Fiji: Plantation Island

Of course, the second part of our Fiji holiday was on Plantation Island.

We were picked up by coach from the Naviti and taken to Port Denerau via a stop at a supermarket in Nadi for some Snugglers and drinking water. Denerau has gated estate-style housing as well as the major hotel chains. Apparently alot of ex-pat Aussies and New Zealanders have houses here. We spend around an hour and a half at the wharf waiting for the Mololo Cat to take us to Plantation.

We have a beachfront bure at the island resort which is a spectacular spot. A few metres into the gorgeous clear blue water. So warm! The decor is very 70s as the resort is 40-odd years old and very little has changed.

It’s fairly quiet at the resort. They are between busy holiday periods so the staff seem a little surly and disinterested but some members are very friendly. The Kids Club staff are awesome but Fraser is a bit young to get the most out of it. He doesn’t have the confidence to stay and enjoy the activities without us. So most nights he pops out to us while we’re at dinner. They split the dinnertime sittings into kids at 5.30-7pm and adults from 7-9pm.

He did make a few friends though, so by the time we have our last dinner he stays in the Kids Club with them to watch a movie and we have dinner with some people from New Zealand that we’ve become friendly with.

There are lots more things to do here for kids than at the Naviti. Mini golf, water slides, jumping castle, playground with trampolines. Fraser spent a lot of time loitering around the pool tables watching the balls go down. There are several swimming pools. One of which, we didn’t even know was there until our last night.

Due to the rainy season we lost a couple of days so we hired Scrabble, yahtzee, played pool and watched a basket weaving demo. Oh yes, there’s no tv on the island. Hence the hiring of board games.

We’re not the sort of people who would go to the same overseas destination at the same time every year for a family holiday though I can understand the appeal. It becomes very community oriented in a way, when you’re with the same group every meal time for five days or so.

We just want an all you can eat buffet and lots of activities. ;)

A Very Etsy Christmas

I’ve participated in a couple of Secret Santa draws this year. I’ve received one already and I think almost half the participants gifted their santees via Etsy. It’s useful for when your secret santa peers are scattered around the world. This gorgeous little gift is what came for me yesterday.


It’s a little pack of office supplies – magnets, pushpins, bookmarks, an itti bitti notepad – and some earrings.  Very cute design and I hope to show it off one of these days in a nicely decorated office. Not just yet though. Our office still has some partially unpacked boxes from when we moved 3 years ago, and it’s where computer parts go to die.

Brought to you by the letter ‘why?’

It’s a time of developmental milestones. Since last Thursday Fraser has asked me ‘why?’ several times a day. Lincoln is sitting unassisted for quite a while now before he topples, and today he was rocking on the hands and knees. Crawling must be close. He’s doing alot of talking ‘errrrrr’, ‘arrr’ and is quite fascinated with his fingers – opening and closing his hand.Something else of note is that Fraser has started having night terrors in the last couple of months. He wakes at some random time through the night and cries loudly. He’s inconsolable and won’t respond to anything we say. Eyes are open and he’s shaking. Often the crying is so loud that Lincoln wakes up so I’ve got two to settle down. It’s quite bizarre but apparently the thing to do when you’re around 4 years old.

Our Christmas festivities have begun. Parties, parties, parties. Yesterday, I had two parties on, one right after the other. The first was at the home of one of Fraser’s daycare friends. The second was my work Christmas dinner. So i dressed Lincoln for bed at the first party, fed him, then left Matt to take the boys home while I went on to my work function. Matt went well with Lincoln. Just a couple of dummy resets, and I was home by midnight anyway. Quite successful.