Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sefulu Ono Aso Storm Campaign - Jason speaks....

"From my experiences as a fa’afafine growing up in Samoa – violence on a more personal level starts at the heart of the building blocks of our country – our immediate family, or aiga – all forms of violence can be averted if we as adults and parents choose to raise responsible citizens, if we chose to raise our kids the right way. This in turn can avoid the domino effect of children growing up with violent behavior."



Read more about his perspective in the

Monday, November 24, 2014

Manu Samoa underwear debacle

....so ....I was doing my Monday morning ritual of reading  blogs for inspiration - and then I looked up oi aue ua ka le 10. aikeste ia se.

anyway - rather than have a full on intellectual (haha) update about the Manu dramas- please go read Faikakala prego girl's post, and this is me continuing on from there,.

So yeah, ...e sa'o oe Fotu, kusa the real gist of this protest excercise is:

Kusa ua fa'aali aku uma i le lalolagi a tatou faafitauli. And, justifiably so, however, o lea tonu le outcome aoga o le'a maua nei?

For me, it was successful in exposing the rot that is SRU and its poor governance. 
This is awkward because Stui is the guru of the words: Transparency and Accountability.
While most people are defending him and others are the other extreme attacking him, I am in the middle about this: He is copping it while his clowns are hiding, but at the same time, he needs to be accountable as Chairperson - he okays what happens. But yeah - he's not doing himself any favors by being sarcastic about it....those funny remarks came out wrong in english.

so:. 
-Manu Samoa has dramas now, but if not Tuilaepa, who will correct all this? ...and please no more former players in Management - just because you can pass a ball back in 1906 doesn't make you a competent sports administrator.     

SO, in brief, here's my intellectual analogy, You're welcome!

Manu Samoa debacle was about:
Airing our madakan underwear to the world.

Players
Ua matou lelavava ofu so'o nei underwear masaesae. A leai so'u underwear fou o le'a ou le taalo. 

IRB has responded with:
"O lea la'u mea a fai aku i le kou underwear? Kui le penti ma alu e ka'alo" 

Eliota
Sa kakau ga makou figau malosi ia suia ikuaiga underwear mo kama ka'aalo, ae paga lea - ua uma lo makou kaimi ae o le'a ou faakelewind aku pea i le makaupu.
  
Stui:
"Moimimimi, kakau ga oukou fiafia i underwear ua avatu e le atunuu mo outou. E toatele e ua uma ona ofuina underwear malepelepe na, ae leai ma se complain. Vaai i le mea o le'a ou faia ia ke oukou pe'a oukou fo'i mai"


Have a wonderful and fresh undies kind of week. 






Thursday, November 20, 2014

Latest tuiga: gone.

If you want one made, please give me 2 weeks warning - email jtiatia@gmail.com



#samoaunited - gooood llaaaarrrrkkkkk 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happiness in Vanuatu

This awesome crowd were swimming right in front of my room - I wanted to be 6 again so I could join in....and then I thought, ..hey, I act like a 6 year old most of the time - so boom - they almost drowned me.
Don't underestimate the swimming ability of a Ni-van!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Catcalling in New York vs Catcalling in Samoa

I was watching that vid of the woman walking around in NY and men are commenting, chatting, catcalling her. 
I just laughed because, well....the comments the men are saying are pretty lame compared to the shit we hear in Samoa. 

There, the men are outrightly upfront about their calling.....its like, ...oh look, vagina walking down the road, lets all go:
"WHISTLE WHISTLE...HEY BABY, I LOVE YOU....baby!!! sau ka eva....WHISTLE WOOOW" 

and the moment you respond in anger or disagreement?

oh they just take it to another level....so the thing is to ignore them completely or respond smartly (shame them out).

I remember being heavily pregnant, with my partner and trying to wade through the puddles at market to get to the ATM. Meanwhile,  the AH Him construction fuckheads were whistling and catcalling ....and i'm like, "Kefe, e ke vaai mai a e fai lo'u koalua ma o lea la'u fagau ae valaau mai a?"

