So Fiji People … written by Big Virge 12/12/2015

So …. Fiji people !!!

Well, my journey was not even complete, and I was due to hit, Christmas Island, before hitting Fiji … !!!!!

However, due to some very extreme conditions !!!

I was stuck in Honolulu Airport, having been told my flight had not left the island, and would be delayed for at least 2 and a half hours !!!!

Well, as air turbulence is never fun, I didn’t fancy a flight through weather that had grounded flights, so, was glad to be lounging around, waiting for news, and then met an English guy, who, much like myself, was on his way via numerous flights, to one of his destinations, Hong Kong, so, I gave him my tailors details in Hong Kong, as he wanted a 24 hour, tailor made suit, Hong Kong style !

So, upon giving him the details, then found out that yeah, the delay would be for 3 hrs of so, but, that this was due to the weather, so, we would be flying straight into Fiji !

Good news for me, as the flight time would be reduced by the time of the delay, so, all should work well !!!

Okay, so finally i’m on my Fiji airways flight, upon a very sweet little Airbus, and due to the flight diversion, found aisles of seats empty, so, could stretch my long self out thankfully !!!

The attendants were very professional, and the flight went very smoothly, and I ended up getting two dinners, which, for a change, were more than edible and were actually quite tasty for aircraft food !!!!

Presumably, prepped Fijian style ….

So, was looking forward to landing, and upon doing so, found customs to be quite stern, to the point where, in the end, I had my luggage opened up for a check, for the FIRST TIME EVER … !!!

However, having read about Fijis policies on bringing goods into the island, was cool about it, as the guard did his job without going overboard …

So, late as it was, my transfer company were awaiting my arrival, and thus, my Fijian experience was beginning … And let me tell you, these are some cool ass people !!!!

Smiles and a HUGE … Bula – (Hello) – Welcome !!!!!

So, after the jokes started, due to my head, virtually, hitting the ceiling in their office, my Hindu driver started the hours drive to my resort, The Outrigger !!!!

Well all I can say is …

WOW … !!!

Again, a massively warm greeting from the bell hops, complimentary ice tea, and off to my accommodation, a Bure Hut, traditional Fiji styled accommodation, and yes, it is a HUT !!!!

A Straw roof, and basically, a luxury wooden outhouse on the grounds of what I was later to find out, is a 43 acre, deluxe complex, for the 5 star traveller !!!

Now I don’t say that to f’ing brag, as it was merely part of my stop and go plan to get to New Zealand, without, extensive flight times !!!!

Well, BIG respect to My agent, Elaine, back in England at Eton Travel, who was not playing with her hotel selections for my trip !!!

It was by then, like, 10.30 pm, sort of time, and after a long day waiting around, the hammock outside the Bure, was too good to resist .. !!!!

However, smart man I am, I locked myself out of the Bure’ immediately !!!!

Now, having been driven to this, remotely located hut, on what was essentially a golf cart, I had to make the trek, in the dark, back up to the front reception, a good 10 minute hike up a rather steep hill !!!!!

Anyway, once I ordered room service for some food, I chilled and hit the hay finally !!!

Upon waking up, it occurred to me that my booking was for an Ocean View, which I didn’t have, so, went to distress some management … !!!

Well, the vibe of the staff was so warm and merry, that I was quite calm when I spoke to this, soft spoken, but, very apologetic, Fijian man, who was like,

“We’ll sort everything today !”

…. and then explained that the Bure was actually an upgrade, due to my late arrival !!!

More fool me eh, but hey, a chance to see two styles of room in a 3 night stay !!!

Why not …. ?!?

So, off for a massage, Balinese style …. and what a spa, again, needed a golf cart ride to get to this spa, located at the peak of the resort !!!!

A wedding had just taken place, so I sneaked a picture of the bride and groom, in full cultural dress, which had the bride saying … ” and who is this dude !!! ” as I snapped before asking !!!!

