they say, a piksa can tell a thousand words…  Reply

They say, ‘a picture can tell a thousand words’.. Gerald fav’ saying..I do believe this philosophy to be true, probably because we’re both keen artist (that could help), we draw & paint pictures..

 It helps if you have a keen eye for photo-graphy, and I love a great picture.. 

but, seriously.. here are some pictures of me with our host family & good frens in Honiara & surrounding areas..

(Just so you might like to see who/what I look like, ’tis all).. 

love snorkelling, diving, swimming too

This first photo image was taken with my new you-bute GoPro camera..

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Some of my best bits of Honiara and beyond 2

Leaving on a jet plane, I don’t know when I’ll be back again, oh babe I’m set to go. (Now all the Australians of a certain age have their hands in the air swaying from side to side with the music.) But Oh what a time to leave Honiara. Just when my email inbox tells me there are thousands of local hotties wanting to meet me … oh well always best to leave them wanting more.

Before I go a quick summing up of some of my peak experiences of the Solomons before Veronica and team take over the editorship. And, of course, a chance to share some of those contacts I have been too slack to get out there before this.



Playing with the dolphins at Dolphin View Beach
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You can go out on the boat from Dolphin Beach and chase the local pod of dolphins up and down the coast. It can feel a bit like you are harassing them. But they can swim two or three times the speed of the boat and hold their breathe for an hour and yet they keep coming back and frolicking in the bow wave and leaping and spinning for your entertainment, so you have to figure they are not two upset by it all. And they are still there by the time your petrol starts running out. Of course you have to get in the water and try and swim with the dolphins but they never let anyone get close. More…

  Opportunity – Guest lecturer at Don Bosco Technical Institute Reply

By Andrew MacLean

E: elucid8@gmail.com

(Editor’s note: Recntly a local teacher told me how shocked she was to survey her class and find that every student wanted to be either a shop assistant or a taxi driver. Hopefully schemes such this innovative program being established by Andrew MacLean will broaden the horizons of future students. Well done folks.)


Do you have knowledge that you would like to impart to Solomon Island tertiary students? Do have skills that might benefit young adults on their path to employment and family life? Do you just have a good story to tell?


The Don Bosco Technical Institute is proud to announce an innovation for 2017 – a weekly “guest lecture” spot on our timetable.
The Don Bosco Technical Institute in Henderson is proud to support young people from Solomon Islands as they learn technical skills and trades in a Salesian family environment. The Institute is committed to growing socially responsible students who are competent, honest, and upright in character.

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Looking For New (Improved) Editor 4

Well the time has come, as the walrus said. There is only a few weeks before we ‘go finis’. 
I didn’t get to do all that I had wanted to do with Pineapple Post. Not by a long shot. But it is still a great searchable archive of how, why, when and where of life in Honiara created by Jackie Eager before me and an active Facebook page that reaches a few thousand Solomon Islanders. And as I look up the first thing I wrote about how to register your car, so I can do it before we leave, I know that at least that one article has been very useful.

Instead of following up Jackie’s fine work I’ve spent far too much of my time sick or injured and wallowing in existential angst. But what a remarkable spot to be laid low and uninspired by dis-ease, dysfunction and hopelessness. My Gauguin moment in the tropics, but without either the productivity or the underage sex.

Anyway it is time to move up and on for me. And for someone else to take over the editorship of Pineapple Post blog and Facebook page, I hope. And for Pineapple Post it will hopefully be the dawning of a new and more productive period.

If someone is looking for a project on the side or a focus to their time here this could suit you or a small group of friends. It is a great opportunity to meet interesting people and explore the Solomon Islands and make a significant contribution to life in Honiara for, not only the expats, but also the thousands of locals linked through the Facebook page.

Thank you to all those who have helped and contributed over the last twelve months or so. And to everyone, live long and prosper.

So if you think you might be interested in taking on the editorship of Pineapple Post, or volunteer a friend, or just want to know more about all this, contact me asap.

Gerald 8966071 or pineapplepost@hotmail.com

Bye, bye!! – Linocut 120mm x 120mm Gerald Soworka

Honiara Yoga 1

 


For fun, fitness and friendship join the Honiara Yoga community at the Kokonut Café.

When: 8-30am-9-30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday, resuming Friday 27 January 2017.