The one closest to me responded "O la'u baby lega?" (is that my baby you're carrying?)....and some more cheeky comments. I was too tired to respond further, so they went back to their mucking around

Samoan men (this is a generalisation so don't get your jumbo undies in a twist over it) are generally real charmers and enjoy sexual inuendos/banter. They will rock up to your husband at a party/dance/disco and say "can I take your wife for a dance?" in a very nice matter....then when youre on the dancefloor...they will friggin' propose to you. Straight up. While dancing and smiling at your husband. 






Tuesday, November 04, 2014

young love down dark corridors

Every time I come across a young couple in school corridors - I get slightly shocked, each time. 
Embracing the opposite sex in a school environment was so so taboo in my time, back in 1956 before telephones reached Savaii and we swam miles to get to school.
Anyhow, I digress. Young love in school corridors. 
Taboo. 
I mean, I once looked at a boy in a manner not becoming of a young obedient virgin angel and I was called a whore at assembly. By my form teacher.
Who herself was a ..oh, where was I?
Yes, young love.
It got me thinking.
How we got so many things wrong in our time, and still ---today.
Many of these young loves have healthy relationships - in the open.
Without fear or shame or judgement.
How cool is that?
I really need to keep reminding myself I am in 2014 and I am not in a Catholic school, run by nuns.
Yet, how many young women from that school became nuns?
oh...ummmm...none.

ok....i lost my train of thought there -

My message to myself is,...its okay, don't be shocked. Just get those credits though and get a qualification is what I'm sayin'
and i also need to suppress the urge to say "auuuu, moemimi! fai meaaoga fia tita ai" and be more of a new age, im down with that....riiighht!

kailo se

Sunday, November 02, 2014

EPLD Reflections

so, 

for the last almost 3 weeks, I have been involved with a programme which took me and approx 120 other people to Noumea, New Caledonia, then to another country in the Pacific and then re-convened in Port Vila, Vanuatu for the closing ceremony.

I loved that I didn't have to pay a cent and some people gave me this opportunity, which I am ever so grateful for. My employers were also quite stoked and allowed me to attend, even though they can be real shits much of the time ya know. True Story.

Anyhow, I have make a lot of contacts, but more so, friends for loife. 

Obviously - I won't go into detail about my study tour because that will expose who I am in my human form. Auuu, Aikaaee!

If you want my intelligent professional reflections about this programme, I have done this on my virgin blog.


Some reflections:

New Caledonia, wow....what a depressing story ): The study tour group who covered NC summed it up well with "New Caledonia, you are so complicated". 
The relationship between the French administration and the Kanak people is a contentious one and it was evident even in the arrangement of the entire conference. 
The only involvement of the Kanaks was a very brief ceremony in the beginning and a group who danced, sang at the end. 
The most shocking thing for me, coming from an independent country is ...unstable and obviously unbalanced access to resources - which have over the decades filled the coffers of the French.
Sad sad sad. 

I'm not being anti - French though, because their influence means the BEST cuisine you could think of was available. 

I think we all left with added kgs at the end of this programme.

Overall, I had an absolutely successful, engaging, learning, inspiring, rewarding time and I am going to continue paying it forward.

Cheers. 






Monday, October 13, 2014

New Caledonia

come at me.

Happy White Sunday

we didn't celebrate it this year,



only because ....oh well, I can't be arsed really.


It's Children's Day every single day at my fale 

(COnfessions of a slack momma)

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Bula Vinaka - Happy Fiji Language Week

Isalei


Tuesday, October 07, 2014

There are Two kinds of advocates /activists

in the world today.

1. Those who work hard and effect change in actually doing the work. They gain little or accolades or when they do, it takes a lot of time and it doesn't become a priority. They are there because they are passionate about doing the work.

2. Those who stand on the cyber mountaintops and shout it out, esp on social media in a desperate cry for attention ('look at me' 'look at me' I'm a saviour') and hang around for the next issue to ride. But actually getting their feet dirty  in doing the hard yard? ....hell no, ....let them eat cake!

Which advocate are you? 

Don't tell me, tell yourself. 



