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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008 ends

And here we are at the end of another year. This year we welcomed our little gift from God into our family our son Tauilagi. He's now over six months old and growing. He's first tooth is just coming through. I can see it but it's yet to break through. We're weaning him onto the bottle now. He's been on solids for almost 2 months now and meal times are fun at the moment.
Hubby's folks, niece and nephew are here from New Zealand so we're having a lovely time having them here. Tau is spending a lot of time with his nana and I welcome the freedom at the moment. OK I must admit I'm enjoying it a tad too much but the grandparents are also enjoying the time with their grandchild whom they don't see too much of.
We had a lovely Christmas with our friends here. Christmas was a bit too quiet for my liking. Next time I will be better prepared and have much more of a hoo hah than what we had this time. Nevertheless it was okay.
After Christmas we drove to Sur with the family through the As Suwayr wadi. Had a bbq by the wadi while the kids went for a swim. We then continued onto Sur where we camped at Al Nazeem and went to see the turtles in the evening on Ras Al Hadd beach. Our host Ali at the camp was a friendly guy and made the stay very pleasant for the kids. We had a nice time kicking the ball around the camp site. The food was great as they made lamb in the schua (Omani umu) it was yummy. The next day we drove through Sur to the dhow building site and then onto the Sharqiya in the Wahiba Sands. We stopped in at Wadi Bani that was something else. It was many pools of clear water. We climbed in further and swam at the top pools. It wasn't too cold. It was fantastic. I couldn't resist it I jumped in with everything I had on.
Afterwards we drove to the Al Raha Camp. It gets rough when we drive into the camp and funny enough Tau started his sleeping song and went to sleep in the midst of the rough ride. When we got to the camp he was fast asleep it was hilarious. After checking in we drove to the top of the dune watched the sunset from there and bbqed our steak there. Tau enjoyed the breeze and playing on the sand. There I noticed Tau's first tooth breaking through. We had a fabulous time. We drove home had tea and enjoyed the local music at the camp. It was entertaining but we were too tired so we went to bed early.
Us three with the sun setting behind us at Wahiba sands.

Tauilagi of Arabia

Grace enjoying the dunes.

Caleb collecting wood for the fire to cook our food.

Tau with his nana

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


The one other Samoan family are leaving Oman. I got the sad/exciting for them news two weeks ago when I spoke to our friend and she said that her husband got a job in South Africa and they are leaving early January. What a shock! Well I've very happy for them as they look forward to another place and better prospects but I'm sad that we're losing friends. I know it's bound to happen but it's still sad when it happens. I wish Gina and Linus all the best on their new venture.
Last night another friend of Gina's threw a farewell party for them and what fun it was. The food was yummy and I ate to my heart's(not my hips) content. Great conversation with a range of people and really enjoyed it.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Alex and Isaac

Wishing my twin nephews in California a very happy birthday. In Samoan it's Manuia le lua Aso Fanau. Hope you had loads of fun today.
Alofa tele
your Aunty Omega, Uncle Alex and cousin Tauilagi.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Why are we here?

Today I went out with my son to buy some things from an arty shop and then afterwards we went to the beach to get some fresh air and snag a cinnamon roll from CinnCeo there. I know not good for my health but well I felt like something sweet and hoped for a lift to my spirits. When I head out I have a list of things to do but I tend to reshuffle everything as I'm heading out which of course throws my plans. So like today after the arty shop I just felt like some fresh air and open space so I took baby to the beach. I texted a friend to join us but obviously was busy. So we just went there parked Tau on the sidewalk for a while to watch the locals playing football and people milling around on the beach. I felt sad because I wanted to call on one of my sisters or Mom and ask them to join us on the beach but alas we're in another country on the other side of the world and that may not be very easy.
I wonder why are we here?
Is it worth being so far from our loved ones?
In my moment of weakness no answer to either question makes sense. I hope tomorrow will bring a brighter note but for the time being I'm just not at the top.
Today we were supposed to go Dubai to meet up with our friends there in welcoming the Samoan Sevens team. I had been looking forward to that this month. However due to the fact we'd all been sick we decided to can the trip as baby and hubby are still coughing and I've still got the sniffles.
I guess not being able to meet up with our friends and meeting up with the team bringing in fresh air from home has something to do with my low day but I miss my family today and that's for sure.
However my baby boy hasn't ceased to cheer me up. The way he runs around the lounge now in his walker with his toothless grin. The way he laughs when I say boo and the way he grabs his blanket and suck on it as he goes to sleep. All is not lost in my world today. good night.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Magic word "MAMA"

