Ho Lai Ho Khi

(Version in Hokkien)

Ho Lai Ho Khi

Oo Pai Oo Por Pi

Oo Chiak Oo Chai Khi

Oo Cheng Oo Hock Khi


(Version in English)

One good turn deserves another

If one prays one will surely be blessed

Eat well and there is wealth in store

Dress well and there’d be fortune coming..


About this rhyme:~

The first two lines of this rhyme is sound advice. However, the last two sounded like a superstition!

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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