What's Sungka you may be thinking? Well, let's allow good old Wiki to define it for us...
Congkak (pronounced [tʃoŋkaʔ]) is a mancala game played in the island of Borneo, Singapore, and Peninsular Malaysia. Minor variants are known as Tchonka, Naranj, Dakon or Sungka and are played in Indonesia (mostly Java), Sri Lanka, the Maldives, southern Thailand, the Philippines and the Marianas. In Indonesia, it is called "Congklak" meaning cowrie shells, which are often used as pieces. On the island of Java, it is called "Dakon" and little red seeds are used as pieces. In the Philippines it is called "Sungka" and shells are used as pieces. Congkak is believed to originate from the word ‘congak’ which in old Malay Language means count.
When we were in Boracay last April, this game was played during our free time. I love playing it! Especially if my opponent's Arvic because I pretty much win all the time. Haha! Kidding aside, I really think I'm good at it. And I credit the 'talent' to my childhood playing days. Everyone in my family seems good at it. And we have all sorts of it. Big ones, small ones, even chairs that have holes on it ala-Sungka so we can play and sit on it at the same time. Neat! If I remember well.. it was either Sungka, BINGO, or Dart boards that we were addicted too during Summer breaks when I was young(er).
I believe games like this (together with snakes and ladders, boggle, monopoly, scrabble, millionaire's game) should definitely make a comeback. Yes, high-tech video games are great but kids should still go through their board-game, family games and larong kalye phase, I think it'll be healthy for them. :)
Who wants to play? :)