Quote: Troubles

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world – not even our troubles.

Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977)


Savory Saturday: Tongan Cuisine

Wow – there are some interesting Tongan recipes online. A pattern I saw emerging was the use of coconuts in absolutely everything, and a ton of raw fish recipes.

I don’t think I would attempt any raw food dishes, I’ll save it for the experts.

This recipe really sounded quite interesting and unique. So let’s try this experiment:

Cassava Balls


2 cups grated cassava
1 medium-sized onion, chopped
1 tsp freshly, chopped herbs
1 egg
1/4 cup cooking oil
Cooking Instructions:
Mix together the grated cassava, onion and herbs. Lightly beat the egg. Add to the cassava mixture and mix well to form a smooth mixture. Form mixture into small balls.Lightly fry the cassava balls in cooking oil until golden brown. A finely chopped fresh chilli or clove of garlic can be used instead of the herbs.

Fantasy Friday: The Kingdom of Tonga

The ‘true south pacific’ as the official tourism site states.

I’m not really sure why Tonga popped into my head this week, but once I started thinking about these islands and doing a bit of research, I became very intrigued.

The officals are telling me these 10 reasons I should go…let’s see if they can convince me:

1. Experience the “True” South Pacific

Journey back in time to experience the Kingdom of Tonga’s authentic and compelling mix of centuries-old culture, history and traditions. Understand why Tonga’s relaxing combination of uncrowded, unhurried and undiscovered represent the “True South Pacific”.

2. Discover the South Pacific’s Only Kingdom

Experience the history, tradition and respect of over 1000 years of the Kingdom of Tonga’s monarchy, culminating in King George Tupou V’s ongoing influential role in modern Tongan society.

3. Explore a Diverse Tropical Archipelago

Negotiate an intrepid path through the diverse Tongan archipelago of more than 170 islands scattered across 740,000 square miles. Discover why the Kingdom’s combination of pristine beaches and coral atolls, active volcanoes and untouched rainforest is spectacularly unique.

4. Swim with Giant Humpback Whales

Share Tonga’s warm and sustaining waters with migrating humpback whales from June to November. Join experienced whale watching operators across the Kingdom to swim with these gentle marine giants.

5. Escape to Tonga Year Round

Enjoy the Kingdom’s exceptional tropical climate from January to December, providing opportunities year round to experience Tonga’s authentic Polynesian mix of genuine hospitality, active adventure, and blissful relaxation.

6. Discover the world’s best sailing charters

Set your own course, or ask your boat’s skipper to explore the secluded islands, lagoons, and safe anchorages of one the finest sailing destinations in the world. The Kingdom of Tonga’s professional yacht charter companies can cater to sailing fans of all levels of experience.

7. Get Active and Adventurous

Immerse yourself in Tonga’s compelling mix of spectacular landscapes, pristine rainforests and azure waters with the Kingdom’s energetic menu of adventurous activities. After a day of fishing, kayaking, diving or surfing, you’ll have earned some downtime in a hammock – another quintessential Tongan activity.

8. Enjoy a warm Tongan welcome

Discover why Captain James Cook dubbed the Kingdom of Tonga the “Friendly Islands” more than two centuries ago. Experience authentic Tongan hospitality and a real desire to ensure visitors have a genuinely good time.

9. Relax into “Tonga Time”

Look forward to slowing down exceptionally quickly as you dissolve into the Kingdom of Tonga’s unspoilt and easygoing ambience. And if you think Nuku’alofa is uncrowded and peaceful, just wait until you reach the pristine islands of the Vava’u and Ha’apai groups.

10. Extend your Holiday Budget

Travel to Nuku’alofa on flights from Air New Zealand, Pacific Blue and Air Pacific, before exploring Tonga’s other island groups with Chathams Pacific. All around the Kingdom, discover how a favourable exchange rate with the Tongan dollar (Pa’anga) makes holidaying in Tonga fun and affordable.

Ok – sold! Active volcanoes, whales, budget friendly, and rainforests galore. All I need!