A few weeks ago Benghui got a Rubik’s Cube / Magic Cube as a present from his father Bengbeng.
Last week we were shopping for milk powder when I came across one tempting me in the toys section.
I thought it would be a fun toy (for me), so I chose one that seemed sturdy enough, and looked at it for a few moments.
“No la,” I said to myself, “I shouldn’t”
“Why not?” said the plastic snake in the shelf below.
“Poey Chin doesn’t want me to waste time on toys and games”
“Did she really say that? Wasn’t she only talking about computer games?”
I reached out to touch the small package.
“You see? Doesn’t it feel good? It’s an educational toy. Surely Poey Chin will approve of it.” the plastic snake coaxed.
I was carrying Rachel in my arms at that time, so I passed the little plastic package for her to hold.
“See Rachel, do you like this toy?”
We went back to Poey Chin at the milk powder section, and I said: “Rachel wants to buy this toy”
I don’t know how it got “approved”, but here I am with my very own Rubik’s Cube. Would you believe that this is the first time I’ve owned one in my entire life?
It’s not an original, but manufactured by Dian Sheng.
It came with an instruction booklet which I threw away. Only one word to describe the instructions… FAIL. I turned to the Internet for answers.
Right now I’ve managed to get one side done, and I’m working on the middle layer.
As you can see from the photo, I’m trying to get six squares of red and six squares of green, etc.
The middle layer seems to be 3 times harder to solve compared to just one side. Solving just one side involves thinking in two dimensions, but solving the middle layer requires you to track the squares in 3 dimensions!
Once I solve the puzzle, I might try to put up some sort of guide on my blog.
Unfortunately it is harder to describe how to do it, compared to actually doing it. Maybe I think so because I am not completely sure what I’m doing haha.
I know it seems very childish and I’m quite excited. But do forgive me, I didn’t have a chance to play with this when I was young!