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Traditional game "CONGKAK"

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Congkak is the traditional Malay game that use hole wood or make a hole on the ground and includes the small ball called ‘guli’. This game said to be traced since 500 years ago where it is practically play in the castle and continues to the local people. There is no genuine proof whether this game has created by Malay people or from the trader who came here.

The tools that have been used to play Congkak is the flat wood that have been created and carved like a boat and the angle of wood been carved with numerous of birds. It had 16 holes with 2 big holes and 7 small holes where the holes been make two parallel line where the bog hole is called ‘rumah’.

Two players will see face to face and the game generally started with two players start simultaneously by taking the ‘Guli’ from small holes called “kampong” and put it one by one in the hole from right to left and until to the ‘rumah’ and also the rival’s ‘rumah’. The move is continuing until one of the player finished from putting all the ‘Guli’ and if the player finished by putting last ball to his own area of ‘kampung’, so she/he can take all balls from the rival that adverse with his/her hole.

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The kite of Kelantan

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Kite or generally called by local people “wau” is
the popular game nowadays. It started long time ago from suburb area such as at beach area and wide area that expecting to have good wind. Today, this game is very well known not for local people yet for all over the people by organizing Pasir Gudang Kite Festivals International Guests every year. This festival is out of expectation since it was participated not from local people but also outside of Malaysia.

Taking from history of kite, actually the name of “wau” is taken from the Thailand word and since this word is widely used by almost all states in Malaysia like Kelantan, Terengganu, Perlis and Kedah so it is became a familiar word. Other than that, the word “wau” also taken from the rope that has been tied on the head of kite and it came with a good sound.

The most popular types of kite is “wau bulan” or moon kite because it is a special shaped kite with the 3 strings attached to the body of the kite, joined to a single string for flying. The validation of the kite in Malaysia is not clearly stated but according to Clive Hart, kite is derived from China since the shapes and pattern is looked the same. The kite is said to be played for the “spirit of paddy” and it is early came from Kedah.

For perfection kite, it had five components which is head, wings, chest, tail and “busur” or sound instrument and among the tools that need to have is bamboo, glu, and special color paper for making kite.

The way of playing kite also special where it needs to have 2 people where 1 person is holding the kite and another is called “juru anjung” where he is the one that will make the kite flying. You will see more if you visit Kelantan because nowadays it was a center for kite and it is been often playing everywhere.

Foods for Kelantanese

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
Kelantan provides many foods and refreshments with many popular varities such as Ayam Percik, Nasi Kerabu, and Nasi Dagang being indigenous to thevv area.
Ayam Percik - A favourite with locals and visitors alike, this barbecued chicken is marinated with a rich, spicy coconut gravy.
Nasi Kerabu - A rice-based dish served with coconut milk, flaked fish, dessicated coconut and a variety of herbs, spices and sauces
Nasi Dagang - A type of rice with a brownish tinge steamed with coconut milk and served with a rich spicy fish gravy.
Food stalls and restaurant abound in Kota Bharu and other larger towns, and hawkers selling snacks can be found along every road. Kota Bharu's Chinatown, located at the junction of Jalan Padang Garang and Jalan Pengkalan Chepa has fine traditional Chinese noodle dishes, among others.
Outdoor dining at food stalls is something not to be missed in Malaysia, and visitors to Kota Bharu must try the food stalls at Padang Bas in the town centre, which serves traditional fare from 6pm to midnight.