A former ex-classmate of MBS Sentul forwarded to me some old pictures of KL (source unknown) with captions. Below is the first I have chosen to comment on. From the captions of other pics, the MBS mentioned actually referred to the school in KL town centre and not in Sentul. But I happened to know a grandson of Tan Chong briefly (Dr. Tan Kang Leong), who studied for a short period in Methodist Afternoon School, a private school using the same premises as MBSS, run by Capt.(Rtd) Lim Swee Hong, but as the name suggests, in the afternoon session.
Caption: A few MBS alumni worked at P&A dept of Tan Choong Motors, the sole agent / distributor of Datsun ( Nissan ) vehicles circa 1950s. Not a very popular Japanese vehicle brand then ...
Now known as Edaran Tan Choong, its Head office / show room is still based at Jalan Ipoh since its founding from the early 50s.
Below is a picture in my possession of my father's vehicle repair shop in 1928, at No.91 Jalan Ipoh, KL. He was standing (third from the right), a boss at the age of 19! Looking at the above picture, TCM is at the junction of Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Ipoh (on the right). No. 91 (one of many shops owned by Yap Seng Chye, who had a liquor shop and Esso petrol station near junction of Jalan Kovil Hilir/Jalan Ipoh) was just a stone's throw away across the now Jalan Ipoh dual carriageway.
When I was a child in the 1960s, my father was sharing a used car business with a Mr. Leong Ah Sum. Only on rare occasions when my brothers were busy, he had to drive a car (Austin A30 or A35) from the shop to fetch me from school. Near the shop was an Indian shop selling spices and the strong smell I can imagine till today! I first tasted teh tarik at a stall nearby. I can still remember the appealing colour which I now know as colouring! Lunch at the corner Hainanese coffee shop (facing TCM across Jalan Ipoh) was a treat to me, a change from my mother's usual. Occasionally, a Hainanese selling chicken rice would drop by. He carried his stuff on two containers held by a kandar stick. He would bet with his customers, using his chicken rice as stake! His was the first time I had chicken rice rolled into a ball.