30 October, 2007

2008 Marist Sevens Tournament

The 2008 Marist Sevens Rugby Tournament will be held on 7 and 8 March 2008 at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. About 84 teams will take part. For accommodation in Suva during the tournament, pls check out our two bedroom rental home with seaviews on the appropriate links at the right hand side of this blog. Our rate options are provided at the top of this blog. To contact us, you can e-mail promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj or gilbertv2@connect.com.fj.

Fiji Boxing National Championship

The Fiji Boxing National Championship and final trial for the 2008 Oceania Olympic qualifying rounds will be held on 6 and 7 December 2007 at the Lower Auditorium, Suva Civic Centre. For more information, pls call the National Secretary, Paula Raqeukai, on telephone (679) 3321946 or (679) 9206310.

St Johns First Aid Course

The St John Associaton Basic First Aid Course will be held on today, Tuesday, 30 October, and Wednesday, 31 October 2007. For more information, pls call the Association on telephone (679) 3302584.

25 October, 2007

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Mondays and Thursdays at 5.30pm at Mitchell Clinic, 83 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva. For information, pls call telephones (679) 3319059 or (679) 9267399.

Business Writing Course

Dr Caroline Cottom, a published author, editor and university writing instructor is holding a Business Writing Course on Tuesday 13 November 2007, from 8.30am to 4.30pm at the Five Princes Hotel, 5 Princes Street, Samabula, Suva. Useful for learning to write business letters and proposals delivered through an interactive workshop. Fee is F$85.00 if paid by 1 November or F$100.00 if paid later. Lunch is included in the fee. For more information, pls contact Caroline on telephones (679) 3683302 or (679) 9927204 or e-mail centerwithin@connect.com.fj

Learn Public Speaking with Toastmasters

Capital Toastmasters meets every Tuesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the JJ's Boardroom, Suva. Learn public speaking with the group. For more information, pls contact Alex on telephone (679) 9998113 or e-mail douglasa1w@yahoo.com.

2007 Reading Festival - National Literacy Competition

The 2007 Reading Festival National Literacy Competition on "Home" is organising a presentation of the awards and readings of the winning texts together with musical entertainment on Thursday, 25 October 2007 at the Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva. The program starts at 6.30pm. Categories are : Poetry and Prose in English, Fijian and Hindi. No entry fee required. For more information, pls call the Alliance Francaise on telephone (679) 3313802 or email allifra@connect.com.fj.

24 October, 2007

Problems with our e-mail address

We have been having problems with receiving e-mails on our addresses with the following suffix @gilbert.com.fj. If you send an e-mail to promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj and have the email returned, you can send it to our other addresses on gilbertv2@connect.com.fj or gilbertv2@gmail.com.

23 October, 2007

Miss Fiji 2007

The organisers for the Miss Fiji 2007 pageant are calling for applications from young ladies for the first ever Miss Fiji pageant. The winner will represent Fiji to other pageants including the Miss South Pacific, Miss Asia/Pacific and Miss World. To qualify, applicants must fulfill the following requirements :
  • be between 18 and 26 years of age by 22 December 2007;
  • be single and never been married;
  • have a clean police record.

Applications close at 4pm on Friday, 26 October 2007.

For more information or for entry forms, pls contact the Hibiscus Secretariat on telephone (679) 3311168 or e-mail aqela@hibiscusfiji.com.

Seminar : Addressing Human Factors as the Basis of Sustainable Development

The Faculty of Islands and Oceans, University of the South Pacific, is holding a lecture on "Addressing Human Factors as the Basis of Sustainable Development in the Pacific Islands : The Mositi Vanuaso experience" on Wednesday, 24 October 2007, Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. The speaker will be Associate Professor Joeli Veitayaki, Head, School of Marine Studies. The lecture runs from 6pm to 8pm. Light refreshments to be served.

More Hobie events planned for Fiji

The captain of the Fiji team to the recent Hobie 16 Worlds events held here in Suva said that there is a need to develop young sailors in the art of sailing. Together with this plan comes the aim of holding more Hobie and sailing events in Fiji. Some of these include :
  • the Fiji Nationals;
  • a marathon around Viti Levu; and
  • the South Pacific Championships.

Keep reading this blog for more details.

Aboriginal boxers in the country for matches

A team of 10 Aboriginal boxers are in Fiji for a round of matches with local boxers. The boxers are from different parts of Australia. They will also be learning more about Fiji and its people and will be liaising with the Rotary Club to distribute books and other items to various communities. The boxers will be competing tonight, Tuesday, 23 October, and on Thursday, 25 October 2007, at the Lower Civic Auditorium against a team of young boxers from Fiji.

