Hong Lai Hong Khi

(Version in Hokkien)

Hong Lai Hong Lai

Chit Lui Hor Lu Beh Ong Lai

Hong Khi Hong Khi

Chit Lui Hor Lu Beh Ang Kee

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(Version in English)

Wind come! Wind come!

One cent for you to buy pineapples!

Wind go! wind go!

One cent for you to buy persimmons!

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About this rhyme:~

This rhyme recollects the currency value of centuries ago where pineapples and persimmons could be bought with just one cent!

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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