Paradise on earth? Welcome to the Pacific!

It’s almost winter here in Melbourne and while the rain falls and the frost thickens, we while away our time by looking out the window and dreaming of holidays.  Holidays with endless sunshine, drinking straight from the coconut and swimming in the ocean at night. The Pacific Islands can give you this luxury and it…

Where are you going?

They will laugh at you. Most of the time you won’t know what you’ve done to make them laugh. Just roll with it and don’t take it as a personal insult – they just laughing. You’ll get used to it.

‘The sun is getting closer’

I believe that the world is changing in climate. Not because a politician has said it, not because it’s in the newspaper and not because someone else has told me that I should. I’m taking the word of a local I-Kiribati fisherman who is just trying to provide for his family.

Kiribati kids

  Firstly allow me to apologise.  I haven’t had a chance to sit down and write for a while – something that I myself get more upset about than anything else.  Please believe me when I say that I think of this blog every day and the guilt just piles on when I haven’t written…

A very Islander week.

  I’ve had a very islander week this week.  Well as much as one can while living and working in a city.  Before I tell you about the two wonderful events I went to this week, I’d like to mention one thing.  Obviously, we all have our own personality traits which make up our own…

Aren’t we all the same?

When I was in Kiribati last October, I also had a close friend of mine working for an Aboriginal community in the middle of Northern Territory.  We met each other when we were both living in Manchester, UK in 2009 and our friendship began when she came up to me at work (we had started…

Kiribati relocating to Fiji?

I’ve discovered that the more I write, the more I love it. To be honest, I’ve never considered myself much of a writer but I really enjoy it.

Surviving at sea Kiribati-style (without giving yourself an enema)

    Once upon a time there lived two fishermen that got lost in the middle of the Pacific ocean without food or water. Five weeks later, they washed up ashore of a neighboring country 500 miles away in relatively good health. The chances of these men surviving were always going to be pretty slim…

Living among the ancestors (and people with no teeth)

As most of you know 11th November is Remembrance day. In Kiribati, it is also Remembrance day but they take it to another level. On the 11th everyone goes to the graves of their deceased family members and decorates the grave. They clean the area, decorate it with coconut leaves and balloons and then cover…

Women of the Pacific

In previous posts I mentioned how wonderful the women in my family are.  I have also previously mentioned that there are huge domestic abuse issues on Kiribati. Yeah, this isn’t such a happy topic is it?  But nevertheless, a topic that must, must, must be out in the open. Unfortunately almost every I-Kiribati woman I…