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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:58 am

Apollonaris Zeus wrote:I'm sure you guys would like to know that there is no legal age limit so these 13 year old would be fair game for you pedos perverts!


Dude, it's just a picture of some kids. :roll:
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Postby gaminwench » Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:37 am

Fiji is verrrrry christianized; no nudity, no native music or culture, alcohol only in resorts... when we traveled there, we were chastised regularly for 'inappropriate' behavior (spaghetti straps? bikini?); it IS one of the more remote, gorgeous spots on the planet, but you can't just run amok...
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:37 pm

Running amok, sometimes referred to as simply amok[1] (also spelled amuck or amuk), is derived from the Malay/Indonesian/Tagalog word amuk, meaning "mad with uncontrollable rage". The verb form is mengamuk, or in Tagalog past tense nag-amok, with nag-aamok as present tense.


I think that Vanuatu is good for doing this.
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Postby Elorrum » Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:55 pm

gaminwench wrote:Fiji is verrrrry christianized; no nudity, no native music or culture, alcohol only in resorts... when we traveled there, we were chastised regularly for 'inappropriate' behavior (spaghetti straps? bikini?); it IS one of the more remote, gorgeous spots on the planet, but you can't just run amok...

hmm wonder where you were there, or when. Alcohol is sold in licensed stores, except no sales on Sunday, then you have to drink in a resort or club. It's true the missionaries did a number on the people around physical modesty, but it's a simple respect issue especially if you visit a village. No native music or culture? Too bad you didn't get to see a meke, where the men dance fiercely (with spears) The singing is beautiful too, perhaps the missionaries brought harmony, but if even 3 fijians are singing, it's three part harmony, amazing.
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Postby gaminwench » Wed Jun 02, 2010 5:43 pm

We were there 7 years ago, traveled to 6 or 7 islands in 12 days, mostly staying with natives in their villages; we were chastised over bikinis on a deserted island, owned by Americans. We, and the owners, were the only people on the island, which was an hour's boat ride from the nearest neighbor. A passing fisherman in a boat reported 'indecency', and the authorities from the next island came and berated us. We inquired, at every village we visited, about native music and ritual...they were always happy to sing for us, but the music was always church hymns (not that I'm opposed to hymns, we were just hoping for something pre-missionary era). We weren't ever in any tourist areas; maybe it's different than in the remoter areas...
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Postby playastorm » Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:25 pm

Hi everyone,

Sorry for not posting in the last few weeks been traveling.

We have three people interested in going - one is from Spankys wine bar, one is from PVM and one is from ESL.

We also have a potential electrician.

We are aiming on leaving the first week of October.

I saw some people asked about hospitals - there is a hospital in Vanua Balavu (one and a half hour boat ride away).

Anyone who wants references and is interested in this project can email me and I will provide them with references so that they can verify everything that I am saying. If anyone is in doubt simply let them call the references I will give them. If they are not convinced they don't have to continue the process.

For those that can embrace possibilities - and want to go be on a tropical island in Fiji for a month doing some construction with a group of burners - feel free to send me an email to playastorm@gmail.com. We can arrange a call to answer any questions you have.
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Critical analysis of Katafanga Island Resort and Spa offer

Postby KatafangaReviewer » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:58 pm

* I believe that there is good reason to be suspicious of Playastorm/Bram/KIRS request.

* I’ve done much research and analysis of Katafanga Island Resort and Spa (KIRS; sometimes Blue Lagoon Island). The island, beach, reef, and lagoon are indeed incredibly beautiful, and the remote location is very private. I would love to be there in September when the dolphins calve in the west lagoon.

* But while I started off neutral, my careful due-diligence-like analysis of the owner’s offer leads me to be highly critical of Katafanga Island Resort and Spa. In my opinion the island has been over-hyped, the claims are unsubstantiated, and the offer is grossly over-priced. This is what is driving me to present some (hopefully) objective balance.

* The owners excessively use flowery words of, “truly world-class ... ultimate vacation destination ... with exquisitely-furnished lavish-bures (villas) ... and experienced spa professionals and world acclaimed chefâ€
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:49 am

I am just going to rent a condo for a week in Hawaii.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:05 pm

Since this thread is turning out to be bullshit, let's convert it into how to enjoy a tropical vacation on a budget.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:25 pm

I lived on Oahu for a few years. Here are some of my recommendations.

