Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Five Things I Miss From My Childhood

Alamak, I kena tagged again by BabeKL.. Second time already loh... First time being tagged was earlier on in June with the topic The Cook Next Door, something related to cooking and food :)

Have to scratch my head .... Feels like doing homework only.. kekkee.....
Before I started, let u have a look at my how cute am I previously :P

Btw, I changed the topic "FIVE Food I Missed From My Childhood " back to the original topic "The FIVE Things I Missed From My Childhood" as how it is started off by "the unrepentant individual", (with approval from BabeKL) cos I don't have much food choice when I was small time.... Nothing much I missed actually on food during childhood time, but if talking about childhood experience, then different story loh....

Mmmmmmm.....
Let me recall back those good old days.....
So long ago already :D more than 2 decades already...


(1) Enid Blyton story books
kekekeke.... I think most of those around my age group will know and read about Enid Blyton's story books during childhood days :) Read lotsa her books during my primary school days :) Eg. Famous Five, Secret Seven, Adventurous Four, Willow Farm, Noddy, Amelia Jane, Malory Towers, St Clare's, the mystery series, and lotsa other novels written by her. Enid Blyton story books accompany me as I grow up ;) Of course I read lotsa other story books and comics as well but hers, I have the deepest impressions.. Her books are still widely sold and available in the bookstores. In fact, I bought few for my nephews as well ...


(2) Catching fishes from drain..
Last time, when small time, we really enjoyed catching the little fishes from the drain/longkang near our houses together with my friends .. Sometimes we catch the tadpoles as well ;) (Initially, I thought how come the tadpoles looked so different from the other fishes.. hahahha... I don't know tadpoles are not fishes earlier on ..) We will go down the drain (I think the drain is less than 1 metre in height. We will "scoop" the fishes up with the "filter", I don't know what's the name of this filter; This filter is the apparatus that we used previously to filter coffee many years back. Nowadays I think people hardly use this sort of filter already :)

After we catch the little fishes, we will keep them inside the container and feed them with dry bread crumbs. It's indeed fun to see the fish swimming around and as the day goes... the fishes will multipy in numbers as well...

Hehehe.. I know it's dirty, but the activities is indeed fun and enjoyable .. I remember as well, when I was small time, around 3 or 4 years old, our housing area always get flooded whenever there's heavy rain... So we can even catch fish in our house :P. My family shifted to another house when I was 4 years old plus.. So no more flooding, and no more catching fish from the flood water inside the house as well =))


(3) Collecting duck eggs/Plucking fruits from fruit trees
When I was 10 years old time, I have a duck which I rear since ducklings time. .There are 2 ducklings altogether.. One is mine, and the other one belongs to my brother. The ducklings were kept inside the cage when they were small time. Later on when the ducks grew up, they were kept outdoors.. in the pen or "reban" in the backyard behind my house.

I feed the ducklings most of the time whenever I'm free till they grow up and lay eggs.. It's such an enjoyable activities getting up early every morning & go to the "reban" to collect eggs :P. I cleaned the reban as well; something like once a week or once in a fortnight :D

Next to the reban, we have lotsa fruit trees in the backyard as well... I still remember there are papaya trees, guava tree, ciku trees (this ciku tree never bear fruits... :( ), soursop tree, buah nona/custard apple/sugar apple tree, mango tree, lime tree etc etc...

The guava tree we have is the small guava, pink-fleshed & the flesh is sweet & juicy... Not the huge white coloured flesh guava. If we didnt pluck the fruits early, the birds will come and eat the fruits :(


(4) Food.....
I can still recall lotsa junk food I eat during childhood time.. Most of them are not available already nowadays... I particularly like the green coloured; small; round in shape keropok (corn flavoured)...and... there's free gift attached together with the keropok, something like the little small doraemon(known as xiao ding dang at that time) or E.T. figurine rubber toys... Sometimes I even buy the keropok just for the sack of the toys... hahhaha... (They really know how to trick or con innoncent little kids to buy their products) :P

Another keropok that I liked is Chickadees... mmmm.... now it's back to the market already, but I haven't go & buy one yet... I can still remember how it tasted like previously..

