These are casuarina trees in front of Ipoh Padang. Can you imagine a tree that has already been around since before your grandparents were born? Standing here on a windy day, I can almost hear a whistling sound as the trees sway gracefully against the breeze. My grandparents had walked along this road. Mum and dad came here during their courting days. I have also brought my family here to enjoy the panoramic view and to tell them about our history. There are quite a number of colonial heritage buildings around this area such as the HSBC Bank building (1920), Standard Chartered Bank (1908), High Court (1928) and the FMS (1906) building that once housed a famous bar and restaurant. Through the decades, our nation has changed from the British colonial time, to Japanese occupation to a brand new independent Malaysia. Through the years, the casuarinas had stood tall, as beautiful as ever.
This is another view of the beautiful casuarina trees. In front is a building with green outlines and designs. It is the Indian Moslem Mosque, built in 1908. Further behind this mosque is the St. Michael's Institution.
I believe that the area surrounding the Ipoh Field is the most beautiful and symbolic representation of Ipoh. What will Ipoh be without the evergreen casuarinas? Certainly it will lose a big part of its charm. I want my future generations to be able to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the casuarinas just as I had the privilege to do during my time.