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March 2010 Blog Posts (13)

Column 16--Top of the Hill (Part 3)

This is the sixteenth column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Copies will be available April 1, 2010. Stay tuned for more information.

The two young and mannered Brooke children attended the local public Fijian schools. In a few years these blonde kids, today oblivious to the nearby native Fijian poverty, would be educated abroad perhaps somewhere in North America. Today, as they…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 29, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Column 15--Top of the Hill (Part 2)

This is the fifthteenth column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Copies will be available April 1, 2010. Stay tuned for more information.

We were unable to use Dora’s black grand piano, so we carted Fred's tired electronic piano to Nasova house. There was a large group of refined Fijian, Indian and Euro guests. Fred and I struggled through early 20th century art…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 26, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

When the Beginning is Over, the Journey Begins

I often forget arrivals. They usually occur at odd hours (or normal hours that jar with my time traveling body clock) often beginning in artificially bright and clinical customs lines, then moving on to dingy taxis and bumpy roads and then…poof—it’s gone. The beginning has finished, and the journey has begun.



But I do remember my first arrival in Fiji, on Continental Airlines’…
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Added by Christine Thomas on March 26, 2010 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Column 14--Top of the Hill

This is the fourteenth column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Copies will be available April 1, 2010. Stay tuned for more information.

Participating in a piano recital at the Patterson mansion perched high above the town was such a treat. The verandah architecture, with hints of Victorian details, was utilitarian and rather elegant with its high ceilings and…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 23, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Concerned Traveler

Since the cyclone came through last week, can any one give me some feedback on the status of the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort & Turtle Airways?


I'm traveling to Blue Lagoon this weekend and am concerned about them and getting to them via Turtle Airways- I have emailed several times to both for a week and and not heard back from either.


I have a few important details to confirm prior to our arrival- our Turtle Airway flights to be the most…
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Added by Jacquie Blade-Horning on March 23, 2010 at 4:25am — No Comments

Column 13--Welcome to Wakaya!

This is the thirteenth column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Copies will be available April 1, 2010. Stay tuned for more information.

For the initiated, Wakaya Island was the supreme exclusive Fiji private 2,700 acre island with 32 white, pristine beaches visible from Levuka. But luxury and isolation have a price -- simple units (only 8) were about $8…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Best Time to Visit Fiji

What is the best time of year to travel to Fiji? I have two free round trip tickets to use and thought Fiji would be a fascinating place to visit. I also have my passport and a travel medical insurance policy that I can activate whenever I am ready to use it. I am think that next winter, when it is cold in the midwest, would be the ideal time to make the trip. But I do not know much about when the tourist season for… Continue

Added by Sam Norwich on March 19, 2010 at 6:10am — 2 Comments

Column 12 -- Levuka Drag and Other Delights (continued)

This is the twelfth column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Copies will be available April 1, 2010. Stay tuned for more information.



Next day was International Night with my co-host…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Tropical Cyclone Tomas departing Fiji

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Added by Scott Kukral on March 16, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Column 11 -- Levuka Drag and Other Delights

This is the eleventh column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Copies will be available April 1, 2010. Stay tuned for more information.



A new and fun community party, the Back to…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 14, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Column 10 -- Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday (Part 2)

This is the tenth column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Copies will be available April 1, 2010. Stay tuned for more information.



Cakobau still waged war in the traditional manner,…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 11, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Column 9 -- Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday

This is the ninth column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Gerry's journal, A Year in Levuka Fiji, will be available for purchase online soon.

Fiji’s education ministry acknowledged, with great appreciation, the…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 8, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Column 8 -- Heritage missionary (continued)

This is the eigth column in a serialization of PACIFIC FLASH: A Year in FIJI by Gerry Takano. Gerry's journal will be available for purchase online soon.

Tea was always at 10:30am while lunch was at 1pm. There were at least five restaurants with…

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Added by Gerald Takano on March 3, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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