30 September, 2006

New positive entries on our Home Rental Guestbook

Check out two new entries on our "Home Rental Guestbook" which were left by two of our recent guests from Vienna, Austria, and Melbourne, Australia. The comments were very positive. To read more, click on the appropriate link "Home Rental Guestbook" at the right hand side of this blog. If you have any queries on the rental home, you can e-mail us on gilbert@connect.com.fj or call us on telephones +679 3396427 or +679 9921427.

3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival - Rain fails to dampen Vanuatu spirit

The rainy weather in Suva has not dampened the enthusiasm of a 60-member delegation from Vanuatu that arrived yesterday for the 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival. The group's enthusiasm for the festival was matched by that of its government, which chartered a plan to bring the delegation to Fiji. A Vanuatu government representative said the delegation was ready to showcase what they brought from the four main islands of Vanuatu. Vanuatu has a special custom dance which they would be performing apart from other dances that had been prepared by a number of cultural dance groups who are part of the delegation. A special kind of artwork for which Vanuatu is known for is sand drawing. This would also be exhibited during the week. The traditional way of preparing food would be the highlight of the Vanuatu kitchen. The Solomon Islands delegation also arrived yesterday.

Viti Market on the Park at the 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival

Check them out at Sukuna Park from 3 to 11 October, 2006, where they will be showcasing/selling "things Fijian" - proudly produced and made right here in Fiji - canned beef, etc from Eagleridge Investment, sauces, coconut cream, Noni juice, resort and casual wear from Art Wave and Xoolu, contemporary and traditional Fiji handicrafts, bottled tamarind and mango chutneys, hand crafted cards from FRIENDS, yams from Koro Island, flowers/plants galore from the Suva Horticultural and Orchid Circle, dried flowers, home decorations, goodies from FMF, wood products from the Forestry Department, pottery from Paula, the award winning water from Frezco "Aqua Pacific", jewellery and accessories, arts and crafts, Finau Mara's prized baskets and mats, Harry Tivakano's screen printed fashions and much more. See Inoke Raikoso for allocation of booths at 9.30am, Monday, 2 October 2006, at Sukuna Park.

Seminar on Underwater Robots : Exploring Hydrothermal vents near Fiji

A Seminar on "Underwater Robots : Exploring Hydrothermal vents near Fiji" will be held on Monday, 2 October 2006, 7.30pm, University of the South Pacific Upper Campus, Room S024 (previously the SSED lecture theatre). The seminar will be presented by Mr Bob Elder, Electrical Engineer (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) and Dr Stacy Kim, Marine Biologist (Moss Landing Marine Laboratories). All welcome. For queries, contact, Mr Shane Fairlie, SOPAC on e-mail shane@sopac.org or Dr Susanne Pohler, USP on e-mail pohler_s@usp.ac.fj.

29 September, 2006

Photo taken during a function at our former school

Discount offered on rental home for duration of the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival

Want to be in Suva, Fiji, for the duration of the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival and find accommodation too expensive? Take advantage of a 10% discount on our rate per night being offered for the period 1 to 14 October 2006. The applicable rate is now F$126.00 per night (down from the F$140.00 per night normal rate) and includes :
  • two bedroom home with seaviews;
  • a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use;
  • a daily newspaper; and
  • pick up and drop off from Suva or Nausori airport.

From 15 October 2006 to 30 November 2006, our 10% discount on the rate per night continues for couples with a minimum of a 3-night stay. Check out the related entry on this blog earlier.

More details on what is offered in the home together with photos are available through the appropriate links at the right hand side of this blog. To enquire or book, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

Island delegation heads for festival

The Lauan Province's delegation to the 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival are on their way to Suva to showcase their skills and culture. An official for the province said the province would be well represented at the festival and was eager to show other Melanesian countries the cultures and traditions of the Lau group. The delegation has representatives from all islands in the group who would bring with them what they are renowned for. The people of Fulaga have finished their double hulled canoe that would be the main attraction for the delegation. Women of Ono-i-Lau would present the "tabu kaisi" mats whereas Kabara would showcase their different sizes of tanoa. The islands of Nayau, Moce and Oneata would bring their "masi" and "gatu" in different shapes and sizes. Lakeba, on the other hand, would showcase how their "sisi" or traditional garlands were made. These are just some of the things that the people who visit the festival can expect from the Lau section. To top it off, more than 170 dancers from Loama would grace the closing ceremony at the festival. So, be in Suva, to watch all the events for a lifetime experience. Note from GV : We are offering a 10% discount on the rate per night for our two bedroom rental home in Suva, down from our normal rate of F$140.00 per night. The applicable rate now is F$126.00 per night. The home has seaviews and a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet Access provided complimentary for guests' use. To check out more details and photos, click on the appropriate links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call us on telephone +679 3396427.

World Architecture Day events

To celebrate World Architecture Day, Monday, 2 October 2006, the Fiji Association of Architects has organised the following events for the public in Suva:
  • Friday, 29 September 2006, 4.15pm, meet at the Grand Pacific Hotel site - Suva Architecture walk with Stuart Huggett;
  • Saturday, 30 September 2006, 9am to 12pm, Open Practices - free consultation so as to increase members of the public's understanding of the services architects provide.
  • Monday, 2 October 2006, 5pm, Holiday Inn, Suva - "Urban Sustainability", an architectural presentation and discussion. Guest speaker is Hamish Boyd, Director of JASMAX, NZ architectural firm. Seats are limited. Contact Niki on telephone +679 9993718 by 9am, 2 October 2006, to reserve a place.

Practices to be open on Saturday for the free consultations include :

  • Architects Pacific, 108 Amy Street, Toorak, Suva;
  • Ashok Balgovind & Associates, 3 Berry Road, Suva;
  • Clearview Architects, Level 3, Garden City Complex, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Design Hut, 26 Mara Road, Nausori;
  • Fraser Clark Architects, 43 Bau Street, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • Sharma Architects, 2nd floor, Prouds Building, The Triangle, Renwick Road, Suva;

