Khun Chneh Khi Lai

(Version in Hokkien)

Khun Chneh

Khi Lai

Say Thau

Buak Hoon

Tiam Ean Chi


(Version in English)

Wake up

Get up from bed

Comb one’s hair

Powder the face

Put on the lipstick


About this rhyme:~

This rhyme is a polite wake up call directed to women in the household who are still slumbering when the sun has risen but it is sometimes used on men to enliven their morning! Generally you could see their grin from behind their dishevelled hair when this rhyme is uttered!

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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