Will still

Your voice, calm, steady and at times jovial, will still be heard along the shoreline as the morning tide departs. Your heart, and the love you had for your family, will still be felt as rays of golden sunshine warm us from within. Your beauty, so natural and pure, will still be seen upon the…

My island style

How does one express themselves and validate their identity? Could it be by updating a facebook profile pic? Or a posting a string of instagram stories, baring, (slightly staged) social interactions from the last few days? Or perhaps it’s more physical, such as getting a tattoo, or the way you groom your facial hair or…

Our distant cousins – and the significance of culture

Having recently spent 3 weeks abroad in my ‘motherland’ Poland, I was able to observe a culture and lifestyle that was both comfortably familiar, as well as strikingly foreign to my Kiwi and Fijian background. Most of all, I was able to appreciate that even though my cultural roots span 15,777 kilometres, I am able…

It’s the little things

Having now lived in Fiji for 4 years, I feel that I just entered the territory where habitat, livelihood and culture are more understood and second place, a feeling that is not only comforting, but also makes me feel like a. . . . dear I say it. . . . ‘A LOCAL’. So I…

Love is home

Love is home . . . A refuge and sanctuary, raw and exposed cabin fever and confinement wrapped in comfort and security easily disrupted but able to be improved strong and powerful, however reliant on its primary foundations an expense but also an asset and resource a place to return that is also a venue for others once visualised and constructed, always in need of maintenance…

Faith

Reflecting on my past 3 years living in Fiji, I have realised that my journey has been aided by one of the most important components in my life right now – “Faith”. Faith that good things happen to good people, faith that it always works out in the end, faith that everything happens for a reason, and…

Sega na leqa | no worries

Learning how to adapt to your surroundings and accepting cultural norms is developed the longer one lives in a new environment. As a visitor behaves in a new home, the same respect should apply to residing in a new Country. As i’ve discovered, the environment and the vanua (land) are not the only aspects which…

My top 10 honorable mentions

To  commemorate a few of the many things I value here in Oh My Fiji, I have compiled a list of my top 10 honourable mentions, hope you enjoy! 1) The Ocean With paradise literally in my backyard, I had to give mention to the ocean and its splendor. Crystal clear, warm, blue magic, the ocean has…

Kakana dina

Kakana dina or ‘true food‘ sums up the general food ethos within Fiji, food from the land prepared with a touch of soul a pinch of character and a heap of love, not to mention jam-packed full of flavour too. They say that variety is the spice of life, well the ‘spice’ in Fijian cooking comes more so from…

‘Faya boys’

‘GO FIJI GO’. . ‘TOSO VITI!’ I hear a chorus of chants coming from the services station next door. . . The game must be on! I run down the corridor to the only T.V in our block to see all my fellow apartment dwellers huddled around the box, go Fiji go, go Fiji go! It’s the pool…

Kai Viti

Kai Viti or (from Fiji), is a term used here in Fiji to describe or categorise a persons, heritage, origin and descent, as well as Kai Loma (half European- half Fijian), Kaivalagi (caucasian from overseas), Kai India (from India), iTaukei (indigenous Fijian),  half caste, etc. These cultural categories play a significant role in ones identity in Fiji; they distinguish relationships between people and also…

Pot of chicken curry

Every Christmas, amongst the ham, turkey, Buraczki (stewed beetroot), Pierogi (Polish dumplings) and array of other goodies, stood a big pot of  finger licking, bone-in chicken curry, prepared by my Polish Aunty Wiesia. The recipe was passed on from my mother, inspired of course from her time living in Fiji. Not only was curry one of the key dishes at our…