Khui Chwee Luan Chu Kap

(Version in Hokkien)

Khui Chwee Luan Chu Kap

Bo Kong Eong Thau Khak

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(Version in English)

Once the mouth opens, out spills everything

Never for once consult the brain.

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying is more often than not used in jest or as a friendly advise to others to exercise care in revealing more than is necessary.

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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Hum Bun Ay Cha Bor

(Version in Hokkien)

Hum Bun Ay Cha Bor Bong Bo Lor

Boh Lau Mnua Ee Tok Lau Khor

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(Version in English)

Clumsy women does not have a feel for things

If her sarong did not drop, it will be her pants.

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying pokes fun at clumsy women.

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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Kong Uwa Bo Li Eu

(Version in Hokkien)

Kong Uwa Bo Li Eu

Tok Por Luan Chu Jiu

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(Version in English)

For those who speak senselessly

Are like table cloths that mops in an indefinite direction

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying pokes fun at those who try to impress others with their senseless speech.

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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Lang Tua Lang Say

(Version in Hokkien)

Lang Tua

Kong Say Snia Uwa

Lang Say

Snia Tet Pet Tua

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(Version in English)

High position people

Are soft spoken

Those who are rank lower

Are the loudest

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying pokes fun at those lowly rank people who love to exert their weight around to get things done or just to show off when the fact is higher rank individuals seldom display traits 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 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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Tua Chneh

(Version in Hokkien)

Tua Chneh

Chneh Ka Khi Sio Meh

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(Version in English)

Keep on bickering

Bicker till quarrel breaks out

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying condemns bickering as it might blow into a full fledge quarrel.

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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Bo Pneh Bo Thnia Swnooi Ho Mia

(Version in Hokkien)

Bo Pneh Bo Thnia

Swnooi Ho Mia

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(Version in English)

No illness, no pain

Can be considered one is having a good life already

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying is a sweetener in conversations. The underlying message to others is that above all, health is wealth.

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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Bin Ow Ow

(Version in Hokkien)

Bin Ow Ow

Lang Kh’wai Lau

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(Version in English)

Frowning faces

Ages one faster

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying discourages one from frowning as it is believed to make one age faster? This is so because only when one is tormented or worry do one frown.

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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Lang Ow Barn

(Version in Hokkien)

Lang Ow Barn

Cho Lang Eh Sim Arn

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(Version in English)

Stubborn people

Irks our heart

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying describes how stubborn mules irritates or torment our heart.

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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Kong Uwa Luan Chu Pian

(Version in Hokkien)

Kong Uwa Luan Chu Pian

Th’nia Ka Thau Khak Lian

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(Version in English)

Some people simply loves to lie

As we listen, it makes our head spin

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying ridicules the habitual liar.

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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Lang Swee Swee

(Version in Hokkien)

Lang Swee Swee

Chng Ka Mm Chnia Kow Kwee

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(Version in English)

Some are natural beauties

But dress and made up so ostentatiously

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About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying is normally said in a well-meaning fashion or to someone familiar like a family member? Sometimes there’d be moments where one is influenced by friends when it comes to make up and dress sense and to be accommodating just to be well liked can spell disaster to one’s look especially when one is ill advised.

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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