There are many other snacks that I eat previously but I don't know the name of the products :)


(5) Childhood friend(s)
Wonder how many of you all still keep in touch with your childhood friend(s)? I have few childhood friends, some I still keep in touch with till now (in fact, we are good friends as well.. but seldom/hardly meet each other already nowadays...since everyone working in different town/different states, but we still keep in touch through phone calls or sms). Some of my childhood friends, I don't know where on earth are they nowadays... whether Thin or Fat, Short or Tall? or .... No idea. Might be ... even if they stand if front of me, I can't recognise them even.. But I really wonder how they are nowadays... It's always nice to meet back and see how are things :) I wish I can meet back all my old friends...

And some "unbelieveable thing" happened early this year, during Chinese New Year time.... Whereby, I manage to meet back one of my really "long lost friend", someone whom i never expect to meet back again.. Well.. we are good friends during kids time and always played together.. and after kindergarten, in end of year 1979, his family migrated to another town, and since then, we lost contact.. From the time we finished our kindergarten till the day we met back again in Chinese New Year 2005 .. It's been 25 years already... How amazing!!! Something really unexpected... hahaha... It's long story how we manage to contact back & meet up.... Haha.. It's really something unbelievable.. I still have the photos taken together during kids time.. It's fun looking back at those photos....


Phew... Finally I have completed my homework.. I took so many days to write this.. hahaha... I save as draft earlier on and continue the next day or some other time whenever I'm free... Who should I pass this to?

(1) My dear friend, from Land of Hornbill, Grace
(2) My KSL Kenneth
(3) Evol
(4) Slenzie

11 comments:

funkysmell said...

I miss Saturday morning cartoons

Jellyfish said...

kekekeke....
no time to think yet :P

babe_kl said...

hey i missed playing around longkangs. last time can still catch longkang fish outside my school compound. i oso missed climbing trees and sleeping on the hammock!

btw i still keep in touch wid my primary school frens, yes some of them i knew during kindy and std one :D

cooknengr said...

What's up Doc, too bad I am not your big brother, or else you'll say :I miss riding the stroller at 10 MPH.

btw, I bet you mom brewed the best pot of coffee back in those days :)

hornbill said...

I miss my 2 grandpas

truth said...

Ai...Get tagged !

glutton rabbit said...

My, that's such a cute baby...

Chen said...

Funkysmell,
yeah.. I forget about the cartoon..
Missed those cartoons as well.. The Walt Disney cartoon, Ghostbuster, Woody Woodpecker etc etc...

Jellyfish,
Nice write up loh.. I read your blog already.. :D

Lotsa times, initially omy mind is blank in the beginning, but later on after I start writing, the ideas will come and keep on coming. By the end, I realised that actually I missed lotsa things from my childhood leh.. and it's definitely much more than 5 things... :P

BabeKL,
I dunno u climb trees as well :)
Those were the days, huh?
The kids nowadays don't have the "luxury" to enjoy the things & activities that we did previously during our childhood time ;)
Good loh u still manage to keep in touch with your primary school friends.
I still keep in touch with some loh..

CooknEngr,
Mmm.... wah, riding the stroller at 10 mph? Hehehe..
Regarding the coffee thing, yep, she brews coffee previously, but... I don't take coffee loh.. I'm one of those "weird" one who doesn't drink coffee... ;)

Hornbill,
I never get the chance to see my grandpa :(. My paternal side grandpa passed away long time ago already, when my beloved late father is still a kid time... and my maternal side grandpa passed away long time ago already as well..

Evol,
hahhaa... cos u haven't update your blog for long time already..
Force u to update your blog..
Btw, u really did your "homework" very fast woh.. Enjoy reading your post ;)
Climbing cupboard even? Can't imagine how u climb the cupboard leh..

Glutton rabbit,
Thanks ;)

Jellyfish said...

thank u:P

L B said...

Really nothing like memories of catching longkang fish, hor? I think every child our generation must have done that.. Pity the new ones.. parents too kiasu nowadays..

Chen said...

LB,
Yeah loh. That is one of the Grade 1 activities we used to enjoy during those days. Previously there is not kiasu and kiasi inside our dictionaries. LOL

I think some of the kids nowadays might not even know how a little chick or duckling looks like :P