Oh Fiji. Time flies. Kejap je seminggu puasa vacation di sini. Special entry for this vacation as Fiji is the 40th country that I've been to. Alhamdulillah. One word to describe, exotic! Why Fiji? Because it's a rare destination. Not many people choose to go to Fiji but Koalabelang is dare to take the challenge to expand our market to Fiji apart of Australia & New Zealand. So why not? Come and join us!
Alhamdulillah, while drafting this blog, we got a great news, check this out. Huih, dah dekat 10 bulan cuti bersalin, pejam celik pejam celik, Raudhah pun nearly 10 months :D
**** Sebelum nak berceloteh, nak jamu sikit pictures during the trip. Pictures are not in order :)
Baby Raudhah and Fijians. Mesra alam!
Check the history. Ratu Udre Udre ni makan org!
Semestinya Hard Rock Cafe
Baby Raudhah and Busu!
Insya Allah, we found a partnership in Fiji
A cultural show not to be missed
Sebelum naik boat
Bye Bye Sydney
Express Path :)
Bula! Welcome to Fiji
Ready to enter Fiji!
Bila Tuan Puteri conquer!
Smile for the camera
We explored dari Nadi ke atas hujung Island
Sunset di Voli Voli Beach. Masya Allah
Angin deru bersama tuan puteriku
Mereka sibuk bersunset, kami rehat dulu
Bila geng photog turun ke bawah for waterfall
Manja nya Baby Raudhah
Sand Dune Area National Park
Fiji Museum di Suva
Maoi Bay, amazing and superb. Macam Maldives!
Berposing di Nadi Cultural Market
Insya Allah slow and steady, Koalabelang ingin berkembang di sini
Bye Bye Fiji!
With my bro, Dr Noor Syafiq Aizat Ishak
Salam Sayang dari Kami
I Love You Sayang
Baby Raudhah passport blue black. Haha
The other side of Fiji. From Nadi to Suva!
Credit photos to : Zharfan Azizan
Raudhah pun naik main camera la Walid!
Selepas borong barang HRC
Featured in the paper, Sun Fiji
A visit to Malaysia Consulate di Suva
Photo satuuu, Suva!
Melawat Tapak Kawasan Projek
Let me see my photo Walid!
Peramah dengan orang!
Percaturan Allah itu menakjubkan. Percayalah dengan kuasaNya. Semua yang terjadi be it baik atau buruk tentu ada hikmahNya. Kami ke Fiji dengan niat yang satu. Utk recce new destination so that Malaysians akan berpeluang menziarahi Fiji - a rare and exotic location - Usaha yang tidak sia2 kerana kami dipertemukan oleh Hamba Allah, a Muslim Australian Fijian yang sedang dalam proses membina resort etc dalam masa terdekat.
Summary of Fiji in short.
Airport :- Kinda an old airport but sgt menarik bila masuk je airport lounge we were greeted with their traditional songs. And of course the word BULA!!
Custom :- Awesome as you can bring everything from Australia including milk, cheese, fresh meat BUT not fresh chicken and veggie. Frozen is OK. So tak susah lah nak masak
Road :- Hmm maximum national speed limit is 80km/h. Yes 80 sahaja! Lol. But Fiji tak de traffic lights in most of the places. Traffic lights or cameras can be counted. Setiap kali lalu villages you will see a board showing the village name and 95% of the villages will have Hump Road for safety (driving in and out the village). One thing we noticed, each village has their own decoration or setup. But lucky those villages if the Westeners sponsored them of education or welfare projects ie Australia. New Zealand and Korea. One unique thing Fiji roads, there are no lights on the road and you will see a lot of Fijians walking in the dark without you noticing until you are very close to them. So kena berhati2. Lucky us pergi masa Ramadhan, kalau tak memang confirm duk ingat ada hantu! Serious no joke.
Weather :- Winter with temperature around 28-30 during day time and 18-20 during night time. We love this so much! Not humid not sticky not too cold not too hot! Just nice. Fiji has 4 seasons and the time zone is GMT +1200 :). The weather is also heavily impacted by changes from NZ weather. Since there are 333 islands in Fiji, Fiji is divided into few sections , Western. Central. Eastern. Northern.
People :- Nice and they always welcome tourists. No wonder Fiji is all year long the hot spot of holiday! English literacy is not a problem.
Culture:- To my surprise, Most of the population in Fiji is made up of Fijians and Hindi people. Plus Fijians practice FIJI time a lot so don't get mad when they take ages to do something. IE Fiji time for a shuttle ride from Nadi to Sigatoka for boat transfer. They said it's around 45 mins FIJI time. Means it will take around 60-90 mins. Very laid back compared to Aussie haha.
Currency :- Fijian dollar is Pretty high than Malaysia. 1FJD : 1.75MYR / 1FJD : 0.60AUD
Religion :- Mainly Hinduism. Islam is around 20-30%. The rest Christian, Sikh. Masjid, markaz or musolla are everywhere. Kena pandai cari aje.
Food/Groceries :- Very expensive! 1L of milk is around FJD 3.30. So cooking is the best way.. we are also lucky sebab memang kitaorg stock up food from Sydney - Frozen Paratha, Mackerel, Kicap, Tomato etc etc
Touristic Areas :- Fiji ada 333 islands and the island is divided into few regions. Yang famous ngn tourist are the Central region (Nadi, Racci Racci, Suva, Pacific Harbour) and Western region (Mamanuca - pronouced as Mamanudha & Yasawa)
So far from 257 countries in the world, I've been to :-
Australia since 2004
Holy See (Vatican City)2009
Hong Kong 2012
Indonesia 2000, 2011
Israel (border) 2010
Malaysia Born and Breed
New Zealand 2007, 2011, soon ! end of Aug 2014
Saudi Arabia 1995, 2013
Singapore hmm masa kecik couple of times, dah besar 2008
South Africa 2011
Thailand couple of times masa kecik
United Arab Emirates 2013
United kingdom 2009
Vietnam (Border) masa kecik
Insya Allah in Oct/Nov/Dec 14 - Wanting to go on a cruise to New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Polynesia. Raudhah pun dah setahun.
Next year big mission! End of April to Mid Jun 2015, Insya Allah United States and Canada. Focus on Hubby's skydiving Record Formation Event.
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