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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Economy (in Okinawa) takes an uptick

Today was a day for pampering and shopping. We started our day with manicures and pedicures for our travel-weary feet and hands. We had 2 lovely Japanese ladies give us pretty toes and fingers so we are set for the rest of the week. Lucky had set this up at the Beauty Shop at Camp Foster, yet another one of the bases here on Okinawa. We had already spent some time at Kadena which is where Lucky spends each day in the classroom.

After our time of pampering we walked around the BX and both of us found a great deal on Skagen watches. And the best part is there is no tax to pay either. We wandered around the other vendors there in the BX and considered a few Japanese items too. We plan to go back there again before we leave.

Then Lucky and Felicity indulged my need for more fabric and we went to the House of 66 which was having a sale today too. I have a plan to make a quilt of our travels. Felicity keeps reminding me that I have to stay home to do that. Hmmm. It has been quite interesting to hunt out fabric that is from each area we have visited.

The highlight of the day was our trip to the largest 100 Yen shop on the island. Yes, just like our Dollar Stores. We have both felt very rich as we are carrying and spending 1000's of yen each day. Wow. There were the usual items like our store but I have never seen a wall of chopsticks in any of our Dollar Stores. And of course the accompanying chopstick holders too. We both managed to keep our purchases under 5000 yen. With today's exchange rate that is $50.
On the way home, since we didn't have lunch, we had to treat ourselves to more Blue Seal Ben Imo or sweet potato soft ice cream. Don't they say that sweet potatoes are good for you?

We just got home from a wonderful dinner with a few of Lucky's friends. We met them at Jams which is about 30 minutes north of Lucky's apartment. It was a fun and delicious dinner where they cooked the food at the table. We enjoyed salmon and giant prawns along with some vegetables and rice. One of the new foods was goya which is a cucumber like prickly vegetable. Interesting taste. The food was delicious and the company was great fun. It was nice to add to our picture of Lucky's life here on Okinawa. Before we left we stopped in the lady's room which was also a sight to see. In each stall there was an aquarium. What an idea. Can you see that as an idea when toilet training your children?

We are having a great time here with Lucky. Hope you are all having a great time at home.

See you soon.

2 comments:

lnice-o said...

Hey...Nancy Salmon----seriously?Salmon?
I am thrilled to hear that you gals are doing, seeing, tasting and yes, shopping your hearts out. I had not doubt that shopping would have made an appearance on the itinerary.
You go girls...
See you on Sunday...
Safe travels

patty said...

GOOD MORNING. AQUARIUMS IN THE BATHROOM, BOY SARAH WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO CONCENTRATE THEN. SO GLAD TO HEAR YOU GUYS ARE HAVING FUN. THE BX IS A GREAT PLACE RIGHT?? HAPPY TO HEAR THAT YOUR FINGERS AND TOES WERE ABLE TO GET A LITTLE TLC AS WELL. BE SAFE HAVE LOTS OF FUN ON YOUR LAST FEW DAYS OF ADVENTURE AND TRAVELS. CHAT WITH YOU SOON.
LOVE
PATTY
AUNT FLISS, IS THIS A NAVY BASE?