it’s a small, small, world

Forget social media.  To announce one’s arrival back on this small, small, island?  Head to the neighbourhood hair salon!

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The door is pushed open, and my hair stylist from 2000- 2008 sweeps me into his arms.  On cue, Front Desk chimes, Welcome, back, Mrs Chan!  Long time no see!  How’s your arm?  

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Enter downstage left, Aunty X, mother of-, best friends with–, mother-in-law of —-, and wife of.

You’ve lost so much weight!  She says exchanging kisses (both cheeks, if you’re wondering what sort of etiquette we practise on this island).

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Sighted at 8 o’clock, #scary, best friends with —-, part of the ____ lunch table.  Her eyes are not cast in my direction.  Ah!  My opportunity to dodge and run for cover.

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Bangs!  Miki has added long, side bangs to my cut.  Depending on the angle I hold my head, I can hide half my face, block out what I don’t want to see.  I love you, Miki.

I think she’s only scary if you’re hiding from her… My 1st text received.

Tammy?  I think we should go darker today.  It’s winter!  Esther, hair colourist and technician extraordinaire declares.

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(Note:  It is winter in the Western Hemisphere but 100 degrees on this tropical island.)

Baby, I didn’t see you, so I parked.  I was looking for a blond!

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I love you, Esther.  I wonder if dark hair will offer disguise over the next few days in Singapore.

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2nd text:  #scary is married to my cousin!

More texts, my phone is jumping.  And another thing…I stayed at her… flat… !!! 

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Later that night, dinner on a picturesque street.

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The host is cousins with—- and sitting right beside him is one of my husband’s best friends.

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Both men share an extended family.  All three men once went to elementary school at Baker Road/Cairnhill.  My mother-in-law has taught the host’s wife.  She went to high school with my husband’s cousin, and once worked with my brother-in-law.  Her brother has seen me dance.

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This is a very strange city, I say.

A village, she concurs.

  •  Esther and Miki colour and cut at 6-738-8006

 

 

 

 

 

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