Hawaii is affordable if you use your noodle and it's plenty of fun.

Do not go in the high season, when all the tourists are there and prices go up. This is June to August, and late December to early January.

Even the "low season", January to March is crowded with whale watchers, since this is their season. Instead, go in spring and fall. Your airfare will be the biggest cost and anything you can do to save on this will be worth it.

There's no need to stay at expensive hotels. Depending on who you are and who you are going with, hostels are a great way to stay. Many discounts are available through the hostel, including free rental for snorkeling gear.

If you're towing a lot of rug-rats, then renting a condo or apartment may be a better option pricewise. If you want to stay at a hotel, then stick to three-star hotels, you won't be in there very often. As long as there are no cockroaches, you'll be fine. Luxury, my ass, you're in paradise!

You may not need to rent a car if you're going to Honolulu, Oahu. The Bus is a great transportation system, goes everywhere and costs very little. In fact, one line goes pretty much all the way around Oahu for a few bucks. Last I checked you could even ride barefoot.

Most of the worthwhile things in Hawaii (sunbathing, swimming and hiking) are free. Some of the best jungle trails are accessible from The Bus.
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby KatafangaReviewer » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:02 pm

My posting above didn’t transfer in properly in its entirety. So here it is again. My sincere apologies for the repeat.

I believe that there is good reason to be suspicious of Playastorm/Bram/KIRS request.

* I’ve done much research and analysis of Katafanga Island Resort and Spa (KIRS; sometimes Blue Lagoon Island). The island, beach, reef, and lagoon are indeed incredibly beautiful, and the remote location is very private. I would love to be there in September when the dolphins calve in the west lagoon.

* But while I started off neutral, my careful due-diligence-like analysis of the owner’s offer leads me to be highly critical of Katafanga Island Resort and Spa. In my opinion the island has been over-hyped, the claims are unsubstantiated, and the offer is grossly over-priced. This is what is driving me to present some (hopefully) objective balance.

* The owners excessively use flowery words of, “truly world-class ... ultimate vacation destination ... with exquisitely-furnished lavish-bures (villas) ... and experienced spa professionals and world acclaimed chef” (these are THEIR words). In my opinion, even their valuation ‘expert’ came across as an excited marketing department employee; I’m highly sceptical of the valuation findings.

* As for true business value, keep in mind that while they have invested some money (such as on the gravel roadway, generators, water), they are NOT in operation or resort-staffed, and have only STARTED on the buildings and other infrastructure such as the runway and marina. And it appears that since 2003 there has been virtually no work done (and even this was after a couple of years of slow-down). The corollary is that none of the above hype actually yet exists and is proven.

* Furthermore, the incomplete building skeletons and infrastructure have been sitting there exposed to the elements for many years. For example, the roof supports appear to be rusting notably, and would have to be rehabilitated at added expense before construction could even resume.

* Establishing a luxury resort is a major undertaking; so the recent attempt to use near-volunteer labor of a few people to do small bits of construction is totally insufficient. I can’t help but conclude that such trivial steps are intended to give the illusion that the business is not defunct. An analogy: painting the outer walls of a defunct, hollow factory.

* The matter of whether the ‘business model is proven or at least justified’ is the next thing to keep in mind. The company's 'confidential' offer memorandum describes their model/plan/projections. They appear to make some overly generous assumptions about income rates and occupancy. Remember, there are many tropical resorts world-wide, and only a relatively few people willing to pay such high rates – it seems that even some established luxury resorts in Fiji don’t charge as much as KIRS plan to, and still don’t accomplish KIRS’s projected occupancy.

* Also, KIRS appears to be unduly optimistic in how low their costs will be. Remember, this is a very isolated location, with few supply options, and all of those are expensive and rarely occurring, and imported labor.

* Basic business is that profit equals income less expenses. Using some of KIRS optimistic numbers, I calculated that the operation of the resort would only just barely be profitable. This is the best case scenario. Moreover, it appears that it would take extremely little ‘adverse reality’ for the resort to be losing money.