ECREA Open Day

The Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education & Advocacy, ECREA, a Non Government Organisation (NGO) based in Suva, Fiji Islands will have an Open Day on Thursday, 25 October 2007. The Open Day runs from 10am to 3pm at the NGO's office at 189 Ratu Sukuna Road, Nasese, Suva. Founded in 1990 by the late Reverend Paula Niukula, ECREA has an aim to address social, religious, economic and political issues that confront Fiji. The NGO is guided by the principles of:
  • Social Justice & Equity
  • Integral Human Development
  • Servant Leadership

For more information, pls contact ECREA on telephone (679) 3307 588 or e-mail info@ecrea.org.fj.

19 October, 2007

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 19.10.07)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Learn French, Fijian or Hindi with the Alliance Francaise, Term 3 runs from 3 September 2007 to 24 November 2007, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • 18th Hobie 16 World Championships, Monday, 8 October, to Friday, 19 October 2007 , at a newly constructed beach located at Suva Point, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Retailers Association Mega Suva City Sale, Thursday, 11 October 2007, to Saturday, 20 October 2007, in the Suva Central Business District;
  • India Instyle 2007 (shopping and cultural event), from 12 October to 21 October 2007, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Marist Old Boys Bazaar, Saturday, 20 October 2007, from 9am to 4.30pm, Marist Brothers High School grounds, Flagstaff, Suva;
  • Boxing tournament between a team of Aboriginal boxers and Fiji boxers, Tuesday night, 23 October, and Thursday night, 25 October 2007, Lower Civic Auditorium, Suva;
  • Monthly screening of love story films (organised by the Pacific Writers Forum and the Alliance Francaise), Tuesday, 23 October 2007, from 7pm, N111 Lecture Theatre, SPAF Building, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Seminar on "Addressing Human Factors as the Basis of Sustainable Development in the Pacific Islands : The Mositi Vanuaso experience" by Associate Professor Joeli Veitayaki, Head, School of Marine Studies, Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 6pm to 8pm, Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, Lower Campus, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education & Advocacy (ECREA) Open Day, Thursday, 25 October 2007, 10am to 3pm, 189 Ratu Sukuna Road, Nasese, Suva;
  • Applications for the first Miss Fiji 2007 pageant close Friday, 26 October 2007, 4pm (e-mail aqela@hibiscusfiji.com for more details);
  • Diwali Charity Night organised by the International Women's Association, Friday, 26 October 2007, Defence Club, 57 Gordon Street, Suva;
  • Tabu Soro Triathlon, Sunday, 28 October 2007, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Christian Community School 10th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon, Saturday, 3 November 2007, from 11am, Tradewinds Entertainment Centre, Lami;
  • Diwali event with dances, songs and dinner, Saturday, 3 November 2007, from 6.30pm, Kshatriya Hall, Des Voeux Road, Suva;
  • Business Writing Course taken by Dr Caroline Cottom, Tuesday 13 November 2007, 8.30am to 4.30pm, Five Princes Hotel, 5 Princes Street, Samabula, Suva;
  • Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited's 2007 Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 16 November 2007, from 7pm, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • JR White National Chess Championships, Saturday, 24 November, and Sunday, 25 November 2007;
  • Tabu Soro Triathlon Sprints Series, Sunday, 25 November 2007, Pacific Harbour;
  • Amateur Swimming Association of Fiji - Fiji National Age & Open Short Course Championships, Friday, 30 November, to Sunday, 2 December 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings, every Mondays and Thursdays, 5.30pm, Mitchell Clinic, 83 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Capital Toastmasters Meetings, every Tuesdays, 5.30pm to 6.30pm, JJ's Boardroom, Suva;
  • Talei Burns and Friends, every Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm, The Malthouse, 88 Jerusalem Road (next to the Fiji Golf Club), Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Zouk Soca Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

Shopping Events drawing to a close

Please visit the following two shopping events currently being held in Suva :
  • India Instyle 2007 (shopping and cultural event), from 12 October to 21 October 2007, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva; and
  • Mega Suva City Sale organised by the Suva Retailers Association, from 12 October to 20 October 2007 in shops in the capital city.

Note : Readers that wish to advertise their activities and events on this blog, can e-mail us on promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj. Merchants that wish to advertise their products on the blog can also e-mail us on that address.

