Chiak Lau

(Version in Hokkien)

Chiak Lau

Knia Buek Oo Hau


(Version in English)

When one reaches a golden age

What is most important is to have filial children.


About this rhyme/proverb/saying:~

This Hokkien rhyme/proverb/saying speaks about the most important blessing one could have when one reaches one’s golden age. It is a well known saying that money cannot buy happiness and happiness stems from one’s fine offsprings who would repay back the years of toil and hardship a parent sacrifices for them by taking care of their parents in return once one gets too old. It is also a well known fact that only those who are financially incapable of fending for themselves or their own families would send their parents to old folks home. If the rich were to do that, they would be scorned!

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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