* As for the business decision on return on investment, a key consideration is recuperating capital costs. As far as I can tell, the ‘confidential’ offer memorandum completely ignores this; they seem to think that only the resort ‘operation’ needs to be profitable. An analogy for why this is flawed: if I buy the island for $25M, then operate a coconut stand for passing boats wherein I earn $200 a year less $10 for the cost of harvesting the coconuts, I am making an incredible profit in the same model as used by KIRS ... but in reality I am NOT factoring in all elements of determining a return on investment. A subsequent analysis of this consideration indicates that low-rate T-bills still perform better than KIRS, even when using their optimistic numbers.

* Business is a cold, sober calculation; coldly, I conclude that the Resort and Spa as presented is economically unviable. Dreams won’t change what is unviable. I highly suspect this is the main reason they stopped construction; they probably did some more-realistic number crunching, and discovered they were getting themselves deeper into a losing proposition.

* Additional ‘business’ considerations: their numbers are hard to follow, inconsistent, and seemingly unsubstantiated. Additionally, they use US$ for the asking price, yet sometimes the listings bandy about investment costs without making the distinction that the latter are in Fiji dollars (which are about 0.5 US$) (this web site is one such site that doesn’t make this distinction; personally, I think that this is deceptive advertising). Also, the price of the island factors in the investments that they claim they have already made, even though some key assets appear to now be gone (such as the air-arm and the shipping-arm). Using their numbers (and not deducting any depreciation or deterioration), I estimate the remaining investment to at the very best to be worth only US$6.9M. Obviously, however, most of these assets are weathered, and even if not weathered they are still of negligible or no value if KIRS is not viable. Finally, the above business decision doesn’t even start to factor in the notable risk associated with the uncertain and at times dubious political situation in Fiji.

* So if the resort business is not viable, then the island is only worth what it can be sold for as just an island to be used for personal-only purposes (that is, unless you are government, and believe in reimbursing people for their failed investments, and in this case apparently an attempt also for a failed good-will premium). The owner says he purchased it for $2million in 1992. In 1999, prior to substantial construction, there was apparently a valuation of $10million (I presume in US$). This MAY have been sort of reasonable - BUT ONLY AT THE TIME. Island prices are fickle, and go up and down a great deal. So first it had gone up in a big jump, and now I gather that the world market for islands has dropped in price by some 40% or more (including because of the economic crisis). Also, don’t forget to factor in the cost of removing any of the unsightly resort skeletons that you won’t need for personal use (would YOU want to live amongst such ‘ruins’?).

* A comparison with other islands: nearby Mango (sometimes Mago) Island (5000 acres, as I recall, compared to 225 acres here) went for $14.8million (before the recent and ongoing economic downturn). Also, there is currently (January 2011) a Fiji island only moderately smaller than Katafanga but MUCH closer to communities and tourist centers that is being offered at US$7million (and this does include a good-will premium for an apparently viable resort business plan). World-wide there are many other good options at comparable or lower prices.

* It seems that in their hype KIRS also like to wrap themselves in the aura of the most successful resort islands. For example, they cite Branson’s Necker Island. Similarly, they play up that their architects worked on Disney and a Jack Nicholas course.

* An analogy to KIRS overall hype: my old Mazda has similar sweeping lines to a Porsche Turbo S – all that is needed is for someone else to buy it and invest in a ‘Fulfil Your Dreams’ revamp to bring it up to the same ‘lavish’ standard, and then convince hundreds of people to pay a grand each for a ride. My Mazda is even rare (well, it is the only one left in my ‘hood), and YOU could restore it; I hear that restored rare antiques are worth even more. I’ll accept the premium for all of this, and you do the rest.

* Katafanga has apparently been on the market since 2005. It will likely be on the market for many more years, unless the asking price is dropped considerably (say to $US7m?). Or perhaps they are hoping for some bedazzled suddenly-flush celebrity to foolishly rush in before he (I doubt it could ever be a ‘she’) has retained a business manager.

