(Version in Hokkien)
Lang Swee Chiak Bin Chwee
Lang Bo Swee Chiak Hai Chwee
Lang Swee Kar Oo Lang Tui
Lang Bo Swee Tok Kar Oo Looi
(Version in English)
If one is pretty, it has to do with patronage
If one is not, drinking seawater is likely
If one is pretty, one is likely to be pursued
If one is not, most likely one is richer.
About this Rhyme/Proverb/Saying:~
This Hokkien Rhyme/Proverb/Saying speaks about the pros and cons of people who were born pretty as opposed to those who are not. To ‘drink seawater’ means there is a slimmer chance that one is pursued.
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..