introducing the only gentlemen barber in bali

Well, after almost 2 months we finally finished the renovation and opened our doors as Bali's only barbershop! Men of all ages started dropping in immediately and the results… we now have a loyal following after only 2 weeks in operation! Now that's what I call a great start!!!

So, come on in, we are open daily from 10am til 6pm.
The BARBER 
Jl. Raya Basangkasa 8X
Seminyak, BALI
+62.361.843.9867
www.xisle.me 

Menus include:
STARVING SURFER [SINGLE GUARD BUZZ CUT]
BALI BIG BOSS 
OLD GUY CUT
BEARD SHAPING
TRADITIONAL WET SHAVE
FLIP FLOP FEET [HOT STONE FOOT REFLEXOLOGY]
EXTREME SCALP REJUVENATION
ATHLETIC MASSAGE
WHISKEY/RUM/TEQUILA SHOTS
CORONAS/BINTANG/SAN MIGUEL BEERS
ASSORTED COFFEES

Below are some pictures of the wall mural we did to transform a plain white wall into something much more special. Took 2 guys and 2 days to do this. Cost? US$ 350.
 
 
How do you create a warm inviting, manly place purely for MEN to come and get PAMPERED? The area we are talking about is only 40m2 and the budget is decidedly very LOW.

As some of you already know, I opened THE SHAMPOO LOUNGE almost 1 year ago. It's a great place to kick back, chillax, enjoy great Jazz music, sip some Chardonnay and get your manipedi, hair styled, makeup professionally applied! Not to brag but TSL have come a long way and is now a popular spot for tourists and locals alike in South Bali. Could not be more proud of my wonderful staff and capable husband who has helped me along the way to push TSL to where it is now.

What's next??? 

Next up, we are in the midst of launching a Men's Only Area, located on the 2nd floor above The Shampoo Lounge! It will be a comfortable, relaxing, tropical haven just for guys who LOVE a little bit of pampering. Be it Traditional Wet Shave, Sport Pedicure, Eyebrow waxing, all can be done at the same spot while you sit back, enjoy great magazines {none of those Cosmopolitan or VOGUE thank you!} WHILE HAVING YOUR COLD BEER OR WHISKEY.

Coming up with the name and whole Visual Identity soon. Keep you guys posted and thank you for encouraging me to keep blogging although my time is now very limited.

Below are some ideas or inspirations for my BARberSHOP. It will be a livingroom style done up in tropical Ralph Lauren home mix with Balinese rattan/wicker furniture, add lots of retro vintage detailing and lotsa MEN stuff for sale, voila.... 
Renovation pics coming soon
 
 
My fascination with Barbershops began with my husband who lovingly introduced a YouTube video of the People's Barber and the Barber culture in the States. I thought "Wowwww, so this is what it's like to be a man!" None of the fussiness and frilliness of a girl salon, a Barbershop is truly a culture for the manly men.

After opening my own salon & spa in Bali, I have been intrigued with dabbling in a Barbershop. My husband is really into it and got me hooked. Everything from the hot towel application to the rich lathery shave and quick cut-throat shaves... all of that is so exciting to watch and very luxurious to have it performed on you. My salon & spa, The Shampoo Lounge now features 1 Barber chair [a customer called it the TESTOSTERONE chair] and we do a very mean Traditional Wet Shave and all around Signature Barber Services. However, our environs are still quite feminine. 

I dream of opening our own Barbershop and call it The Rooster [hubby likes the moniker] or something fun like CUT THROAT Island Barber. Hoping Bali is ready for something like this, a culture just for men. With plasma TVs playing some sports or news, Beer, mixed drinks and snacks you can order, a visiting TATTOO artist to offer his/her services during certain days and the most important thing, the closest meanest SHAVE on the island!
 
 
Recently, more and more people contacted me for Peacock chairs much more than ever! I still LOVE & adore mine, recently even upped my collection by buying a pair of VINTAGE metal Peacock chairs that were used for weddings in Java in the 60s!!! Hard to top that. They are now in front of my salon {www.shampoolounge.com} complete with a matching table for my smokers customers.

