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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Last Day in 2006

Wishing Mom a very Happy Birthday and many more to come. Missing my Mom on her birthday but wish her a long life with us on this earth. Am thankful for such an amazing mother who taught me so much about life and for being the most peaceful person I know. Chaos can surround her but from her one will only find peace and harmony. Thanks to Mom for teaching me to appreciate everything I'm given in life and not to take anything for granted. For teaching me to always look at the good side of anything and not to focus on the negative. For being there for us and many others who come to Mom to find peace. I'm just blessed to have been borne of such an amazing person.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Life in Twothousandandsix!

Christmas is gone already and now awaiting the new year. Hmmm now everyone is talking about new year's resolutions and frankly I really don't see the point. It's all to do with making decisions and making a plan of attack before implementing any changes. Seriously I can't think of any one time that I made a decision and followed through instantaneously. Especially when one is inebriated and blurts out a New Year's resolution. My favourites "This is my last cigarette" while buying another pack... and then there's "I will never drink again" meanwhile one is smashed and in the middle of throwing back a few more shots. And then "I will lose more weight this year" and yet head straight for the fast food place to buy some grease to line the tummy. So I've decided not to even think of any resolutions but just try to amend my ways to have a better life... eat better, be less critical, save more... Whatever, I am quite content with my life at this point in time. I have a lovely family that I care about and they KNOW I care because I try to tell them as much as I can. I have a nice group of different people that I call friends whom satisfy different aspects of my life and I theirs'. I have a job that I am enjoying at the moment. Most of all I have a lovely man that I share everything with. So as the New Year approaches I would only but thank God for the blessings I've received in the past year, for all the lovely people that have entered to become part of my life to replace those that have ceased to exist or moved on. My only wish is that I would have this feeling more often than not in this lifetime. Goodbye Old Year and Hello New Year.

X-mas bash.

We had a lovely Christmas dinner with some of our friends here in Muscat. Most of the friends that came did not even get a day off for Xmas so we made the most of the evening with carol singing and dancing and of course it involved alot of of eating and sipping.
Hubby and I having a good laugh - enjoying the Christmas spirit.
Millie and Gina showing the lil' ones how to do it right... uh huh uh huh
Our enthusiastic guitarist George.
The United Nations 'special choir' lol. self, Linus(Nigeria), Gina(Samoa), Lulua and her Mom Millie(Kenya)
Self with Kofi and Beatrix from Hungary & Ghana.
Our younger carol singers. Ijoema, Hanan and Okara.
Ali eating the fourth leg of the turkey(private joke, malo Gina) who joined us straight from work and Alex who cooked the turkey...yep yep we know babe, lol.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Manuia le Kerisimasi

Wishing all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Two more days to go. I hope everyone finds peace this Christmas season and look forward to a good year. I'm looking forward to the new year as a working woman now but also counting down the months to our trip home. And most of all greeting two new additions to our family in April as my two sisters are both carrying. My older sister is having their fourth baby(she reckons the last) and my younger sister is having their first. All so exciting. It would be nice too to see how the other kids have grown in the past year. Most of all this Christmas is our first without our beloved grandmother, may she rest in peace.
Anyway on a brighter note, we're having Christmas Eve with friends here at home and am looking to a good feed... yum yum...and yes I'm only Samoan hahaha! We're doing the pot-luck style where everyone brings a dish for the dinner. Mine dearest is doing the turkey and I'm doing the pisupo hahaha! Ok gotta go get some sleep, a bit too much partying this week-end. Its allowed its CHRISTMAS.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Six more days to Christmas!