Anyway, off I went to this spa, that was like, a floor out of Bruce Lees’, Game of Death movie !!!!!

Phenomenal views and a suitably, comparable massage !!!!

Now fully relaxed, down to my room to chill and get my plan for the next day in order !!!!

A cultural jet boat ride, that stops for tourists to meet villagers who live by the banks of the longest river in Fiji, the Sigatoka’ river, was just the ticket !!!

So, off to bed and, an early start, but only for food, as the tour started at 12.30 in the afternoon.

Well, need I say that the food in the resort was, TOP DOLLAR !!!

The tour popped into the town of Sigatoka briefly, before heading out to the river where off roading was also available, on a beautiful day !!!!

Life jackets on, and off we went in what appeared to be a rickety boat, only to find it had a Lexus engine, and a very cool driver, who ran jokes, as well as giving us, informative, local historical knowledge, as we flew past locals swimming in the river, cattle grazing, and horses being washed, or chilling on the river banks !!!

Pure NICENESS !!!

These villagers are some of the oldest in Fiji with families going back generations, subsistence farming, and it was incredibly humbling to be allowed into their antithesis of the materialistic western world !!!!

Especially as, historically, these people were once cannibals, who didn’t take kindly to visitors, especially, Europeans, with fast hands, who chose to disrespect them, and their culture !!!!!

Chief Ori’, our chief for the day, was quiet and unassuming, as he guided us round the Koroua’ Village, where 18 families lived, in his bare feet !

A Fijian, steeped in his people’s heritage, who explained everything, from how his grandfather moved there many years before, from further up the river, to how all the families were descendants of his offspring !!!!!

From Wooden to brick houses, and of course, a church, were what constituted their village ….

Incredible to think that in 2015, that people still live in such simplistic, but to me, naturally rich ways !!!!

We were then advised as to the ritual we were about to become part of … The local, welcome ritual, to meet the elders, in what to most would be, essentially, a community hall to Western folk !!!

This was to have Kava, a local drink, which is a very traditional drink, made from a root, that, to say the least, had quite an effect, as I was to find out later on that night !!!!

Somewhat like a hallucinogen !!!

The ceremony felt, very spiritual, and the energy and vibe of the village men was serious, until we were formally welcomed, after we each had to introduce ourselves by name, and say what we each did.

… and, for those women complaining about equality, the lady who was with us, had to enter last, interestingly, which seemed to be a very serious requirement !!!

Certain things should to me not be seen as demeaning, they just are, and maybe some women should recognise that these things are not chauvinistic, but for certain peoples, have historical relevance, from a cultural perspective, not just here in Fiji !!!!

Worth thinking about …..

Anyway, we were then treated to food, all from the village, grown and produced by the villagers !!!!!

It was all, incredibly humbling, as it was clear that this food was somewhat of a feast, laid on especially for us, as visitors !!!!

Of course, a financial offering was later asked for, from us, as these tours have now reached a point where, we as tourists, help the villagers, from that perspective, so that they can use the money to buy certain materials that benefit the town, and it’s people when dealing with those living in the more modernised world as it were, that may help, without hopefully, changing their way of living too much.

We were then invited to join in a celebratory dance, as much as a fond farewell, as it was, a celebration of our being there, which was ably enhanced by the men, playing guitar and singing, while some of the elder women came out and got their groove on with us !!!

A great way to end the experience, Chief Ori’ then escorted us outside, where the children with rugby ball in hand, had our chief for the day, due to his age, Craig, from Australia, running, line out practice with them, as fine a final memory, as the day had been !!!!

Then, back to the boat for some, 360 spins, ably done by our driver, who drenched my ass at the back of the boat, but, that was great fun … !!!!!

He was clearly, well trained, and it was all very safe, but was a great way to end the day !!!!

The youngster who was in our party, quickly coming to the back of the boat, to indulge in the drenching, as we headed back to base !!!

