Here are some of the new friends we got to know in the village of Tacilevu. They are the Faces of Tacilevu – Fiji. I love these photos, regardless of the fact that I am only using a small instant camera. I, however, understand that I will need to get a better camera even as my desire to join a community of luxury travel experts increases. But this is early days of travel, and for now, we will have to work with what we have. Capturing magical moments has to remain at the center of our single parent travel.
With these photographs, we hope to inspire those on a family travel to do more.
Eyes and Lips
I am quite proud that my seven-year-old son has learned to crop these pictures,
and says he might want to become a professional photographer and show the rest of the world how other people live! He starts with the lady above who has the most beautiful lips. I watch her and am magnetized by her natural beauty.
New clothes to model
Thanks to the recent donations, this Tacilevu girl models her new attire. She is super quiet, but every time I turned, she was there.
Strike A Pose
This sweet princess really practiced her modeling for this shot above. The distressed wood adds a richness to the photograph I think.
This little girl above is always so happy. I find her quietly sitting on her house step smiling at me.
Small but Brave
A little cutie above proudly wears her new clothes for us. Her smile is shy but her beauty is natural.
This stunning girl has deep blue eyes. I notice quite a few Fijians have blue eyes.
A Sweet Smile
These two new friends above followed me everywhere – and asked for their photo to be taken. I loved the sweet smile of the boy. They were so polite and natural.
A couple of the Mums asked if we could take a photo of them. Babies and children seemed to be everywhere yet they seemed relaxed and unstressed. I envy their simple life in many ways. No western world stresses.
This Mum had gorgeous lips and looked like a young Whoopi Goldberg.
Remote Children Have NO Toothbrushes
The girl had teeth problems and wanted to hide them. But she had saucer eyes. I wished we had brought more toothbrushes with us as I realized that if these children suck on the sugar cane the, tooth decay.
Thumbs up to the girl above with her round balloon and her big round balloon eyes to match. When we handed out balloons she wanted one straight away!
Strike A Pose
I was surprised how easily these children posed for the camera. He was a little shy but he was a great model. Where the girl below squeezed her face up tightly to smile.
She “loved” the new dress we had brought her.
What a smile! And what great hair this little girl has. I love it. In fact, I bought a Fiji wooden Afro comb after seeing her great hair.
Young Male Model Of The Future
Looking manly! This young man above still poses to show his lean and fit body and boy charm to us.
How to put the baby to sleep – sunnies! This little angel was a perfect model in her new baby onesie.
Watching us leave
Children gathered at the windows to watch us leave. This was really so beautiful!
Leaving Tacilevi was one of the hardest moments of our travels. I felt these people were my friends. We cared for them. I wanted them to feel loved and special.
As we say goodbye and drove away I hope we will one day return to both Fiji and this village.
We love to explore; to experience the new; to never give up, to live life to the fullest; to meet new people; to give when people least expect it...To do Random Acts of Kindness, as we see and learn, while we travel the world.
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