We did an impromptu visit to Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan on the first day of Raya festive season, which was a major public holiday in Malaysia.
A bit about Kuala Pilah. It is about 25km more or less depending where you destined to reach from Seremban. The journey was really pleasant though we were caught in a massive traffic jam, as many were heading to Kuala Pilah for Raya visits. Well, it added about 45 minutes extra to our drive, so took us about 1.5 hours from Port Dickson to reach the town.
The road condition is really good, with some hilly parts, the local government has built wider roads so to reduce the traffic congestion.
You will enjoy the Minangkabao’s styled houses along the way, with some significantly beautiful. We stopped for a few, but we did not enter the houses, as they are privately owned, though one owner actually invited us in, but we passed that, as we have to rush back to Port Dickson for late lunch with twins.
So as usual, we just parked our car some where, and then we walked about the town. A small town with a mixed of all ethnic groups of Malaysia. Everyone is really welcoming to everyone, more so when we are obviously being spotted as not from Kuala Pilah.
We stopped at a very traditional Chinese house, which often we will see in places like Penang. Wait, actually we seen quite a few shop houses that have the same architectures as the shop house in Georgetown, Penang.
陈源兴 is believed to be quite old, maybe more than 80 years in the town. According to a nice Malay gent, whom was having his family portrait taken at the photo studio next door, this house owner (whom has passed since) was a member of Kuomintang, also known as Nationalist Party of China, a major political party in the Republic of China or Taiwan. The shop house has hosted KMT’s leader Chiang Kai-Shek, whom married to the Soong’s sister. And according to the said gent, Sun Yat-Sen may had stayed here too during his visit to Malaya.
The said gent met Retna, asking where we are from, and after she told him we are from Malaysia, he started sharing the history with us. I could only presume Kuala Pilah people loves visitors and they are generally good hosts.
The photo studio owner’s wife then also approached Retna, and recommended us to have our brunch at Sinaran, which we did.
Very little information I could find on Google about 陈源兴, his shop house.
Since it is a private property, we could only see and admire the external.
I could see that the unit was refurbished a bit, especially the front, with additional tempered glasses installed to prevent the breaking of the hand crafted artworks. I am not sure whether was done by the owner or by someone else, as no information is available on site.
When we were photographing the windows, I then realised the unit is occupied and the owner seems to be hosting his guests!
From the reception area, or now a living area of whoever living there, I could see ironing board, basic chairs and tables. The walls are still packed with many decorative items, as well as the pictures of the couple, whom I presumed must be the owner of the shop house.
It has a balcony on the upper floor, and I guess the shop house must be like 5,000 square feet or more.
The back is a kitchen, which I am not it is in use, as it is sparkling clean.
I wish I have taken down the contact of the said gent we met, so we could visit Kuala Pilah again in near future to get more details from him.