The youngster later, was running nuff’ talk on me, in the bus back, as I found out this little Australian, was quite cheeky, and clearly, was very intrigued with everything from, where I was from, to where I was staying, to my hair, and my teeth, which were in his opinion, apparently yellow !!!!

I think he suitably embarrassed his mum and dad, who were, apparently, staying in the room, next to me, at the hotel !!!!!

So, having not even reached New Zealand yet, i’m now completing this post, as i’m heading back to Fiji, sadly, for a fleeting stop, on my way home ….

However, Fiji, due to its people, and the spiritual energy of the country, that I managed to experience, will always have a very special place in my heart ….. !!!

And the word … ” BULA ” … Will always bring a smile to my face ….

And, one day …. with The creators blessing, I will come back to this place, and make it a holiday to remember …. just like the wonderful three days I had, first time around ….

However, onwards and upwards once again, as I head New Zealands’ way, as I now land in Nadi safely, via Fiji airways, once again !!!!

and there you have it …..

That was …

Fiji People … !!!!!

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” Miami Vibes ” … written by Big Virge 9/12/2015

So, finally I stop in Miami for a couple of nights, having passed through the airport to go elsewhere previously.

So, a rather, unhelpful girl, questioned my receipt for a free transfer to my hotel, but, eventually accepted that I was due a spot on the bus !

The volume of Latinos & South Americans who are in this part of America is evident, from the airport, to the hotel, just from the volume of Spanish being spoken !!!!

So, off to the, ” Intercontinental “, which overlooks the bay, and is basically downtown ….

…. and WOW …. What a cool spot !!!

A … Very Old Hotel, by all accounts, but, fully decked out !

As per my trip to Maui, last year, the front desk guy was immediately on some,

” I’ll upgrade you sir ! “, without batting an eyelid, so, 12th floor, overlooking the bay, rather than my original room, which had a basic view of the bricks and mortar of downtown Miami !!!

So, already feeling the vibe of the place, my second encounter with my bell hop, was very cool too, as he explained that my room had some nice touches, like, electronic blinds so I need not leave my bed when going to sleep, or, when wanting to view the bay from my bed, upon waking up !!!!!

Also, info watch folks … !!!!!

There were some beverages placed on what, appeared to be a tray !!!!

Well, NOT QUITE … !!!

It was actually an, electronic device, which, he stated, charged the room, as soon as any of the items were lifted from their respective positions !!!!!

Nice !!!!!

…. but, not if you’re not made aware of such, subtle extravagances, which would clearly cost ya a fair penny !

Anyway, shower and food, as it was already 11 pm on Friday night, so, I wanted to try and sample the nightlife !!!

Well, the main restaurant stayed open late at the weekends thankfully, so, dinner was an 11.30 job in a very, swankily designed area, adjacent to the lobby and bar !!!!

I was greeted by a very cool, Peruvian waiter, named Rodrigo, who was very talkative, so, after having some, Delicious lamb, and an absolutely, spot on steak, with lots of Latin spices and a Colombian Bread, that just melted as soon as it touched my palette, he explained that the restaurant was owned and designed by a Mexican, who had a chain that was in places from, New York to Dubai, and to be fair, it wasn’t cheap, but, wasn’t crazy expensive either, but man, the food was exquisite !!!!!

Had a selection of what appeared to me, to be, steroid abusers, well, body builders, at the table across from me, a sight that I not only expected to, but, did see during the next couple of days in Miami !!!!

Maybe they were clean … ???

…. but, this is Miami, and, as Rodrigo and I ended up discussing, as cool as Miami is, pretence in Floridians, is as common as you’d expect in a place where money is flaunted !!!

We spoke on a multitude of topics, and he explained, that I could walk around safely, but shouldn’t do it downtown, as crime is quite regular, and we’re talking some pretty nasty ish’ … !!!

People are regularly held up, or, as he stated, CUT UP … by those below the poverty line !!!

