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Thanks to a friend’s help, my book is now available at Badan Warisan Malaysia‘s gift shop along with other books about Malaysia’s heritage. I was so proud to find my book is now being displayed next to Dr. Ho Tak Ming’s “When Tin Is King.”

You can find Badan Warisan Malaysia‘s outlets at:-

> No.2 Jalan Stonor, 50450 Kuala Lumpur,
> Suffolk House at No.250 Jalan Air Itam, 10460 Georgetown, Penang
> No.8 Herren Street at No.8 Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka.

This is an apt move for 188 Hugh Low Street is a heritage building and my book is about growing up in this heritage building. Badan Warisan Malaysia is a non-profit organisation committed to the conservation, preservation and promotion of Malaysia’s built heritage.

Thanks, everyone, for your help and support in bringing my book to more people.



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Online Bookstore ~ 188 Hugh Low Street

Orders for my paperback book, “The Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter” are coming in daily from readers all over the world via e-mail and Online Bookstore in Facebook.

“I want to encourage everyone
to pick up a book and read today!
It’s my favorite pastime.
What books are you reading today?”


Book Price (paperback) : RM 32.90 per copy

(excluding postage or delivery charges)

Bachelor of Science (University of Malaya), Grad Cert. of Education (University of London). Retired teacher from Methodist Girls’ Secondary School, Ipoh.

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Yesterday I was back at D7, Kuala Lumpur to sell my book at the History of the Dutch in Malacca talk by Dennis de Witt. We enjoy the talk very much. Thanks Dennis, now I know why the Standhuys was red. And got to meet many new faces! 🙂IMG_8351_694x521

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My Facebook friend, Ben Toh, a former ACS boy, has an art gallery at d7 Sentul East and this morning, he organized a painting session for kids and their parents. He also invited me to sell my book there. Since both my children loves to draw and paint, I decided to bring them along as a weekend family outing. I got to sell my book to a few parents who loves to read. My husband cum cameraman, Marcus, had a field day snapping away at the beautiful venue. It was a fun-filled outing before the rain came down on us. What a blessing!






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Yesterday, my handsome and jovial Facebook buddy, a Peranakan guy by the name of Bert Tan, invited Marcus and me over to his restaurant which is situated along the Malacca River. Riverine serves Peranakan cuisine cook by Bert’s sister. A former Malacca Anglo Chinese School boy, Bert was the organizer of the Heritage Talk which was to be held at his outlet on the first floor. He asked me to give a talk on my book and sell my book at his premise. Thank you, Bert, for your kindness and generosity.

At this event, Madam Josephine Chua gave an interesting talk on the history of Bukit China. She had done a splendid job on enlightening us what our school’s history text books could not. After that, Mr Colin Goh, the master of ceremony for that night called me up to give a brief introduction on my book. This is the first time I was asked to speak in front of a crowd. Needless to say, I was quite nervous at first but very quickly, I came to enjoy it very much. It was a wonderful experience to be able to speak face to face with my readers and telling them what inspires me to write this book. I really appreciate their warm and thunderous applause.

After my introduction, the attendees began to throng at the table where my book were displayed and gave me a sounding support. They love heritage, no matter which place it is about. Now I have people so proud and passionate about Malacca reading my book on Ipoh too, isn’t this wonderful ?

All in, it was a fruitful and memorable trip!






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Reunion after 30 years

This trip back to Ipoh is very special for me because I also got to meet Madam Tan Meng Eng nee Mrs. Wong Yew Choong who was my form teacher in MGS in 1981 when I was in Form Five. It’s been 32 years since we last met when I left school after SPM……………. read more



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Yeah…….! More book sales at Falim House and on the streets of Ipoh old town……

Wow….. I sold a few books during my visit to Falim House in Ipoh. Surprisingly, I met Chew Beng Hian’s brother, Ignatius Chew who was at Falim House too. And he bought a copy of my book. Before leaving Falim House, I met Dr. Raj Paramjoothy from Klinik Raj and he too, bought a copy of my book as a gift for his young son named Kuhan who followed his dad to Falim House.

