Friday, December 25, 2009
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a Joyous New Year.
I hope that 2010 brings hope, contentment and satisfaction to you, but happiness and achievement would be a bonus a ea.
As for me and mine, we're in Wellington with my Mom, sister MJ & hubby and the great Hilbron family. We had too much to eat yesterday and much more to drink.
The kids got presents to last them 2 whole hours and the adults got more champagne than they could handle.
We're missing Aunty CJ who is in Austria at the moment. She's skyping with the rest of the aiga basket.
LJ went back to Sachicken two days before Xmas to be with her fantastic four.
SJ in AKL with Lina n kids. Chris, Rocky n family in Savaii with the Tiatias.
Neil in Massey wt the other Tiatias(Lokeni).
...We have 2 more days till we fly back to go camping for a few days and more bubbles and food than we should have...
oh the joys of the holidays....
alofa atu ma evaeva malie,
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Good luck and may the tree outside your house bear $100 bills in the new year.
Soifua ma ia manuia le Kerisimasi ma mea ua o le'a tutupu etc etc.
Here's another beautiful book gift idea while we're at it, Konai Helu Thaman's You the choice of my parents.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Hows this for a GREAT holiday deal,
Travel: Valid for travel 19 Nov 2009-31 Mar 2010, or see your travel agent for details...actually, book online, its cheaper (:
GOOD ON Coconuts and Aggies for getting on with the show and coming up with these great great deals. In fact, as I type this, 3 people have called about booking with Coconuts and they already can't get the dates they prefer due to huge interest....I LOVE IT!!!!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Look at this Samoa Observer story of inspiration.
Michelle Mcdonald has lost weight, and she looks so so so gorgeous in her new look.
I sure hope all the vivacious naturally beautiful women of Samunda will take heed and be inspired.
As I usually do, I shall illegal copy and paste the images from the article to tell my fagogo:
This is Michelle's after photo in Nina's article....somehow, I can't copy the before photo, but you can view it on the article.
Anyhow, the point is, IT IS POSSIBLE. YOU CAN DO IT.
And may this be a message and a challenge on a Sunday afternoon inbetween your 6 course toonai snack at 11am.
And have more meals throughout the day rather than wolfing down Pinatis at midday and the kaleve mamoe with ulu kao at 8:30pm.
eh, its so easy preaching about it but its such a very foreign thing to actually follow.
Its so much cheaper to eat rubbish and its such an expense to eat healthy. i have tried to eat healthy on numerous occasions in Apia but it is so hard.
For example, I decided to get some fruits, $5.00 for a measly kai fa'i at the market. $6.00 for a bag of malnourished tomatoes....BUT, its only $4.50 for a yummy spicy kaleve and rice at Pinati.
Wholemeal breads are out of the question. Your panties will drop at the price of these in the supermarkets.
But on the plus side, fish is cheaper, at the fish market or even at Farmer Joes - sashimi - yummy ---with Vailima, yum yum drunk yum!
Tuna cans are cheaper - but then again, I like my tuna in lololo oil)-:
Whenever I order salads, theyre drowned in dressing and more calories.
Friday, December 11, 2009
This colour choice does not do her any favours in her skin tone. She would have looked great in a red puletasi. But if that's too much, she couldn't have gone wrong with black. Or blue. Tsk, tsk, get it right Honorable Commisioner.
The Australian High Commissioner definitely got the memo about the 'wear the right colour' attire. I bet his wife stops him at the door and orders him to don the right 'bright' colour.
It's something to look forward to ...will he wear the marroon elei today?
Or the limey mosooi green ?
He has been favouring the red one lately.,
**All photos copied illegally from Samoa Observer. Sorry and Thank You for the rental.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Prostitution in Samoa is a hot topic on Samoa Observer this week....not sure what the kerfuffle is all about.
Its not as if its a new thing....isn't it the oldest profession? Isn't Maria Magdelene a revered sex worker?
And its not as if
No, that would be downright naive to presume.
Last time I was out, a Samoan woman who is married to a very well known personality who features in the paper and on TV a lot was out with her friends, she was no longer with him.
He found himself a young garage to service his needs. Pity his preference is pretty low because the new garage...looks strikingly like a garage.
Anyhow, she must be doing something right for him because despite his advanced age, he's been wearing a permanent grin on his face and a sizable gold chain round his neck...sheeze, whats with midlife crisis men and thick gold chains???? it makes them even more cheesysleazy!
Show me a faithful man with a gold thick chain and I say "You man whore you!"...and even if he sues me for the accusation, I will still insist.
I think the Government should legalise prostitution in Samoa, but then again, that would mean they will have to pay market rates for their monthly servicing.
....its hard to address this issue in Samoa because it says in the bible that you don't be a shitstirrer because it might happen to you and yours (Mathew 7:1), (sorry, my Bible is the Reader's Digest version).
If you think about it, its such a sticky (ew!) issue,...men want to be serviced, and they pay well. Poor women want the money and they can't find jobs. Some don't have the education, so this is all they know.
I know a freaky sad story about a woman named Ange* who was a bit of a village bicycle and was not discreet about it. She used to service most of the Lalomalava rugby team, and possibly the rest of the Faasaleleaga district. She had a child or more in the Matautu area and then moved to our village.
She had a child here too, and then expanded her business to Piula and the atu Atua.
Anyhow, she sort of dissapeared for a few years and then my CNN relative found her again, back in Apia, paler and skinnier and with a few nuts and bolts missing up there, she's sorta lost the plot.
Turns out, she went international with her services and set up shop in the notorious red light port of Pago Pago, American Samoa.
The Americana dollar was giving her huge returns for her meagre services.
One day...(this is where you say "Aue!" in order for me to continue),....she met a group of fishermen who had come off a fishing vessel there, she did not remember much more, except, she woke up every now and then, and realised she was on a large ship, she was locked in a small room, and she had been drugged throughout.....next thing was, some authorities found her on the ship and she was taken to shore...in Los Angeles and detained as an illegal alien.
When she was questioned, she was completely confused, drugged and lost.
Apparently, two women have died on the ship.
She survived but is screwed for life.
She was deported back to Samoa and I sorta feel sorry for this woman, because this is all she knows, her body is all she knows to give, and give, and give.
She is only one in so so so so many Samoan women using their bodies to make a living.
Ange's story made me so so so sad. ....you're thinking "Was the American dollar worth it in the end?"
How can this be? How can it go so so so wrong? How many Ange's are out there working through prostitution just to make ends meet?
Whatever the talk is from politicians and Police and rararara, this problem will persist, because as far as men in power are concerned, "Whats the problem?"