(Version in Hokkien)
Thor Chai Thor Thor
Ow Kuay Chuey Bo Bor
(Version in English)
A protuding belly button
In the future, it will be difficult for you to find a wife!
About this ditty:~
This ditty teases one who possesses protruding belly buttons. It was indeed common in those days, the result of careless doctors or midwives who delivers the baby.
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..