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Caplong – Bamboo pump gun toy from my childhood days; Part I

As a kid, I used to make and play my bamboo ‘Caplong’ pump gun all the time.

As a kid, I used to make and play my bamboo ‘Caplong’ pump gun all the time.

I would say that Caplong is a traditional Malaysia kampong craft made of bamboo and is played as a childhood game. It is especially common in remote villages where there are plenty of jungles with bamboo plants.

Caplong is made from a ‘special’ kind of bamboo. The bamboo needed to make this jungle pump gun must have a thick wall. The thick bamboo wall must be able to contain compressed air as it is ‘pumped’, producing a built up pressure that will result in an explosion of ‘bullet’ at the other end of the barrel.

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Traditional top spinning in Malaysia; Final part

A kampong boy ready to spin his top

A kampong boy ready to spin his top

This is traditional top spinning at its best. Somewhere in the remote regions in Pahang, I had my first experience with kampong style top spinning competition. The set-up is simple. Open area with dry, dusty crack earth, a few spectators and well built, half naked youths with overly sized hand made tops. The objective is to hit with the purpose of stopping or even splitting the other top and hopefully…your top stays spinning the longest.
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