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Packing for paradise

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Yo Dudes and Dudettes,

With the help of UTS we managed to get our stuff packed and send it on a container to the Cook Islands. Check out the video to get a view of how professionally it was done. And we took the bar with 🙂

And away we go !

Pietro & Eltje

life update

We still here …

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… lots underway, lots to do, but we have not disappeared and we continue to work at turning our dreams into a reality.

hang in there 🙂

Raro Beach

And so a week passes by

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Hi All,

we are one week on the Cooks now – what else happened?

 

Day 3 (April 3) – Find the hidden places

Sunday. Each and everybody rests on Sunday. Shops are closed (at least most of them), church service is a must and local families meet – you can see them everywhere.

And we went around Raro with our scooter, which is a distance of about 40km. To see what’s new on the island, to find some new awesome places and probably to reassure ourselves that we still love this island 🙂

Stop 1:  Beach – for our first snorkeling on this journey. There are many snorkel and dive spots and you’ll be surprised sometimes who’s swimming with you. Check it out here:

Click here to view our snorkelling video on YouTube.

Stop 2: Supermarket (an open one…) to buy fresh tuna – because unfortunately Pietro didn’t catch a fish at Stop 1 😉 Also a place to meet the locals. They bring their self-cooked food and sell it there, and take the opportunity to taste the food prepared by others.

Stop 3: Looking for two other resorts we are interested in. We just found one of them. A completely different kind of location, beach front area at the western side of the island. Also really cool. Today we couldn’t take a closer look at this place because nobody was available to show us.

Stop 4: back home again – ready to cook the tuna, after a shower, and with a good glas of  New Zealand wine… Cheers!

 

Day 4 & Day 6 (April 4 & 6) – Some kind of business days

We met Carey who owns a Cook Islands real estate agency. As we had a large list of open question on how business is structured on the Cooks it took him & us nearly 2 hours to get our missing anwers – and this was just the beginning. The Learning of this „meeting“: life is different on the Cooks. But this is what we are looking for…
Smile of the day: Later that day Pietro passed his Cook Islands driving license test successfully 🙂
Two days later, we went around Raro with Carey, to visit some places for sale and get some more details about banking, insurances etc. and also where we can buy specific products. And – out of the blue – we also received another offering to buy a location – a trendy cafe/ bar/ restaurant in a cosy shopping area of Avarua, and in front the sea. We need to think seriously about this opportunity…

 

Day 5 (April 5) –  Nothing special, but…

Nothing special happened today. The weather was cloudy, so we took some time for organizational stuff.

Reflecting the last days there is one thing I have to mention, because it was a surprise for me. Thinking back to 2010, when I (Eltje) crossed the South Pacific island area, on the Cooks (but also on the other small island states) there was no great choice of „international“ products to buy. But nowadays, in a Cook Island supermarket (an we have now visited 3 of them) we found some of our absolute favorites…. like Lavazza coffee beans, Greek Kalamata olives, Teriyaki sauce, my favorite shampoo, Pietro favorite cookies, Nutella, a choice of olive oils, pretzels, New Zealand beef for a very reasonable price, broccoli, Philadelphia cheese and similar 🙂

Still missing: bread (we mean something that deserves to be called bread)

Summary: Times are changing, also on remote south sea islands.

 

With this we send you tropical regards and are back again the next days,

Eltje & Pietro

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First impressions

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Hi all, we are back with the impressions of our first days on the island. Enjoy the pictures & movie…

 

Day 1  (April 1) –  Rarotonga Muri – Get ourselves up and running

Our first place to stay is a holiday apartment, in Muri, a village in the south east of Raro.

After dealing successfully with the jetlag of our 36h-trip in the morning (believe it or not: mainly with Italian coffee and French croissant 🙂 in the cafe around the corner), we organized ourselves. Rented a scooter, drove to town to the supermarket, found Internet access voucher and local SIM-card (communication with home is a challenge because no roaming service with European providers is available), and finally made our way back to our apartment.