World Cinema: Love Stories Series

The Pacific Writers Forum and the Alliance Francaise will have a monthly screening of a series of love story films starting with one on Tuesday, 23 October 2007. The screening will be held at the N111 Lecture Theatre, SPAF Building, from 7pm. The screenings are for the purpose of exposing USP students and the general public to films from all over the world and to expose them to the diversity and richness of world cinema. No admission fee required.

Marist Old Boys Bazaar

The Marist Old Boys will be holding their bazaar on Saturday, 20 October 2007, from 9am to 4.30pm at the Marist Brothers High School grounds, Flagstaff, Suva. On offer will be a variety of food, Marist Old Boys merchandise, fun, games, live music and a whole range of activities. Entertainment will be provided by the Malaga Singers, Ratu Mara Hostel Boys and the The Band, FourPlay. Some members of the FMF Flying Fijians 2007 Rugby World Cup team will be at the bazaar.

13 October, 2007

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 12.10.07)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Learn French, Fijian or Hindi with the Alliance Francaise, Term 3 runs from 3 September 2007 to 24 November 2007, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • World Invitational U18 Rugby League Championship, October 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobie 16 World Championships, Monday, 8 October, to Friday, 19 October 2007 , at a newly constructed beach located at Suva Point, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid & Horticultural Circle - Annual Flower Show 2007, from Wednesday, 10 October, to Saturday, 13 October 2007, whole days, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Christian Xtreme Team International World Tour Fiji, Thursday, 11 October, to Saturday, 13 October 2007, Valelevu Grounds, Nasinu, Suva (Performances begin at 7pm on each night);
  • Suva Retailers Association Mega Suva City Sale, Thursday, 11 October 2007, to Saturday, 20 October 2007, in the Suva Central Business District;
  • Bible Society of the South Pacific - Warehouse Sale, Friday, 12 October, and Saturday, 13 October 2007, Bible Society Bookshop, 8-10 Luke Street, Nabua, Suva;
  • India Instyle 2007 (shopping and cultural event), from 12 October to 21 October 2007, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Spirituality, Sexuality & HIV Aids Workshop, Friday, 12 October, and Saturday, 13 October 2007, PCPCC Centre, Pratt Street, Suva;
  • State Celebration for the FMF Flying Fijians team to the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Saturday, 13 October 2007, from 2pm to 5pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Ex-RSMS Scholars meeting with Chairman, Ropate Qalo, Saturday, 13 October 2007, from 7pm, RSMS School Compound, Ratu Mara Road, Nabua, Suva;
  • Diwali Charity Night organised by the International Women's Association, Friday, 26 October 2007, Defence Club, 57 Gordon Street, Suva;
  • Tabu Soro Triathlon, Sunday, 28 October 2007, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Christian Community School 10th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon, Saturday, 3 November 2007, from 11am, Tradewinds Entertainment Centre, Lami;
  • Diwali event with dances, songs and dinner, Saturday, 3 November 2007, from 6.30pm, Kshatriya Hall, Des Voeux Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited's 2007 Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 16 November 2007, from 7pm, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • JR White National Chess Championships, Saturday, 24 November, and Sunday, 25 November 2007;
  • Tabu Soro Triathlon Sprints Series, Sunday, 25 November 2007, Pacific Harbour;
  • Amateur Swimming Association of Fiji - Fiji National Age & Open Short Course Championships, Friday, 30 November, to Sunday, 2 December 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Talei Burns and Friends, every Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm, The Malthouse, 88 Jerusalem Road (next to the Fiji Golf Club), Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Zouk Soca Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

12 October, 2007

State Celebrations for the FMF Flying Fijians

The Fiji Government has organised a State Celebration for the FMF Flying Fijians team to the 2007 Rugby World Cup. The event is being held on Saturday, 13 October 2007, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. The detailed program for the day is provided below :
  • 2pm, March from Vatuwaqa Primary to Post Fiji Stadium;
  • 2.30pm, Team arrives at Post Fiji Stadium;
  • 2.35pm, Team enters Post Stadium and does a Lap of Honour;
  • 2.55pm, Arrival of the Interim Prime Minister;
  • 3pm, Arrival of the President, Singing of the National Anthem, Prayer;
  • 3.10pm, Address by the President;
  • 3.15pm, Address by the Interim Prime Minister;
  • 3.20pm, Address by the Fiji Rugby Union;
  • 3.25pm, Players and officials to introduce themselves;
  • 3.35pm, Presentation;
  • 3.45pm, Entertainment;
  • 4.30pm, Departure of the President followed by teh Interim Prime Minister;
  • 4.40pm, Departure of the 2007 Rugby World Cup team;
  • 5pm, End of Celebrations.

