Khiap Si Lang

(Version in Hokkien)

Khiap Si Lang

Ai Chiok Kniar

Phai Mia Lang

Ai Kh’nua Mia


(Version in English)

Ugly people

Likes looking at the mirror

Poor people

Likes to have their palm read.


About this rhyme/saying:~

This rhyme/saying expresses one’s wishes. To the ugly, looking at the mirror is a reassurance about their image. To those who lead a hard life, consulting a palmist would help them keep watch over future catastrophes that might befall them and finding answers to life’s happenings.

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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