28 September, 2006

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 28.9.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Prouds Suva Central Store "Biggest Sale Ever" from Wednesday, 27 September to Friday, 29 September 2006, 8.30am to 5pm, and Saturday, 30 September 2006, 8.30am to 4pm; Suva Central Building;
  • Annual Flower Show, Wednesday, 27 September from 12.30pm, Suva Civic Centre Lower Auditorium. The Show runs until Saturday, 30 September 2006. (Entry: $1.50 Adults, 50c students and children. For more details contact Kesa on 33070237 or flowersforlife@connect.com.fj);
  • Australian Schoolboys vs Fiji Schoolboys Presidents XV, Wednesday, 27 September 2006, Suva;
  • Movie screening of "Moving (PG)", Thursday, 28 September 2006, from 5.30pm, Embassy of Japan, 2nd floor Domain House, Suva (Free admission);
  • Strength training with Iliesa Irava and the Fiji Powerlifting Team, Friday, 29 September 2006, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Hyundai Fitness Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Mara Mira The Honeymoon Boat in the Sayawa Garden, a globe-trotting art project that evolves at each destination through collaborations with local artists, opening 6pm, Friday, 29 September 2006 to Wednesday, 11 October 2006, UN Garden, in front of the Suva Olympic Pool, Victoria Parade;
  • Musical Waves show by students of the Suva Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre, the Muanikoso Cultural Group and the Chinese Arts Group, Friday, 29 September 2006, 7.30pm to 10pm, Suva Civic Auditorium;
  • World Architecture Day, Architectural firms free consultations, Saturday, 30 September 2006, 9am to 12pm, (see detailed entry in this blog for details on venues);
  • Ladies Darts Singles tournament, Saturday, 30 September 2006, from 10.30am, China Club, Nasese, Suva;
  • International Women's Association Craft Bazaar, Monday, 2 October 2006, 9am to 12pm, Poolside, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, several locations in Suva (See detailed program in an entry dated 23 September 2006 and lunch hour program on 2 October 2006, on this blog);
  • World Architecture Day, Architectural presentation and discussion on "Urban Sustainability", Monday, 2 October 2006, from 5pm, Holiday Inn, Guest speaker : Hamish Boyd, Director of JASMAX, NZ architectural firm;
  • Seminar on "Underwater Robots : Exploring Hydrothermal vents near Fiji", Monday, 2 October 2006, 7.30pm, University of the South Pacific Upper Campus, Room S024, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Art exhibition : National Visions to feature works from French Polynesian artist Jaabi, newcomer Luc Izquierdo as well as Fijian artists, opening 7pm, Thursday, 5 October 2006, to Wednesday, 11 October 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Fiji Chess Federation 2006 Open Championships, Monday, 9 October 2006, Hoodless House, Suva;
  • Royal Suva Yacht Club (RSYC), Fiji Day Charity Boat Race, Saturday, 7 October 2006, start from Suva and end at Batiluva Resort, Yanuca Island;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Women in Sport Commission "Gender Equity Workshop", Friday, 13 October and Saturday, 14 October 2006, at the Fiji Association of Sports & National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) Office. (Invitation extended to all interested women in sport. Call FASANOC on telephone +679 3303525 or e-mail fasanoc@fasanoc.org.fj for more details);
  • Fiji Swimming Grand Prix, 28 October 2006, Suva;
  • Fiji Hindu Society Diwali Celebrations, Saturday, 14 October 2006, starting 6.30pm, Kshatriya Hall, Desvouex Road, Suva (Tickets are F$7.00 per person. Contact Salesh Kumar on telephone +679 3232879 for tickets);
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", deadline for entries, Wednesday, 15 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", display of the best photos from the contest, Friday, 24 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed).
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara and display of bird paintings by William Belcher, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Friday from 12.35pm to 1.35pm, Talanoa room, second floor of FAL building, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Kid’s Creative Dance Classes, Term 3 starts Friday, 15 September 2006, from 2:30pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade; Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

Musical Waves

Musical Waves, organised by the Suva Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre as an annual event, showcases the talents of the students of the centre and supporting artists from some of Fiji's ethnic communities. The Muanikoso Cultural Group will perform meke and island dances while the Chinese Arts Group will perform traditional Chinese dances. The show will also include classical and contemporary Indian vocal and instrumental performances as well as dances such as kathak and bharat natyam. The event will be held at the Suva Civic Auditorium on Friday, 29 September 2006, from 7.30pm to 10pm. Entry fees per person is F$5.00. For more information contact Saras or Dharmendra on telephones +679 3300050 or +679 9940883.

Another update on the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival

The 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival is a proud moment for Fiji especially during changing times, according to the Festival Director. More than 4,000 people are expected at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva, on Monday night, 2 October 2006 for the opening ceremony. The festival's public relations officer said that the evening opening ceremony would be a powerful dramatisation using lights. It would continue the theme of the journey featuring sails moving. While that is happening, different delegations would be disembarking from a Takia (Fijian canoe), coming ashore to the changing tunes of the 4 brass bands and a 500 member mass choir. More than 70 dances from the Cakaudrove Province and Kubuna Confederacy would grace the opening ceremony. Some features of the festival would include some of the unique cultural practices that provinces were known for. These would include the nose flute of Tailevu, salt making of Nadroga, the making of fish and eel traps from the people of Tailevu and Namosi. During the festival, no admission fees will be charged to any of the events scheduled.

Australian Schoolboys Rugby side wins game

The visiting Australian schoolboys rugby side won its game against the Fiji Secondary Schools President's XV Under 18 team, 15-6, at the Suva Grammar School grounds yesterday. The Australian side will play a test match against the Fiji Schoolboys team at Lautoka's Churchill Park at 3pm, Saturday, 30 September 2006.

Australian youth envoys arrive

13 Australian youth ambassadors who arrived in the country at the weekend were given a formal briefing on their roles yesterday at the Pacific Theological College in Suva. The Australian Government-funded ambassador program has been on-going since its inception in 1998. The youth group, the third batch of ambassadors to be sent this year, will be in Fiji for a year. A spokeswomen for AusAid-funded Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development said it was not only for capacity building but was an opportunity to learn through good cultural exchanges. Sarah Harvey, a communications specialist in the group, said, "For me, it's very much a study of the culture that you have here." Sarah will be attached to the Fiji Pharmaceutical Centre.

27 September, 2006

Royal Suva Yacht Club - Fiji Day Charity Boat Race 2006

The Royal Suva Yacht Club (RSYC), Walu Bay, Suva, will have its Fiji Day Charity Boat Race next week. The itinerary is as follows :
  • Race Destination - RSYC Start Line Suva and end at Batiluva Resort, Yanuca Island;
  • Race Briefing and Calcutta - Wednesday, 4 October 2006, 5.30pm. Package deals for meals on the island is F$30.00 per person;
  • Race Day - Saturday, 7 October 2006. Barbeque and band "Kulture" to entertain you;
  • RSYC Game Fishing Tournament - "lovo" and band "Kulture" to entertain you;
  • Return to Suva - Monday, 9 October 2006, Vessels leave after breakfast.

Entry forms and Calcutta tickets are available at the RSYC Administration Office. The office can be called on telephone +679 3312921 or e-mail rsyc@connect.com.fj. Note from GV : If you need accommodation for this, a two bedroom home is available for rent in Suva. Check out links at the right hand side of this blog for more details and photos of the home.

"Smiles of Fiji" Photo Contest

The Alliance Francaise is organising a Photo Contest with the theme, "Smiles of Fiji". The best photos are to be exhibited at the Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, on Friday, 24 November 2006 with the winning photos to be published in the Fiji Times on 26 November 2006. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, 15 November 2006. No entry fees required. Prizes are as follows :
  • 1st Prize - Amateur, F$500.00; Professional, F$500.00;
  • 2nd Prize - Amateur, F$300.00; Professional, F$300.00;
  • 3rd Prize - Amateur, F$200.00; Professional, F$200.00;
Contact the Alliance Francaise for entry details and information on telephone +679 3313802, fax +679 3313803 or e-mail allifra@connect.com.fj.

Prouds Duty Free Shop Sale

The Prouds Suva Central Store will have its "biggest sale ever" from 27 to 30 September 2006. Items on sale will include : Perfumes and Cosmetics; Swiss watches; Seiko, Pulsar & Lorus Watches; Jewellery; Sunglasses; Crystal; Limoges; Luggage; Hand bags; Wallets; Clothing; Toys; Confectionery; Electronics; Ties; Scarves and many more. Sale opening hours are as follows :
  • Wednesday, 27 September to Friday, 29 September 2006, 8.30am to 5pm;
  • Saturday, 30 September 2006; 8.30am to 4pm.

Prouds is one of the two major duty free shops in Fiji with the other being the Tappoos Store. These shops can be found at all major towns, hotels and at the airports. Please visit it to check out the bargains.