"And so this is Christmas..." to quote from a Christmas song... Here we go again. We're celebrating Christmas in Oman and missing home of course. Good though that we're working right up to Christmas to keep us busy from thinking of dear ones. Anyway we've already put up our tree and so we feel the Christmas spirit in our home now. It being a Muslim country, there's not too much Christmas spirit around, if I can say such a thing but we're getting together with friends to make our own Christmas fun and full of carol singing!!!
Hubby has been sneaking around once more so I'm left trying to figure out what he's getting me for Christmas. Keep at this rate and we'll have no life savings hahaha But bless him for his thoughtfulness and romantic spirit. We have just celebrated our second wedding anniversary. I came home from work to find a hot bath with candles burning ready for me to plunge into. Enjoyed that for a bit while my blessed hubby went to make us a lovely home cooked dinner. And I said a silent prayer of thanks for we are now embarking on another year together and very happy in our union. Amen.
I have now started at an institution teaching English to locals and other foreigners. My class at the moment are made up of all Omanis except for one Morroccan. They are a joy to teach and I must admit I am enjoying my first teaching job. They are polite and really enjoy learning which is great. One student has taken it upon himself to serve me tea during breaks though I refuse the offers outrightly but he just sets it on my desk:) Having said that I did one day with another class whom a few were a couple of spoilt brats. They started speaking their foreign language in the class loudly and it was like trying to control unruly children. In the end someone else took over the class to my pleasure and am quite happy with the two I have at the moment. On the week-ends I teach kids. I did not want to teach kids at first but their teacher had left on holiday. They are quite fun too and well behaved kids as long as there are activities to keep them occupied.
Hubby is working his shift hours and sometimes he comes home with a big smile and sometimes a scowl. Such is life in this world of ours, "we win some and we lose some." Let's just focus on counting our blessings for the moment.
In the meantime have a warm Christmas dear bloggers and readers and a Prosperous New Year. Ia manuia tele le Kerisimasi, ma se Tausaga Fou fiafia. Ia ae manuia le au inu pia...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Dubai 7s Samoan supporters

While the boys go hard on the field the supporters are busy too.

L-R, Alex & Heineken, English supporter, Lutz the Samoan copper from Sudan and Mark.

Our young supporters.

Tim leading the supporters with the Heinekens heh heh!

Self with Agnes.

Dubai 7s flicks

Lotu with the Samoan team and the Samoan community in Dubai. The team looking smart in their formal wear.

Mikaele jogs to the try line.

The parade.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Dubai Sevens and Samoan support!

Now back in Muscat after an exhilirating week in Dubai with Clara and her lovely family and watching the sevens tournament when we could due to heavy rains and cold weather. The first day was great; nice weather and the company of everyone we were on the stands with was just awesome. Sipping Heinekens in the early afternoon was what everyone seemed to be doing and enjoying the games. Samoa did really well on the first day. We beat Kenya 54 to 14 and then unfortunately lost to Wales. Then we came back to beat New Zealand by two points. The atmosphere was festive and sheer excitement in the grand-stands. In the midst of all this Clara who has been the liaison officer for the Samoan team for the past 10 years was of course working to make sure things were running smoothly and assisting the manager and coach with anything they needed.
Also we, Alex and I were hosted by Clara and Tim along with Samoan policeman Lesa Lutz who is a peacekeeper in Sudan who also came to support the team. On the second day of the sevens it rained cats and dogs which is unusual in these parts and worse yet it was freezing. For us who have lived in the heat of the desert it was a shock to the system. For a while there it felt like we were in Auckland instead of Dubai. Anyway 2 hours into that madness and after watching our team getting unfair treatment in their game against South Africa we decided it wasn't worth catching a cold over it all and went home to watch it from the comfort of our friends' lounge. As our luck had it, there was a power cut(due to the rain) at the field so they couldn't broadcast some of the games that afternoon. So we had warm showers and then had a nice nap before getting up and headed for the nearest pub to watch the finals from there. We watched Samoa go on to win the plate against Australia and South Africa give NZ a good beating for the Dubai Cup. Our boys did really well considering how cold it got and that they couldn't go back to the hotel for a rest as it was too far for all the teams to leave the field. In the end Clara rushed home in between games to put the boys' jerseys in her washing machine and dryer so they could play in dry clothes in the plate final(Only the Samoans have the one uniform)
I must commend Clara, Tim and the Samoan community in Dubai for all their support for the team. We had a lotu together with the team and the Samoan community in Dubai before the first game which was really nice. Each year the community up there make a donation for the boys pocket money. This proves that no matter where we are in this world the Samoan loto nuu ma aiga spirit shines through.