For the past two days baby and I have been really sick with runny noses and cough for Tau and drowsiness and high fever for me. Today we are both much better. Last night however Tau developed this awful sounding cough that at about 5am when I was feeding him he coughed so bad he threw up his milk, so as any worried parent would do I bundled him up and rushed him to the nearest clinic. The doctor said it was common in children at the moment due to the change in the weather. Through it all Tau was his happy self smiling at the nurses which really kept my hopes up that he was ok. Hubby was working so I was going this one alone. When we got home Tau was up and just wanted to continue the day like we didn't get up way too early! I was just thankful that he was normal and all was ok.
Anyway later in the afternoon when hubby was home we were hanging out in the room playing with Tau on our bed. Tau was making noises that sounded like "hmmmm" "wawawa" "nganganga" and I kept repeating to him to say mama mama. I was just trying my luck. Hubby was reading something and I was looking at something and Tau was playing with his teddy bear and was quiet for a bit. And then the next thing we hear was a loud and clear "MAMA" call from my little precious. Hubby and I were so surprised and loud that poor Tau was shocked into quietness. I'm so proud of my little boy. Needless to say we've been encouraging it all day and he's been repeating it now and again. Whether he'll keep it up a whole other matter but at the moment I'm a very happy and proud MAMA.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


I'm trying to blog while my husband and mate from work are chatting here in the living room. Baby's asleep so I'm trying to maximise on the free time. I'm a bit blank now though.

National Day and Tau's five months young

Congratulations to all Omanis on their National Day celebration today.

Today Tau is five months exactly and he's growing fast. I celebrate this day for when our lives changed forever. I look at our son now and feel so much love.

Monday, November 17, 2008


I enjoy following the news on who President-elect Barrack Obama is choosing for his government. Very exciting times. I was reading an interesting article on yahoo speculating on Obama selecting his foes in important positions mirroring what President Licoln did in his time. Interesting move that would be. Or will he just surround himself with yes-people?
And yesterday I saw news about the G-20 where the world leaders are meeting to find a solution of some sort for the economic crisis. Well President Bush came on to say his two cents on the subject and at that moment when I think he was supposed to sound reassuring he did everything but that. It's just really hard to take this guy seriously with his one sided smirk/grin as if he's going to make a snide remark!
I better go my son is crying.

Tau today

I'm blogging while my son is playing in his walker. He's 5 months tomorrow and he's growing fast. We've started him on solids to the doctor's disappointment and to my excitement. What does the doctor know as many mums and Samoans would say! He was showing the signs of wanting to eat more than just good ol' milk. He loves eating so food time is fun. He expects his baby cereal now in the mornings and will not take any more milk but wait for it. He's putting everything in his path in his mouth at the moment. I've moved him to the bouncinette and now he's trying to pull off the toys hanging above him. He's not well today but he's still his bright self. He's got a cold yet again and is a bit hot. We've already been to the doctor's. He woke up a lot last night due to his blocked nose.
Just a pity we missed out on the rugby club playgroup this morning but I guess we'll do it another day:(

