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Saturday, 19 November 2005

Short Talk:

To that hairdresser working in that hair salon which I reviewed a few months back.

If you don't like what I wrote because I said your coffee tasted like crap, fine. At least be professional enough not to go on a long diatribe badmouthing me in front of your clients who were there to have their hair cut. Face it, your coffee taste like crap, and after I heard what you did, I'm NEVER going back to your store ever again.

Icon by Shunji Matsuo Review

I've always wanted to try out the hair salons in Singapore. The problem is I didn't know which one to choose.

Samantha recommended that I give Icon by ShunjiMatsuo a shot.

Before then, the only hair salons I knew in Singapore were Toni&Guy and Kimage. I've already done Toni&Guy. And according to Sam, going to Kimage is like going for a lucky draw. "First draw is going to the correct Kimage salon, second is the hairdresser, and final draw is the choice of haircut."

I trusted her judgment, so I called up Icon for an appointment without much deliberation. I also logged onto Shunji Matsuo's website to find out what I can expect in store for me.

And this is what I saw.




OH. MY. FRICKIN. GOD. You gotta be kidding me.

Is this what I might turn out?! Gee, SOMEONE must really hate me.

Nonetheless, appointment has already been made and I'm too lazy to change it Kenny Sia is not one to back down from his words. So I turned up.

Icon by ShunjiMatsuo is strangely located in a corner inside the Isetan Department Store at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road. Their little space is decorated with bright lights and striking colours to create that fun and funky atmosphere, obviously targetting towards younger crowd.

When I arrived there, I noticed there's already quite a number of people getting their hair done at the store.

The inside of the store isn't too lavish. There isn't even a proper counter to front the store. For a mid-upper class hair salon, Icon seem to skimp a lot on interior design.

'Minimalist' would be the nice word to use to describe the store. The bad word would be 'kiam siap'.

Here's the price menu for Icon by Shunji Matsuo.

Btw, Icon is to Shunji Matsuo what Tiger Airways is to Singapore Airlines, what iPod Vano is to iPod Video, what Cosmo Girl is to Cosmopolitan, what Armani Exchange is to Giorgio Armani, what Justin Timberlake is to Michael Jackson. In other words, a cheaper, smaller, cut-down version of the original.

It costs SGD$29.40 (RM66) to do my hair, which is significantly cheaper than having it done at the full-fledged Shunji Matsuo store.

And this is the obligatory 'Before' photo shoot.

A short while later, I was led to the shampoo area where I was hoping for some good strong scalp massage to loosen those knots in my head.

Fat chance. My head wasn't even given so much as squeeze. Seems like they don't offer these type of services at Icon.

This is me after the shampoo, with my act-cute puppy eyes thrown in for good measure.

I don't mean to nit-pick, but Icon disappoints helluva lot when it comes to cleanliness. Their floor was full of hair and there's this bundle of used tissue in front of me the whole time. I shudder to think what's in it, but it's not mine, it shouldn't be there and it's downright disgusting.

This is Kenji, my hairdresser for the day, who managed to raise his middle finger at me even while he's cutting my hair.

Normally when I go to hairdressers, I tell them to "feel free to do whatever you want with my hair. Be creative." But since I'm in Singapore, I said to him "Oi, siao eh. Limpeh say dun pway pway. Zhng my hair!"

Anyway, 30 minutes later, and this is what I look like.




Just kidding!

This is what I actually look like.

I have to admit, despite those minor qualms I have about Icon, I quite like this funky hairdo they churned out for me. It's probably one of my favourite hairstyles yet.

Actually, I reckon I look kinda Japanese in this hairdo. All I gotta do now is grow some Dawn Yang eyes.



What do you think?

117 Comments

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you are damn funny! u look like an alien in your last zhng-ed pic! hahaha

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Like those cute puppy eyes!

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Oi Sia Eh! Where is the Zhng My Hair Eposide 3 download?

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KNN! The photoshopped pics gave me a scare ok!! Especially the one with the whole new head you got. I freaked out so much I hit my chest. Not joking.

