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I absolutely love Lego!!! I bet if I were given a set now, I’d be playing as obsessively as I used to. I don’t build stuff that boys build with Lego pieces; rather, it was like my dollhouse set. I create houses, small towns, with people and characters just like a girl would with her dollhouse. (Which is why I love playing The Sims… I haven’t played in since several years ago, though. I don’t dare to start again.)
2. Barbie & Polly Pocket
This was of course, the toys I played with before my Lego obsession. I never owned a Ken before, but that didn’t stop my Barbies from having boyfriends. When I was younger, I loved Polly Pocket to death. Once, I was third in class for my Standard One (first grade) mid-year exams, and for my reward, M bought me a Polly Pocket stationery box, with the miniature dolls complete with a stationery set. I still have one Polly Pocket pencil!
Masak is a Malay word for cook. Masak-masak is what we call when kids play pretend with the toy cooking set. My parents don’t really buy me brand new toys; instead, they bought them from garage sales and yard sales. Honestly, even though those toys were secondhand, they were much better than if my parents bought me brand new ones. If they bought brand new masak-masak toy sets, they’d only buy the cheap kind, whereas the ones bought from those sales were cheap but the good ones, like from Fisher-Price.
4. Batu seremban / Five stones
This is a game I used to love playing just before my teenage years. It’s a bit hard to explain what batu seremban is about, so please read these links if you’re interested to read about this traditional Malay game. It’s a game played mostly by girls, and I was pretty good at it, if I may say so. At one point, I could even play it with my left hand! Not as good as the right hand, of course. And this 5-second YouTube video shows you how to play it; it’s that simple and that hard!
5. Getah / Rubber band game
Another traditional Malay game I used to love playing in school, when I first started primary school. I used to go to school about an hour earlier just so I could play this Malaysian version of jump rope (made by linking rubber bands). It was great exercise too, since we have to run and do cartwheel-like movements to get over the rubber rope. My dad would buy special, extra-thick rubber bands in bulk just for me to make or mend my rubber rope. Anyway, read this link about it.
Now, the only games I play are the ones online, or card games. I love playing this one called Tai Ti, literally translated as Big Two. I could beat anybody playing that, I’m that good! 😛