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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Milan in photos

Duomo Gothic Cathedral: Tau & I posing 

Tau & his daddy and the travelling stroller!

Inside the Reale Piazza

We made it to Ciocolatti-yummy

View from Duomo Plaza

On the rooftop of the Duomo

My mandatory cup of tea while people watching at Duomo Plaza

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rugby WC Party

                                               World Cup Fever

                                                  Blue Fountain for True Blue fan 

                                              Scotsman had too much?

                              Hubby with Kenya mate Ali supporting Samoa:)
                                           The Refs blow the whistles for kick-off.

                                                                 Us two

                                                 Touch, Pause...ENGAGE

                                                                  NZ players

                                                         The World In Union

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Rugby Party for Hubby_Dearest

I've been planning hubby's birthday bash this Friday. The theme being Rugby for obvious reasons. OK so I planned this before the world cup started and well here we are on the eve of it and there are only 4 teams left at the World Cup! So I knew this was going to happen and tried not to put too many eggs in one basket but I thought I'd risk it and order a NZ table flag for every other country represented hoping that at least they make it through to the semis. I have enough big Samoan flags to drown out the rest plus the party website didn't do Samoan table flags...baskets. 
Anyhoo very exciting and I've been at the shops all week to buy the right stuff and make sure I don't leave anything out. I looked for a caterer to do a BBQ set up but unfortunately in this case we live in a city full of Indian restaurants that most of the places I asked offered to do samosas, spring rolls... and mains would be curries...umm no thanks. So in the end master chef birthday boy said thanks but he'd rather cook the food! Dilemma? you may ask, well not really. In the end we were going to pay someone to come do a BBQ that hubby aces every time and I guess being the alpha_male he is, he does not like his grill being messed with. So today we went to buy the meat, enough to feed Manono Island I tell ya but hey, who am I to stand in the way of the chef and his artwork...yep yep, and that's how I sleep at night!
I went over to the supermarket to meet hubby to buy the meat and as I limped my way through the aisles to him he looked at me with worry and big concerned eyes. "What's wrong?" he asked. "With what?" Then I realised I was limping!
So I woke up with a sore Achilles' heel this morning and by the time I dropped my son off to school I couldn't walk straight. So an hour later when I saw the hubster I was fully limping by then. He kept saying that I should go straight home to elevate my leg and not move and I had to see the doctor who might put a cast or bandage of sorts to restrict movement. I'm like what the heck? Oh and then he made a joke that maybe it was sympathy for the Manu that I now have an athlete's injury...yeah okay! bahaha. I tell ya he's a fiamalie joker sometimes. 
I went to the doctor and he said to rest for a day(yeah right) the party's in 2 days and then it should heal slowly but surely but I must give it a rest. Ummm I'll rest when I'm dead mate. 
Tomorrow two very anticipated guests arrive so can't wait. I'm sure it's my birthday. I managed to clean out the front yard and hubby emptied the above-ground pool so we have the whole front yard available for the party. It's going to be goooood. 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Roslynn Mahe_my latest fixation since the Manu

I've been following this singer from New Zealand of Samoan and Tongan descent who's competing in the Avon Voices competition. Her name's Roslynn Mahe and has an amazing voice. So she's now in the final, the competition has been going for months now and I normally just log on to the Avon page when I see the updates on facebook, vote for her and leave cos we islanders do that choo hooo. 
Just tonight I decided to have a look at the competition or who Ms Mahe was up against. And ummm yeah I wasted my time ha! They were nowhere as good as this Pacific contestant I tell ya. But that is my humble opinion and others might feel otherwise. OK so I watched four others and went bleh halfway through their songs, one lady was too jerky almost twitch like...eek, one destroyed the 'natural woman' song, and one was in a too tight pink dress and tried a bit too hard. Now don't go have a look because you might just agree with me! 
Roslynn Mahe however, when I heard of her I watched some of her videos on you tube. She competed I think in NZ's got talent or one of those and didn't win but having watched those videos and where she's at now in the Avon Competition, she has got to win this. She keeps her movements to a minimum and just let her voice do the talking. The way I'm going on about this lady, you'd think she was my sister! Well I hope she sees this blog and throw some avon products over this-a-way, yeah right. An interesting aspect I noticed though with all the contestants is they were so well presented, obviously promotion for Avon products(if you're into the barbie-sleek look) there wasn't a hair out of place and the singers looked almost scared to move too much in case their hair ruffled or lippy came off! The stage was also quite small which I guess restricts the girls moves. Go over there and vote for her if you have the time, I think you can cast more than one vote and ummm don't waste your internet time on the others lol