Where: Upstairs overlooking the ocean at the Kokonut Café. After yoga join us for a refreshing juice or coconut in the breezy Kokonut Café or grab a coffee to go.

What to bring: Please bring a yoga mat, a towel, and a bottle of water.

     
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Making a Move to Solomon Islands from the USA 3


Moving is a stressful thing to do no matter how near, or far the move may be. While Solomon Islands is a beautiful collection of more than 900 breathtaking islands, moving to paradise can still be a little overwhelming, even to seasoned travelers. Solomon Islands is not heavily populated with tourists, so if you are planning a move from the USA, don’t expect to see many other Americans when you arrive unless you are planning to spend some time in casino or resort that caters to tourists. This may be something that appeases you as it means the islands are not overrun with tourism and other activities that often deplete an area’s natural beauty and appeal. More…

Fashion week launch Reply

Association of Solomon Islanders in Creative Fashion (ASIICF) is having their Annual Fashion Show on the 3rd of December at the Coral Sea Resort. And their Fashion Week will commence there after until the 9th of December. 

If you would like to to purchase a ticket for the Fashion Show then please refer to the attached flyer (below).

 

If you would like to view locally made garments, accessories and Artworks, then they will be displayed at the National Art Gallery until the 9th of December.

Getting away from Honiara Day cruise to Roderick Bay Saturday 26 November 1

The 360 day cruises were becoming a semi-regular feature of life in Honiara earlier in the year. They were a great, no-fuss way of getting out of town for the day and exploring the nearby islands.


…. And then came the disastrous Tavanipupu trip. It looked like it had it all, exclusive island retreat, a nice long cruise down and the coast to town the east and lots of happy party goers. But as some of you will remember it was all a bit of bad timing and overcommitment. The boat was running in a new engine and the seas were against them so it all became a very slow rough trip with lots of green and bilious people arriving home much later and much disgruntled.

The day trip to Roderick Bay on Saturday is much more in the style of the original and much more enjoyable model. These are much calmer waters and the big catamaran is stable and safe. There’s good coffee and other drinks available on board. (Your first drink is included in your ticket price.)

It only about two hours easy cruising to Roderick Bay through the spectacular Sandfly Passage and the Bay itself is glorious place to hang out, as you would have seen if you have read the previous post.


Your not just confined to the beach, but can go for walks around the area as well. But I wouldn’t miss out on the chance to snorkel on the coral beds or the wreck of the World Discoverer and see how the reef is rapidly reclaiming it. There’s also the flying fox and rope swings strung between the beach and the wreck.

The beach behind the wreck is gorgeous. Big old trees hanging out over the water creating deep cool shade and great climbing above the shallow, child-friendly in-shore area before the nit Ian drop off to the wreck.


The catering on-shore is being done by Roderick Bay Beach Haven and is a much improved, more cosmopolitan version of local food in great quantity.

Then it is back through the Passage and back to Honiara as the sun sets.

The only problem you have to cope with is getting into the 360 Office and buying your tickets in the next couple of days. Places are limited so don’t leave it to the last moment or you could miss out.


Hopefully this will be the new beginning of regular day trips. So if you, like me, want this to be available as an option in Honiara get your tickets and now and show them that we support it with wallets
Tickets:

Single adult $650

Child $450

Family (two adults and up to three children, so spend a couple of days to pick your favourite three) $1800

Some tickets may be available on the day on board if not full $750
Ticket Office:

360 Office

Commonwealth Ave

Point Cruz

(Next to Lime Lounge and Boaro and Associates)
What to bring:

Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc

Snorkelling gear, towel, coral shoes and gloves for climbing on wreck, etc

Walking shoes/thongs

Some cash for extra drinks on board, beer and wine also available as well as soft drinks

Musical instruments for jamming on boat on way back

Great to bring the children, but also great to leave them at home
Departure 8.30 Honiara Wharf front

Arrival Honiara about 6pm

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Dive Guide Program in the Solomon Islands Reply

The Solomon Islands is one of the premier dive destinations in the world. The pristine coral reefs and spectacular variety of marine life is rarely equalled anywhere in the Pacific. The warm and crystal clear waters beckon diving enthusiasts from around the globe to immerse themselves, quite literally, into an earthly paradise. Diving tourism has been established for some time in the Solomons, and while it is still quite modest in size, most experts anticipate significant growth in this sector.

