Thank You ! You’re Amazing.

liebsterblogaward-2When I saw that I had been nominated  for the Liebster Award, I wasn’t sure if it was a joke or not. Afterwards, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude since it was my first nomination for anything since I started my blogging journey. I want to say a very big THANK YOU to heybetterme.com for nominating me for this award. It was unexpected and thrilling.

Here are the rules for those who are nominated and want to participate in the Liebster award process:

Post the award on your blog
Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog
Share 11 things about yourself
Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you
Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers
Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer
Notify your nominees by posting your nomination on their blog
11 things about me

My autobiography – Myself x11:

Readjusting is quite a feat. I have found it easier to adjust to a culture versus readjusting to a way of life that I grew up with (Myself Fact 1). I’ve learned there is no satisfaction in anything of this world (Myself Fact 2). As a human, I’m always going to want more and have desires of longing for what another has (Myself Fact 3). It’s inevitable, but it can be controlled. Since I am a Christian, I believe that only God can bring change since He knows my better than I know myself (Myself Fact 4). I mean He is my Creator and the Creator of all things not man-made. Growing up in American Samoa made me a collectivist, but since I lived in the States for 3 years I developed a few individualistic traits that made my moving home a lot harder (Myself Fact 5). I still and always will value my relationship with God (Myself Fact 6). My views on church and the Bible has definitely changed (Myself Fact 7). I’m working on seeking God for His plans for my life because all my own plans went down the toilet with all the ki’o (translation: poop) in my life already (Myself Fact 8). Throughout all the life lessons I’ve picked up on, the one theme that has stuck out in every season of my life is “E muamua le Atua“(translation: God First) (Myself Fact 9). Recently I lost someone very dear to me. My Grandma Fou and her sisters, Grandma Vai, Grandma Seta and Grandma Lafo, were very close and left a beautiful picture of what love, peace and relationships should look like. These sisters all had a part in raising me, even though only one is my biological grandma but they were all my grandmas (Myself Fact 10). They taught me the true meaning of the Samoan proverb, “O uo mo aso uma, a o uso mo aso vale” (translation: friends are for all days, but siblings are for the bad days). I’m happy to say my brothers and I have been able to maintain this type of relationship so far and I can only pray that it stays that way (Myself Fact 11).

 Answers to Merrilyn’s questions from heybetterme.com:

1. Where are you from?

  • American Samoa

2. If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

  • I actually love where I’m at, but my second choice would be Auckland, New Zealand.

3. What is something you have always wanted to do?

  • Go to Italy

4. What do you do to relieve stress?

  • Go to the beach

5. Where are you presently?

  • In my fale (house) 🙂

6. What accomplishment are you most proud of?

  • Being an Aunty. I absolutely love it.

7. What is something you cannot do without?

  • My family

8. What is your favorite childhood memory.

  • Building a fail treehouse with my brothers. We built all the walls and forgot all about the floor.

9. What is your favorite book/movie?

  • “This Present Darkness” by Frank Perretti

10. Sugar or Salt?

  • Sugar. Hands down.

11. In one sentence, talk about your blog.

  • My blog is all about my [Samoan] culture and my journey in life with God in hopes of someone finding interest or inspiration from my postings.

My nominations though 😉

1. http://ubecute.com/

2. http://caseylove1985.wordpress.com/

3. http://imserenel.wordpress.com/

4. http://mariabrinkley.com/

5. http://academiaenafriqueadventures.wordpress.com/

6. http://thebrixtonhousewife.com/

7. http://lovehappynotes.com

8. http://madwomanofghostharbor.com/

9. http://lifeinthemeantimeblog.wordpress.com/

10. http://crazyguyinthailand.com/

11. http://name5ake.wordpress.com/

11  Questions for my Nominees:

  1. What is your source of inspiration?
  2. If you could go anywhere for a day, where would you go?
  3. Who is your favorite person in the world?
  4. What is your favorite music genre?
  5. What made you start blogging?
  6. Where are you from?
  7. What is your favorite hobby?
  8. Where do you enjoy going to spend your free time?
  9. What is your biggest fear?
  10. How often do you blog?
  11. What do you value most in your life?

