(Version in Hokkien)
Bo Hu Heh Ma Ho
Bo Arn Nya Sian Ah So
(Version in English)
If there are no fish, prawns are just as good
If there are no young damsels, then tackle the older ones!
About this rhyme:~
This is a witty Hokkien rhyme. It discourages fastidiousness in everything especially when one is in search of a life partner` that one cannot afford to be too cautious and mindful about the little flaws otherwise one would end up single for the rest of one’s life.
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..