The beauty of these chairs never cease to amaze me. They look great in any environment, indoors or out, in metal or in rattan, comes in a wonderful array of colors and detailing. There are a few places in Seminyak-Kerobokan areas that sell these and have displayed them outside their workshops for all to drool!

One that I recommend is Wijaya Rattan over on Jl. Raya Kerobokan toward Canggu, they are on the right handside of the road. A big wooden joglo filled with wonderful Peacock chairs and more, in different sizes and shapes, colors and patterns. They offer a 5% discount if you buy 10 pieces or more. For shipping, I would use big companies like Rim Cargo {www.rimcargo.com} which seems professional and have their ACT together! They can pick up your merchandise at the shops/workshops you purchased them from and do the paperwork, fumigation {twice is needed for Australia}, documentation for this side and the port of destination etc etc.

If in any case, you need my assistance in doing all of this and supervise the workshop, please feel free to drop me an email at hello@shierley.com and there will be a fair commission applied. I suggest this only if you are serious and looking to re-sell these Peacock Chairs at your home country. If you're only interested in buying one or a pair, there are other shops in Seminyak more suitable for you, try along Raya Seminyak. There is a little shop called My Island Bali {I believe their website is www.myislandbali.com} and that's where I got my white one a long time ago {the one I posted on my blog a million years ago hehehe}.

Hope this info helps, in the meantime, I will continue to update more pictures and info as soon as there's more to share.
Love my PEACOCK!
 
 
Different lighting can completely change the look and feel of a room, but this incredible chandelier from Hilden & Diaz will take you straight to the jungle with just one click! Created by Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz, “Forms of Nature” chandelier is a beautifully designed bundle of white tangled branches, casting shadows on the walls that look like forest trees. As the light bulb is placed in the center of the chandelier, it projects a 360 degree shadow formation on every wall and the ceiling.

„The shadows engulf the room and transform the walls into unruly shadows of branches, bushes and gnarled trees. Mirrorings are thrown out upon the walls and ceilings and provide weak Rorschach-like hints of faces, life and flow of consciousness. Diming the lights transforms the installation and one senses a weak fire burning deep in the center of the forest,“ describe Hilden and Diaz.

I wished I thought of this myself as my husband and I are ABSOLUTE fanatics about the book "Where the wild things are" and to be able to live where Max imagined his bedroom would be absolutely ridiculously COOL! A must give for every brave little explorers...

via Bored Panda
 
 
Living in Bali means our clothing options are pretty much limited to things that won't make us break into complete sweats since the sun is always shining and all year round the temp is about 95-100F.

Forget long denims, gorgeous boots, or comfy oversize sweaters... Hello shorts, flip flops, shrunken tees!
I have always adored Batik and Ikat fabrics ever since I was little. I have re-uphoslter my furniture in the villa into Ikat inspired look as well as some other cushions and pillows. Now, I'm going GaGa over Batik shorts. I think they are chic and can be dressed up or down depending your mood and accessories.

Here are some looks I gathered from the world wide web, my own are on the production and will come out this summer along with other beach/resort wear under the Xisle.me brand. 
 
 
Salivating. 

That’s the only way to describe me after looking at all this food porn. I love to eat breakfast, it’s the best meal of the day as far as I’m concerned. Pancakes, cereal, brunch, eggs, healthy breakfasts, greasy breakfasts, I’m not fussy. My only trouble is what to choose…