26 September, 2006

500 member choir practices for Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival

A 500 member choir has been having singing practice for the upcoming Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival which will be held in Suva, Fiji, from 2 to 11 October 2006. The choir has been practising under the Festival's artistic director, Laisiasa Veikoso. In addition, 5 bands have been working together with the choir. The choir and the bands will be performing at the opening ceremony for the festival which will be held on Tuesday, 3 October 2006, from 7pm, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. To view the program of activities, check our entry on this blog on 23 September 2006. For accommodation, check out the links at the right hand side of this blog for a two bedroom home with sea views. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet Access. To contact us directly, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephone +679 3396427.

International Women's Association Craft Bazaar

The International Women's Association will hold a Craft Bazaar on Monday, 2 October 2006, from 9am to 12pm, poolside at the Holiday Inn, Suva. On sale will be craft, chutneys, art, pottery, greeting cards, herbs, plants, pearl jewellery and more. There will also be an outdoor cafe.

Strength training with our Fiji powerlifting team

Go and try strength training with Iliesa Irava, our national powerlifting champion, and the Fiji powerlifting team on Friday, 29 September 2006, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, at the Hyundai Fitness Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva. Admission is free for the Fitness Centre's members and F$3.00 per person for non-members.

25 September, 2006

Regional Conference on Institutions, Globalisation and their Impacts on Labour Markets in Pacific Island Countries

The University of the South Pacific's Faculty of Business and Economics in collaboration with the European Union will host the Regional Conference on Institutions, Globalisation, and their Impacts on Labour Markets in Pacific Island Countries, from 17 to 19 October 2006, at the University's Laucala Campus, Suva. The conference will deal with labour market institutions and impact of global economic integration on the Pacific Island countries bringing into focus contemporary issues affecting the labour market in these countries with respect to changes in the global economic environment. The conference will include two sessions, plenary sessions where policy papers will be presented while more technical academic papers will be presented during paper sessions. Attendance at all plenary sessions is free. All are welcome to attend. Enquiries to Dr Mahendra Reddy, e-mail reddy_m@usp.ac.fj, telephone +679 3232089, or to Rajiv Naidu, e-mail naidu_r@usp.ac.fj, telephone +679 3232522.

Vanuatu and Solomon Islands to arrive this week for Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival

The Vanuatu and Solomon Islands delegations for the Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival are expected to arrive in Suva this week. The two countries had verbally confirmed arrival while Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia will arrive on 30 September 2006. The delegations will be billeted in primary schools around the capital, namely Stella Marist Primary School, Vatuwaqa Primary School, Veiuto Primary School, Marist Brothers Primary School and Marcelin Primary School. In the meantime, Fiji's display will include a fishing practice only observed by the people of Namosi, a province of Fiji, which sees to the remaking of ancient fish traps. Four teams are preparing the Fiji delegation for the festival.

Fiji Muslims start observe fasting period from today

The 60,000 Muslims in Fiji begin observing Ramadan, the month-long period of fasting, today. The Fiji Muslim League said Ramadan's significance derived primarily from the fact that it was the month when the Koran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed. Ramadan is rooted in Islamic history as the month for striving against one's self and conquering one's wisdom. The League said fasting taught individuals a sense of responsibility towards God and society. For more information, you can e-mail the Fiji Muslim League on fijimuslim@connect.com.fj.

Iguana to feature at Melanesian Festival

An iguana will be on display at the 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival to be held in Fiji from 2 to 11 October 2006. The Fijian crested iguana brought from Namosi is rare and is found only in the dry parts of the country. The National Trust of Fiji will display the iguana during the arts festival. It will be taken back to Namosi after the display. The National Trust said iguanas usually do not bite but asked people not to provoke it. Note from GV : Groups that need accommodation in Suva during the festival can use our two bedroom home with sea views. The home has a Personal Computer with Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. Our rate for a total of 4 guests (in the home) is F$140.00 for the period from 1 October to 14 October 2006. Returning guests can claim a loyalty discount. Check links at the right hand side of this blog for more details on what is provided in the home and to for some photos. Our contacts are gilbert@connect.com.fj or telephone +679 3396427.

Aussie schoolboys to play rugby match in Suva

A team of Australian schoolboys will play against the Fiji Schoolboys' Presidents XV in Suva on 27 September 2006. Later they will take on the Fiji Schoolboys' side on 30 September 2006 at Churchill Park, Lautoka. The Australian team arrives in Fiji today.

24 September, 2006

Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival to showcase art, craft

The 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival will be the culmination of months of preparation for the five Melanesian countries participating. The festival is being hosted by the Government of Fiji and will open on 3 October 2006. Participating countries will start arriving by 26 September 2006 with Vanuatu being the first to arrive. An organising committee statement said that Fiji's preparation rekindled a lot of communal joy in finding out their rich heritage with all the 14 provinces taking part. Each province has a meke group, featuring 70 performers and will also bring in their respective artisans in the areas of pottery making, weaving, carving and traditional medicine. The venue for the week-long festival includes the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva, for the opening and closing ceremonies; Ratu Sukuna Park for carving, weaving, lunch hour shows; FDB Foreshore in front of the Suva Civic Centre for five country bures from the five participating countries which will also be the retail outlet for fine art and craft; Holiday Inn for symposiums; Lower Civic Centre for visual art and craft exhibitions and the Fiji Museum grounds for the Valenikuro displays of traditional food preparations and sale. If you require accommodation in Suva during the time of the festival, our two bedroom home with seaviews is available at F$140.00 a night. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. Returning guests can claim a loyalty discount of 10%. The rate applies to a maximum number of 4 guests per booking. To see more details on the home, check out links at the right hand side of this blog, then e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call us on +679 3396427 to book.

Pacific Islanders tour itinerary

This is the Pacific Islanders Rugby Tour itinerary :
  • 1 November 2006, vs Harlequins;
  • 11 November 2006, vs Wales;
  • 18 November 2006, vs Scotland;
  • 26 November 2006, vs Ireland.

The Pacific Islanders outfit is made of up players from Fiji, Tonga and Samoa with the majority of the players selected from Fiji.

Suva loses Sanyo Cup semi-final match

Suva lost its Sanyo Cup semi-final match to Nadi 19-28 at the Post Fiji Stadium yesterday. Suva coach, Mosese Taga, said errors led to the team's downfall. In the other semi-final, Naitasiri lost its first match on the tournament to Nadroga 14-19. This means that there will be an all-Western final with both teams, Nadroga and Nadi from the Western part of Fiji. The final will be played next Saturday at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.

23 September, 2006

3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival Program, 2-11 October 2006

This is the program for the 3rd Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival which will be held in Suva from 2 to 11 October 2006.
  • 3 October 2006, Tuesday, 7pm, Opening Ceremony, Post Fiji Stadium;
  • Daily, 9am to 9pm, Carving, weaving, pottery demonstration & lunch hour entertainment, Sukuna Park;
  • Daily, 9am to 11pm, Festival Village - 5 MSG bures, selling exquisite art & craft, FDB Foreshore (in front of the Suva Civic Centre Auditorium);
  • Daily, 7pm to 9pm, Daily Evening Cultural Shows;
  • Daily, 9am to 9pm, Visual Art & Craft Exhibition, Lower Civic Auditorium;
  • Daily, 11am to 3pm, Valenikuro - Daily Food Sales (Traditional Cooking), Fiji Museum Grounds;
  • Daily, 9am to 5pm, Fiji and Regional Symposiums, Holiday Inn; and
  • 11 October 2006, Wednesday, 7pm to 9pm, Closing Ceremony.

