To Whale or not to Whale, is it even a Question?

Oh my god people, it seems madness has struck the Paradise Islands of Tonga. This is not a test, Tongan parliament are seriously looking at bringing whaling back to Tonga.:-( I can’t believe it how stupid is that? Taki and I have been over on the main Island y to see what we can do to stop this crazy thing from happening.

It all started with some idiot noble in the Tonga island group of Vava’u who thought it would be a good idea, dah. Tonga is a kingdom with a King and nobles and the rest of us chiefs, town officers, village speaks, peasants , you get the picture a ranking system of who is important and who is not.

Luckily my family is well respected in Tonga, so I can speak to some of these so called important people. So that’s what I’ve been doing, but these guys are hard nuts with dollar signs in their eyes.

this is some of the crap they believe and have been telling the people,

1. Whales are eating all our fish supplies.

2. We never had diabetes, until we stopped eating whale meat.

3. Whale watching only brought in one million dollars to Tonga last year and whale meat is worth $7 a pound so we can make more money killing the whales.

4.We only need to kill 12 whales a year.

I could continue, but as you can see this is just nonsensical crap. Might as well just blame global warming on the whale to, that’s a point since we stopped whaling there has been more whales and of course whales way a lot therefore we can explain the rising of sea levels, IT’S THE WHALES FAULT.

Anyway so I have kept this short as I really busy with this stuff at the moment, but you can help there are a few petitions on the Internet you could sign, here is a link to one. Petition link

http://www.whalesrevenge.com/

If you have time there are a few more if you  look, sign them all. At the moment these guys only know about the humpback whales in our waters, I can’t imagine what will happen if they discover the other 22 species we have off the back of ‘Eua.

Please leave a comment, and if you have any ideas to help please let me  know.

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Photos of the G.P.S End of Year Concert

Tupou dressed to dance in The G.P.S concert

Tupou dressed to dance in The G.P.S concert

Friday was the end of the school year, So of course it’s only fitting we have the Government Primary school end of year concert for our village kids.

Thought I might share a couple of photos of it with you to see if you may find this interesting.

Tupou and Leviona dancing at G.P.S concert

Tupou and Leviona dancing at G.P.S concert

Now that’s entertainment around these parts and everyone in the village came to watch.

G.P.S concert

G.P.S concert

Hope you like the pics. The kids got a real buzz knowing that these will be on the Internet. So tell us what you think.

Just for you nursy poo

A Post I started at nursemyra Blog that got to long so I moved it to Here

There are hundreds of them on the main Island of Tonga, Bloggers that is. Just check out Bebo, thats the Islanders blog of choice. I know of one other blogger on my Island she is called eyelandgrl’s. Shes on my blog roll list and is related to me but we pretend not to know each other online. One reason for us to be online is to meet knew people and have fun comparing cultures. The rest of the world gives me a measuring stick by which I can understand a bit more of who I am, as it were. I hope that makes sense. Picture this, your the one that lives on the Island know all you know is the Island. You don’t have t.v you do have a radio but that’s all about Tonga. Then your friend opens up a tourist outfit. So now you start to meet people from what might as well be another world. You learn to unlearn all you thought was real you grow while all around you the people stay the same, you try to tell them of the things you have learned but the don’t want to know. ” Its the palangi way” they say. Then you get the internet and bam instant knowledge of the outside world. I must tell you though once i had got the hang of it I spent a long time being very emotional about the things I read a saw. My friend Taki says it has to do with not having any defense to the “shit” you guys have to put up with ever day. sorry I’m off subject and have taken up to much space on YOUR blog. I’ll continue this post on my blog if you want me to.

To which the nurse repliled  “Please do…. it’s fascinating…. -)

Ok so where was I, oh yeah, I must point out at this stage that Taki is a Tongan who was brought up in Australia, He’s more Aussie than Tongan. So to him this “shit “, I was seeing was normal, but to me, well I had no idea  the stuff you guys had to put up with in your daily lives. Wars, murders, well you know what I’m talking about.  I remember looking at a fishing website and thinking do they really think they need to buy all that stuff,  just to go fishing. We don’t have advertising here, Well there is the odd bit at the fale koloa ( local shop) poster for coke and twisties, but thats it.

