Khar Chwni Chiam

(Version in Hokkien)

Khar Chwni Chiam

Kui Jit Chay Bay Tiam

Khar Sneh Seng Gatai

Titi Sniau Khi Kai Kai


(Version in English)

Young boy has sharp buttocks

Can’t sit still the whole day

The leg itches without a reason

Always look for excuses to go out..


About this rhyme:~

‘Khar Chwni Chiam’ is a Hokkien phrase that describes hyperactive people or those who possesses this trait.

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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