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THe after 30 mins pic is damn funny...

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kawaii ne~ ^^

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Wah! Cute sia!

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Where's your tail! Meao...

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KAKAKAKAKAKA... OMFG, what the hell is wrong with you? You're fecking funny!

Anywayz, zhng-ing your hair like Shunji would be pretty cool as well... That super imposed head shared the shit out of me.

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LOL.........THT was funny.
i think it's ok only.
your T&G is better

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last pic was cute

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omg. u look like furby!

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stumbled upon ur blog yesterday. Read 80% of your entries.. great one! *slept only 5 hours since then*

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not a bad hairdo... and last pic, those eyes ... am gonna have nightmares after this ... bad bad sia!

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hahahahahahaaha!!! You're hilarious and i really look forward to reading yr blogs everyday!

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Haha, it's the anime version of Kenny.

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Your hairstyles all seem the same leh, like the toni and guy one and the current one. No offence. ^^

You never fail to make people laugh.

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how did you found out about Alan Salon Bad-mouthing you?

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u look really cute in the after shampoo pic..haha... ur last pic freaky tho >.u look really cute in the after shampoo pic..haha... ur last pic freaky tho >.

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hey nice one man :) and i think too - this cut looks good on you :)

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nice hair cute :) n u look like a cat in da last pic... lolz

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Hey Kenny....

I have to say... that THAT was funny...

Your post before this... I sorta saw the last one coming... but this ONE was funny leh!

Anyone remember the cartoon Character Sang Kancil and Si Monyet from the Cartoons that the Ministry of Education used to play on Malaysian TV YEAAAAAAAAARRSS AGO???!!!

I reckon, Kenny with his "Dawn Yang Eyes" looks like "Si Monyet"... whos with me on this one??!!
KENNY-SI MONYET
hahaha
:)
"Jangaaaaan Monyet... PEDAS nanti!!"

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eh kenny ur hair grow damn fast ah. always cutting ur hair. what tonic u use?

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Hahahahahaha!! Kenny you had me choking over my saliva in uncontrolled laughter at 5 fricking am lah! You best lah.

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wahahahahha!!!!!!!!! man, u do look cute with that big big bambi eyes!

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Wahsai! You look like that Nihongo cartoon .. crap can't remember his name.

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Haha gotta learn how to do those puppy eyes for my blog leh... :)

Love your blog, as usual... only recently I had been posting comments... :) twice :)

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It's Shunji Matsuo, not Shinju Matsuo. Funny entry as usual.

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very funny

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what da heowww??!!

LOL! that last photo is INCREDIBLY freaky sial!
FreakySia!

good going man! solid!

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LOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!
I had a good laugh.. :P I love kenny sia :) lol!

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LOL.... Kawaii!!!

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wah. kenny, i think you lost weight leh...

hmm. funky hair. if you change the lighting a bit, more obvious la.

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yawn, malaysian hair styling is SO FAGGISHingly GAY! (+ pathetic)

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Hey Dude...sorta looks like Woody Wood Pecker... huh huh huh huhu.............huh huh huh huhu
....huhu.huhu huhu.huhu. :)

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lol?

read http://tuapehkong's comment. so lame. FRIEND HE CUT HIS HAIR IN SINGAPORE DUMB ASS. ahaha

apart from that the hair looks like the one in alan le. same same. ahbeng one. :P very nice la

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man u freak. that's one scary eye balls do. dang !

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you are so freaking funny. haha.

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wat liew...

damn corny of the before n after look...

almost faint...haha...

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This has got to be one of your freakiest entries with regards to the photo content.

Now I'm scarred for life.

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wahaha. You look better with spiky hair and puppy eyes. *aww*

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damn you kenny(kenny sia)!You freaked me out with those eye! damn damn damn!

ps.i am also kenny, u know?

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OH GOD! used tissue!? aiyo why you so suay? i've not gotten THAT before hahaha.