Admission is free to any event.

If you require accommodation in Suva during the time of the festival, our two bedroom home with seaviews is available at F$140.00 a night. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. Returning guests can claim a loyalty discount of 10%. The rate applies to a maximum number of 4 guests per booking. To see more details on the home, check out links at the right hand side of this blog, then e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call us on +679 3396427 to book.

Women in Sport Workshop

The Women in Sport Commission will host the "Gender Equity Workshop" at Fiji Association of Sports & National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) on 13-14 October, 2006. Invitation is extended to all interested women in sport. Call FASANOC on telephone +679 3303525 or e-mail fasanoc@fasanoc.org.fj for more details. Note from GV : If you require accommodation to attend this workshop, you can stay at our two bedroom rental with seaviews. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet Access provided complimentary for guests' use. You can view photos and more details of the home through links at the right hand side of this blog. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

22 September, 2006

Annual Flower Show in Suva

The Suva Orchid & Horticulture Circle hosts its 54th Annual Flower Show with the theme for this year’s event being ‘Remembrance’. The Flower Show opens on Wednesday, 27 September 2006 from 12.30pm and runs until Saturday 30 September at the Suva Civic Centre Lower Auditorium. Entry fees are : F$1.50 for Adults, F$0.50 for students and children. For more details contact Kesa on +679 33070237 or e-mail flowersforlife@connect.com.fj. Note from GV : Those that require accommodation in Suva can book a two bedroom home with sea views. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. A promotion for couples and partners is being offered at a 10% discount on the rate per night. The promotion applies for period from 15 October to 30 November, 2006 and the applicable rate would, therefore, be F$126.00 per night and will include the following:
  • welcome bottle of champagne or wine;
  • bunch of native flowers for the lady; and
  • a local newspaper for the duration of stay.
Minimum stay is 3 nights. Book early. Returning guests can also claim a loyalty discount on top of the 10% offered on this promotion. Check out links at the right hand side of this blog for photos and other details on the rental home. Our contacts are gilbert@connect.com.fj or telephone +679 3396427.

Rucksack Club's Mount Korobaba Walk

The Rucksack Club, a Suva-based outdoors group, has organised the Mount Korobaba Walk for its members. Mount Korobaba , 422 meters above sea level, is a 10min drive out of Suva . The three-hour walk to the summit including rests along the way crosses a few streams and high-altitude shrubs can be found along the frequently trekked path. Moderate fitness level is required as the walk becomes steeper towards the summit. Bring a day pack with water, hat, good walking shoes or joggers and sunscreen, light lunch and some nibbles to consume along the trail. Walk starts from in front of the Fiji Industries Cement factory, Lami, from 8am on Sunday. Membership of the Club is F$15.00 for families and couples, and F$10.00 for individuals. For more information contact David on +679 9997760 or e-mail dmcfiji@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 22.9.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Pacific Community for Pastoral Care and Counselling (PCPCC) Counselling Courses, Saturdays from 16 September to 21 October 2006, Suva (Fee is F$35.00);
  • Fiji Sports for the Disabled, Rugby match between visiting South Auckland Kiwi side against the Fiji Deaf XV, Friday, 22 September 2006, 3.30pm, Marist Brothers High School grounds, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • Saint Joseph's Secondary School, Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Friday, 22 September, to Sunday, 24 September 2006, St Joseph's Secondary School and various other locations, Suva, (see program in another post on this blog);
  • JAD International sponsored Darts Singles tournament, Saturday, 23 September 2006, from 10.30am, China Club, Nasese, Suva;
  • Velocity Cycling 40km Road Race (seven circuits), Sunday, 24 September 2006, Pacific Harbour Cycling course, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Rucksack Club Mount Korobaba Walk, Sunday, 24 September 2006, from 8am, walk starts from in front of the Fiji Industries Cement factory, Lami;
  • Prouds Suva Central Store "Biggest Sale Ever" from Wednesday, 27 September to Friday, 29 September 2006, 8.30am to 5pm, and Saturday, 30 September 2006, 8.30am to 4pm; Suva Central Building;
  • Annual Flower Show, Wednesday, 27 September from 12.30pm, Suva Civic Centre Lower Auditorium. The Show runs until Saturday, 30 September 2006. (Entry: $1.50 Adults, 50c students and children. For more details contact Kesa on 33070237 or flowersforlife@connect.com.fj);
  • Australian Schoolboys vs Fiji Schoolboys Presidents XV, Wednesday, 27 September 2006, Suva;
  • Movie screening of "Moving (PG)", Thursday, 28 September 2006, from 5.30pm, Embassy of Japan, 2nd floor Domain House, Suva (Free admission);
  • Strength training with Iliesa Irava and the Fiji Powerlifting Team, Friday, 29 September 2006, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Hyundai Fitness Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Musical Waves show by students of the Suva Multi-Ethnic Cultural Centre, the Muanikoso Cultural Group and the Chinese Arts Group, Friday, 29 September 2006, 7.30pm to 10pm, Suva Civic Auditorium;
  • Ladies Darts Singles tournament, Saturday, 30 September 2006, from 10.30am, China Club, Nasese, Suva;
  • International Women's Association Craft Bazaar, Monday, 2 October 2006, 9am to 12pm, Poolside, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, several locations in Suva (See detailed program in an entry dated 23 September 2006 on this blog);
  • Royal Suva Yacht Club (RSYC), Fiji Day Charity Boat Race, Saturday, 7 October 2006, start from Suva and end at Batiluva Resort, Yanuca Island;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Women in Sport Commission "Gender Equity Workshop", Friday, 13 October and Saturday, 14 October 2006, at the Fiji Association of Sports & National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) Office. (Invitation extended to all interested women in sport. Call FASANOC on telephone +679 3303525 or e-mail fasanoc@fasanoc.org.fj for more details);
  • Fiji Swimming Grand Prix, 28 October 2006, Suva;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", deadline for entries, Wednesday, 15 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Alliance Francaise organised photo contest with theme, "Smiles of Fiji", display of the best photos from the contest, Friday, 24 November 2006, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed).
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara and display of bird paintings by William Belcher, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street; Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Friday from 12.35pm to 1.35pm, Talanoa room, second floor of FAL building, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Kid’s Creative Dance Classes, Term 3 starts Friday, 15 September 2006, from 2:30pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

Exodus fails to deter Serevi

Fiji 7s Rugby coach, Waisale Serevi, says despite some of his national squad members signing overseas contracts, they were still part of his plans for the new season. His comments come after Sakiusa Masi Matadigo signed a contract in France and reports that Suva Grammar School Under-19 wing, Saimoni Vaka, could be jetting off to France to join Agen. The two were named in the 40-member Fiji squad, which will go into camp on 1 October 2006 to start preparing for the 2006/2007 IRB Series. The 7s maestro said there could be a call up for other players to fill the gap being created by the departure of players. A 15-member squad will be named next month after the Taiwan Double 10 Sevens to start preparing for the series. A timetable for the IRB 7s series is as follows :
  • Dubai, 1-2 December 2006;
  • George, South Africa, 8-9 December 2006;
  • Wellington, 2-3 February 2007;
  • San Diego (USA), 10-11 February 2007;
  • Hong Kong, 30-31 March and 1 April, 2007;
  • Adelaide, Australia, 7-8 April 2007;
  • London, 26-27 May 2007;

Fiji won the IRB series last year.

