Friday, 28 February 2020

Blue Moon $2 birthday special with Krispy Kreme donuts...

This week has been a really busy week with so much happening for our family, at work and with the volunteer work that I do in the community. So much so, that today I decided to go to Krispy Kreme (once in a blue moon) and shout our family to a couple of dozens of donuts.
Being that there was a $2 (for a dozen when buying another dozen) birthday special on as Krispy Kreme was celebrating it's 2nd year in NZ. I still remember the opening (earlier blog) when I took my children and sister over to check it out in the evening and there were queues spilling out over the sidewalk.
Nowadays, the long queues have diminished and the drive-thru isn't so busy and there's a nice atmosphere for a sit-in hot chocolate and donut. So today was a neat day to take it easy, enjoy a donut and relax for the rest of the night...

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Elei dance (academy)...

Elei dance session at Otara, Te Puke
 Looking forward to attending our 4:8 Elei dance week session this Friday which is held out at the Otara, Te Puke Hall. I'd been waiting to see if there would be a Mangere one but it looks like it's the only one in South Auckland.

What's so neat about it is that it gives young girls the opportunity to learn to siva (dance) Samoa over an 8 week period with some 30+ other girls.

There are 3 groups consisting of different age groups and named after some significant Samoan female heroines i.e. Salamasina (often referred as Queen) was one of the first women to hold all 4 Tafa'ifa paramount kingly titles; Levalasi is a taupou (princess-like) title; Nafanua was a noble female warrior and the first to hold all four Tafa'ifa titles before bequeathing it to Salamasina.

  • Salamasina (Juniors): aged 5 -6 years
  • Levalasi (Middle): aged 7 - 9 years
  • Nafanua (Seniors): aged 10 - 12 years
This is the second year that Elei dance have opened their doors for young girls to learn dance and I'm so glad to have been able to give that opportunity for our youngest to learn together with a group of girls with a performance date in March. 

Another neat opportunity in our communities...

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

ASB POLYFEST 2020, 18 - 21 March in Manukau...

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Photo credit: Sourced as Official Polyfest poster for 2020
It's that time of year again with the frenzy of many Auckland schools Poly groups practicing their dances for the upcoming Polyfest that is, this year, happening from 18 - 21 March at the Manukau Sports Bowl in Manukau, Auckland.

I'm also told that it's 45 years since it first started which was back in 1975. At that time, I was still in primary school and it's been on every year since with ASB Bank as the major sponsor for well over a decade.

I've blogged about this before but it's always good to remind ourselves that this is the largest Polynesian Dance Festival in the world where youth from High schools around Auckland combine to compete (although there are none competitive stages) in different cultural categories to win bragging rights of being the best Tongan, Samoan, Niuean, Cook Islands, Maori etc. group.

This year our eldest is in Uni and our middle child has decided to have a go on the Tongan stage. I know you might ask why not the Samoan stage? but we like to encourage our children to have a go at learning different dances. 

This is similar to how I was brought up in the PIC (Pacific Islanders Presbyterian church) as a teenager learning Cook Islands, Niuean and Samoan dances by skilled authentic teachers in the language, culture and in dance. The Polyfest allows these dances to be passed onto new generations who learn to sing, dance, smile and learn about the different values and mannerisms of the cultures that they are choosing to dance in.

And over the years the Polyfest has grown from strength to strength with so many schools competing that it's now over 4 days with many community food stalls and government, university, jewellery etc. stalls vying for youth attention.

Only a few more weeks and all will be revealed for another monumentous POLYFEST 2020...

Monday, 24 February 2020

Adult Education course upskilling...

Innovation Hub at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Mangere campus
This weekend I was busy with my first class in upskilling in an Adult Education (level 5) course where I work.

What was so neat about the first day was that I got to study with my beloved in the same class with a neat kaiako/tutor who shares the same Maori/Pasifika vibes that we have.

On our first day, our kaiako, Sheryl, got us to sign into various social media Apps and then had us running around, enjoying ourselves, meeting other adult students and learning how to use new technologies which is always good for teachers to keep up with.

Now with so many assignments starting to pile up, I'd better start delegating some of my other works to do with others around who are well able to complete. But suffice for now as this study course will end in July.

Never a dull moment but so much to learn in the meantime...

Monday, 17 February 2020

2020 - the dawn of a new decade at Uni..

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It's hard to believe how fast the years have passed with our eldest attending her first classes as a first-year law student at AUT University where she received her scholarship (although I'm hoping she'll jump ship and go to my alumni Uni of Auckland University but we'll see).

So on her first day of the orientation week, I decided to drop her off and to have a look around. It's amazing how the two Universities sit side-by-side i.e. AUT University on one side of Wellesley Street and University of Auckland (name changed) on the other.

I was reminded of the times I would race up the hill (those many years ago) and visit the other campus for cheaper stationery supplies etc. back when I used to be called AIT or Auckland Institute of Technology but that's all changed since it's become a University.

Our eldest is also attending an evening function tonight for all of the AUT scholarship recipients and would have been checking out an AT Auckland Transport hop card as well as the bus stops, bus timetable, and her own class timetable.

It seems like it wasn't that long ago since I first started and then graduated from U of A (University of Auckland) and later also graduating from AUT and looking back it had a lot to do with the support of my parents and the environment that they brought me up in PIC Mangere church (Presbyterian) where anything was possible with hard work and integrity.

I am so thankful for those lessons and hope to pass those on not only to my children but also with those I come into contact either through adult students I come into contact with, or as a board member at an Early childhood centre or through conversations where dreams can come true not only for our generation but also for the next...

Saturday, 15 February 2020

A special Valentines day celebration...

A special Valentines card from our youngest
Today was a very special Valentines day with my beloved as we marked 20 years of Valentines days since we first dated on Valentines day 14th February in 2000 in which I thought he would either ruin all my Valentines days or else he was the one.
20 years and 3 children later we're still together and growing stronger having learned so much along the way with our faith in God and love with each other and from our families. I can only say that we've been blessed in having worked together through the tough times and especially in many celebrations.

As with many couples, it's not so much in the good times that we grow but it's especially when things aren't going so well that we've learnt not so much to rely on each other but to trust in a God who helps us to work through things.

Today it was neat to spend time together in sharing a special family dinner and then we went out for dessert and enjoyed time together with a family movie afterwards. A big thanks to our amazing Father who brought us together in the first place but that's another story...

Sunday, 9 February 2020

The Movie 'Jumanji 2'...

Last week, we had a family outing to the movies to watch 'Jumani (2) The next level' starring one of our fave actors Dwayne Johnson accompanied by Jack Black,  Danny Devito, and Dennis Glover. We particularly wanted to watch the sequel as we'd all enjoyed the first movie.

Spoiler alert! We didn't enjoy it as much as the first and we were a little disappointed in the storyline that wasn't as credible as the first. However, if you are wanting to watch an action movie with some heart-racing scenes then the scene with the group running away from the baboons is one to watch.

There might even be another sequel as the last scene of the movie brings the 'fantasy world' into their reality and then one wonders how that came to be but that's the wonder of making movies whereby anything can happen but it doesn't always make for a credible movie...