three bins

three           bins

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one    for  glass

one  for  plastic

one   for  paper

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hmm     I    said

then      thought

for           awhile

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three bins only?

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hmm   I  smiled

then released it

from my fingers

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it went onto the floor

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my  ice  cream  stick.

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money art

~stair up to heaven~ image copyright Kris Lee 2012

~stair to heaven~
image copyright Kris Lee 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Not  everyone  makes  art,

some just  makes  money!

Not every artist  thinks  art,

some  just  thinks  money!”

~Kris Lee 2012~

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Kim Tang Tang Keh Bo Ang

(Version in Hokkien)

Kim Tang Tang

Keh Boh Ang

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(Version in English)

Glittering with gold

Won’t get you a husband

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About the Proverb/Saying:~

This is a chauvinistic Hokkien saying describing how men shun away from women who adorns so much gold on their body perhaps to them, woman like these are too successful and smart for their liking or perhaps, women like these are hard to upkeep and therefore they would give it a miss.

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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you don’t but I do

you don’t recall

but I do

of how our oilfields

were once plundered by you

yet it is you

that scissors the red ribbon

in initiating a sea of blue

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you don’t remember

but I do

of how our skies

were once so blue

yet you giggle yourself silly

as you cruise through your fleet

of red oxygen spas

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you don’t believe

but I do

that heaven only lives

in our mind so blue

but hell

is all around us

where your red paint drips..

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Hokkien Phrases U-Z

~hungry ghost~ image copyright Kris Lee 2012

~hungry ghost~
image copyright Kris Lee 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ULU- A remote place.

UM BONG BONG- Very dark.

UM CHI- Late night thorns. Cinema Touts.

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WA CHIAK EAM CHAY KUAY LU CHIAK BI- I ate more salt than you have eaten rice. Normally told to a younger person by an elderly when exerting an experienced assessment.

WA KAR LU KONG- Let me tell you.

WA KONG TANG LU KONG SAI- I say East you say West. To describe someone who misunderstands you or wasn’t listening and consequently did the wrong thing.

WAH LAN/WAH LAN EH- Oh Penis! Used when surprised by something.

WAH LAU/WAH LAU EH- The more polite variation of Wah Lan.

WAH PIANG- Also more polite version of Wah Lan.

YAU KWEE- Hungry ghost. It describes a glutton or avaricious person.

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About the Phrases:~

The author/owner has also compiled for record, a collection of everyday Hokkien Phrases 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 phrases are as much as possible being conserved in its purest state despite having some which had been mixed with other local dialects and languages but nevertheless the Hokkien lingo took prominence over the rest. This list is continuously updated.

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