Did you all enjoy Courney’s post? Hope so! Today Debra will be guest blogging for me.

Here is her About Me:

I am a Christian, loving momma to two munchkins & proud Navy wife. I love the little things that make my life perfect and the large things that make it imperfect. My goal every day is to realize how imperfectly perfect life is.

Here is what I have to say about Debra:

Debra is one of the first people I “got to know” through blogging. She has really cute kids and seems like a great mom! She posts about all sorts of stuff, but lately she’s been going a little deeper…which is nice because it shows the real gritty part of life that everyone can relate to. If you want to learn about Japan, want to hear from a military wife, or just want a blog with pictures and cuteness, go here!

And…here’s the post!!!*

*I’m bummed because she gave me some awesome pictures to include in the post, but they aren’t working for me. Hopefully she’ll put them up on her blog. :)


Konnichiwa! For those who do not know me, my name is Debra. I am a stay at home Mom/housewife with two children and a husband who is active duty Navy. We currently live in Japan and I write about our life here on my blog Our Imperfect Life.

Recently OneGirl asked me if I would be willing to do a guest post for her while she is away. And I absolutely jumped at the chance. I adore her and was thrilled and honored that she asked me.

Then it came time to write my post and I was completely torn. I wanted to write something about her and how amazed I am by her maturity and outlook on life. But then everything just came out sounding silly. Really, you don’t need me to tell you how great she is. You already read her blog so you know. So then I opted to write about her trip. Again, so silly.

So I decided to take a break for a few days and maybe something would inspire me. As I was at the ATM pulling out money, a thought popped into my head. “What kind of currency do they use in Jamaica?” I have never been there so I really had no clue. And so there I was inspired while at the ATM.

As soon as I got home, I googled my question and found out that they use Jamaican Dollars. The Jamaican Dollars come in bill form as well as cents quite similar to US Dollars. The symbol for Jamaican Dollars is J$. Easy to remember, eh?!

Since we moved to Japan about a year ago, I have become fascinated with different currency. Here in Japan, we have the Yen (symbol: ¥). US Dollars are generally only accepted on US military installations and in some places close to the bases. You might be surprised to know that credit cards are not widely used or accepted here. Japan is mostly a cash-carrying country.

Because I live on base, I do not carry a lot of Yen unless I am going out in town. I prefer to use my debit card when I can. Here are a few pictures of some Yen that I do have on hand….or did. It will have been spent by the time this posts. ha ha! All of the money is called Yen with there being coins from 1 Yen up to 500 Yen and bills ranging from 1000 Yen to 10,000 Yen. My kids, however, call the 1 Yen coin a “Yennie.”

The exchange rate from Yen to US Dollars changes almost daily. In the last year, we have seen it anywhere from 86 to 94 Yen to the Dollar. I want to say that the majority of the time it has been about 88 Yen to the Dollar. I’d love to see it be an equal exchange. That would sure make it easy to remember but I don’t foresee that happening. To help us remember about how much each Yen is, we subtract the last two zeros from the bills. So 1000 Yen like pictured above would be about $10. This works for the 500 and 100 Yen coins as well. 500 Yen would be about $5 and 100 Yen would be about $1.

Now that I have given you a little lesson on currency here, I’d love to hear where all you have traveled to and what the currency was like there. Did you have a hard time adjusting to the differences?

Thanks for sitting in on my little lesson today! I sure hope I didn’t bore you to death!

Thank you OneGirl for allowing me to guest post today! I hope you are learning a lot and helping out where you can while you are in Jamaica! Don’t forget to take some time out for yourself, too! God Bless!