The "Question of the Week" concerns your Tailor Shop and what you had made while in Taiwan and what you paid for those beautiful clothes were wore to the Club.
I'll start it out.
My first suit was purchased the first week I was in Taiwan, December 1965. I don't remember why I was outside the gate and into the storefront shop so soon after arriving at Taipei Air Station. I remember that the suit was gray in color, supposedly it was Italian Silk and Wool fabric and it cost me $25. US. I wore that suit until the seat of the trousers was worn out. I moonlighted at the MAAGOOM Annex as a Night Manager three or four times a week. Wonderful job for a single guy. I had to wear a suit to work, so I wore out my share of nice business suits during the 2 years I worked at the club. The food at the club was probably the best on the island, I say that becuase I ate at every club in town and our club had the best American food, hands down. We talk about Prim Rib today. During my time working at the club, we served a buffet each Sunday evening and the main meat was Ship's Round. That was some wonderful beef. I would eat and eat. Of course I did not have to pay for my meal, but the food was something else. The kitchen staff must have been 40 people, maybe more. We made everything from scratch, everything...
Before I left Taipei in 1968, I had Mr. Loo's East Compound Tailor Shop make up 6 suits and a couple of Sport Coats for me. I was leaving the military and assumed I would work in some type of business where a suit was required. As I remember, I paid $40 per suit and $25 per sport coat.
I also had shirts made at another Tailor Shop.
Do you recall your purchases. I remember the excitement when pulling on a new shirt, stepping into a new suit, smelling the wonderful aromas of the new clothing, pulling on a pair of shoes, checking myself out in the mirror and heading out the door, smiling and feeling great. And not to leave off the Ladies, what about your wife or girl friend's visits to their Seamstress and those hard wooden chairs you sat on forever waiting for her to finish.....
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