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A short stroll: The Quaint Barber Shop

By on April 13, 2010 in Malaysia with No Comments

The sharp, steel barber sheers lay unattended on the tabletop. Bottles of hair cream arranged neatly besides it. Several plastic combs bunched loosely in a container.

On the walls, medium sized- posters of men sporting short hair cuts were pasted symmetrically, decorating the barber shop. There were even new ones of famous Bollywood heartthrobs.

The red, stainless steel Takara barber chairs were first purchased in 1966. Purchased by its founder, the late P.A. Thangayah a highly respected figure and ex-chairman of the Indian Barber Association, the chairs are still in good condition and in use today.

Situated along busy Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (previously known as Foch Avenue) in Kuala Lumpur, is a quaint barber shop that you will have to drop by. With its bright red signage, the Stylo Hair Dressing Saloon, was first established in 1940.

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Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse

By on March 5, 2009 in History, Islands with 8 Comments

Excitement coursed through my veins, as my small feet lumbered nimbly up the steely white stairs.

The ascending air was getting chilly, and the bright sunshine glared menacingly as I treaded gingerly.

I was making my way, alone, up the eighty-odd steps of the famed Fort Cornwallis Lighthouse, situated on the northeast side of George Town, Penang.

Trying my best to not look downwards I held tightly onto the railings. A camera balanced menacingly around my neck, I whispered a silent prayer.

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