11 Things About Me:

1. I find Joyce Meyers very inspirational.

2. If I could spend all day every day at the beach, I would.

3. Plumerias are my absolute favorite flowers.

4. I use to collect shot glasses until they grew legs and slowly disappeared one by one

5. I am saved by God’s grace alone.

6. I was born and raised in American Samoa, but I’m not full Samoan.

7. Dancing is a passion, especially Polynesian dancing (siva Samoa, hula, aparima etc.).

8. I, I, I like to party…Holy Ghost kind of party. 😀

9. My family is convinced I am the definition for the term “social butterfly”.

10. I’m always down to meet new people and share my culture with others.

11. Most of my lifestyle is centered around the morals and values I’ve learned from the Samoan culture.

I Wander as I Wonder

When it comes to traveling, I’ve traveled to many places in my lifetime. I have traveled to and through 38 of the 50 states in America and even visited parts of Mexico and Canada while I was at it. Since I live in the South Pacific region, I have had wonderful traveling experiences thanks to church mission trips, government youth events and school-related activities all over the Oceania region from Australia to New Zealand to Tonga to Fiji to Tahiti to Cook Islands and more.

It wasn’t until I studied art history with my Aunty Reggie Meredith at ASCC where I was introduced to the architecture, sculptures and art forms in Italy, Greece, Spain, France and England that I found myself desiring to go there solely to see these amazing works of art. I thought I was satisfied with my traveling stories to some exotic and interesting places around North America and the South Pacific, but I was extremely wrong.

Here are my top 5 places that I am extremely excited to visit some day:

London, England

Big Ben in London found at http://www.aviewoncities.com/gallery/showpicture.htm?key=kveen0231

Big Ben in London


 

Berlin, Germany (mostly to discover my great-grandfather’s roots)

 

The city of Berlin, Germany where my great-grandfather was born

The city of Berlin, Germany where my great-grandfather was born many many moons ago


 

Rome & Venice, Italy

Venice-Italy-1

One day I will ride one of these in Venice, Italy

How awesome would it be to visit the Coliseum in Rome, Italy where many Christians were tortured and killed.

How awesome would it be to visit the Coliseum in Rome, Italy where many Christians were tortured and killed for the sake of the Gospel of my Jesus.


 

Athens, Greece

One of the many sites I would love to see in Greece

One of the many sites I would love to see in Greece


 

Levuka, Fiji – Even though I’ve been to Fiji, I have never been to my grandfather’s birthplace. I would love to be able to go and see where my great-grandparents are buried and discover more family history here.

Levuka, Ovalau, Fiji where my grandfather was born and raised.

Levuka, Ovalau, Fiji where my grandfather was born and raised.

Sources for photographs:

  1. http://www.aviewoncities.com/gallery/showpicture.htm?key=kveen0231
  2.  http://www.worldpropertychannel.com/europe-commercial-news/european-office-market-report-jones-lang-lasalle-offices-2020-research-programme-office-building-obsolescence-europe-commercial-property-depreciation-eurozone-debt-crisis-5582.php
  3. http://www.dwalls.com/popular?g2_itemId=93359
  4. http://www.whenugo.com/Venice-Italy/#.U1l43TktOCI
  5. http://wwp.greenwichmeantime.com/time-zone/europe/european-union/greece/athens/
  6. http://takimai.com/taki-mai-kava-drinks/the-roots-of-taki-mai-kava-drinks/

 

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Dream Reader Come Rescue Me

Right now I have Mariah Carey’s “Dream Lover” song in my head. When I saw the dream reader theme for Day 6, the song automatically started playing and I started singing that amazing song with my own “Dream Reader” alterations.

I started singing, “Dream reader come rescue me, take my stats up not down. Let me take you where you want to baby now. I need you so desperately. Won’t you please come around cuz I want to share my postings with you baby.” 

You know you like my “dream reader” remix. Don’t lie. 😀

On a more serious note, my dream reader would be inspirational, interactive and relatable. I enjoy reading blogs that inspire, get me to start thinking and create a sense of hope in a not so hopeful world. My dream reader is full of positive feedback and constructive criticism (in the most uplifting way possible). Isn’t that the point of blogging? Putting your own voice out there in hopes of finding someone who will either love what you do, who can relate to you or someone who will find inspiration, hope and whatever they’re searching for in your writings. Bottom line, my dream reader is anyone in need of inspiration (mostly the Jesus-related type) and who has a desire to learn about my home, American Samoa (because I blog a lot about my little rock I live and love on).

