Thursday, November 20, 2014

Latest tuiga: gone.

If you want one made, please give me 2 weeks warning - email jtiatia@gmail.com



#samoaunited - gooood llaaaarrrrkkkkk 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happiness in Vanuatu

This awesome crowd were swimming right in front of my room - I wanted to be 6 again so I could join in....and then I thought, ..hey, I act like a 6 year old most of the time - so boom - they almost drowned me.
Don't underestimate the swimming ability of a Ni-van!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Catcalling in New York vs Catcalling in Samoa

I was watching that vid of the woman walking around in NY and men are commenting, chatting, catcalling her. 
I just laughed because, well....the comments the men are saying are pretty lame compared to the shit we hear in Samoa. 

There, the men are outrightly upfront about their calling.....its like, ...oh look, vagina walking down the road, lets all go:
"WHISTLE WHISTLE...HEY BABY, I LOVE YOU....baby!!! sau ka eva....WHISTLE WOOOW" 

and the moment you respond in anger or disagreement?

oh they just take it to another level....so the thing is to ignore them completely or respond smartly (shame them out).

I remember being heavily pregnant, with my partner and trying to wade through the puddles at market to get to the ATM. Meanwhile,  the AH Him construction fuckheads were whistling and catcalling ....and i'm like, "Kefe, e ke vaai mai a e fai lo'u koalua ma o lea la'u fagau ae valaau mai a?"

The one closest to me responded "O la'u baby lega?" (is that my baby you're carrying?)....and some more cheeky comments. I was too tired to respond further, so they went back to their mucking around

Samoan men (this is a generalisation so don't get your jumbo undies in a twist over it) are generally real charmers and enjoy sexual inuendos/banter. They will rock up to your husband at a party/dance/disco and say "can I take your wife for a dance?" in a very nice matter....then when youre on the dancefloor...they will friggin' propose to you. Straight up. While dancing and smiling at your husband. 






Tuesday, November 04, 2014

young love down dark corridors

Every time I come across a young couple in school corridors - I get slightly shocked, each time. 
Embracing the opposite sex in a school environment was so so taboo in my time, back in 1956 before telephones reached Savaii and we swam miles to get to school.
Anyhow, I digress. Young love in school corridors. 
Taboo. 
I mean, I once looked at a boy in a manner not becoming of a young obedient virgin angel and I was called a whore at assembly. By my form teacher.
Who herself was a ..oh, where was I?
Yes, young love.
It got me thinking.
How we got so many things wrong in our time, and still ---today.
Many of these young loves have healthy relationships - in the open.
Without fear or shame or judgement.
How cool is that?
I really need to keep reminding myself I am in 2014 and I am not in a Catholic school, run by nuns.
Yet, how many young women from that school became nuns?
oh...ummmm...none.

ok....i lost my train of thought there -

My message to myself is,...its okay, don't be shocked. Just get those credits though and get a qualification is what I'm sayin'
and i also need to suppress the urge to say "auuuu, moemimi! fai meaaoga fia tita ai" and be more of a new age, im down with that....riiighht!

kailo se