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

History has been made

I stayed up late last night to watch the updates on the US elections. Then I really had to go to bed. This morning I had to rush off to horse riding but I heard the great news on the radio that Obama had won the elections. When I got home I tuned into CNN and watched Obama's winning speech and I teared up as I witnessed such a historical moment. There's hope after all. However like I said before I guess now it's time for him to do something about the economy. He has a lot of work ahead of him and I wish him all the best. What an awesome outcome for everyone.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Oh my, I just read the last blogs and hmmm a bit boring. I must say the wandering of the mind has slowed down or should I say no time to put it on paper!
Well I just received a comment on this blog from a German dentist that came by Mom's hotel years ago. I remember you Harold if you're reading this. This guy used his dental drill to write all our names on coconut vases. It was pretty cool. I wonder if those vases are still at home? For some reason too I remember a comment he made when Harold came to Savaii about one tour operator in Apia who drove him to the airport from his hotel. He said he had just met one of the most beautiful women in Samoa but not once did the woman smile which really ruined it for him he said!
I've just been reading news on different Samoan websites. It's great to stay in touch with what's happening at home though bad news is never a good read.
Elections in the US now and who will win. Obama is leading in the polls but will this eventuate in a win? I guess if Obama wins all this festive mood will wane as everyone waits for what he will do to the economy. Is the US ready for a president of colour? It's sad that today this is still an issue. I met a republican in Samoa a few months ago who said that Obama had no experience blah blah he was a republican is all I heard! A younger man may make some good changes in the most powerful country in the world but then again how much can one man change really. In the end politics is politics. Will there be an incident like that last time when the Florida(I think) votes were recounted and then there was speculation of corruption? (if I'm not wrong) That can always happen again here but we shall see.
Happy voting U.S.Americans!!!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Road Trip in the Middle East

After my horse riding lesson last week I came home and quickly packed all our stuff for our trip to Dubai by car. Hubby worked and needed to sleep that afternoon. After I got everything together minus the kitchen sink I also needed to sleep after my early rise and since baby was knocked out I also joined the slumber party. Well when I woke up, it was almost 3pm so woke up hubby and we quickly packed the car and off we went by 4.30pm. We drove towards the Omani-UAE border and we were there by about 8pm.
The Oman side of the border is really nice and well organised. They have this huge building that you drive through but if you want you can park your car and go inside to use the toilets, order a pizza or have a cup of coffee and buy some necessities in the little shop there. This time around it didn't take long to get our passports stamped as I think they now have the Samoan passport in the system. I saw one guy add it to his poster for future reference. We always have problems with my passport because it's a rare one and usually people have never heard of Samoa....yawn sigh...same story over and over I'm so over it.
We got to our friends' place at 9.40 that evening and Tau was ready to play for a bit after being holed up in the car for such a long time. So he played with Kerry for a bit before I put him to bed. He slept well that evening.
The next day we went to IKEA at the Dubai Festival City. Our first time there and we really needed some shelving to organze our mess here at home. So hours later we emerged with shelves and other small things for Tau. The ride home was hectic as it was rush hour in Dubai and our GPS does not take into account all the road changes in Dubai within the last month!
Eventually we got home at 7pm and went off to Clara's for a bbq. Our friend Nick from Abu Dhabi was there with his parents visiting from Australia. It was great to catch up with Clara, Dan and their families once again. For some reason I thought Nick's folks were elderly, so I was shocked to meet this young fit looking couple. Nick's Mom had been baking all day so after the lovely bbq we proceeded to eat the pies and chocolate cake that was there. The pies reminded me of home and the pies there. It was delicious.
The next day we set off to Abu Dhabi via the Emirates Mall to buy presents. Once again the GPS was driving us nuts and called up Heather to guide us to their house. As we were confusing each other about where we were in the end Heather suggested that we stay where we were and she'll come guide us to her house. So that we did. 15 minutes later we were at Heather and Finian's house. It was lovely to meet little Jameson whom Heather was carrying when we last visited in March. They were also excited to meet Tau whom I was carrying then too. Rowan is the sweetest big brother as he doted over Jameson. He was also very cute with Tau which was just sweet. Tau and I went straight to sleep because Tau didn't sleep much the night before. I think it being a different house he gets restless.
We missed out on a bbq at F & Heather's friends' as I was just too tired. Enjoyed the food though that Heather was kind enough to bring back for me. Went to bed and was determined to stay put at home the next day to give Tau a break from the car seat.
We slept in and got up and lazed around all day. It's just very relaxing at F & H's it's just wonderful there. Hubby was determined to watch the NPC final between Wellington and Canterbury which Welly hubby's dismay. As the two fathers were worse for wear from the beers they put away the night before, we didn't have breakfast till about midday! Needless to say when we did it was yummy. Bacon and eggs with baked beans...yummyyyyy.
That evening we watched the sun set over the desert while sipping champagne in the front yard, pushing the babies in the prams while hubby kicked the ball around with Ronan and Finian was busy with the roast in the bbq out back and going in and out of the house to chill our drinks. Five star service it was. I was so a weird way it felt like being on a beach in Samoa watching the sun set and just being at peace. It was just beautiful out there.
That night we enjoyed the fruit of Finian's labour at the bbq

