Monthly Archives: June 2017

Challenges of Flying to the Pacific from the East Coast of America

Islanders like this Pacific Woman in Philly (PWIP), understand all too well the dilemma and challenges of packing for a trip to our lovely islands and especially if one is travelling from the East coast of America. From trying to find the best deals on flights, without the hassle of catching ten flights, right down to the intricate details of packing one suitcase so it can weigh exactly 50 kilos and not over that. I think the new airline rules were made up for Pacific Islanders.

I remember flying decades ago,  seeing the boxes and suitcases that islanders like myself, would take on the plane. It’s a wonder the plane was able to get up into the sky with all that cargo.

Another challenge in travelling to the Pacific is the price of the flight. I’ve found that the most economical way is to fly with an US airline that works with the international carrier I’m flying with because than I’ll be paying one fee for excess luggage (should it happen), which is often paid at my original destination. If this PWIP flies US airlines that are not affiliated with the international airline…. no matter how cheap the flights are…I’ve ended up having to pay more for my luggage if  it has surpassed the 50 kilo mark. Often times I’ve pleaded and begged the international airline staff or have had to take stuff out and placed them in my carry on bag.

Besides the packing and the price, the length of the flight is one I usually find very daunting and stressful. For those of you following this blog from other parts of the world, here’s a brief description of my flight schedule to the South Pacific leaving from the East Coast of America. If I leave on a Monday, I arrive at my final destination on a Wednesday. It takes at least 21 hours or more of travelling time from the moment I leave my house in Philly to arriving at an airport in Australia, Fiji or New Zealand. I’ll most likely board three or four different airlines, if I make connecting flights within the US and if I’m trying to travel the frugal way. At this time of my life, I’m more interested in taking the least amount of airlines to get to my destination.

I believe that the excitement of travelling, learning about new cultures and meeting new people, far outweighs the challenges I’ve written above. Hoping that you will be making some great journeys this year.





Bula and Hello from Philadelphia


My apologies for being on hiatus from this blog. I do appreciate all of you for following my humble blog and for your comments. As you may have read, this blog is about the mundane and simple stories of my life as a Pacific woman living in Philadelphia.

This past year, 2016,  was an extremely busy one for this Pacific Woman in Philly. At the beginning of the year, I focused solely on honing in on  my design skills. Moore College of Art helped me grow rapidly in that area of my life….and did I mention… I love that school. Most days I was designing patterns and sewing outfits, from here to Timbuktu. In between the schooling, designing and sewing, I babysat the grandkids or namakus. I also had time in between all the handiwork to visit the sights, the sounds and the  museums of Philly. I also concentrated on living a healthy lifestyle by doing yoga and eating healthy.

In the middle of 2016, I travelled to Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. While travelling, I focused on journaling about some of the funny and interesting stuff I encountered and also did a little bit of drawing. I may (emphasis on the word “may”) show some of my doodles in a future blog, along with pictures and memories of the wonderful time I had on my trip.

By the time the end of 2016 rolled around, I needed to take a rest from the long trip, plus prepare for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and not forgetting the Presidential elections and all the hoopla that came along with it. All in all, 2016 was a fruitful and  learning year for this Pacific woman.

Vinaka vakalevu and thank you for following and hoping you’re having a wonderful day or night wherever you may be in this beautiful world.