Friday, April 27, 2012

Wanna be in Samoa watching UB40?

Go enter the competition for return airfares, accommodation, tickets to UB40 and transfers on the Samoa Tourism website:
Samoa Tourism competition

Samoa Tourism Image copied without permission, because i'm promoting their comp for nuffink(:
oh, sorry, minor detail: You have to be a New Zealand resident.


Bon chance errybody

Olemoe Falls in Palauli, another image copied without permission, tah!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I don't give a damn you see

More and more these days, I'm finding myself - unbothered and unworried about;

Eh, about things I used to lose sleep over,

Like climate change, corruption, obesity, sea level rise, financial illiteracy (auuuuuu, Isa! Ghandi who?)

haha, okay, maybe I didn't lose sleep over it, but I cared a lot about it before.

I cared so much that I used to be so vocal and spent hours doing things and submitting things, eh, I can't even be bothered talking about.

I just find the whole 'dialogue' thing absolutely irrelevant, elitist and a costly exercise.

But I care enough to say, there are actual people within the United Nation's programmes ,..in fact, majority of them spending hours, months and years earning ridiculous amounts of money doing:

Fookall.

Example: World Summit for Information Society. Aka WSIS.

To cut a long story short, it started off great, consulting key people, including "third world" people in an effort to "include" them in various Goals, PLans, initiatives, open education resource portals avenues, you name it, they've named it something fancier.

Every time WSIS events roll round, you get an influx of overpaid employees seeking views, drumming up feedback etc from diff stakeholders etc, the glitz event gets attended by the same people.. after the event?

Silence.

As to why they bother wasting excessive amounts of money and resources on a system that can't distinquish it's ass from its face is beyond me.

And for that reason, and more...I don't care.

Because doing nothing is as effective and flogging a dead UN horse.

Fank you for your coming Ban Ki Poots

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Oka Fauolo - There's no one else like him around

Oka Fauolo was a man of God, but even more so, he was a man of the people, unafraid to speak his mind and unfraid of the wrath of others.
He was true to his word, stood up for the rights of others, spoke frankly about the ills within the church without a worry in the world.
I will miss him for his honesty and his faith.
I will miss him because he lived a simple life and preached this to his fellow faifeaus.
There will be no more letters to the editor to look forward to.
No more words of wisdom from the man from Fusi Safotulafai who could and did.

Key moments that remind me of his wisdom,...the aftermath of the tsunami when numerous bodies were brought to the Hospital and there was chaos and cries and disarray, Oka became the calming presence who got people to stop, reflect and 'think' before losing the plot altogether. Thank you ):

When Hon. Hans Joachim Keil was unjustly arrested by FBI for 'posing as an American citizen when he's not an American national (err, minor details here: he's Vietnam veteran)....Oka was at that protest March in Samoa supporting Joe Keil.

Road Switch? He was there, along with the numerous letters to Samoa Observer.

Scientology? He ruffled their feathers a wee bit (:

Introduction of Casino Bill? He was against it. Vocally. ...not that it matters, it still went ahead.

Writing the History of the Church, he did that.

He did so much more and he spoke for so many of us, and he is an inspiration to those who knew him.

Manuia lau malaga

   This is a sad day for Samoa ):

Monday, April 16, 2012

My Samoan mother, the food critic

I took my mother to the mall today, to avoid me having to make food.
I was thinking, 'foodcourt'. Quick and easy.
We get there and she tells me,
"Eh, i just want something small'
We walk past several food options and then she spots the curry place.
Did I mention my mother was born in Mumbai in her former life?
As if to prove it, she married a man who was born in Kolkota and she can make a mean as curry, along with the chutney, the chilli, the ... ummm, I don't know what the things are called.
Anyhow, the friendly shop guy smiles hurriedly and asks what she wants. Because,.. well, because there are people behind us waiting and my mother is looking at the menu board with an ...unhurried demeanor.
"Can I help you maam?" Shop Guy is a little anxious now.
Me: "Mom, order what you want" Gesturing at the spread of curries right under our nostrils.
Mom: "Ia, what do you mean? Where are the curries?"
Me: "In front of you mom, eh, just order something please (looking at the queu behind me)"
Mom: "Why is there so much tumeric in the rogan josh? Oka!, oh well, do you have condiments with the meal?"
Irritated shop guy looks at the rogan josh and smiled, "Yes maam, we have roti and rice" and I didn't dare look at my mother's expression.
Mom: "Okay, but I don't eat red meat, so I'll have the vegetarian option, oh no, that doesn't look good, I'll have the rogan josh, with chilli"
Pissed off shop guy: "Maam, there is chilli in the curry"
Mom: "I want chilli on the side"
Pissed off guy: "Okay, but its really hot maam, are you prepared for hot chilli?"
Mom: "Just bring it, I knew hot chilli before you were born, fefe ia aikae" and walks off.
I proceed to pay and the now relieved shop guy says "Your mother is a tough customer maam".
And I smiled and muttered quietly, "You have no idea sir. You have no idea".
 Miss India with Lagipoiva and our Uncle Leilua who is in the CIA. choohoooo!
 Miss India in her salwar kameez wear...coz its all the rage in her world

