Category Archives: play

Of Snakes And Ladders

This was the favourite board game of my childhood and the only one that I have ever mastered (Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, please).

Unlike chess – both ‘international’ and Chinese types – very little (almost zero) cerebral prowess was needed to play this game.  Just rolled a dice or two, and let nature take its course, as whether to climb up a ladder or be swallowed by a snake.

Maybe this game is too old-school and a no-brainer for the young folks of today.

In a way, it represented my working life.  As I toiled to climb the corporate ladders, plenty of snakes – anacondas, pythons, etc – laid in wait to ensnare and pull me down, and tried to swallow me.  Therefore I always had to watch out in all directions, at all times.  Still, occasionally, the dice rolled unfavourably.

Me And Tube And A Dog Came Too

Huh, this photo reminded me of one of my favorite songs by Lobo.

Oh the good old kampong life!  I remember to this day, never mind if there was no bright red Georgia clay. We played with water in the streams and much also in the sea by the shore.   Wonderful always to splash around, and have friends, siblings and neighbors enjoying simple fun together — no entrance fees whatsoever.

Playing in the water always called for a retired inner tube of a car, or better still, of a truck (in those days, “tubeless” was not invented yet).    And of course, your pet doggie would always delight in tagging and wagging along.