Showing posts from February, 2011

What's in a name?

I've found recently, that it's an amazingly difficult task trying to come up with a name for another human being. It's so hard to find a name fitting to a little person that is going to encompass all your hopes and dreams. No easy task. My response to that has been of course, to avoid the task all together. When she comes along, the Good Lord willing, her name will simply come to me in an epiphany. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

I got asked in the weekend what "Fotuosamoa" means, and I couldn't properly articulate it. I'm not sure why. I've been told different versions at different times what it means yet when I try to explain it, I botch it up.  I thought to document it here, mostly for my own future reference.

Personally, Fotuosamoa was my grandmother's name. I don't have enough fingers and toes to count all the relatives that have been named after her.

In terms of what the actual meaning of the name is - Fotuosamoa: A &quo…

Comical Politics

Think what you will of the man, but this just made me laugh.
PM’s  last letterTuesday, 08 February 2011 11:31
John Campbell and Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has ended his long-running feud with New Zealand journalist, John Campbell with one final letter.

The war of words between the two started last year during the anniversary of the 2009 tsunami when the Campbell Live presenter aired a damning piece about the recovery effort in Samoa.
Mr Campbell questioned where millions of tala in tsunami aid had gone to when most tsunami survivors were still struggling with accommodation, water and food.

The much-followed public spat heightened when Mr Campbell attempted to interview Prime Minister Tuilaepa at the carpark of a local hotel at night.

At that time, the journalist said he came to Samoa to interview the Prime Minister but he cancelled their appointment at the last minute.

Mr Campbell said Tuilaepa was "utterly cowardly" in re…

Thought of the day.

I uncovered a horrific mistake that I made today.

Lord grant me the discipline to be more thorough. Show me the strength of habit to check, double check and to check again. Lord be the voice of reason to always remind me to NEVER rest on my laurels.

February Already?

Here's an unfinished entry from yesterday.

It's the second day of the second month and I'm feeling pressed for time! Of course, belly wise - I'm all the way "out there." I'm like a walking prize pumpkin that other mother's look at and cringe in pity at my pending labour. The icing on the cake of course is that I am growing on a daily basis as belly grows on my diet of chocolate and sardines. My doctor says my weight gain is pretty stable (liar) but she thinks my baby is going to be heavier than 9lbs. I know. Say a prayer for me.

We're about 2 months away from her debut and I'm trying to get the crib set up, find the right travel system and the matching baby bath. I don't evision myself doing much of that in my last month - if I even make it there! haha. I thought of a genius idea to purchase all the big things online so I could get them cheaper and have them all shipped here given that this place is affiliated with the land of the free…