Affordable eye glasses in Asia

May 10, 2022


Prescription eyeglasses are very expensive in Toronto. First, you have to pay for getting your eyes checked by an Optometrist and that ranges from $90 and up. It's also not covered by the Provincial Health Care so you either pay out of pocket or if you have work insurance, it can be covered. Some work insurance only covers a portion of it so it's not 100% covered. And my insurance also did not cover the actual eyeglasses.

Once you have your prescription, you have to find your eyeglasses and it's not cheap! I guess it also depends on your prescription because for me, it's quite high so I always pay extra. I need to have thinner lenses for my high prescription. It's usually over $200 and that's not even brand name. 

I used to order from Warby Parker but I found that most of their glasses didn't fit me right and it got too expensive that I just gave up. 

When I went to Japan in 2018, I decided to try my luck at Jins eyewear. We found the store in an underground shopping area. It was really fun to browse. They had a lot of selections. My husband found me Moomin frame. It was cute! And it was only ¥5,000 (roughly $55 CAD) for the frame and I paid another ¥2,000 (about $25 CAD) for the lenses. Less than $100 for a new pair of eyeglasses! 

I just had to show them my Canadian prescription from my Optometrist and everything was good. It was very easy even without speaking or understanding Japanese. I still don't know how I managed to buy it in Japan. I even got it tax-free. 

And I only had to wait for half an hour to pick up my new glasses which is unheard of here in Toronto unless you pay extra. I love Jins eyewear and they have different collaborations i.e. Liberty London frames. The fit of the eye glasses is perfect for me. I don't need to adjust the frame. 

I order my glasses now through my friend Keiko who is kind enough to ship them to me. 

What I Ate: Izakaya in Onna

April 15, 2022

We drove around Onna in the dark to try to find an izakaya for our last night on the island. My husband spotted one with his terrific eyesight. 

The owners warmly welcomed us. One of the surprising things we found in the izakaya was fresh bread which was baked by the owner. He gave us free bread with curry (it was delicious!) and seaweed. 

We ordered drinks and skewers. I always ordered whisky highball in Okinawa. The lemon highball is the best. The lemons on the island are sweet and tart at the same time. It goes well with whisky. 

We just ate, had drinks, and laughed a lot. Japanese people are very friendly and it was a very laid back atmosphere. No overpriced food on the menu like we have here in Toronto. 

Cape Maeda & Blue Cave Adventures

April 6, 2022

Another fun time exploring another part of Okinawa. We went to Cape Maeda this time because it was so close to Onna. Found the most amazing lookout point. The view was amazing and so was the weather. We got very lucky! 

We explored a lot more and found a beach and cave! My husband found the blue cave. I was hesitant to go in because I got scared of how dark it was inside. The cave is famous for diving and snorkeling. We just went in to explore. It was cold and dark. We were laughing so much because I kept saying it was so dark and I didn't realize that I was still wearing my sunglasses inside the cave. 

It was challenging walking inside the cave. We had to climb up and down rocks and it was hard with the grooves. It felt like I was walking on tree trunks. I ended up ripping my pants. 

We got to the end of the cave quite quickly. We saw the rocks open up at the end and the water got deeper. I didn't want to walk at the end because my pants were getting soaked already and I didn't know how deep it was at the end. We had to walk back to the entrance. 

After our cave exploration, we walked around the beach area. 

Cape Manzamo, Okinawa

March 15, 2022

Having a car in Okinawa is necessary in order to get around the island. It gave us freedom to go wherever we wanted to go and at our own time. After going to the market, we decided to drive to Cape Manzamo. It was a short drive from the market. Cape Manzamo has a rock formation that's shaped like an elephant's trunk. 

We had to go through a path to get to the rock formation. It was a scenic hike before we reached the cliff. And we were rewarded by the best view of the cape! My pictures do not do it justice. We walked along the cliff path as it has been fenced off for everyone's safety. It was windy so thank god for those fences, I felt like we could have been blown away. 

Cape Manzamo is one of the main tourist spots in Okinawa and it did not disappoint. 

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