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19 July 2020 / leggypeggy

Poor John gets ‘the works’ in Taiwan

Getting the sideburns trimmed

Getting the sideburns trimmed

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Applying shaving cream

Like many of us, Poor John has been hanging out for a haircut. A couple of weeks ago, he had an appointment at the local hairdressing school which had re-opened. Sadly, he had to cancel because he had the sniffles. He even got tested for Covid-19—negative. Then the school closed for two weeks of winter holidays.

He has a new appointment—for tomorrow—but it won’t compare to the haircut with ‘the works’ that he got in Jui-Fen, Taiwan in December.

Jui-Fen was one of our stops on a day trip from Taipei. Who knew the place was famous for a hairdresser?

Going after the ear hair

Going after the ear hair

We were strolling through Jui-Fen in the early evening, when Poor John spotted someone getting his haircut by Grandma. He went in, expecting to be served fairly soon. Turned out the guy already in the chair was getting ‘the works’. So Poor John waited and waited and waited.

Festive Jui-Fen, Taiwan

Jui-Fen is a popular and welcoming tourist town

We meandered around the touristy shops and checked on him from time to time. Still waiting. Maybe 45 minutes later, it was his turn. It didn’t take long to realise that he was getting ‘the works’ too. I stayed a while to take some pictures of this extravaganza, but wandered off with the kids to enjoyed the sights of Jui-Fen, including some startling products—most likely tea.

Soap or lollies?

I can’t read Chinese. Soap or tea?

Just so you know, ‘the works’ included a wash and dry, haircut, shave, eyebrow trim, nose and ear hair trim, other stray hair removal and more. It took close to an hour (Grandma even changed clothes). I forget the cost, but it was under A$15.

So what made us think Grandma is famous. There’s a plaque outside her shop. Written in two languages, this is what it says in English:

‘Situated on the Light-rail road, petite Grandma has seen the history of Jui-Fen through her haircuts, ear picking, baby hair trimming. Always wearing her signature thick-sole shoes and her smile. Many miners from old times still use her services, for their families have visited Grandma for three generations.’ I wonder how she and her regular customers have fared this year?

Hair washing

Getting the hair washed. Note the ‘signature’ thick-sole shoes

Poor John’s haircut tomorrow does include a shave. The receptionist told him not to shave over the weekend. The students are studying shaving and he is going to be one of their guinea pigs. I’m not going to take pics.

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  1. trE / Jul 19 2020 9:43 pm

    Look at him! I bet that felt great!

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  2. MichaelStephenWills / Jul 19 2020 9:50 pm

    Great results

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 19 2020 10:05 pm

      He did look very smart, but the styling was combed out the next day.

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      • MichaelStephenWills / Jul 19 2020 11:37 pm

        ha ha

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      • rajkkhoja / Jul 31 2020 1:19 pm

        Hi
        Great job work. I like. I interest to read blog. I am so happy. I like way they took really close for this stray hair anywhere

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 31 2020 1:46 pm

        I’m glad you liked this. She really looked for all the stray hairs.

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  3. Derrick / Jul 19 2020 9:54 pm

    John is lucky, I hadn’t shaved all through the lockdown, when they opened, none did shaves any more, just a haircut, but even for a haircut you had to book an appointment, no walk ins, you used to be able to just wander in, a quick trip while the wife was shopping

    That is one thing in Asia, you really get a good haircut and a shave, I like the way they look really close for these stray hairs, anywhere

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 19 2020 10:07 pm

      You can be sure his stray hairs will still be there until the next time we go to Asia. Whenever that might be?

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  4. ralietravels / Jul 19 2020 10:14 pm

    It’s always lovely to be pampered. I recall a haircut in Vietnam. It was the first and only time a barber shaved the fuzz on top of my ears.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 19 2020 10:16 pm

      Oh gosh, you made me laugh. Poor John’s upper-ear fuzz got done too. I forgot that.