Wednesday, October 01, 2014

These is someone who reads my blog and relates my fagogos about

my mother. 


To. My. Mother. 


When I find you, ........I will Keeel you. 


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Faga

Faga is what you picture paradise to be.
When you cast your eye only to the side where the sea is.
... Because on the other side, lies a Samoan village. Anything but paradise.
So look only to the ocean and hum loudly.

After Cyclones Ofa and Valelia, major construction machinery was brought in to errr umm, fix stuff up and as part of this, sand was mined (or quarried?) onto the surface ...(clearly my English stops at non-technical shit.)
Anyway, one of the very few economic benefits of the quarrying of this sand was the emergence of a million white pebbly shells that were perfect for making garlands (Ula sisi). There were so many and it meant that there were numerous more Faga children selling ulas during school hours.
$2 per lei. Cheap as shells. But like the construction workers and the flash machinery, the shells too became old news.

I did fall in love with a boy from Faga who was Maori. His father was brought there to fix stuff after the cyclone (again, more technical references) and unfortunately lover boy only spoke English. So our love affair was quite limiting. In fact, it was non- existent because I loved him and he didn't know I existed. It didn't matter, his father still told me I was the prettiest kid he's seen in Samoa since that morning.
But I knew we were meant to be because he told his mate Tavi who was in my class.
Who told my friend Apa who told my sister and then she told my brother
Who slapped me across the face
And so the romance ended.
Come to think of it, Tavi doesn't speak English either, even now.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I don't cry that much.....but every time I read Lumepa's stories, laments, beautiful words.....I just cry.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

le vaiaso ua te'a

Last Thursday I was out south at an event which I loved, it was high school students performing during the 4 nights of Mangere Showtime. AMAZING TALENT!

But before the event, I went into the shops to get some stuff for my side work,
...ia, kakou kalagoa ai fo'i a......a e alu i le kele o faleoloa i Magele, Otahuhu ma isi uma guu - e kumu i isi natioalities e ona pisinisi - ae o products o loo faatauina o products mo tagata Samoa ma Tonga.
Ana lelei o tatou ta'ita'i, penei ua tele naua'i tagata Pasifika ua fai pisinisi ma tu lelei.
Ae poo fea tupe ma resources o alu i nei Pacific Business Trusts are taga'i i le tulaga ua iai tatou nei.
Kaea pipilo.

Here's examples of products on sale - for the Pacific market by very enterprising non-Pacific business people who have the capital and initiative, ae kuikui gifo le malo pipo:







so my final question is, ok...its not a question, it is a statement:

When Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga gets back into parliament, I expect from him and his Ministry that they will do everything in their power to enable an environment for aspiring entrepreneurs to set up small businesses. But sadly - this ain't the small timers they're aiming for.

Ae a tuu foi i le Itu Agai (Labour) e na'o le faapepepepe o tagata ae le faatauaina le atia'e o tagata ina ia mautu lelei a latou aoaoga ma tomai ina ia maua ai ni galuega.


anyway, where was I?

Friday - did a saiga expo in the city where i realised that we take our personal space for granted. Koeikiki lava kisi mai i oka foreigns sole.

Lastly, I drove from the saiga gig to Freemans Bay for the Aoga Faasamoa Quiz. This means emergency wardrobe change in the car and then running in the rain to the hall. ...Not the Goddess entrance I had anticipated, more like a kolila frazzled entry.

Our team included a nurse educator, journo/public service, academic/youth/diva, a MAN, a business woman/prouduct knowledge and I, your humble fia know it all- Goddess.

I don't go to events to collect consolation prizes, auuuuuu - isa! ....so yeah, we won.
We did amazing in all sections bar the ahem - Sports.

Things I learnt at the quiz: We're a competitive bunch. If we lost, e ka'ei fagu.

fank you for the question, drum rolls....

...
here is a very pivotal image of some of our team, who I have aptly named:
Team Too SURE.
150% confidence, so confident that some of them were applying make up and redoing their hair for their winning walk to get their prizes....Too SURE because e sure.
oka.
The WINNING SELFIE, Isa! lol





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Oh the nerve!

