Nya Ah Nya

(Version in Hokkien)

Nya Ah Nya

Tit tit Knia

Mm Tharng Peng Lai Khnua Ah Ba

Ah Ba Khnua Liau Tiok Ch’neh Kniar

Eow Sorm Ko-lay Chiak Beh Knia

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(Version in English)

Miss Oh Miss

Just walk straight ahead

And don’t look back

The sight of me might frighten you off

No Herbs would be able to cure you!

 

About this rhyme:~

This rhyme is a teaser used at young maidens(Nyonya’s or Ah Nya in this case) who were caught peeking at young men(Ah Ba). Unknown to many, young maidens in the Chinese household of yesteryears are confined to the house only to go out once a year during the 15th moon of our Lunar New Year. Except those from their own family, the sight of young men are pretty rare.

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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