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Sungka – Filipino Mancala Game

Sungka Board, photo by JMorton

Sungka – Filipino Mancala Game

I used to be obsessed with this board game when I was a little girl.

For whatever reason my mother used to discourage us playing sungka.  She was really adamant that we should not play it.  I think I heard her say that it was a game of the dead or something.  She made it sound like there was something sinister about it.

But I’ve  always  had a mind of my own, and the more I was told ‘NO’ the more I had to do it; it was like a red rag to a bull to me, a fascination of the forbidden. 🙂  I was a tad naughty!  LOL

Probably that was the reason I loved playing sungka.   I used to ask a neighbour, Lagring, who was a year or two younger than me to play sungka.   We did not bother with the wooden board; at my instigation we would just dig little holes similar to those in the wooden board on the ground under our mango tree.  We would then gather little stones and away we play for what seems like hours.  🙂

My mother always knew what I was up to as I would come home with dirty hands and even dirtier finger nails.  And of course those little holes which suddenly appeared all over our backyard!  🙂

In the end, knowing that I would not really listen, she just gave up on her embargo against sungka.  Funnily enough as soon as the ban was lifted I moved on to another obsession, Jack’s Stone!  🙂

By the way the photo above was taken at late president Ferdinand Marcos childhood residence in Batac, Ilocos Norte.  It seemed President Marcos used to play sungka as well.  🙂

Click here to see a quick tutorial.

I actually want one for Christmas, thank goodness they are easily available here.

Freud Museum (House & Garden)

IMG_0055The Freud Museum is located at

20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX
Tel: +44 (0)20 7435 2002
Fax: +44 (0)20 7431 5452
Email: info@freud.org.uk

Entrance Fee: £7.00 per adult

 

Freud Museum (House & Garden)

27 August 2014

Peter and I visited the Freud museum in Finchley.  The museum used to be the house of Sigmund and his family; it was the house where he died.  I must admit it was a real revelation.  The house/museum itself was large and airy.  I particlarly love the landing, it was where Mrs Freud used to sit and do her needlework.

Sigmund’s study/consulting room was the same in every way as his consulting room in Vienna.

I love his book cases.  But what really surprised and impressed me was his huge collection of Egyptian artefacts which were/are lovingly and prominently displayed in his study.  There is something really comforting about the room. Just the right atmosphere to let the words flow and Freud would help to put you through psychoanalysis.  It could be about snakes and your libido or a fight between your Id, ego and superego. All very interesting. 🙂

The study was a long through-room. The back end was were the famous ‘couch’ was situated.  Apparently Sigmund himself used it a great deal towards the end of his life.  He would sit/lie on it to gaze at the back garden and see the roses in bloom, which were/are planted in a circular island in the middle of the garden, which he designed.

At the back of the museum overlooking the garden is a conservatory, which has been turned into a little shop where you can get presents, knick-knacks and books.

There were also rooms dedicated to the works of Sigmund Freud’s daughter, Anna Freud, who specialised in the well-being of children.

The museum is worth the visit.  There was something rather surreal about it as I have studied  Freud in a university at the other side of the world.  It was really something to actually be in his house.  Magic.

By the way, you are not allowed to take photos inside, only in the garden.

Little Donkey, Little Donkeys

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Mules or donkeys will be on display at St Paul’s Cathedral beginning Friday, 30 August 2013 until 23 September 2013.  It will not be messy nor the smelly kind as these donkeys are inorganic and made of fiberglass, just like those cows that littered major cities of the world in the early noughties.   We saw lots of those beautiful cows when we went to Belgium in 2003.  They were everywhere.
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The fiberglass donkeys came all the way from Egypt.  They used to decorate hotel lobbies and schools in Cairo.  Only 25 of the 90 life-size artful donkey collection have now been delivered at St Paul’s.  The rest was sold to avid collectors.

The donkeys are deemed suitable and appropriate to highlight the current situation in Egypt, where the death toll is so high and yet still rising from the continuing unrest. 
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The exhibition at St Paul’s is called Caravan: In Peace and with Compassion. 

 The donkey is a symbol of humility.  Jesus entered Jerusalem astride a donkey.  And apparently donkey was also used by the second caliph  when he entered the city.

The fibreglass  donkeys were designed by some of Egypt’s well-known artists like Reda Abdel Rahman.  Their aim was to show inter-faith solidarity.
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If you want a donkey, the fibreglass kind, of your own St Paul will be selling 10 of them, the rest will be auctioned after the show.

Serbian Proverbs & Sayings

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A crow doesn’t pick out another crow’s eyes.
– Serbian Proverb

A sparrow in the hand is better than a pigeon on the branch.
– Serbian Sayings
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Be humble, for you are made of dung. Be noble, for you are made of stars.
~Serbian Saying

Dela govore, a ne reči.
(Actions speak, not words.)

First leap, and then say “hop”!
– Serbian Proverbs
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Iron is worked when it’s still hot.
– Serbian Sayings

Iver ne pada daleko od klade.
(apple does not fall far from the tree.)

Nova metla dobro mete.
(New brooms sweep clean.)
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Trust yourself and your horse!
– Serbian Sayings
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Three times measure, one time cut.
– Serbian Proverbs
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What you can do today do not leave off for tomorrow
– Serbian Proverb

…….
Who digs a trap for others ends up in it himself.
– Serbian Proverb

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