(Version in Hokkien)
Huan Peng Cha Bor Bo Pak Khar
T’ng Snua Cha Bor Bo Cheng Mnua
Huan Peng Cha Bor Bo Tim Eok
T’ng Snua Cha Bor Bo Chiak Lau Hiok
(Version in English)
The womenfolk of the Southeast doesn’t bind their feet
The womenfolk of China doesn’t wear sarong
The womenfolk of the Southeast doesn’t boil herbal soups
The womenfolk from China doesn’t chew betel leaves..
About the Proverb/Saying:~.
This traditional Hokkien proverb/saying describes in the most interesting way, the distinct difference between a local Southeast Asian women as opposed to the Chinese Settlers.
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..