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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

One night in Samoa and possible abandonment Issues

Wowsers. We left Samoa on Jan 14th. Sad day but we were overstaying our welcome a bit in Samoa by then I think! Well not really but I was getting the 'when are you leaving?' question more than 'how are you?' so it was due time we made our way home to hubby_dearest. Plus my son was missing his daddy and our home. So amazing how impressionable a 3 year old is. I think I'm influenced by the old school thought of children don't know anything but now that I have a sirreee they know a lot more than we give them credit for.
After the Christmas rush and family saofa'i that wasn't was over I finally declared myself free to enjoy my time in Samoa. Thank goodness for sisters, sister-laws and for nephews and nieces my son was never out of playmates nor sitters. 
My bestie from my USP days in Suva was visiting to teach in Samoa along with dear friend from Italy so a reunion was in the cards. First stop dinner with the girls. We ate at Portofino Restaurant on the deck at the new Marina in Apia near the wharf. Beautiful spot watching the sunset as you sip your drink and enjoy catching up with friends. I ordered the sirloin steak with steamed vegetables and 5 stars to the chef, my steak was done to perfection and believe you me this steak muncher is very fussy when it comes to my favourite slab of meat. We went to Club X for the last hour and home after that. It was an awesome night catching up with old friends and making new ones.
So after a night out, my sister and I would go by my mum's and pick up my son to take him home to bed and by the third evening of doing this my poor child was having abandonment issues associated with mum's place! Can't blame him but well Mummy and aunty have got to have time out too! 
I loved how my son got to spend so much time with his many cousins and had to share everything or make up games with them as there weren't so many toys everywhere to keep them occupied. It was make your own fun or be bored and sit in the corner by yourself.

Tau choosing a maukegi for Christmas dinner

Fagu'u / Samoan oil

Samoan oil in Fanta and tobasco sauce recycled bottles at Fugalei market. The bottle caps are made of coconut husks wrapped in plastic to keep the husk in place. You've got to love the recycling sense. Samoan oil is used as moisturiser, hair gel, ointment, antiseptic and mosquito repellant oh and used as 'glitter' when dancing. I remember going to school covered in it when we were little. I'm sure I had nightmares for years after whenever I smelled it. But then it was okay because everyone else at school was covered in it too. Oh and we made our own too. My grandma who was blind and paralysed sensed it was going to rain and would yell out to us to come bring the lolo (process or state of making Samoan oil) inside the house because water pollutes the pure oil. So I must attribute my smooth skin to the fagu'u that grandma used to remind us every morning to make sure we had covered our bodies with. Choo hooo fresh off the island ow:)

Tauaga ma fa'i


Thursday, January 19, 2012


My sister and I got a call from mother_dearest who was in Savaii that our beloved uncle Tuna* had passed with the instructions that we must go over to Aunty Sami's* house to see her and to find out the funeral plans. I was nervous as heck as I hadn't seen my aunty yet since I got back and just didn't know what to expect especially at such a time. CJ was driving and I in the passenger seat as we nervously chatted both not sure about what we were doing. As we drove into their driveway I was shocked to see someone who looked like my uncle in the lounge. My hand to my mouth in shock I said to my sister "Oh my gosh, he's in the lounge." My sister protested as she parked the car that "there's no way that she's going to view a dead body uncle or not." By this point I was in hysterics and she's looking at me as if I was crazy and insisted that she's not going in to see the old man as she just can't do it! In between my giggles I said "CJ Uncle Tuna is SITTING in the lounge very much ALIVE!!" To that she started laughing as well. So here we are parked in Uncle Tuna's driveway and we're now both in hysterics and yet our cousin has now come out of the house to see who it was that came to visit. I told CJ to hop out as I was in no way ready to face anybody until I stopped laughing. Awkward it was, I slowly followed my sister over to say hi to my cousin and make our way to say hello to Aunty Sami and Uncle Tuna who is happily chatting away in the lounge in his sick bed but very much un-Dead despite his delicate condition. 
*Names were changed to protect people's privacy and my ulu from getting ka-ed lol