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A full English Breakfast – it must have beans, sausages, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, hash browns and toast. Of course, it should all be knocked back with a cup of tea, but black pudding is optional as far as I’m concerned.
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Breakfast in Iran – it usually features some sort of naan bread with butter and jam. When a light breakfast just isn’t going to hit the spot Iranians eat halim. Halim is a mixture of wheat, cinnamon, butter and sugar cooked with shredded meat in huge pots. You can eat it hot or cold.
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A Cuban wake up meal – usually consists of sweetened coffee with milk with a pinch of salt thrown in. The unique Cuban bread is toasted and buttered and cut into lengths to dunk in the coffee.
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Quick Spanish breakfast – Pan a la Catalana, or Pan con Tomate, in Spain is simple but really delicious. Just rub some bread with fresh garlic and plenty of ripe tomato, then drizzle with olive oil and salt. Top with cheese, ham or sausage for an extra bit.
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A yummy Moroccan breakfast - usually consists of different breads with some chutney, jam, cheese or butter. They have a really delicious crumpet-style bread which they make in huge slabs for you to tear a bit off, and a semolina pancake bread called Baghir – both are really tasty.
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A healthy Hawaiian breakfast – I couldn’t imagine Hawaiians eating anything but fruit to be honest. Of course, there’s the bagel but I’m sure they’d burn the energy from that off in a few minutes on their surf board anyway.
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Swedish breakfast – often involves a Swedish pancake, known as a Pannkakor. It’s a thin flat cake made from batter and fried on both sides – much like a crepe. It’s usually served with a sweet, fruity filling.
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Icelandic breakfast cuisine – a hearty and hot breakfast to fight off the dark, icy mornings is what’s needed here. Hafragrautur, or oatmeal, is served with a sprinkle of brown sugar with a few raisins or nuts on top, perfect.
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Breakfast in Portugal – a delicious and simple affair with stuffed croissants and plenty of coffee served in the sun.
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Breakfast in Australia – there’s only one crucial ingredient here, Vegemite. Travelling Aussies are often found with a sneaky pot of the sticky, salty brown stuff in their backpack. Just don’t get in the Vegemite vs Marmite war – everybody knows Marmite is better, but let them have their fun.
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A Brazilian breakfast - mmmm a delicious selection of meats, cheeses and bread is the normal breakfast fare here. Jazzy rose thing crafted out of I don’t know what, optional.
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An Italian breakfast – a nation too fabulous for heavy breakfasts me thinks. Or maybe they’re saving themselves for a big cheesy pizza lunch and a pesto pasta dinner? (Although there’s nothing wrong with having them for breakfast you know) Either way an Italian eats on the run with a ‘cappuccino e cornetto’ aka a cappuccino and croissant.
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A Welsh breakfast – uhmmmm is it just me or is that cheesy toast flashing me a smile? Welsh Rarebit aka cheese on toast is a truly, truly delicious breakfast. Just the sight of that bubbling cheese makes me want to smother it in Worcestershire Sauce and chow down, mmmmm. Anyway, 36 left, must dash…
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Breakfast in Denmark - top marks for presentation here. On a Dane’s breakfast plate you’ll often find rye bread, cheeses, salami, ham, pâté, honey, jam and sometimes even thin ‘plates’ of chocolate. It came as a bit of a shock to me but my research has shown that bacon is not actually that popular! Dun dun durrrh. How can this be? Apparently they send in all to the UK.
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A Philippines breakfast – it’s all about the local fruits here. Mangoes are popular fare to keep you regular. As for keeping your energy up rice is the top choice, or the little sausages, known as longganisa, you can see above. When fried with salt and garlic cloves it’s known as sinangag. The sinangag is then combined with eggs, meats and beans and bob’s your uncle, fanny’s your aunt, a delicious Philippine breakfast is born.
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An Alaskan breakfast – featuring reindeer meat and an egg nestled on a pancake. Poor old Rudolph, he won’t be able to join in any reindeer games now, will he?
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A traditional German breakfast – wursts, local cheeses and freshly baked bread is the normal fare for a German breakfast. All washed back with a delicious coffee.
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The famous American breakfast - home made thick pancakes with syrup and blueberries, topped off with a few rashers of bacon. Anyone not wishing for a coronary usually opts for a bowl of cereal. Pancakes all the way for me!
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The French breakfast – ah, le croissant, le croissant, how I love le croissant! Pack them with crushed almonds, butter, chocolate or cream, they always taste good.
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Breakfast in India – here we have rosemary roasted potatoes, Indian tofu scramble, lentils, veggie sausage and banana pepper toast. Breakfast cuisine in India varies hugely depending on the region but if you think of your Indian breakfast somewhere along these lines, you would be correct.
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A hearty Scottish breakfast - much like a full English and a full Irish, but the country’s USP is the ‘sumptuous’ slab of haggis served alongside every fat-fried egg. Don’t know what haggis is? Scroll down quick if your animal eating habits err on the queasy side. It’s sheep’s heart, liver and lungs minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, salt and stock...
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Thailand’s breakfast offering – you’ll find this dish at stalls throughout Thailand. It’s a minty spicy fish with a sweet & spicy pork, served with rice. By all accounts it tastes excellent, and it’s cheap at only 30 Baht. Thai breakfast fare isn’t all that different from what you’d eat for lunch and dinner.
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An Argentinian breakfast -usually consists of “mate” (an infusion drink made with leaves of “yerba”) or dulce de leche with “facturas”, a croissant-like typical pastry.
