(Version in Hokkien)
Ah Kong Bo Looi
Chang Aik Chap Tau Pun Ch’au
Knia Soon Pun Ow
Ah Kong Oo Looi
Chang Aik Bo Chit Air
Knia Soon Kooi Tua Air!
(Version in English)
If your grandpa is poor
He would still be smelly even if he bathe ten times
And his grandchildren would also smell stale
But if your grandpa is rich
And he bathes not even close to a fifth of a second
His grandchildren would still surround him!
About this rhyme/saying:~
This is a rhyme/saying sought to tell the listener of the sad realities in life where money indeed could buy relations.
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..