What is this?…

Can anybody tell me what this is…

What is this?

Those of you who are as old as me or maybe a little bit younger would probably remember what we called tikam in Malay. I wonder why it was thus called as the word in Malay means to throw or to stab. Here, we used to call it liew in Hokkien which means to draw as in “lucky draw”.

There would be folded pieces of paper stuck to a board and for 5 cents, we could pick one and pull it off the board. Sometimes there was a little piece of paper in it indicating the prize that we had won which could even be in the form of cash ranging up to as much as $5.00 or more.

In another version of this, there would be a number inside and we would have to check the corresponding number on another board on which there would be all kinds of prizes stuck to it. If we were lucky, we would win something nice but most of time, we had to leave empty-handed, totally disappointed and devastated.

Well, time has changed…and we do not get to see that anymore. However, there is something else these days that is, in essence, more or less the same thing. When Annie-Q came to town, her mum, the doting grandmother, gave Annie’s twins a bag of coins for them to try their luck at those kiddie traps that are all over the place here in Sibu and are very frequently strategically placed at the entrance of ย most coffee shops to lure the children who will pester their poor parents for some coins to try their luck.

I have just found out myself that those vending machines are actually called Gashapon. Inside, you can see plastic egg-shaped capsules of all kind of colours and once you have put in the money, you can turn the knob and one of them will drop out. You will have to open the capsule to see what is inside – that is your prize.

Needless to say, I spent a fortune myself on those when my daughter was ย small. I can remember that some of the prizes included those cheap electronic watches, rings and trinkets but out of all that she managed to win, I love these the most – ladybirds…


They come in a case like the one in the first photograph…

Ladybird 1

…and when you open it, the dangling legs of the insect will move, giving you the impression that the ladybird is alive….

Ladybird 2

I may have given a couple away, I’m not too sure, but I have kept these three in my display cabinet all these years. Perhaps one day, when those machines would have faded into oblivion, my daughter would have these to show her children and tell them about all the fun that she had when she was little…

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48 thoughts on “What is this?…”

  1. OMG! I have one of these… my ladybird was red in colour. My dad gave it to me as a pressie when I was 14. Exactly the same like inside your picture! I miss this thing. I wonder if my mum still keeps it? She jahat wan… all my barang she buang liao. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    See! Little things mean a lot – will bring back sweet memories. When my daughter sees it, she’ll remember the fun she had when she was small (and the fortune that we spent! LOL!!!) and these are very cute and pretty – nice for display…

    1. *cry* dono my mum throw where liao mine punya… I remember I got one of these…and other funny toys that comes from those gacha machine too! You know I used to imagine that these stuff are my magical pets, and they will talk to me when I open the nutshell. I used to think that they’re my ‘tamagochi’. Used to even put it in my pocket back then… u see… last time my friends had those Tamagochi… u kno, those cyberpets. But I dun have any of those tamagochi… I only had this thing…and I pretended like they’re my Tamagochi.

      Ah yes! Yes, yes!!! Tamagochi… If I remember correctly, my daughter won hers from those machines too. Eyewwww….such a chore, those things. Bad enough that the anak already wanting attention, have to help jaga the cyberpets some more. Tsk! Tsk! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. ps: The plus point being a mum now is that I still can turn turn those gachapon and nobody will give a hoot about it. LOL! I still turn turn those gacha for myself…ahem… for my son, I mean! LOL!

    Making up for a deprived childhood, eh? LOL!!! I still think the tikam is more interesting…or perhaps, that’s because I played that when I was a kid. Guess it was the experience, the excitement of winning something…more than what we won.

    1. No la… I actually never grew out of it. I like playing that thimg. I remember my dad oso always teman me play those gachapon. Spent quite a fortune on me and my sis turning those gachapon. We managed to get so many cute things from those eggs…and rubbish too. =.= Wonder where my mum letak those stuff… >.<

      If like my missus, they’re somewhere safe in the house…but nobody can ever find them. Muahahahahaha!!!! One fine day, you’ll stumble upon them by chance. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. now those things comes in egg shape plastic with those pokemon and what not figures inside. Nah…i tarak play those things when i was young.

