Saturday, May 12, 2007

Photo Hunters : Five

photo hunters

Today's topic is F.I.V.E

5 stones (Batu Seremban)

What comes to my mind is the Five Stones game (aka Batu Seremban). The objective of the game is to throw one of the stones up at a time and sweeping another on the floor simultaneously (without touching the other remaining stones on the floor) followed by catching the stone that was threw up earlier on . This game continues to advance stages where the game gets complicated (sweeping increasing number of stones each time).

Five Stones is one of the local traditional games that I used to, and enjoyed playing together with my primary school classmates cum friends. We will gather in one corner for the games during recess time. Simple yet interesting. This game can be played anywhere, since we are using stones (can be 5, 7 or 9 stones) - which are widely available.

Now I feel like playing it again. Batu Seremban or Five Stones, anyone? ;)


may said...

precisely my thoughts for Five! also Five fingers. and Famous Five. and Buku 555... lol!

pat said...

Oh, I had never heard of this game before. Sounds a little like "jacks" that we used to play as children.

Happy Weekend!

Doreen said...

Oh this game! I used to play while I was in primary, not very good at it though as I'm clumsy. Hehehe

Will said...

you all use stones one ah? we used tiny cloth bags filled with rice... haha

Lynn said...

First time I heard of this game though somewhat similar to 'jack stone' we used to play as children in the Philippines. We don't use stones though, just 3d-star shaped figures made of plastic and a small ball we throw before sweeping the 'stones'. :)

Drew said...

Nice photo and also an interesting game.

day-dreamer said...

I always cannot catch the stones... :(

_butt said...

a bit painful using pebbles to play batu seremban eh? during my time we used a 'softer' version of batu seremban hehe, using cloth and sewed it into triangular shape after fill it in with rice or beans..

Redsponge said...

ouch! sakit!

i like & hate the game at the same time. LOL...the game suits me alot as my hands are big enough to catch a lot of batu at one time. but then it hurts when the batu hit on the hand le!!

Chen said...

Great Minds Think Alike
And Happy Birthday Once Again.
Can wish Happy Birthday several times wan, right? :D

Yeah, the Famous Five..
Hahhaha, George, Anne, Dick, Julian & Timmy the dog ;)

LOL at Buku 555. I remember once someone told me he dunno what is 555 :P

This is one of the traditional games for the kids in Malaysia ;)
Happy Weekend to you too :)

Hahha, seems like most of us have played this game during our primary school time ;) I wonder whether the kids nowadays still playing this game or not?

Chen said...

u all so hardworking, made tiny little rice bags for the game pulak. I heard some people put in green beans or red beans for the game. We used the most basic one loh.. Tje easily available Stones ;)

Sounds similar :)
Will the 3D star shaped figure hurts the hand when u grab it?

Thanks :)
I snapped the photo in the afternoon, sort of last minute preparation ;)

Chen said...

day dreamer,
apa pasal pulak cannot catch the stones? You have small hand ah?

Hehe, yours is similar as Will's.
Very hardworking :D
I used the simple way only :P
Pick up few stones from the school compound.. LOL

red sponge,
I didn't notice u have big hands :P
Next time I must pay attention to your hands liao..

Yeah, the stones can hurt the palm or fingers. That's why we always try to choose the stones with smooth surface for the game ;)

rinnah said...

Waahh... use stones to play ah? Painful leh... I also played this game with the lil' rice bags, but my hands were too small then when I had to sweep all five stones at one go! Kekekekeke!

vhanded said...

Isn't it easy in the last level? Grab all stone together is easier compare to get one only per time without touching other's stone. My grandma show me last time, I never play before.

Woof Woof n Meow Meow said...

i oso played this game b4..during primary skool

bt instead of stones, we use those lil bean bags...we play wid the 7 beanie bags...

_butt said...

not pain gar? stones woh.. kena the back of the hand really sakit leh..

letha said...

I thought exactly the same as Pat about this game.

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Great idea!! Another way for today's theme. Such fun to see how people come up with the theme!! I love strawberries. I just cannot understand those that don't like them!!! With your idea I thought about the bible story of David and Goliath of five smooth stones!! Another take on today's theme. Hope your weekend is great.

Dragonheart said...

Sounds like an interesting game! Cool shot. :)

Daniel Yiek said...