However he stated that rather than head to South Beach, I should try the, Brickell Village, as its bars and clubs stay open, pretty much, through the night, and has a cool vibe, and, Hot Chicas’, are all over the place !!!!

As our conversation became more extensive, he explained about his reasons for leaving his home in Peru.

The story, sadly, encompassed being impoverished, and as beautiful as Peru is, he warned against staying in Lima, as crime levels have increased considerably, in recent times there.

Considering he was working, we really did have a very extensive conversation, which broached everything from, family, to appearance and judgement, as he explained that he liked to rock a FULL ON, ” Billy Goat Gruff “, type of look, which his wife, and work, prohibited him from sporting, and he suggested that, my hair would draw, quite a lot of attention, but was a popular look in Miami.

Well, as ever, I explained that it’s not all good, and that it tends to expose ignorance in people, pretty quickly !

Thus, time to find out if he was right, well, as ever, being in a money environment, exposes you to a very different attitude from people, because of the assumption, that you must be loaded !!!

Well, as I hit the bar for my customary, holiday XO, a white guy who was there on his own, immediately said hello, and chat began.

He was a very, cool looking, 50 year old dude, and he quickly stated, was a 6 figure earning realtor, who had found God, a recently born again Christian, so, I was on some …

“Okay, let me drink my drink and move on type vibes “, in my mind, but, as he talked more, he said he was a Rotarian, and that he was in the process of trying to provide affordable housing for the poor, that encompassed, I guess, more than the norm, as in, providing schemes to not only house, but to, educate and provide ways to employ, and secure things like, child care, so that these people could eventually sustain themselves gainfully, as he claimed his, Christian faith, had instructed him to do this !!!!

An interesting chap right … ???

He also claimed to have invested 300 thousand dollars, of his own money, over the last three years, and had networked with developers, to bring his idea to fruition, downtown, in Miami.

Indeed, an interesting guy, who then explained that he’d just got divorced, due to meeting another Christian Woman, who was a catalyst for change in what was clearly, a wealthy, but, unhappy existence !

Interesting doesn’t even, begin to explain this dude, as he then invited me to go partying with him !!!!

Hmmmm…. Quite the Christian, as he explained when we left the bar, at 2 am, to go looking for a good time !

Well, as he explained about his run ins wih women and hookers in Miami … It wax clear he wasn’t quite as, squeaky clean, as I suggested to him, a Good Christian should be !!!!!!

He seemed to appreciate my candour, so, then was like, “i’m gonna take you to The Brickells'”, so we can look for some pussy !!!!

I was of course, willing, and next thing he was taking me to his apartment, or, should I say Private Condo building, to pick up his car, well, TRUCK !!!!

… so we could drive to a favourite spot of his called, ” The Blue Martini ” …. A bar come club.

It reminded me of some, Dave Chappelle stand up, where he spoke on white peoples’ attitude to breaking the law, when driving, as my newfound, buddy for the night, Robert, had already had a few too many to be driving, i’d imagine, according to local law !!!!

Now, he wasn’t like, blind drunk, but, was def’ over the limit, not that he cared one iota !!!!!

So, as he takes me into this, again …. Very Plush Building … !!! … with, reception security as we entered, we go up like, 20 floors, and then I see this blacked out, heavy duty, pick up, that now proved he was no bullshitter !!!!

Money – YES, clearly in ABUNDANCE !!!!!

So, off we go, the truck was, SO BIG, that it could barely make the bends, to get out of the car park !!!!

Classic Mustangs, etcetera, on every floor !!!!

As we roll into the village, he points out new developments downtown, that are far from affordable, but, have waiting lists to get into !!!

1 & 2 bed condos’ that go for 300 thousand Dollars, upwards, that are in 60 floor buildings !!!!!

We get to the bar at 3, and he says it shuts at 4 !!!!!

The doorman, when he sees me, is ready to turn me away, until I drop, that the bar needs some London vibes !!!!

