What is your favourite loved up pet name for your significant other? It is babe? Baby? Bae? Honey? Hun? Sweetheart? Sweetie? Darling? Dear? So many Samoan couples I know have adopted these English terms of affection, but until quite recently, I had no idea how many mushy nicknames we also have in the Samoan language. […]
In general, the Samoan attitude towards aging is pretty similar to other cultures. To us, old age is wisdom and accomplishment. It’s a time to sit back and enjoy the spoils of life. But how do younger Samoans treat our elders? Samoan culture emphasizes alofa (love) and fa’aaloalo (respect). We believe that our elders are […]
Esera was a promising graduate who abandoned his career as an architect and followed his heart – embodied in the wild and beautiful Mercy – to small town Texas. Love was worth the sacrifice, he reasoned. Six years later, this same love just about destroys him when he walks in on a ‘party’ Mercy is […]
Everybody loves that new car smell… just like everybody loves the googly-eyed, love’y dove buzz of a new relationship. What happens when the fragrance begins to fade, though, and reality – the monthly payments, the WOF & registration, parking and petrols costs, etc. – sets in? Do we throw away the car? Lots of us […]
THOUGHTS AT THIS TIME: WTF am I doing? OMG WTF am I doing? I cant believe Im doing this, OMG ok ok, smile, smile hardout, dont cry… look forward, smile smile look forward…….
All the girls are thru, Everyone stands (does it have to be so quiet? DRAMATIC!) Me n my Dad enter… even when walking down, Dad whispers his words of encouragement…. to keep my foot in sync with his…
The service was good, with a few touching moments, like Dads speech which brought everyone to tears, especially when he said (in Samoan) “If ever you stop loving my daughter, return her to me, bring her to my arms, and then you go on your way”