Liew Liew Liew

(1st Version in Hokkien)

Liew Liew Liew

Heh Bo Chiew

Chia Kay Bah

Oon Tow Eu

Chiak Tin Na

Lau Bak Eu!

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(1st Version in English)

Shame! shame! shame!

Prawns without whiskers!

Eating chicken meat

With soy sauce

Beaten with a cane

Shed tears!

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(2nd Version in Hokkien)

Liew Liew Liew

Heh Bo Chiew

Chia Kay Bah

Oon Tow Eu

Chiak Si Kay

Boh Liam Tor

Chiak Si Niau Choo Buay

Bo Cheng Khor

Chow Khi Ow Buay Lor

Thow Th’ng Khor!

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(1st Version in English)

Shame! shame! shame!

Prawns without whiskers!

Eating chicken meat

With soy sauce

Eating dead chicken

Without removing the innards

Eating dead rat’s tails

Without wearing your trousers

Went to the backlane

Pretend to remove your trousers!

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About this rhyme/ditty:~

Similar to “Sun Kiew Kiew“, Liew Liew Liew is commonly heard in street games when we laugh at others shameful silliness, all in the name of fun!

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 ditties retell their story and their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..

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