The team of Ipoh Happenings is often told that Teluk Senangin is a nice and well-managed beach. Believing it so, we paid Teluk Senangin a quick visit last Tuesday afternoon with the hope of spending a nice quiet afternoon with our kids.


Location of Teluk Senangin, Perak



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What we really saw at Teluk Senangin


However, we were left disappointed. What we saw was clear signs of neglect in and around Teluk Senangin. :(


We saw clogged drains full of rubbish and infested with mosquitoes. Amenities such as public toilets were strangely locked and visitors could not use them at all. The beach was also quite dirty with piles of rubbish strewn in some spots.


Teluk Senangin in a state of neglect?

Teluk Senangin in a state of neglect?

Teluk Senangin in a state of neglect?

Teluk Senangin in a state of neglect?

Teluk Senangin in a state of neglect?

Teluk Senangin in a state of neglect?

We don't know what had happened to Teluk Senangin but with this exposé, we are hoping that relevant authorities will look into this as soon as possible.


Thank you.

The team of Ipoh Happenings was quite lucky this morning. We had the opportunity to meet the Google Malaysian team, by chance, behind the Google Street View cars at Greentown's Nasi Vanggey restaurant.


Google Street View cars in Ipoh!

Google Street View cars in Ipoh!

Google Street View cars in Ipoh!

For your information, Google Malaysia kicked off the ground work for the nation's Google Street View data capture last August 28th 2013.


Progress of Ipoh's Google Street View Data Capture


We approached the team members of Google Malaysia's Google Street View and we were told that they have more or less captured all the necessary data for the outskirts of Ipoh and now they are focussing on capturing the heart of the Ipoh City. The work might take them a few weeks to complete, so you can expect to see their cars quite often in the next oncoming weeks.


Ipohites, watch out! :)

On March 9th 2013, a freak storm hit Ipoh and uprooted a few old trees at Padang Ipoh and Masjid Negeri.


Yesterday, on April 9th 2013, another freak storm hit Ipoh and left trails of considerable damages to the great city. The news was all over the mainstream media yesterday.



Election banners strewn everywhere


The team of Ipoh Happenings was there at the scene to see the aftermath of the strange freak storm that hit Ipoh yesterday.


In some parts of the city, we saw political banners strewn everywhere. Barisan Nasional with their infamous love for huge buntings and banners was worst hit by yesterday's freak storm.


Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

Uprooted tree at Pejabat Pos Besar Ipoh


The sight was utterly shocking. The uprooted tree had damaged the windows of Pejabat Pos Besar Ipoh and a car owned by one of their staffs.


Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

We also noticed that the freak storm had either damaged or brought down some of the barriers erected by the contractors working on a minor development project at the public park of Stesen Keretapi Ipoh, located just in front of Pejabat Pos Besar Ipoh.


Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

Freak Storm hits Ipoh amid Mahathir's and Najib's official visits on April 9th!

After talking to fellow Ipohites that we met at the scene, we were told that nobody got hurt in the incident. We learned that yesterday's freak storm hit the area somewhere between 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM.


We were also informed that Tun Dr Mahathir was there at Stesen Keretapi Ipoh around 3:00 PM. Luckily, the freak storm hit the area an hour later! What if the freak storm had hit the area an hour earlier!?


Once again, the team of Ipoh Happenings couldn't help wondering about the two strange freak storms. The March 9th 2013 freak storm hit Ipoh during the opening day of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament. Yesterday's strange freak storm hit Ipoh when Tun Dr Mahathir and Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Hj Abd Razak, two of our well-known statesmen were here in Ipoh.


What does it all mean?

The team of Ipoh Happenings is not playing a cat and mouse game with anybody.


We are just very concerned with environmental issues, something that is strangely taken lightly by many Malaysians not only in the great City of Ipoh but also anywhere else in the whole country.


In the last few posts regarding the subject of solar UV (Ultraviolet) radiation, we had revealed some disturbing indications of extreme levels of solar UV radiation bombarding Ipoh and the matter had already been highlighted to our Malaysian Meteorological Department.


To those thinking that our concerns are baseless, we would like to make it known here that both UV Awareness and TEMIS or Tropospheric Emission Monitoring Internet Service (hosted by Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute) are UV Index Reporting sites that are endorsed and acknowledged by the World Health Organization. The World Health Organization is of course the official authority for health matters, for all members of the United Nations. By endorsing and acknowledging the UV Index Reporting services provided by UV Awareness and TEMIS, the World Health Organization ultimately shows that UV Awareness and TEMIS are authorities in their own right.


Logo of the World Health Organization

WHO: UV Index reporting sites

In another word, indications of extreme levels of solar UV radiation bombarding the City of Ipoh as put forward by UV Awareness and TEMIS are not something to be taken lightly nor dismissed entirely.


The team of Ipoh Happenings will have more in the near future. Stay tuned!

Last Saturday afternoon, March 9th 2013, strong winds hit the great City of Ipoh and uprooted a few old trees believed to be hundreds of years old at Padang Ipoh. The team of Ipoh Happenings was there at the location last Sunday morning and what we saw that morning was simply shocking.


Padang Ipoh's hundreds-year-old trees uprooted by strong winds

Padang Ipoh's hundreds-year-old trees uprooted by strong winds

Padang Ipoh's hundreds-year-old trees uprooted by strong winds

Padang Ipoh's hundreds-year-old trees uprooted by strong winds

Padang Ipoh's hundreds-year-old trees uprooted by strong winds

Padang Ipoh's hundreds-year-old trees uprooted by strong winds

We were told that a few other trees had also been uprooted by strong winds at Masjid Negeri (Masjid Sultan Idris II) and Gunung Lang. When we were at Padang Ipoh, workers from Majlis Bandaraya Ipoh were seen busy clearing out the fallen old trees that had seen much and served Ipohites well throughout their living years.


