Wednesday, January 25, 2006

my newborn at 2 days....pe'a leva



eh, just kidding, you faikakala egg. it's baby carter rogers, ness and mike's gorgeous bebe who we went and saw in tauranga in the weekend.
he weighed 6.9lbs,,,and thats very light compared to the coconut babies mate.
I remember when my niece yvonne faleasiu was born, i swear her head weighed more than her body, heh, thank god she turned out alright....ahem!

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Random Flix from the samoa Trip



avec ma bebe gyrl, Siu at Safua...i was truly on my way then...(a mega's mariage)


we all used to dance for samoa promotional dance group, lili is now in england with husband maurie(whose playing for st hellens(league), and bridget works for STA main office, ...twas like back in the old day...sou ma le malusi i le badbillys.



my lovely nephew barry, who is an angel next to his phycho sisters vetti and ivoga.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

sana, carlene, et moi a safari lounge
with matile from star search samoa

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Falealupo Tai, the end of the world,. literally



Falealupo is the last place on earth to see the sunset each day.
It's also the last to see the sunrise, the rain, tarsealed roads, medical services, clean water and all else that we take for granted.

I make it a point to be at Falealupo each December.
It is becoming my yearly 'to do' project.

In December, we stayed again with mom's good friend, Ausega Tautali at Falealupo Tai.

Tautali and Ime have moved to the family fale tele in the villge, leaving Lautofa, her husband Aomua and 6 children back at the old place.

Falealupo Tai hardly rains, the government ingores them - basically.

Anyhow, despite these setbacks, people are rather resilient, after all theyve survived three hurricanes, two which wiped away Falealupo settlement in 1990 and again in 1991.

Tautali, still makes the finest tanoas/kava bowls, and traditional artifacts from ifilele. His son-in-law continues his work.
The children
I had to mention the children, six of them, running around half-naked in the sand. Every waking moment is dominated by the loud stern voice of their mother, Lautofa.

We took the kids for a ride to Asau, only to find that the only petrol station in the area had no friggin' petrol. So we had to drive back to Falealupo Tai, with all 6 kids in the car.
They are so used to getting yelled at that when you do talk normally to them, they don't respond.
These children do things their peers in America wont do, (unless there's a candy dangled). Each day, they carry heavy buckets of water from the sea for food preparations, they sweep the floor of the fales, feed the pigs, weed the gardens, do the washing, run errands to the village and back, help with the food preps(thats no easy task: youre peeling 50 green bananas, scraping 20 ulus and lighting a fire using dried leaves and wood).

Who said life's a beach in Samoa?
Depends who youre asking.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Savaii Samoa DEC 05-06



We spent 3 weeks in Samoa from early Dec - 2nd January 2006.
Omega's wedding was on 17th Dec at Safua, awesome time had by all!
Spent some time with the Hilbrons as well, going to Tanu and Palauli, swimming at Olemoe waterfall and taking them to see a brief demo of tapa making with Faamuli.
Partied with Sela, Filo, Aiden, Alice, Athene, etctc, pretty happening at Paddles, but we opted for Blue Lagoon more than once,...less crowded, less 15 year olds hehe..old hags!
spent plenty of time at aggies coz most of the wedding guests were there before going to Savaii.
what else,...Gui and I rented Rev Solomona's Kia and did the trip around Savaii, staying overnight at Safotu(with Lucia and aiga), next nite at Falealupo Tai with Ausega and aiga, last nite at Satuiatua at Mate's...awesome time,...