Note from GV : Those planning a visit to Suva can book a two bedroom home with sea views through links at the right hand side of this blog. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. For further queries, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

21 September, 2006

Fiji National Ladies Darts Singles

The JAD International sponsored singles tournament will be held this Saturday, 23 September 2006, at the China Club and the ladies singles on 30 September 2006. Reporting time is 10.30am and games to start at 1pm. Registration closes on 21 September with entry fee of F$5.00 per player. For more details, contact Mahen Singh on telephone +679 3304516.

Velocity Cycling and 40km Road Race at Pacific Harbour

Velocity ROC Group Cycle - get your bike and join the ride at 7am this Saturday. Meet at ROC1 an cycle around Nasese, Muanikau and along the seawall. Rider timer 45 mins to 1 hour. Helmets are compulsory. The Velocity Cycling 40km Road Race (seven circuits) will be held on Sunday, 24 September 2006 at the Pacific Harbour Cycling course. Call Dom on telephone +679 9922123, John on +679 3372419 to book transport.

Simon Raiwalui to captain Pacific Islanders rugby team

National rugby team lockforward, Simon Raiwalui, was named captain of the Pacific Islanders rugby team that will tour Europe next month. He was among 10 Fijians named in a strong 28-member squad by head coach, Pat Lam, yesterday. Speaking from his home in England, Raiwalui said to be named captain came as a surprise but he was honoured. The team members are :
  • Deacon Manu (Fiji);
  • Taufa'ao Felise (Tonga);
  • Tevita Taumoepeau (Tonga);
  • Census Johnson (Samoa);
  • Aleki Lutui (Tonga);
  • Mahonri Schwagler (Samoa);
  • Simon Raiwalui, Captain (Fiji);
  • Daniel Leo (Samoa);
  • Ma'ama Molitika (Tonga);
  • Isoa Domolailai (Fiji);
  • Epi Taione (Tonga);
  • Pila Vaki (Tonga);
  • Semo Setiti (Samoa);
  • Henry Tuilagi (Samoa);
  • Aca Ratuva (Fiji);
  • Nili Latu (Tonga);
  • Mosese Rauluni (Fiji);
  • Junior Polu (Samoa);
  • Seremaia Bai (Fiji);
  • Tasesa Lavea (Samoa);
  • Seilala Mapusua (Samoa);
  • Kameli Ratuvou (Fiji);
  • Sailosi Tagicakibau (Samoa);
  • Lome Fa'atau (Samoa);
  • Rupeni Caucau (Fiji);
  • Alesana Tuilagi (Samoa);
  • Normal Ligairi (Fiji);
  • Loki Crichton (Samoa).

The team will meet for two weeks to practice their moves and game plan together before the tour.

Training Seminar for Professional Golfers

The Professional Golfers Teaching Association of Fiji will be conducting a seminar for professional golfers at the Southern Cross Hotel, Suva, on 25 and 26 September 2006 and at the Pearl South Pacific on 27 September 2006. For more information contact Jim Luita on telephone +679 9330721 or Apenisa Seduadua on telephone +679 9331525. Professional golfers who come into Suva for golfing meets can book a two bedroom home though this link, http://suvarentalhome.rents4golfers.com or by contacting us directly on e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or telephone +679 3396427.

Flood-prone areas put on alert

Warnings of flooding were issued yesterday for the low-lying areas particularly about the southern and eastern parts of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The warning was issued after an active trough of low pressure with associated cloud and rain drifted east across the Fiji Islands. The forecast for midnight tonight for the whole of the Fiji group would be rain and it is expected to be heavy at times. Today, however, has been a fine sunny day in Suva for the most part of the day.

20 September, 2006

Josephine Yee Joy credits St Joseph's School

Attending St Joseph's Secondary School was a truly enriching experience for a young Chinese girl because a lot of the knowledge acquired as a student helped to be the successful executive she is today. Josephine Yee Joy is the Executive General Manager Corporate Support at the country's national airline, Air Pacific, but it was back in 1966 that she entered St Joseph's Secondary School at Waimanu Road, Suva, as a third form student. She spent three years there for forms three to five and left in 1968 to complete her high school education and tertiary studies in the United States of America. As Ms Yee Joy says her high school days were one of the best times in her life because she was able to make a lot of friends. She said she was forever grateful for the education she received and other things she learnt from the nuns at the school, who had a lot of influence on her personal and career life. "I am truly grateful for the education I received, the attributes I acquired and learnt which have had a significant impact on my corporate life and achievements", said Ms Yee Joy. "I have had the benefit of being doubly influenced in my life by the sisters of St Joseph's de Cluny, with the privilege of attending both St Joseph's Primary School and St Joseph's Secondary School. At the time, the primary school was where the Reserve Bank stands today". Ms Yee Joy said she was very proud of being a scholar at St Joseph's because it was quite a prestigious school that was known for academic achievements. That fact in itself was enough to push students in attaining better educational results as all wanted to maintain the reputation of the school. Apart from the great friendships she made, a drawcard for her was the uniform, which came complete with a beret and a necktie. "I think I can tie a necktie better than some men and have had to assist some men in straightening theirs", Ms Yee Joy said. "I pay tribute to the Sisters especially and the teachers who taught me and who have contributed to my success". Ms Yee Joy and her three sisters all attended the high school. She said they were all looking forward to attending the School's Golden Jubilee which runs this week from Friday, 22, to Sunday, 24 September. To read more of Ms Yee Joy's story, check the Fiji Times today on www.fijitimes.com.fj.

Sanyo Cup Rugby Semi-finals this weekend

Suva takes on Nadi at the Post Fiji Stadium in a rugby semi-final match for the Sanyo Cup. Suva players have been keeping up with their training and polishing their moves for the match. Some reknown Suva players who will be playing include Waisale Serevi, Saiyasi Fuli, Samuela Kunanitu, Daniele Tabuakuru and Sunia Koto. Suva is coached by former Fiji rugby representative, Mosese Taga. The match begins at 3.30 pm on Saturday, 23 September 2006. The other semi-final match will be played between Nadroga and Naitasiri at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori. Preparations for that match have been well underway with both teams. Note from GV : For those that will be coming to Suva for Christmas or New Year, a two bedroom home can be booked at a 10% discount on the rate per night. The home enjoys seaviews and has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet Access provided complimentary for guests' use. Check out links at the right hand side of this blog. You can also e-mail us on gilbert@connect.com.fj or call us on +679 3396427 for further information.

19 September, 2006

Rugby match for Disabled

There will be a rugby match between the visiting South Auckland Kiwi side against the Fiji Deaf XV at the Marist Brothers High School ground at 3.30pm, Friday, 22 September 2006. All are invited to show their support and cheer on the two teams.

Next Fiji swimming grand prix in Suva

The momentum in Fiji Swimming continues to build with the start of the 2006 Twisties Grand Prix series at Nadi last Saturday. Swimmers performed well in the short course pool posting personal bests and eclipsing old records. All seven clubs, including the newly formed RFMF Seals from Suva were well represented. The highlight of the meet was the male and female Invitational Skins, which was contested by the top six males and females at the meet. This racing format involves completing 6 x 50m freestyle sprints in a knockout until only one swimmer remains. The difficulty is that these sprints are spaced only 90 seconds apart. Winners on the day were Calum Liew in the males category and Caroline Puamau in the females category. The next grand prix will be held in Suva on 28 October and will be hosted by the Tritons Swimming Club and the RFMF Seals Swimming Club.

