I can't believe I haven't blogged this yet!
Asia Region PWOC does not yet have a fund in Asia. We've had requests for money pending for several upcoming trips. All the approval came down over the weekend (though I'm sure it was Friday in DC). There was a bit of time between when we made the requests and when we received approval.
Plane prices are wild around here. Ch. Pace, our advisor, brought me great personal peace last night when he said that he's hearing that prices have been jumping all over the place.
No matter what I did it looked like I would not find plane tickets to Okinawa. The prices were 2 - 3 times what I'd requested. By late morning yesterday JAL (only plane into here) was showing no seats. I called the base ITT (ticket and tour office) and it was suggested I go directly to the airport, politely use all the Japanese I know, and it may not hurt to take a child with me. I have a blonde hair, green eyed 4 yo. Off we went.
They found me seats. They cost just a bit more than I'd planned. They agreed to hold the tickets for me until today so that I could get approval to up my PORF (request) by a couple hundred dollars. I was nervous going back today. But they HELD them for me......and I now own.....
...tickets to Okinawa. Yes, those are ALL for one domestic trip. We do live "up north." The last of the trips travel is booked. (Except for the train home from Tokyo after Baltimore....but I figure I can book that when I arrive and am ready to get on the train). I'll worry about rooms - LATER. We really need to do school, clean house, do laundry....
Yesterday, it seemed there were no seats for any price, today I'm going for just a bit more than I originally requested.
Living all of life before the face of God...