#Vanuatu adventure

THE SIGN

This morning Josie and I erected our Divi’s sign up on the ring road at the Mangaliliu exit.

Josie & Scott erecting Divi sign

Josie & Scott erecting Divi’s sign

 

Josie erecting Divi sign

Very exciting for us, and Darleen shares the moment in this video: https://youtu.be/N2bdnTqWXeI

Also included is a video of the Tapas Bar taken by Darleen on New Years Eve: https://youtu.be/pBQR8q7NPu8

Enjoy … and have a great day.

Scott

Divi’s at Mangaliliu in Vanuatu

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The first day of 2017 … WOW.

We wish you a Happy New Year as you read our latest blog.

Dec 2016 New Year S&D

Dec 2016 New Year

We spent the end of 2016 at our neighbour’s café (Back to Eden – Alan & Bronwen) with the local village.

Check out our video: https://youtu.be/tfr3caDgEIg

Custom at Mangaliliu (Vanuatu) is to say goodbye to the sun, singing local songs, as it sets for the final time for the year … then return to the village for Nakamal, before singing in the New Year at midnight.

We finished 2016 on a high. The kitchen, bar and seating are set up at Divi’s …

Dec 2016 Divis tables

Dec 2016 Divis long shot

We are waiting for the solar replacement parts (received under warranty from Taiwan) to be installed – we will open the bar in the next two (2) weeks.

Last year we spent New Year on the Gold Coast with friends and family talking about our ideas and hopes for what we might achieve at our recently purchased blocks in Mangliliu Vanuatu throughout 2016 – proudly (pun intended) we are drinking our morning coffee in our amazing beachside bungalow, glancing left at Divi’s bar, listing to the ocean lap on the beach … we have come a long way!

Check out our postings on Airbnb:

Divi’s Glamping Bungalow
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16547901?checkin=02%2F28%2F2017&checkout=03%2F02%2F2017&guests=2&adults=2&s=O3jg3E31
– Two confirmed Airbnb bookings already!
Glen & Linda – thanks for their help when we were loading our containers
Gai & Darren – GoFundMe investors

Divi’s Beachside Bungalow
https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/16560298?checkin=02%2F28%2F2017&checkout=03%2F02%2F2017&guests=2&adults=2&s=O3jg3E31

Looking forward to sharing our paradise with you in 2017.

Darleen & Scott

DECEMBER 2016 UPDATE

Sunday morning (4th Dec 2016) on the Gold Coast in Australia. We arrived last night to visit family and friends for a week before Christmas. It will be lots of fun.

Our goal was to open Divi’s on the 16th December 2016, but due to three (3) of our four (4) inverters deciding to “play dirty” (stop working!!!), we don’t have enough electrical capacity to operate all Divi’s fridges and equipment. So, at this point Divi’s “soft opening” date has been pushed back to mid-January 2017. Official opening will still be April 2017.

Before leaving Divi’s at Mangaliliu in Vanuatu yesterday, we captured some great video footage.

Here is the link: https://youtu.be/LS0Bo1fLThE

Darleen and Scott in Vanuatu

EXCITING DEVELOPMENTS ONSITE

We start October 2016, knowing that this will most likely be the last four (4) weeks onsite with Richard the builder. We want to share our experience. Remember, we are building in a remote part of North Efate at Mangaliliu, about 30 minutes from Port Vila in Vanuatu. And neither Darleen or I have every built a house before …

At this point, after having Richard (builder) start the last week in May 2016, we must say building with Richard from Rabco Constructions in Vanuatu has been wonderful. He has different teams of guys for different jobs: block laying, woodwork, plaster and painting, then tiling. Each team has a leader (Dominic, Bong, Ben, Phillip, Pieor), and between 2-6 local Ni-Van (local Vanuatu person) in each team.

They have all been great.

We didn’t realise, but Dominic had been watching Darleen in the garden all week. One Monday (29 August 2016) morning he arrived onsite with a huge collection of cuttings and plants as a gift for Darleen, who spent the whole day creating a garden (Dominics garden – we will show you when you visit). It is coming along well.

Another morning we had been placing better soil from the back of the block into garden beds we created down near the path from the beach. Over the lunch break, one of Dominics team created three bird nest ferns about six (6) feet up on three separate trees. They look great – how lucky were we!!

