Friday, March 23, 2012

Fia lelei, the act of overly being nice unnecessarily without thinking things through.

Some time 2 weeks ago, someone, who I had dealt with already, asked me if I could do something for them.

They wanted a Kiki Fulumoa urgently, but had only a week or so before the event, could they give me some money if I did it?

I responded confidently that 'of course I could, it's just a Kiki, and I have done numerous sei fulumoas, so hey, no worries, and keep your money, aua le popole!

(coz ya know, I'm stinking rich so money isn't an issue *tongue dripping with sarcasm*)

Six late nights later of sewing and gluing and cutting and inhaling fly away feathers, let me hang my head in shame and say, ua makuai ova lava Lou fia lelei sole...I just topped the scale for being overnice unnecessarily and underestimating the extent of this task.

For starters, I have never in my life done a full kiki Fulumoa.

Secondly, it just used up a stack of my own resources because I stupidly suggested its not a big job.

Thirdly, the taupou I am doing this is not what you'd call a slim Sina.

Rather, she is a healthy well nourished young woman with booootay. And when you measure the width of her ba-donk-a-donk and hold the tape measure up, then sister soul: this is not a little Kiki Fulumoa.

Let's just say its a whole factory of hens and a half.

I have been away much of the time, so much of this work has been done in random rooms, in the drivers seat, at the back of a school hall, during breaks at the festival...oka oka e, ova le fia lelei.

Now, rather than cry wolf about it, I just had to suck it up last night and finish it. ..yes, suck up the fly away feathers at that.

As a result if this fia lelei blunder, I have now given realistic timeframes to interested people., no more 'sure I can' ...I'm now about 'yes I can, but it will take xxx amount of time. Less stress for me, my fingers and the vivacious taupou.

Yessir, no more fia lelei.



Saturday, March 17, 2012

My little Nigel No-mates, heh

Continuing on my the previous angst post, I managed to get the cousins over to hang out with miss Nigel Nomates for the night and tomorrow.....she's loving it and totally no mention of that non event.



Thursday, March 15, 2012




Testing blogsy

Omg - I'm sloooooooowly learning to blog from iPad....and when I say took me 3 weeks to figure it out.

Oui madam, that long....and this morning, I watched the 'how to' guide twice before I figured how to load, easy!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuiga making just got 'eerie'

Last week, I was visited by my sister's friend's daughter and her mother.
They saw the tuiga pictures on here and asked if i could make her one.
The daughter, is a stunning Samoan dancer and also the leader of her Samoan group in school.
Anyhow, the mother, who understands the beauty and value of protecting their family measina, found that the tuiga was in bad condition in Samoa, but she carefully removed the laulu and saved it aside., this is where I come in, ...I have the tuiga frame and i offered to make them a new one using their tuiga hair.
This tuiga has kept me occupied the last few nights, even after a whole day at Pasifika, I still came home and spent 3 hours on it.
I was that committed because I was looking froward to putting the hair on.
Now the hair, is gorgeous, tied in small parts with afa (sinnet), hair that has been bleached with lemon, sea water, sunshine, repeat process.
The dancer's mother, told me they used to walk to the sea to get buckets of sea water for the hair.
We lived near the sea, so Lealali used to take the hair to the water and leave it for was just so beautiful talking to someone who lived in that world, where tuigas and pale agigas and nifo otis were treasured and passed around and made so intricately.
But aside from this intrinsic value...i felt a bit awkward at 2am last night, as I was fixing the sinnet that has come off, and replacing it with got me nervous, ...who the freck was I to meddle with this family's measina?! What if the women whose hair I hold are watching me in disgust?
Oh my God, what was that sound?
Are they doing to rip my hair off my head for meddling their family heirloom?
Needless to say, I paid extra attention to my needle and diligently tied the laulu to the tuiga.
Without using the scissors once....yes, I was that mindful that quite possibly, the old ladies of this family are sitting next to my worktable, with their ili ready to whack me with if i buggered up their hair.
(palaai much, yes).

(I will ask T and her mom first if i can post a photo and will show it here some time this week).

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Thursday, March 08, 2012

Destroying what's left of our history

Today, a group of passionate Samoans are at the Fale Fono at Tiafau, in the hope that Stui and the gutless Members of Parliament won't proceed with demolishing an important part of our history.
They (Govt) said the purpose behind demolishing the derelict building is because it is beyond repair and removing it will provide more field space.
Yes - You, and I voted these clueless assholes into Parliament, they have no respect for our history.
They have already defaced Tiafau with the two ginormously ugly Chinese buildings on both sides, dwarfing the very space our leaders proclaimed our independence.
They have already wiped out the grand houses that once lined Beach Road and Mulinuu.
Just simply, disgraceful.
In Tuilaepa's bulldozer bid for economic progress and prosperity, he has trampled over and spat on the real hard work of our ancestors, done without aid, development funds and soft loans. He is gradually erasing the monuments and landmarks that gave us a sense of history, belonging, pride in the journey we have travelled,, not the journey in the last 10 Chinese years, but that prior....when we were actually independent.

In saying all this, PUMA probably have 'historical sites/building preservation' as one of thier strategies? surely? and if not, why not?

Goddess Recommendation
Keep the parts that are errr, keepable(!) like the central pou tus and then rebuild the structure in the traditional form and make it a museum and THE official place for official functions and the HOS's meeting point.

Alexander Turnbull Library Reference: 1/2-0206999-F
Photographer: Alfred James Tattersall

Caption: O.F. Nelson with his daughters in front of the Parliament building (Fale Fono), on their return to Samoa following his first exile, 1933. Image from NZ Hiustory online

Thank you for the otorpunity, case closed.