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I'm new to the forum so i'm not sure if this has been asked before, I have been away from Fiji for 10 years, I have been living in Australia, and now have moved to Nauru.
So i ask what if you are not there anymore what you miss? and if you lucky enough to be in Fiji what you love.
Bula Roland. 10 years? That's a long time. What do we miss? ... Straight off the bat, it would have to be vudi. You can kind of get the substitutes, and even the smaller versions like the ones back in the islands, but it's not at all the same. The after-taste is not it, for you can tell it was removed off the tree, long before it should've been, then ripened.
We miss the rain ... Real rain ... Those huge clumps in every droplet ... We miss our early morning walks and runs along the beachfront in Suva ... We miss the morning dew ... We miss cruising to the West and back - just because lol ... We definitely sorely miss sailing on Fiji waters - It's different sailing about - for no matter how far out you go, you still know that you're part of it.
It's funny how one can be in-country and you can kinda get tired of your friends, but now - it's been long enough for it to be sweet enough to miss them all LOL ... You know, that you can be away long enough, where the mundaneness of being in each other's spaces almost all the time, is worth missing - haha! It's missing them - there - in familiar and common grounds - for generations too. Suppose it'll be different now, for many are married with their children, so there's going to be a difference - a culture shock in itself when we do return.
What else do we miss? Red Cow. Milo. And as odd as it is - it's the malt from NZ and Australia our palettes are used to. We can get it here, but it's a commute to purchase, which removes the sweetness of having to buy it from around the corner deli.
And most of all, and strangely in its own way - we miss Fijian faces, moving about their day. Oh that's another one - climbing trees. Out here for some workouts, the trees are still too manicured. Back in the islands -it's gangly and roughened with impromptu vines. We miss swimming at night, in the pool, without the pool needing to be heated in the height of summer. We miss our skyline our stars our sunset ... Our sunrise ... All at the perfect positionings one is comfortable with. Here - and elsewhere, it can either be too close or too far. The moon out here is huge! One would feel as though you could touch it - unreal and invasive. In Fiji - it's comfortably distant - out of space lol
We miss the fact that Fiji has little (wild boars at the worst of possibilities and snakes, possibly mangy mongrel dogs) to no predator land creatures. We could hike all we wanted to, when we felt like it, without a care for animals. No lethal snakes. No mountain lions. No bears. No coyotes. No frightening insects. No wolves. No gators. No moose. No 4-legged dragons. No snapping land turtles. Yeah - the worst back in the islands; The worst thing that could possibly happen to you, was losing your footing and landing in to a pile of mud lol But no worries - the waterfall's just around the corner haha-ha! And that's another one, the smell of fresh water streams and waterfalls ... It's different, and you don't have to worry much about possible looneys running about. Even in Colo-i-Suva we miss not having to be careful overmuch, because even with a negative element out and about, when it does happen, the military patrolled thereabouts doing their jungle tactics thing ... And we're left alone in safety, to enjoy the waterfall pools and the swinging vines :) :)
Tropical weather, people & food =D
I miss eating Cream Bun & cream loaf (yummy)
Nisi :) :) ... You're right@Cream buns. Our favourite in-country would have to be the Franco Swiss cream buns at the French Bakery near what was formerly FIT, and is now FNU. Miss it!! Yum, yum, yum!
Don't know what it is, but it's probably our butter. Wonder whether he used local butter or imported butter, but his butter cream is delicious. Smackingly good eats.
miss those early morning walk to the shop to buy bread. The smell of fresh baked bread :)
Just remembered the other thing we miss Roland, playing touch rugby at Deuba or Natadola. Must be different now with Natadola being a hotel and all. Hope they didn't take over the whole beachfront out there, leaving some space for locals to enjoy. Oh well, the impromptuness of it all. No plans. Fiji style. Someone suggests all should hit the beach, and out you go lol And it doesn't matter if you're a male or female, you've got the ball, you're going down, and if someone forgot the ball, it didn't matter - the empty plastic bottle from someone's drink was a substitute, or rather - someone's tshirt rolled up as a ball lol And it's good unadulterated, clean fun. On that note@our beaches, we miss no sun tanners. It can get really irritating. They just lie there all day, like logs. You don't see that back in the islands. Being on the beach, or by the poolside isn't a statement piece - it's as real as you get right by those beds of water. Miss that! And all guys on our beaches aren't looking for hookups, they're there for the same reasons you're there - to have fun in the sun lol by the water, to talanoa, crack each other up, share whatever morsel of food you have and unwind - wili seagulls haha!
What do you miss Roland? 10 years ...
... Island-style uneven numbers on each team. Why is that? For as new picnickers arrive, they are allowed to join, no matter the age, to play no-rules beach volleyball, rugby proper, touch and tag. And even deepwater tag. It's odd to say, but for us all - wetting our hair or our faces aren't big deals. Oh - and that - we'd share germs, drinking from the same bottle, and as strange as it is, you don't really care if the guys backwash in to the bottle, but here - hell yeah we care - don't backwash! Suppose it's the island-thing - same germs lol Or if you do react, they do the cutest thing - crossing the bottle over their chests - it's clean now - no more backwash! LOL And if it gets too crowded at the beach, turn around and head for the waterfalls. And it's normal. And we all have that adaptive spirit. Miss that about the islands.
hahaha! omgosh so true @Germs....lol
Only In Fiji eh =D
Isa!! Nisi!! You had to photograph the Dee Cee's bus? :) :) ... That's the official school bus - to and from ... Bahlurry 5am pickup lol ... Isa the days ni vodo basi wavoki - Miss that!!
LOL@mobile party bus - Haha-ha! Fiji's bus drivers are indeed unique, and are set apart from bus drivers around the world :) :) .... And why is that? You can always request for them to play your mixed tape or your CD if the bus is fitted for it, over their selection(s), and it's blasted to the hilt - without a care for noise pollution lol And another thing, if you're headed for long trips along the highway ... You can always nudge them to beat the other bus or the truck. Priceless memories :) :) ... Singing and dancing all the way - to and from! Isa!
Yeah! Maybe dats y i can't hear properly....LOL
The amount of Bus-rides with music full blast, friends screaming & laughing on top of their voices.....well no wonder saraga my hearing isn't dat good...bahahaha