As you will see in the video link, there has been lots of progress to share with you, and we are very excited – https://youtu.be/IIMJSEvaTXY

We are looking forward to opening Divi’s to guests on Friday 16 December 2016.

Scott from Vanuatu.

WATER TO OUR BLOCKS

We are moving out of Bob’s house (where we are renting) on Thursday 6th October, into our Bungalow. Next week we are hoping to have tiles laid, glass doors fitted, plumbing done, and painting completed, as well as water and gas on. Electricity may be still a few weeks away.

We wanted to share what we have been working on – water.

Have a laugh while watching the video as we try to establish a flow of water from the source to our recently purchased 3,200 litre water tank – https://youtu.be/uFJsylSd8sw

Scott on the tools in paradise.

The Beach

A video request from Glenn at Palm Beach Motors on the Gold Coast, Glenn was my Mechanic for the 11 years I lived on the Gold Coast, great team of guys working for him. Best, most honest Mechanic you could hope for.

So Glenn, here is a couple of videos down at the water’s edge for you.

The tide was a bit low, but it was a nice morning. Enjoy…

https://youtu.be/qaLuGYcxxYk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIuTRfYJQ7M

Cheers

Darleen in paradise

 

Josie!

A couple of nights ago we heard a big crack in the bush beside our place (Bob’s place we are renting). I noticed there was a coconut tree hanging in the branches yesterday at lunch time. When coconut trees fall, usually from old age in the wind, the locals have a saying that equates to “The tree wants you to have a drink”.

I went up to see Josie in the afternoon to let him know there was some fresh coconuts available. Josie lives in a house he built at the back of Bob’s place. He has been working with Bob for over 2 years. He helped Bob find the perfect block of land and helped him build the house and now looks after the grounds.

Josie’s kids, all boys, (pikininis) his nephew Carl, eldest Odino, middle Yano and youngest Oniel, appeared on the patio this morning after breakfast giving us 3 drinking coconuts, peeled and ready to pop. Carl had climbed up a tree yesterday and they came down to give us some! How sweet is that!

Josie was there a few minutes later to check out the fallen coconut palm. He borrowed our bush knife to slash a path into it. I followed him in and threw the coconuts out to Carl.

Josie and Darleen

Scott and the kids watching Josie

Then Josie grabbed a stick and sharpened both ends and peeled one for us, I got it on Video, check it out…

https://youtu.be/gwspQth1C9E

Then he showed us how to get to the coconut water once peeled, another video for that…

https://youtu.be/xnRRMGSHG4c

Josie and Darleen

Josie and Darleen

And then Scott had a go at the peeling thing, a bit of practice and he’ll be a wiz

Can’t get fresher than that on a Sunday morning! Yum…

Darleen in Paradise.

BUNGALOW & TAPAS BAR WALK 31 AUGUST 2016

The video below updates construction on the Bungalow that we plan to move into in the first week of October 2016. Less than five (5) weeks away.

Check out the video taken earlier this morning … https://youtu.be/xBPKTpWP1-Y

Our second container arrived in Port Vila this week. So now all our worldly possessions are in Vanuatu … ironically still having trouble getting the first container delivered!

The next video shows progress on the Tapas Bar.

This video was also taken earlier this morning … https://youtu.be/xmuQBdqzYKY

Hope you are enjoying the updates.

Scott from Vanuatu

OCEAN BLOCK WALK – 31 AUGUST 2016

In the last few weeks the focus for construction has moved back to our bungalow. The goal is for us to move in and reside permanently in the bungalow the first week of October 2016 … saying goodbye to renting Bob’s house.

Check out the video taken earlier this morning. It shows me walking from the road down through the front block to the ocean … https://youtu.be/yaJby1OGpNY

Sadly in the last week Abbie, one of the village bakers, lost his wife. It came as a surprise. She died on Friday night, and was buried on Saturday. A very quick process. Part of Vanuatu custom is for the village to mourn her passing for five (5) days. Lots for us to learn about the local culture. We don’t want to just be here. We want to be part of the community, understanding the culture and the Vanuatu way of doing things. To add to the local community, through employment, and sharing local history and cultural knowledge with our family, friends and guests.

Scott from Mangaliliu in Vanuatu