Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Mulomulo Secondary School jubilee
Local Tourism

Interesting situation: I get a call from the employee of  an organisation in Suva.

Suva : "Mr. Lockington we are just enquiring about (subject)."

Me: "Oh OK. How can I help you."

We talk a bit more and the person asks, "Mr. Lockington where do you live?"

Me : "In Mulomulo, Nadi on the Nausori Highlands road."

Suva person: "Goodness gracious, where the heck is that."

I explain and the person says, "OK, don't worry, I'll look it up and find where Mulomulo is."

I thought I'd share this because many of us know about places overseas. Have traveled there, seen that and done that. Yet we haven't seen our own country. Fiji has so many beautiful places that we can travel to. We have some of the best beaches in the world and the most breathtaking places that tourists come over to see. How many of the people who live on Viti Levu have been to Vanua Levu? How many have traveled to Levuka, to see the old capital and all the Fiji history that is kept at the library?

How many people who live in Suva have been to Sigatoka, Nadi, Lautoka, Ba or Rakiraki? How many have traveled via  Kings Road?

There is so much of Fiji that we haven't seen that we can enjoy. If we were to encourage local tourism at least our  dollar will remain here.

Tourism Fiji, how about it?

Rural Experience: the Game on TV
Saturday 7th June dawned at Mulomulo and my mates and I did some work around the school compound. Only one subject we talked about ... the Fiji v. Italy game.

We all put in $2 each and bought some grog, At 3 pm we tuned into Fiji One and we got a live coverage.   Then the presenter says that at 3 pm the programme would end and the game would be shown on Sky Pacific.

We were like, WHAT?

One friend has Sky Pacific and we all go to his place and guess what .... the game was on PPV. We look at each other and wonder how the under 20 rugby games could be televised to us free from New Zealand and a game being played in our very own country we have to pay extra.

One guy said .... you gang just want everything free.

And it was back to radio and the voice of rugby and all we needed was to envision him calling the game.

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.

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