Mak Ee Po

(Version in Hokkien)

Mak Ee Po, Chin Lo So

Ai Hor Lang Pho Ka So

Pak Lang Suka Chiak Tupat

Ee Lay Tet Pet Tho Bee Ko

Kong Uwa Kong Ka Khi Chui Tar

Kh’nwa Tiok Chui To Khar Kin Sar

Long Phuar Gilai Khi Latar

Tua Jiang Tua Ow Boh Lasa

Lau Liau Kong Uwa Ai Nyanyok

Lang Hiam Ka Lang Khi Hamok

Lang Kong Tang, Ee Leh Kong Sai

Lang Ch’io Chai, Ee To Mm Chai

Bodoh Swine Ko Gong Tua Tai

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(Version in English)

Old grand-aunt is a fussy pot

Craving for attention

When others prefer Ketupat (a Malay savory made of rice)

She would specially ask for Bee Ko (a sweet sticky Chinese savory made of glutinous rice)

She talks so much till her throat dries

When she saw a glass of water she would quickly seize it

And once she broke a glass she was really mad!

She screams and shouts without any care!

She is old and a little senile

When others accuses her she vent her anger

When others say East(one thing), she would say West(another)

When others laugh with approval, she would do otherwise

A silly swine and also unwise!

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About this Rhyme:~

This Hokkien Rhyme is an entertaining mix of two languages English and Malay used intermittently with the Hokkien lingo but quite biased in nature as it pokes fun at the older generation in this case, an old auntie whom the locals like to call them “Mak Ee Po’s” ( purely a Hokkien Phrase) which literally means the same thing. Well, as age would have it, one could do things a little odd due to senility but calling them a silly swine and a little unwise is a little offensive.

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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