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.