Parents seldom interfered, it's their pass time too.
Roti Chanai for only 15 cts! Mana boleh dapat ?
Banana? Only 5 cts each Sir!
Mom was wonder woman; she cooked, cleaned the house, did the laundry, and most of all, brought up the children. Maid? Never dreamt of, unless you're from a wealthy family.
Aspirin was the cure all wonder drug. It tackled ailments like stomach upset, headache, fever or sore-throat; no fear. AIDs, not existed yet.
The ubiquitus bucket-styled toilets during the
early years before the 70s for all households.
Toilet papers - just the old newspapers that you'd read one day earlier.
When the municipal worker came to clear the
human waste in the late night hours,
you'd better stay away from the toilet.
For boys, a tennis-sized ball would keep them sweaty, running
helter-skelter all afternoon.
or even behind your own house. They were easily bred and reared.
broke some teeth and bones, and suffered bruises;
but remained heroic stunts. We ate salty, sweet and oily food
with lots of carbohydrates but were not overweight because
we ran or cycled all day long.
It's grand occasion alright.
Bumiputra? What Bumiputra? We were not segregated or classified as such or otherwise. Before 1957 we're all Malayans, after 1963 we're all Malaysians. All of us were born locally, as well as
our own parents; except for our Mamak joker clown Mahadi Kutty, whose father hailed from Kerela, India. Most of our Malay friends could speak Hokkien and some of us could speak a smattering of Thai too, when we had Siamese neighbours. English and Malay mixed with all dialects and Chinese Mandarin were our common communication tools. Two of my Chinese primary schoolmates could even speak Tamil! I was in awe when I overheard one Indian old lady spoke to a Chinese woman loudly in fluent Hakka when I went to buy vegetables at a local wet market recently.
we got another round of rattan treat at home.
So long it's good weather with strong wind, we would
fly the kites. Of course we got to make our own kites.
make waves among university students.
It cost around $36 a piece,
quite a handsome sum at that time.
Lines were clear but not much household
could afford to own one.
In the mid 80s the mobile handphones were introduced.
Motorola and Nokia were the competing giants with Ericsson trailing
to market ferociously their electronic gadgets.
The heavy handsets were costly, about RM2000 a piece.
Many thanks to Dorris Chan for sharing
Alan CY Kok