sha bao

Yeah. Childhood games! Everybody has their childhood games, right?   When I told my friends about mine, I got excited but I don’t think they understood what I was talking about. They would say “ that sounded so fun,” but I know part of their heart was saying, “what the hell was that.” But any way, today I am going to share one game I played every day with my little friends back from 1995. I really hope you will enjoy reading about my childhood game.

The game is called “Ren Shao Bao.” A Shao Bao is made of six small pieces of fabric ( Sometimes, you can instead use two pieces.)  You sew them together like the shape of cube. Before you sew the last two pieces together completely, you put wheat or rice inside to give it some weight. Back then,  my mom didn’t let me  touch her sewing machine, so I basically hand sewed all my “Shao Baos”. I guess that’s how I got my sewing skills. You can make your Shao Bao very cute by using different fabrics with lovely sewing stiches.

Now let’s talk about how to play the game! There are two teams. Generally there can be two, three or four members on each team. (For me, three is the best.) To win, one team has to get all the members of the other team out of the game by hitting them using Shao Bao. Two members of one team stand apart  at reasonable distance. All the team members of the other team stand in the middle. The team who is not in the middle throws shaobao to the team in the middle. The team in the middle will try to dodge or catch the Shao Bao to survive. If they catch the Shao Bao, they will get one point. If one is hit by the Shao Bao, and they don’t have any points, the member is out. The players who are still in the game can save their teammate by catching the Sha Bao. That’s how this game is played! I hope it’s clear enough for you to understand.

Now what’s your favorite childhood game?

(Image from cutv.)



Dear Little You,

Did you have a good day? Laughed and danced a lot like usual. I bet you did!

I videoed chatted with your uncle yesterday. Yeah. When he was working. I am not so sure if he is really enjoying his current job. But he definitely enjoys more than his last one.  Anyway.  We talked about you a little bit!!! He said you were getting cuter and cuter. He told me when you visited him last time, you told him that your little aunt ate your lollipop. My god, I am sorry about that. But I am glad you told your uncle about that. You can always trust and go to him for help anytime. He will always be there for you. Of course, you can also always come to me too! Not matter where I am, I am there for you.

Two days ago, your mom sent me the video that you were playing in the snow. You seemed so excited! I am proud of you that you said thank you when your little aunt handled you the snowball. You are such a polite person. I couldn’t remember I said thank you to others when I was a kid. Back then I was very shy. But to assure you, I am a very polite person now.

Your mom said you often gave your little brother lessons. Um… See, you are a big sister now! But please don’t be too hard on him since he can only say a few words so far. I am sure you love him a lot. And I know you guys are a great team. Do you remember how much you missed him when you went to the beach last time? That’s really sweet.  You will become a much better sister than I was. When your mom and I were little, I didn’t want her to follow me.  I am sure she would complain it to you one day.

Oh, you must wonder what book I am reading now. Albert Einstein’s biography!  I am still at the chapter which he was struggling looking for a job. I want you to know we all have difficulties in our life, even people who have genius minds.  Never give up and look forward. Always try to do what you love. That’s the lessons I have learnt so far.

Ok. I really don’t want this letter to bore you. Will write to you next time.


Your cool aunt

(Photo by Jay Mantri. Thank you, Jay!)