And the horse go giddi-up

We've been really busy in the past week. Last week on Wednesday I rode a horse properly for the first time in my life. The only time I can remember ever riding a horse was back in the village when I was very little. As the road to the plantations ran along our land we always witnessed the villagers going up to their plantations and sometimes on their horses. So one day I waited on the road and asked one passerby if I could ride on his horse. The only saddle on that thing was an old brown cloth sack for coconuts. I must have been 9 or 10. Anyway that's the only memory I have of riding a horse until last week.
My friend Nicole who is the closest thing to an animal whisperer I know, had found out about the horse riding classes in Qurum and asked me to come along.
"It would be fun," she said. Her enthusiasm was contagious and the next thing I knew, I was up at 6.30am on a Wednesday morning with my son in tow (to stay with Nicole's sitter) while we go off to ride the horses.
So we get there and met other ladies. Three have experience with horses including my friend and there was one other lady and myself who were real beginners.
Anita the trainer said hello and showed us which horse to lead to the paddock. It was funny because I had no idea which rope or rein to grab in order to lead the horse. I told the trainer so, so she came and undid the knot from the fence and showed me what to do. I quickly asked her how to turn it left and right when I'm on it and she laughed and said, "that's what I'm about to show you once you're on the horses." Ha ha I thought I'd just be told it and I'm cool. My biggest fear to do with horses is falling off them. We lead our horses into the riding paddock and one by one Anita let us mount the horses using a mounting steps. I was excited but also concentrating on relaxing. I had it in my head that the horse can smell fear so I should relax and communicate this to the animal. Needless to say I was a bit stiff to begin with while trying to 'relax'. 20 minutes into the lesson I felt good. I was still a bit worried about falling off but I was enjoying the actual ride. It helped that the trainer kept reassuring me that I had the right posture which was good for a first timer.
We rode around in the paddock while learning how to hold and control the reins "literally". The next thing I knew the lesson was over and we were told to dismount. It was good fun but I was determined to learn more so I could enjoy the experience of riding a horse. I went again yesterday and that was good too so I'm looking forward to next week and would love to trot and see how that goes. I've banished the falling off the horse bit from my mind so I could just make the most of the lessons and riding.

During the lessons all I could think of were the lines to do with horse...'you can take the horse to the water... and one from Tofiga and Ete(Samoan/NZ comedians) and the horse go giddi-up.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

October update

My hubby had his birthday two days ago. I had ordered little gadgets from the UK of little choppers that one can fly around in the lounge. Wow these things are amazing. They actually do fly lol. And they're small so they don't cause any damage to anything. Needless to say hubby enjoys his little toys and I'm glad. Tau will be four months soon and he's growing fast. He's a big boy. Tall and lean. He can hold up his head on his own for a long while now but now he tries to sit up on his own. When we have him leaning against us he pushes his head foward trying to sit up. He's very strong. He's rolled over a couple of time from tummy to back and vice versa. He likes to suck on a little soft sheep toy. He likes to suck his fingers too a lot. He smiles a lot and laughs too when we manage to get him started. I play with him and sometime he just wants to be on his own so I put him in his cot and turn on his fancy mobile that keeps him entertained for hours. He loves the outdoors so I take him for walks in the late afternoons when it's not too warm and we also go to our friends' garden to hang out. He's eating well and loves to socialize. When we go to our friends for dinner he won't sleep he'll stay up to hang out with the adults. Better go he needs some attention.

Friday, September 26, 2008

O le aso.

