We’ve all seen it. You’re Googling something to do with Samoa and you see from the search results that others have been asking questions about Samoan people, too – but they’re really basic questions that you thought everybody knew the answers to by now. Surely! But then you realize the world is a big place […]
Samoans call this the ili, or fan. This hand-held version is Polynesia’s personal cooling system, except in the often relentless heat of Samoa, I’ve noticed it’s not the most effective tool for the job. It’s just as well they make these ili so pretty then or I wouldn’t have bothered getting one. It got me […]
A powerful antiseptic, the leaves and branches of this tree can be used to treat cuts, punctures and burns My cousin’s eye was injured in a welding accident. They applied this plant’s leaves to the burn and the next day it was completely healed. Do you know what it’s called? Check back next week for […]
Some cultures eat frog legs and snails. Others eat crickets and roaches. Samoans eat worms from the ocean. And they’re yum! When I was very young in Hawaii, the stories about palolo were like fairy-tales to me: They only come out once a year, under a waning moon The villagers wade out into the night […]
It’s a little bit tragic, I know, but the way my world is these days, I feel naked without a mobile phone (or Internet access). That’s why Number 1 on my To Do list for when I got to Samoa was easy – get connected! I figured it should be simple enough. I keep hearing […]
A little while ago I worked out that the entire population of Samoans in the world is easily under 700,000 people. That’s like, every last one of us… everywhere. As a Samoan in South Auckland – known for its uniquely high concentration of Pacific Islanders especially Samoans – it’s easy for me to forget that […]
In the ville, our Notebook Scribblers are assigned topics to blog about. One of our first assignments was: What is your favorite memory of Samoa? I love these entries so much, I thought they deserved another highlighting. Our Wrydah’s favorite memory has to do with beloved family and talking to chickens. One of my most […]
Emelita Pogai documents her return to Samoa in a series of fascinating blog posts over in the ville. In this episode, she visits the icons of Apia living – the makeki – and finds that nothing really changes in Samoa.
The Markets were the coolest place ever.
The Savalalo market on the water front was where I did most of my shopping to bring back for the famz and where I was sure I would find some pork buns!! On the back side was the fish market. Dad made sure I checked out all the little fish hanging around the base of the boats that were docked up(being the avid fisherman/woman that I am) before we bought our dinner for the evening.
There was a real buzz around the market. Buses and Taxi’s were in full force aiding in transporting in and out, the constant flow of people. People came here for a number of reasons; food and gifts being the most obvious after all, that’s what brought us there too, but after a while it was clear to see who was also there to check out the talent.
Every house on my street in Vaitele, has at least 2 dogs – bigger houses have at most 5 or 6 dogs and not the cute fluffy type of dogs – but the vicious bite-your-head-off-because-I’m-hungry type of dogs.
I’ve been lucky not to have been bitten yet by a dog – safe to say that even if you go for a walk around Vaitele – YOU NEED to walk with a stick to fend off any stray dogs that may come out of nowhere – early morning exercises is the typical time of dog attacks and the fact that the stray dogs tend to have lice and sometimes rabies – it is most probably the scariest thing besides the Samoan Police.
When your in love with someone, you do all your lovey dovey cutesy couple things, wierd – for some reasons Samoans here in Samoa just don’t do that.
Kids walk to school with thier friends and hold hands, girls can hold another girls hand, a boy can hold another boys hand – but a girl and boy holding hands is kaukalaikiki (considered cheeky) LOL
So unless we are either pro-gay and lesbian, it is instilled in our culture that holding hands with your girlfriend or boyfriend is just something ‘you do not do’ (even if your married!)