Hair Cutting & memories from the good old days
It has become a tradition in my household that the father would cut the hair for everyone.
I remembered that my father would cut all my sibling's hair.
In the good old days (60's), one hair cut would cost 30-50 cents (600 gm of sugar cost 10-15 cents). My father being a farmer had to save every single cents. That reminded me the day when my father saved RM1000 - all in RM10 notes and it was a big stack of money. We were all so excited. I think he used the money to buy a piece of land! Everyday, he would sell his produce in the wet market for some RM20-40.
Just to give an idea on the cost of vegie at that time in Sarikei: Long bean - 15 cents, Cucumber - 10 cents, leafy vegie - 15-30 cents per kati, ie, 600 gram. During peak period of vegie production, ie, after pepper harvest, there will be so much vegie that the farmers simply cannot sell them. Not even 1 cent per kati for long bean and cucumber!! They were simply dumped!
How do I know all these? I was in primary two and I had to bring vegie to town by bus and pass them to my brother to sell in the wet market. Then I could go to school! I need to do shopping after school, ie, buy meat and fish if necessary. oh, 1 kati of pork cost 80 cents. It will be about 2:00PM when I reached home. Breakfast was at 5:30AM and lunch at 2:00PM. There was usually no food between. I would save the 20 cents pocket money everyday.
Fish costs around 40 cents to RM1.80 per kati.
So talking about cutting hair, I am following the foot step of my father. I am cutting hair for everyone in my household! That would save me quite a bit every year! I know the grown up girls do not want my cutting anymore.... no style! haha. Anyway, they are not at home anymore. We miss them!
This is Jonathan! Don't move or the super sharp scissor would cut his ear or make a big hold in his thick hair!