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Ryuya Seki

This is Ryu.

Ryuya Seki. He’s a traveller and backpacking around the world for a year.

Here’s his pit stop at Malaysia and he’s on his mission while backpacking. To raise fund for the earthquake in his homeland back in Japan. Village Kyushu.

It was a busy season for me due to business , training, and renovation work in my barbershop… having this guy here was right on time cus he offered to help me  paint my shop for free  🙂

Since we share the same passion for hairdressing , and Ryu’s mission was to use his skill for good cause…we find a lot of similiarities … So i decided to bring him around and use our skill to bring colours to our beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur .

Brought him to cut hair on the street for our homeless friend in KL.

Brought him to my hairdressing class at Dignity For Children Foundation and we taught the students together.

On Sunday , i brought him to a torturous hiking trip… more of torturing for me not him… i suffered blister and cuts for 10 hours of hike to Mount Nuang.  It was raining at the peak… but we cooked a storm up there…. and made many new friends..

Kinda miss this guy now.

Oh ya… Ryu raised in total RM980 just by cutting hair at my barbershop. He’s sending this money back to Kyushu for the construction work. When i asked him is RM980 too little ? He replied ………….

“its the spirit and value that matter. Its our value as Japanese  to help one another. ”

Here’s something for me to learn from this guy. Till we meet again.

                                                                          

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Yangon , Myanmar

 First day….

these are pure gold

  

extrovert level 10

  

the caretaker of the pagoda

  

first home visit

  

this is David Tang

  

and that’s Cayman Yong clearing lice for the kids

    

Maran Ah Brang

        

its school holiday here, hence the hair color

  

you… yes you.

      

with Sally and Olivia

        

#SapotLokal

 

         

#HairyLove

              

gems

    

hipster

                                    

final day.

    

this small little kindergarden was built to serve the local community of children here. They are Buddhist , Muslim and Christian children. That’s how it should be . l

            

Gave Adele this experience , hope she’ll remembers it

  

when i took this picture , i was told about the story of this little girl. living in this slum and poor area , she couldnt get any proper education and looking at her size i thought she was in her 12 or 13 yrs old. But she’s almost 18. This break my heart.

  

my two impromptu assistant

  

thanks for teaching me about dedication.

  

without her , this trip can be quite boring ….. cus this girl can really talk 😀

   

sally

   

at the end of my journey here, i decided to give all my tools to Aung MyoSen. its probably the greatest feeling ever.

    

our beautiful host , an amazing family, Ps Daniel, Ps Charity and their beautiful kids

  

one of my best experience was to know this man. we cant communicate much due to language barrier but God allowed us to converse in the language of Love.

 

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09/03/2016

Had 2 interview today.

Pretty exhaustive.

Rushed off to CM right after teaching in Dignity.

There’s a great sense of joy…coming back to this familiar place. Central market KL.

Agreed for an interview with True Complexion , founded by Rozella and Melissa Toh. Amazing people .

True Complexion is a project about  empowering and inspiring people who have skin conditions and other physical or mental struggle .

After that  , back to back …I was later interviewed by Astro Awani . I hope this story will continue to bring hope and love to the people who read and watch it. 

   
                         

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Amplitude Barbershop X SHELL Malaysia

 Partnered with Shell to give haircut for some of the folks who live in this shelter for the homeless .

  
                          

    

 

 

     

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VCP

Vincent Cheng Photography. 

Awhile ago , it was somewhat a random and impromptu thought of just get a few ppl and head down to KL… Feed and cut the homeless.

Manage to gather few people , Min Yang , Khim Hai , Vincent Cheng , Phoebe Wong and some friends .

The video –> https://vimeo.com/vincentcheng/loveklstreetfeeding

   
                          

Along the way we met a lady who’s in pain and having a bad fever. Thank God we have a nurse in our team. She manage to check and get her some panadols. That night , our friend Dr Madhu and his team rushed to see her…

Thank God for amazing people like Phoebe and Dr Madhu.           

These boy here is Panjunk. That’s his FB name .. He’s struggling with various health issue. When we met him , he was high in glue addiction . It was kinda scary at first to offer them a haircut but if this is what it takes to go into their life …transformation begin there and then.
  

