Asked him for his "petua". One of his untold petuas I cannot follow, have 12 children. The other "petua" I dare not follow! But one petua I always follow.
"Kito tok leh kedekut gheng". Wow...how can I translate this? "Gheng" can be translated as effort or energy. What Pok Mudo is trying to tell us youngsters is that we must always expand our energy. By doing so, we become more energetic, and therefore youthful. How true. While I do my regular cycling, Pok Muda walked the beach, every morning and worked out a generous sweat. Envy him. We city folks will pay a bomb to have a house by the sea. Pok Muda's house overlooked the South China Sea.
He showed us the mould used to make the weights for the jala. The weights are made from timah (tin) which used to be one of Malaysia's main export years ago.
Pok Mudo had migrated from the inland when he was still a youth and has established his home in Kundor Island. The island offered certain charms. I can't quite recall my last visit 35 years ago. The kampung, just like any others, has modern amenities like pipe water and electricity. So, the telaga (perigi) has now outlived its use. Girls or women therefore no longer took bath in the open, with the sarong worn to just arm-pit level. Men too no longer show either their pot-belly or sun-tanned fishermen muscles while bathing. Those were the days.
In Pulau Kundor, the youths expand their gheng by kick-boxing. The Kelantan govt has since made this sport legal. Locally known as Boksing Siye, it is a sport originating across the border and is catching up in popularity. Well, anything so long as youths stay away from doing drugs.
For the boat-builder enthusiastic kids of Pulau Kundor, they experiment on making boats. Timber is now expensive, with the depleting resource from Lojing. So, they turned to metal boats and call it Heavy Metal! Can also call it boat potong, just like kereta potong.
I don't know when will be the re-visit. I have other relatives that I need to complete my rounds. This will happen in my Cycling Trip III to Kota Bharu, perhaps 3 months from now.