Ah Phong

(Version in Hokkien)

Ah Phong

Phong Tio Jilotong

Jilotong Tiok Huay Sio

Ah Phong Pien Char Sio

Char Sio Hor Lang Chiak

Ah Phong Pien Khar Khiak

Khar Khiak Hor Lang Cheng

Ah Phong Pien Cheng

Cheng Hor Lang Phien

Ah Phong Pien Batman

Batman Toh

Ah Phong Chay Motor

Motor Peng

Ah Phong Chay Tok Teng

Tok Teng Si Ki Khar

Ah Phong Tua Lam Phar.

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(Version in English)

Ah Phong (person’s name)

Bloating all the way to Jelutong (Jelutong is a district in Penang)

After Jelutong was razed in a fire

Ah Phong became barbequed meat

Barbequed meat to be given for others to eat

Ah Phong became clogs

While the clogs are given away for others to wear

Ah Phong became a gun

The gun was then hijacked

and Ah Phong became Batman (a western cartoon superhero)

After Batman collapses

Ah Phong sat on a motorcycle

After the motorbike overturned

Ah Phong sat on a table

The table altogether has four legs

Ah Phong possesses enlarged testicles.

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About this rhyme:~

Obviously, this rhyme is as old as “batman” himself but centers around a character named “Ah Phong”. The word “Ah” is colloquial and it is a form of address that comes before every name like how one uses the word “Mister”. The word “Phong” means “swell” or “bloated” . As usual, there is an uncanny absurdity that makes this rhyme puzzling.

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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