Above politics 

Some people say that art is above politics. How convenient. Then explain to me Picasso’s Guernica and Manet’s Execution of Emperor Maximilian. Trying to absolve oneself from the pangs of worldly concerns leaves ones imagination placid. Art is not complete with skill alone. Imagination and feeling is just as crucial. And one can’t feel without being affected.

Hneow Lor Chay

(Version in Hokkien)

Hneow Lor Chay

Kwee Chay

Mooi Chay

Chart Toh Chay.

(Version in English)

When there are many censers

Chances are they are used to repel evil

When there are many doors

Chances are they will beget robbers


About this Proverb/Saying:~

This Hokkien Proverb/Saying is to teach people to be vigilant and look for early signs when buying a new home. In the homes of Buddhists, censers are used to hold litted joss sticks (intercessory prayer sticks) and it is usually placed right in front of the deity or god one believes in. If one encounters more censers than usual in a place or a home, their presence is to appeal for more divine power or help and what could be more devastating than the presence of evil in that place. In the second instance, it advises people not to create unnecessary access on walls for it will invite more robbers. (One must remember that in old China, houses do not have fences and homes are built right to the boundaries facing the road or narrow streets. So the more doors there are, it spells more trouble for the occupants.

The author/owner has compiled for record, a collection of early Hokkien sayings, proverbs, rhymes and ditties to capture the essence and spirit of his hoi polloi, a community originating from the southern province of Fujian, China where individuals climbed aboard bum boats, crossing the South China Sea to settle in faraway lands to escape the brewing civil unrest and a way out from hardship carrying along with them in their journey, nothing except their trademark ponytails and their beliefs, very much rooted in Confucianism. These proverbs and sayings has always been a guide and lesson to the many who has never been to school so as to help them steer well in the river of  life and in a way, it seeks to retell their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..