During the previous Mid-Year school holidays, I had opportunity to discover some new places and I would like to immortalise them in my blog (like usual!). I don’t know why; the wanderlust bug has been getting me more severe than ever; and the feeling to be free is immense!
The “Our Lady of Fatima” church at Kangar, not that far from the Kangar Hospital. Thanks Kord; driving all the way just to see the emblazoned facade. Hehe!
The first one was the Church of Our Lady of Fatima located at Kangar. I urged Kord/Zahiri to visit this church, en route to Kuala Perlis because I was intrigued by the biblical terminology of the church. This was all rooted to the one article I read in The Star newspaper and coincidentally also, I happened to see one of my ex-banker colleagues “checked-in” at the church – the name “Fatima” was the curios magnet to me as the name is normally associated with Islam (as it was the name of Prophet Muhammad SAW’s daughter, Fatima Az-Zahrah) and now there is a church with such name? I am a bit oblivious with this and that explained my curiosity! Haha!
The 3 children who reportedly to witness the visions of Mary at Fatima, Portugal. Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia Santos. The two (Jacinta and Francisco) were canonized by Vatican; that means they are now to be known with venerated title “Saints”. It was said that they had visions which pre-dated the events such as Consecration of Russia and the Assassination of The Pope. You guys can read more at Wikipedia.
Crowd witnessed “Miracle of The Sun” in 1917, a prophecy made by these children of Fatima.
Well, it was a small church. And average-thinking Malay Moslems probably won’t give a damn about it and perhaps will be astounded to learn that another Malay Moslem was so agitated to see the facade of the church, no?! Anyway, it was said three children witnessed the apparition of Virgin Mary at Fatima, Portugal. Now, the name of this place was said to be derived from the name of a Moor princess abducted by the Christian Spaniards and also happened to be the namesake of Prophet Muhammad SAW’s daughter, Fatima). These three children then witnessed several apparitions and visions associated with Virgin Mary and the fact that The Pope recognized, or rather consecrated the events, had led to the usage of venerated titles such as “Our Lady of Fatima” and “Sanctuary of Fatima”, etc. For me, this is interesting. I wonder if any average Malay Moslems has the same question like I did if they were to see the name “Fatima” emblazoned on the facade of the church? Or perhaps, they just couldn’t be bothered – only I, as a history and theology freak is excited about it?! Haha!
Walking along the lane. A kids’ windmill at the front of a souvenir shop.
The second place that I wanted to write about is Concubine Lane at Ipoh. I’ve heard so much about it and naturally, felt intrigued by it as well. On the way back to Batang Kali, I decided to do a spontaneous detour to Ipoh; and the lane was not that far from the Perak State Mosque! According to legend, the lane was reportedly used by Chinese tycoons to house their mistresses, hence the name. Have you guys watched the famous TVB Hong Kong period drama called “The Good Old Days” starring Chan Sau Man as the naive, good first wife protagonist named Sau Hau? Basically, life was like that in Concubine Lane! The lane was saturated with a lot of eclectic bazaar goods and Chinese kopitiams (cafes)!
The unique souvenir shop. I’ve forgot to take note of the name. Very unique.
Antique stuffs! Telephone, vinyl records and mini cupboard.
So retro. I love the ambiance!
The staircase and the whole decoration definitely transferred you back to the olden era.
But there was a souvenir shop that really stood out from the rest! It was a wooden 3 storeys shop lot and the staircases bridging the floors were still those made of wood! Automatically, you transferred to the olden era; seeing pin-up posters of classic Chinese maidens; a trishaw model; vinyl records, etc! There were also eclectic choices of souvenirs such as silk purses, fridge magnets and many more.
Little toys made with different colour of attires, from silk.
Felt like I was in the era of Teresa Teng with her famous ballad “Yue Liang Dai Bio Wo De Xin” (The Moon Represents My Heart).
The old trishaw. Awesome!
For those who find that history/culture/antiques are mundane stuffs, you will probably find that The Concubine Lane is dull but as for me, it is a jewel to be treasured, a testament to the glorious olden era of the Chinese community in Perak. History is fascinating and I am glad that I’ve experienced another unique place in Malaysia.
Beautiful grafitti of Charlie Chaplin & Marilyn Monroe by Leadlab; at the pavement walk leading to The Concubine Lane.
Looks like Perak is following Penang’s step in boosting its tourism appeal. Good job, Perak!