July 4, 2009
One Chair Barber Shop
When the Pioneering Foochows came to Sibu in 1903 they brought three "knives" (DOH) and "three heads" (TOU)which truly helped them to survive their pioneering days.
One of the knives was the "tieh doh" or barber's razor. Indeed this Foochow barber in Miri whom I know of (his shop is called "one chair barber shop" by us as he operates on his own) has been able to bring up a great family. His eldest son has graduated and is already working in Canada. His second son went to Tukau Chinese Primary School which my son also attended for four years is now a good and able working adult.
Since my son wanted a crew cut of the traditional style this barber would be the best man to go to. I grabbed the opportunity to go along with him with dual purposes : one to be with my son and the other to write about "the one chair barber shop" in Taman Jade Manis.
This is the leather strap which sharpens and cleans the razor.
The comfortable foot ledge or foot rest of the old fashion barber's chair which can recline at different angles fantastically.
Number Four - for a crew cut.
Old style soap and water and brush for the lather. You can bring your own foam or soap and lather set if you like.
Horizontal position for a good old fashion shave.
Happy and clean shaven. A few pats and a nice face towel can do wonders for the soul!! His towels are always fresh and crisp. Each client gets a freshly washed one. So you can be assured of his standard of cleanliness. However you can bring your own towel if you like.
Better friends after a good shave and hair cut. Barbers are often good listeners and kind people.
If you are ever in Miri for a visit and hoping for a pampering and a good rest ...do spend half an hour or more with this barber and have a clean shave or hair cut in his one and onlyh chair. Or ask for Bolkiah Barber Shop if you happen to be lost in Miri. He speaks English and Bahasa Malaysia besides Foochow and Mandarin of course.
Would you go for a traditional hair cut and shave? It will only cost you RM11.00