Sin Jam Barn Ho Pang Sai

(Version in Hokkien)

Sin Jarm Barn

Ho Pang Sai

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(Version in English)

A new water closet

Makes one shit better!

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About this saying:~

This saying is used to describe how one is more attentive towards newer possessions then when they are older as seen from the uncanny habit of caring and being more attentive to their possessions when one buys a new motorbike, car, apartment or even ones new shoe or clothing.

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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Lang Ean Tau

(Version in Hokkien)

Lang Ean Tau

Cheng Snar Oo Bak Thau

Lau Peh Oo Tiam Thau

Khwi Khi Lai Tay Eya Oo Swnar Thau

Chay Motor Ay Gia Chiar Thau

Kong Uwa Ko Chong Thau.

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(Version in English)

You are a handsome man

And you wear branded clothes

Your dad is a shopowner

When you dig into your pocket, cash is plentiful

When riding a motorbike, you can perform stunts

And when you talk, the crowd is guaranteed to listen!

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About this rhyme:~

This ditty is more of a banter meant to praise guys who are handsome. When recited, it is guaranteed to put a smile on their faces.

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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biodata versus good works

An impressive biodata speaks of an artist’s dedication and commitment to

their craft but is  in  no  way  a  criteria  in  judging  if  their  works  are  good

enough. Good works are judged upon  ten  different  separate  criteria  and

all it takes is one work produced to be able to know if that artist possesses

the ability to carry on in their pursuit.  I  have  seen  many  abled  self-taught

artist who remains anonymous throughout their life with skills  that  equals

if not better than the celebrated ones chosen  by  gangs  of  profiteers  who

has no clue of what good art is and means.

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Xu Beihong

How did i learn to like art? Not many has  this  privilege  but  I  practically  grew

up with a Xu Beihong over my head when I was  younger.  It  was  a  scroll.  My

dad was an avid collector. Antiques included and he draws and there was this

principal in his ex school that always gave him alot of Chinese  paintings  cos

my dad was chairman of that school. Don’t ask me what happened to that  Xu

Beihong cos I don’t know. Both my parents had passed on.

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