Since then of course I’ve traveled overseas, thats another story in it’s self. Maybe on another post i will tell it. If you would like?  Now I’m of to bed.

Surviving Sundays In Tonga

The Village Minister and His Wife and Kids

The Village Minister and His Wife and Kids

Sundays in Tonga are about church for everyone except me. I’m not exaggerating on the Island of ‘Eua where I live, there is 95 churches this number is growing all the time. The population is 5000 people , lets do the math 5000 by 95 =  1 church for ever 53 people. Tongans go to church three times on Sunday. First at 5 am then at 10 am and again at 5 pm. It’s all about keeping up appearances wearing the best clothes and who can sing the loudest. Church in Tonga is  different to church in the west first off the 3 times on Sunday thing then there is the reading out of who gave the most and who gave the least money for the church. This happens every quarter  of the year. Did you know that you can lend money from the church to pay the church at interest? No I’m not kidding. My uncle thinks he’s the closest to God cause he gives more than the rest of the family and the minister agrees with him.

This is the same minister that when I said to him that Jesus didn’t eat pork because he was a Jew laughed at me, said I was stupid and Then proceeded to tell me that Jesus was a Christiane and that if I went to church then I would Know this. (Bloody idiot)

Tonga is poor when it comes to money, however if you can get a job as a church minister you get a lot of money, cars, house and land. So most kids grow up with presser on them to become a minister.

Like I said before I don’t go to church, but the village tolerates this. I do get hassled as they see going to church as the Tongan way, even when I explain that Jesus isn’t a Tongan God but a western God, introduced to the Islands by a British missionary and enforced by the then king. Tongan Gods are much different.

Back to Sunday in Tongan. Like I said Christianity was introduced by an English missionary who also imposed our Sunday law which I will tell you some of the laws now.

  • There is to be no playing of games on a Sunday.
  • No bathing in the sea or swimming.
  • No music or loud noise as to disturb your neighbor (unless your a church of course.)
  • No gathering of food.
  • No buying or selling.
  • No gardening.
  • No working.
  • No cleaning of the house

The list goes on but you get the picture. There is a law in Tonga that’s says you are not allowed to be topless (men included) this is on any day of the week and includes when your swimming. This is another law imposed by this British mad man, oh sorry I mean missionary that Tongans now take to be the Tongan way.

Tongan church ministers preach differently to western minister to one minute they are crying because Jesus loves hem and us so much the next they are yelling and I really do mean yelling at the congregation because the are note worthy but he still loves them, then they go back to crying and then more yelling. It’s the best acting I’ve ever scene. Johnny dep eat your heart out. This is the same minister that been up all night with the male part of his congregation drinking Kava which is a mild narcotic that is the traditional drink of Tonga and which also happens to be the churches big cash crop.

Don’t get me wrong I love Tonga I think maybe because it’s so messed up?

Anyway what are your thoughts?

The Fevah Blog.

Hello and welcome to Fevah.

This is my first post and my first blog. This comes to you from the tiny South pacific Island of ‘Eua part of the Tonga group of Island where we decorate our burial mounds with beer bottles and swim fully clothed  because some old fart missionary back in the 1800 convinced our elders and king that bear skin was a sin. Think that’s bad we actually think it’s our culture, we call  all these  strict western church ideas are own now.

Yep we have some strange ways here alright, but know we have the internet on the Island I’ve come to realize we’re not the only  crazy  buggers out there. No offense intended but you guys really go to work for hours everyday to get paper that you then go and spend on food and houses and cars. We don’t go to work. Where I live  land is free and we have plantations for food that we take turns working on that probably adds up to about 8 hours work ever month.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not trying to put the anyone down like I say we are pretty weird here on the Island. I know this because I’m one of the few people In my village who has been overseas and I talk to tourist that come and stay on the Island.

So anyway I’m just thinking  it might make for some interesting discussions. If nothing else we will get to laugh at each others ways and cultures  right?

Feel free to post a comment, ask a question, or tell me about something you find crazy from where ever you live.