and wiring were replaced with funds from a community chest to keep the school and students safe. Inset picture of renovated building from Community Chest website (http://www.commchest.org.my/).

I don’t like the school emblem or logo that was possibly inspired by the winged emblem or logo of Harley Davidson. I forget that school badges often took this shape. Used to collect metal school badges as a hobby. The enameled button badges have a safety pin welded to the back.

I wonder if people still collect school badges? It was gratifying and an honour to do badge exchanges when visiting another school for a sports event or science fair. Life was simple then.

While photographing the Pudu Market, I met many female traders who were from the more than a century old Pudu English Secondary School (PESS). I know my Fb friend Kimyee Wong was. 🙂

It is located at Jalan Foss, opposite the former F&N factory. I think I may have collected its unique purple badge. Sadly, I don’t know where my collection is now.

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Wanton Act

You can’t please everybody. Someone asked me what the noodles and kelondong drink looked like. Good thing I turned around and ‘stole’ or ‘curi’ a shot from the neighbouring table before we ordered.
I asked permission from the strangers though. The proximity of tables in this crowded restaurant means, we being first timers, could hear and cue in on what everyone were ordering. Restaurant 168 is non-halal.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 320, f4, 1/200 sec.

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Kelondong And Wontons

We stumbled upon the best wantan (mee) soup this side of town by chance. The wontons include a big sui kow dumpling and the regular wontons had bite size prawns in it. Wonderful stuff. The noodles and char siew were buried underneath when I scooped the wontons and vegetables onto the ‘kon lo’ noodles plate.

Only thing I didn’t like was the drink recommended by the Indonesian waitress. Sar Lay Shin Mui or Kelondong fruit with sour plum drink. The fruit is known as Spondias dulcis or ambarella or jew plum. I think they blended it with all the skin intact. The drink tasted too raw and greenish. Anna liked it though.

Retaurant 168 is at 1 Jalan Brunei Utara, Pudu, 55100 Kuala Lumpur and is non-halal.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f5.6, 1/200 sec.

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Gum Chewing Woman Of 168

How about the non-smiling curry laksa chef who’s chewing gum non stop? As I was to find out later, Restaurant 168 is also famous for its curry laksa and curry noodles in addition to its prawn wonton noodles (wantan mee).

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f6.3, 1/200 sec.

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Restaurant 168

My long time friend Anna Har took me out for lunch and to do some street photography today. It is a meaningful and deeply appreciated gesture. Anna didn’t want credit, at first.

I told her it may inspire other friends to volunteer. As I told Anna, it not only provided the needed physical exercise but the outing is also mentally therapeutic to be able to talk to a friend.

For lunch, I told her ‘let’s find a place with real character and attitude’. Not some hipster joints. We chanced upon this famous restaurant named 168 at the back of the former Majestic Cinema in Pudu. It has plenty of character plus the food is good.

Looks like a shop in old Hong Kong. The Jalan Brunei area is a vintage and forgotten area of Kuala Lumpur.

Panasonic Lumix GM-1, ISO 200, f4.5, 1/200 sec.

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