The team of Ipoh Happenings couldn't help wondering about this strange incident. After all, Ipoh had seen many strong winds in the past but none had any huge effect on the mighty old trees at Padang Ipoh. All of a sudden, one strong, divine wind was all it took to bring down those mighty old trees.


What does it all mean? Is this some kind of a divine message indicating the beginning of the end for something here in Ipoh and the whole country?


Only time will tell.

In the last few days, Ipohites had been treated to a world-class hockey experience. Yes, we are referring to the ongoing 2013 6-Nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament.


The team of Ipoh Happenings are delighted with the way our hockey boys had been performing so far. Two straight wins against Korea and New Zealand and later today our boys will go against Australia, currently ranked number 2 in the world.


2013 6-Nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

2013 6-Nation Sultan Azlan Shah Cup

Do you think we have a chance against the world champions?


However, we are not here to talk about our chances against the mighty Aussies. We are here today to express our concerns and displeasures with the Vuvuzela plastic trumpets that were brought into the Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium by our own home fans.



Vuvuzela trumpets create deafening, annoying noises that steal the pleasure of watching great hockey. As matter of fact, we had observed in a number of occasions that the players themselves could not hear the umpires' whistles because of the noises created by those mighty annoying Vuvuzela trumpets. You may ask the Korean and New Zealand coaches if you do not believe in us.


In many other parts of the world, Vuvuzela trumpets had been banned in many stadiums. The team of Ipoh Happenings feels it is high time that a similar ban should be imposed on Vuvuzela trumpets in future editions of the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournaments.


Hockey fans want to watch great hockey, not hearing annoying noises in the background.

Finally!


After waiting patiently for 15 days, the team of Ipoh Happenings finally received the information that we had been waiting for from the Environmental Studies Division of our Malaysian Meteorological Department.


For the benefit of everyone, we have decided to share the following email in its entirety;


First of all, I would like to apologize on behalf of my director for the late response and I must admit that we have overlooked in responding to your email much earlier. Very sorry for that matter. Regarding to your request on the UV monitoring instrument which currently being run operationally in Petaling Jaya, the instrument that we are using is Brewer MKII Spectrophotometer. This instrument is a fully automatic instrument used to monitor the amount of ozone in the atmospheric column and the amount of UV-B irradiance from the sun. It measures the relative intensity of light in the ultraviolet spectrum between 290nm to 325nm wavelength. If you need more details/ documentation on this instrument, you can refer to the manufacturer (Kipp & Zonen) website at http://www.kippzonen.com/. You are also most welcome to visit us at our head office in Petaling Jaya for a technical tour on the UV monitoring.


Mr. Ito of JMA, Japan visits the Delft office to see his new Brewer

Testing the Italian Air Force Brewer spectrophotometer

We would like to express our thanks to the Environmental Studies Division of our Malaysian Meteorological Department for inviting us to take a look at the equipments currently utilized by their UV Monitoring Station at Petaling Jaya.


The invitation is very enticing and we look forward to visit them one day. :)


In the meantime, the team of Ipoh Happenings will study the new given information and we will come up with our responses in the near future. We would strive to seek the answers behind the indications of extreme levels of Solar UV radiation bombarding the City of Ipoh as indicated by UV Awareness and TEMIS.


Stay tuned!

We have another strange monument located at Taman Dr Seenivasagam and this one is also often overlooked by the park visitors.


Rotary Club's International Peace Park 1993 Monument at Taman Dr Seenivasagam

Rotary Club's International Peace Park 1993 Monument at Taman Dr Seenivasagam

Rotary Club's International Peace Park 1993 Monument at Taman Dr Seenivasagam

Unlike the Lions Millennium Time Capsule Monument that is located more or less 157 meters to the south-west of this particular monument, this one doesn't have much information left anywhere on the monument to help curious park visitors.



All it has is a piece of plaque cemented on the monument and after checking it with our compass, we found that plaque is facing more or less the magnetic south. On the plaque is etched the words; “ International Peace Park 1993” and “Rotary Club of Ipoh-Kinta”. The emblem of Rotary International is also etched right in the middle of the plaque and it does look pretty amazing.


Rotary Club's International Peace Park 1993 Monument at Taman Dr Seenivasagam

Rotary Club's International Peace Park 1993 Monument at Taman Dr Seenivasagam

After making a quick search on the internet, the team of Ipoh Happenings believe that the monument was built to promote world peace. If you do some research on your own, you will find that Rotarians have the habit of building monuments in many parts of the world. We don't know when exactly they built the monument at Taman Dr Seenivasagam but we can all make an educated guess that it is probably built in 1993 by Rotary Club of Ipoh-Kinta.


Sacred latitude and longitude?


We have come to the part that intrigue us the most.


In our last post, we had revealed that the Lions Millennium Time Capsule Monument is located precisely at N 4.60263 and E 101.08419 (results may vary across GPS devices).


Check this out.


After taking multiple GPS readings at the site, we found that the International Peace Park 1993 Monument is more or less located at N 4.60382 and E 101.08495 (results may vary across GPS devices).


In another word, both monuments are located more or less on the same latitude (N 4.60) and longitude (E 101.08).


Is it just a plain coincidence or a feat of ingenuity?

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