Monday, September 29, 2008

Wolmar to Tamarin

Many who are used to jog from Wolmar to Tamarin through the beach must have noticed that it's impossible now.

Reason? Well the pictures speak for themselves I guess...

Question? Is this natural or man-made? I wonder..I wonder...

What I wish to point out here is simply the sad fact that all those who have jogged from Wolmar to Tamarin through the beach will never be able to do so in the future...unless there is VERY low tide.

I was also wondering how it came to be like this? Yes, I do understand nature and it's strange capacities to dig through anything. I was told that there was already a little river going to the sea over there but you could easily jump over it to the other side.

My question remains: Is this the nature's deed or some malicious people who do not wish to have Mauritians walking on the beach in front of the hotels???

Maybe the beach authority could come up with something here. It is already very sad that Mauritians are limited in terms of beach activities, now those who love jogging over there will just have to turn their back to it.

P.S Oh by for those who do not know, no one has the right to stop you from swimming in the sea directly in front of hotels nor to sit on the sand in front. You cannot of course use the chairs etc they put there for their clients (which I agree), but yet the beach remains public :)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Real life HERO

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There is the most talked about movie 'THE DARK KNIGHT' showing in theatres right now in Mauritius. Heroes, wandering at night, helping those in need, fighting vilains, killing evil forces etc...Batman, Superman, Spider man, man & man...

However, I was most impressed by someone who does not call himself a hero, yet is no less than one. I know 11 Indians who will remember him till their last breath.

In august 2008, Karl Secondis, an Australian business man was on holidays with his family at Grand Baie. He was fishing with his 7 years old son in the lagoon at Pereybere when he noticed people in distress. Here is the link to the article in L'express (in french):

He rescued 11 Indians whose boat met with some troubles and they were hanging to their lives in the water (note only one of them knew how to swim). I believe Karl Secondis should be given a medal of courage by both the Government of Mauritius and India. I am so relieved to know that even in today's world, there walk on the Earth people who are courageous and humble.

HATS OFF to you Mr Karl Secondis!!! You are a real life hero! You must surely be the pride of your family and your kids will have tales of a real hero to tell their school friends back in Australia, their hero, their dad :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Hospitals in Mauritius

Hmm.. what can i suggest? That it's better you die rather than go to the hospital? Some people do say hospitals' staffs are effective, but then it's thus most of the times if you have some relatives working there.

Hospitals in Mauritius are getting worse. How many people out there can sincerely testify they had a pleasant doctor, a nice nurse to look after them. Doctors in hospitals behave as if they are doing it for free (though those doing it for free in other countries are very nice). I think that when they study to become doctors they pawn their good manners and eventually forget to get it back. Doctors in hospitals HAVE NO MANNERS! When you come to them you are already in bad shape and what they do is make matters worse. Typical Mauritian Hospital doctors talk like this:

NOTE: They do not reply back when you say good morning doctor...

"Ki ou gagné?" (What's wrong?)
They take their stethoscope and place on you heart (even if it's your head which aches or your leg).

"Ouvert la bouche" (Open your mouth)

"Respire...tini respiration...respirer" (Breathe..hold your breath...breathe)

"Hmmm..." (Hmm)

He writes down a series of medicines (of course panadol is a must for whatever problem you have! It's the Mauritian magic pill).

"Si pa bien mem ou revini" (If you are not dead, you can still come back).

Yeah, there is no explanation of what you are suffering from nor why these meds are just one of so many coming everyday and they simply DON'T CARE!

Nurses are worse (yeah i don't have a better word to describe it here). They scold at old persons, are arrogant and speak to you as if you are some beggars at their door. I can easily recall examples like:

"Madame! ou pas tandé kan crier ou nom! Assize la! Ici madame! Pa compran kan coze ar ou?"

translation: (Ma'am! can't you hear when your name is called! Sit here! Here ma'am! Don't you understand when we talk to you?")

What is really sad is kids with leukemia. They are supposed to be in places where there is no dust etc especially when they are undergoing their first treatment. But in Candos, they are put in cubicles where they have to go through the main room of other sick children. You even have to go through the hospital corridors with sick adults before getting to the children's ward.

I mean, what would it take to build a room for leukemia kids? One million? What's one million when they can renovate theatres at millions and millions...yeah, you can't compare history to life.

Anyway, I have so much frustration concerning this country right now that I wonder where we are heading.

One little words for the doctors in hospitals (if they ever come across my blog that is) Please! Do something else instead of making our life worse! Doctors are supposed to help people get better, not worsen the situation. Same applies to nurses. Sad there is no more Florence Nightingales.

What it's like to be a Mauritian in Mauritius

Mauritius. Paradise for many foreigners who come to visit our island and the marvellous hotels surrounding it. Yes, it is paradise on Earth when you think about the fact that there is no war going on (touch wood), there is no famine, drought or flood killing thousands.

Yet, I have certain doubts about our paradise.

For example, when I was going on honeymoon to Rodrigues, there was no one happier than me! I finally got married to the love of my life and was starting a whole new life! Tssst! tsst! No. That was not to happen that way because when we were queuing up to get inside the passenger terminal, one policeman came to us and asked us to show our passport. Hmm...Now, of all the persons going inside, why only us? Oh yeah! we were the only ones with brown skin. We were Mauritians for God sake and not tourists! That's why we were asked to show our passport (which we did not have because Mauritians do not need passports to travel to Rodrigues!)

I politely showed him our reservation tickets and ID cards. Then he said ok, we could move on.

To be honest, I wanted to so much kick him right there. He made my flight dull and I was boiling of anger. I don't think I looked like a terrorist who was about to hijack a plane or so.

All this to tell you that Mauritians are treated like shit in their own country.

Other examples are when you enter any shop in Caudan (or any other high -class shops, but not in manners) God! The salesgirls look at you from head to toe as if you are about to steal something or point a gun at them and ask for the cash. Notice that at the same time a tourist bursts in and what a change of attitude. I thought the salesgirls did not know how to smile when I entered.

In hotels it's the same attitude. We pay for the stay, yet you are treated like dog shit. (Ok, maybe Pointe Venus at Rodrigues and Paul et Virginie as well as it's 7 Colours Spa were nice, but not Manisha Hotel).

Isn't it strange? Mauritius is a paradise for tourists because they get the most beautiful beach in front of their hotels, but you Mauritian has to squeeze your butt into an overcrowded sea (Flic en Flac on Sundays for example). I have the feeling that to see a little piece of decent beach next time, Mauritians will have to check in hotels for that.

Yes, we can swim in front of hotels because the sea is for everyone, but what about the security guards who look at you like you are poisoning the beach and sea in front of the hotel?

Mauritius is paradise, yes, but certainly not for Mauritians.

P.S Am certainly missing on other examples here, but feel free to add them up...oh by d way, it's my are free to feel the contrary.