    Perhaps they did not have it yet when you were young? Maybe I did not notice but perhaps they only appeared around the time when my daughter was small – early 90’s?

    1. That thing started to be popular in early 90s. I was standard 2 when I started to pusing pusing these eggs!

      Ya…don’t recall seeing them in the 80s (before my daughter was born) or maybe I never noticed.

    1. haha no… i mean it’s like our Puto Seco here haha

      Ok…must learn all these names and try them when I get to drop by a Filipino restauarant. One in Kuching and I saw one more recently in Penang too. Not familiar with the names, didn’t know what to order so I ate some place else. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  4. by the way about the your vote… yes it’s okay to mention the name of the songs … just don’t mention the name of the contestants hehe

    I see. Ok…point noted. Teachers always follow everything to the letter and insist everybody does it right. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Poor me, I never play all these things when I was a kid. Nowadays, kids are more fortunate. Those little things sure bring back sweet memories…and not to mention the fortune we spend on this little things, haiz…..

    No tikam-tikam for you… Good girl, eh? LOL!!! We are given 20 cents a day for our recess expenses…and we had to sacrifice and not eat to try our luck. So bad hor… ๐Ÿ˜‰ This isn’t as bad as those games at places like Genting – I think we spent hundreds for our girl to play to get the points to win the prizes she wanted. Actually, we could just go and buy at the souvenir shop, a whole lot cheaper…but that wouldn’t be fun.

    1. No tikam tikam for me. My mum would not want to fork out extra money for us to play these things. For recess, I would bring bread or bun of whatever is available and the pocket money given, only 20 cents too would put it in the coin box.

      Wah…saved every cent in the piggy bank – I can imagine how kaya you must be now. Hehehehehehe!!!! I don’t remember bringing food to school…but I remember bringing coffee in an old tomato sauce bottle to drink in school. No such thing as Tupperware and all those stuff then…and when not careful and the bottle toppled over, habis! The whole bag and all the books would be soaking wet and would stink of coffee… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Those were the days.

      1. Hahaha!…I am still a poor old woman though I saved every cent.

        No rich person would admit he or she is rich. Hehehehehe!!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I’ve never seen that before. But I think they have some modern versions of it. I love old toys. Old is gold. Oh I can’t stand those cheap plastic toys ‘strategically placed at the entrance of most coffee shops to lure the children who will pester their poor parents for some coins to try their luck.’

    I think those are the same ones – it depends on the machine. Some are not so nice – have to be selective. There are some that offer Baby-G watches (or their pale imitations) and things that aren’t too bad…but of course, there may be just one or two inside. Nothing comes easy… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. First picture… i thought it was some layers of biscuits… hahahaa… i guess my mind is full of the capital F only! ๐Ÿ™‚
    No, I never seen this before… i m very outdated one…

    Hah!!! You too! Maybe you need new glasses…. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Aiyor…they are all over the place. Perhaps you never pay attention to them. Lucky you, your children did not pester you for money to try their luck on those things while they were growing up. Such good kids, you have…

  8. not sure if i’ve seen such thing or not.. but it looks traditional to me ๐Ÿ˜›

    I think it is. Some traditional handicraft from Thailand or some place. Very nice.

  9. Cleffairy still muda remaja…her time gachapon. Mine was still the tikam time but seldom main as my parents say that it was a form of gambling. When my son was born, I do not let him main also but my 3rd sister would indulge him when it comes to these stuff. I bought the dangling thingy for my son in Cameron’s a few years back for 2 bucks and all these while I thought it was a spider…hahaha…now only I know it’s a ladybird *slap forehead*. My son was so into the toy than his other more terror and expensive toys…I guess because it is unique. Sadly, I don’t think I brought it to NZ.My son pun suka to buy the Kinder Bueno…his father will curi-curi with him to buy without my knowledge and I kid you not, he has at least a few hundreds worth of useless tiny toys in his bedroom drawers…itu pun mak dia dah buang more than half…haiya! Waste money betul!!

