Eat. Sleep. Relax. Ipoh (Part III) – Streets of Ipoh
Day 2 in Ipoh was about exploration the many alleys of Ipoh’s Old and New Town. Similar to Penang, there are a lot of interesting wall murals in Ipoh and there was this interesting art installation at the Market Lane (三奶巷) that reminded me so much of what we have seen at Sydney. 🙂
Always thankful to have this model with me to give me silly poses for my capturing. 😀
Similar to what we have seen in Penang, we realised a lot of the shops were closed or for rent, making the streets look deserted when the shops are mostly closed. Sometimes we wonder how some of the shops survive since we hardly see anyone in some of the little alleys we walked in.
Since Singapore has developed quite fast with lots of high-rise buildings and structures everywhere, going to certain places in Asia such as Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong sometimes reminded me of the good old days of Singapore. That is not to say that such places don’t exist in Singapore anymore. There are still such places but you just have to spend some time to find them, away from the tourist-friendly area. 🙂
However a scene like this is never going to be found in Singapore anymore. We were walking along this bridge when we noticed some kids playing by the river as well as a man catching fishes using a fishing net, just like it is any other normal day in Ipoh.
Sometimes going overseas is a lot more than it seems. Part of it is enjoying all the food and shopping while another part of being able to travel overseas is to be able to experience the many different things that these places brought to you. It can be something simple as bringing you back to the good old days of your country such as in this case. Or even learning about the culture and development of these places and from there, helping you to appreciate your own country even more. Travelling definitely widen our view of the world. It is not to say that Singapore is the best since it definitely has much more to learn from other places but being able to see that there are so many other places that have so much lesser than us, helps us to appreciate what we have while moving forward to be even better. 🙂