In the afternoon we went on a stroll down to the beach 🙂 – click here to have a look at our movie on Youtube:

After a good meal (with the biggest mango we ever ate) we went to bed again (jetleg, part 2…).

Mango

 

Day 2 (April 2) – First impressions  

For the first 10 days of our journey we choose to stay in the holiday apartment complex we are interested to buy. After all our theoretical research about this location we were sooo curious to see it in reality. And the first impression was really good. A great place on a hillside of Muri village, in a tropical garden, directly in front of a topical rainforrest. Beautiful colored flowers, coconut palms, papaya, banana and avocado trees beside the house and a cool sea view.

Muri-3 Muri-4

And very important for Peanie: out of reach for Tsunamis!

 

We will be back soon again,

Sunny regards from Raro,

Eltje & Pietro (Peanie & Sweetie)

Island landing

On the plane

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With this we open our “Diary” blog. We keep you updated on a daily basis, on what we do and what we experience on our journey….

And the journey starts with the flight from Munich to the Cook Islands:

 

Day -1  (March 30) Airport Munich – Emirates Check-In Counter

….and the following conversation:

Peanie: Mmh – is it possible to check in our luggage from Munich directly to Rarotonga?

Check-in assistent (Marie): Where is Rarotonga?

Peanie: Main island of the Cook Islands, about 3 flight hours east of New Zealand.

Marie: Does it belong to NZ? If not, then it is an international connection flight and we can check it through.

Peanie: It is an independant country.

Marie: Really, I have no clue where and what it is. I haven’t heard about it so far. I’ll ask my colleage, he travels a lot and knows so many countries. PHILIPP…

Peanie: Mmmhh – if it is too complicated we can pick up the luggage in Auckland and check it in again.

Marie: No no, I think it works, we just need to find out how.

Philipp arrives.

Marie: Philipp, do you know the Cook Islands?

Philipp: Yes…

Philipp takes over, supported by Marie, but also needs support from another colleague – Jan.

Philipp: JAN, I need luggage transfer fom NZ to Rarotonga. Rarotonga – you do not know where it is? Pretty close to Bora Bora… You know, where I spent my honeymoon.

Philipp to Peanie: How long do you travel?

Peanie: 10 weeks, but also to Vanuatu and Fiji.

Philipp: Vanu… what? Does this belong to the Cook Islands?

Peanie: No, this is another Island state east of Australia…

….meanwhile 3 Emirates employees worked on our check in – and about 30 minutes later they managed it succesfully with transaction „TNZ“ (transit in NZ), which was never used before by them…

During this complete process we chatted about the journey in a very chilled atmosphere (luckily no qeue at the counter…) and finally Marie said: by the way, I can offer you an upgrade…  🙂

 

Day 0  (March 31) – Virgin Airlines flight from Auckland to Rarotonga

We were sitting in the aeroplane, with nearly one hour delay.

Announcement from the captain: Dear guests, here is the captain speaking. I apologize for the delay, but we are still waiting for some luggage from Europe.

Pietro to Peanie: Could be our luggage, on its complicated journey…

Remark: finally (and luckily!) at Rarotonga Airport our complete luggage arrived 🙂

 

Sunny island greetings,

Eltje & Pietro

 

Our Bags Are Packed :-))

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Our bags are packed …. and we got it all in 🙂

We made a video to prove it … check it out …

click here to watch our video on youtube

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Ciao for now

Pietro & Eltje

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Coming Soon to a Blog near you: “10 Weeks in Paradise”

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Yep, plans are set … departing 30 March, returning 18 June … 10 whole weeks in paradise. Ten carefully balanced weeks … between work and Chill 🙂

Paradise 1: Rarotonga, Aitutaki and Akaiami – islands of The Cook Islands

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The first four weeks will be spent in The Cook Islands where we will be evaluate two small resorts up for sale. We will be spending a few nights at each to fully understanding what is on offer and their future potential.

In addition – and this goes for the other locations we will be visiting too – we have a whole list of people we want to interview to gain insights about living and owning a business there. The people we plan to interview include medical doctors, accountants, tax advisors, bank managers, lawyers, estate agents (for living and business property), local business owners and people on vacation.