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  5. derrickjknight / Jul 19 2020 10:21 pm

    He has added to Grandma’s global fame 🙂

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  6. Robert Parker / Jul 19 2020 11:12 pm

    I’ve always wanted to experience “the works,” including the shave, with hot towels, etc. I’d thought I’d wait and do it in London some day, but should’ve realized, Taiwan or HK would be great, too. I usually manage to nick myself with a safety razor, you’ve got to have real skill to manage a straight razor. We do have some really skilled barbers in Milwaukee, some from Russia/Eastern Europe, some from Central America, and just the interesting conversations in the chair are worth the price of admission.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:12 am

      Straight razors are pretty scary in the wrong hands. Hope you are able to get ‘the works’ sometime, somewhere.

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  7. Vicky / Jul 19 2020 11:23 pm

    Ba ha ha! Looking smug & Smart!

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  8. Vicki / Jul 19 2020 11:31 pm

    Go on. Be brave. Take a photo.
    We won’t tell anyone if you share with just us. 🙂

    Talking of haircuts. I went into the city about 4 weeks ago and my hairdresser was so glad to see me. She and the ‘boss’ were only working 3 days a week but business was still slow. I wonder if the strict lockdown will end before my next haircut is due?

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:13 am

      The hairdressing school even called Poor John to let him know they were open.

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  9. Newton Froes / Jul 19 2020 11:32 pm

    😃👏👏👏👏

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:14 am

      Hi Newton. Hope all is well with you and the family.

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  10. fragglerocking / Jul 20 2020 1:22 am

    Looks very dapper!

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  11. beetleypete / Jul 20 2020 1:26 am

    There is nothing quite like a real ‘barber shave’. I have been cutting what is left of my own hair for almost 20 years now, using electric clippers. I had to buy a small device for the nasal hairs, but luckily my ears haven’t started to sprout just yet. 🙂
    Grandma gave a great service, that’s for sure.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:21 am

      Poor John has one of those devices for nasal hairs. His ears are okay—not that Grandma would think so.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. magarisa / Jul 20 2020 1:36 am

    They’re not soap. 🙂

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    • Sy S. / Jul 20 2020 2:58 am

      The picture shows a tea/herbal drink product (raspberry, blueberry), for the enhancement of a man’s personal parts.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:15 am

      Many thanks for the clarification. Makes sense now!

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  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jul 20 2020 1:42 am

    Poor John looks great! What an interesting history Petite Grandma has lived.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:22 am

      It’s so wonderful that her history is acknowledged in Chinese and English. I’ve looked online for her name, but can only come up with Grandma.

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  14. susan@onesmallwalk / Jul 20 2020 2:09 am

    What a great-looking guy! I’d heard about getting ‘the works’ in Taiwan, and am glad to see the evidence. Best of luck to Poor John tomorrow – Susan

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:26 am

      I didn’t know Taiwan was famous for ‘the works’, but Poor John was glad he experienced it.

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  15. Yeah, Another Blogger / Jul 20 2020 3:02 am

    Hello, Peggy. Sounds as if she is a celebrity in that town. Was your husband pleased with everything she did?

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  16. Sy S. / Jul 20 2020 3:09 am

    Poor John looks so cool in a nice haircut… and with the works.

    During this lockdown because of the C-virus in NYC, barber shops and salons are closed. People have then taken to their neighborhood streets and giving men/kids haircuts outside.

    I sometimes give myself a motorized clipper haircut and have a small electronic device to do my extremely hairy ears and nose. Other times I go into Manhattan’s Chinatown and get a haircut from an excellent woman Chinese barber. When done she massages my back/neck and in winter (and sometimes in summer) I get a hot wet towel for my face… $10 US Dollars includes a tip.

    Sy

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:29 am

      If we lived in New York, Poor John would be going to your woman barber in Chinatown. The price and service are right!

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  17. afterthelasttime / Jul 20 2020 4:12 am

    Very nice! When I was in Bangkok I had a haircut like this sans the shave on my first day after arriving. It sort of looks like John was in a little room like I was, it’d be the perfect answer for the times we’re experiencing now. Also got my teeth cleaned and of course the compulsory Thai Foot Massage though part of the latter seemed like more torture than massage for me anyway.
    Wish I’d had time for another cut before coming home as it’d been three weeks.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:31 am

      I’ve always passed on having a Thai foot and leg massage. You’re right when you said torture.

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  18. CURIOUStotheMAX / Jul 20 2020 5:54 am

    Take one picture for the “before” OR “after” (depending) and use the last one on your post as the “before” OR “after” (depending) . . .

