Ever wondered where your favourite 988 radio deejays grew up, and how they spent their childhood?
Local Chinese radio station 988’s latest programme 988 DJs Back To Hometown will give you an insight into their formative years.
From Aug 24 to Sept 18, 988 deejays Anson, Jiun Too, Hao Min and Chan Fong will take listeners back to their hometown, where they will reminisce about their childhood experiences and introduce local delicacies, historical sites and cultural practices. The shows air from 9am to 9.30am.
Hometown: Kalumpang, Selangor
On air: Aug 24-28
A small town in the northern part of Selangor, Kalumpang is nearest to Perak as it is about 8km from Tanjung Malim. The town is close to 70km from KL.
“Sometimes we tend to neglect our surroundings when we are growing up. This programme gives us a wonderful opportunity to get to know our hometown better,” shared Anson who then introduced a historical site in Kalumpang.
“There’s an old temple that is over a hundred years old. Legend has it that Sun Yat Sen once spent a night there. Every three years, there’ll be a procession that starts from the temple and goes around village known as Kampung Baru Kalumpang,” said Anson.
“There’s also Sungai Inki, the clearest river in the area, and a nearby resort which depends on the river.”
For foodies, Anson recommends the handmade bao (steamed buns) and peppery beehoon.
He also said that his alma mater SJKC Kalumpang used to have 600 over students back when he was a student there.
DJ Jiun Too
Hometown: Sungai Petani, Kedah
On air: Aug 31-Sept 4
It was the biggest town in Kedah, but Sungai Petani did not have many places to play around in, said Jiun Too about her hometown.
“As a kid, I used to play over at Taman Jubli Perak, the largest park in Sungai Petani, where they’ll be birds, monkeys and squirrels sharing the same playground.
“We’d also go to the Pasar UTC. It’s next to a railroad, which we used to access the place. But now the place has changed a lot.”
For cultural enthusiasts, she recommends a trip to Pekan Lama during the Nine Emperors Festival, where there will be a procession from temple around the village.
As for local delicacies, she lists the curry mee and Hokkien prawn noodles as local favourites. “Visitors can head over to Jalan 2, a foodie street where you can get asam laksa, char kway teow, and lorbak too.
“There’s also a Lao Chi Hao biscuit house, where visitors can get their dragon ball biscuits. It’s over 50 years old and a third generation family business.”
DJ Hao Min
Hometown: Kulai, Johor
On air: Sept 7-11
Kulai is about 300km away from the Klang Valley.
When she talks about her hometown, Hao Min said it would most probably be about food: “There’s leicha (Hakka thunder tea rice) and kam chaiban (a flat dimsum).”
History buffs can stop by the train station, which she said is very small. “It’s a place so small that you won’t expect the train to pass by. But, small town people still take trains when they want to go to Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.
“There’s a kampung-style cafe called Happyland, where youngsters go for ABC and rojak. It’s 30-40 years old now!”
Outdoorsy types can enjoy the beauty of nature up in Gunung Pulai. “There’s a waterfall atop a small hill. People like to go jogging and camping there,” she noted.
Hao Min also recalled a popular band called Compass fronted by local singer Penny Tai. “It was quite active at that time. They would participate in competitions and come to our school to stage shows.”
DJ Chan Fong
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur
On air: Sept 14-18
Chan Fong was born in KL and grew up in a shoplot facing Jalan Ipoh (now known as Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah). “In the 1970s, there were lots of cars. It was busy, noisy, dusty and we had no space or a garden. But, it was very convenient. There was a big playground, and a bus stop at the main road. I’d take a bus to school from there. Next to it is a hawker stall that has been there for over 40 years.”
Jalan Ipoh is, of course, famed for its breakfast lane with numerous stalls selling dim sum, bao (steamed buns), chicken rice, mee laksa, etc. “Someone even brought Jackie Chan to eat laksa there,” said Chan Fong.
“Looking out from our house, there’s a wooden stall selling yong tau foo. (The place is) hot and uncomfortable but very popular as the food is very tasty. It’s 40-50 years old. There’s also a famous eatery selling Hing Fah cuisine that does brisk business during lunch hours which is packed till 3-4pm.”
About 1km away is the Sentul Cinema, where one had to pay extra RM1 for seats on the upper deck. “It’s on the Little Indian Street, where you’ll find shops selling clothes, prayer items, as well as Indian restaurants and temples,” he recalled.
988 DJs Back To Hometown goes on air from 9-9.30am starting Thursday.