Later at Ipoh old town, more sales coming my way when I gathered enough courage to approach some strangers on the street and told them about my book. The result was surprising. What an awesome opportunity!

I sold a few more books to the folks on the street of Ipoh old town………….read more



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Double rainbows in Kuala Lumpur…..

What a wonderful day…….!
This morning I delivered my book “The scissor sharpener’s daughter” to my friend who came back from Belgium.
Awesome…… To my surprise they love it, bought a few more as gifts to friends in Belgium and Holland……….read more


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You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

I just took the first step on the night of August 3rd at the Ipoh ACS Alumni Dinner held at Kinta Riverfront Hotel and was richly rewarded.

My first customer that night was a friendly and cheerful lady by the name of Madam Tan Kit Pheng. She need no persuasion to buy my book. Standing at my stall, giving me a very broad smile, all she did was just take a look at my book and declared firmly, “Okay, I want to have a copy of your book!” and that started the ball rolling………………read more


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 More update from my

Book preview :    “The scissor sharpener’s daughter”

Purchase book online :   https://188hughlowstreet.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/online-bookshop-the-stories-of-the-scissors-sharpeners-daughter/

facebook :   https://www.facebook.com/188HughLowStreetOnlineBookshop

blogsite :     https://188hughlowstreet.wordpress.com/

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“The Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter” book sale at “Ipoh ACS Alumni friend forever night” on 3rd August 2013, Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh.

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Antares with lovely Bonzo

Dear Ipohgal,

I’ve been meaning to email you after reading your stories from 188 Hugh Low Street, but posting this on your timeline is probably better – since it also serves as a public endorsement! You know I love stories – and storytellers – and your writing reminds me so much of my Aunt M.Y.’s – how could i not enjoy every single chapter?

I was touched by your ability to conjure minute details and your frank approach to what some folks might regard as embarrassing subjects. Your language comes across as sincere and unpretentious.

What gives your stories special appeal is that you write from the heart – your compassion & empathy shine through every retrieved memory & makes them come alive in the reader’s imagination. As documentation your book deserves national recognition, as it vividly captures images of an era long gone.

My heartiest congratulations, Frances. Your ancestors must indeed be glowing with pride & joy! ♥

Antares, from Magick River

Thank you, Farouk Gulsara of RIFLE RANGE BOY!

Thank you, Larry Ng!

Thank you, my teacher, Mrs. Wong Yew Choong!

Thank you, Dr Anthony Pun!

Thank you, Ian Anderson!

Thank you, Gerry Robert!

188 Hugh Low Street

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“I want to encourage everyone
to pick up a book and read it today!
It’s my favorite pastime.
What books are you reading today?”

Book preview – “The Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter”


Orders for my paperback book, “The Scissor Sharpener’s Daughter” are coming in daily from readers all over the world via e-mail .


Book Price (paperback): RM 32.90 per copy

(excluding postage or delivery charges)

new releaseE-book (in PDF form):   RM 22.90 per copy

( pdf version with personal password) downloadable.


For local readers :

Payment for the book can be made to my account at Public Bank Berhad.

Account # 4-9697450-17

Bank Swift Code: Public Bank Berhad (PBBEMYKL)

For overseas readers:

Payment for the book can also be made to my PayPal account

(option for Overseas).

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My Paypal account :  francesyipyfliew@hotmail.com



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E-Book (in pdf version)


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A reason to hit the road again…

“Yes, I am definitely coming with my family,” I told Ian Anderson when he invited me to attend his “Ipoh, My Hometown” book launch on 17th September 2011 at Ipoh Royal Club.

After all, my daughter’s examination will be over by then and the family has a reason to go back to Ipoh for a week-end break. Yeah, we can get away from mad Kuala Lumpur for a few days and that would be heavenly!

So off we “balik kampung.” Balik Kampung simply means going back to one’s hometown.

What a small world!!

On the morning of the launch, we were a bit early than the rest when we reached the venue. Save for a few people running up and down for some last-minute preparations before the event proper came up, we just walked around taking some photos of the panoramic Ipoh Padang from the verandah near the visitor’s lounge.

