With such a quirky title, you might be forgiven if you think this post is anything but PG13. I am in fact referring to traditional barber shops which not only operates 7 days a week in the Seria town, they stay open till late in the night when every other upscale hair salons have long closed for the day. My son, Jamie, has surprisingly taken a liking to this barber shop and insist on going there even though he pretty much grew up with the hair dresser at an award-winning Wella partner salon (Toppy salon bagged awards in the Wella Trendvision Awards two years running).
Just a stone’s throw away are not one but four Indian barber shops that when you join them as dots, they form the letter L (hence the association to ‘Little India’). In between them is an Indian tailor and dressmaker along with TV and shoe repair shop not forgetting to mention also Indian restaurants. Unlike the stereotypical “Little India” community we hear so much about, there are no colourful temples, no strong, heady scent of spices and jasmine garlands—just no frills, cheap and quick hair cuts—the way Jamie likes it!
And what do I do when I drive him there for a quickie hair cut? I have a Indian massage. This is such a brilliant and wonderful idea I wondered why I hadn’t gone there sooner. Picture a 10-15 minute escape while your stiff neck and aching shoulders get a much needed work. Here, generous amount of the ever popular Axe Brand Medicated Oil (“Minyak Cap Kapak”) is used so you don’t end up feeling oily afterwards. “Axe Oil” as we call it is a concoction of menthol, eucalyptus, camphor, methyl salicylate, essential oil and whatever else that has made it extremely effective in relieving pain and discomfort from colic, stomach ache or swelling.
So what’s the damage? B$3 for the hair cut and B$3 for the massage. When was the last time you spent so little and walked out feeling so good? A body massage costs around B$30 per hour session. Same goes for a body massage and cupping therapy combo—so much pain, just as much gain—but an entirely different cup of tea!
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