11 October, 2007

Bible Society Warehouse Sale

The Bible Society of the South Pacific will have a Warehouse Sale on Friday, 12 October, and Saturday, 13 October 2007 at its Bookshop located on 8-10 Luke Street, Nabua, Suva. Bibles, Christian CDs, Caps, Comics and more items on special. For more information, pls call Charles on telephone (679) 9315545 or e-mail ccleary@bible.org.fj. Visit the Society's website on http://www.bible.org.fj/.

Socrates Cafe Discussions

The Socrates Cafe Group will meet on Thursday, 11 October 2007, from 7pm to 8.30pm at The ROC Cafe, FNPF Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade Suva. The topic for discussion today will be "Are humans designed to have one partner?". For more information, pls email Queenie at qvpt@connect.com.fj.

Impact World Tour shows - Lami and Nasinu

The Impact World Tour group will have performances at Lami and Nasinu as follows :
  • Thursday, 11 October 2007, Team Xtreme International, Valelevu Ground, Nasinu;
  • Thursday, 11 October 2007, GX International, Johnny Singh Park, Lami;
  • Friday, 12 October 2007, Island Breeze, Valelevu Ground, Nasinu;
  • Friday, 12 October 2007, Team Xtreme International, Johnny Singh Park, Lami;
  • Saturday, 13 October 2007, GX International, Valelevu Ground, Nasinu;
  • Saturday, 13 October 2007, Island Breeze, Johnny Singh Park, Lami.

Performances begin at 7pm on each day. For more information, pls call telephone (679)3343896 or e-mail info@iwtfiji.com.

Mega Suva City Sale

The Suva Retailers Association will be holding a Mega Suva City Sale in the Central Business District from Thursday, 11 October 2007, to Saturday, 20 October 2007. The roads that will be used for street stalls include : part of Waimanu Road, Raojibhai Patel Street, Cumming Street, Marks Street, Pier Street, Renwick Road, Greig Street, Nina Street, Thomson Street, Usher Street and part of Victoria Parade. For more information on specials offered, check your daily newspaper.

10 October, 2007

Diwali Event

A Diwali event is being organised on Saturday, 3 November 2007, from 6.30pm at the Kshatriya Hall, Des Voeux Road, Suva. The event will include a cultural component followed by a ten-course vegetarian dinner. There will be Diwali songs, dances and talks depicting the significance of Diwali festival for the cultural component of the event. Tickets are selling at F$7.00 per person with free admission for children under 10 years of age. For more information, pls contact Mrs Sundari Muralidhar on telephones (679) 3232686, (679) 3372605 or email: Sundari.Muralidhar@usp.ac.fj or call Mr Salesh Kumar on telephones (679) 3232371, (679) 9975099 or e-mail Kumar_s@usp.ac.fj.

Diwali Charity Night

A Charity Night is being organised by the International Women's Association on Friday, 26 October 2007 at The Defence Club, 57 Gordon Street, Suva. Tickets are selling at F$50.00 per person (for tables of 8) inclusive of dinner. All proceeds will go towards the Matainadoi Village light-up project. To buy a ticket, pls contact the International Women's Association on telephone (679) 9301616.

Rucksack Club Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Rucksack Club on Wednesday, 10 October 2007, from 6.45pm, at the St Andrews Church hall, corner of Gordon and Goodenough Street, Suva. The topic of discussion will be "The Hydrology and Glaciology of Antarctica – The Dry Valleys". Lloyd Smith had participated in the study of variations in the climate within the dry valleys of Antarctica; a small but unique area, largely snow and ice free, with free flowing rivers and large freshwater lakes. The importance of this area in climatic change monitoring is only evident in recent years, with implications of the greatest freshwater storage on the planet melting and affecting Pacific Island countries thousands of miles away. For more information, pls email Deborah Sue on ffc@unwired.com.fj.

08 October, 2007

Fiji vs South Africa (Replay)

The Fiji vs South Africa quarter final match at the Rugby World Cup 2007 will be replayed on Fiji TV from 1pm today, Monday, 8 October 2007. Thumbs up to the Fiji team who played a good game in its last outing. We hope that their performance at the Rugby World Cup 2007 will provide more openings for the team from now on in terms of game exposure and sponsorships.