As my kids were busy with the camera, my eyes wandered around and caught the sight of someone familiar. A  tall and dignified Indian lady was chatting with her friends and instantly I could recognize her as Miss Rita Irene Thavarajah who used to be my class teacher in 1972, almost 40 years ago! I was her student in Standard 2C in Methodist Girl’s Primary School along Kampar Road.

Amazingly, she still looked the same after four decades. Her hair-style, her spectacles, her sari and her soft voice, nothing had changed for Miss Rita! With confidence, I walked over to her and introduced myself to this lady teacher.

“Excuse me, are you Miss Rita Irene Thavarajah, a former teacher at MGS?” I asked smilingly.

She looked stunned and speechless for a moment before she smiled and nodded, “Why, yes I am!”

“Look, my name is Yip Yoong Fong and I was your student in Standard 2C way back in 1972. I could still recognized you well enough!” I offered and with that the ice was broken and we were like old friends catching up.

“Am I a fierce teacher?” she asked me with curiosity on her face.

“No, far from that. You are one of the most friendly teacher I have ever met,” and that bought smiles to her face.

“I also remembered how you drove a little green Morris Minor to school every morning!” and she was laughing so hard.

“Yes, I drove all the way from Greentown where I lived to Kampar Road. It was a feat in those days, a feat for a woman!” she proclaimed proudly.

We took photos and chatted the morning away. I never expected to meet up with my former teacher after 40 years and it was just fabulous. It was a very pleasant surprise indeed for both of us. And to make it even more bewildering, Miss Rita was the aunt of Felicia, Ian’s assistant. Isn’t it a small world?

The home I once knew…….

Ian was resplendent in his native Scottish kilt while his lovely wife Meng Wai looked so beautiful in a set of nyonya kebaya. They made a stunning couple.

Ian presented me with a complimentary copy of the book. After a brief chat with him and as the crowd started pouring in to view the books, I excused myself from Ian and found myself a quiet corner along the verandah overlooking the scenic Ipoh Padang to have a look at this much talked about book.

As I flipped through the pages with my family, I was touched to read back the few stories which I contributed to “Ipoh, My Hometown“. I took a brief walk down memory lane of my childhood days at 188 Hugh Low Street. I explained to my children and husband the days of a bygone era which will never come back again but still remained vivid in my heart.

“Look Mommy, the photo of  Gung -gung (maternal grandfather) with us both taken on Chinese New Year’s Day in 2004. It appeared in the book!” my daughter Alexandra exclaimed excitedly upon seeing her photo appearing in the book.

“I am going to tell my friends about this,” she laughed. Alexandra was the apple of my Dad’s eyes and she loved him too. She was very happy to see herself sitting beside her grandfather and brother in that memorable photo.

I am pleased to see that Ian and his team also included some photos of a scissors sharpener taken along Cockman Street. What a shame that we do not have a camera to take some photos of my Dad sharpening scissors in those days for I believed such photos are valuable and will further enhanced the stories of how a man strife to make a living sharpening scissors and knives.

“Mommy, where can we buy this book?” my boy Nicholas asked.

“According to Uncle Ian, this book can be found in MPH bookstores and also buy online at ipohworld website.”

I am glad that with the encouragement from my family, I could write down these memories into words as a tribute to my parents.

At this book launch I also got to meet two other writers whom I have enjoyed exchanging wonderful comments in ipohworld. They were Katherine Wong and Aaron Ong. Thank you Katherine, you are so sweet and jovial. And to Aaron, thanks for your photos of Hume Street, the place that once held sentimental childhood memories for us both.

This is simply amazing!

To complete the morning full of surprises, this is the mother of all surprises. The mother of Captain Ho Weng Toh, the oldest contributor, was the elder sister of my maternal grandfather, Chow Yue Phui. Thus, this former war plane pilot was my Mom’s cousin brother. He and I are related through my Mom’s side. In short he was my grand-uncle! Through the years we had lost family contact. I found out after reading a few chapters of the book once I got home. Names like “Heng Woh Shoe Shop” in Market Lane and his father Ho Kok Lim sounded very familiar because my Mom once told me about this family of shoe-makers whose eldest son ended up being a war hero in World War Two.

Aren’t you convinced by now this is indeed a small world? Ah, what a morning!

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