I had lunch with that "Inconsistent Blogger" yesterday and wait for this:

She ordered a salad.

...


Who do you think you are!????

You are a self respecting teme'ite'i Somoa for goodness sake!

Have some beef!


hahahahah



kai daaaaeee!



Tuesday, September 09, 2014

hi,.....just a wee message,

(specifically for you shits emailing me on fake accounts, ...if you don't like what I write on here, 


















please, kindly, ......






FUCK OFF.




Easy peasy.



Manuia taualumaga o le aso. 



Tofa soifufu. 

           



musu musu atu

Now that SIDS is gone, the proof of the pudding is in the ....AFTERMATH.

The dialogue has come and gone, and let us see what will eventuate. 

While we celebrate a fantastic event which was hosted with finesse by Samoa (frigging amazing I say!), I now wonder what will actually happen.
Actually, scratch that.

This is what I WANT TO HAPPEN:

- More young people being given the opportunity to prove themselves. and when I say more young people, I mean more NEW faces and more of the young people who are not connected already.

Please, enough of the nepotism and please help develop more people.

Reach out to the youth who are instrumental in the aukalavous in Faasaleleaga and Falealili and Palauli and everywhere else, 

BUT eh- get this, ....that ain't gonna happen.

Because, it is far too much effort to go out and find new champions, its much easier and less work to use the same people.
It is less hassle and 'safer'

That is the Broblem we face. 

Nepotism. People being territorial and not sharing their knowledge. 

.....speaking of which, i was sharing some knowledge today and the kid at the front was like 'muss, your stockings are ripped'

*pugi i fiki le drop kick i lou ulu*


fanks you.






Opera Under the Stars 2014

Monday, September 08, 2014

Showtime Mangere this week - if you're looking for inspiration

Kulouga le lagi ma le lagi

When a prominent chief leaves this world, we dig coconut branches into the earth, forming a path that shall guide their spirit towards Pulotu, on the westerly tip of Savaii.
The living chiefs will carry  (launiu) as they chant out to the gods of the heavens to please, pardon, tulou, a chief will soon join them at their gathering (fono). 
Tulouna le lagi ma le lagi ma le lagi, aua ua usu le fono ia te oe ...
When I think of death in Samoa, I think of the spirit of the person, lingering around until launiu are planted into the ground, and then they set off on their way to Pulotu. 

It is with this knowledge that frightens me when we are in Falealupo and Tufutafoe, because I imagine that all these spirits linger on among the living. And even the mention of Fafa o Saualii strikes fear to my heart.
Because I am a coward like that. 
It got me thinking about death, because it doesn't escape us. 

Right now, I am divided about where I want my spirit to go, but for now, I shall transcend the heavens and cyberspace to amuse you, maybe in your sleep - Boom!







Thursday, September 04, 2014

Manono

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I'm not dead, thank you! (Ps NOT a cry for attention! serious)

So, I've been sick much of this week and some of last week. 
It started with sinuses, which I normally snap out off in 3 ish days....then headaches, then back pain, then shit gets real and I am like, in real pain......not Kardashian pain but real malala struggle. 
(Hold the violins, I'm not finished). 
Tui got sick, with me.,
Which means his sickness cancels out mine. 
But on Wednesday and Thursday, we were both equally, very unwell.
His most comfortable place to sleep was slumping onto my chest, all 18kg of him, ...which is mostly his coconut head. 
It gave me a stiff neck and shoulders.
At 3am on Thursday, I was going to change the bedding (again) which he had puked on....and I thought,
Omg, if I die, who is going make sure he brushes his teeth? Argh! (Dramatic scene 1, act 2)
Then other equally stressful thoughts came to mind, 
Who is going to take my Maeva to see the places I love (dramatic scene ii lady Macbeth) 
Finally, who is going to update my blog????? Hahaha 
Priorities hah!
It's now Saturday, and both tui and I are on the mend, but wait!
Yesterday, Maeva had to be picked up from her zoo expedition, she was feeling ill too.
So now, we are all in bed. 
But, I'm grateful that we don't have Ebola
It's also a beautiful cold dreary rainy day which makes it perfect for sleeping (digging deep ain't i) 
I just made some chicken soup at the request of Maeva 
Tui stopped vomiting and is back to his almost usual self, throwing toys across the room, head butting us, head butting the couch and lurking in the dark corners like a makaaiku
Frenchy hasn't hopped on a flight to oz yet to avoided the 3 sick housemates
And most of all,  "I'M ALIIIIVVVVEEEEE!" 




