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03 - 04 Oct 2012 (SIN - SYD - NAN)

Our 30 hours journey to the Soft Coral Capital of the world started on 03 Oct 0430hrs from Singapore,  arriving at Nadi Airport on 04 Oct 1330hrs. It took us 24 hours to reach Nadi Airport and another 5 hours of land/boat transfer to reach our first resort in Kulu Bay Resort.

Its consisted of SQ241 SIN-SYD (8hrs), Overnight transit in Sydney (14hrs), FJ914 SYD-NAN (4hrs), Land Transfer Nadi to Pacific Harbour (4 hrs)
Boat Transfer Pacific Harbour to Kulu Bay Resort (0.5hrs) ... phew.

Where is FIJI ?   Where is SINGAPORE ?
A lot of people in Singapore does not know where Fiji is and a lot of people in Fiji has no idea where Singapore is ... so I guess a map will help.

03 Oct 0500hrs - Check-in Singapore Changi Airport. Apparently still energetic at the start of the journey although effectively we only had 3 hours sleep as we were up packing till 0130hrs.

Check-in to City Hotel Sydney @ 193 Clarence Street.
Hotel is quite good, relatively new, has all the basic amenities and 5 mins walk to Darling Harbour.
Sydney's CBD traffic condition has not changed much since I was here 2 year ago. Our taxi was stuck at a single traffic light outside QVB for almost 15 minutes and that chalked up a AUD$75 taxi fare.

Dinner at Cyren Restaurant at Darling Harbour, Sydney.
Oysters, Calamari, Grilled barramundi and a 500g T-Bone Steak. Not sure why we needed so much food when technically it is the 4th meal for the day and all we did prior was sit in a plane eating airline food.

The hotel help arranged a taxi pickup at 0330hrs and we were back in Sydney International Airport at 0400hrs in the morning !
For those who need to know, Sydney airport closes at about 2am and re-opens at 4am. Yes, it never occurred to me that an airport closes.
What am I doing here ?? its 0430am in the morning !

Making use of Free Wifi at Sydney Airport to check-in to facebook to let the world knows that we are still alive.

Viaggio Expresso Bar opens at 0500hrs with a Sydney sunrise. Made a perfect cup of piccolo latte with Allpress beans which happens to be one my favorites. Life saver for the morning.


4 Oct 1230hrs: Finally we are on FIJIAN soil with a Welcome Band at the Airport

Its not over yet! Another 4-5 hours of land / boat transfer before we reach the resort.

Lunch stop-over at Raffles Gateway Hotel opposite the airport.
Same Raffles as Sir Stamford Raffles that founded Singapore? Apparently so, as this hotel was related to the East India Company back then.

The last leg was a 30mins speedboat ride to Kulu Bay Resort on Beqa Island with another welcome song on the island

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