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A Canadian breakfast – that eggy looking section is actually perogies. Perogies are boiled, baked or fried dumplings made from unleavened dough and traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. Then you’ve got some sausages and toast to mop it all up.
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Breakfast in Mexico – the delightful plate above consists of beef tips, chilequiles and other assorted goodies eaten in Manzanillo. Nachos, cheese and beans always feature heavily and a delicious, spicy breakfast is the norm.
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A Russian breakfast - oladi is the breakfast of choice in Russia. They’re sort of like pancakes and kind of like Yorkshire puddings, hot, just fried, soft inside and with a crispy edge! They’re best enjoyed with soured cream, honey, jam or fresh berries.
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Breakfast in Vietnam – usually consists of some meaty treat dropped in a semolina/porridge mixture. What you see above is pork porridge. It features Chinese doughnuts, beansprouts, pork intestine stuffed with peppery pork mince, sliced pork heart, stomach slivers and blood pudding. A bit more interesting than toast and jam anyway.
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Breakfast in Peru – ceviche is popular whatever time of day, breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a seafood dish made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices such as lemon or lime and spiced with chilli peppers. What a feast.
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Breakfast in Bolivia – saltenas are a bit like empanadas crossed with Cornish pasties. They’re the traditional option for a Bolivian breakfast and usually filled with meat and vegetables, and slightly sweetened with sugar.
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An Egyptian breakfast - the breakfast of choice here is Foul Madamas. It’s made from fava beans, chickpeas, garlic and lemon. Above you’ll see the dish topped with olive oil, cayenne, tahini sauce, a hard boiled egg, and some diced green veggies.
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Breakfast in Japan - what do you mean you’ve never had tofu for breakfast? It’s a popular choice in Japan, along with fish and rice. Soak it in soya sauce and you’ve got yourself one delicious, and semi-healthy breakfast.
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Breakfast in China – a lot like lunch and dinner in China. Expect noodles, rice, sticky coated chicken and fried veggies.
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Malaysian breakfast – A hot bowl of Mee – noodles mixed with egg, vegetable and tasty spices.
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Breakfast in Mongolia – it generally consists of boiled mutton with lots of fat and flour and maybe some dairy products or rice. In western Mongolia they add variety to their diets with horsemeat.
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Breakfast in Belize - fry jacks are a staple in Belize breakfast cuisine. They’re deep-fried pieces of dough that are often accompanied by beans and eggs, or jam and honey.
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A Korean breakfast – breakfast is similar to lunch and dinner in Korea. You’ll get a small plate of kimchi, a bowl of rice and a bowl of clear vegetable soup. A good old-fashioned slice of toast is also a popular choice, but that doesn’t make for nearly as good a picture.
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Breakfast in Pakistan - in Pakistan you’ll get Aloo Paratha for your breakfast. It’ s an Indian unleavened flatbread made by pan frying, wholewheat dough on a tava. The dough contains ghee and the bread is usually stuffed with vegetables. It’s best eaten with butter, chutney or some other spicy sauce. It’s not uncommon to roll it up and dip it in your tea.
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An Estonian breakfast – curd cheese on a wheat bloomer – known locally as ‘cheese on toast’. The creamy topping can be supplemented with ricotta or fromage fraiche instead, if you prefer.
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Breakfast in Jordan – the choice varies depending on the are and upbringing you’re from. Labneh, hummous and falafel are all popular choices and are usually served alongside olive oil, lamb sausage, jam and butter, turkey or beef mortadella.
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Breakfast in Venezuela - empenadas are the order of the day. Fill the little pastries with fresh cheese, minced meat or any combination of veggies and beans.
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Breakfast in Colombia - there are a variety of regional staples to keep your stomach grumbles at bay throughout the day. In Cundinamarca this changua dish is very popular. It’s made from milk, scallions and cheese.
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Breakfast in Ghana - the most popular breakfast item in this African country is waakye. It’s basically rice cooked in beans and is found at all the street stalls in Ghana.
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Breakfast in Uganda - like a lot of large countries the typical breakfasts vary region by region. But a popular dish across the country is katogo – it’s a combination of green cooking bananas mixed in a stew from beef or in a sauce from vegetables. The picture above is banana with cow organs.
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A Bahamas breakfast – to be a Bahamian breakfast it must contain grits. Grits are dried ground hominy, or corn, for anyone not in the loop. You mix it with boiling water and the grits becomes a porridge. Its popularity came from slavery times when it’s all the slaves had to eat. Nowadays it’s topped with fat prawns and meat to spice it up a bit.
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Breakfast in Costa Rica – Gallo Pinto is the standard breakfast fare in Costa Rica. It’s made from black beans, rice, optional soured cream, salsa and a corn tortilla. Costa Ricans will often have a bit of avocado, fried ripe plantain or cold meat on the side.
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Breakfast in the Dominican Republic – you need to try the mangu. Mangu is made from mashing boiled plantains with butter and either salami, cheese or eggs. Top it off with a hot chocolate and you’ve got yourself some traditional Dominican Republic fare.
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A Turkish breakfast – the full Turkish treatment usually consists of a few varieties of cheese, butter, olives, eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, jam, honey, and spicy meat.
And last but not least...
My Absolute Favorite Breakfast, the Indonesian Mie Goreng {Fried Noodle}.
Simple, tasty, a little spicy to wake you up in the morning. That plus a cup of black Bali coffee! Oh yeahhhh...
 
