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Underwater Shooting

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Kia Orana Guyz & Girlz,

So, since I know live in the middle of the pacific on a little island called Rarotonga, which has a circumference of 32 kilometers, surrounded by so much water, I thought it makes perfect sense to take my photography underwater.

I wanted to do it properly, and the only way is to get an underwater housing for my beloved Nikon D810. I shopped around and settled for the Ikelite system … housing, dome, lights.

Underwater certainly has its own challenges. I dis this one snorkeling and not diving. Which meant I had to constantly, dive down, get close to the fish, set the camera and snap. Wow this was exhausting. Next time will be diving!

Check out the slide show below of the shoot.

Our Daily View From The Shop

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Yo Surfers, even if only internet surfers :-),

We thought we’d share some pics (again taken with my iPhone) of the view from our shop.


View from shop

View from shop

 

Sunset Deck

Sunset From Deck

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Yo Folks,

Here are some sunset pics taken (with my iPhone) from the deck of our new home.

Awesome hey 🙂

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Sunrise-Muri

Sunrise, Sunset and Moonrise Video Reposted

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Yo All,

We had to reword one of the videos we posted previously because the music we used was copyrighted. Here is the same video without music, unfortunately. Enjoy anyway 🙂

Click here to view the video https://youtu.be/lw3Ss2T9NCE

 

 

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Images of what inspires us daily

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Kia Orana Guyz & Girlz,

We have two slideshows for you today.

The first one includes images of some of the scenes we see daily and inspires to make the most of life. Peanie finds this slideshow quite moving 🙂

The second slide show is of pictures of Baffin Island taken from the plane that flew us to LA. Yep, the plane windows were a challenge … not so clean and full of scratches … but nonetheless the results are not to shabby 🙂

Chill on,

Peanie & Sweetie 🙂

 

TROPICAL RAINBOW

A Tropical Experience

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Kia Orana fellow Life Lives 🙂

We have a bonus for you … 2 new videos 🙂 To show you the wonders of nature in paradise. And also a bit of what we do after we close the shop in the afternoon. Yep afternoon, we close the doors at 16:00 to go surfing 🙂

This is our home. We are preparing things for our container that should arrive in Rarotonga from Munich on the 26th Dec. Love the tropical rain 🙂

Chill on,

Pietro & Eltje

Milky Fiji

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Hi PeanieSutra Followers,

Here some shots of the Milky Way taken from Waya Island in the Yasawas in Fiji.

Big space out there 🙂FijiSkies FijiSkies-8 FijiSkies-7 FijiSkies-6 FijiSkies-5 FijiSkies-4 FijiSkies-3 FijiSkies-2

Some image may seem similar, but in fact they are of different exposures offering slightly different views.

 

Sydney Lights – An enlightened stop-over

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Hi Ya All,

on our way back to Munich we had a one night stop-over in Sydney and it happened to be Vivid Light Festival time.

Enjoy the pics :-)))

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South Pacific Beer Ranking … Update

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Hi Fellow Beer Lovers,

Here is the long awaited updated on the world renowned Pietro’s Beer Ranking.

We have a new numba wan …. Happinez. A fruity full bodied beer that goes down rather smooth with a lekker bitter after taste. When you next visit Middel Earth be sure to seek it out, it is well worth it.

  1. Happinez (microbrewer – New Zealand)
  2. Vonu (Fiji)
  3. Tusker OP (Vanuatu)
  4. Asahi (Japan)
  5. Tasker (Vanuatu)
  6. Matutu (brewed on Rarotonga, Cook Islands)
  7. Fiji Gold (Fiji)
  8. Stella (Belgium)
  9. Tiger (Singapore)
  10. Fiji Bitter (Fiji)
  11. Grolsch (Netherlands)
  12. Steinlager (Australia)
  13. Fosters (Australia)
  14. Pure Blonde (Australia)
  15. Tui (Indian)
  16. Heineken (Belgium)
  17. DB Draught (New Zealand)
  18. Lion Red (New Zealand)
  19. Nambawan (Vanuatu)

vonu

Prost !!!!

Ciao for now

Pietro & Eltje

Click here to see previous ranking.

Tewada and a little boy

The People of Yakel

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Hi Everyone,

on one of our evenings on Tanna Island our host Kelson showed us the movie „Tanna“ (you won’t believe it, on a really large TV screen ;-). This film was awarded with several international prizes, among others at the film festival in Venice 2015. It tells the true and tragic story of a forbidden Romeo and Juliet-love in the 1980ths on Tanna.

All ancient customs which are presented in the film are still alive today, and only the rule of arranged marriages has been changed because of the suicide of the two lovers. A great movie – which was filmed only in Vanuatu – and with the people of the village Yakel as actors.

Last week we visited the village Yakel. Yakel has 186 inhabitants, a meeting place – the so-called Nakamal –  a large garden area with fruits and vegetables, lots of pigs, a house for each family and a guest treehouse 😉 – but no electricity, no running water and clothes are mainly made of tree barks. Various places of the village are tabu for women, also for female tourists like me (Eltje)… All in all, the way of life of past centuries.

Even the movie has not changed Yakel. It is simply too remote. Only from time to time some visitors arrive, who are welcomed very friendly – and who can buy some traditional clothes and pig tusks-necklaces. Pietro liked the namba, the penis sheath, which is in principle the only male garment. And what should I say – he now owns a namba 😉

Probably the current inhabitants of Yakel are the last generation(s) of an ancient tribe. Because parts of modern life now reaches Yakel, such as compulsory education etc. – and Nutella. Mmmh, yes, we couldn’t resist, we had to bring sweets (& crayons) for the cildren because they really love it (and the adults as well…)

Click here to meet the People of Yakel with us:

Check out the cool images we took at Yakel at the bottom of this message.

With regards from Yakel – „Iman“ (in their language)

Eltje & Pietro

 

P.S. For those of you who are interested in some more details about the movie Tanna here is the trailer:

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