That bastion of Western capitalism, the Republicans Abroad group, is inviting all and sundry to attend a toast tonight. The celebration is - in the body's own words - for 'two great Republican presidents': Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. Apparently, both leaders had February birthdays - notwithstanding the fact they lived many decades apart. But in light of the well chronicled anti-communist views of Mr Reagan, it was the venue for the celebration which particularly caught our eye. Its name? The Red Star Cafe. Anyone fancy a few rupiah at the moment? If so, be prepared for a white knuckle ride, given the Indonesian currency's recent run of form. According to our back-of-the-beer-coaster calculations, if you'd bought the unit in late January (when at one stage it was trading at 16,000 to the US dollar) and sold it in the middle of last week (when it fell to about 7000), you would have more than doubled your money. Not a bad fortnight's work. But for every winner on the rupiah, there's been not a few losers lately. For example, if you had happened to buy at about the 7000-to-the-dollar mark during last week's buying wave, then sold yesterday when it got down to 10,750 to the US currency, the value of your money would have halved. One thing seems sure - putting your chips on the Indonesian rupiah must no longer seem like playing a normal currency: it's more like playing a roulette wheel at the Lisboa. Enjoy your spin. Still on the fickle fortunes of the rupiah, we were particularly tickled by the latest joke on the erratic currency which is doing the rounds of Hong Kong's investment houses. Question: What's the difference between the rupiah and the dollar? Answer: A dollar. Macau ferry company Far East Jetfoils has joined the rush of travel operators offering 'two-for-one' deals as the general cost of travel for Hong Kongers continues to plunge. Their deal - offered in conjunction with some Macau hotels - has been widely publicised in recent days. One tip, though: it may be wise to avoid ringing Shun Tak Holdings, the company which owns Far East, about the deal. We made repeated attempts to find out more about the offer yesterday, but a senior Shun Tak representative said he knew nothing about it. There were only cheaper prices for senior citizens and juniors, he told us. After we asked him to check his facts, the Shun Tak spokesman finally called back to assure us that the deal did in fact exist. 'We have a limited memory of all this because it was organised by the Macau Government Tourist Office,' he said. Great promotion, guys, but it might just pay to keep a little information on it. You never know - someone might be interested. In the latest instalment of our series, Great Stock Exchanges of the World, we hear the bustling Suva stock market in Fiji is starting a concerted push to make it to the very forefront of financial affairs. And who else should be helping what reputedly is the world's smallest stock exchange in its ambitious quest but Hong Kong securities authorities. Yes folks, we hear our very own Securities and Futures Commission is helping Fiji's authorities make their market shipshape ahead of an International Finance Corp review of its functions. Fiji is looking to become the stock trading hub of the South Pacific. The Hong Kong types may just have some work to do. When we last visited the Suva Stock Exchange, we found out that it had less than 10 stocks traded. And it opens for trading just once a week - at 10.30 am on Mondays! Okay, okay. We knew things weren't looking good. But when firms that gave every impression of lasting a very long time start to disappear off the face of the planet, matters start to seem even worse. In yesterday's papers, as spotted by reader Ian Thomas, there was a short note revealing that 'Eternal Asia Co' was closed with effect from the beginning of this month. An eternal company closing? Heaven help any firm that's more transient.