~are we there yet?~
image copyright Kris Lee 2012
“Is there colour in someone else’s misery? Is there colour in the faces of
the victims of war? Is there colour at the hospital or when someone you
love boards the ship and you were seen containing your tears? There is
no colour in sadness. There is no colour in ill health. There is no colour
when two trains collide. Circumstances in life decides the colour you
choose when you press the shutter. And that is the colour of photography.”
~Kris Lee 2012~
(Version in Hokkien)
Bo Geh Chiak Tau Geh
(Version in English)
No teeth eat bean sprouts.
About this rhyme:~
This rhyme pokes fun at toothless individuals and telling them that there is nothing hard one could eat when one is toothless except bean sprouts but the fact is bean sprouts are not that soft so to speak.
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..