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

too sure kele

tonight, faakoa uma la'u expo i le 9, e masagi lava ga makou o ma isi ufa ia makou ke galulue faakasi e dinner i se fale laka mai pe'a uma galuega.
Ae o agagei, ua ou fai i ai  "sorry - i'm going home coz frenchy would have made dinner".
....anyhoooo, kauguu mai i le fale, molega baaaad and hello - ga o le kefs le meaai lea e i ai.
...ae pasasa mai ma le kala a frenchy, "oi, faapea a a'u e ke ai e sau ai, ...ma ua uma le falaoa ma le milk'

kaimi kogu a ga ga'o lo'u fia kago aku e pake fela o le alelo.

lea la ua ka le 12:31 and makua ou le fia moe oga faakoa uma ga ai la'u pisupo ae iga'i i le alaisa mai le aso sa.

e sao ai Henry, ..."mea la gei e le iloa mai e beyonce."


Friday, August 22, 2014

feeling down and in Auckland?

let me know,...don't do anything too drastic please, .....there's loads of stuff happening and loads of people who would love to be around you, or stuff you can do.

PM me and I will cheer you up hun. (not THAT kind of cheer up though, this ain't KRoad happy ending kinda deal)...I mean, if you feel that nothing is going well and you just want to talk to someone about your dramas, let me know:

I love listening. True story. And i love stories, telling stories, faiga stories and just talanoaing.

I don't repeat it unless you want me to and ideally it's needs to be really fascinating and involves some up in the air leg action (ballet is my passion) or anything. 

Things might seem like shit right now but I promise you that when you look back to it, it will be so trivial and so long ago. You might see a tunnel with no light, yes - it feels like that but there is help and there are people who LOVE you.
I love you!

so, here's the thing, .....when I was a young teen, I had some challenges, and no, I am not crying for attention at all....trust me, I get that like, ALL THE TIME! but my point is, things will get better.
I made a promise to myself long long time ago when I was an innocent virginal teen that I won't let all the fucken dramas define me, ruin me, 'effect' me.
Life seems tough now but I assure you that it gets better, with the help around you.
Email me: jtiatia@gmail.com

Grab LIFE by the err, ears and love it!





my friend has a new blog, she's a bit of a virgin about the whole wordpress thing, so don't be mean

Oi Aue

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Papalagi Guide to SIDS Conference. (Title offered by Kimo Goree).

In light of the up-coming SIDS conference, I and with the help of attendees who will be attending (gee - that was a pretty technical explanation), I have come up with some basic tips, ideas, Must dos and Don't for your visit to Samoa. This will make your SIDS experience well worth it.

1. How to dress formal and not look stupid? ( Question submitted by Kimo Goree)
If you have a formal suit, tie, jacket and closed shoes, ....forget it.
In Samoa, the formal dress code with be an elei shirt (the brighter the better) and an ie faitaga (picture below).
If you are not sure about your ie faitaga, don't despair, just ask any local or watch the video I'll insert later.
Ideally, men should wear undergarments because ain't nobody got time to see your crown jewels el' dangling in the breeze.

This is how it should look: (Photos borrowed without permission from Samoa Observer online, thank you!)

See how that ie faitaga is tied around his beautiful waist? No? Me neither. 
For women, you can buy a puletasi at the market or if you have $500 then get a MENA puletasi.
Or, wear whatever you brought but ideally not exposing your vajaguar or revealing your boobies., that's more of a safety issue rather than denying women their rights.

For all three genders, wear comfy shoes, like stilettos. Boots won't be necessary.

