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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Cherelle and Paul's Wedding To Sua Trench 2011

Getting married

The invitees

Paigeboy Tauilagi with daddy

Paul and his boys waits for the beautiful bride

Rugby players everywhere

Samoa is swarming with rugby players at the moment. Everywhere we went we were sure to run into one or their families. They were holding trials in Samoa for the Manu Samoa team to play in the Pacific nations and then on to the team for the World Cup. And these players are Samoan guys that play all over the world. Some Samoan born some NZ born. I thought it was nice how some of these players that are successful in their own clubs elsewhere still find it the ultimate to come play for Samoa. But then again the World Cup is the ultimate for any sport I'd say. So at the airport we met up with a few of these guys leaving Samoa unhappy as they didn't make the cut. I was quite surprised for a couple of guys we knew that didn't make it! Like two of the Tuilagi brothers not making the cut!!! They're strong players and hope the team won't suffer without them. Anyway the Rugby Union in Samoa is so corrupt that it's a wonder why these guys waste their time. But then again it's an avenue onto the world stage for most of them. I just hope they beat Fiji at the world cup when they go up against them in the pool games...heh heh

Facebook: a disease

I've been in Samoa for over three weeks and none of where I stayed had easy access to the internet so when I had the time I stop in at LeSamoa Net at Lotemau Centre and check my email and updated my facebook status. The first week I tried to do this often but mostly to keep in touch with hubby and with sidda from the Waikato who hadn't arrived yet. By the third week it occurred to me that I couldn't care less if I went online anymore because the people that I wanted to be in touch with the most were all in Samoa with us. My immediate family that is. When I got to NZ to my sister's house I went online for awhile to get updated on facebook and realised what a waste of time it was. I mean everyone knows that 'right?' but I thought gee why do I want to know about someone else's day in the sun on the other side of the world and why do I bother updating others about the fresh tuna sashimi I ate last night at Seafood Gourmet to the over-priced nice cold vailimas we bought and happily drank so I could get my kid to swim at the Tanoa pool? I mean who cares? I'm sure two weeks in the desert will make me see the light again but right now what a total waste of time...ia ua lelei...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

And for that name which is no part of thee

If you are a parent you will know the hours and sleepless nights you go through as you try to think of the best name for that expected and loved child that's about to enter the world and become a precious part of your family. Before I even had a baby I had decided that they would get Samoan names. Our language is so unique in the world that a Samoan name will definitely not be very common plus it would be part of my child's identity in the world. I looked at our and my husband's family names and went through our Samoan genealogy to look for that name that would just take my breathe away. As it goes, a lot of my family have used some of the old names that there are three cousins with the same name, so cross those off. And then there were other beautiful names but they were a tongue twister for non-Samoans and they could be translated rudely. Oh yes I thought of my child's future in the school yard when the mean kids make mean stuff up using names. So I loaded my poor mother with this important task, she's well versed with the Samoan culture, is an orator and who better to come up with a name then She:) So it became like a game of one coming up with a name and then we'll find reasons why it wasn't the one. My mum, sisters and I went to have a 4D scan, through a friend who worked for General Electrics that made these machines. We basically were watching a live video of my baby moving about inside my tummy and I was just short of 5 months pregnant! It was an amazing and humbling experience. And we swear he was dancing in the womb! Of course. So later on in the day we went for a walk in the woods and it was just a beautiful day with the sun shining through the trees. It was during this walk that Mum stopped and said "well praise be to God, for all our prayers and hopes have reached heaven, you're going to have what seems to be a healthy baby boy." And born was the name of my son "Ua tau i lagi le fa'amoemoe!" Tau-I-Lagi: Reach The Heavens. And I thought it was just perfect and we could shorten it to Tau. Tau in Samoan is 'to fight' as in a war.
Anyway I got the shock of my life when I found out that another person who is Samoan has named their child after my son's name!!! I find it's a compliment but it's still strange and awkward! Of all the names in the world! We have the same friends as well. Could they not think up another fabulous name? Or at least acknowledge the source?

Friday, June 03, 2011

Whew

We landed safely on New Zealand soil this arvo. Whew, what a relief! Travelling that distance with a toddler is a dreaded experience almost. It's one of those things that I don't want to go through but have no choice if we wanted to come home and see or families. I decided to crash for one night at my bff's in Dubai to avoid starting the journey at 3am. So Tauilagi and I went a day early to Dubai, relaxed there and commenced the trip the following morning at the sane hour of 1015. We had a nice time in Dubai with our friends and slept late. The next morning Sonny_Tau was so tired that one hour into the flight and he knocked out for over an hour. He woke up to refuel and went back to sleep for about 3-4 hours. I managed to have a snooze and watch movies and read my book. When Tau woke up we went for a walk around the massive A380 aircraft and for him to stretch his legs and play with other kids.

The SYD-AKL leg was different. The aircraft was quite empty so I let Tau go wandering down the aisles by himself as I could see him either way. I was just finishing my book and was so absorbed that I forgot about him for a few minutes. I realised this and ran to look for him and found him at the back entertaining the flight attendants. They were happily chatting to him and when I enquired if all was okay but they weren't fussed. I sat nearby to make sure he was ok otherwise the flight attendants were happy to amuse him as the flight wasn't busy. He fell asleep before landing in AKL.

If you've seen the Trunki suitcases I highly recommend it. Hubby_dearest bought one of these for Tau on one his trips and wow I didn't need a stroller and sonny_Tau was kept busy pulling his trunki along and when he was tired he would sit on it while I pull him. Of course he concentrated on pulling the trunki, never mind the passengers behind him trying to rush by! It's just the best little case for little travellers. My little man was so helpful too, when I got the bags off the carousel I turned to find he had pushed the trolley up to where I was and I didn't have to lug the bags to where he was:) He insisted on pushing the trolley loaded with bags that he can't even see over! He's my little seasoned traveller.