Ex-RSMS Meeting with Chairman

The Ex-RSMS Chairman, Ropate Qalo, invites old scholars to a meeting with him on Saturday, 13 October 2007, from 7pm at the school, Ratu Mara Road, Nabua, Suva.

Spirituality, Sexuality & HIV Aids Workshop

A Spirituality, Sexuality & HIV Aids Workshop will be held on Friday, 12 October, and Saturday, 13 October 2007, at the PCPCC Centre, Pratt Street, Suva. For more information, pls call telephone (679) 3381970.

Suva Orchid & Horticultural Circle : Annual Flower Show 2007

The Suva Orchid & Horticultural Circle will be holding its Annual Flower Show for 2007 from Wednesday, 10 October, to Saturday, 13 October 2007 at the Suva Civic Centre. The program of events for the Show is as follows :

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

  • 9am - Public Judging;
  • 12pm - Official Opening by Mrs Bernadette Ganilau, Interim Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations, Productivity, Tourism and Environment;
  • 12.30pm - Flower Show opens to the public;
  • 3pm - Demonstrations of Floral Art;
  • 7pm - Close.

Thursday, 11 October, and Friday, 12 October 2007

  • 8am - Flower Show opens to the public;
  • 1pm - Demonstrations of Floral Art;
  • 4pm - Demonstrations of Floral Art;
  • 7pm - Close.

Saturday, 13 October 2007

  • 8am - Flower Show opens to the public;
  • 11am - Demonstrations of Floral Art;
  • 3pm - Close.

Varieties of plants will be on sale.

07 October, 2007

Fiji vs South Africa live on Fiji TV

Watch the Fiji vs South Africa quarter final match at the Rugby World Cup 2007 live on Fiji TV. The match will be screened live at 1am, Fiji time, Monday, 8 October 2007.

06 October, 2007

Fiji Day Parade live on Fiji TV

The Fiji Day Parade to be held at Albert Park, Suva, on Saturday, 6 October 2007, will be shown live on Fiji TV from 9.30am to 12pm. Check it out on screen if you cannot make your way to the grounds.

05 October, 2007

New E-mail Address

We have a new e-mail address for this blog site. Our new e-mail address is promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj. Over the next two months, we will be working on designing and running on-line our new website http://www.gilbert.com.fj/ and will look at linking this blog directly to that website. If you have any enquiries on this, pls send an e-mail to our new address on promotingsuva@gilbert.com.fj.

Fiji Bati vs Junior Kangaroos match

The Vodafone Fiji Bati vs Junior Kangaroos Rugby League Test match will be held on Friday, 5 October 2007, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva. The game begins at 6pm and the admission per person is F$10.00.

Fiji Day Celebrations in Suva

A big program of events has been put together to celebrate Fiji's 37th Anniversary after obtaining Independence from Great Britain. Here is the program of events in Suva for Saturday, 6 October 2007 : (Note that all Suva events will be held at Albert Park, unless stated otherwise)
  • 9.30am, Parade March;
  • 9.55am, Interim Prime Minister arrives;
  • 10.00am, President arrives;
  • 10.00am, Presidential Salute, National Anthem, March past by the FMF and Fiji Police Force, Address by the President, departure of the President and Interim Prime Minister;
  • 11.15am, Parade March throughout the city of Suva;
  • 11.15am, Re-enactment of the Deed of Cession;
  • 11.30am, Kids Fun Day Program - Chesty Ball, Tunnel Ball, Touch Rugby, Two-legged Race, Cat and Mouse, Dog and Bone, Sack Race, Egg & Spoon Race, Pawpaw Smashing, Bun Eating Competition, Apple Eating Competition, Bouncy Castles;
  • 11.45am to 4.00pm, Entertainment by Jale and the Bula Boys, Monfort Boys Town, Rotuman Dance Group, Draiba Fijian School, Indian Cultural Centre, Rishikul Sanatan College, The "Vude" Queen, Chinese Group, Na Domokoula, Kadavu Meke Group, Banaban Cultural Group, Raiwaqa Youth Meke Group, Police Jazz Band, Loloma Meke Group, FIT School of Arts & Culture Choir;
  • 4pm, Hymn and Closing Prayer.

Pls check your daily newspapers for the program of events in other centres including Lautoka, Labasa and Levuka.