18 September, 2006

Melanesian Arts & Cultural Festival is two weeks away

The 3rd Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival is two weeks away and runs in Suva, Fiji, from 2 to 11 October 2006. The Festival will serve a fusion of traditional and contemporary art and cultural display and exhibition and provides an opportunity for visitors to sample something that is offered by the Melanesian countries in the Pacific. Countries that belong to the Melanesian group include Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji. Suva will be host to a number of contingents from the various countries that will perform or display their art at the festival. The following link shows a story on the festival that appears in the Islands Business magazine, http://www.islandsbusiness.com/islands_business/index_dynamic/containerNameToReplace=MiddleMiddle/focusModuleID=15897/overideSkinName=issueArticle-full.tpl. This other link shows a story of the festival which was held in 2002, http://www.pacificmagazine.net/issue/2002/11/01/melanesian-arts-festival. The festival also offers an opportunity for visitors to buy traditional and contemporary art at affordable prices from the various participating countries. If you require accommodation in Suva during the time of the festival, our two bedroom home with seaviews is available at F$140.00 a night. The home has a Personal Computer and Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. Returning guests can claim a loyalty discount of 10%. To see more details on the home, check out links at the right hand side of this blog, e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call us on +679 3396427.

16 September, 2006

St Joseph's Secondary School Golden Jubilee Program - 22 to 24 September 2006

St Joseph's Secondary School will have a Golden Jubilee celebration from 22 to 24 September 2006 in Suva. The program of events is provided below :
  • Thursday, 21 September 2006, 5 to 9pm, Registration (F$10.00) and Cocktail, Hall;
  • Friday, 22 September 2006, 9.30am, Thanksgiving Mass, Cutting of the Jubilee Cake, Jubilee Meke;
  • Friday, 22 September 2006, 2 to 3.30pm, Personal Tributes by Alumnae & Entertainment;
  • Friday, 22 September 2006, 4pm, March Past on Waimanu Road led by the Police Band, Gift Presentations by each year;
  • Friday, 22 September 2006, 7pm, Walk Down Memory Lane, Alumnae Performances - Island dress & Indian cuisine;
  • Saturday, 23 September 2006, 9.30am to 3pm, Opening of the Family Day followed by tabloid sports and Alumnae Women in Business stalls;
  • Saturday, 23 September 2006, 7pm to 1am, Jubilee Ball at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre;
  • Sunday, 24 September 2006, 11.30am to 6pm, Alumnae Only - in the Hall;
  • Sunday, 24 September 2006, 1pm, Lunch;
  • Sunday, 24 September 2006, 3pm, Rosary and Where to from here;
  • Sunday, 24 September 2006, 5pm, Farewell Mass.

For more information, view the website http://www3.telus.net/sjss-fj, e-mail fong_e@usp.ac.fj or telephone the school on +679 3301537.

Chess Competition

The Carlton Brewery Open Chess tournament will be held on Sunday, 17 September 2006. Prizes include categories for the best amateur, beginner, female, male, primary and secondary schools participants. The tournament begins at 8am. For more details, contact Dr De Asa on telephone +679 3314450 or Jashint Maharaj on telephone +679 3380119. Note from GV : Check out our other blog, http://investinfiji.blogspot.com/ for information on investing in Fiji.

Cartoons mark opening of Library Week

Children will feature in a character parade at a march today from the Suva Flea Market to Sukuna Park to mark to opening of the National Library Week. Activities organised during the week would be held at the Lower Suva Civic Auditorium. A children's festival will be held on Wednesday with a library expo to held at the civic auditorium.

Pacific rich in talent

There is no legitimate reason for the Pacific region to accept second-best status because it is rich in talent and resources. The comment was made by the Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific while opening a colourful USP Open Day at the Laucala Campus in Suva yesterday. The theme for the Open Day was Your Future, Our Future - Dare to Lead. The VC said the diversity of its students was an important factor that allowed them to be richly equipped for the challenges of the future. "For our students, this unique USP experience confers life long benefits. Not only does an education in this environment of diverse nationalities, religions, cultures, ethnic groups and languages enhance the educational experience and attitudes of tolerance and understanding, but lifelong networks across the region are born and nutured. This can only be good for regional cooperation and development", the VC said.

15 September, 2006

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 15.9.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • University of the South Pacific Open Day, Friday, 15 September 2006, University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Kid’s Creative Dance Classes, Term 3 starts Friday, 15 September 2006, from 2:30pm, Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Road;
  • Golden Gloves Boxing Competition, 15 to 17 September 2006, from 5.45pm each day, Lower Civic Auditorium, Suva (Call Paula Raqeukai on +679 3321946 for details);
  • 11-a-side Eastgate Memorial Hockey Tournament (part of the Fiji Hockey National Club Championship Series), Friday, 15 September 2006, from 6pm, National Hockey Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Kidney Foundation Walkathon, Saturday, 16 September 2006, 6:30am, to start from Muanikau Police Post and finish at the Suva Bowling Club, (Entry fee of F$10.00 includes breakfast at the Bowling Club and the person who raises the most money wins one night accommodation for two including breakfast at the Suva Holiday Inn. Contact Talei Burness on telephone +679 3318361 or +679 9326374 or e-mail kidney@connect.com.fj);
  • Clean Up Fiji, Saturday, 16 September 2006, 8am to 11am, You choose your site and let the organisers know (To register your participation, send a mail to : cleanupfiji@connect.com.fj);
  • National Library Week, Saturday, 16 September, to Saturday, 23 September 2006, to be held at the Suva Civic Centre and Sukuna Park, Suva (Weeklong event focuses on books and reading with a host of activities for children. For more details call Jovelisi at the Suva City Library on +679 3313433 ext 242);
  • Stri Sewa Sabha fundraising dinner, Saturday, 16 September 2006, from 6:30pm, India House, 72, Princes Road, Tamavua. (The Stri Sewa Sabha, a leading wmen’s service organization in Suva has organized a fund-raising dinner and auction event. Tickets priced at $50 per person are available from Ms Parul Deoki, President of the Sabha, telephone +679 3301927);
  • Pacific Community for Pastoral Care and Counselling (PCPCC) Counselling Courses, Saturdays from 16 September to 21 October 2006, Suva (Fee is F$35.00);
  • Suva Triathlon Meet, Sunday, 17 September 2006, National Aquatic Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva (Call Ian on +679 9995625 or Clive on +679 9924868 for details);
  • Fiji Red Cross Society First Aid @ Sea Course, 18 to 21 September 2006, Fiji Red Cross National Office, 22 Gorrie Street, Suva (Call Sally on +679 3314133);
  • Fiji Sports for the Disabled, Rugby match between visiting South Auckland Kiwi side against the Fiji Deaf XV, Friday, 22 September 2006, 3.30pm, Marist Brothers High School grounds, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • Saint Joseph's Secondary School, Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Friday, 22 September, to Sunday, 24 September 2006, St Joseph's Secondary School and various other locations, Suva, (see program in another post on this blog);
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Fiji Swimming Grand Prix, 28 October 2006, Suva;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed).
Recurring Events:
  • Masi Gallery – Contemporary masi costumes, including the wedding costume of Adi Litia Dugdale Mara, the daughter of Ratu Mara and display of bird paintings by William Belcher, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Friday from 12.35pm to 1.35pm, Talanoa room, second floor of FAL building, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

Saint Joseph's Secondary School to hold golden jubilee next week

Saint Joseph's Secondary School, an all-girls' school run by the Catholic Church of Fiji, will be celebrating its golden jubilee next week. The school is going all out to celebrate with two committees - one for current students and the other for ex-scholars in charge of planning the event. Most former students of the school have gone on to make a name for themselves in contributing to society. One of them is Sister Genevieve Loo, the school's current principal. Celebrations will start next Thursday, 21 September 2006.

