Eam Barn Kong

(Version in Hokkien)

Eam Barn kong

Eam Barn Po

Char Char Oo

Uar Uar Bo

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(Version in English)

Grandfather toilet

Grandmother toilet

The urge comes in the morning

But not late in the evening!

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 About this rhyme/ditty:~

This is a rhyme/ditty about our personal toilet business. Toilets or “Eam Ban”, also known locally as “Jamban” of the past is situated away from the main house so in the evening when one has the urge to defecate, they were taught to utter a simple prayer to dispel their fear of the dark and the unforeseen!

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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