    Adoi…jahatnya mak! Must take legal action for emotional child abuse – so deprived the son. Kesian! Muahahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hah!!! I think we have those Bueno stuff here – can’t remember if I bought those for Melissa or not. Got things inside? I know there are some chocolate eggs…with toys inside – I’ve bought those once or twice. LOL!!!

    Yes, it is a form of gambling…but we, when small, curi2 went to tikam instead of using the money to eat, so parents did not know lah. Ignorance is bliss – what they do not know would not hurt them. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Adoi…what spider? Maybe the one you bought was a spider? Spiders…I only know the huge rubber ones…and the rubber snakes.

    1. No..exactly the same as in ur pic…I thought spider because of the legs,ma…ladybird got that type of legs,meh?…hahaha

      Dunno…never noticed. I would just flick them out of the way, out of sight with my finger… LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. Eeeee… Shereen! So jahat! Buang anak’s toys! Same like my mum la… i left home aje… my basikal oso she entah kasi who! Sobs… so kesian, spent fortune on those eggs and toys and books, semua kena mak sabo! Cikgu, i tell you, I called my mum after reading this post. Asked my mum about this ladybird in the nutshell, and buta kena maki. She said she buang liao. Jahat betul… say dah besar still wanna look for old toys. Tsk… that woman, dun have a sentimental bone in her body!

      Not like mother, like daughter, I hope… They always say that the fruit will never fall far from the tree. Hehehehehe!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Nah…I tarak throw my anak’s toys or books…if he misbehave, I only stash it inside my hubby’s study room and dun let him play… >.< and he's been complaining that toys are piling over there. One of these days I'm gonna nid to dig them out back… too much inside there oredi! LOL!

        My mum is the one who loves to throw her anak's things… habis my Enid Blyton books, Doraemon comics and stuff. All she sent to recycle centre. Tsk. Teruk betul. She said menyemak rumah aje, and kip say, us daughters is just the same like our father… suka simpan sampah at home. Jahat lah she!

        I also throw away things. Tak tahan the clutter…. Not that they keep everything nicely and properly – all berselerak! Finish baca in bed, leave beside the bed…finish baca in living room, leave on coffee table, finish baca in toilet, leave on the flush tank…. I tak tahan, just take and throw away. Easy! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

        Wah! Your anak so kwai…so scared of your hubby kah? Put in his hubby, scared to go in and take to play liao…

  10. These little critters are certainly adorable, nowadays they probably are selling at at least RM5-20 per piece, lol! Can imagine your girl had very memorable and beautiful childhood.

    Oh? It used to be RM1 each time on those machines…so I guess I can consider it cheap then. If I sell them now, I can make quite a big profit… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. RM5-10… typo error

    Ok…still profitable to sell. Keep longer…and when they become antiques, they will be worth a lot more. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. wait wait! Did I read it right? Annie Q is a grandmother already??!!!

    Ok…ok…I’ve edited already. I guess the references are clearer now? >.<

    1. Haha!!! Mr STP caught out!!!! Good on ya, Merryn!!

      Nah!!! She was just trying to pull my leg… In the original sentence, it was pretty obvious that “her” in “her twins” refers to Annie and the “doting grandmother” would be the twins’ grandma. But if you choose to follow the rule strictly…then either Annie’s the grandma…or Annie has a grandma who has twins who would then be Annie’s brothers/sister or Annie’s one of them. Gosh! This is getting so complicated – like the song, “I am my own grandpa!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      P.S. Gee! You mean you dropped by just to say this? Hmmmmmm…speaks volumes! >.<

