Sunday, July 12, 2009
When I want to go for shopping or visiting one of my favorite restaurants, I have to walk a few minutes to the main road (soi) thru the area where I live.
One of the buildings that I pass by, was an unfinished apartment building of 5 storeys, when I settled here in August 2008. Only the walls and floors were done, but since half a year suddenly they started to finish the building. The people who are doing the work are living in the apartment with their families, I guess it are 4-5 families. Also the women are doing construction work like mixing cement. It is now almost finished.
Opposite of the apartment where they temporarily live is a small area with grass and dirt, and between 5.30 and 6.30 pm, just before it gets dark, the guys are playing there a game. It is like volley ball, but in stead of using their hands, they use all other parts of the body, except their hands. The ball is rather small, very light and it looks like it's made of bamboo.
When my son was here, he is a specialist in sports by profession and hobby, he told me that this is a well known sport, especially played in Asian countries and there are even tournaments. So it took me only a minute to find out on the Internet what the name of the game is. This is what I found on Wikipedia.
It is a popular sport in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia and the Philippines.
In Thailand the game is simply called takraw. It is also thuck thay (Lao:: "twine" and "kick"), while in Malaysia it is sometimes called sepak raga. In the Philippines it is known as sipa, meaning "kick".
Takraw on Youtube.