It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday and Fu’a Siaosi couldn’t let such a day slip away without doing a bit of fishing by the rocks next to the beach.
The 35-year-old from Faleasiu was busy digging up the sand; trying to find some seashells (pipi and tugane) when the Village Voice team arrived.
“It’s a sunny day and I just thought of coming here and to make use of this day to get something for the kids,” she said.
“You know these seashells, it’s good to make a fai’ai or just eat it raw (oka) so it’s just what we need for our fa’alifu fa’i at home.
“We don’t need to eat frozen food everyday because that’s one of the reasons why we are always get sick.
“Fishing for any type of ocean species may take a lot of your energy, but it doesn’t cost you any money.
“And one of the benefits for me is to be able to save the money and use it for my children’s bus fares and even for their lunch money.
“I still believe that the cost of living is expensive and way too much for the people, but I don’t believe that there is poverty in our country. Lazy people are the ones spreading that message.
“The lesson I have learned from the high cost of living is to make use of the sea and also my vegetables patch.
Fu’a said that’s why she loves to fish because not only is it her talent, but also it’s good for our diet.
“I think a lot of people these days prefer frozen food because it’s easy to get. You can just walk to the shop and buy it.
“But you know for seashells, personally I think eating seashells sometimes feels like I’m eating fasi povi.
“We can all be good in this; we can all survive and make a living out of this.”