Ah Nya Chi

(Version in Hokkien)

Ah Nya Chi

Cha Cha Khi

Khi Lai Say Bin

Thut Chwee Khi

Chang Aik Kuay

Park Beh Buay

Tiam Chwee Toon

Buak Phang Hoon

Cheng Cheongsam

Khi Lenggang

Hibang Chuay Tiok Ho Giak Ang


(Version in English)

Young damsel

Wake up early

Go wash your face

Then brush your teeth

After having bathed

Braid your hair

Put on some lipstick

Buff on the powder

Wear your Cheongsam

Then gait to town

Hopefully you’d meet a wealthy suitor!


About this rhyme:~

This rhyme is a friendly advise to young women in search of suitors.

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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