2. Eating protocol (not standing up and let important people eat first) etc.
If you're in a restaurant, no problemo....same as everywhere else, but if you are at a formal gathering and there are dignitaries or elderly important people - you let them get served first.
But don't be too polite and wait too long because if you do so, the Samoans will get to the buffet table and take it all. So be respectful, but not slow. ...find that fine line and you'll be fine. (:

3. What to bring and do to stay healthy
Bring your meds for diarrhea, panadols, antiseptic and most importantly, mosquito repellant. 
Bring Pepto or other type thing  for stomach dramas - be careful not to drink the tap water, because it will mean you'll be spending your SIDS days on a Samoan toilet. 
Bring snacks that you're familiar with to sustain yourself, it will be hot. 
Bring light clothing as well for when you're not at the conference....to go swimming in.
Drink plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated.

4. Basic words or phrases you need to know:
     Refer below

5. Belongings 
While you are in Paradise, hold onto your belongings, especially electronic goods, those are especially popular in the pawn shop and among the prisoners on parole, so be vigilant but not too like, weird about it.

6. If things are not on time, its okay - it's called Island time for a reason.
Just relax, play some candy crush or go meet some locals. (But be safe lol!)

7. If you have half a day or a day to kill and you want to quickly see a bit of Samoa., then - TOO BAD, you can't do a Savaii trip, however, there are some acceptable places in Apia you can see, eg:

  • Go to Papaseea Sliding Rocks (15 minutes from the venue)
  • Palolo Deep for snorkelling (downtown past the wharf)
  • A little further away is Le Uaina Resort with kayaking and pool
  • Piula Cave Pools (1 hour away from town)
  • Go with a group or ask a staffer about cost of these places to avoid being overcharged by a taxi driver or at the entrance. 
8. Be Kind, Be Considerate. Be a Caring Earthling.  
Be a considerate person and be appreciative of what is given to you. This is Samoa, relax and take a break, take it easy and have a Vailima.
Thousands of Samoans have worked tirelessly and unpaid to pull this off because they care and they are amazing like that. Majority of them are actually underpaid public service workers,  private sector and unpaid volunteers who have put in crazy hours to make this event a success. Be Kind. That's All.
And if you see a person named Henry Tunupopo or Faautu Talapusi, hug a slave child there and then and give them a pat on the back., or a shot of vodka to make them know they're amazing.

9. Go the extra mile
If you want to make someone's day, take some goodies with you to gift. Take eg, stationery for children, some cool tshirts, something from your country, earrings, shoes....any of those things you take for granted but will be well appreciated by people with not a lot.
You can also take a stroll to the Red Cross headquarters and give them a donation.
Something small but makes a difference for someone else.


Bonne chance.


Some words to help you along the way: 

Goodbye
Tofa
Greetings (formal) Hello
Talofa Lava
Greetings (Informal) – ideal for a friend or a colleague
Malo! Or Malo lava!
How are you?
O a mai oe?
Blessed thank you
Manuia fa’afetai
Have a blessed day, (this is a great way to end emails instead of have a good day)..its a sincere way of wishing someone a blessed day or night
Manuia le Aso
Have a blessed Night/Evening
Manuia le Po:
I am sad
Ua ou faanoanoa
I am happy
Ua ou fiafia
I am tired
Ua ou lelava
Please do not disturb
Aua le faalavelave faamolemole
Yes
Ioe
No thank you
Leai faafetai
Aua!
Don’t
OMG!
Auoi Kafefe!
Thank you very much
Faafetai tele lava
My name is ....
O lo’u igoa o ......
Keep trying
Taumafai pea
Listen!
Fa’alogo!
Very good
Lelei tele
Very bad
Leaga tele
Don’t be discouraged, keep trying
Aua le fa’avaivai, taumafai pea
Boat
Va’a
Land
Fanua
Environment
Siosiomaga
Island
Motu
Can I have some money
Ska kupe
Palagi (White person)
Palagi


Woman trapped in a man’s body
Faafafine



 

Monday, August 18, 2014

the inconsistent blogger fabricates a story about Saturday night

hahahaha!!!

....but the only cure is to drink more consistently so that your liver becomes reacqainted 'those' beverages.
 