 
If you’ve ever felt like movie posters are all the same, you now have proof that your hunch is right, thanks to these compilations by Christophe Courtois
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1. Big heads in the sky over tiny people on a beach
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2. From the back (often with weaponry)
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3. Big text on faces
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4. Back to back
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5. In bed
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6. Through the legs
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7. Big eye
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8. Blue
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9. Running for their lives
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10. Cute red dress
 
 
Talk about bringing camping into the 21st century. This luxurious take on the camper gives you the freedom to go, or stay, wherever you wish, while enjoying the outdoors in style. The Opera is a mobile holiday package combining tent accommodation, optimum travelling pleasure, convenience and comfort, and of course a modern look. This spectacular travel companion will open a world in which you can enjoy the luxuries of a comfortable boutique hotel against the backdrop of your favorite natural settings. The camper comes equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, two beds, a deck and plenty of storage to bring all that you need to have a memorable date with nature. Camping anyone?

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The stylish and multifunctional outdoor kitchen it's to die for. It has two modular elements that you can configure in your choice of a two-pit stove, gas or charcoal barbeque, and a beech wood cutting board.
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The electrically adjustable slats and mattresses with two comfort zones are your basis for an excellent night’s sleep under the stars. In a single, easy stroke you can transform the two separate beds into a double.
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Believe it or not, the compact kitchen is equipped with a stainless steel sink with a mixer faucet and pull-out faucet head and a top loading refrigerator.
 
