Kucing Gatal Speaks

Thursday, September 01, 2005

The tides of change

Then: Ali, Ah Kow, Muthu
Now: Adam, James, Steven

Then: Bata, Pallas, Bubble Gummers
Now: Vincci, Hush Puppies, Jimmy Choos

Then: Ais kacang, aiskrim potong, ice balls
Now: Cornetto, Haagen Daz, Baskin Robbins

Then: Warung ABC, Medan Selera, Gerai bawah pokok
Now: Starbucks, Gloria Jeans, Dome

Then: Kiki Lala, Kitikat, Anakku
Now: Baby Guess, Bebe's Home, Cape Cod

Then: Lee, Applemints, Ladylike
Now: Levis, Dockers, MNG

Then: Hopscotch, 5 stones, congkak
Now: Playstation, X-Box, Gameboy

Ah... such a simple life we led back then. Less choices, less materialism, less desire to keep up with the Joneses.

Malaysia, how you have changed ....

Till next time, this is Kucing Gatal signing out with a nostalgic Meow.


  • So true.

    Reminds me of the time my relatives and I were talking shop, and our late grandpa overheard us. His response was "Is it even legal to hold that much money?"

    Sometimes I miss grandpa, but I know he's in a happy place.


    By Blogger tigerjoe, at September 01, 2005 8:15 PM  

  • Why the nostalgia, Kucing?

    By Blogger xaph, at September 01, 2005 11:41 PM  

  • then: nasi lemak, teh tarik, roti canai
    now: nasi lemak, teh tarik, roti canai

    Only the price change :P

    By Anonymous bawangmerah, at September 02, 2005 10:36 AM  

  • woohooo!!! go bawang merah!! that is the ONE thing that wont ever change. thank goddess!! :)

    but u're right KG...u've summed up what i've been feeling about some of the latest trends kids have these days in just a few lines. *tabik! tabik!*

    By Blogger mistyeiz, at September 02, 2005 11:04 AM  

  • KG: "Then: Hopscotch, 5 stones, congkak
    Now: Playstation, X-Box, Gameboy"

    it's sad to know that those popular traditional games back then are slowly fading away from current generation's knowledge. they now prefer techy games, soon the traditional ones may extinct.

    By Blogger LaDy D, at September 02, 2005 4:04 PM  

  • We can all do our bit to save the traditional games from extinction. I vote we have Congkak Week, followed by 5-stone Week, followed by hopscotch, guli and so on. Let's promote those games we remember from our childhood!

    Xaph, occasionally I lapse into these nostalgic phases and get all misty-eyed.

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at September 02, 2005 5:20 PM  

  • fading away? i tot they dah totally extinct? when was the last u guys saw any kid played galah panjang or hopscotch? konda kondi jgn cerita la. hehe but i love the baling selipar game, oh syiok..

    By Anonymous tarehtaik, at September 02, 2005 8:19 PM  

  • I remember the Then bits too.

    Does this mean we're all officially OLD?!?!

    * Runs to mirror to check face for lines *

    By Blogger plink, at September 02, 2005 10:52 PM  

  • You know what I LOVED playing when I was in primary school? Do you remember the game of 'tutup botol'? Or something similar to that?

    It was a game, where you shuffle the lids of (glass) bottles on a surface, and flip pairs to hit the other, whether by using your arm or any other obstacle as a reflective surface, et cetera. All kinds of fancy tricks with even fancier names were used, "Hujan batu", "masuk jamban", "ayam" and that kind of stuff.

    But seriously, that was one of the best games that I've ever played. I can't play as well as I used to, but if I ever manage to collect at least 5 bottle lids in the future, I'll most probably be playing that, hehe.

    By Blogger xaph, at September 03, 2005 12:41 PM  

  • The simplest game I played in school involved a piece of paper and a pencil. Hold the top of the pencil, then let go by pushing it to slide down the paper, and the person who made the longest line would win. It was so simple yet so entertaining. We could play for hours.

    Another game involved lining up ice cream sticks on a desk, taking a deep breath and then blowing as hard as possible to flip over as many sticks as we could. Winner would take all the sticks (and eventually make a house or some other architectural wonder out of them).

    I wonder what kids play in school these days ....

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at September 03, 2005 3:27 PM  

  • tarehtaik - that selipar game i used to play EVERY evening last time!! memang syiok giler... can play over and over again wan... DEM bloody nice game

    xaph - i loved that game too!! i wasn't the best at it but dem syiok wan... everyday in school we used to play that. another game was "rubber" (eraser la!) which was particularly popular in my school. used to by "rubbers" in boxes and play play play... that wan more popular in Sek Rendah.

    By Blogger Shanker, at September 03, 2005 3:29 PM  

  • What's this baling selipar game? I never heard of it before. Probably because my school was made up of civilised schoolkids :P We only baling guli. And also the baling bola game (local version of dodgeball)

    By Blogger Kucing Gatal, at September 03, 2005 7:11 PM  

  • i havent heard of this selipar game either. maybe it was a boys game? i dunno....the other one is main getah....needs more than 3 ppl. 2 to hold a long string of inter-twined rubber bands n then it would start with ankle, then knees, then stomach, chest, ears n forehead. although i was tall, i NEVER made it past chest. sigh. malu-fying...

    By Blogger mistyeiz, at September 05, 2005 12:49 PM  

  • the baling selipar game is where u start of from a line and throw ur selipar. den i cant remember how it goes but the object of the game is to take ur selipar and hit ur opponents(unlimited oponents). if u miss next guys chance. this game if got BIG space or cul-de-sac dem nice to play. :) yea it was a guy's game in my area. actually i ony have seen my frens play this game. JALAN IPOH ROCKS!!!

    By Blogger Shanker, at September 05, 2005 3:31 PM  

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