Another of her numerous Indian wear, coz the puletasi was sooooo last year! chooohooooo!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My mom is here

And that means we are very busy...

Talking

Drinking Tea

Talking

Eating

Eating cupcakes

Talking

Walking up the hill tooth feign health and well being

...and then coming back to:

Eat and Talk.

 

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Tuiga Samoa

Latest creation. Awaiting tusk. Tusks mounted (:
For more information about my tuigas, email me:jtiatia@gmail.com

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Case closed ....skip this post, it's loooooooong zzzzzzzz

Last week, and several decades prior, my mother has been preparing, fasting and planning for a court case that is very important to her, and for every person with Tuisafua running through their veins.

To keep a long story short but still drawn out that you will nod off:

Our village is called Safua.

It is part of a larger village called Lalomalava.

There are three 'subvillages' of Lalomalava.

...so for my family and friends who are reading this, you are probably thinking "ogay, get on with the stoli vasti! why are you talking to us like we're clueless?'

 

This is why.

Because I am writing this for the clueless. to be exact, I write this for the haters and the losers who send me hate comments every time I majestically grace this subject with my Goddess disposition. Pugi.

Listen. And. Learn.

 

Since the 70s, our family have lost so much, because of bullying by the small minded Matai of Safua.

yes...bring on the hate comments,,,,I have a cyber toilet spared for you and your comments too.

 

As a result if that bullying, and thanks to a political voting system, it meant every Sosogo and his dog was getting a Tupaimatuna Matai title.

Today, we have many many idiots carrying titles that DO NOT belong to them.

Hello, I am sure you have seen a bald headed idiot swinging with a monkey named just that.

 

In any case, when we took the matter to court, we won.

But the village, wounded and worried that their superficial 'pule' over the title will now be taken away, turned around and gave our family an ultimatum:

 

"Give us the pule to the title and you will stay part of the village.

If you refuse, we will remove you"

 

We chose the latter, ....stubborn as we are, we are not going to bow to clowns.

more importantly, we could not be removed because we have not wronged.

So in an awkward move, my mother (who lead the case in court) was sort of removed.

but not really.

She was excluded from the monthly meetings and village decisions, but the rest of her family and Matai were still included.

She was still part of the village, she was still recognised by the greater village (Lalomalava)

But not by the clowns at Safua.

normally, when a Matai is truly ostracised, they are announced for the rest to acknowledge.

they couldn't do this for Tuisafua. Because her 'crime' couldn't be ...well, what crime?

Standing up for her faasinomaga is a crime? Standing up to theft and stopping it is a crime?

 

Anyhow, this isn't over, the angry family who want to take what is ours, didn't stop there.

They appealed the decision.

Last week at the Appeals Court, they made a monkey of themselves again.

This time, to a greater audience.

And again, they lost.

 

How can you win when you are lying? How can you win when you are trying to reword and rewrite history that is actually inked and retold and UNCONTESTED by various groups?

 

I am grateful that my mother has stood her ground.

I am humbled that she had a stronghold of family around her supporting her, irrespective of the taunts and hatred from persons of little vision and integrity and ..honesty.

 

Fai mai le kala a le Kamaloa Pu'apu'a "E ke fiu lava e gaga le kekea a e pupula mai lava ona mata"

 

So sorry you all with Tupaimatunas to your name and you are from that other side,....might need to change your Facebook name now, cheers putidos.

 

Ps, you can also email me your hate comments to Oeaiumagikoukae@lekea.com or my Facebook name is Malefee Asimea.

 

Peace be with you.