Oo Lay Ho Mnia Knia

(Version in Hokkien)

Oo Lay Ho Mnia Knia

Oo Looi Bay Hiow Siew

Cha Bor Luan Chu Tui

Tatajit Lim Chiu Chui

Ch’arm Ah Kow Ah Niau

Keh Lor Luan Chu Siau

Tuay Lang Puak Tua Kiau

Keh Hoay Su Liau Liau


(Version in English)

Some wealthy children

Fritter away their money


Getting drunk everyday

Mixing with bad hats

Painting the town red with their pranks

Imitating others by placing high stakes on the gambling table

And finally squanders off everything he has.


About this Rhyme/Saying:~

This Hokkien Rhyme/Saying speaks about the habits of some very rich kids who were endowed with so much wealth yet do not know how to be prudent till one day all their wealth/ inheritance got squandered off by their own carelessness. Especially on the gambling table.

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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