Lo Kay Khi Thit Tho

(Version in Hokkien)

Cho Lo Cho

Lo Kay Khi Thit Tho

Tu Tio Chit Tin Char Bor Po

Teng War Ee

Hak War Ee

Thok Snar Ka Thok Si

Kong Snar Thok Si Bo Chai Kang

Chin Chnia Beh Cho Tui Bin Kang

Lin Nya Kharm Guan Nya

Boey Bo Buay Seng Cho Tok Thau Seng Kniar

Lin Tia Kharm Guan Tia

Pheng Kim Buay Seng Kong Tok Phua Kow Sia

Bo Keo Chay Gu Chia

Bo Bo Tio Ti How Hnia

Bo Bin Chng To Phar Phor

Bo Kow Eee Tok Chay Chiok Or

Bo Ean Chi Tok Gia Ean Thoon Si Snuar Kor


(Version in English)

Come let’s go

Let us go down town to have some fun

Met a group of young damsels

Found someone I could relate to

Busily engaged in a conversation

It is no use trifling

More importantly both sides has to meet

Your mother and my mother

Even when nothing had been agreed upon, they began arranging

Your father and my father

As for the dowry, consider it withheld for the time being

No sedan chair but a bullock cart

No hat to wear but a scoop

No proper bed but a mat

No chairs except for spittoons

No lipsticks so, can we replace it with the soot from the flames?


About this rhyme/ditty:~

This rhyme/ditty describes the dilemma couples has to face especially to those whose family are from different social status.

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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