Botak Head

(1st Version in Hokkien)

Botak Head

Come To School At Half Past Eight

Teacher Asked “Why Are You So Late?

“Because My Mother Cut Me Botak Head!

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(1st Version in English)

Baldy

Come to school at half past eight

Teacher asked “Why are you so late?

“Because my mother cut me bald!

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(2nd Version in Hokkien)

Botak Head

Came To School Late

Teacher Asked “Why Are You So Late?

“Because My Khar Tak Chiar Cannot Brake!

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(2nd Version in English)

Baldy

Came To School Late

Teacher Asked “Why Are You So Late?

“Because my bicycle cannot brake!

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About this rhyme/ditty:~

This is a school time rhyme/ditty that teases the bald headed students. There is a clever mix of Hokkien and English words in this ditty that makes it unique !

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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