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Orator-What my Orator Mum thinks

I can't wait to see this movie. So my sister FJ was planning to take our mum to see The Orator next week when she goes over to visit H-Town and she feared mum might sleep through the movie. And I wondered about that too, Mum is an orator for/in our family and is so well-versed in the Samoan culture that she is a tricky one to please.
I just got off the phone with Mum in Samoa and she happily informed me that she had been to the premier of The Orator movie in Apia last week and....: 
What a fantastic movie it was! I kept prodding why she thought it was so good and she said to her it got the message across that in our culture whether you're big or small or however you look like when you can speak or orate then everyone looks past that and see only the Orator, as the message is brought across with a gift that only an orator has. She also said that the movie was well made and to the point, no gasu and overdoing. There it is, now I just wish I open the paper tomorrow and it tells me that the movie is showing down at Shatti Cinemas our local theatres:( The Orator has been entered for an Oscar nomination in the foreign film category and I hope it gets nominated and win the award. Great effort by Mr. Tusi Tamasese. Samoan born producer/director. 

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

IRB Preferred RWC teams wow love how the Northerners are against each other and so are the Southerners so it'll end up a North vs Southern Hemisphere Final. How brilliant...not

Monday, October 03, 2011


Two weeks ago I had a supermum day. I've been wanting to make pizza from scratch and finally attempted it and it came out really well. My 3 year old loved it and of course enjoyed helping me make the dough. Hubby was impressed and it takes a lot to impress the Master Chef himself heh. I had this fat free cheese cake recipe for ages and finally have all the ingredients and made it right after the pizza. I'd never attempted cheese cake before and never thought I would but I'm trying to lose weight and miss my sweet treats so tried to make this fat free no sugar cheese cake to get me through the tough days. Well big pat on the back for this first timer, if I may say so myself the cheese cake was purrrfect. OK this one doesn't allow for a crust, only the cheese part and boy it came out with great consistency. I love cheese cake I guess the low fat version ain't too bad.

I dislike the new settings on facebook. It was fantastic just before they screwed it up. Now I only see certain people's updates and not the usual suspects, irritating. I need to stick to real life and less on social networks, really, but it's just so interesting lol. Crap we'll see what happens.

Samoa vs SA
Today Tau and I just got back from Dubai. We flew up on Thursday to watch the game with the Samoan crew up in UAE. Early morning I was dressed in my blue shirt and helped our hostess with the sandwiches and all. Everyone started arriving just before the game and one of our Aussie friends came with her South African partner. I mean what a brave guy to come to a Samoan household to watch the game! Of course he was obviously confident in his team and especially when the ref was going to help out as well. aaargh. Gosh my heart went out to our boys, with their frustration, the SA team I must say were playing off the ball tactics to irritate and frustrate our boys, knowing full well that island tempers can't be contained for too long and they succeeded. However it didn't help that the referee treated Mahonri Schwalger like a kid instead of talking to him like a grown man. That was just sad to watch. There are a few articles about this how the IRB really don't care less about the Tier 2 nations. I mean as they had planned now the Top 8 Tier 1 nations are through to the quarters and complete the IRB preferred Rugby World Cup. ugh. BUT I was just soooo proud of our boys and the way they played and held the world champions back. Just awesome. Well done Manu Samoa. Now we have four years for SRU to get it together and not fundraise on the eve of 2015 as seems to be the norm. Ia over and out I'm off to bed, it's late and once more I feel sick and my son has school tomorrow. Good night and Good luck

KL Malaysia

Cheering for Samoa against Fiji in Chilli's KL

Eating at the Bangshar Markets with uni mate Sumi

Alex showing some muscle at the Petronas Twin Towers

Our flag just happened to appear from nowhere for this shot lol

And Alex starts the trek up the 278 steps  with Tauilagi in tow!

Batu Caves KL

This sucker stole Tau's drink from his hands , it was funny at the time

On the way down, Alex's done his exercise

I was there too, see heh