Ai Hiam Bay Phnai

(Version in Hokkien)

Ai Hiam, Bay Phnai

Mai Hiam, Ay Sai

Bo Hiam, Bay Pang Sai

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(Version in English)

If you want to criticise, it looks alright actually

If you do not want to criticise, that is also possible

If you never criticise, you cannot shit.

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About this rhyme/ditty:~

This rhyme/ditty is commonly recited and it is meant to be dry humour. It usually revolves around the instance where a group of people of the opposite sex is assessing the physical attributes of someone from the opposite sex they encounter . It is a way of making the listener amused because you are neither directly praising nor criticising that person you are  talking about when you recite it. But as all Hokkien ditties usually ends in jest, the last line is comical in the sense that it can also be used in that instance to criticise a snob.

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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Jit Si Bay Liam Lang

(Version in Hokkien)

Jit Si, Bay Sai Liam Lang

Arm Meh, Bay Sai Liam Kwee

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(Version in English)

In the day, do not gossip about others

In the evening,  do not talk about ghosts.

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About this rhyme/ditty:~

This rhyme/ditty seeks to remind the listener never to gossip about others because bad luck might befall them if the gossip falls into the wrong ears. Hence the metaphor, people and ghosts. In the early days, it is also believed that whatever is discussed at night might fall into the ears of ‘cheeky’ spirits whom may disrupt your entire plan, or in extreme cases, appear disguised as you, in your appointments. Imagine you are going out with someone else that appears to take the from of the person you are dating? In another instance this ditty is meant to be a saying said in jest, that when you are missing someone and that person suddenly appear right at that instance, in front of you.

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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Why is your name Gates?

Bill Gates resigns as

Chairman of Microsoft after receiving the following letter from an African Man ..

“Dear Sir,

I haf some kweshin to ask:

Namba Wan – The keyboard alphabets are not in order, when will you launch the correct version?

Namba Too – There is a ‘Start’ button but no ‘Stop’ button, where is it?

Namba Tree – I have already learned Microsoft Word, when will you launch Microsoft Sentence?

Namba Por – There is a recycle bin but… There is no one who comes to collect the bin.

Pynali ..eh fersonal question: Why is your name Gates when you sell Windows?”

(Author Unknown)