Three Days Later

Sometimes I wonder what was going on in the heavens on the second day before Jesus rose on the third day. So many different things could’ve been going on in the heavenly realm and even down below.

All I know is Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later. I like to think it was specifically for me. He sacrificed His blood for me. Every drop of blood that fell from Him was so I don’t have to die in my sin.

He died so I can live. It’s the simple truth. When He rose from the grave, I received power to live the way God intended me to live. Thanks to Jesus, I can now have a relationship with God freely. I don’t have to live in fear of where I will spend eternity. Three days later, I have hope. I have peace. Most of all, I have love.

This Blood – In Honor of Good Friday

This song by Carman is probably one of my absolute favorite songs about the crucifixion. I couldn’t sit here and not share this song with all of you. It’s a powerful and very anointed song. God gave up so much for the sake of all who do and don’t believe…YET.

I pray you will be blessed by this song as much as I am every time I hear it. If you haven’t experienced the mighty power of the blood of Jesus, I want you to know that His blood was and still is for you.

Happy 114th Flag Day my Amerika Samoa

For over a century, my beautiful island home has been under the protection and generous hand of America.

We have experienced many blessings and benefits from being “an unincorporated and unorganized territory” of the wonderful U.S. of A. It may not seem like its a good thing being “unincorporated and unorganized”, but as a Samoan I count this as a blessing.

Taupou Manaia performing their siva ava at the opening of the Flag Day celebrations.

Taupou Manaia performing their siva ava at the opening of the Flag Day celebrations.

In the Samoan culture, land plays a very important part. The ability to keep our land even if we give up a few constitutional rights (like the right to vote for president or become a US citizen) is more valuable than being an American citizen. Why? We don’t have to struggle looking for land to build our houses or have to answer to any one else in regards to the land of our family. It’s more than just land. It holds generations and generations of family connections.

Even though we are under the United States, we have been self-governing since 1967. This gives the Samoan people the power to continue practicing our traditional values and culture. The “Faasamoa” and “Faamatai” is still very strong within American Samoa even though it is slowly adapting to the modernized Western world. We are able to hold true to our core as Samoans, which consists of God, family and respect.

My ancestors were smart when they chose to cede to America during World War I with certain limitations, which I believe was to preserve the culture, language and identity of the Samoan people.

Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie said it best when made this statement,

“This day holds special meaning and significance because it honors the wisdom of our forefathers when they entrusted, the hopes and dreams of our people to the greatest country the world, the United States of America.”

Cheers my Amerika Samoa. Manuia le Aso o le Fu’a. 

Fale Samoa with the American Samoa flag

American Samoa Flag and Fale Samoa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument – Blunts Point

 

Blunts Point in American Samoa

Blunts Point in American Samoa

 

This naval gun is from 1941 during World War II. It is a reminder of the time when the Samoan islands were split up into the Eastern Samoan islands and the Western Samoan islands.  The Eastern Samoan islands went under America therefore receiving the name American Samoa. During that time, Tutuila was used as a training ground for the US Marines. According to  a Samoa News article, “The guns at Blunts Point are special, in that one of them is listed on the National Register of Historic Places while the other one has earned recognition as a national historic landmark.” Not bad for my small rock, Tutuila, mostly known as American Samoa. 

Even though the guns (second one not pictured) are the monuments, the view of American Samoa’s waters and beautiful landscape (like the view above) from Blunts Point is even greater than these national historic relics. If it’s not already obvious as to why I think the view is monumental, I will break it down for you. Although it’s not something made by man, I believe there’s a God who creates these beautiful scenes on a daily basis. The true author of creativity and all things monumental in this world like Mt. Everest for example. In my island, it’s Mt. Matafao. In this photo, the monument involves the beautiful blue ocean that is backed by luscious green mountains and “Fatu” the sea stack from one of my previous blog posts, which you can find by clicking Standing Strong (inspired by Fatu ma Futi). Monuments are for commemorating. Every time I see this view, I am reminded of a God full of creativity and beauty just as much as I commemorate my island’s initial journey into becoming American Samoa whenever I hike up to these tangible historic monuments.

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