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 7:31 am

      That’s a thought, but he’ll probably sneak out the door before I have the chance.

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  19. gerard oosterman / Jul 20 2020 10:19 am

    A good friend of ours cut my hair last time and it was a joy. All done in 15 minutes. She combines it with changing the bed-sheets and clean the house. I asked her if she did her husband’s hair. She laughed, ‘he has no hair at all’, she said.
    I do my own ear hairs.
    A had an old aunt who had a hairy chin and I remember as a child being fascinated by it. Wasn’t too keen kissing her though.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 5:31 pm

      Hahaha! I think a lot of our old aunts had hairy chins. Glad you have a good haircut system now.

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  20. Heated Stew / Jul 20 2020 10:49 am

    You must confess that you have a very distinguished looking man!

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  21. Robin / Jul 20 2020 12:02 pm

    Great story. My husband won’t let us touch his eyebrows. He wants the ‘Bob Menzies/John Howard’ look. Don’t like!
    I used to get my hair cut at the Hilton in Addis. $9. It’s a different story here. I even had a pedicure in Addis. That was $6. Yes I like the less costly ones. I’ve never had one in Australia – a pedicure that is!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 1:55 pm

      A couple of years ago, I got most of the works in India for less that $5—eyebrows, trimmed hair and manicure. I’ve never had a pedicure.

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  22. Lynette d'Arty-Cross / Jul 20 2020 3:06 pm

    My hair is now starting to rival Rapunzel’s. I have a covid-safe appointment in a couple of weeks – can’t wait.

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 5:28 pm

      Hope the time passes quickly. My hair looks like I do it with an egg beater.

      Liked by 2 people

  23. Emma Cownie / Jul 20 2020 10:49 pm

    How we all long for a haitcut these days. I did laugh about your sexy tea/soap photo.Could easily be either!

    Liked by 2 people

    • leggypeggy / Jul 20 2020 11:13 pm

      I don’t worry much about my hair. It’s almost always a mess. I think the teacup on the packaging probably means it is tea. I hope!

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  24. Alexander Lautsyus / Jul 20 2020 11:55 pm

    It is not just like a simple barber shop it mostly looks like a spa. But the most impressive thing definitely is the price! 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 21 2020 9:05 am

      Poor John seems to decide on price alone. Sometimes he gets more than he bargained for. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Alison and Don / Jul 21 2020 4:35 am

    Grandma (and her shoes!) sounds wonderful. I hope Poor John fared well with the students. And I vote for lollies 🙂
    Alison

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 21 2020 9:04 am

      Hahaha for your vote, Alison. He got nicked a couple of times on the chin, but the haircut is fine

      Liked by 1 person

  26. rinshinomori / Jul 21 2020 5:17 am

    I love this Peggy. We miss you two. Stay healthy.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 21 2020 9:02 am

      How we would love to see you both. Maybe someday. Stay well, stay home, stay sane. Hugs.

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  27. Phil Huston / Jul 21 2020 7:36 am

    I sympathize. My hair is longer than it’s been since the eighties. I’m one of those old guys I make fun of for long hair and the bald spot in the back. Unfortunately the waves have not relaxed with age. The return of the wavy pageboy! O. M. G. I do shave when required,and the ear and nose hair gets a daily. I swore in my youth I wouldn’t be one of those hair in funny places old guys, would be walking around with a visible of missed it shaving and wouldn’t wear dark socks with sandals. Or shorts. The way my hair is going, the socks may be next😂!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 21 2020 9:03 am

      Good luck with the hair. I think it’s illegal to wear socks (any colour) with sandals in Australia.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Phil Huston / Jul 21 2020 10:58 am

        Up here tucking a shirt tail into Bermuda shorts, complete with belt and dark socks with any and all footwear from sandals to penny loafers is a distinct look.

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      • leggypeggy / Jul 21 2020 11:16 am

        I appreciate defiance.

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  28. Jadi Campbell / Jul 21 2020 7:38 pm

    Looking good!

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  29. indianeskitchen / Jul 22 2020 12:42 pm

    What a brave man!

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  30. kkessler833 / Jul 23 2020 12:01 pm

    Looks great!

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  31. America On Coffee / Jul 23 2020 12:02 pm

    Hi Peggy! Lovely tour! Not seeing any masks? Maybe it’s me … Cheers!