* (note: these are all just opinions; also, all of the facts that I have are from the internet (but I have strived to substantiate them). I approached KIRS to input additional data into my analysis, but one of the owner's representatives rudely declined and did not seem to be interested in either an objective analysis or even in facts, while another representative was polite but after several months has yet to provide anything of substance. One of the owners responded with the mere justification that he 'feels' that what he is doing is ok, and provided absolutely no counter facts when I offered him the opportunity. Never-the-less, I still welcome their input, preferably as CREDIBLE facts. I’m K.R. at KatafangaReviewer@yahoo.com)
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby RedHeaven » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:43 pm

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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:12 pm

KatafangaReviewer, do you investment analysis. Because, you're one of the people I'd prefer to have on my side.

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Postby Wrath » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:25 pm

Hell of a first post by Katafanga!
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:49 pm

Maybe I'm just being a cynical biologist but...

playastorm wrote:...This is one of the last untouched places on the planet...


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playastorm wrote:...They started construction on the island 10 years ago ...


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playastorm wrote:...There are a few hundred pigs on the island...


does not compute.
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:55 pm

I'm wondering why they aren't depleting that reservoir for bottled water.
I'm trying to think of a slogan. Something like, KIRI--the Other Water from Fiji, but I"m not getting anywhere. That's probably why they aren't doing it.
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby Turtleburp » Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:58 am

Really fucking smart... burners build great stuff BUTthen they burn the bugger down.

Hold up.... if you can fulfill Foxfur's shopping list I'll pay to come!!!!!
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby Elorrum » Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:27 am

Wait, Reviewer did you go bowling with little bearded men? Been in a coma? You started a post at the end of March in 2011, and apologized for it being incomplete at the end of Sept. 2012. Kind of weird.
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby KatafangaReviewer » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:42 pm

* theCryptofishist, yes I am an analyst by training and career and interest
* Wrath, because I'm an analyst, I don't do things lightly - so, yes, hell of a post (first under that pseudonym)
* BoyScoutGirl, ya, I was wondering about the same thing - 'just how pristine is it?'. I'm told that introduced pigs are about the worst thing that can happen to island ecosystems. Makes me wonder if that island has any of the native coconut crabs remaining - I bet the pigs think dem dar land-based crabs is mighty fine eatin' :-). Not so fine for the native ecosystem, though.
* theCryptofishist (your next post), maybe they're not bottling the reservoir water because they're afraid of getting kicked out of the country by the government, like the manager of Fiji Bottled Water was for awhile when he complained about the taxes being raised sharply on just his company :-).
* Elorrum, I originally thought it had been fully posted. Then other threads caught my attention more -- short attention span, I guess :-). And I got busy with other things (I do have a life beyond this topic - including more viable business matters). But then I stumbled across this old incomplete post, and didn't want to leave peeps hanging (especially after I checked the webpage for one of KIRS's agents, and discovered that they were still doing the same thing, and worried that Playastorm/Bram would again try recruiting - although if people had a good experience with him, please let me know). I don't deny that a self-induced coma or two or three may have been mixed in there, too. Loved your joke about 'bowling with little bearded men'!
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:06 pm

You imply that you are here in another form, so you probably know Elorrum is one witty cookie.
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby Sail Man » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:56 am

theCryptofishist wrote:You imply that you are here in another form, so you probably know Elorrum is one witty cookie.


Yes, but which kind? fig newton, peanut butter, ginger snap, oreo.......the possibilities are endless, and rather enjoyable :lol:
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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:39 am

Ginger snap, for the snappy answer.
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Postby Isotopia » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:05 pm

A most awesome and thorough analysis KatafangaReviewer.

Spot on.
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Re: Any builders interested on going to a private island in

Postby The CO » Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:29 am

Well....

I just finished a 2 month build on a private island in the carribean. It is not all idyllic paradise.

Supplies are a bastard to get- "only a barge trip away" means waiting on a barge for 3-14 days depending on weather.
Speaking of weather, 2-6 years of unfinished construction is going to mean rebuilding, not finishing. You have not seen corrosion & rot until you have seen it in the tropics.
I would be willing to do a project like this, but not for a stipend, and not on a whim. I get paid stupid good money for this kind of thing, and require a lot of planning.
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