In the small town of Munda in the Western Province, where some of the best diving in the Solomons is found, a recent initiative has germinated that involves training six young Solomon Islanders to work as fully qualified Dive Guides, to meet the growing demand for Dive Professionals.


Belinda Botha is the Operations Director of Dive Munda, and also a qualified SSI Instructor Trainer. She has been able to garnish support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and SIVB (Solomon Islands Visitors Bureau) to provide a training internship to a number of young locals, with the goal to fully qualify them as International Dive Guide Professionals through SSI (Scuba Schools International).
Dive Munda is a multi award winning dive operation, having recently been awarded the 2016 Dive company of the year by Luxury Travel Guide, and was the recipient of the Social Media Award from the South Pacific Tourism Exchange. Belinda was also recognised at the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2016 Business Excellence Awards as runner up entrepreneur of the year.
Belinda is a former Human Resources executive and has worked for many years in the international diving and tourism sector. She identified a need for more young Solomon Islanders to be trained to take a leading role in promoting and facilitating tourism and diving in their country. She also recognised a need for more women to work as Dive Professionals and has a policy that half her trainees be female.  
Belinda says “I believe the Solomon Islanders are the country’s greatest resource, and I aim to deliver a wholistic level of training, not just as Dive Guide Professionals, but also in tourism, customer service and relations and general life skills”.

“This has been such an exiting project, full of cultural sensitivities and plenty of laughter. It’s so much fun seeing such happy faces, and it’s heartwarming watching people grow and develop on a fast track program. It’s just phenomenal”
One of the trainee Dive Guide Trainees, Junior Ziru, 25, says “Training to be a Dive Guide makes me feel proud of myself and my family. I love to dive in the sea and I look forward to completing the course, when I will have my first experience of working as a Dive Guide. I feel lucky to have a good instructor who has taught me many skills.”
Another of the trainees, George Kasa, 22 says “I found it was amazing, the first time I experienced swimming under the sea, and learning what is under the sea. Belinda has taught us many things and there is more to go.”
Janita Kuangan, 29, looks forward to working in the dive industry. “I look forward to having a professional job. I am really happy and proud to be one of the trainees. I’m looking forward to being with the guests on every dive, and exploring the underwater with them. We have shared a lot of knowledge and gained a lot of skills. We share love and respect for each other and the guests, and take care of one another. I understand how important it is to look after the dive sites very carefully. A huge thanks to Belinda.”
Zaza Bedford, 18 says “It has been a great experience to learn new stuff, being underwater and learning about the fish and other life. Learning professionalism in diving, learning about the environment and the importance of teaching the communities about taking care of the reefs. And a big thanks to Belinda!”
Jenorita Lamupio 26 also embraces the Dive Guide program as a great learning experience “Of how important it is to keep the reefs intact. Somehow I have an opportunity to create something myself. The program has given me much knowledge and has helped me break the barriers to talk with the guests.”
Joan Sasa, 22 says she is also very proud “I feel fine and proud. Scuba diving is amazing and I love the environment. I look forward to be a good dive guide.”
Dive Munda’s existing Dive Master is Brian Daga, he has been working as a guide for twenty years. He has observed changes in the young people from his community who have enrolled in the Dive Guide program, “I’ve noticed how excited they are to see things under the water that they have never seen before. They are meeting people from all around the world. I’ve noticed how they have learned to be punctual and on time for work, and now they have greater opportunities for work around the Solomons.”
Once qualified as Dive Professionals, the guides will be able to apply for a position at any of the dive operators in the Solomons, including Dive Munda’s sister company, Solomon Island Dive Expeditions (SIDE) operating the Dive Liveaboard boat MV Taka.
Belinda hopes to be able to expand the Diveguide training program to other provinces of the Solomons as she envisions securing further funding from stakeholders to help meet the growing demand for well trained professionals in the dive tourism market.
Written by Andrew Trahair – Dive professional for SIDE Dive Munda

Belinda Botha

SIDE Dive Munda

Operations Director

SSI IT #48303 & PADI MSDT #211565

Cell: + 677 789 6869 or Office: + 677 62156 (Solomon Islands)

belinda@dive-solomon.com or for bookings: divemunda@dive-solomon.com

http://www.mundadive.com

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