Angpow Story - Snakes & Ladders

~ Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 6:42 AM ~

I have been sharing some of my favorite angpow pieces on an angpow collectors group in Facebook and some members have been telling me to continue sharing my memorable stories and so I thought, why not write it down, that way, our kiddos can read about it when they grow up next time, eh?

For those of you who are not familiar or never heard of the words 'Angpow' (also known as 'ang pau', 'ang pao', 'angpau'), here is a quick definition:

Angpow = Red Packet (filled with cash inside) given during festivals

So for today's angpow story, it comes from this piece of lovely angpow:

Angpow Story

Today's storytime revolves around this angpow with the design of snakes and ladder. You cannot play with this angpow as there is no proper number to follow at all, just plain snakes and ladder design on it only.

This angpow reminded me of my simple childhood, back when there is no iPad, no PS whatever, heck, my childhood days were filled with pretend play, masak-masak (cooking), dress up paper dolls, playground, board games, card games (UNO, Snap, Happy Family), hopskotch, cycling around the village, catching fishes and grasshoppers and many many more.

Anyway, last year we introduced board games and card games to our eldest kiddo. It took a while for him to be interested in it but as of now, every now and then he will ask to play snakes and ladder.

I think this game helps a lot with our kiddo as initially when our boy played this game, he lost and threw tantrums as he wanted to win. It took a few more round of games for him to finally get the meaning of playing board games.

The lesson where, sometime we get ahead, sometime we lost and get eaten by snake.

That sometimes it may seem we are falling behind like a tortoise but we might end up getting ahead and winning.

The point is, winning or losing is not everything. It is not the end of the world. It is just a game where everybody just play to have fun, to enjoy it while it lasts.

Most important is the spirit in playing the game or anything for that matter, to be happy for other people's win and not to drown in sorrow if you lose. Just try again and enjoy the ride.


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