Hockey Tournament in Suva today

The Traps Marist 11-a-side Eastgate Memorial Hockey Tournament starts in Suva today. Twelve men's teams and eight women's teams are participating in a competition which is part of the Fiji Hockey National Club Championship Series. The matches are being played at the National Hockey Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva. One of the visiting teams is Kiwi Rage from Auckland, NZ, which features Dennis Fraser who recently took part for NZ Masters against Australia in the Trans-Tasman Series.

14 September, 2006

Indian film stars in Suva for performance

Former Miss World, Priyanka Chopra, and Indian Bollywood actor, Dino Morea, are part of a 30-member troupe that will be performing in Suva over the next few days. Both have vouched for Fiji and said they would like to choose Fiji as a future shooting location. They say it is likely that Fiji maybe chosen as a location for future films depending on how film producers were convinced. Priyanka has worked in movies such as Aap Ki Khatir, Krrish and Aitraaz while Dino has worked on Tom Dick and Harry and Ishq Hai Tumse. From Suva, the troupe will be going to Lautoka for another performance and then leave for Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.

Friends of the Fiji Museum September Event

Dine at The Vineyard Restaurant and listen to a talk by Dr Patrick Nunn, Professor of Oceanic Geoscience, University of the South Pacific. Topic : "The Earliest People in Fiji : Certainty, Conjecture, Controversy". When : Thursday, 28 September 2006. Time : 6pm to 10pm (talk from 6.30pm to 7.15pm). Where : The Vineyard. Tickets : F$20.00 per person. Contact Prakashni and Savita for tickets on telephone numbers +679 3315944 or +679 3315043 or e-mail fijimuseum@unwired.com.fj or friends_fiji-museum@hotmail.com. Note from GV : For those that need accommodation in Suva, a two bedroom home can be checked out and booked through links at the right hand side of this blog. Our contacts are gilbert@connect.com.fj or telephone +679 3396427.

Velocity Cycle Rides this weekend

The Velocity Cycle Ride will be held this Saturday. An invitation is extended to bikers to participate in the ride which starts at 7am on Saturday, 16 September 2006. Helmets are compulsory. Participants are to meet at The ROC1 at 7am and will cycle around Nasese, Muanikau and along the seawall. Another ride will be held on Sunday, 17 September 2006, in conjuction with the Tabu Soro Triathlon at the National Aquatic Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva. Registration for this is F$5.00 and the race starts at 7am as well. For more details, contact Dom on telephone +679 9922123.

13 September, 2006

Tongans in Fiji mourn their late King

Tongans in Fiji have begun mourning their late King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV who died after an illness in Auckland, NZ, last week. More than 100 Tongan students at the University of the South Pacific and those working in Suva converged at the Oceania Centre for Arts, University of the South Pacific, to commemorate their late King. Women and men dressed in black with mats wrapped around their waists, looked solemn while attending the service. An additional flight has been planned by Air Pacific to fly Tongans to Tonga to be part of the official mourning that takes place at Nuku'alofa to be followed by the funeral next Tuesday. The Tongan Royal Family has close family relations with some of the Fijian chiefly families. Representatives of these families have said that they will be going to Tonga to be part of the funeral gathering and to pay their respects to the late King.

12 September, 2006

Promotion for Couples

We are offering a special for couples (young and old) who wish to have a getaway and spend time on their own in the confines of a private rental home. A 10% discount on the rate per night applies for period from 15 October to 30 November, 2006. The applicable rate would, therefore, be F$126.00 per night and will include the following:
  • welcome bottle of champagne or wine;
  • bunch of native flowers for the lady; and
  • a local newspaper for the duration of stay.
The home comes with a Personal Computer and High Speed Internet Access provided complimentary for guests' use. Minimum stay is 3 nights. Book early. Returning guests can also claim a loyalty discount on top of the 10% offered on this promotion. Check out links at the right hand side of this blog for photos and other details on the rental home. Our contacts are gilbert@connect.com.fj or telephone +679 3396427.

University Open Day this Friday

The University of the South Pacific Open Day is scheduled for this Friday, 15 September 2006, at the University's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva. The Open Day provides an opportunity for all the schools and faculties to display and offer an awareness of its programs and opportunities. It also is an event where all Pacific Island countries provide a display of their art and handicraft and their cultural and native dances. Visit the University this Friday to watch some of these traditional art and dance displays.

Fiji amateur boxers for New Caledonia

Five Fiji amateur boxers will be chosen to represent the country in New Caledonia, after the Golden Gloves Championships, which starts in Suva tomorrow. The trip comes about after an invitation by New Caledonia. The New Caledonia trip is also a build-up for Fiji boxers as they prepare for the 2007 South Pacific Games to be held at Apia, Samoa. The Golden Gloves Championships will feature the best of Fiji's amateur boxers who are attempting to get a spot in next year's South Pacific Games team. See the list of Upcoming Events in Suva in this blog for details on time and venue of the Golden Gloves Championships.

11 September, 2006

Triathlon Competition

The Suva Triathlon competition will be held at the National Aquatic Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva, on Sunday, 17 September. This follows the first Velocity Cycling Club Spring Cycling Series which was held in Suva yesterday when cyclists had a Mountain range race through the Colo-i-Suva hills. The next Velocity Club race will be a 40 km Criterium to be held at Pacific Harbour on 24 September, 2006. Note from GV : Those that require accommodation in Suva can check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog. You can call us on +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj for further queries or to make a reservation.

New date for Suva on Sale

The Suva on Sale has been shifted to April 2007 by the Suva Retailers Association because of a full calendar year. The Association said that it was only fair to shift Suva on Sale to next year instead of later this year with the capital already geared for the busy festive season's sales. Some of these festive occasions coming up include: Eid, Diwali, Navratri and Christmas.

09 September, 2006

Wider roads planned for Suva

A 5-year road upgrading project along the Suva-Nausori corridor is expected to clear traffic jams on the route. The works include main roads from Wainibuku to Suva being widened from the existing two lanes to four lanes. Work on widening the Laqere Bridge is to start soon as well as widening the road from Laqere to Makoi to make it four lanes. The road upgrading works would start from Nausori and head towards Suva and are geared towards improving sections of the road that cause traffic congestion. Upgrading works has already started along Rifle Range in Suva with roads being widened to cater for four lanes of traffic. Note from GV : Check out links at the right hand side of this blog for photos and details on our two bedroom rental home in Suva which is made available for short term visitors. The home has a Personal Computer and High Speed Internet provided complimentary for guests' use. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call +679 3396427.

Swimming lessons

Learn to Swim is back for summer. For toddlers, pre-schoolers, school aged and adult groups. Call The National Aquatic Centre on +679 3312177 extension 154 for more information. The National Aquatic Centre has an Olympic size pool that was used for the 2003 South Pacific Games hosted in Suva. It is part of the National Sporting Complex located at Laucala Bay, Suva.