He smiles, but, as I have no I.D. …. He starts trying it, and basically, demands cash for him to let me in, so I get him to accept a 20, but, the cover is still a further 50 to get in !

Robert, who was vex that I paid the doorman, without batting an eyelid, covers the 50 for me, and party time begins !!!!!

Well, cool spot it was !!!!!

One floor up from ground level, all on one floor, but, with an outdoor bar, as well as two other bars, and people could dance where they wanted.

Latin tunes were thumping, with that, electronic edge to them, a mostly, mature crowd, so, we were good !

My man was scoping immediately, so, as I said to him, quite the Christian …. Ha Ha …. !!!!

So, having bought the first drink, the lil’ hottie’, who served it, got REALLY Pissy, when she received no tip !!!!

It was like a Reservoir Dogs moment, as, unless I get some exceptional service, i’m not tipping, just because ?!?

However, as Robert quickly explained, the service industry staff in The US, get paid so poorly, that they need their tips, so, I obliged, mainly because …. she was f’ing hot !!!!!

So, we started to prowl, and BOOM …. It was as if this, Super Fine Chica’, could smell the money, and Robert was that dude !!!!!

So, after he bought us, two HUGE Cohiba’ Cigars !!!!!

I told him to get on her cos’, she was eyeing him up …. and, he was in like Flint !!!!!

She was tall & sexy, but, very flirtatious !!!!

So, I started to get down to the tunes, and drank and smoked to my hearts content …. and had a great time, til’ 5 !!!!

In the meantime, Robert had dished the girl his business card, but said that he knew she used him for drinks, but, for that, he got to grab her up !!!! tits and ass, but he was one of quite a few, who did …..

Different town, same old ish’ ….

Hot chicks doing their, teasing and gold digging thing, which now, makes me laugh, because they’re so f’ing obvious !!!

So, Crazy Night … Crazy Christian Guy …. But I had a great time !!!!!

The Virge, getting some Miami vibes, thankfully, without the vice !!!!!

Onwards and upwards, as my next trip would take me to Honolulu, Hawaii ….

More to come folks …..

One.

The Virge

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And so, the Fukry’ begins … written by Big Virge 23/11/2015

So, off on my travels to, far away lands, but wait ….

Oh Noooooo …. Paris attacks and the Terrorism Hoopla, begins …. !!!!!

Well, I am now able to edit what I started to write in November, due to an enormity of media rhetoric about the terrorism of differing kinds, in Paris, Gatwick, Colorado, San Bernardino, Leytonstone, in London, and, of course, the Presidential Election campaign for 2016, with DT …. The Trumpster’, running his gums about anything and everything, to garner attention, and I dare say, to stir up controversy, that will not only garner him support, but also, some vitriol, that will keep his name in the news, which i’m sure, in his mind, will aid his campaign to run America ….

…. but …. before all that

After plane parking issues in Bim’, it seems that The USA, in this case, Miami, is holding landed planes, for no apparent reason ???

One has to wonder whether this is due to the recent, Paris Situation ?

Well, it’s hard to believe that it isn’t, in some way, due to recent events across the water !?!

I had booked my trip essentially, some time before the bombing, and wouldn’t of changed my plans because of it, but, here is where the effects of said, ” Paris Incident ” …. would seem to be, already taking their toll on the … Oh So Righteous …. US of A !!!!!

God blessed right ?!?

Well obviously, not so much that visitors can get in and out of the airport they land in, without delays, where little to nothing is conveyed to passengers, as to why ?!?

Of course, Miami, is a good spot for illegals to try coming into America, but for crying out loud !!!!!

If the country is God Blessed, then surely they shouldn’t be so worried about a few illegals, who, with the Holy blessing, that America has in it’s back pocket, would surely not be given such a blessing, if they were terrorists right ???

I’m being trite !!!!

Innocent people are dying, excuse me, being terrorised, murdered & killed …. !!!!!

Hmmm … sound like anything that has been going on in America, to seemingly, a pre-dominance of black folks, at the hands of Government backed, gun tooting police, who, if they can’t shoot ya, just choke men to death !!!!!!

