draped in garbs

Truly the wisest of people are all draped in garbs. From Jesus to Buddha, from

Confucius to  Rabindranath  Tagore  down to  Mahatma  Gandhi,  its  simplicity

never fails  to capture our imagination and garner the wearer herds of followers..




my dad

My dad is a kind unassuming man. Almost to a fault. When you are near

him,  you  could   almost   hear  a  pin   drop.   He  didn’t   have   a   good

relationship  with  mom.  But  he  stayed  on  for  our  sake.  Beyond   the

fighting, there is always  us  in  between. You can  say  we  were  broken

at a very young age but  we  survived  the  ugliness  as  they  took  all  the

pain  unto themselves.





Unless it had been determined to be diseased or dead, why should

old trees be axed at the expense of  man?  Just  because  man  are

allowed to grow but trees are not?  Trees do not  need  to  give  way

to men’s struggle for progress just like many  animals  already  did.

Why don’t men instead move away from nature  since  they  are  so

threatened by it?




Bak Hoo

(Version in Hokkien)

Lang Oo Ean Sio Tu

Lai Chi Peng Chniar Lu Chiak Bak Hoo

Nar Chiak Nar Beautiful

Chiak Loke Khi Lu Powerful

Nar Chiak Nar Wonderful

Um Meh Ko Ay Phak Chinese Kung Fu

Tuar Ti Bin Ch’ng Ko Ay Kar Ee Luan Luan Bu

Um Meh Ni Ko Ay Kar Ee Sneh Kong Chu

Lang Peng Ewe Eh Kau Koo Koo

Ar Bay Kau Ang Mor Uwa Kio BladyFool

Lang Lai Chi Peng Oo Ean Sio Tu

Kinna Jit War Bay Cho Cheng Hoo

Kar Khi Bay Bak Hoo

Bak Hoo Ko Chay Chay

Nar Chiak Nar Ho Say!

Lai Chi Peng Ko Oo Kow Ee Thang Chay

Ho Chiak Ay Si Ko Bay Chay Chay

Eng Lai Chit Peng Chay

Khar Eng Ko Khee Siam Tay

Cho Ong Tay!

Ginseng Tay Tay

Seng Chiak Por Sim Thay

Chiak Par Pnuar Mien Say

Por Lu Ay Sim Thay

Ko Por Lu Ay Khar Tay

Um Meh Ko Oo Lart Chniau Karaoke

Pang Keh Ko Ay Lai Holiday

War Eh Lang Ay

Pai Khar Ko Tay

Ang Mor Uwa Kio Everyday

Wa Ji Lai Bay Hoo Tay

Seng Chiak Seng Ho

Khoon Chneh Ar Mien Huan Lo

Chiak Par Khnua Astro

Um Meh Thiau Disco

Beh Chiar Bay Bakerol

Ch’oot Mooi Mm Si Chay Volvo

Chay Backerol

Meh Si Lu Ko Ay Cho Hero

Lang Ko Chin Ho

Lang Lang Khnuar Tiok Lang Lang Ko Ti O Lo

Oo Lang O Lo Tapi Bo Lang Tau

Liow Lu Chiak Liow Ko Chin Chniar Ean Tow

Tay Ya Ko Oo Sau

Bo Lai Chit Peng Chiak

Toe Chiak Teh Lau!


(Version in English)

It is fate that made us meet

You come here and I treat you with “meat floss”

The more you eat the more beautiful you become

After eating you become more powerful

As you eat you feel more wonderful

In the evening you can display your Chinese Kung Fu

On the bed you are still very capable

At night you can still make scholarly babies

Our friendship will last long

If we can’t click, the English will call it “BladyFool”

When we come here its because of fate that makes us meet

Today I can’t form the government

Therefore I became a “Meat Floss” seller

“Meat Floss” aplenty

The more you eat the more prosperous you become!

Each time you come there will be seats for you

If it tasted good then you can buy more

Do drop by when you are free

If you are freer then maybe you’d go Thailand

And become an emperor!

Ginseng is short

If you eat it before others then it will benefit your body

After finishing you don’t need to wash the crockeries

It has nutritious value for your body

And it even benefits the sole of your feet

At night you have good strength to sing the Karaoke

When the school term breaks, you can come for a holiday

My person is short

Cripple and short

The English says “Everyday”

If you come often I will have trouble to keep it in containers

It is better if you eat first

When you are awake there is no need to worry

After eating you can watch “Astro” (our local tv channel provider)

At night you can dance the Disco

Buy a car, buy a Backerol

When you go out you don’t sit on a Volvo

But a Backerol

At night you can also be a Hero

And possess a good disposition

Everyone who sees you will be full of praises

Many will be flattering you and no one will speak bad about you

And after eating you will be more handsome!

And pocket loaded with Cash

If you don’t come here to eat

Most likely you are dining in a High Class Restaurant!


About the Rhyme:~

This is a modern lengthy Hokkien Rhyme concocted by a ‘Bak Hoo Seller’ in Lorong Selamat to promote her meat floss. Armed with wit, she keeps her guests entertained with her rhyme while selling her meat floss.

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 proverbs and sayings has always been a guide and lesson to the many who has never been to school so as to help them steer well in the river of  life and in a way, it seeks to retell their lifestyle way back then so that the younger generation can gain an insight and foothold to their origin..