Sunday, 18 December 2011

The Hong Kong twelve days of Christmas... again!

= sòh jyū: term of endearment, e.g. sweetie, darling (literally, silly pig)

On the first day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:


A spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the second day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:


Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the third day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:


Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the fourth day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:

Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the fifth day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:

Five chicken wings!
Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the sixth day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:

Six teens a-posing
Five chicken wings!
Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the seventh day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:

Seven monks exhorting
Six teens a-posing
Five chicken wings!
Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the eighth day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:

Eight dragons floating
Seven monks exhorting
Six teens a-posing
Five chicken wings!
Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the ninth day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:

Nine lamps a-glowing
Eight dragons floating
Seven monks exhorting
Six teens a-posing
Five chicken wings!
Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the tenth day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:

Ten cans a-stacking
Nine lamps a-glowing
Eight dragons floating
Seven monks exhorting
Six teens a-posing
Five chicken wings!
Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the eleventh day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:
Eleven kids a-playing
Ten cans a-stacking
Nine lamps a-glowing
Eight dragons floating
Seven monks exhorting
Six teens a-posing
Five chicken wings!
Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


On the twelth day of Christmas, my sòh jyū gave to me:

Twelve bottles waiting
Eleven kids a-playing
Ten cans a-stacking
Nine lamps a-glowing
Eight dragons floating
Seven monks exhorting
Six teens a-posing
Five chicken wings!
Four skimpy shorts
Three fat crabs
Two little dogs...
And a spoonful of sugar in my tea.


EXTRA, EXTRA:
The Hong Kong Twelve Days of Christmas (2011) appears in this month's special Christmas issue of Time Out Hong Kong, and it looks like this:


Some readers of this blog may remember this from last Christmas - one of the gifts remains the same (soh jyu clearly lacks imagination). Click here to see the 2010 version!


Finally, I would like to wish all my readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Thank you very much for following Land of no Cheese and for your comments and feedback. I'll be back soon for more cheeselessness!





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4 comments:

  1. I thought soh jyu was a Korean drink!!

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  2. Haha, I know... I did think of that when putting together the Time Out piece. I think it needed explaining!

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  3. Nice one! I like the change from true love to soh jyu. it's ok to repeat chickenwings coz we all love them :)
    Happy new year to you!

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  4. Thanks for reading, bc, and happy new year!

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