Ah Ba Ko Ah Nya Chi

(Version in Hokkien)

Ah Ba Ko

Ah Nya Chi

Um Um Khoon

U’nwa U’nwa Khi


(Version in English)

Young men

Young women

Sleep late

Woke up late


About this rhyme:~

This rhyme speaks about the traits of youngsters who loves to paint the town red and jolly till late and when the sun rises, they were all caught slumbering when others had already gone to work.

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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