"Return to my roots in Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia" Top 5 Page for this destination Batu Pahat by lethasaldanha

Batu Pahat Travel Guide: 57 reviews and 196 photos

Balik Kampong--Back to my roots

I grew up in Batu Pahat and left in 1967 after completing my Senior Cambridge at TIGS. I went back for the first time in October 2010 with my husband. We stayed at the Rest House, which is next to two of my childhood houses and overlooks my Alma Mater TIGS.

We had lived in five houses in Batu Pahat. My father used to work for the DID, a Government body so these were Government house. My first house, Malay style houses on stilts was in Pasir Tinggi, next to the Power Station which is still there. The house is now one of a row of dilapidated shells filled with childhood memories.

My houses in Batu Pahat--Simpang Rantai Hilton

I had not expect to find all five house...but did..or almost. The second house at what used to be the end of Gunong Soga, backing the Golf Course is still there and occupied as is my third house, also in Gunong Soga, facing Jalan Kluang.

My 4th house was at the Simpang Rantai Roundabout; the compound is still there, overgrown with trees; I recognise some of the trees. The sign says it is now an UMNO property where the famous Lontong stall known as "Hilton' operates in the morning. The Rest House we were staying in is round the corner. So we had breakfast at 'Hilton' every morning...right there in my former compound

The owner of the Lontong stall and her family embraced us ever so warmly after hearing my history in Batu Pahat and that I used to live in the compound where they now operate; I left in 1967, they moved there in 1970, they used to operate a block away, and the house burnt down in the 90s I think...thanks to their warmth and affection, excellent breakfast and coffee every morning from them, I felt I was back home

Batu Pahat Boleh--Batu Pahat Can

For a trip down Memory Lane, this trip surpassed all expectations. The town has grown but retained its old charm and apart from my houses. the Rest House where we stayed, and my Alma Mater TIGS, the old part of town was intact as well, as I had left it...Bee Bee Bakery, the Assam Pedas next to Cathay, Ah See Noodle House on Jalan Jenang, the Hainan chicken place, the shops on Jalan Penggaram, the river side hawkers..

Mr. Haji Abdullah, the husband of the owner of the Lontong stall, heads the Batu Pahat historical society and we spent some happy time exchanging nostalgic notes...he knew many of my father's friends...sometimes a trip just takes on so much more meaning at the turn of a corner...

I am sure I will go back....

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:This was a personal trip for me; Batu Pahat is not on the tourist map and retains its old charm, not much of which is left in the cities of Malaysia
  • Cons:No cons for me; always home, but for a tourist it is probably a pass through town. Excellent food from breakfast at Hilton (Lontong, Mee Siam etc.) to dinner at the river side Hawker center
  • In a nutshell:Old town charm, excellent food, off the beaten track--personal memories for me
  • Last visit to Batu Pahat: Oct 2010
  • Intro Updated Nov 14, 2010
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