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 5.10.07)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Learn French, Fijian or Hindi with the Alliance Francaise, Term 3 runs from 3 September 2007 to 24 November 2007, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • World Invitational U18 Rugby League Championship, October 2007, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, week long celebrations, October 2007;
  • Christian Xtreme Team International World Tour Fiji, Thursday, 4 October, to Saturday, 6 October 2007, Komo Park, Samabula, Suva (Performances begin at 7pm on each night);
  • Christian Xtreme Team International World Tour Fiji, Thursday, 4 October, to Saturday, 6 October 2007, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori (Performances begin at 7pm on each night);
  • Vodafone Fiji Bati vs Junior Kangaroos Rugby League Test match, Friday, 5 October 2007, from 6pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Golf Club Open tournament, Saturday, 6 October 2007, from 8am, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Sprite Light Secondary Schools Basketball semi finals and finals, Saturday, 6 October 2007, from 9am, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Day Celebrations, Saturday, 6 October 2007, from 9.30am to 5pm, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Pineapple Cup National Singles Bowling tournament, Saturday, 6 October, to Monday, 8 October 2007, Suva Bowling Club;
  • Fiji Day Open Chess Championships, Monday, 8 October 2007;
  • 18th Hobie 16 World Championships, Monday, 8 October, to Friday, 19 October 2007 , at a newly constructed beach located at Suva Point, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid & Horticultural Circle - Annual Flower Show 2007, from Wednesday, 10 October, to Saturday, 13 October 2007, whole days, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, Wednesday, 10 October 2007, from 6.45pm, St Andrews Church hall, corner of Gordon and Goodenough Street, Suva;
  • Christian Xtreme Team International World Tour Fiji, Thursday, 11 October, to Saturday, 13 October 2007, Valelevu Grounds, Nasinu, Suva (Performances begin at 7pm on each night);
  • Suva Retailers Association Mega Suva City Sale, Thursday, 11 October 2007, to Saturday, 20 October 2007, in the Suva Central Business District;
  • Bible Society of the South Pacific - Warehouse Sale, Friday, 12 October, and Saturday, 13 October 2007, Bible Society Bookshop, 8-10 Luke Street, Nabua, Suva;
  • India Instyle 2007 (shopping and cultural event), from 12 October to 21 October 2007, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Spirituality, Sexuality & HIV Aids Workshop, Friday, 12 October, and Saturday, 13 October 2007, PCPCC Centre, Pratt Street, Suva;
  • Ex-RSMS Scholars meeting with Chairman, Ropate Qalo, Saturday, 13 October 2007, from 7pm, RSMS School Compound, Ratu Mara Road, Nabua, Suva;
  • Diwali Charity Night organised by the International Women's Association, Friday, 26 October 2007, Defence Club, 57 Gordon Street, Suva;
  • Tabu Soro Triathlon, Sunday, 28 October 2007, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Christian Community School 10th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon, Saturday, 3 November 2007, from 11am, Tradewinds Entertainment Centre, Lami;
  • Diwali event with dances, songs and dinner, Saturday, 3 November 2007, from 6.30pm, Kshatriya Hall, Des Voeux Road, Suva;
  • Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited's 2007 Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 16 November 2007, from 7pm, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • JR White National Chess Championships, Saturday, 24 November, and Sunday, 25 November 2007;
  • Tabu Soro Triathlon Sprints Series, Sunday, 25 November 2007, Pacific Harbour;
  • Amateur Swimming Association of Fiji - Fiji National Age & Open Short Course Championships, Friday, 30 November, to Sunday, 2 December 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Talei Burns and Friends, every Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm, The Malthouse, 88 Jerusalem Road (next to the Fiji Golf Club), Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Zouk Soca Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

Fiji's preparations for 18th Hobie 16 World Championship

The Fiji Hobie Cat team hopes to do well at the 18th Hobie 16 World Championship which gets underway next week. More than 1,500 competitors from 28 countries will converge at the National Sailing Centre, Suva Point, for the event. The captain of the Fiji team, Grahame Southwick, said that they were hoping for a good outing. A Hobie Cat is one of several small catamarans. They offer high speeds at a relatively low cost. They can reach speeds over 17 knots (i.e. 20 miles per hour). Note : For accommodation in a two bedroom home in Suva, pls check out links at the right hand side of this blog. The home looks out to sea and Nukulau Island. To contact us, pls e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj.

Bowling Pineapple Cup tournament

The Pineapple Cup National Singles Bowling tournament will be held this weekend at the Suva Bowling Club. About 60 to 70 bowlers are expected to compete for the tittle including top bowlers who represented Fiji at the recent South Pacific Games.