Ramadan is coming to an end and all Muslims I take it are looking forward to Eid which is the celebration of the end of the holy fasting month. I'm sure many a new car has been bought and outfits have been made. Many are visiting the salons to get their makeover for Eid. Now it's hard to get anything made at the tailor's as they are flooded with customers as well as beauty salons as the local ladies are getting spruced up for Eid. Many including expats are going off on holiday during the week break so it's exciting times for a lot of people here.
As for us we're staying put until next month we might do something during hubby's holidays. However I'm itchy to travel again so we might go somewhere close by.
Last night I baked a cake from scratch that actually worked for the first time. The gas oven we have now is better than our last one so I managed to pull off a butter cake(the simplest of them all) with lemon topping. It was not too bad. I still need to master the oven setting as the bottom of the cake got a bit burnt but it wasn't too bad. Need some butter to try another cake. Hmm maybe I should try chocolate (hubby's favourite) next. Gotta put baby to sleep now and go off to the supermarket to get the butter, nappies and chocolate for the cake.
Until next time.

Sleeping babe

Well these days of motherhood, there are days when I can't wait for my baby to go to sleep so I can surf the net, read or just have a nap. sad one but well I need me time too. Anyway our son is doing very well. He's taller now and we're getting more reaction from him now. Yesterday I tried the blow on his tummy trick and he laughed I mean a REAL baby open mouth with noise laugh. It was soooo cute. Two weeks ago I went to check on him sleeping in his cot to find that he was wide awake and managed to do a 180 degree turn in the cot. I was so shocked but well he's obviously getting stronger and developing. I value seeing other friends with kids as I learn something from them all the time. So now we've got our routine down to a T now. Bath in the evening and then sleep time around 6-6.30pm. He's now sleeping longer at night which is just a blessing lol. Two nights ago he slepts for 8 hours straight. Last night was 7 hours straight so I'm a happy momma. I've also learned to harden a bit and just leave him in the cot when it's bed time and he now just goes to sleep. Lovely lovely.
the weather is now cooler here and so I've taken Tau for a swim now and again at the pools and he loves it. OK I better go now as he is AWAKE. Time for a snack.

Friday, September 12, 2008


So I got the best surprise party ever last night! We went to the Emirates Mall yesterday and one of the rarest moments my hubby was actually suggesting different shops and clothes to try on!!! Little did I know it was to keep me away as Nets and Rich were working their magic at home. On our way home we kind of lost our way but got home at around 7. Well as surprise parties go I opened the door and there were all our friends here in Dubai yelling SURPRISE!!! I was so shocked I didn't know what to do and was about to step outside again when Alex pushed me inside the house. It was so aweeeeesoooommmeee and just about all our friends here made it. Alex and Nets had been making plans and calls behind my back all week!!! Most of our Samoan friends also made it which was just fantastic. It was a great party too. Nets and Rich were awesome hosts and really know how to throw a party. We had loads of fun and of course everyone fell in love with our little Tauilagi. It was the first time everyone met him here so he was passed around until he fell asleep my poor boy. Well like his parents he's still knocked out from the party and it's 11am. choo hoo!
Thanks to my lovely husband for such an awesome idea. Thanks heaps to Nets and Rich for a great party and for all the organisations and the beautiful cake. well my past flashed before my eyes when the cake was presented and it was a replica of a Jim Beam Bottle with a Polynesian airlines logo in the middle. Jim Beam cos that was my first boyfriend and the Poly as that's where Alex and I met. Thanks to everyone that made it. It made the night beautiful and complete. Thanks also for the presents for Tauilagi and I. It was just beautiful.

Monday, September 01, 2008


My first bath with Tau

New captain and son
Alex has passed his linecheck and is now a captain. I'm very proud of him and we're a happy bunch at the moment with our little blessing Tau and all that's happening in our lives. All thanks to God for his blessings upon us.
The weather has cooled in Muscat now it's wonderful. Ramadan starts tomorrow so no eating in public for us and all the best to those fasting.
We better go home now. Tau is fast asleep in his pram and it's getting late and we're at our friend's apartment to use the internet. We should get ours soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2008


self with Tau on flight over from NZ via Bangkok

Tau at home in Muscat

Tau with proud daddy and new captain

Tau with his 8 month old friend Gemma

My little blue eyed boo

We are now back in Muscat with our little man. He was so good on the flight and I'm proud of our little traveller. Doing well in Muscat. We don't have the internet in our new apartment so can't blog just yet. Tau is two months this week and he's growing very fast. People on the flight kept saying we were very brave for travelling with a young baby but he proved them all wrong lol.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tauilagi James arrives with a bang

Managed a smile in between contractions. My beautiful family trying to make light of the situation. Day four.

