January 9, 2001 Christmas Gifts
As a kid, nothing was better than opening a brand new game, stuffed animal, or toy on Christmas morning. The clothes went straight back into the box, and over towards Mom. But as I grew older, I looked forward to adding to my wardrobe with Christmas gifts, and even helped my mom and grandma select something I definitely wanted. Hey, I even tried them on before we bought them.
But if this Christmas was any indication, non-clothing presents are “in” again. Here are just a few of my favorite gifts this year. Some are special for sentimental reasons, and others are simply great gifts.
In terms of electronic toys and appliances, I got a few goodies- a digital camera, George Forman Grill, and a rice cooker/warmer. Although I don’t really need any of them, they all are fun to play with (especially my new camera!) I also got a cool little photon flashlight that I always wanted, but never got around to getting for myself. And the best part about my flashlight was that I “won” it as a grab bag gift.
My parents picked up the airline bill for Kyle and I to go home (twice) to the Big Island for the holidays. Besides our regular gifts, the plane tickets are great because four roundtrip fares really add up these days! We had a great time in Hilo.
I also got things that you can’t find in Hawaii. I got this super cute strawberry pillow from the Mother Goose no Mori store in Japan. And, I got lots of Bath and Body Works and Victoria’s Secret stuff from my friends (and even my brother!) in the mainland.
Finally, we got several generous gift certificates to some of our most favorite restaurants. One was to Hoku’s, a wonderful restaurant at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel, and special to Kyle and I because that’s where we got engaged! Another was to 3660 on the Rise in Kaimuki, another sentimental place since that’s where we not only celebrated our wedding, but where we went for our first Valentine’s Day together!
|Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #60（スーザン先生の英語講座）
For two years I taught English in Japan, and was “スーザン先生” to my students in Ikaho town, Gunma Prefecture. I will try and introduce new words and phrases for the Japanese visitor to Hawaii. Here is this week’s situation:
|Loco Girl’s Profile（ロコ・ガールのプロフィール） Born in Hilo, I grew up going fishing with Dad, shopping with Mom, and trying to be a good “big sister” to a younger sister and brother. A Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa alumni, I taught English in Japan for two years on the JET Program. I love doing a lot of things-shopping, reading, lettering, making jewelry & crafts, watching Friends-and that’s just the start of my list! I like being busy, and am active with the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Honolulu Junior Japanese Chamber of Commerce (HJJCC.) My family and friends are, of course, very important to me, and are why I live a very typical, happy, local-style life in Hawaii and will never leave!|