Tropika & Cocos Club
|Cocos Club during the day|
"I hope to be back in three months time...love it, yeah it's awesome; the fact that it's an island y'know and there's nothing to do except the marine life."
|Steven with his doof doof' shirt. Kelly, pictured |
in the background playing pool, was on my laptop and wrote
"Kelly shooting awesome pool in the background,
I believe she is a legend on Island." I'm in no position to disagree.
Steven was born on Christmas Island and raised there for 18 years. He always has seen his calling in the airline industry, especially as cabin crew. So he began working his way up, literally. From Christmas Island as a travel consultant to his current position as a Virgin cabin supervisor. This position, as I understand it, means he's in charge of the flight stewards:
|Helping the concerned family|
Christmas will always be home and Cocos is pretty much like being at home...I've been flying up here for 3 and a half years. Crew love coming up here due to the lifestyle. Those [crew] who come up here are more community oriented--we don't need to be within network range.The next day I met Steven at "Tropika" the local evening restaurant. He was speaking fluent Malay with a Cocos Malay worker Vivian. He downplayed his language abilities, but the next day when one of the elderly Home Island residents was flying to Perth for a serious operation, he was there to help the family by drawing on his Malay.
Kevin and Paul
|Kevin and Paul|
This is his second time on Island. He's basically here for the week. Playing golf (Scrubbers) is a once in a lifetime thing, he says it is a once in lifetime. "love the place, love the water, love the marine environment; the fishing, spearfishing, four-wheel driving that sort of thing". It's also the community life that he likes. "When you come to these isolated areas, community has a major role. You meet someone you say hello. You get in the smaller townships there's total different".
Rosemary and Ben
|Rosemary and Ben|
"Simple pleasures; you made fun out of nothing. We used to have dinner parties on the runway and the siren went off (for an approaching plane) we would pick up the table and run to the side. There was met [meteorological] bureau and they had flat roof so we had dinner party on that". I asked her what made her bring her son, Ben with her: " I just wanted to my son back it was really important. Because Ben had seen list of photos of DI [Direction Island], and him as a smiley happy baby. He was 21/2 when we left and Emma [my daughter] was almost 5. This is twenty hears later." Rosemary explained that Ben has been really impressed by the experience: "he's just saying I had no idea of how good it is. On Direction Island today I was a bit frightened because The Rip [a famous snorkeling spot] was really was fast but we saw sharks and reef fish; so you know his mother thing. I'm so lucky my 22 year old wants to travel with me. I'm in Busselton teaching and he's doing an electrical apprenticeship in Perth without his mother."
|Drinking and laughing took |
precedence over golf shot accuracy
|John, Scroungers organizer (pictured holding onto flag), takes to his heels as golf balls start whizzing around the green.|