Kiau Bo Puak

(Version in Hokkien)

Kiau Bo Puak

Looi Tharn Bay Khnuar Uak

Kiau Na Puak

Si Ka Kh’nua Uak!

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(Version in English)

If one doesn’t gamble

All the money earned is meaningless

But when one gambles

It is more meaningful if one is dead!

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About this rhyme/ditty:~

This rhyme/ditty is a gambler’s own consolation and self reassurance to continue.

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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