Tupe Fealuae is not your average young man.
The 21-year-old from Faleasi’u has different aspirations and he certainly bucks the trend when it comes to young people flooding to Apia to look for work.
Tupe had a secure job with one of the leading telecommunication companies in Apia.
But the youngest of five children decided to stay home to look after his parents, saying his other siblings who are all working can provide money for their family.
“Someone needs to stay home to work on the farm and look after our parents,” he said.
“It is for that reason, I’ve decided to quit my job and stay home.
“Because we can’t all work at the same time. Someone has to stay home and help out with family duties.”
Today, Tupe’s daily routine is a lot more physical.
He goes to the plantation everyday.
“This plantation is precious to me and my family because it provides not just food, but also another source of income for my family,” he said.
“The plantation is where my parents used to work, back in the day, to earn money for our education.
“Now that we have grown, I believe it is our responsibility to do that. It is our turn to cultivate the land and make sure we pass it on to our future generations.”
Tupe added that a lot of people think lowly about farming life.
“I know that some people think that life on the plantation is cruel because of the type of physical work we do,” he said.
“But no, if you’re used to it, then there’s no struggle working on it, instead you’ll find it peaceful.
“Being employed by someone else is hard, I know you earn money from it but you’ll never get peace out of it because you can never please everyone.
“You will always have struggles but when you are working on your plantation, you get real joy from doing simple jobs and seeing them start to produce fruits.”
Asked what his priorities are in life, he kept it simple.
“God first and my family,” he said. “When I say family, I mean my parents. I love them and that’s why I’ve decided to stay home to help.”