Ni Sa Moce, Fiji – Vinaka

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After twelve days at the hotel where Eunie has been staying, eating every meal consisting of pretty much the same stir-frys and curries every day, she was ready for a gastronomic break. I told her yesterday, when I came back from the Nadi Temple, that there was a MacDonald’s somewhere back in the direction of town. So, at about noon, we started the long walk in the quest of the undisputed king of junk food.

It turned out to be a bit farther than I remembered, possibly a couple of miles. Eunie never slowed down or looked back. The call of the Big Mac was shrieking raucously in her ears:

When in North America we never eat so foolishly. Our idea of junk food in Indianapolis is to go to Arnie’s Bar and Restaurant and get a single order, which we share, of gigantic mushroom caps filled with a nice Italian tomato sauce and topped with Romano cheese. In Canada we call big, steaming bowls of onion soup junk food. Hmmm . . . stringy cheese . . .

If you’re wondering how MacDonald’s manifests its image of looming obesity in Fiji, wonder no more:
Right, it looks just like the one three blocks from your house.

And, as for the offensive object itself:

Yes, it is just as disgusting and offensively tasteless as anywhere on the face of Mother Earth.

I have to admit that Eunie and I have a sort of death pact between us. Everywhere we go in the world, and that list is ramping up quite nicely, we seek out a MacDonalds and force ourselves to eat a Big Mac. Eunie actually claims to like one once in a while. I can hardly choke it down.

It’s a little taste of home.

Ni Sa Moce, Fiji – Vinaka.  (Goodbye, Fiji – Thanks.)

It’s been nice.

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12 Responses to “Ni Sa Moce, Fiji – Vinaka”

  1. Colin Huggins Says:

    Hi Jan

    Great report from Fiji.
    Like you I choke even at the thought of MacDonald’s food.
    Eaten there once in my life – never again!

    Words fail me in my description of those places – I almost suffer heart palpitations on seeing their signs!

    Still you seem to have had a good break from PNG life????

    Colin ( Finschhafen 63/69 – class)

  2. MadDog Says:

    Colin, I did have a very nice break from the grind in Fiji, despite the little bout with senile dementia.

    I can’t believe that I once liked Big Macs. What was I thinking? Now I can hardly gag one down. I gotta admit that the fries aren’t too bad.

    I’m sure glad to be back home in my nest. My wings are tired.

  3. Steven Goodheart Says:

    This was a fun post….I haven’t eaten at Mac’s now for probably 10 years……but I admit, when I walk by one, sometimes, just sometimes, I feel the tug…obviously, something they put into the grease!

    Have a safe trip back.


  4. Steven Goodheart Says:

    (Opps, wait, you are back…..don’t mind me….just a little….I forgetted….)

  5. MadDog Says:

    Steven, I think that was my last Big Mac. I no longer feel the tug.

  6. MadDog Says:

    Steven check out My doctor thinks that is what happened to me.

  7. Steven Goodheart Says:

    Hey MadDog….glad to hear Big Mac is history. I wish the their effect of this mega-corp the environment was also history!

    When I first saw the words “transient global amnesia” I thought, “Damn, does it have something to do with global travel—long trips?” LOL! It was a fascinating read, though, and it sure does sound exactly like what you describe happening. Happily, it doesn’t seen serious and is, in fact, “transient.” You seem to live a healthy life-style with good diet and exercise that would mitigate such stuff. Anyway, a sigh of relief from me for you when I read this.

    I’m still going to “pray’ for you until I get the cosmic “sign off” message, so to speak. Big metta to you, my friend, and to your dear Eunie.


  8. MadDog Says:

    Steven, I’m going to comfort myself with my doctors’s diagnosis. It does seem to match up very well. The incidence in over-50s in the USA seems to be about 5.2 / 100,000. That makes it not so rare that I might not believe it, but rare enough to explain why I’ve never heard of it.

    Let me know when you get the “okay” signal. I really do apprecaite the extra help. I know that one prayer is as effective as 1,000,000, but no amount of prayer is wasted or excessive.

  9. Steven Goodheart Says:

    Feels like you’ll be getting some extra love for a while, so far as it feels from my end…I am fiercely protective of my friends….and you’re right, no amount of heartfelt prayer is ever wasted. And indeed, our daily kindnesses and openness to light, whether in nature or our acquaintances is a way of praying “without ceasing.”

    Big peace and love to you,

  10. MadDog Says:

    Thanks, Steven. I like your remark about “praying without ceasing’. Honestly, I don’t, and have seldom had a fixed or regular “time of prayer” each day. Frankly, I find that it distracts me from my much more necessary, for me, task of living in a constant state of spiritual awareness. This is probably why I don’t find traditional mediation useful. What I do, need, however, is to find time for introspection and self-examination. If I don’t do this regularly, I just revert to being a wild man.

  11. Mari Says:

    So, any chance of moving to Fiji…lol

    Has the place changed at all? My favourite area of Fiji has to be the Koro Coast with all the lovely hotels like the Warick, Regent etc.

    Trust you had a great time there.

    God bless,

  12. MadDog Says:

    No we’ll stay in PNG as long as we still feel safe, but it’s getting prettty dangerous here. I could easily live in Fiji. We got some interesting offers from some other delightful places also, while Eunie was attending the PIPSO conference.