08 September, 2006

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 8.9.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Fiji Arts Council's 28th National Art Exhibition & Awards, 5 to 9 September 2006, 9am to 4pm from 5 t0 8 September and 9am to 2pm on 9 September, Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery, FIT School of Art, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai;
  • Sanyo Cup and Farebrother Trophy Rugby Challenges, Saturday, 9 September 2006, 1.30pm - Suva vs Northland, 3pm - Naitasiri vs Tailevu, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay (The Naitasiri-Tailevu challenge doubles at the first Farebrother Trophy Challenge against current winners, Naitasiri);
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 September 2006, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Fiji Red Cross Society First Aid and CPR Course, 11 and 12 September 2006, Fiji Red Cross National Office, 22 Gorrie Street, Suva (Call Sally on +679 3314133);
  • Film screening: ‘Deepa Mehta's Water’, Tuesday, 13 September 2006, from 7.30pm, IMDVD, Sports City Mall, Laucala Bay;
  • University of the South Pacific Open Day, Friday, 15 September 2006, University of the South Pacific's Laucala Campus, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Golden Gloves Boxing Competition, 15 to 17 September 2006, from 5.45pm each day, Lower Civic Auditorium, Suva (Call Paula Raqeukai on +679 3321946 for details);
  • Clean Up Fiji, Saturday, 16 September 2006, 8am to 11am, You choose your site and let the organisers know (To register your participation, send a mail to : cleanupfiji@connect.com.fj);
  • Stri Sewa Sabha fundraising dinner, Saturday, 16 September 2006, from 6:30pm, India House, 72, Princes Road, Tamavua. (The Stri Sewa Sabha, a leading wmen’s service organization in Suva has organized a fund-raising dinner and auction event. Tickets priced at $50 per person are available from Ms Parul Deoki, President of the Sabha, telephone +679 3301927);
  • Pacific Community for Pastoral Care and Counselling (PCPCC) Counselling Courses, Saturdays from 16 September to 21 October 2006, Suva (Fee is F$35.00);
  • Suva Triathlon Meet, Sunday, 17 September 2006, National Aquatic Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva (Call Ian on +679 9995625 or Clive on +679 9924868 for details);
  • Fiji Red Cross Society First Aid @ Sea Course, 18 to 21 September 2006, Fiji Red Cross National Office, 22 Gorrie Street, Suva (Call Sally on +679 3314133);
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed).
Recurring Events:
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade; Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.

07 September, 2006

Cup defence in Suva this Saturday

Fans will get to see the top two teams in action at the Post Fiji Stadium in a showdown this Saturday. Suva faces Northland in a Sanyo Cup fixture followed by the game between Cup points leaders, Naitasiri, and Tailevu. Unbeaten Naitasiri will make its first defence of the prestigious Farebrother Trophy and the game doubles up as their Sanyo Cup fixture. Suva takes on Northland at 1.30pm followed by the Naitasiri-Tailevu match at 3pm. The admission will be F$10.00 for a grandstand seat and F$7.00 for the embankment. Children under 12 pay F$2.00.

Clean up campaign starts today

A campaign to clean up Fiji begins today and about 10,000 people have indicated their support for the exercise. This year's campaign will go a step further than previous years with organisers successfully gathering the support of the Fiji Navy to clean some parts of the Suva harbour. The navy will be involved in picking up the accumulated debris all along the harbour waterway. The armed services and the police force will also form a vital part of the collection teams. The organisers said that they already have 10,000 people lined up before official marketing of the exercise. Over 10,000 sacks have been provided by Flour Mills of Fiji for the event and about 20,000 pairs of gloves have been supplied by RC Manubhai, the hardware merchants. Over 100 schools are expected to take part in the annual event which last year saw the participation of 500 teams of people from all walks of life. The event first took place in 1996 and involved about 6,000 people. Last year, over 30,000 people took part. Those who require more information about the event can log onto cleanupfiji@connect.com.fj or call +679 3315555. Note from GV : For those visiting Suva for business or a holiday, a two bedroom rental home with seaviews can be viewed and booked through links at the right-hand side of this blog. The home has a Personal Computer and High Speed Internet Access provided complimentary for guests' use.

06 September, 2006

Artist wins award

Ledua Peni won two awards at the Foster's National Art Exhibition at the Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery on Tuesday night. Peni's masterpiece, Everything in Pairs, won him the National Fine Art Award while his Motherly Love artwork won him the Highly Commended award. The young artist described the win as a great achievement and was looking forward to continuing to amaze art lovers with his work. Other awards given out included : The Emerging Artist award to Sofaia Tagilala; The Sculpture and Three-Dimensional Award to Ben Fong; The Okanui Cultural Art Award to Irami Buli and the Fosters Group Calendar Award to Fred Whippy. The exhibition is open all week this week from 9am to 6pm at the Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery, School of Art, Culture and Design, Fiji Institute of Technology, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva. Note from GV : The Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture will be held in Suva from 2 to 11 October 2006. For accommodation, a two bedroom home with seaviews is available and can be viewed and booked through links at the right hand side of this blog. The home has a Personal Computer provided for guests' use together with High Speed Internet access.

05 September, 2006

Foster's National Art Exhibition

The Fiji Arts Council organised Forster's National Art Exhibition will be held from today, 5 September 2006, until 9 September 2006 at the Ratu Iloilovatu Art Gallery, School of Art, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva. The exhibitions runs from 9am to 6pm on those days. For more information, contact telephones +679 3311754 or +679 3311962.

Comedians wow Suva audience

Fans yesterday swarmed New Zealand-based comedians, The Laughing Samoans, for autographs before their final show in the capital. The popular Pacific stand-up comedians, Tofinga Fepuleai and Eteuati Ete said the response from locals was overwhelming and they were genuinely impressed by the support they received. They promised to add some Fiji flavour to their final show. The comedians said, "Suva and Fiji is one of our favourite places to visit". They earlier performed at Lautoka and Nadi before coming to Suva.

04 September, 2006

Upcoming Events in Suva (Updated 4.9.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Fiji Golf Open tournament, 31 August to 3 September 2006, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Fiji Secondary Schools - Original Song Competition, organised by the Fiji Performing Rights Association in association with the Ministry of Education, Friday, 1 September 2006, Tattersall's Leisure Centre (formerly the National Gymnasium), Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Indian Magic Show, 3 September 2006, Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • The Laughing Samoans (Old School) Performance, 4 September 2006, 8pm, FMF Dome, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Council's 28th National Art Exhibition & Awards, 5 to 9 September 2006, 9am to 4pm from 5 t0 8 September and 9am to 2pm on 9 September, Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery, FIT School of Art, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai;
  • Air Pacific/ATS Fiji Seniors Golf Tournament, 11 Sep, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Melanesian (Countries) Festival of Arts, 2 to 11 October, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Ladies Open, 11 October, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Bulafiji.com Under 18 Rugby League Competition, 1 to 30 November, Suva;
  • Fiji International Volleyball Tournament, 27 November to 2 December, Suva;
  • World Netball Championships, 10 to 21 July 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobbie 16 World Championship, 10 to 20 October 2007, Suva & Pacific Harbour (venue to be confirmed).
Recurring Events:
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Latin Fitness Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Tuesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Pottery demonstrations, every Tuesday and Thursday, and daily every first week of the month, Fiji Museum;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Club Dance Class, 6pm to 7pm, every Wednesdays, The Playhouse, Selbourne Street;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Jason's Steakhouse & Bar, Salad evening with entertainment from a band providing local and contemporary music, Wednesday evenings, 16 Bau Street, Flagstaff;
  • French Conversation Group to practice your French, every Thursday, 1pm to 2pm, Language Lab, Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay (admission required - contact rankin_s@usp.ac.fj);
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycles Ride, starts 6am, every Sunday, leaves from Waitui Cycles, Garden City;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above.