Travel

Oscar targets 196 countries on world tour

AT just 22, Oscar Requena has visited 65 countries. The Barcelona, Spanish native is on a quest to become the youngest traveller to visit all 196 countries in the world and carve his name in...

Home away from home

IMAGINE sending your child to board at a school situated far from your home at the tender age of five. Most parents would never even dream of it. Some would just shudder at the mere thought. But for Sawau District School at Dakuibeqa Village on Beqa Island, this is the norm for two such children....

Safeguard our culture

KENNETH Duncan Sr looked up the mountains of Navala in the highlands of Ba with pride. He smiled and acknowledged the beauty of the place and shared that the ancestors of Navala were smart to have chosen such a lovely place to live. Being a visitor to Navala, Kenneth as he is known by, an...

Letter writer relies on reliable source of information

HIS name is synonymous when it comes to The Fiji Times Letters to the Editor section. Sharing his comments and opinions on matters that concern him about the country, is what retired teacher Tahir Ali said he loved doing. In fact, Mr Ali has to read The Fiji Times first thing every morning before he...

Love for his new place

FROM the bright lights of North Carolina in the US to the not so bright regions of Navala Village in the highlands of Ba, Blake Covington is a perfect example of a volunteer who is keen to learn, conquer and achieve. The outspoken 23-year-old was recently spotted at Navala Village neatly dressed in his green...

Signature cocktail for Vijay Singh

FIJI’S renowned international golfer Vijay Singh now has a drink named after him called the “VJ Sling”, created locally as part of the hype for this year’s Fiji International golf tournament. The signature cocktail –VJ Sling – was launched by leading beverage company Paradise Beverages to celebrate the former world golf number one who has...

Short stay in Taiwan

SOMEONE once said that travelling leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller. But when I was a child, I used to read books or rather browse through them and would go from page to page and get obsessed over faraway lands. Only when I started travelling did I realise what the travel...

Journey to the Holy Land

LEAVING South Korea, the team of 12 Pacific Island journalists endured another 10 hours on board the Korean Air plane to Israel. Also on board the plane were 23 Fijians who were on a holy tour. The group of Christians from different denominations from Laucala Beach Estate, Kaudamu Rd and other parts of Kinoya raised...

Rescue boats with tyres

TEAMS from the National Disaster Management Office can now aid disaster response, search and rescue operations along coastal areas with the introduction of the new Sealegs amphibious boats. The vessels, valued at $NZ200, 000 ($F288, 458), are to help NDMO personnel carry out proper response. They will address the constraints of transport and logistics resources...

Save a child’s heart, save the future

THERE are many heroes among us, many who have gone before us and many yet to come. However way they are seen, or how we perceive them, there will always be heroes on planet Earth. Every now and then there are great men and women who go above and beyond the call of duty to...

In love with the food

BULA Viti, by the time you read this, our group of Pacific Island journalists would have been half way through our tour of the Holy Land. We landed at 2:35pm at the Incheon International Airport in South Korea. Also on the same flight were members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces who were going...

Sealed with a kiss

A TRADITIONAL marriage proposal set on a balcony while watching the sunset in Noumea was all Daniel Orbell and Kristin Blewman needed to start their beautiful journey together. After 13 years of courting, the couple made it official by tying the knot in front of family and friends at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. Daniel,...

History of Tavuni

TAVUNI Hill Fort or Tavuni Archeological and Botanical Park Investment located about four kilometres from Sigatoka Town is perhaps one of the country’s well preserved village sites. It is a hill fort that leaves behind remnants of a culture entwining Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga. It was said the site was established by a...

Tawake’s heritage tales – Part 4

This is the fourth part of this series of Discovering Fiji which focuses on the people of Tawake and their origins. Last week, we highlighted the death of tribal warrior Vakaminoniqala who was replaced by Tevita Rasolo who led a few fights with neighbouring clans. This final part of the Tawake series shares the history...

Fijians meet in the Holy Land

IT was a happy moment for the Fijian journalists currently on tour in Israel when they met five Fijians serving in the United Nations. Led by Ratu Inoke Mataitini the five Fijian soldiers drove from Syria and the Golan Heights for an unplanned meet with the journalists at Carpaneum. “It is such a happy moment...

Tourism sustainability is a UN priority

ADVANCING sustainability through tourism is one of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s priorities, says UNWTO secretary general Zurab Pololikashvili. While speaking at the 30th Joint Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific and the UNWTO Commission for South Asia and UNWTO Regional Seminar on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism...

Israel reaffirms support for Fiji and Pacific

THE Israeli government today reaffirmed its stand of its willingness to help Fiji and other Pacific Island states. While briefing Pacific Island Journalists at the Israeli Foreign Affairs Office in Jerusalem, General Director Yuvan Rotem said their government was willing to share their knowledge in all areas including health, food and water security and technology....

Peninsula Hotel opens $600k facelift

SUVA’S Peninsula International Hotel is now more than just a typical city accommodation with the latest addition of its new exquisite lounge bar. The hotel, one the most iconic and oldest in the Capital City, has opened its new Baka Lounge Bar adding another exciting feather to its cap and more hype to its guests’...

Overcoming challenges

TO describe Onisimo Votea 23, in a single word one would straightforwardly use the word witty. Witty in the sense that anyone who meets him would likely become a friend instantly and of course laughter being the key ingredient associated with this budding friendship.

Matokana – This is Navosa

MATOKANA villagers say if you have never been to Matokana, you have never been to Navosa.

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