      1. Mr STP!! You have made my Monday afternoon, keh keh!!, coz now kena a ‘telling off’ by you; I got told off by my mum (in KL) on Sat, for having last called her on 13.08.11 (wah, got so much time to keep tab on my phone calls, haha!!). Must be full moon leh!! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

        Hahahahaha!!!! Still nothing on the post? Not full moon yet leh… Wah!!! 13th! Almost a month ago… *shakes head in disbelief… Muahahahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    2. Aiya…i am late here today, didn’t see that sentence. I am a grandma, not bad lei, super young grandma. hahahhahhahaha

      Don’t rush it, Annie… Your sons already have girlfriends in school…and time will fly by so fast, you wouldn’t know what hit you. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

    3. LoL! I wanna look as good as Annie when I’m finally a grandmother! Muahahaha.. Bluek ๐Ÿ˜›

      Have you seen her mum? Go to her blog and peek… She’s Annie’s twins’ grandmother and she looks sooooooooooo young – like Annie’s elder sister by just a few years. Oops…sorry, Annie. LOL!!!

  13. Wow.. they really use up wood for those? I have never seen these before lah.. jakun a bit here ๐Ÿ˜€

    Nah!!! These things…too cheap for the likes of you. Hehehehehe!!!! Btw, I can’t remember now…but I know of people collecting those plastic capsules for some kind of handicraft. That would be good…or else it is such a waste of plastic – not environment-friendly.

  14. Too much stabbing that’s why gomen banned the tikam coz of probability of winning is so slim..haha. Eh I got one of those too not sure its ladybird or gentlemenbird cant remember maybe a beetle. Can donate to museum muahahaha.

    Not yet lah… That would be in the 90s, not old enough. If got those old-time tikam2 boards (not drawn yet, of course), I’m sure the museum would love to accept… Part of our heritage – our growing up years.

  15. Yes, yes, yes, I also spent a fortune on those little surprises on Rachel and Chris! The other fun was the “kindle chocolate egg”. The plastic egg is covered with milk chocolate. After the chocolate, you can open the plastic egg and get a surprise. When I was Adelaide I bought one for Rachel! She definitely remembers well!

    Two weeks ago, I also slotted two 50-sen coins into the machine installed at the coffee shop just opposite my office. A small torch light came very handy!
    There is a little child in all of us!
    Thanks for sharing.

    You did? LOL!!! Not second childhood, I hope… Hahahahaha!!!! You can buy those chocolate eggs at Ta Kiong here but the first time I saw that, my sis-in-law brought some all the way from NZ for my daughter when she came on a visit. Don’t recall any plastic in it though…just a chocolate shell and once broken, the toy inside would be revealed. Sigh…spent a fortune, we certainly did… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  16. I know this, but usually what i saw is snake..spider or some other thing, not cute ladybirds. I think can find it at most souvenier shop?

    Gashapon, ok, i learn a new word today.

    Nowadays, i think those Gashapon’s toy, most are key chain la, nothing nice. But i don’t know why my boys so excited about it. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Lucky not everywhere in KL can find this Gashapon, not like Sibu, everywhere we go we can see it! This trip my boys happy they got some “magnet” like one of the picture in post in FB that Cruz put on his ear.

    LOL!!! I don’t know. I guess they think it is so much fun – like a lucky draw. My daughter loved it so much too. Good way to keep her quiet and make her eat all the food also – otherwise, no gashapon after eating… Sigh!!! I know it was bribery but it worked! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  17. i don’t remember the tikam comes with such a nice wooden box like that.. it’s either in plastic capsule or just plastic bags.. the wooden box would be a lot lovelier, especially for those little bugs inside..

    The wooden case was inside the plastic capsule… It did not come out of the vending machine like this. You would have to open the capsule to see if you have won this or something else… I think my daughter won a lot of rings which she never used. Gave them away to her cousins who were more interested in suck trinkets. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  18. So…they are called Gashapon…I see ๐Ÿ™‚ I see them here and there in shopping malls etc. and never knew what they were. But I think not for kids only, yes? This weekend when I go do my grocery shopping, I will take a good look at the thingies in the machine. Maybe take a pix of me looking intensely at the machine and post it on facebook….my first pix lah then!

