Old Schoolyard ~ Cat Steven ~ Icy-Balls

February 09, 2012

icy balls
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
We used to laugh a lot, oh don't you
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
When we had imaginings and we had
All kinds of things and we laughed
And needed love... yes, I do
Oh and I remember you
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
We used to cry a lot, oh don't you
Remember the days of the old schoolyard
When we had simplicity and we had
Warm toast for tea and we laughed
And needed love.. yes, I do
Oh and I remember you
~ Cat Steven

The radio was playing 'Remember the days of the Old Schoolyard' by Cat Steven,  on the first day of schools!!!
As I was driving, smiling and humming to the tunes...
I recalled sweet memories...  driver on my right must be thinking... 'who let this  MAD lady behind the wheel' early Wednesday morning!!!

The good old days...  The 'free spirited' days... with no care of whatsoever happening to the world.

I remembered my first best friend in Kindergarten, we were together, in the same class from kindy up to Yr 6, then I left to another school and after 30 odd years...we met up again (quick description ~ 2 teams of 4 or more... The Running team members had to run past the Oppossing team who formed row of barriers without any physical contact. GAME OVER for the Running team member if any of Opposing team members manage to make any physical contact)...confuse? oops sorry ...

Sometimes we would play 'Police and Thief'... running around chasing friends... fell flat on our face or grazed our knees when we missed a step or two... felt no pain, got up and continue playing again...

Icy-Balls with 2 types of syrup

After much running... and screaming, we would take a breather and quenched our thirst with Shaved iced with sugary sweet syrup, for 5 cents a pop, we would slurped and slurped the icy cold iced syrup... until nothing left but the icy ball...
Then another game would start...

Icy Ball fight
....we would aimed and target friends and start throwing the Icy ball at each other.. or chased a friend, in an attempt to shoved the ice down their pinafore...

So much laughter

Sorry state...St Nicholas Convent, Alor Setar...  at one time was 'THE' school for girls...
Top: our 'playground' while waiting for schoolbus to take us home...
Middle : my standard 1 or Primary 1 classroom...
Bottom: my final year in SNC (Year 6)... double storey building on the right hand side... 

Yes... I remember you.... my dearest Friends and Teachers at St Nicholas Convent, Alor Setar...the old school in Telok Wanjah

sweet icy balls

I can't turn back the clock to share that magical moments with D and E... but I could 're-live' and share that moment through food... as I always do ...

Ice cubes

Red colour syrup
1/2 cup of sugar
3/4 - 1 cup of water
1 pandan leaf knotted
red colouring

Brown sugar syrup
1/2 cup of sugar

3/4 - 1 cup of water
1 pandan leaf knotted
  1. Make syrup separately. Mix sugar and water in 2 separate pot.
  2. Bring to boil, stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Leave it to cool.
  4. Pat some shaved iced into a ball and drizzle the syrup over.
  5. Alternative : replace syrup with cordial


  1. Happy 3rd year of blogging! Hope you will continue many more years!

  2. Wow, it's so amazing to read about how you are able to reconnect with seriously long lost friends after so many decades! I still remember the time you shared about your long lost pen pal. My favourite thing about food is how it brings ppl together and also how it takes ppl back to happy times in their childhood. LOVE this post!

    And yaaay!! Huge congratulations to My Lemony Kitchen for turning 3 today. Although I've only been following your kitchen adventures and stories for a few months, but I am so proud to call myself a reader. I love how you showcase honesty and humour in each food through your food! Very inspiring, cheers to many more birthday celebrations to come! =D

  3. Yes, I remember this icy ball fun during my time. Definitely not your school but mine in Singapore.
    Happy Blog 3rd Anniversary :)

  4. Hi Lisa, happy blog birthday.
    ar...ha... I remember the ice ball, I practically eat everyday. During my time inside got put some red bean and the ice ball is coated with red/yellow/green color at 5 cent if I'm wrong. So shiok to slurp.....
    Those were the good old days and I'm from convent too in Johor.

    And across the road is a boys school, next to a field and garden. We used to go dating with the boys at the garden after school,until one of the nun comes after us and lecture us in school the next morning. hahahaha

    Thanks for the reminder of ice balls, I think I'll try making it one of this day when I got nothing better to do. Have a nice day.

  5. Lovely post and memories¨those icy balls look amazing and ever so refreshing.



  6. Happy 3rd year of blogging! Here, I would like to pass you an award, kindly get it from my blog whenever you free :)

  7. I love this ice-ball!

    Happy 3rd year of blogging!!

  8. Mel
    Thank you :D

    LOL... glad that you enjoy my 'membebel' /ramblings

    :)... those were the days before computer/technology invasion ;P

    LOL... naughty naughty Amelia ;P
    MEmang Syiok to slurp

    Thank you :D

    Thank you... picked up and its in my 'Accolades' page *thumbs up*

    Ah Tze

  9. Wow Happy 3rd Year Blogiversary Lisa! You are a pro! ;-)

    I've never had icy balls fight, reading your post make me miss summer very much and I want to eat shaved ice.... :-)

  10. Hi, I've a blog award for you, please come over to pick up when you are free :)

  11. Happy 3rd blog anniversary!! Keep it up!

  12. Happy Blogiversary!!!! What a wonderful milestone!

    I loved reading about your ice ball fights, and your frozen ice ball looks so beautiful...I love the colours.

  13. Nami
    Thank you Nami...
    LOL... you are so kind, not yet a pro but aspire to become one... perhaps :P

    Ah Tze..
    awww... Thank you, you are so sweet...
    Will head over there as soon as I finish replying :D


    *hugs* thank you :D

    Cheers mate

  14. You do have that as well in Malaysia. Amazing how we grew up with the same thing.

    I recalled I had this during my elementary. Mom often got mad as mom didn't like I ate fake coloring stuff. :D

  15. Forgot to say Happy 3rd Year Blog Anniversary....

  16. Happy blog birthday! I'd never had ice balls but brings back memories of redbean and coconut ice cream sold by the aunty living across school gate!

  17. Happy blog birthday! It's amazing how we can 're-live' memories through food!

  18. I've never had icy balls before, but my dad always used to tell me how he enjoyed eating these in school last time. I couldn't imagine what it was like, but it looks exactly like how he described it, a ball of ice doused with colourful syrup. I'm sure he would love to eat this again! Thanks for the post!

  19. Pepy
    Childhood games... must be 'universal' in our region, :)
    and thanks dear :D

    reminds me of ice kacang :D


    To Food With Love
    ahhhh.... games where baby boomers and Gen X would play... because computers were unheard off :D