Or Kwi

(Version in Hokkien)

Or Kwi

Si Or Kwi

Lang Khek Lai

Lu Siam Khwi

Lang Khek Chau

Lu Siew Looi!


(Version in English)


Is always a pimp

When guests arrived

You make way

When the guests leaves

You collect the money!


About this rhyme/ditty:~

This is a rhyme/ditty that describes the job of a pimp. “Or Kwi” here is a Hokkien phrase describing a pimp. In its original context, an “Or Kwi” is actually a tortoise!

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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