IF ENGLISH SONGS WERE TO BE TRANSLATED WORD FOR WORD IN SAMOAN…THEY’D BE LIKE THE FOLLOWING FEW VERSES (ROUGH TRANSLATION) HAHAHA!
E mafai ona e pei o le peanut butter i lou jelly.
E mafai fo’i ona e pei o se butterfly oute lalogaina i totonu o lo’u manava
O oe o le kapiteni ae o a’u o le uo muamua
O oe o le malulu oute lalogaina i le amataga o le ta faiga uo.
(Verse one: You can be the peanut butter to my jelly You can be the butterflies I feel in my belly You can be the captain and I can be your first mate You can be the chills that I feel on our first date)
***SKIP TO A PART OF THE CHORUS*** Ona o oe o le apu i lo’u pai.
Le straw i lo’u berry.
O le asu i lo’u maualuga (unsure of the Samoan word for ‘high’)
O oe o le tagata oute fia faaipoipo iai.
(Chorus: Cause you’re the apple to my pie You’re the straw to my berry You’re the smoke to my high And you’re the one I wanna marry.)
See how saying some things in another language can lose its ‘romantical’ side hahahaha!
Miss Samoa 2014-2015: Latafale Auva’a!
Big Congrats to this beauty and to all the other contestants!
”Iosefo! Va’ai fo’i oe ua e kagi e! Eke koe fa’ali’i mai loa Iosefo, oga e makamaka laia i le kulaga e o’o ai!”
English translation (Roughly, not word for word as it won’t make sense): “Joseph! Watch it eh, or you might end up crying. If you give me attitude one more time Joseph, then watch what will happen eh!”
malo :) o le a sou finagalo i teine itiiti/teine talavou e faimalu? I went to a multicultural night last night and the taupou had a malu.. her fa'asamoa isn't that good and i feel as though it's just becoming a style piece for some... i know a girl who did get her malu done and is 'polishing' her faasamoa and hides it so i've got mad respect for her.. but there are a few who just show it off... there's this girl who comes to my church.. she's got a malu and she's 13 o_O
Talofa lava anon,
O le mataupu lea o le fai malu o se mataupu e ese ona talanoa so’o ai tagata.. O se mataupu fo’i oute fiafia e talanoa ai ma isi tagata ma tau fa’amalamalama atili ai. Aemaise ai ni tala fou e uiga i le mea lea o le Malu, po’o le sogaimiti foi.
Anyway, as I was saying - I love talking about this topic with others as I end up learning from them, and them from me (I hope haha). Wow 13 and already has a malu - that’s a bit silly now in my opinion. The kid is just a kid. She has yet to further understand the other sides to having a malu. There’s this common saying in Samoan to do with the Malu or the Pe’a:
“Ia ta muamua le gutu, ina ‘ia poto e tautala”.
E a’o le Gagana,tu, ma agaifanua, tala fa’asolopito, talateu, tala tu’u gutu( e pei o le manava o le ola) o tala tu’utaliga,… o musumusuga…i tu ma aganu’u Fa’asamoa.
So if you don’t know the meaning behind the Malu/Pe’a and the culture as well as speaking the language (not just colloquial language, but the oratory speech as well), then you might as well get a Malu with a vivid and sit your beehind at home.
One thing I HATE with a passion these days, is when females get the Malu because of 2 reasons: 1) For style because ‘everyone’ else has one. 2) Because they were forced to get one and therefore aren’t fully into the whole thing.
I believe you should at least be above average when it comes to the culture and language before you get a Malu. Understand WHY and WHAT it represents. Personally, I wouldn’t get one any time soon - could be a possibility, but I’d have to school up on my Fa’asamoa ;)
My older brother got his pe’a when he was just about 21. So to read that someone at the tender age of 13 has one is like ‘kdjfkejfkdjfk whaaaaat?!’ But hey, that’s just me lol. Apologies for the novel! Hope I made sense with my gibberisih. Manuia le aso!
talofa taina (= fakatuvalu for uso ;)), a tamafine tuvalu here ;) whats ur take on relationships where the partners come from different cultures? palagi/islander? my cousin's married to a palagi and now my sister has an INDIAN bf in aus... looool any thoughts on interracial relationships? fakafetai alofa lasi atu fankx for the blog keep it up yeeeee #ISLANDGIRLSUNITED
Talofa lava teine mai Tuvalu :) Interracial relationships involving us Islanders is interesting to see. Some real pretty mixes I’ve seen…some interesting ones too. My take? I reckon it’s algood as long as the other half understands your island culture (and vice versa with their culture). They need to understand what kind of priorities you have and so on. The common thing - if a palagi for an example dates an Islander, they have to understand that they have to take the full combo with the deal, and not just one thing. So you date the person, you have their family along as well haha.
I’ve seen SO MANY Samoan/Indian relationships it’s crazy! So many in Samoa! So the moro bar chocolate point of my answer is: Interracial relationships are like any other relationship like same culture ones - the only difference is you have to learn about a different culture (and vice versa) and understand the new things and adapt to it. Adapting is key!
Roughly a year or two ago, the idea of introducing Samoa to a Casino was floating around and many people were against it. Still are against it. However, there is always two sides to every idea…two or more.
On the left, we have the anti-casino people who have clearly voiced their concerns for Samoa and our people if a Casino became a reality.
Then on the right we have those who are trying to see past these concerns and see the positives to the idea. Which mainly revolves around the availability of more jobs for the people.
BUT - BIG FAT BUT: Although a Casino on island would generate more jobs, but apparently it’s law that locals who do not hold a foreign passport would be banned from entering the Casino to gamble. I know it’s for their own good but that in my eyeballs is straight discrimination. So we’re good enough to work in it, but we can’t enjoy it (It’s a grey area). Let’s not get started on the potential increase of other things which may be a problem with these Casinos…(Domestic violence etc etc).
The other thing is, on social media - there is a big fuss over Casinos in Samoa. Many of the comments are from those who DO NOT reside in Samoa. So I wonder, what do the locals living in Samoa think about the issue…
Samoa already gambles enough with Bingo …but this is a whole new ball game. Can the Prime Minister and whoever else is in power put their focus on improving our health system and other systems before they put all their energy in keeping Samoa up in the ’21st century’ with these bullgarkz establishments that aren’t on top of the priority list please.
The next time you visit Samoa, you’ll be greeted by this new upgraded Duty Free area! About time too…Now if only the bottle allowance increased to at least 2 bottles ;) Time will tell…I mean we already have a flippin Casino in the country which opened up yesterday at Aggies!