Oo Lang Khnua Looi Aneh Tang

(Version in Hokkien)

Oo Lang Khnua Looi Aneh Tang

Giar Lai Chni Loh Khang, Ah Si Siew Ti Ang

Chit Looi Pian Nor Looi, Siew Ka Kooi Tua Tooi

Chay Lai Siong Ee Pun Sim Khnua Khooi

Oo Si Phoe Lai Chiak

Oo Si Larm Lai Khoon

Thniar Tiok Lang Ay Ch’u Jip Ch’art, Khar Chiew Choon

Mm Bart Thnia Kong Hiam Looi Chay

Jit Si Um Meh Tooi Ka Chay

Mm Bart Kong Chit Lay Looi La Sarm

Long Kow Khiok Khi Lai Tarm Tarm

Na Si Looi Puak Loak Khi Sampah Thang

Khar Kin Khiok Khi Lai Bay Sai Pang


(Version in English)

There are those who are obsessed with money

Hoarding it in dug up grounds, or in stoneware vessels

One cent multiply to two, hoarding and piling it up

Sitting and staring at it appeases their heart and senses

Sometimes they cradle it in their arms when they are having a meal

Sometimes they hug it to sleep

When they hear about a house break-in, their hands and feet would also shiver

Never do they ever say they have enough

Day and night they hope to earn some more

Never have they thought that money is dirty

Even when they were picked up from the drain

If the money were to drop into the trash bin

It would be instantly salvaged by all means!


About this Rhyme/Saying:~

This Hokkien Rhyme/Saying speaks about money and how certain types of people are so obsessed with it.

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 proverbs and sayings has always been a guide and lesson to the many who has never been to school so as to help them steer well in the river of  life and in a way, it seeks to retell their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..




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