Kyels wrote about childhood memories which gave my old mind a jumpstart to write this. Had been telling my kids on and off stuffs like, “When I was your age…..”
COCONUT LEAVES TENT
I lived in a kampong and hence, surrounded by coconut trees. Once a month, a group of Indian men will come to our kampung to cut down the coconuts and chopped off some leaves. Whenever they arrived, we had to hide in the house or risk breaking our heads because coconuts fell everywhere.
I would built a tent with the coconut leaves. Put some of the leaves and make a floor. It was really fun because I would then be lost in reading Enid Blytons in my little green home.
Kampong kids like us did not play with lame, pink plastic plates for masak-masak. (OK lah, we were too poor to buy them.) We played with rusty plates, real fire, real herbs and cook real (but unedible) stuffs.
We also play ‘market’ by picking flowers, herbs and stuffs to sell. For money, we use cockles shells.
Self-drawn paper doll made from hard cardboard. A one-dimension toy yet it brought out kids creativeness. Then, we designed dresses, handbags, shoes for the paper dolls. Who needs Barbie, huh? Check out MG’s blog for online paper dolls. Nice!
MARBLES AND PEBBLES
Batu tujuh, comprising 7 small stones and we need to throw one up in the air, catch one, two, three (in that sequence) pebbles from the ground. And another variation is 4 pebbles with one marble.
KALITUI and MARBLES
I can’t explain Kalitui and the other type of marble games. It is available, with picture someore on KS Tangs’s blog.
CLIMB TREES, CATCH MONITOR LIZARDS AND PADDY FROGS FOR FOOD, WATCH MAGGOTS EATING DEAD ANIMAL CORPSE
Maybe I will elaborate these next time.
Oh ya, I also used to smoke out moles from their holes. Give them lots of fire and they will have to crawl out of their holes, sooner or later. Never fail one.
Any of these games familiar to you? I bet not.