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Sunday, December 23, 2007

White Christmas in Austria

We landed at Salzburg airport at 1.30pm on the 19th and Desiree was there to pick us up. It was -4 degrees!!! It was freezing. Hopped in the car and came home to the warmth of Mondsee. The drive was fanstastic as all around us was white snow. It hasn't snowed again but due to the cold days the fields are still white and the tree tops glisten from the frost. It's just spectacular. It's turning into the dream Christmas I was hoping for. Unfortunately Alex couldn't make it:(
Two nights ago Fleur and I went to the Christmas market in Mondsee and the kids from the local school were singing Christmas songs all evening. Christmas market consists of a lot of eating and drinking but I had to resort to the kids' punch! It was a lovely evening and there were loads of beautiful displays.
Yesterday we went to Salzburg to pick up our tickets for the Christmas concert and also got to see the Salzburg Christmas Market which was much bigger with a variety of stalls. Took lots of pictures and tried the sausages and cheese in dfferent stalls. Despite the cold we managed to enjoy ourselves and see as much as we could. Salzburg was buzzing by one o'clock. We came home rested and went out to dinner in the evening.
This morning Iris came over for breakfast. She's six months pregnant as it is!!! Her uncle and cousin arrived later to help us decorate the 2 metre high Christmas tree. The boy stood on the ladder to hang the lights and ornaments on the highest branches. We then decorated the rest of the tree and it turned outvery beautiful. A pity that there are no kids who would enjoy it more. Nadia arrives after Christmas and I think she'll have a ball getting the chocolates off the tree.
Anyway now Mom and Desiree have gone off to visit friends.
We would like to wish our family and friends a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Manuia tele le Kerisimasi ma se Tausaga Fou fiafia.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Blessing 2008

I am 14 weeks pregnant now and happy as can be. I've now passed the critical 12 weeks so I'm more comfortable to announce that we're having a baby. Baby is due next June and pray be to the Big Man that all goes well and baby arrives safely and healthy.
This week has been full on. We've been taking Mom and Fleur all over town and on Tuesday we drove through Nizwa saw the souk and the fort there before continuing on to the Wahiba Sands. We stayed at the Al Raha Camp which was very nice. The desert was just something else. The golden sands and bedouin camps al around as we drove through it to the camp was just magnificent. It was quite surreal. We were taken up a sand dune to watch the sunset and what a view. What a world that we live in that we get to watch the same sun set from different settings around the world and the experience is somewhat unique and yet familiar at the same time. Mom was like a child in the sand. It was fun to watch Mom make the most of the desert. We were due to slide down the steep sand dune in the camp land cruiser but Mom decided to do it on her behind and slid down all the way to the camp. It was hilarious. Alex took a video as Fleur and I enjoyed the slide down the dune with Awoud at the helm. It ws good fun indeed.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Happy Times

Mom arrived two nights ago which is very exciting. I'm so happy to have Mom here with us and also visiting the Middle East for the first time. We've also just picked up my sister Fleur who arrived from Austria a few hours ago. So now we have an apartment full of loved ones, singing, laughter and lots of smoking from Mom and Fleur. Last night we went to our friends Millie and Ali's place for a party. They were all looking forward to meet Mom and what fun we had there. We didn't come home till 3 am in the morning. Mom had a ball and everyone of course was fighting over the microphone when the hosts turned on the karaoke. It was good fun with good food.

Dubai Sevens Rugby

Well here we are again in Dubai. We came to support our boys in the sevens. We were proud of course to cheer for our boys from the BP stand with the rest of the Samoan crew from around the Middle East. It was fun off the field just laughing, singing and clowning with all the Samoan sistas and bradas as well as other Samoan supporters who donned Samoan colours to support our team. Our boys lost to England in the quarter-finals and then lost to Argentina in the Plate final. It was a close game nevertheless. I'm not fazed by this because last year it was a similar result and they came back to kick butt in Wellington and Hong Kong. Our boys are strong and there are some solid experienced boys in there and I think we have a winning combination again this year. With the likes of Rudolph Moors as the coach there's plenty to come. We wish them all the best in SA and we believe in you guys.
Much alofa and support from the Samoans top fans in Oman.
The final between NZ and Fiji was a good game to watch. The kind of game that makes one a Sevens fan indeed. The unpredictability of it all. Well during the final there were 10 Fijians, 3 Samoans and a Maori on the field. So who really won? The Pacific of course ha ha