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kenny! haha the puppy eyes and the dawn yang's eyes were freaking funny!! u made my day again! WaaHAAHaaha

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you look like a 3-year-old kid in a 23-year-old body. really, i'm serious! so cute, so innocent...

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Awesome! That's what I think. :)

Reminded me that I gotta do something about my hair soon.

What did you really say to Kenji, the hairdresser? I always duno what to say to ppl touching my hair. :(

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i dunno if it's just me, but it seems like all your 'new' haircuts resemble each other wannn. got a tuft of fringe sticking out a bit n all.

KENNY! TRY AND HAVE LOOOOONG HAIR LIKE PETER AND SEE!!

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I prefer the Toni & Guy cut. No offense yeah Kenny but I think you still look the same after both haircuts. Muahahaha

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omg thats my hairstylist tooo he takes a long time to cut but its very careful with every single detail good choice =D

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*he's

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Oh my! I don't think it's very wise "Zhng-ing" your eyes! *teehee* You look better, just as you are... :)

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for some reason. ur that last pic remind me of astroboy. haha

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Nice hairdo. This hairdresser is good for value and style :)

Omg..the dawn eyes on u made u looked like those toys that has fuzzy hair and big eyes...suddenly i can't rem the name O_O

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after havin a veli miserable exam..
ur entry light me up..
^.^*

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wah siao! look like some furby!! hahahaha

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You look like DOBBY from Hairy Porter!

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HAHAHA I must say you are the funniest person around!!!! U cracked me up so much!!

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Toni and guy's haircut is still the best

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omg. i can't stop laughing.
ur blog is full of surprises.

rofl.

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HAHAHA!!! I love the last pic.Damn funny la you!

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wah!! CUTE sia~~~~

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HAHAHA. u rock man.

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y ur face one side fat one side thin? oh, forgot, you use computer to photoshop ur face to make urself thinner and more jaw.

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AHHHHH!!! ATTACK OF THE HUGE EYED FURBY!!! HELP!!!

;_;

You're scary.

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bwahahahahah! i laughed my arse off when i saw that pic of you with shunji's face. HAHAHAHAHA.

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I think you should remain Kenny Sia, King of Coconuts, not King of Cornea. I think.

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Cool and sexy new look. Its amazing what a nice haircut does. However, the picture with the big Japanese anime eyes look better.

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fantastic. haha

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i gt freak out.. U look so cute in ur cute puppy eye... So innocent.. dun put a freak's pic.. wait ur fans get heart attack

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kenny, just for saying thank you for inspiring me a post for my blog.
all credit is yours.

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haha... indeed a funny post.
Overall, I still think that you should stick to one hair stylist... a creative one. He/she should know what you like and what is suitable for you.
And of course if he/she doesn't do a good job, you should change.
mmm.. i'm contradicting myself aren't I?

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Konnichiwa.

I think you look more japanese without the big eyes. But it was hilarious.

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next time you should try monsoon id. i'm not sure where it's located. i think in bugis junction? There's one in one utama too.

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lmao! you look like an anime character kenny - you should have photoshopped the sailormoon uniform into the photo as well! hehehe

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dude, your hair is the mirror image of shunji's.
grow the bang a lil' bit longer, and u'll look exactly like him.... :p

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oh wow i was there today too, staring in and wondering should i get my hair cut or not. and i saw some of the people getting their hair cut that appeared in your photo too! ahhh but i didnt see you. no kenny sia sighting :(

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HILARIOUS! Kenny, you never fail to make me laugh! love u to bits :)

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haha my gosh ........... with dawn's eyes lolx..

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ZHNG MY FACE!

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OMG! Those eyes! Aaarrghhhh!

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Bigger eyes please....... lol

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GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY :P

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Hey Kenny

They gave you goldfish eyes too? LOL...

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hmm..well i dont really think much of your new hairstyle..pretty much looks like a hairstyle you would get as u wake up from bed after a good nite's rest..lolz..mate u should ask for hair extensions and try look like the orlando bloom pic in your previous post

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rofl at last pic XD u should make ur nose smaller and jaw "pointed"

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Wahliao the eyes gave me a fright!

