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Lake View Hotel

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gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
July 24, 2008 12:32am

One of my old haunts back in 1960s, Pity to see it so run down.
kayes

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 1,606
July 24, 2008 4:03am

I suppose Lake View Hotel's heydays were in the 60s. I have been there a few times in the late 60s. Of course the legendary Rocky Teoh (Malaysia's own Elvis) performed there often. And occasionally there were bust ups between the local armed forces and the public, usually caused by too many Tigers.


In 1994 I advertised a car for sale and at that time I was living in Penang. The buyer was from Ipoh. He wanted to see the car and so we arranged to meet halfway in Taiping. I suggested to him we rendezvous at the railway station but he said he didn't know where it was. So I suggested the post office and he didn't know where the post office was either. After a few more suggestions, I said how about the Lake View Hotel at the Lake Garden and he replied an instant "YES". Speaks volumes about the popularity of Lake View Smile
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
July 24, 2008 8:26am

Your right of course Kayes, Never a dull moment at the lake View but i always had a ringside seat as i used to play with band on and of (best seats in the House :-))
retired falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 64
August 12, 2008 12:17am

Yes, Lake View Hotel had its time in the 60s. and the late Rocky Teoh took me and my bandmates there to hang out whenever we were in Taiping. Later when I joined Civil service, I was sent to Taiping to attend courses and again used to hang out at Lake View, but this time with an old friend from Teluk Anson, hence his nickname T.A. He played the guitar in the 60s with a band in T. Anson but moved over to reside in Taiping. Whenever he jams on the guitar, he will have a cigarette in his mouth, maybe his habit. I think he works in Seng Kong Optical. I have not met up with him for some time so I wonder if he's still around there.
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
August 15, 2008 1:12am

Hi Joe
What instrument did you Play?,I used to stand in during the interval i never missed the oppertunity for a freebee,I was a right little Gene Krupa back then,i liked most kinds of music but i was fascinated with the music played at the jogit, I loved the sounds of that Music.My Dreamgirl at that time was Anneka Gronloh singing songs like Boeroeng Kaka,Bengawan Solo, Nina Bo Bo, and
O,oo Papa Dja. Those were the days.
retired falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 64
August 16, 2008 5:57pm

Hi Gadzy, I play the guitar and keyboards. Wow! Gene Krupa. Cool! Have you met this guy TA that I mentioned? Anneke Grohloh, yes, I like her singing too. In fact. I still have her EP with all the songs you mentioned. Still watch her on YouTube too. There was a drummer from Ipoh called Geegee. I heard he has moved to Taiping and drives a taxi. I wonder if he is still there.
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
August 17, 2008 1:12am

Hi Joe
I may have met TA back then, i seem to recall one of the lads playing with a ciggie in his mouth, he also used to stick it on the end of a guitar string when things realy got going Ha Ha, You know Joe the Lake Gardens Hotel was full of hidden talent and produced some realy good up and comming talent, the name Geegee also rings a bell? but its all so long ago one tends to forget a lot.:-))
I was a great fan of Eddie Cochran and when i had my own group (THE CRAVATS) we always started off with the great number "RAVE ON", You know Joe that Elvis was King but i always thought Eddie one of the best if not the instigator of Rock and roll, and i often wonder how far he might have went if he hadent met with such an untimely death?
retired falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 64
August 17, 2008 4:14am

Hi Gadzy,
Yes, thats TA all right.I think thats his habit when he plays the guitar. I realy would like to meet up with him one day and Geegee too. Its been a long time. Oh! So you were with the Cravats. Cool! I've heard of you guys back then. You all were good lah! RAVE ON! hehe.
I recently met up with a group of guys who play Shadows music and we jam every wednesday.These guys are the baby boomers age so they love this kind of music. One guy, a drummer, was from Malacca with a band called the StreamLads and later with the Strangers from KL. Quite fun. We'll be doing a gig next month.
Jim Joyce

Registered: July 2008
Posts: 55
September 2, 2008 6:40am

I think it was the Lakeview Hotel.were there a few small shops behind,one a Newspaper shop if I remember,where I went with my Father one afternoon and he was propositioned by one of the local Soiled Doves in the bar,much to his chagrin and my amusement
retired falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 64
October 3, 2008 5:17am

Yes!!! I found him. I took a drive with my wife to Taiping today and after lunch at Tan Chen restaurant, I walked over to Seng Kong Optical and found my old friend T.A. still there. Spent some time at his place and talked about old times. Gadzy, I'm sure you'll recognize him as he hasn't changed, except for the slightly balding look. He doesn't play the guitar anymore, so he said. I'm really happy to have met up with him once again.
gadzy

Registered: July 2008
Location: Scotland
Posts: 82
October 3, 2008 6:17am

Good for you Joe, its great when you meet up with an old chum after so long,
So T A has not changed much apart from a Baldy napper :-)) well all i can say is tell him welcome to the club :-)) sorry to hear that he no longer plays the guitar anymore, also tell him that old age does not come alone lah.
retired falcon

Registered: August 2008
Posts: 64
October 17, 2008 4:02am

TA now runs the Chin Kong Optical after his uncle passed on. He has aged a bit but still active and still with his packet of cigarettes. Maybe I could order a pair of glasses from him for ol' time sake and get a good discount.



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