Wananavu!

The F$3 million dollar view

The F$3 million dollar view

So I got to visit this beautiful place in my island country Fiji.  Its  called Rakiraki, about three hours drive from Suva, the capital. Its simply amazing. Met the lovely couple John Gray and his wife who started Wananavu (wahh-nah-nah-voo) Resort there. By the way Wananavu means AWESOME, something that takes your breath away literally. And that’s what this place is all about.

The couple are selling their home, after more than 12 years staying there. Their house is going for $3.5m. With its beautiful location, perched up on the hillside overlooking the Viti Levu Bay (pronounced Vee-Tee-lay-voo; Fiji’s biggest island) i couldn’t help but marvel at the majestic view and awesomeness of the place

John is a New Zealander. He’s been in Fiji for over 21 years. They developed the very secluded Rakiraki hillside in the early 90s. People thought he was mad for doing so, what with the lack of electricity and water in the place. The place was run mainly by generators for the most part of its early years. But it took a visionary like John to take on something like this. But anyway the land lots up there are  now on sale apart from the couple’s home. The place would be great for vacation homes or  villas.

So if you’re interested in buying beautiful land up there, go for it. Its a great bargain right now. 🙂 Here’s a few shots i took from my phone.

 

The three million dollar view

The three million dollar view

 

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Having conversation with the couple

Having conversation with the couple

John Gray and his wife

John Gray and his wife

Echo my friend from China takes in the beautiful view

Echo my friend from China takes in the beautiful view

Whaat..

I just realised that  i haven’t been updating my blog. My last post was in January! Not much has happened. Fiji just lost in the Hong Sevens. 😦 Better luck next time boys.

Fiji’s PM Baininmarama just launched his new party name- Fiji First. Now he embarks on getting his 5000 signatures in order to qualify as an official political party. It’s surprising the amount of support he has among the young people. We received a paper for signatures and i passed it on to some guys working next door to us.

PM Frank Bainimarama in front of his campaign bus

PM Frank Bainimarama in front of his campaign bus

The papers were snapped up in a heartbeat as people rushed to sign their support. These are mostly supporters  in their early and late twenties. I haven’t decided yet on who to vote. I will keep it to myself until the day of elections which kicks off on September 17. I have to read through each party’s policies then make my decision.

Its going to be very interesting times ahead.Most of Fiji’s young population will be voting for the first time!

 

Gold Coast 7s

Ben Ryan while visiting Children at the CWM Hospital in Suva.

Ben Ryan while visiting Children at the CWM Hospital in Suva.

So  Fiji lost out to England at the IRB Gold Coast Rugby 7s Quarterfinals. At least we won the Plate. But admit it, deep down inside every Fijian rugby fan is that feeling of ‘Why’…. But lets face it, Ben Ryan is here to stay, and lets rally him forward.

It’s the start of the 2013/14 IRB 7s tourneys and I’m looking forward to what he has to offer for Fiji rugby 7s. The Dubai 7s kicks off November 29-30, 2013. Hopefully Fiji does better next time.

Winner of the 2013 Gold Coast Sevens – NZ who beat surprising finalist Australia 40-19. Right now NZ leads the table with 22 points.

Tracy Chapman

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I’m listening to Tracy Chapman on my laptop. ‘Fast Car’ is playing. I find her songs catchy, well defined and reaches across all borders.  It’s timeless.  Some of her songs date from the early eighties and nineties yet its so relevant in this time. it also brings awareness to the struggles of poverty, with lyrics such as:

I know things will get better / you’ll find work and I’ll get promoted / we’ll move out of the shelter / buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs –from her single ‘Fast Car.’

I can’t seem to understand the type of music that we’re being fed nowadays.   In Fiji, normal music is Lady Gaga, Whiz Khalifa, Avril Lavigne etc. Maybe its me but I can’t for the life of me imagine myself rocking my head senseless to noise from the likes of Gaga and the rapsters that pollute our radio airwaves.

No disrespect to their craft. I guess people have their own different tastes. But I just find Tracy Chapman’s music soothing. Some of her songs have that sad element to it and its meaningful. The lyrics makes sense, it tells a story.

A work colleague once played her song ‘Revolution’ during the time when revolution swept through some of the Middle Eastern countries namely Egypt.

Changes came after forty years of brutal rule and no say, the people of Egypt stood up for what they believed- Freedom.Tracy Chapman’s revolution song was so relevant, even though it was produced decades earlier.

In my opinion, she is the world’s most underrated singer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO9Qa7MpAvw