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  32. Jolandi Steven / Jul 23 2020 4:31 pm

    Grandma certainly did a great job. I wonder if the pandemic has forced her into retirement, or if she is back at her job. You should have bought one of those packages just to make a hundred percent sure if it was soap or tea, Peggy. 😉

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 23 2020 9:04 pm

      Oh geez, you’re right. I should have bought a pack. Too late now. Like you, I wonder how Grandma is going.

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  33. J.D. Riso / Jul 23 2020 10:32 pm

    Now that is one slick gentleman! Bravo, Grandma!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2020 8:14 am

      I hope her business is thriving. Most likely she relies on locals as customers and not tourists.

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  34. barkinginthedark / Jul 24 2020 3:30 am

    Lookin’ good P.J. continue…

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  35. MyPiecee by Nwagbo Ifunanya Lilian / Jul 24 2020 9:45 am

    Nice haircut!

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  36. jeanleesworld / Jul 24 2020 10:08 pm

    Aw, how cool the community recognizes a hairdresser’s presence in the community! It seems to be a rare thing, at least this side of the world, that a single soul can touch so many lives in one place for so long.

    And Poor John’s haircut does look good. She’s got the touch!

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 24 2020 11:12 pm

      I love it when a community honours its ‘celebrities’. Grandma deserves her status.

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  37. Sy S. / Jul 25 2020 10:18 am

    It is great that a senior citizen up in years can work and earn a living, Great Job Grandma, and hope Poor John gave her a nice tip? (I know he is frugal). And since the Chinese like to gamble, I hope Grandma’s earning were not spend/lost in the casinos.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 25 2020 4:59 pm

      Luckily for Poor John, tipping is not common in Taiwan. And I doubt that Grandma is a gambler. She seems too no-nonsense for that.

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  38. milliethom / Jul 26 2020 5:26 am

    Nothing better that a thorough job, Peggy, and I’m sure my husband would be so happy to have ‘Grandma’ over here! And, from Poor John’s face at the end, I think he was thoroughly chuffed with the outcome of his experience! Very neat and cool looking.

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 26 2020 8:53 am

      He was totally chuffed, but I doubt he’ll ever find another Grandma.

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  39. Kally / Jul 29 2020 12:32 am

    It is neither tea or soap. Those phallic things are waffles! That’s why you get blueberry (purple color box), strawberry (pink color box) and green tea flavor (green color box). I know because I bought one from Taipei before and ate it! Lol! Just a gimmick, good as a prank gift for a close friend, the waffle doesn’t taste extraordinary.

    Check out this link for more info: https://bittenbythetravelbug.com/penis-shaped-waffle-taipei-taiwan/

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    • leggypeggy / Jul 29 2020 7:43 am

      Oh wow, Kally, thanks for letting us know what’s in the box. Too funny.

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  40. Rivergirl / Aug 1 2020 8:25 pm

    What in the name of all that’s holy was in those boxes? And do we really need a blueberry version….
    🤣

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 1 2020 8:45 pm

      Hahaha! Kally’s comment—just above yours—explains that there are waffles in the box. She bought some and ate them.

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      • Rivergirl / Aug 1 2020 8:47 pm

        Waffles? Omg. Too funny…. you really should have bought some!

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      • leggypeggy / Aug 1 2020 9:00 pm

        On reflection, I’m really sorry I didn’t.

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  41. Forestwood / Aug 2 2020 8:13 am

    Old time service – the works! Those were the days. I couldn’t help noticing Grandma’s shoes – platforms so high. Were they traditional shoes?

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  42. vinneve / Aug 6 2020 5:43 pm

    It doesn’t look like a tea to me but a bit naughty but the packaging is confusing… haha!

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 6 2020 8:47 pm

      Another blogger bought some in Taiwan and she says these are waffles! Who knew?

      Liked by 1 person

      • vinneve / Aug 7 2020 9:18 pm

        Yeah saw that comment of Kally and went to read that blog haha! Taiwan is still dear to me so hope someday I can come back and visit.

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      • leggypeggy / Aug 7 2020 9:29 pm

        I’d love to visit again too. Hope both of us can get there.