At long last

"This is not Guatemala now Dr Ropata."lol Alex was told to don the scrubs for the operation but looking at these photos later I couldn't help but laugh at how he also donned a supervising Doc's attitude with the way he stood their with hands behind his back in the recovery room. hilarious nice going Dr. Ropata.

Proud daddy dresses our son for the first time. Note the words on the beanie lol

The short of it. I went into labour in the early hours of Saturday June 14th which happened to be an All Blacks test day. Adidas have an ad that if a baby is born on an AB test day they get an AB jersey not that I gave a hoot but hubby and Uncle Gui were counting downt the hours as the 14th came to a close. Thanks very much Tau decided not to entertain daddy's wishes lol. Saturday afternoon we went to the clinic hoping to have a baby by the late afternoon well Tau had other plans. I was in labour all day and all through the night. Sat in the warm bath for three hours until I was all wrinkly. Left the pool and went to the bed. From bed to the bathroom where there was chair to sit and be near the toilet for my millionth toilet visits. Finally asked for the gas. Went off the gas on Sunday afternoon. Went for a walk in town in the midst of contractions and then walked up and down some stairs on a nearby street, was then given some highly potent disgusting homeopathic potion to drink to hurry up the labour....still nothing. Was checked and found was only 2 cm dilated!!! Went back home on Sunday evening for a change of scene. Had a warmth bath, warm shower.... Went through the night without sleep and toilet visits. Next day same thing..trying to relax through the pain. Midwife came around checked baby's heartbeat and all's well and Tau was happy!!! Monday night still the same I was near exhaustion and decided that by morning if nothing happened we're off to the hospital. Tuesday morning at 7am we went to the hospital. Finally given pathedine to get some rest. Only snatched less than an hour's sleep to be awoken again by the familiar labour contractions. They decided to break my water but only managed to squeeze me in at 3pm. They did so... two hours later....still no baby. Decided on labour induction drug oxitocin which they administered. More pain and two hours later still nothing and hardly any dilation. The nurse checked and was baffled by the slow progress and the shape of cervix!!! Finally gave in and asked for an epidural as I was just exhausted with no energy left to push even a grapefruit. After 3 pokes along my spine the Dr finally got the epidural going and I was in lala land. The head surgeon came in and explained that after epidural the oxitocin will be turned on again and then that should dilate the cervix and have a baby by morning. Oxitocin was turned on and the machines started beeping eerily as baby's heartrate started to plummet. Red Alert and all the doctors rushed back in with the head surgeon explaining that a caesarian was necessary to avoid putting baby in any more danger. I nodded and signed papers and 30 minutes later I was wheeled into the operating room. Less than 30 minutes later the welcome screams of baby Tauilagi were heard in the operating room as I watched the nurses took him to be cleaned amidst Alex's oohing and ahhhing "he's huge, he's got big hands oh my gosh he's massive". lol. They sewed me back up and off we went to the recovery room where my long awaited stubborn Tauilagi was placed in my numb arms and chest as I tried to fight the cobwebs and focus on him. And all I felt was 'thank God Almighty he's free at last' and yep there really was a baby after all.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

39 weeks and 5 days

So here I am, about to have baby. Baby's due this week-end. My darling husband is on his way right now from Oman so I'm a happy pregnant woman. I was a bit worried earlier in the week that I would go into labour without my husband but praise God he's on his way. Well that is if I don't have baby within the next 24 hours lol... Ok I don't think hubby would find that very funny...still. So thank-you Lord that things worked out with hubby's job and he could come on time.
My midwife came around today and everything's good and there's a possibility that I'll go into labour this week-end but it could also be next week. Baby will come when s/he's ready. Maybe s/he's waiting for daddy. Anyway this week I haven't been sleeping well and finally I can say that I've had enough now. I'm tired of just about living in the toilet and having to get up every hour at night to go. Maybe baby will feel this and come out soon. heh heh!
My Mom and my in-laws also arrive tomorrow so it's all go this week-end. Looking forward to everyone arriving and a change of routine for me. I've really enjoyed ME time in the past few weeks. I've read heaps and surfed the net for baby stuff and tried to take naps. Sleeping has been a bit difficult due to the toilet trips and as lots of people suggest that maybe it's nature's way of preparing us for getting up at night to tend to the little one.
Above all I am really looking forward to seeing our little blessing and just finally having the third member of our little family in my arms.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Clydesdale on Polynesian Immigrants in NZ

