(Version in Hokkien)
Lang Swee Swee
Chng Ka Mm Chnia Kow Kwee
(Version in English)
Some are natural beauties
But dress and made up so ostentatiously
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..