(Version in Hokkien)
Keh Chooi Keh Tau Hu
Keh Char Keh Hoay Hu
Keh Thow Sneh Keh Sim Pu!
(Version in English)
Add water it would be more curdish
Add more wood it will become burnt
Add more sons and you would have more daughters-in-law!
About the Rhyme:~
This is a rhyme that emphasizes the traditional preference for sons over daughters.
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..