Remembering My Primary School (Part 3)

by Patrick Liew on September 29, 2011

Whenever I think of my Primary School, my mind will wander back to the beautiful times I had after school hours.

As the school was within walking distance from my house, I spent most of my afternoons around the school compound.

In those days, there were no electronic toys – they virtually did not exist. We had many wonderful heritage games.

We played ‘hentam bola’ – a game where you tried to hit each other with a small rubber ball.

We had to not only be fit, but to also respond very quickly – if we did not want to go home with bruised marks.

Then, there was ‘chapteh,’ a game where we kicked a shuttlecock made of feathers with quills attacked to a rubber base.

I used to be very good at this game and could go on kicking for a long period of time.

We also played ‘guli.’ We played this game with marbles of different colors, made of stone, glass, clay, or agate. We can play it in many different ways.

At other times, we would play with ‘fighting spiders.’ This is a special species of spiders that would fight each other until the loser gave up and scurried away.

There were many folklores about how to breed champion ‘fighting spiders’ – from finding it a special mate to feeding it with special food.

I had a few champion spiders – one of which was a ‘foreign talent’ from Kulai, Malaysia. I won many competitions with it.

I was also pretty good at ‘kuti-kuti.’ This was played by using your fingers to flick a plastic figurine over that of your competitor’s figurine.

If you could skillfully land your figurine on the other, you are entitled to own it. As the ‘kuti-kuti king,’ I used to go home with loads of figurines.

We also played with kites, ‘longkang’ fishes, rounders, and many other interesting games.

In a way, I feel sad for our young people. While electronic games may be good for the mind, heritage games had many advantages.

Many of these games can help us to be fit, strong and healthy. They also taught us how to relate better with people and work as a team.

Having gone through those times, I know that there are wonderful games that I can always create using the things around me.

I can laugh, have fun, and enjoy life – and I don’t need to be rich and wealthy to do it.

Living a FUNtastic life starts from where I am.

I have everything needed to enjoy a FUNtastic lifestyle.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

By the way, I have also recorded other reflections.

Please go to ‘Notes’ found below my profile picture.

Visit my Transformation blog at

Visit my Inspiration blog at

Please read them and continue to teach me.

Life is FUNtastic!


Question: How can we have more fun in our lives?


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