Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On



A friend went for a cruise to one on the tourist islands in the Mamanuca's. He said that he was amazed with the number of tourists on the boat. On the island the Fijian farewell song was sung when one lot for the island and a welcome song was sung around 30 minutes later. And it went on like that all day. It seems our tourism industry is booming again, he said that the advertising was doing well wit the three S's. Sand, sun and smile. Our islands have beautiful sand, the sun is out everyday and the Fijian bula smile cant be beaten.

Then he said, "Au kurobui, niu kila ni dau caka ga na tucake va na basi. (I was amazed because we only stand in our buses when its full) And then he added, "The boat was so full passengers had to stand up."

                          Van Ride

Here is a sincere request to the operators of the Mini buses in Lautoka and Nadi. You have been supplying us a very much needed service. In Lautoka, the City Council has erected a wonderful sheltered waiting area. Many of us come early to wait for a van to Ba and beyond and Nadi and beyond. When there are lots of people, only the strongest and the no manners usually get on the first van. Those who are the "ladies first kind of people" are usually brushed aside and they simply stand back and wait.

Could we have an authority to monitor this, women and children also suffer. One has to be a at the mini van stand to see what I mean. Sometimes a maul in a 15s rugby match comes no where. 

And with all the jostling and shoving, one day we will have a boxing match over there.

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.


Anonymous said…
We are rapidly becoming a "Me first society" - the saying "Jack's on the bus" comes to mind. This is a coarsening and succumbing to the lure of materialism ahead of all else. It is in evidence daily and is a sad departure from all that Fiji used to represent. This attitude will eventually devalue rather than 'Add Value' to our tourism industry. The often sour service on offer in some locations must be immediately addressed. Numbers are not what is required. It is 'Value Added' quality that is required. 'Me first' mindset must be eliminated and "We" and "ours" replaced.

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