Me and Eric, a Swedish visitor, have borrowed two of the kayaks from the resort to explore a bit of the Tufi fjord. After crossing over the turquoise fringing corals around the wharf and harbour bay we move on deeper into the fjord. Mount Trafalgar's profile is towering over the forested ridges in front of us. The sides are not very high, but too steep for building, so apart from one small house on a ridge just ahead of us, there is just the lush greenery that frames our little journey. It's a fine day, and it's nice to try a double paddle again - with the outriggers you always use the single ones.
A big canoe with a full family aboard passes us, headed for Tufi, and a little later we cross ripples with a young boy and a young girl, each in a small, kids size outrigger. The boy is fishing, and he has just caught a small fish, which he proudly holds up to show the wait men.
While Eric crosses over to the other bank I dwell along on the same side a bit further. It's perfectly still and I stop paddling just to watch and listen, and try to let the scene put it's print on my soul. Then I hear music. Singing. A traditional song, and it must be two girls singing. Yes, in harmony. I see two outriggers coming up behind me - one with a boy and one with the two girls. They're still singing as they come up on my side. I turn my camera over to video and ask if they can sing it again. They are happy to, and I get my personal mid-fjord concerto recorded. What a treat. A pretty song, enthusiastically performed, and so typically PNG. The singing, I mean - everywhere you go you're bound to hear music, and when you run into singing kids, well, they always break your heart, don't they.
They finish and they giggle. We say bye, bye and they continue paddling toward their village, while I join up with Eric again. It was just five minutes with some kids in the middle of the fjord, but what a memorable moment. One of those incidental encounters that brightens the day, and leaves a little golden memory to look back to on a rainy day. It's a great gift to find pleasure and enjoyment in music and singing, as with these girls. Truly. So wonderfully contagious.