    I didn’t know either until I started writing this post and googled for the info. Yes, yes…do post your pic so at least, if I bump into you in Perth, we would not be like two ships passing in the night… LOL!!!

  19. I don’t see much of these now but I remember there are very common during my childhood days. I am a very stingy with my money and don’t take any risk with it. That’s probably explain why I am not wealthy today hehe… No risk No gain!

    My late grandfather always advised that one must be stingy in order to be rich…and there’s a whole lot of truth in that. Just look at you! LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. I have one in my car! makes a great parting gift, or a souvenir. And theyre so cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hear! Hear! And it wouldn’t occupy much luggage space and would not cause any excess baggage problem.

  21. Ohh I love the casing of your beetles! I remember putting coins to get eggs too.. but those were plastic eggs, not like yours. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Yes, these were inside those plastic eggs. So when you open the eggs, you’ll find the wooden case inside…and opening that, you’ll see the ladybird.

  22. O dear.. I thought it was a loofah! Hahaha.. I remember buying those egg capsules when I was younger. Fun times ๐Ÿ™‚

    Scrub! Scrub! You must be a very clean person. LOL!!! There, another victim…but it was fun, wasn’t it? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. OMGosh absolutely love it! How come the tikams here were much less rewarding? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Don’t know. Last time when we were small, we even had cash prizes. So tempting… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. Wow…is definetely worth to keep these cuties. I hate those capsules which contain of keychains. I will love to have this!

    You can see the labels in front of those machines. They will tell you what prizes you may expect – bracelets, watches, digital pets…. The ones with these would probably have lots of ladybird pictures….

    1. Ling… u got two anaks leh… got TWO big excuse to go turn turn those gachapon machines! tiru macam saya….bawak anak go turn, but barang keep myself! LOL!

      Better buy whatever you want in the shops or stalls – cheaper, I’m sure.

  25. Oh, those ladybirds are so cute! The grey one kind of reminds me of those huge ticks found on dogs though. I remember being asked to remove ticks from our dogs, and those huge grey ones always latch on very strongly to the dog — removing them is tricky cause they’re like grey raisins – if you hold them too hard they’ll burst and all the blood will come out. Ugh! Gross!

    Eyewwwwww…..but what pretty ticks your dogs have! LOL!!! Never seen those – just the lice that my girl got from her classmates and brought home from kindy. Had to get rid of those but they were just little black spots.

  26. those tikam i see on those vending machines are made of plastic. I have never seen anything as pretty as this!

    Yes, it came inside those plastic capsules. You can only see it if you open the plastic capsule and take it out.

  27. we have the same egg thing vendo here. Luckily, it’s only located in the malls and my niece and nephew are not yet aware of the magic of those eggs ๐Ÿ™‚ that box looks familiar. maybe i’ve seen them somewhere aside from here ๐Ÿ™‚

    Probably in the souvenir shops? I’ve seen people selling those at handicraft stalls – not too sure from Thailand or the Philippines. Only in the malls there? That’s good. Here, they’re all over the place…outside the coffee shops.

  28. i guess i’m too young, coz i knew tikam tikam, but not in capsules like these.

    My tikam tikam days was in primary school when we paid rm0.10 to open a piece of paper, for prizes. Hmm, guess it’s kind of gambling.

    Gosh! Don’t tell me you’re that old…or those things are still around. None in my school canteen nor in the one in the primary school next door. Maybe it depends on the school authorities – whether they allow it or not.

  29. Hah, you caught me. Not a post on food? I thought the first pic looks like some kind of kuih or biscuit..
    So, this is inside the plastic capsule? Looks like some kind of good quality handicraft. Nice indeed.

    It certainly is…

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