A continuation of my last post.. After we got home that night we were joking around talking about driving down to Ipoh for chicken rice & some of us kinda wanted to visit the Taiping Zoo. It was another random, barely planned thing..The gist was.. I asked everyone if they were serious about it, then the next morning...We piled up in my mum's car and guided by the trusty waze, off we went!
My boyfriend & I took turns driving..well on the way we decided against the taiping zoo and as per Fang's request, Kellie's Castle was the first stop. Well technically it's in Batu Gajah, around 20 minutes drive from Ipoh.
Kellie's Castle was built by a scottish planter named William Kellie Smith.He came to Malaysia in 1890. In 1903, he returned to Scotland to marry his sweetheart Agnes. He brought her back to his home in Malaysia and later that year the couple was blessed with a daughter named Helen. He loved his daughter but wanted a son, an heir to his empire. Poor Agnes found it hard to conceive a second child. It was another eleven years before she became pregnant again. In 1915, Agnes gave birth to a son named Anthony. In celebration, Smith began planning the construction of a huge castle, which was actually an extension of his Kellas House (his first mansion) behind the castle.
|Walkway/Bridge leading up to the castle|
Because of his fascination of the Hindu religion and India, he incorporated much of the elements in to his new home. Bricks and tiles were imported from India. He even enlisted the help of 70 Indian workers from Madras of South India as skilled laborers for the construction of the mansion.
|The ruins of the Kellas House (His first mansion)|
|Entrance next to the Kellas Home|
The stables which purportedly has ghastly smells of incense and spirits from time to time
We then ventured into the castle..I guess since it is an unfinished castle, the internal was a bit dirty and rundown. But it was still fun to wander around reading about the details of the home on signs posted on the walls.
|The main hall (what it would've looked like)|
|The view from one of the rooms|
|And here's the linen closet. Pretty huge compared to normal housing standards nowadays.|
We also bumped into a team of people filming a movie ..
Adventurous spirit satisfied, we headed back to Ipoh. Stopped by at Ipoh parade for a little exploring.. but it was quite boring actually.. :(
|Wandered around aimlessly and decided to try out this 9D cinema because it looked kinda interesting|
|Let me be honest with you.. the 9D cinema wasn't that amazing.. the ride felt like hours long and it made all of us dizzy.. the graphics weren't scary at all (we chose a zombie movie) so.. it was just.. meh.|
I'm telling youuuuu now that I will definitely go back for it if i ever travel/stop by Ipoh. (yes it's that good for me,never mind what other people think.)
|Judging from the (almost) cloudless sky.. I'm sure you can tell it was a VERY hot day.. even with my car's air-con on full blast it still felt like we were being roasted over a spit. zzz.|
|I had kuetiau while the others had rice (Rice buckets, the lot of you! ;p just kidding.. hehehe)|
|I guess most of us would never forget the awkward/funny moment when the meatballs taste better than the (signature) chicken|
|Hastily snapped this lopsided|
And that's the end of the trip!
|Sorry, it's hard to get a proper picture of the sunset when you're cruising on a highway :p|
For me it's a really fun experience .. I loved how it brought everyone together.. because well, traveling sorta requires everyone to rely & listen to each other's opinions, and take care of each other right? Also, we've started planning future trips, talking about traveling & exploring new places together . It's like we've been consumed by this insane need to travel :p (it's not that bad, really. But you know what they say, when there's a first, there'll definitely be a next time) .Thus the title : bitten by the travel bug.