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  43. chattykerry / Aug 7 2020 3:58 am

    What a wonderful experience for poor, dear John! I hope he enjoys his rather more expensive cut in Australia. I really miss Mr Mohammed who dyed, conditioned and hot ironed my long hair in Egypt. It cost maybe $15 and it never looked better. I am growing my hair long again to celebrate entering my 6th decade. At the moment it looks like a hot mess…

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 7 2020 7:58 am

      Oh my, your comment brought back wonderful memories of my many haircuts and styles in Cairo. Thanks and good luck with your hot mess. 🙂

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  44. Zambian Lady / Aug 12 2020 12:56 pm

    Wow, did Poor John look smart and happy after his session with Grandma. I would, too, if a senior in platforms did the works on me! 🙂 I read through the comments to see what kind of ‘tea’ that was. So it’s waffles?! Interesting packaging.

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  45. philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 13 2020 11:17 pm

    Grandma would have been famous just for the shoes.
    Nothing like an artist.

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    • leggypeggy / Aug 14 2020 10:23 pm

      Oh yes, I think she is famous for the shoes—and her ‘towering’ height. I hope her business is going strong.

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  46. Eddy Winko / Aug 19 2020 11:27 pm

    I could do with the works myself 🙂

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  47. gallivance.net / Sep 8 2020 11:32 pm

    Now there’s a brave man, Peggy! Anyone who would let someone with a straight razor that close to their ears has my enduring respect. And the result looks great! 🙂 ~Terri

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 9 2020 7:30 am

      Thanks Terri. He’s pretty game when it comes to a haircut. The shave was a bonus and he didn’t flinch.

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  48. Geri Lawhon / Sep 11 2020 1:23 am

    Great blog. Putting in was it soup or tea was hysterical. Thanks for the laughs you brought, and the laughs from those that responded.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 11 2020 7:06 am

      Glad it gave you a good laugh. It was such an innocent comment when I first posted it. Goes to show how misleading packaging can be. Aren’t we lucky someone knew what it was.

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  49. Smithasbakelove / Sep 22 2020 11:27 pm

    Interesting article. The title pulled me in to read the whole thing. Good laughs.

    Liked by 1 person

    • leggypeggy / Sep 23 2020 7:43 am

      Thanks for stopping by and for letting me know what brought you here. 🙂

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  50. Raj / Sep 23 2020 4:06 pm

    Very beautiful post.

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  51. Markus + Micah / Sep 24 2020 5:53 pm

    Awesome haircut. Grandma knows what she is doing. Hopefully, she and her shop are well. It seems like Taiwan has the grips on the health crisis. Also, were you able to sample that tea? It made me laugh, omg.

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    • leggypeggy / Sep 24 2020 7:00 pm

      Taiwan seems to be doing quite well and I hope Grandma is too. I should have bought the ‘tea’. Another commenter let us know that the boxes contain waffles. Who knew!

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  52. dfolstad58 / Sep 25 2020 11:56 am

    Nice haircut. The last 8 months my son cuts my hair, and he does it well. John looked swell and pleased to boot. BTW the product on those boxes didn’t look like soup or tea but just wondering how many did you buy? lol

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  53. Sartenada / Oct 27 2020 5:39 pm

    HI Peggy.

    Great post. I just got hair cut yesterday by wife! My wife cut my hair and I cut her. We have many years of experience. 🙂

    Have a good day!

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  54. Bama / Nov 13 2020 12:16 am

    Getting a haircut in foreign land is always a fun experience, and from the look of it, Grandma did a really nice job. I had no idea that inside those colorful boxes are actually waffles! Now you give me an idea of what to buy for some of my friends when I go back to Taiwan one day.

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 13 2020 7:07 am

      Waffles in that packaging would make a great gift. I’m sorry I didn’t buy some just to see what was inside.

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  55. Louise / Nov 18 2020 6:37 pm

    Hello dear Peggy I don’t know if you got my last email at the beginning of 2019? I hope that you are all going well!! Let me know where I can contact you the easiest way it seems that the email address I got is wrong. Take care and hello to the whole family xx

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    • leggypeggy / Nov 18 2020 6:53 pm

      Oh my goodness, Louise, I have been looking for you. It’s so wonderful to hear from you. The notification of your comment on this post includes your email address so I will write straightaway. Sending lots of love.

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