Today, I visited two different shops on errands. These were a bit of a way from my house, but I managed to make the journey on secondary roads. It was rather peaceful.
First I went to the Pacific Mall to find some stationery goods. Luckily I came upon the Japanese Dollar store (where everything that would be 100 yen in Japan was 2 dollars in Canada. Not exactly a fair deal, but not horrible either. It was in the sub basement of the mall and I wouldn’t have found it if not for the urging of one of the saleswomen on the main floor. I had seen the store while I was looking for the washroom (restroom for my US readers WC for others) but didn’t realize that it had a basement. I thought I was already in the basement.
So, below, illuminated by fluorescent lights, they had all those things you would find at a Japanese 100 yen store. I felt so cool that I could read some of the product descriptions. I didn’t think I was back in Japan or anything–it was a little too disorganized for that–but it was a nice way to while away some time.
The second visit was to a hobby store. This one had rocket kits, model kits (cars, military, and gundam) RC planes, RC cars, and even RC boats. The store was a bit cramped, but I vaguely remember being there years before when the store occupied two units. I am pretty sure they had to work hard getting everything back into one unit.
I wandered the three or four aisles they had thinking about my hobbies and my hobby aspirations. If you’ve read my other blog, you’ll know that I am involved in a whole host of money devouring hobbies and pastimes. It was fun to think how I could blow more money.
In the end, I did not spend a lot. I was happy for the distraction.