Okay, some who were doing things they maybe, shouldn’t of been, but hey, these things happen everyday right, from street corners to the corridors of power right …. ???

Alright then, moving on ……

If … Intelligence, is supposedly going to high alert levels, well,
bloody well act like it … !!! … and let people know what’s going on !!!!!

No word from the captain, just that we’re being held due to there being, no space for our plane to park at the gate that should of been free !!!!

Hmmmm …. funny how the same issue seems to have been on repeat for the flights ahead of us !!!!!

As for the usual line of ..,. ” Not wanting to panic people … “, well, it certainly doesn’t stop, media outlets from doing it, as soon as any form of ” apparent ” …. attack, is made by, ” Islamic Fundamentalists “, even if the facts have not been, fully established ?!?

It’s Friday night and I for one, for a change, would really like to get to customs, so that I can enjoy my stop in Miami !!!!!

Well finally, some NINETY minutes after arriving, it seems that, all is well, and we are allowed off, however, it is clear that quite a few passengers have been delayed long enough for them to have missed their connecting flights, one of whom, happened to be, Ex- West Indies, International Cricketer, Gordon Greenidge !!!!!

… who happened to be sitting, a couple of rows in front of me !!!

I had to look at him a few times before recognising that it was one of my childhood heroes, who was traveling on the same flight !

Unassuming, and clearly not wishing to be noticed, I waited until we crossed paths in the baggage hall, to ask the question, and then get a photo, which he was thankfully, willing to do, even if somewhat reluctantly !

He was far from talkative but I respected the fact that he wanted it that way, and had to respect the fact that he was probably pissed at missing his flight to Texas !!!

Anyway, off to get my shuttle and my first, of quite a few hotels on this extensive trip to the other side of the world …… and finally, first destination reached, it was my time to see what Miami has to offer !!!!!

More instalments to come …… as the fukry’, in terms of world events, it would seem …..

Begins ……. !!!!!

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” Reason ” … A Poem written & performed by Big Virge

Okay folks …..

It’s that time of the month for some, Big Virge, Poetic Stuff ….

I am a long way from home currently, but it seems that, after the Paris attacks, Gatwick Terror alerts, and more gun massacres in the US, that, reasonable thought processes are being forsaken for, ” Gung Ho’ type “, reactionary responses.

So, as The Pope has been doing his thing in Africa, and Trump doing has been doing his … i.e.

“Running His Gums” …. in the US …..

I’m wondering, where the logic and reason is …. in peoples rhetoric currently ???

Well, it’s time for some reason, Big Virge Styled, that defies all these extremist type attitudes, and I don’t mean, ISIS, ISIL or any other type of group who is deemed to be wreaking havoc across the globe right now …..

Those who know, KNOW, they are far from being the only terrorists out there, in this world of ours …..

I am currently in New Zealand, funnily enough, YET ANOTHER, British Colony, in a place called Queenstown, also like Barbados, to the locals, known as you guessed it …. Little England, due to the volume of Brits who now, live and work here, where, as a Zimbabwe born farmer told me….

“When they came here, the Brits were bloody stupid !!!”

…. when speaking about certain agricultural policies, that they rather foolishly employed, that when thought about, were quickly proven to be as stupid, as much that is being spouted currently, by them and their apparently, ” Special Friends “, across the water !?!

Well, having managed to gain a little Maori culture, in my first few days here, it only seems fitting that I should, this month, share a piece that shows how much respect I have, not only for the GREAT, All Black Rugby team and World Cup Winners for 2015, but also, a culture whose warrior spirit, deals in more than reactionary responses to war …..

Thus, here is a poem that touches on that, and much much … more … !!!

In a time where we are seeing people act in very, irrational ways ….

Take some time out to listen to some thoughts based on, as said ….

Sumthin’ more, than talk of ignorance, terror and war ……

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