Shih Chung Branch School, Penang – an old, abandoned building that had seen better days. It was originally a unique Anglo-Chinese mansion belonging to Cheah Tek Soon.
The building was the first five-storey residence in the Straits Settlements and local Hokkiens called it goh chan lau (five storey bungalow). Later, it was named the Chinese Residency when Tek Soon’s brother lived there in the 1900s. Much later again, the Tye brothers turned it into the Raffles-by-the-Sea hotel in the 1910s. Again, much much later, it became the P’i Joo Girls’ School (named after another old towkay, Leong Fee or Liang P’i Joo), the Government Girls’ School and finally, the Shih Chung Branch School.