Greg Clydesdale a Massey University lecturer has published a paper here in NZ blaming Polynesian immigrants for the future economic demise of NZ. In an interview with a Tagata Pasefika reporter on You Tube Mr Clydesdale points out that to avoid this taking place NZ should stop bringing in Polynesians as the NZ system cannot support these immigrants. He further discusses that Polynesians are at the lower end of the socio-economic scale in this country. It must be pointed out that Polynesians such as Cook Islanders, Tokelauans and Niueans are at birth NZ citizens as a result of colonial rule. So who is he classifying as the Polynesian immigrants if these people are already NZ citizens at birth.
Let’s say he’s referring to Samoans and Tongans as the “Polynesian immigrants” as it isn’t clear in his research who he means. The Polynesians that were brought into NZ fifty years ago were brought in to work in factories and other low level jobs because local New Zealanders would not do those jobs themselves. As a result, now there are second and third generation Polynesian New Zealanders that were born here. They are university graduates and are working at all levels of the work force and in different areas. 50 years ago I would imagine another Clydesdale would have come up with the same outrageous argument. I think Mr. Clydesdale has his own prejudices that he’s put across in his paper and calling it an educated research. He carried on to say that the education system here may not be good enough to solve the problem but then decides that the education system shouldn’t be blamed. He generalised Polynesians until the reporter points out that he’s calling Poly-Kiwis as if they are not New Zealanders though these people were born here in NZ.
However I believe NZ immigration are very strict with their rules on who they bring into NZ. So who is to be blamed for the economic problem? Mr. Clydesdale also continues to say that NZ should take in more British immigrants rather than those from the Pacific. His argument being that British -immigrants are at a higher end of the socio economic scale rather than low-level skilled people plus they don‘t need resources such as housing as those from the Pacific. I know a lot of British immigrants here that work in the factories alongside their Polynesian counterparts. How can he compare British immigrants who come with the British pound which is more than double the Kiwi dollar to those from the Pacific?
Moreover Clydesdale seem to deem other professions as not as important in economic growth as that of engineers, scientists and technologists! So is he worthy of being a New Zealander then since he’s only lecturer and not exactly likely to contribute to production in this country?

Monday, May 26, 2008

38 weeks

Here I am at over 38 weeks and counting. Baby's still moving around a lot and am praying that all goes well and the birth is uneventful. I can't wait to see the face of our little bundle of joy and just marvel at God's creation. My family's at work and am home alone. My niece is now at homecare during the day starting today. I miss the little munchkin. She's so adorable and doesn't fail to put smiles onto our faces. It's been so great to be here at this time of her life and witness part of her growing up.
Happy birthday to my brother Chris in Samoa who turns (never mind) today. It was my nephew Siatua's 2nd birthday two weeks ago. Mom told me the funniest thing that she bought the little one some toy cars to play with. By nightfall she found all the little cars broken apart. The mechanical genius of Siatua's two older sisters Aute and Siu who apparently took them apart to try and find the car keys!!! I thought that was just hilarious!!! Anyway we had a lovely Sunday yesterday of eating heaps and hanging out with family and friends here at home. I think I hear the little munchkin is home now. adios

Friday, May 16, 2008

37 weeks

Weekend in Auckland

Last week-end we went to Auckland and went to the Qantas Media Awards dinner held at the Hyatt. It was a lovely evening meeting media people whom my younger sister Cherelle works with. It was a nice excuse to dress up for of course and have a good time with my sisters. We sat at the Spacifik magazine table whom my sister writes for and they won the best subscriber website. The New Zealand Herald took most of the awards that evening.

With my journalist sister Cherelle

With both my sisters Cherelle and Jody

With Jody the travel agent.

Us three

My sisters, self and baby_bump