Puak Kiau Kooi

(Version in Hokkien)

Puak Kiau Kooi

Looi Khi Bay Toak T’wni

Puak Tua Kiau

Su Ka Liau Liau Liau

Khiam Lang Looi

Char Khi Um Meh Hor Lang Tooi

Sniau Bay Khooi

Sor Buay Thiau Tham Phooi


(Version in English)

Addicted gambler

Your money went and never return

Big time gambling

Loses everything

Owing people money

Letting people chase after you day and night

When there is no way out

In the end you jumped into the spittoon!


About this Rhyme:~

This Hokkien Rhyme warns about the danger of gambling and how one may lose one’s fortune if one is engrossed in this unhealthy habit.

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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