Dream come true for Nasili

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FROM his yaqona plantation in Nacavanadi Village in Gau to the bustling streets and glittering lights of So Kon Po in Hong Kong, is how 73-year-old Aisea Nasili will remember how his childhood dream materialised last week.

The grandfather of eight children always wanted to watch the Fiji 7s team play in Hong.

He finally had the opportunity last weekend.

He joined the groups of Fijian fans who travelled to Hong Kong to watch the tournament.

“I have been planting yaqona for more than 50 years,” Nasili said.

Last year, the staunch Fijian supporter decided that when he uprooted his four-year-old yaqona plantation this year, he would use some of the money to travel to Hong Kong.

That dream finally came true when he left his village in a fibreglass boat last month on a two-hour boat trip to Suva to prepare for his much anticipated “first overseas trip”.

“Ever since I started watching the Fiji team on TV, I’ve always wanted to go and watch them live in Hong Kong,” he said.

“Last year, I finally decided that this year I will go to Hong Kong.” Nasili said he set aside $1000 for his trip.

“When I was at the stadium, it was a different experience to watch our Fiji 7s team live. There was a feeling of pride and it was an eye-opener for me. I am a yaqona farmer in the village and now I watched the Fiji 7s team live in Hong Kong.

“It was also my first trip to go overseas and it was worth all the money we spent. The hospitality too in Hong Kong was great.”

Nasili returned to his village on Monday. He hopes to return to Hong Kong next year.

“I want to go again next year and I will encourage other yaqona farmers in the village. These are very good opportunities for people like us to go and experience the world and broaden our knowledge.”

Nasili wished the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team well in Singapore this weekend.

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