I loved this game. Great improvisation by people of the old days who couldn't afford toys

tegdirb92 said...

never heard of this game but it sounds like fun!

Jose said...

This reminded me of my early years in Mexico. Most of our games consisted of games and toys that we had to make ourselves, from old bronken broom sticks, to empty cans, the sky was the limit.

Yours sounds like an interesting game.

Chen said...

we choose the stone with smooth surface loh, then can minimise the pain. Imaging grabbing the stone with rough & sharp surface.. :P

u all so canggih wan..
use either beanie bags or rice bags. During my time & at my place, everyone played with stones. Never heard about the rice bags nor beanie bags :)

Yeah, the last level is easier provided one has huge hand, else he/she can't grab everything. ;)

woof meow,
Another canggih person who play with beanie bags/rice bags. During my time (in my hometown), everyone played with stones. Never heard about the rice bags nor beanie bags :)

Chen said...

During those days in my hometown, everyone played with stones only woh. I never heard about the rice bags nor beanie bags during those days woh.

Might be it's the same game with different name? I mean the game was named differently at different place :)

Yeah, it's interesting to see how everyone comes up with different ideas.

I love strawberries, but the one available in Malaysia is sourish. The one I tasted in China is sweet.

Wow, I didn't think of the story of David and Goliath of five smooth stones. Interesting thought :)

Chen said...

Simple yet interesting :)

and it's "challenging" too.. Thinking of how to pick up the certain number of stones without touching the others.

Interested to try it out? ;)

Yeah, we made our own toys in the past. I still remember the paper kites, paper balls, paper frogs etc etc. Hehhehe...

ah nel said...

last time i play it b4 when i were kid...

try 1 kg stone as it much fun... said...

I dunno why.
During my time, it seems that only girls are 'allowed' to play.
When I try to watch them play, they 'shu shu' me away, haha

pelf said...

And then there's another version, called the batu tujuh, where we used 7 stones instead, remember?

srp said...

I have never heard of that game before but it sounds a little like "jacks" and not with cards either. Great picture and idea for the theme this week... Thanks for stopping by.

Kenny Ng said...

Not 7 meh? I remember last time we use 7 stones wor... not ah? I forgot liao... LOL

Winn said...

next time we play? can we use pillow?

Chen said...

ah nel,
wah? 1 kg stone ah?
i must do weigh lifting first !!

During my time, the game was mostly played by girls. But I have male classmates who joined in the fun too. Unisex game :P

Yeah, if i didn't remember wrongly, we can play the games with either 5, 7 or 9 stones :)

Chen said...

Might be these are similar games but with different names in different countries :)

can be 5, can be 7 or can be 9 too.. If i didn't remember wrongly lah.. That was so long ago liao ;)

play with pillow?
I like !!
We will play this during my next trip to KL or your next trip back home

Liucas & Ah Boy will think we are both gila liao..

Bernard said...

Ok.. who wants to play?

555 is a good one :-)

Woof Woof n Meow Meow said... wat the others said, sew tiny baggies, filled with either rice, kacang hijua or those red red biji lor...

not so painful mer...keke...

_butt said...

LOL @ ah nel's comment!

1 kilo! can build muscle liao! kkkkkkkkkkk

Chen said...

wonder can we play the game using langsat instead?
Hahhaha.. imaging throwing the langsat up :P

woof meow,
i know what u all talking about lah. What I meant is during my time & at my place, everyone played with stones. I came from a small town lah.. not canggih place or big city. Nobody played with those beanie or rice bags over there :D

if boh syiok, can use the 1 kg stone to throw at people too !! hahahahha...
nice huh? :P

day-dreamer said...

Dunno why cannot catch the stones lar... too 迟钝 I guess. :(

Teena said...

Sounds tough!

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

eastcoastlife said...

5 stones. Then there are 6- and 7- stones version too. I used to sew my own 5 stones using green beans or rice. My Mom played using stones. Ouch! It must hurt when it hit her head.

Chen said...

day dreamer,
Then u must practise more liao..
Practice made Perfect mah :P

It's not that tough, one can pick up the game fast :)

i played with stones too :)

Wah? The stones won't hit the head wan lah.. unless someone throw it really high.. We normally don't throw up so high :D Can sweep all the stones liao mah even without throwing "that" high :P

Simple American said...

Sounds life fun. I bet my son would love this game. He is always collecting stones.

Chen said...

u can substitute the stones with some other things too :)