Chui Chui Kio Lu

(Version in Hokkien)

Chui Chui Kio Lu Tai

Beh Hiow Mai

Tong Kim Chiak Kiam Chye


Chui Chui Kio Lu Gong

Beh Hiow Long

Tong Kim Chiak Tombong


Chui Chui Kio Lu Puak

Beh Hiau Suak

Tong Kim Chiak Hong Kuak (pang kuang)


Chui Chui Kio Lu Suay

Beh Hiow Puay

Tong Kim Bay Tit Kuay


Chui Chui Kio Lu Sor

Beh Hiow Kor

Tong Kim Chiak Huan Chu Or


Chui Chui Kio Lu Siau

Beh Hiow Liau

Tong Kim Chiak Loti Tiau


(Version in English)

Who ask you to be stupid

Don’t know how to refuse

And ended up eating salted vegetables


Who ask you to be stupid

Not to make some noise

And ended up eating old coconut seedbuds


Who ask you to gamble

Never knowing when to stop

And ended up eating turnips


Who ask you to be so unfortunate

Never knowing when to fly away

And ended up living by the day


Who ask you to be foolish

Not knowing how to take care

And ended up eating sweet potatoes with yam


Who told you to be foolish

Not knowing when to run off

And ended up eating bread sticks


About this rhyme:~

This is more of an advise rather than a rhyme recited in retrospect towards someone else’s foolishness that sealed their fate. Coconut seedbuds, salted vegetables, sweet potatoes with yam, bread sticks, these are traditional dishes of the needy and the desperate and therefore it is being used in this rhyme to mean hardship suffered. Each stanza is a ‘haiku’ by itself and can be used separately making this a very interesting rhyme.

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 proverbs and sayings has always been a guide and lesson to the many who has never been to school so as to help them steer well in the river of  life and in a way, it seeks to retell their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..




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