O se tala fiafia e amata ai lenei vaiaso:


O lea fa'atoa maua la'u tusi e taliaina ai lau faatoga atu mo se avanoa i le polokalame o le'a faia i Vanuatu ma Niu Koletonia, ae paga lea, e le'i talia ina lava la'u tusi faanoi i le galuega.
E 4 vaiaso ga ou ka'a ai ae o lea faatoa amata ae toe maua le avanoa. 

ia, tapuai mai 
 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Love, Lust and first kisses in Savaii

I love returning to NeenaLoves blog (As I remember it)because she is such a beautiful writer and when she talks about relationships I just think "fark, why can't I be emotive like that?" And so I read on in awe. 

She writes about past love and how powerful it is, that first love, and how it all comes back to you ....(except me because my experiences were quite unsexy. Unromantic. Unamazing. 

I do really wish my first love was like, legitimately a love, love, but it's hard because I was young and I was mixing up love, infatuation and ahem, lust.
It got me thinking, about firsts and all that sheboom, and it reminded me of my first kiss.

Hardly romantic when a bloke is like eating your face and your mouth and you just don't know what to do because you're in the dark behind a pa auke (hibiscus bush) but you know that the whole farken village walks past the pa auke to go to the pool. 
So you just stand there getting your face decided-suctioned by a prickly faced Italian who spoke no English. 
Man oh man, my first kiss wasn't much to write about ...well, now it is.
It was awkward.com. 

Before you decide I'm like a ...village bicycle or something like that, calm the bitch down, I was only doing the kisses, the real action didn't happen until I lost my virginity on my marital bed.

While the village celebrated and pigs flew in excitement, 


Monday, August 11, 2014

i really don't know what to write about today

so this is a really dumb idea....blogging for blogging's sake,

but now that i'm here, I just about cried reading this court case about the two young men who died in a car crash last year (go to Samoa Observer for your info),. anyhow, I'm not here to discuss the finer details of the case - (because as you know, I wasn't an AG in my past life and my grasp of law is rather err, limited). 
But ------I saw a photo of the accused (of maybe the defendant? kailo se)  anyway, its a photo of the person that could potentially go to jail, and her grandfather. 
I also say another image of the other accused and his family. 

You see, in the aftermath of the accident, there was a whole lot of emotion and anger which was vented on every media you could think of. 
Every bad thing you could think of was said./

and it got me thinking of the parents, the siblings and loves of these accused/defendants/etc.

They are the ones that all carry the burden. 

Face life with this major life changing event, which affects their relationships and their lives too.

And I thought of the parents and the grandfather, who love their daughter and their son. 

This is all so hard for everyone involved, and yet - ALL THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. 

ALL THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED IS SOMEONE TOOK AWAY THE KEYS, OR STOPPED ALL OF THEM FROM LEAVING. 

My point is, ....there is nothing we can do about the past, but we can change our habits in the future.


......speaking of which, last Friday, I had to drive my smalls and my babysitters home (Yv and Yv) and then, like a super responsible Goddess, I taxied back to the city. $50 Fecking dollars to the city and the $65 fecking dollars from the city to drive -thru Maccas ---home.....and then I didn't even eat the blimmin' food because forgot I bought it in the first place,.....being a responsible drunk is EXPENSIVE! But it's much cheaper than buying a coffin.

ok, enough macabre discussions, it's only Monday.

Photos of the Day (because clearly the bullshit update above ain't doing it for you, my 5 readers:

One of the stunning bays in Moorea

Papaya

my phone's camera has a scratch and every photo has this effing ...thing (dark dot thing)

Moorea again

One of the three stunning waterfalls in Tahiti - absolutely worth the visit.  

nice asse of the fire knife dancers,....eh, I had to focus on something because their technique was sub-standard! 

Their fafas had attitude, lol

Hibiscus Hotel 





Friday, August 08, 2014

New Zealand Pacific politics and spinning the message

It is really difficult sometimes to truly express our opinions in the pacific space in NZ, because it is such a small world with so many unseen, ingrained, (sometimes messy) affiliations, connections, relationships.
Yet, our relationships are so important, particularly our respect for others, particularly those in strategic roles/positions.....but when it comes to politics, its simply,
sucks balls.

