|View across to Alotau town from top Goilani|
I have been married to Agai, a man of the above mentioned domain for the last 24 years and it hasn't been easy, let me tell you that!
|Agai Saul January 2008 at East Cape|
After serving(with a smile of course!) porridge for breaky, macaroni cheese for lunch and meat with three well boiled soggy veg for dinner, nary a dish of rice or kaukau in sight, guests seemed to be inclined to cut their visits to two days maximum and take off to the houses of other relatives.
As a bonus, nobody much favours our residence on subsequent trips to Alotau. By using the Selective Feeding Method, I now control who comes to stay and for how long which keeps the marital relationship sweet!
The concept of housing and how to use it is entirely different in the mind of a Pacific Islander. Here I am in my Dimdim(local term for European) designed house thinking that since our three bedrooms are filled already with ourselves, other family members should tactfully notice that we have no room to accommodate extras.
|Kales and Sunema on the verandah of our Alotau home|
Perhaps it's lucky that being born a Libran, I can see both sides of the fence from where I sit on top. Looking down on one side there are "my" people who have a tendency to treat ethnic others with inverted snobbery, condescension and worse. On the ethnic side of the fence my adopted people look at the rest of the Caucasian populace with some amusement and more than a little jealousy of their economical status.
|Self, Sunny Boi, Golden Gurl and Agai 2000|