Apia’s torrential rain kept everyone indoors last week Wednesday, but it did not deter the ladies, Keira, Tina and Leah from enjoying the view of the downpour from the outdoor bar at Taumeasina Island Resort.
The girls are all here to celebrate a family wedding and trying to get in as much sightseeing as possible in between preparations.
While all of them have been to Samoa before, it was their first time at the Taumeasina Resort and according to them, it has everything they need and left them feeling pampered and satisfied with all it had to offer.
“It’s really nice, I’d totally recommend it,” said Leah.
“The culture and the efficiency and the cleanliness are awesome. Also the service is great, it’s so relaxing and it’s got the best views. It’s everything, I love it.”
“Even though it’s really modern, you still feel the culture here. The service, the music, the feeling and the people as well.”
Keira agreed with Leah.
“I’ll probably be back again in another three years and I’ll definitely stay here at the Taumeasina again, it’s very nice, I highly recommend it.”
Although Keira is here for her Samoan boyfriend’s family wedding, she has felt at home at these sorts of occasions and has been here several times before, noting that each time she comes she sees more and more tourists around in Samoa.
“I’ve been here three times now and every time it seems to be a bit more tourists around than last time I was here. It was towards Christmas and New Year’s,” Keira said. “The culture is my favourite thing about Samoa and it’s different to Australia. It’s very different because it’s so relaxing and friendly.”
Leah and Tina are Australian-born Samoans and for them, each time they return to Samoa is an opportunity to get to know themselves more through their relatives and also look at things and places in Samoa through fresh pairs of eyes.
“Samoa feels like home,” said Leah. “When we go back to Australia, I feel sad and think I want to go back to Samoa, always.”
“After the wedding, we plan to go see our relatives in our village. We appreciate so much when we go see them because seeing what they have compared to what we have back home makes you feel so grateful.”
“We used to come all the time when I was little. But then I had a family of my own so I slowed down to maybe every five years. But hopefully we will come more often than that. I wish I could speak fluent Samoa, mine is a bit broken because of the way I was raised and they were laid back. The only reason why I want to speak fluently is because of my kids.”
Even though the impressive downpour of rain left many rushing for dry shelter, the girls still had swimming on their mind and were crossing their fingers for a little respite from torrential rainfall in order to go swimming at the To Sua Ocean Trench or Maninoa beach.