Home entertainment

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 April, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 April, 2003, 12:00am

SOMEONE ONCE SAID: 'The world is a playground'. Well, so is your flat if you look hard enough! Much has been said about learning and studying from home this past week. Today, let's relax and try out something that is both simple and fun. It's called Hide And Seek or bok lay lay in Cantonese.

Here is a quick guide to this ancient game that will - if my own experience is anything to go by - guarantee you hours of fun and laughter.

Venue: Your flat (from 600 to over 1,200 square-foot).

Players required: you and your siblings or dog(s). Cats are far too cool for this kind of game. Your parents might want to join in to make sure you don't break any valuable family heirlooms or the karaoke machine.

Rules: The seeker has to count up to 10 before searching. You take turns to hide and seek.

Top tips:

- Most obvious hiding spots

Bed: On or under. Usually the first place to look and, usually, you won't find anything there except your pyjamas.

Doorways: Behind doors. Actually, this sometimes makes a great spot to hide because the most obvious place is often the safest!

Curtains: This is usually the first place I go to because you can always spot someone's feet at the bottom.

The maid's room: Please knock before you enter.

Walk-in wardrobe: You'd better not let your mother find you there!

Balcony: Try to stay away from the railings.

-Top hiding spots

Sitting room: Any big sofa that only you can squeeze behind. Chances are you can find items that have gone missing since the last Christmas party.

Large bottom cupboards: Remember to leave the doors ajar because it gets very stuffy in there. However, that is what usually gives you away, too.

Shower cubicle: Behind the shower curtain. This is a place my dogs never sniff me out.

Front door: Yep. Just sneak out of your flat. Problem with this is the seeker usually gives up after about five minutes and starts watching television.

- Don't-even-go-near-there spots

Windows: In case you fall out.

Refrigerator: No, no, no, no, no!

Top cupboards: They collapse. I should know, it happened to me once.