Long before the fad of Ice Bucket Challenge came and went in the mid-2010s, 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-day folks these days are really too pampered by comparison. They, of course, are missing out on a lot of fun from getting closer to nature.