Then we have a week away from it all on a beautiful remote island, in the middle of the Aitutaki lagoon, called Akaiami. There a windsurfer has already been arranged for Pietro :-)))

 

Paradise 2: Port Villa, Tanna and Pentecost – Vanuatu

Vanuatu

The second four weeks will be in Vanuatu with the same agenda as for The Cook Islands.

In addition we will be doing a chartered flight over the volcanic island of Ambrym and its active vulcanos to obtain aerial photographs. Did we mention that we are exploring the option of combining photograph and writing articles for travel publications. (We’ll reveal more on this in the next post)

 

Paradise 3: Fiji

Fiji

Fiji is the third Option on our list of potential island states to live in. We will be spending 2 weeks in Fiji, and while this leg of the visit is still under construction, our main objective here is to assess the business climate and ensure we are not potentially missing an opportunity by focusing our efforts on The Cooks and Vanuatu.

Exciting times :-))

When we travel, we will keep you posted with picture from paradise and our search for Peaniesutra … the Chill haven.

Ciao for now 😉

Pietro & Eltje

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Vanuatu … finding the edge

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Plans are streaming ahead as we zero in on the South Pacific. In our previous posts we wrote quite a bit about The Cook Islands. The second destination we are considering is Vanuatu. Click here for more on Vanuatu.

Vanuatu was in the news last year when a Cyclone Pam crossed over on the 6th March and practically crippled Vanuatu. Click to learn more about the devastating power of Cyclones Pam in Vanuatu.

So, you may be asking “Why are you considering Vanuatu when is has been destroyed and who knows when the next cyclone is going to pass by?”

Our answer “Good question. The answer … love of quite simplicity, natural beauty, friendly people, and the opportunity to closely explore a little known territory and culture.”

We can sum it up with one of our favourite sayings “Living on the edge”. The edge of the planet offers sooo much … to discover and perhaps rediscover in oneself, and sooo little … of the modern distractions and trappings.

Be free, discover the edge.

Pietro & Eltje

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The Chill Concept

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In the previous post we shared how we are going about finding the right spot for PeanieSutra. When we have a location, we need a business concept. After all, the right location without a business ain’t gonna give us the lifestyle we are looking for.

In this post we will describe the approach we are using to hone in on the right concept. Our business concepts include:

  • A Lounge Bar
  • A Fitness and Water Sport Centre
  • A Boutique Hotel / Resort
  • Write Travel Reports (Articles and Photography)
  • A combination of any of the above

To select the final business concept, we are undertaking two sequential analysis phases. The first to prioritise the concept, and the second to use market data to select the final concept.

To prioritise the business concepts, we attempt to score each concept based on our and its “capability” by using four criteria. These are:

  • Our Own Competencies to succeed
  • The Investment required: initial and ongoing
  • The Life Cycle of the concept
  • Can it provide the Life Style we require?

To prioritise the concept based on these criteria we adopt a similar approach as with identifying the right location. We:

  1. Weight each of the 9 criteria. That is, not all criteria are equal, so a 100 points is distributed across the 9 criteria.
  2. Score each concept against each criteria on a scale of 1-10, where 10 = highest.
  3. Give a confidence level for the quality of the estimation given to each criteria. 100 = 100% confident that the data is correct.
  4. The number for the three points are multiplied (1 x 2 x 3 = index score) and tallied up.

The concept with the higher scores are taken through the the final phase to select the best one

This we do by determining the “attractiveness” of the top business concepts. To do so, we gather data and information on the following two criteria by selected location.

  • Size of the Market Demand
  • Competitive Activity
  • Our Competitive Advantage (value proposition)

Once the facts are ascertained, we follow much the same approach as with selecting a location and prioritising concept. That is, we weight the selection criteria, rate our confidence on the data gathered, and score each concept by location against the criteria.

Once we complete the analysis we will post the results.

Tell us  … So what do you think of our approach published in this and the previous posts on how we are going about to identify a location and final business concept?

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