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E lē mālie - It's not funny

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E lē mālie - It's not funny

I mispronounced the name of my village as Papa-uta instead of Papauta and my cousins burst out laughing. E lē mālie – what you just did was embarrass me for trying to speak the language of my forefathers and now I don’t bother trying. You pulled on my chubby muffin top and bellowed “ua lap’oa” [you’re fat] with a giggle. E lē mālie – what you just did was make an eight-year-old girl feel so self-conscious about her outward appearance that she shied away from the world and found comfort from food. I asked if you were married and you...

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3 things I wish I saw on Hobbs and Shaw

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3 things I wish I saw on Hobbs and Shaw

I was over the moon that Samoa was going to be featured in a major Hollywood movie.  I was so excited to watch Hobbs and Shaw.  I was even tempted to take my son out of school for the day so we could attend the first screening. Hobbs and Shaw continued to bring the excitement and the speed that is true to the Fast and Furious Empire.  There were action sequences that kept you on the edge of your chair and emotional scenes that made you want to go home and hug your mum. What I was more excited about...

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Australian Elections – Why Does it Matter?

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Australian Elections – Why Does it Matter?

There are 49,000 reasons why Samoans should care about the Australian Federal Elections. Do you know what they are?

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Our Favourite Samoan Songs

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Our Favourite Samoan Songs

We all know that music can set the scene for any occasion. It can make you feel sad when it reminds you of a memory of someone you loved.  Music can also bring you happiness and pump you up for things to come.  Music has been a huge part of my life, especially Samoan music.  Here are our favourite Samoan songs and why. La’u Lupe Ua Lele When I was learning Samoan at university we had to do a group performance of a Samoan song.  La’u Lupe Ua Lele was the song we chose and is one of my favourite...

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Have you joined the Baby Mamas Club?

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Have you joined the Baby Mamas Club?

The award-winning Web series Baby Mama’s Club recently released the second instalment of their series, the prequel. I was completely in love with the Baby Mama’s Club since the first season.  I was a single mother for so long and I connected to the stories of the characters, so I had huge expectations of the second part. I was looking forward to being entertained by issues faced by single mothers but instead, I was kept laughing by so many other topics. My top 3 loves of Baby Mama’s Club the prequel are: Hold Men Accountable Usually, you will see that...

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