Our next craze was gambling with marbles. We had no marbles made of glass then. We gathered lime stone pieces from Casamata and polished them round, into marbles.
We drew a circle on the ground, placed marbles inside, one or two or three each bettor, then would fling our remaining marble with our thumb until it hit and knocked a marble outside of the circle, which became our “gain.”
If the BATO, or main marble, was hit with another “Bato,” that immobilized it and the owner lost the marbles inside the circle.
Holes were dug in the ground by rows, and with our thumbs we would toss our marbles into those holes. The one who was ahead in putting his marbles in all the holes won.
At one time I had a bag of marbles that I valued like money!
Sometimes we used marbles for our SONGKA games.