 
We, my daughter and I, are going to miss our most favorite SHOW ever, 30 Rock!
For seven seasons, 30 Rock has shown that a sitcom about the entertainment industry filled with oddballs! It's truly absurd in a way that workplace comedies on network TV rarely are, with running jokes about werewolf bar mitzvahs and a cast of freaks that make it all that more humanizing. Tina Fey's TV magnum opus has seen its ups and downs plot-wise, but one thing that has stayed consistent – and perhaps even improved – are one-liners so distractingly funny, they steal scenes. 

In honor of 30 Rock's series finale on January 31st (and our new cover story), here are the show's Absolute Best One-Liners!

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'Science is my most favorite subject, especially the Old Testament' – Kenneth

Grizz and Dotcom reveal to Kenneth that Tracy sparred with his high school science teacher over a frog dissection, thus forcing him to drop out. In turn, Kenneth reveals his backwoods roots in Stone Mountain, Georgia once more.


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'Never follow a hippie to a second location' – Jack

When Liz's comedy hero – Laugh-In writer Rosemary (played by Carrie Fisher) – turns out to be less than sane, Jack uses it as yet another teachable moment.


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'Tell her you want her to donate her body to science and you're science. Tell her, Jack!' – Tracy

When Jack has a messy affair with a liberal congresswoman (played by Edie Falco), Tracy feeds him potential lines to win her back. Would we expect any less from Tracy, the consummate romantic who has not only never cheated on his wife but gets her face tattooed on his back in lion form?


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'Affirmative action was designed to keep women and minorities in competition with each other to distract us while white dudes inject AIDS into our chicken nuggets' – Tracy

When Liz meets with Tracy for the first time, he immediately likes her and launches into a rant about the evil power of "white dudes" like Jack Donaghy and "Karl Robe." Tracy's bit about chicken nuggets inspires the first line he ever says on TGS, even before he's a cast member.


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'When I was pageantizing, my mother told me there's only three things standing between you and winning: your breasts, and wanting it bad enough' – Jenna

Jenna puts Kenneth through rigorous training as he tries to get his job back as an NBC page, a process he says now resembles a pageant. Naturally, Jenna makes it all about herself, recalling her childhood pageant days down in Florida.



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'Lemon, you look terrible, and I once watched you eat oysters while you had a cold' – Jack

Nothing is too disgusting for Liz Lemon. In order to find Tracy, Liz and Kenneth "think like Tracy," which means they end up having a swordfish dinner at a strip club and shooting a blimp with a cop's gun.


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'Good God, Lemon, your breath! When did you find time to eat a diaper you found on the beach?' – Jack

In the episode "Stone Mountain," Liz and Jack go to "real America" (i.e. Georgia) to find a new TGS cast member. Liz eats a sandwich (no shocker there) that ends up getting her sick, which Jack gets a whiff of the next morning during an argument over Jack's proposed hire.



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'Miss Lemon, your eyes look like my uncle’s after he would drink from the air conditioner' – Kenneth

In the episode "MILF Island," a TGS staffer calls Jack a "class A moron" to a Page Six reporter, an incident Kenneth witnesses. That staffer ends up being Liz, who threatens Kenneth not to tell Jack the truth.




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'I like when a woman has ambition. It's like seeing a dog wearing clothes' – Jack
Jack fires back with this passive-aggressive comment when his liberal congresswoman girlfriend (played by Edie Falco) thinks about her own career over his.



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'Good God! Lemon, those jeans make you look like a Mexican sports reporter!' – Jack

30 Rock actually used a body double to shoot Liz's lower half in her new miracle jeans from "local boutique" Brooklyn Without Limits. The store turns out to be owned by a massive corporation, so naturally, Lemon swaps the jeans for the least flattering pair of overalls known to man.



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'Ugh, I hate January. It's dark and freezing and everyone's wearing bulky coats, so you can do some serious subway flirting before you realize the guy is homeless' – Liz

Liz kicks off the episode "Winter Madness" with a classic Lemonism: slightly bitter, totally clueless about men, unknowingly hilarious.