Fiji Golf Club Open

The Fiji Golf Club Open tournament will be held on Saturday, 6 October 2007, at the Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, Suva. Tee off at 8am.

Secondary Schools Basketball

The Sprite Light Secondary Schools Basketball semi finals and finals will be held on Saturday, 6 October 2007, at the Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva. Games begin at 9am.

03 October, 2007

Blog Readership : August 2007 vs September 2007

Here are some interesting readership statistics for our Promoting Suva blog for the months of August and September 2007. Data for August is given first followed by data for September.

August 2007

  • total number of visits - 1,422;
  • total number of page views - 2,163;
  • top 15 countries of origin of readers and no of visits per country - Fiji, 470; Australia, 250; United States, 202; New Zealand, 131; United Kingdom, 74; Canada, 52; Ivory Coast, 34; Nigeria, 27; India, 19; Germany, 16; South Africa, 10; United Arab Emirates, 9; Japan, 8; Togo, 7; France, 7;
  • top 10 referring source - google / organic, 1,097; (direct) / (none), 76; yahoo / organic, 63; blogger.com / referral; 34; live / organic, 20; fijimuseum.org.fj / referral, 11; babasiga.blogspot.com / referral, 10; msn / organic, 10; ivebeenthere.co.uk / referral, 9; a-free-guestbook.com / referral, 6;
  • top 20 keywords used in searches - sakiusa bulicokocoko, 20; hibiscus festival 2007, 13; hibiscus festival fiji 2007, 10; tappoos, 10; hibiscus fiji 2007, 7; deans trophy, 6; fiji hibiscus festival 2007, 6; fiji suva, 6; fiji festival 2007, 5; kathak dancing in suva, 5; activities in suva, 4; coconut buns recipes, 4; fiji activities, 4; fijiliving, 4; save the children fund fiji, 4; suva hibiscus festival, 4; tadra kahani 2007, 4; adi cakobau school, 3; adi nacola, 3; bulicokocoko, 3.

September 2007

  • total number of visits - 1,745;
  • total number of page views - 2,414;
  • top 15 countries of origin of readers and no of visits per country - Fiji, 540; Australia, 304; United States, 272; New Zealand, 128; United Kingdom, 95; Canada, 74; Ivory Coast, 57; Nigeria, 26; India, 25; Germany, 16; Togo, 14; South Africa, 14; Ghana, 12; France, 11; Israel, 9;
  • top 10 referring source - google / organic, 1,429; yahoo / organic, 75; (direct) / (none), 72; blogger.com / referral, 19; live / organic, 14; aol / organic, 11; msn / organic, 9; babasiga.blogspot.com / referral, 8; ivebeenthere.co.uk / referral, 8; google.com / referral, 7;
  • top 20 keywords used in searches - sakiusa bulicokocoko, 22; tappoos, 12; tadra kahani, 11; fiji activities, 8; fijian recipes, 8; adi cakobau school, 7; tadra kahani 2007, 6; fijiliving, 5; clearview architects, 4; jese mucunabitu, 4; 2007 church in australia gmail.com, 3; dinesh lal yadav, 3; fiji muslim league, 3; fmf grand prix # 2 results fiji, 3; kidanet fiji, 3; lewis sahai, 3; ramadan in fiji, 3; sharmas holiday apartment fiji, 3; shobna chanel dance group, 3; suva, 3.

Observations

  • Page visits rose (by 23% or 323) during September 2007 compared to August 2007.
  • Readers from Fiji, Australia, USA, New Zealand, Canada and United Kingdom continue to form our largest readership group being over 81% of our blog readers. Readers from these countries can best be targeted for marketing from this blog;
  • Top referring site is google.com with our search ranking and hits from google.com continuing to improve each month. Our site's search ranking on Google continues to do well with most searches, e.g. for 'Suva activities', 'Suva events', 'Suva Sports', 'Suva art', 'Suva craft', 'Suva tourist activities', our site appears on Page 1;
  • Keyword searches indicate that readers are searching for a broad range of issues from individuals, to activities, to places and sights, to shopping and art.

We are continuing to market our low rates for advertising on our blog. Merchants, traders and small businesses can best use our high Internet search rankings to market their products and services to our wide readership base.

Check our advertising rates here.

