Friday, December 16, 2016

A Washed Out Evening In Nadi...



It appears that the TD04F is washing out my first evening in Fiji with a heavy downpour happening...


The drive from Nadi Airport to our hotel at Denarau island took about 20 minutes and I passed by several establishments owned by Fijian-Indians including this restaurant called Sitar...


The view of the beach from the hotel - well it is indeed a gloomy view...
With nothing much to do in this weather, we headed out to have dinner...


It has to be seafood - a thick grilled yellow fin with vegetables...


And a chicken pita wrap with babaghanoush and hummous...


Checking out store in the resort - and I was surprised to see Fijian-made Indian savoury delicacies called BhikaBhai. BhikajiBhai was set by a Gujarati from Kadod in Surat, Parbhu Bhai Hira. He had mastered the art of making Indian sweets and snacks in Durban, South Africa, in the early 1920’s. Despite the opportunities in Durban, in the late-1920's, Hira decided to invest in Fiji as a land of opportunities. He settled in Ba, selling delicacies through a “bean cart” which grew in popularity amongst the native Fijian and Indian population, and he innovated using all natural Fijian ingredients combined with the traditional processes. And he was joined by his adopted son, or his nephew, Bhikhabhai Parbhu in the early 1930’s who expanded his business and gave it its name. And today they have a outlet chain with shops in Ba, Nadi and Suva. And that's the story of the spirit of Indian enterprise...


Bula Again, Fiji!



It's time to say Bula Fiji again...


A JetStar Airlus A320 at the parking as we commence landing into Nadi. Viti Levu has been battered away by a tropical depression TD04F since yesterday and threatens to wash away our holiday here. Fiji appears to be on an alert fearing that the depression may worsen into a cyclone - Cyclone Winston had caused a massive devastation in February 2016...


This beauty was my ride from Faleolo to Nadi...


"Welcome home" - Fiji Airways Bowing 737 in the hangar...


"Bula! Fiji Welcomes You"

Immigration clearance took quite a lot of time - the queue was long. And then when my turn came, the officer followed the "visa on arrival" rules to a T. She wanted to make copies of my tickets, hotel reservations, credit cards and my Korean visa. That took 20 minutes as there were others who were also ahead of me in this queue. And then I was good to go!
Yay! My holiday begins - it's time to say Bula Fiji!

Up In The Air .... Part 61




Goodbye Samoa - taking off from Faleolo Airport enroute to Nadi...


The greenery of Samoa is amazing!


Wow... that's quite a paradise!




Clouds over the Pacific...


Approaching Viti Levu island of Fiji!



A view of Beachcomber and Treasure islands...




Lining up with Runway 09-27...





Naisoso Island...


And I am here in Fiji...


Plane Spotting At APW




I was very excited to be here at Faleolo Airport, especially at the prospect of Plane Spotting at this picturesque airport...


The plane, the greenery, the beach, the emerald-blue waters, the deep-blue skies with white-gray clouds - what an exotic locale...



This FijiLink ATR-72 will fly me to Nadi today...



Boarding the ATR-72...


The lovely livery of Fiji Airways...


An Air New Zealand Boeing 787 Dream)liner comes in from New Zealand...


I love the Air New Zealand livery...




The Air New Zealand Boeing 787 Dream)liner at its parking bay...


And here we go!


The First Images From Fiji...



And as I get ready to take off from Faleolo International Airport, I began receiving the first images of Fiji from Neeti by WhatsApp and I am excitedly wait to reach Nadi and beginning our exploration of the beautiful islands...


And guess what - Neeti's engaged in some Plane Spotting at Incheon before taking off...


Neeti's flight path...


Stunning views over the Pacific at daybreak...



Landing into a very misty Nadi...


The Korean Air Airbus A330 in the SkyTeam livery...


Traditional Fijian songs welcomed Neeti on her arrival...


A primary school on the way from Nadi airport to our hotel in Denarau. displays the traditional Hindu Om (ॐ) sign...


And that was a good sign of the influence the Indian diaspora had here...


Beach bums in Fiji...


...and Hindu temples, it appears, Fiji has it all! And I can't wait to get there...


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