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The Laughing Samoan Comedians
It is well known that laughter is good for your health. There is enough bad news going around, that I feel it is time for a breather. It took me a few years of living in Hawaii to be introduced to a couple of really funny guys, known as The Laughing Samoans.
Without being too crude or offensive, they have been able to go from drawing crowds of a couple hundred to filling up concert halls with thousands of fans.
I won't guarantee you will get all their jokes. But if you have been around Polynesians for any amount of time, you are sure to see the humor in their jokes. As someone said (I don't remember who) Somewhere, fat is beautiful! Polynesians like to make fun about their being overweight. It is easier than going on a diet!
Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepulea'i are both of Samoan descent. Their first show was in February of 2003 in Wellington, New Zealand. They have been showcased in Australia, Fiji, Rarotonga, Papua New Guinea, and have toured the United States including Hawaii. That's where I live, so I feel lucky to get to see them again. Shows have included:
Laughing With Samoans
A Small Samoan Wedding
Crack Me Off
Ete was born in Samoa and then moved with his parents to New Zealand at the age of 12. He attended the Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, and was one of the first Polynesians to do so. He has extensive film, stage, radio and television experience.
Tofiga often changes his attire and attempts to pass himself off as other people, including Aunty Tala. You can check out his blog here.
Tofiga was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. He played rugby at Rongotai College until he got tired of chasing a little ball around the rugby field. He has worked with youth at risk and was active in his church. He actually has a terrific singing voice, rivaling Elvis himself.
Together they won the Pacific Business Enterprise of the Year award, so they have been literally laughing all the way to the bank.
They have a facebook page, too!
So, if you need to lighten up, just put in a DVD, check out youtube or get on facebook, or better yet, get in on one of their tour venues and get your fill of TheLaughing Samoans!!
With over 5,000 miles of beaches, warm weather and a rich history, it is
no wonder that Mexico is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Personally, I have not been there yet, but many in my family have. I
researched this hub to find out where I would like to visit in Mexico. I
found that there are actually three different spots in Mexico that most
people travel to. I will discuss them below.
Besides the historical sites, there are over 150 museums. I love
museums! Mexico is the birthplace of artists Diego Rivera and Frida
Kahlo. As an art student, I studied both of these artists and I found
their work very interesting. I wouldn't mind traveling to Mexico just to
see some of this artwork in person.
You might think you have
tasted authentic Mexican food, but your taste buds will thank you for
showing them the difference, or so I've heard. Tamales, burritos,
tacos, and so much more. I do love Taco Bell, but would love to taste
real Mexican food.
After a short trip through Austria recently, we arrived in the dark at the quaint town of Garmisch, Germany. The attached town of Partenkirchen boasts of fascinating art and murals. Both towns rest quietly at the foot of the Bavarian Alps in the Werdenfelser Valley. Historic buildings, architecture, monuments and so much more line the cobblestone streets.
We stayed at The Edelweiss Lodge, which is specifically for veterans of foreign wars. Since we arrived on Halloween night, several decorated pumpkins greeted us. It was a very warm and welcoming resort.
The lodge is named after the Edelweiss flower. The legend goes that a young Bavarian couple was hiking through mountains where Alpine peaks pierced the blue skies. They walked through blooming wildflowers of many colors. On an exposed cliff, the young man spotted a white flower with felt-like petals. Showing his bravery, yet ignoring his own safety, he plucked the flower. It was his ultimate love charm from the Alps to gift to his l…
Some of the most beautiful women in the world are from India. Their
bright beautiful eyes, glowing
skin and shiny thick hair are remarkable.
I have several friends who are Indian, mostly from Fiji in the South
Pacific, but they have carried down their age-old practices from India.
Tumeric is used in Indian food, but it is also used in
beauty supplies in India and is rapidly being adopted in the United
States and other places. Tumeric exfoliates dead skin to reveal a
brighter complexion. It is usually mixed together with honey (one of
nature’s best moisturizers) for normal-to-dry skin. You can make your
own complexion-beautifying cleanser at home. In a small bowl, combine 1
tsp. of honey with a pinch of tumeric powder (do not too much since it
can stain the skin) and mix until it becomes a paste. Smooth over your
face and let it sit for 15 minutes, then rinse.
Indian women take mind-clearing strolls called a prana walk. This is part of the ancient Indian medical practice ay…