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Jacky Stinson

A guy named Jacky came all the way from singapore to learn barbering from me. 

   

  

 
I thought it was good to instill some different kind of “training”.

Training for the soul. 

So I brought him to few places.

Charis Old Folks Home in Mantin.

Jacky and me have some similiar background . We both have psoriasis skin issue and our dad passed away in recent years. It’s good to be a brother a mentor to him….Cus there’s so much we both can talked about. Bringing him here and giving haircuts to some of the old folks does feel like giving haircuts to our old man.

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Then I brought him to meet out street friends.

For the first time , he sees the dark side of KL. Here we met our friend , Panjang , Joe and Ani. They’re still high on drug (glue) while we were cutting their hair. It wasn’t easy for us as it’s risky but we went ahead and strike a conversation with them and try to find out more.

When we see them somehow around our age, it’s disappointing , sad and heartache at the same time. 
    

joe

   

Panjang

    
  

poser maut

    

final Wefie

 

At the end of the day, I just want to share more than just my barbering and hairdressing skill, I want to be able to Inspire and share the love of my Daddy in heaven and to bring Heaven to earth… To some , living on earth may be like hell.

After we end our haircut session, Jacky hop into my car and break down in tears. Manly tears.

 It was a mixed feeling experiencing the dark side of this city . Talking and cutting hair with the homeless , drug addicted young people . It wasn’t easy to bring a change to them but we believe in one step at a time. It first begin with building a relationship.

Jacky quoted …

Cutting hair doesn’t change them, it changed me.

My goal  accomplished.

#HeavenOnEarth

#BeAwesomeToSomebody

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Exams at Dignity Hair Academy

Its November, final month for my students. It’s also assessment month.

   
      

One of the client is so happy with her hair braiding by my student , Jeeva. She then gave her a hug. Such a nice feeling to watch her expression. Luckily I manage to snap the picture in time.

   

  

  

   

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Amplitude Barbershop X SFOKL

It was a rainy night. We partnered with Street Feeders Of KL also together with Dr Madhu , Syed Azmi , My Street Interview and more than hundreds of volunteers… As I lead my team of barbers, others were busy setting up their booth for medical check ,  food distribution and counseling for the homeless . Most importantly was to see the result of change , we focus a lot in conversing with the homeless community and bridge them to NGOs that can help them in finding jobs and etc. Twas a meaningful night to give haircuts together with my team, under the rain.
                

                                                                   

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#HeavenOnEarth #BeAwesomeToSomebody

Two weeks ago, David Oh gave me a chance to share my personal journey of #HeavenOnEarth and #BeAwesomeToSomebody . At first I was a bit nervous . But this allow me to reflect of God’s grace that has enabled me to walk this far. When I started to pen down my journey of cutting hair , there’s just so many memories and flash back that came out of my mind.
And I just can’t stop but thanking God for every piece of the memories of my past. And God begin to tell me, you can’t see the future yet, it’s easier to look back and understand today.

  

  

  

    
 I’m so grateful that many were blessed and inspired. It’s great to see more and more of young people coming together and use what they have in their hand to be a blessing to this society.

It’s been awhile since I shared something on stage and I’m still very nervous . But it’s all worth it when people begin to see that change in their heart. And that’s what I desire for this generation. Being selfless and having great passion to transform this society that we live in. 

The message is clear by David Oh, he ended the sermon with the question, “What is in your hand ?”

Everyone has their own skills or ability that has great potential to be Good News. We just have to discover it and sometimes, get our hands dirty 🙂

Yesterday , The Star newspaper featured me again but this time in R.age section. This time it talks more of the hair school in DignityForChildren Foundation.

Nonetheless, the whole interview process made me recall again my journey and the reporter would ask questions that I have to dig out my memories ….and to share more stories about my students.

   
  

 

The full article can be read here.

http://rage.com.my/snipping-away-at-poverty/
I was a little shocked as well because  the write up was 3 full pages with color. David Oh reminded me again, “Lex , God is enlarging you and expanding your influence more”
We are in the midst of planning and something greater is coming along for my ministry and business.

And I can’t do this without His daily grace. I’m constantly praying for more wisdom and strength to do this.

#BeAwesomeToSomebody #HeavenOnEarth #BeGoodNews

LL

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