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Cruise Passenger Ali Revisits Old Workplace In Suva

Fijian-born Ron Ali travelled from Australia to visit his first workplace, the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva, for the first time since leaving Fiji in 1986. Mr Ali was among
14 Oct 2014 10:24
Cruise Passenger Ali Revisits Old Workplace In Suva
Fiji Sun senior circulation officer Eroni Rokoyamaca holds copies of the national daily newspaper of the Solomon Islands, the Solomon Star. Photo: Maraia Vula.

Fijian-born Ron Ali travelled from Australia to visit his first workplace, the Southern Cross Hotel in Suva, for the first time since leaving Fiji in 1986.

Mr Ali was among tourists on board the cruiseliner MV Pearl that docked at the Kings Wharf in Suva yesterday.

He said he decided to come back because he heard there had been a lot of changes in Fiji.

“I wanted to come and see my first workplace and it was also to come back to Fiji because as you know your home will always be your home,” Mr Ali said.

“This visit has reminded me of so many memories about our time of work when we used to have a drink by the poolside after we knock off from work.”

He commended the hotel and said he was amazed to see some of the staff that worked under him still at the hotel.

“My last visit here was in 2009 but I did not visit the hotel then until this trip.

“Back then the hotel was always fully booked but now the building was run down and looked old,” he said.

“There are also a lot of changes in Suva; the number of tall buildings have increased compared to previous years when there were none of those,” he said.

Mr Ali now resides in Sydney, Australia, and runs his own motel business.

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