Everyone had candy floss, fizzy drinks and ice kachang.
We bicycled to school.
Prefects were a fearful lot. Detention class was like going to prison for a day.
No one ever won the big prizes on "Tikam".
Motorbikes were ridden without helmets.
We drank water from the tap and NOT from bottles.
We spent hours under the sun, playing football or flying kites, without worrying about UV rays. It did not affect us.
We roamed free, caught spiders and did not worry about Aedes mosquitoes.
With 5 pebbles, girls played endless games.
When it rained, we swam the drains & canals to catch "ikan keli".
We shared one bottle of soft drink with friends without seeing the color of their skin. NO ONE worried about catching anything.
We left home in the morning and played all day till hunger drove us back home.
There were no handphones to bug us. We walked or bicycled over to friends’ house and yelled for them!
There were no Playstations, X-boxes, Nintendo's.
We had not heard of the word "Bumiputra".
In Badminton, regardless of how many feathers were left in the shuttlecock, our game continued.
Morris Minor and VW beetle were on our roads...driven alongside Kingswood, Vauxhall, Opel and Chrysler.
Susu lembu was delivered to houses on bicycle.
We made our own kites & glass glued threads.
We made our own wooden guns. Seeds from plants served as bullets.
Kang Kong was free. Kembong" was 30 cents a "kati" and nobody wanted "ikan pari".
We did not have to buy fruits. They were self planted or given by neighbours or friends.
The idea of parents bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. Our parents sided with the law !
Nobody knew about child psychology !
Yet this generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!
We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility,
and we learned how to deal with them all !!