Ｍａｒｃｈ 7, 2001 Girl’s Day in Hawaii
Since Girls’ Day was on a Saturday this year, I was able to spend it with a few of my closest “girlfriends.” We initially intended to spend the day looking for their bridesmaids dresses for my wedding this summer, and we did, but we didn’t just go home once we found them.
Instead, we spent several hours at Ala Moana Center, just hanging out, shopping, and talking. It’s something we did practically every weekend until our careers and lifestyles made free time a precious commodity. So it was a treat for me to just take my time, browse, and enjoy the company of my dearest friends.
We took advantage of the 15% off letter from Liberty House, whichallowed us to take 15% off every single purchase! So we all bought Baby-G watches for $45! We were so thrilled. I probably got the least amount of stuff, but that wasn’t the point, anyway. (And, I probably wouldn’t have gotten that watch if I was shopping alone. It was a “bonding” purchase.)
Then, I had a nice Girls’ Day dinner with my husband. Although he insisted that we go to a “nice” restaurant, I really wanted to go to x, one of my favorite places to eat! So, since it was “my” day, I won, and we waited in line for twenty minutes before sitting down at the familiar rotating belt. (Plus, when I went to school on Monday, I found out that my friend’s mom had food poisoning from Yohe, the restaurant we were thinking of going to! I took that as a sign that I had the best Girls’ Day ever.) We came home to watch the UH volleyball game on TV, and took my in-laws to the airport immediately after it was over.
It wasn’t an especially extravagant or expensive Girls’ Day, but it was just perfect for me. Growing up, Girls’ Day always meant that we’d go to a store and pick out anything we wanted. It meant Grandma’s sekihan, and a special dinner. My mom would take out our Girls’ Day dolls, and display them on a red cloth. And in school, all the girls would line up first for lunch.
I can’t wait to have a little girl to start Girls’ Day memories with!
|Susan Sensei’s English Lesson #68（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:
You have bought something with the intention of getting it altered once you return home. However, many stores will do the alterations for free, and so it doesn’t hurt to ask!
“Are alterations included in the price?”
If it is, then, you should ask,
“How long will it take?”
Usually, it won’t take more than 3 or 4 days, and so you can pick up your perfectly-fitting garment before you leave the Islands!
|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!|