Bo Looi Bor Oo Looi Bor

(Version in Hokkien)

Bo Looi Bor

Karm Chiak Khor

Oo Looi Bor

Siang Kar Hor


(Version in English)

A poor wife can withstand hardship

A well off wife behaves like a tiger.


About this Rhyme/Proverb/Saying:~

This is a traditional Hokkien Rhyme/Proverb/Saying that describes the traits of poor or well off women. Although some are amused by it, there is a lot of wisdom imparted by the older generations through rhymes like this!

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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