Apek Khi Chwee Tar

(Version in Hokkien)

Apek Khi Chwee Tar

Ah Po Khi Latar

Apek Soak Ah Phien

Ah Po Khnuar Liau Gien


(Version in English)

Old man was thirsty

Old woman caught fit

Old man smoking opium

Old woman was tempted..


About this rhyme:~

The is a fun but meaningless rhyme. ‘Apek’ and ‘Ah Po’ is used to address senior citizens whom we are unfamiliar with.

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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