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It is night here and all I can hear are the sound of insects. I was out of time and ideas, this is why I don't have anything worthy to write here. But I'm trying my brain where it will lead me. This randomness is a challenge for me. Free-writing? Maybe. Or maybe not.
The stillness of the night made me remember my childhood and the games I used to play as a child. The games that were the reason why my childhood was still awesome despite some bitter experiences. And here are some of it.
We call these things jolens. I remembered that I used to have a collection of these too. We play jolens by making holes on the ground and shooting them there. Or by betting a certain amount of jolens and putting them together on the ground and encircling them by writing on the ground using a small stick. Each jolens also have different values. The clear ones are 1 or 2, and the plain-colored marbles are 5. We will then hit those bets from a few feet and every jolens that we're able to get out of the circle will be ours. But if your pamasta (I can't search its English term) got into that circle, say bye-bye. Better luck next round. Haha. But if you also got many jolens and one person hit your pamasta with theirs, again, say bye-bye to all the jolens you got. Because they'll be owned by the one who was able to hit your pamasta, bull's eye.
Spiders or gagamba in Tagalog. This is how our spider house looks. Each spider has its remember that we use to play this by letting them fight with one another on a thin stick. Most of the time, the loser will become the food of the winner spider. We hunt spiders at around 6 in the evening because that's the time that they are making their webs so they are easy to find. We bring a flashlight because most of the time, it's dark already when we get home. Sometimes, we also sell them, instead of putting them into a fight.
I used to call this Britgame. Haha. Having this was one of the best childhood rewards. Ito lang kasi ang afford, pang mayaman lang ang Gameboy noon.
Before all the trending multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) games, we had this classic Space Impact. My first phone was a Nokia 3310 and I used to sleep so late because of this game. Together with this one was the classic Snake game. It is a fact that the Nokia 3310 was one of the most durable phones before. And its battery life was superb. The reason why I always end up sleeping early. Like around 2 am? Without my mom knowing. *hehe*
Paper dolls! 😍 The best part when playing this is when we make their rooms out of any materials we can find in our home. Like shoebox for their bed, handkerchief as a bedsheet, and so on. Aside from sailor moon, I also played Bratz paper dolls. This was sold at 1 peso each ($0.02) during my childhood days, that is why I had many of this. I used to play this together with my sibling and neighbors. We move them, we talk for them, and we make their characters. Just like playing barbie dolls.
These are just some of the games that I used to play when I was a child. My story-telling ability is not so good but I hope you guys can relate to these games.
I started this last night and it did not end as a free-written article, but well, this is where my brain led me. Maybe I'll make a part two of this because there are still many games that were not included here. Like patintero, tagu-taguan, bang-sak, pogs, teks, and many more. :D