Long before the fad of Ice Bucket Challenge came and went, kampong kids like me were already well into pouring cold water on ourselves to kick off an enthusiastic day.
True enough it was not ice-cold, but water drawn from a well in the pre-dawn hours was refreshing enough to get body and mind ready for school. A cool start, perhaps.
We did not have tap water and electrical water heaters were unheard of. No one caught a chill and no one fell sick. Even my late granny did not use any hot water for her baths until she was close to 70.
Looking back, modern folks these days are really too pampered. On the other hand, they are missing out on a lot of fun from getting closer to nature.