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The Big House that Kellie built in Batu Gajah

The British controlled Malaya in the early 1900s, as much as the Empire controlled many more around the world in its heydays. To exploit the lands they conquered, opportunities were freely given More »

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Little India~Ipoh (Perak)

Every major town in Malaysia is likely to have a cluster of Indian textile, grocery, souvenir or other kinds of shops along a strategic street(s) selling “authentic” Indian items & blasting with More »

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Prawns of Tanjung Tualang, Perak

This smallish town near Kampar-Malim Nawar-Batu Gajah is  a fresh water shrimp/Chinese food haven. Prices are reasonable as long as you keep to the common popular dishes, meaning the prawns ( choose More »

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Kluang’s Real Coffee

Every town has its very own affectionate corner. So happens this one is at the railway station itself. The place makes the crowd or is it the crowd that makes the place?  More »

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Its good to be famous

The ‘pearl of the orient’ , as it used to be affectionately called in the early years may have regained its faded lustre post 2008 (at least the cleanliness). New broom sweeps More »

Pusing (Perak)’s tasty n cheap fish

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Yesterday we were in the mood & called our local pond fish specialist to get us a nice catch.

The friendly restaurant facing the main Pusing-Ipoh road transformed the freshwater beauty into a perfectly steamed wonder, all for an incredible RM14. ( Sometimes you don’t have to pay the sky to enjoy a good meal).

Next … Sang Yi coming up !

The Big House that Kellie built in Batu Gajah

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The British controlled Malaya in the early 1900s, as much as the Empire controlled many more around the world in its heydays. To exploit the lands they conquered, opportunities were freely given to  adventurous entrepreneurs, such as to a young Scotsman called William Kellie Smith, who became a legend in Batu Gajah, an agricultural outpost destined first for a bountiful coffeeland which was not to be.

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The then wealthy (if not mad) Scottish proceeded to build a humongous pseudo English/Moorish Mansion on a hillock in the tropical jungle near a river with local & imported craftsmen sometime in the 1910s. It is said he was driven by a wild desire to elevate his social standing amongst the English elites who were making waves in the local scene, or as a love monument to his young English wife. Whatever the case, the poor man died before the Big Thing could be completed and was left abandoned as dead.

Today the partially restored/refurbished “haunted castle” is alive again & has become a kind of low-keyed tourist attraction mainly for curious passers by or as an Old World backdrop for wedding albums.

You can explore the vast waste land & enjoy Kellie’s bad dream for a cheap RM5 an entry or perhaps find the inspiration to reminish on the what-might-have-been.

Yeah, why not !

Kellie’s Castle
Batu Gajah
Perak
Malaysia

GPS Coordinates
lat 4.4736753
long 101.0789513