24 May 2006

Sibeh song

Code-switch alert: This song contains high-levels of Manglish and potentially harmful levels of Hokkien. Excessive consumption may render subjects permanently Malaysian.

The Fugees swagger into a typical Malaysian reflexology shop. Sinking into the plush PVC armchairs, they get comfy as an old AhPek approaches and the music to Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack, later by Lauryn Hill and Da Fugees) starts to play....

I was all tense and nervous
They said I’d love his style
And so I went to Cheras
To try it for a while
So there he was this Ah Pek
Said, ‘You want foot ma-ssage?’

Braiding my toes with his fingers
Making me say Hokkien words
Who say reflexology ‘jin song’
‘Can go to sleep wan And then hor’
‘Wake up feel shiok wan And sarmore’
‘Good for your health leh Sibeh song….’

I felt all flushed with fever
Nearly jumped off the chair
He’d found my tightest nerve points and pushed them hard – right there!
I prayed that he would finish
But he just kept right on

Grinding my bones with his fingers (one time) (one time)
Making me say Hokkien words (two time) (two time)
Who say reflexology ‘jin song
‘Can go to sleep wan And then hor’
‘Wake up feel shiok wan And sarmore’
‘Good for your health leh Sibeh song….’

(Oo…h…. Lalala la lala…..etc)

Straightn’ing my chi with his fingers (one time) (one time)
Making me say Hokkien words (two time) (two time)
Who say reflexology ‘jin song
‘Can go to sleep wan And then hor’
‘Wake up feel shiok wan And sarmore’
‘Good for your health leh Sibeh song….’

The Fugees stagger out of the typical Malaysian reflexology shop....

Ah Pek; n. lit. 'Uncle.'; older gentleman
Hokkien; n.; one of the Min Nan languages, closely related to Taiwanese/Ho'lo.
Jin; adj.; very, quite (Hokkien)
Song; adj.; pleasant (Hokkien)
Shiok; adj.; pleasant (Singlish/Manglish)
Sibeh; interj. adj.; very, quite, 'jin.' (Hokkien/Singlish, latterly finding greater use in Malaysia)


At 6:38 pm, Anonymous may said...


ok, even though I don't speak hokkien nor understand it, it sounded funny nevertheless! LOL!!

ppsssstt... word verification: "siowows"?? hahahaha!

At 6:42 pm, Blogger L B said...

O F F E R S C O C O N U T M I L K & S U N T A N J U I C E A T I N T E R V A L A L O N G W I T H S A U T E E D M A R S H M E L L O W N U G G E T S

At 7:24 pm, Blogger angel said...

Oi! Which ahpek told u reflexology cin song??

Hor lang lau liao la lu...

At 10:47 pm, Blogger Simple American said...

Malay passport kenna liao.

I have the need
The need to kiasu.

At 10:35 am, Anonymous L B said...

*doing the Hustle*

At 3:27 pm, Anonymous L B said...

*I smell
TungKus in the Air... everywhere I go... TungKus in the Air...*

At 5:04 pm, Blogger De Book Worm said...

ooh..ahh...ahh...AHHHH!!! Bestnya!

At 5:36 pm, Blogger plink said...

may: Sorry about the Hokkien. *HUGZBACK!* 'siowows' sounds so wonderfully, painfully appropriate! LOLOL!

LB: Ooo... 'shrooms.... TQTQ *sound of plink sizzling in the sun*

auntie angel: Hor lang pien marr. Urut gao kha tey thnia liao Ouch.... *limp* *limp*
But the relief after finishing.... cin song! :D

SAm: Welcurm! Welcurm to Marayshia! *garland* *Bunga Manggar (ornate decoration)* *kompang (loud drumming)* Kiasu? Let's throw in a Singapore passport!

LB: o.O at LB getting down. Does anybody even say that any more?

LB: Yes, but of course.
TungKus in the air/ Everywhere I look around
TungKus in the air / (In) every sight and every sound....

DBW: Wah... you're one of those super-super people who can tahan the straightening of chi and braiding of toes ka? *tabik* =)

At 7:04 pm, Blogger L B said...

L B getting down?!!.... That ...sounds.... just as rude as can be!! LOLOLOL!!!!

At 7:32 pm, Blogger plink said...

LB: But you're the one doing... the rude thing.... ;)

At 8:52 pm, Anonymous L B said...

*looks down*.....
T R A G E D Y Y Y Y...

At 12:40 am, Blogger Simple American said...

Ooh. Now dual citizenship hor?

So I can stay longer than 5 years.

At 12:46 am, Anonymous may said...

uh-huh, the words got me siowow abit... got online hokkien diksheneri ah?


At 4:53 am, Anonymous ka..t said...

plink-y! ah neh ho thiah lu eh qua! LOL

At 7:34 am, Blogger plink said...

LB: Tragedy! When your singlet's gone
You must go on, it's Tragedy!

SAm: Yes, but sshhh.... ;-)

may: I'm sure there are a few, but if you don't mind the mess, you could always go to the tRead carefully section and click on Glossary.

ka..t: Wah! Huan eng huan eng! Kamsia lu jin zhueh! =)

At 7:38 am, Anonymous L B said...


At 7:57 am, Blogger Simple American said...

I need to leave you this hug because I made greif for you else where. kekekeke

At 6:28 pm, Blogger plink said...

SAm: *faster un-pengsan*
And it was such a close-run thing too....

At 9:24 am, Anonymous yvy said...

fuhyoo!!! *upside down standing ovation!!* dahsyat lar, u plink....:D

At 3:05 pm, Blogger plink said...

Yvy: *leftsiderightThankYou*

Sometimes, you have to say it like it is....

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