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Kenny you're hilarious!

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kenny,u look ok..toni n guys is the best so far..

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funny but i'm not laughing becos its kimage sucks....

xiaxue is not beggar to be chosen and after approve them only to be taken off the endorsements...to helllllll with kimage!!!!

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kennysia is not funny.he's humour!lol.
by da way,yeah T&G better.

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whoa you are outrageous. i reli enjoy your stuff.. mebbe this is lame, but yeah keep it up.. really interesting stuff ya got here.

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hmm..if ure in singapore again you might wanto try hairitage at millenia walk..its certainly pricey but gooooooood

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You look like cartoon with the Dawn yang eyes.

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o.O

i think i'm gonna get nightmares. wahahhaha

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I was in Kuching last 2 weeks and almost went in to Alan Saloon but ended up buying a USB Flash disk across at Waterfront. So, I am wondering, what else did that hairdresser do apart from the bad coffee?

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In that last pic, you look like Timothy Go from Channel news asia.

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ooh the last pic was seriously freaky. lol. i din dare look at it long.. will have nightmares. anyways cant really see ur new hairstyle except for the fringe cuz of the lighting leh..but i think it shud look not bad ba..haha..

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gosh the pics are pretty good and i had a great laugh at that shuji matsuo head on ur body but come to that last final pic, damn...its hideous. ahahahhaha, wondering if i will get a nightmare tonight!

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LOL

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Imagine...Puppy dog eyes on Dawn Yang vs. Dawn Yang eyes on Kenny Sia...

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No offense...Shu Matsuo kinda reminds me of Freddie Scissorhands.Not that that's bad or anything.

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Dude... seriously, what software did you use to modify your eyes? Can it be photoshop?

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Haha! The last picture looks like an alien! :)

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am not one who leave comments. But your new hairdo makes me wanna leave a note to compliment it! Nice hair cut!

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HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!

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Its now ok that you make fun of yourself to
make people happy.

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Love your oh so big eyes .....

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OMG Anime eyes! Too funny!

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Hahahaha...the after picture really got me laughing... I was reading your blog in office and i suddenly broke into a laughter..My colleagues started to stare at me one kind, wondering what is it that I find so funny..hahahah..actually i was in a bad mood today..But reading your blog really lift up my spirits a bit..Thanks!!!

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Hey dude!nice hair cut though....hahha...u are so humorous,cant imagine u are writing a journal about your haircut session.

Hope you will get a more "creative" -hairstyle during your next visit.lol xoxo

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HAHAHAHAHAHHA!!!!!!!! the eyes are soo funi!!!! aahahahah1!!ahahahahah1!!!!! thanks for cheering me up heheee trying not to laff outloud or my dad will think i'm crazy for laffing at a computer!!!!:P:P

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i love those eyes better ! !
dawn yang eyes are pirated copies !
be wary
woo hoo !

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hi kenny,
i stumbled into yr website (cos I'm undecided if i should sacrifice my hair to try I*CON) after google'ing... From top to end, I couldn't stop laughing. You sure have a way of cracking up your readers. That's a talent dude - ie. making ppl laugh when reading. Keep your funny bones and I shall be back for more of your interesting stuffs. Now, I am STILL undecided. What to do...women need more time to pour over. ciao!

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your hairs too short dude =.= get longer hair and i bet they'll cut it much nicer.

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Hi kenny, thanks for the laughs. though this is an old post it really brought a smile (+ a laughter) onto my otherwise dull face. btw i was researching on a good japanese hair salon and stumbled upon ur blog on ICON, which i've always wanted to try. cheers.

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Hi Kenny!
Thanks to you for your blog. I think your hair looks nice. And I'm now trying to apply for a job position at Shunji matsuo.

Here's my hair & make up & Photo & digital retouching wokrs : www.mie.forumkamera.com .
Pls let me know what do u think about my works?
I'll be expecting for your email. ( yumie.herman@hotmail.com)

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Uhh you spell "Konnichiwa" wrong.you spell it "konnichiha".

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