(Version in Hokkien)
Chiak Ka Lau, Oak Ka Lau
Chiak Ka Si, Oak Ka Si
(Version in English)
To be able to eat till one’s old age is to learn till one is old in age
To be able to eat till one dies is to learn till one dies.
About this Rhyme/Proverb/Saying:~
This Hokkien Rhyme/Proverb/Saying sounds good to the ear and speaks a lot of truth. Truth that the Chinese believe in~ that education is but a lifelong learning process. Recognizing the importance of education, Chinese parents try to provide the best they could to educate their young as the reward is always certain.
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..