Example:

A few weeks ago, a press release was disseminated by pro National party supporters, about Pacific people needing to vote for National and how Labour is kaea(crap) and all etc.

Journalist Michael Field picks up the story and uses it to his benefit and his views:

"A small group of influential Pacific Island clergy have sparked fierce debate in South Auckland after they declared they would switch their support from the traditional Labour Party to the National Party."

Then Whale Oil fat guy waddles in with his own slant:

"The Pasifika community is breaking ranks with Labour after years of paternalistic attitudes and the “we know best” attitude of the Labour Party"

Meanwhile, the so called prominent Pacific people involved in this parody get all upset and cry foul on social media.

Then Su'a William Sio of Labour Party drops into the matter with his views.

So much noise but no one stopped to ask me, and the actual Pacific people that they kept harping on about.

....and so, here I am, I am one of thousands who represent the so called Pacific vote.  

I am a Pacific person in New Zealand, a taxpayer, a person who will vote based on the policies and for the politician who I 'some' faith in.....and so far, still looking. 

I am not going to let supposed prominent Pacific personalities blur my opinion, but what concerns me is that the National Party is doing this deliberately, using Pacific personalities to raise their profile.

They did it with Michael Jones and Inga the Winger in the last election.....and I dare say, where are they now? Has any of their ventures succeeded with the National Party on their side? 
No.
It is so sad because I have so much respect for these people but they are undoing their hard work simply for the fleeting share of the limelight and rubbing shoulders with politicians who wouldn't care otherwise on a non-election year.

....and all this - because someone wrote a parody of a press release.

My message to you the Pacific person in New Zealand? 

Please go out and vote for the Party that you believe advocates and proposes policies that will help you. 
If a Pacific 'personality' or politician rocks up to you - ASK THEM THE HARD QUESTIONS:
What is their position as a candidate and as a Party on:

  • Poverty  -----child poverty to be specific (hint hint....John Key doesn't give a rat's arse, he'll say "whaaa! eat cake!" or say "I don't recall"
  • Education....Pacific Languages - hint hint,....ain't no party got time for any other languages aside from Maori/English at the moment.
  • Education: Equity and access to tertiary education...what do they offer you?  
  • Climate Change? (climate refugees, Emissions Trading Scheme, accountability in terms of agriculture industry?
  • Health?
  • Gay marriage? (i add this because it the issue that made me lose a bit of faith in Su'a William Sio, so ask the rest of the candidates where they stand).
Make them accountable. Stop being the smiley face happy islander and demand honesty from these clowns. You are the important prominent person in this chaos. Your vote is  what counts. It ain't about those politicians and their egos or their spin doctors. You have the Power. chooohooooo
Amene ma amene. 







Thursday, August 07, 2014

My Mother is also a Village Qualified Doctor who has a cure to all ailments:

To give you an example....I was tell her about MM's eczema which flares up in winter.
And like most ailments, he solution is the same:

Dear ****,

Sei alu atu  Simon ma avatu se faguu Samoa e taumafai e uu ai pea le
tino when she goes to sleep and not during the day leaga e uu le faguu
 -     But look at all of you o le mea lena na taumafai ai lava e uu
pea outou i le uu Samoa when you were young as I think e i ai se
incredient in the oil e strengthen ai le skin -   maimau pe ana mafai
ona smuggle atu se  root o le milikini as it is now the Samoan
treatment for all skin  and open wound.   I have distributed the
plant  widely and everyone had vouched that it does miracle including
the head of State.

O le aoga foi ia i muscle pain ou te moe ai lava i le po e fusi ai ou
tuli and  ankles.

Aua le faaaogaina na cream   e maimau lava le taimi.   The Fijian oil
is good too.

Love you and tell Maeva I miss her and Tui  so am trying to divert our
trip to Auckland on our way to  Beijing to see the children on our way
back with Tala.

Alofa atu.

Mom.


Nuff said.