Oo Looi Ay Ang, Bo Looi Ay Bor

(Version in Hokkien)

Oo Looi Ay Ang

Chiak Cheng Pharng Pharng

Bo Looi Ay Ang

Choo Lai Kharng Kharng

Oo Looi Ay Bor

Bay Chiak Khor

Bo Looi Ay Bor

Hock Sai Chor


(Version in English)

A rich husband

Eat, wear, smells good

But a poor husband

The house is always empty

A rich wife

Cannot adapt to hardship

But a poor wife

Will always appease her elders.


About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying addresses a commonplace truth of the south east.

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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