If you wish to discuss how we you can advertise your products and services on our blog, e-mail us on gilbertv2@connect.com.fj or gilbertv2@gmail.com or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

01 October, 2007

Suva celebrates Fiji's win at Rugby World Cup 2007

Suva was in celebratory mood yesterday after the Fiji team won a quarter final position at the Rugby World Cup 2007. Fiji won 38 to 34 over Wales in their pool match early yesterday morning, Fiji time. Check out part of a report below taken from the Fiji Times, Monday, 1 October 2007.

"Nation erupts in celebration, Monday, October 01, 2007

SUVA (AFP) The troubled Pacific nation of Fiji erupted in national celebration Sunday with fireworks fizzing and car horns blaring after its rugby team scored a massive upset over Wales in the World Cup.

Cup fever has gripped the rugby-mad nation, where many people stayed up all night to watch the match at 3am Fiji time Sunday. When it ended in a thrilling 38-34 victory for the South Pacific country, where the military grabbed power in a coup last December, joyous fans set off fireworks and blasted car horns around the capital Suva. "Before the game, people in the villages were flying flags outside their homes saying Go, Fiji Go', cars and taxis sported the national flag," Sports Minister Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi told AFP. "Everyone was getting into the spirit of it."

Impact World Tour Fiji's Suva Performances

Visit the Impact World Tour Fiji's Suva performances this week at the following venues :
  • Komo Park, Samabula, Suva - Thursday, 4 October, Friday, 5 October and Saturday, 6 October 2007, from 7pm on each night;
  • Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori - Thursday, 4 October, Friday, 5 October and Saturday, 6 October 2007, from 7pm on each night.

The teams to perform will include the Team Xtreme International, Island Breeze and GX International. There will be a variety of shows with an underlying Christian educational theme on offer. Take your family and friends there.

For more information, pls call telephone (679) 3343896 or e-mail info@iwtfiji.com.

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 1.10.07)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Alliance Francaise and the Pacific Writing Forum - National Literacy Competition on the theme of "Home", submissions close on 4 October 2007;
  • Learn French, Fijian or Hindi with the Alliance Francaise, Term 3 runs from 3 September 2007 to 24 November 2007, Alliance Francaise, 14 McGregor Road, Suva;
  • World Invitational U18 Rugby League Championship, October 2007, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, week long celebrations, October 2007;
  • Christian Xtreme Team International World Tour Fiji, Thursday, 4 October, to Saturday, 6 October 2007, Komo Park, Samabula, Suva (Performances begin at 7pm on each night);
  • Christian Xtreme Team International World Tour Fiji, Thursday, 4 October, to Saturday, 6 October 2007, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori (Performances begin at 7pm on each night);
  • Fiji Day Open Chess Championships, Monday, 8 October 2007;
  • 18th Hobie 16 World Championships, Monday, 8 October, to Friday, 19 October 2007 , at a newly constructed beach located at Suva Point, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Christian Xtreme Team International World Tour Fiji, Thursday, 11 October, to Saturday, 13 October 2007, Valelevu Grounds, Nasinu, Suva (Performances begin at 7pm on each night);
  • Tabu Soro Triathlon, Sunday, 28 October 2007, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • India Instyle 2007 (shopping and cultural event), from 12 October to 21 October 2007, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Suva Christian Community School 10th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon, Saturday, 3 November 2007, from 11am, Tradewinds Entertainment Centre, Lami;
  • Fiji Performing Rights Association Limited's 2007 Young Musso's Acclaim - Fiji Secondary Schools Original Song Competition, Friday, 16 November 2007, from 7pm, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • JR White National Chess Championships, Saturday, 24 November, and Sunday, 25 November 2007;
  • Tabu Soro Triathlon Sprints Series, Sunday, 25 November 2007, Pacific Harbour;
  • Amateur Swimming Association of Fiji - Fiji National Age & Open Short Course Championships, Friday, 30 November, to Sunday, 2 December 2007, Suva.
Recurring Events:
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Taekwondo Classes, every Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.30pm to 5.30pm - Junior Classes, 5.30pm to 7pm -Senior Classes, Suva Civic Centre;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5pm, Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Talei Burns and Friends, every Wednesdays, 7pm to 10pm, The Malthouse, 88 Jerusalem Road (next to the Fiji Golf Club), Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn with Tom Mawi, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Reggae Zouk Soca Night, Thursdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Kid’s Arts Classes with Kathy Oyagawa, Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm, The Homestay, Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, 11am to 12pm, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • Waitui Cycle Rides, every Sundays, 6am to 6.3oam, from Waitui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street, or 9am at Calvary Temple, Samabula, Suva.
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, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Europe and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.