She loves music more than any Ol’ Skool DJ, she knows more about league (well, the players anyway) than the sports commentators, she writes longer essays than PhD graduates, and she’s got a personality so big she doesn’t even need a profile photo. She’s none other than Mrs. Vatuvei the Second (right up there next to his REAL wife), everybody’s favourite chat buddy, One Love Admin, and sharp-eyed forum cop – you know you love her – Keep It Hood!
How did you find One Samoana?
Oh my gosh this was waayyy back in 08, and I was “browsing thru” random pplz pages on Bebo aye. I then came across DJ Shotgunz page & I saw his blog promoting this site and I remember reading the title saying:
“Are you sick of the faikakalas on bebo?” and I remember saying to myself YES!
“ Do you want real fun with a straight samoan sense of humour?” and I was like oooh where can I find that? lolz
Under that there was link to the page and it took me straight into the 1samoana village and from that day on and haven’t turned my back on 1samoana since!
So overall me stalking a persons page on bebo is what lead me to the village that I havent left since 2008! Hahahaha….
What’s the funniest/craziest thing you ever witnessed/did in the village?
Oh shucks where do I begin!
The Funniest: Would have to be reading the most serious, to the most randomest, to the most boring, to the most lovey dovey discussions that have been posted in the forums huh! The way natives respond by adding their opinions, arguments, points, jokes, pictures, secret codes, secrets, confessions, showt owts, love dedications and most def their personal stories/childhood memories is why to this day the forums are my 2nd home and why it makes my day reading the replies as evveeerryyooneeee loves to add their 2 senes that make me hella crack up like therez no tomorrow!
The Craziest: Is seeing the amount of people that create multiple accounts and fake pages on this website?! Its like no matter how many times admin ban these pages and try to stop these people coming into 1sa, it amazes me they still wanna come back! They’ve caused soooo much drama for other natives, and innocent people that come on 1sa to have fun im like sheesh they must have a lot of time on their hands aye?!
Finally I think the love triangles that have been successful and not so succesful in the village! I rekon its awesome seeing all these people from around the world finding love or even making new friendships just by being a member of this website?!
What’s an experience you had that made you SO proud to be Samoan?
It was back in high school and I joined the samoan dance group to be apart of the poly fest competition that was running way back in 04. Every afternoon I went to the rehearsals without fail and loved it how the mentors taught us the specific techniques and movements of doing the ulufale, sasa etc and how the moves told a specific story or the meanings behind every pese we sang to every afternoon. Performance day came along and I couldn’t believe the amounts of schools and how many young samoan gurls and boys like myself had came along to show their the samoan pride through dance & music. It was awesome to see a stadium full with people blazing our traditional costumes, food, instruments, language etc all under one roof. That day everyone was their for one reason and it was to embrace our culture through story telling, dance & singing and sharing it not only with our parents, peers, mentors, teachers, elders and audience members but it was also being apart of a group to show this is who we are. That day it didn’t matter what school, suburb or age you were it was all about being coming together as a big family and sharing with everyone this is who we are and this is what being Samoan is all about!
Tell us about your passion/hobby/work
Passion: My number one passion is most definitely music! Everyone from my family, friends, co workers and even to you guys here on 1sa know that ill live & die for music! Even tho I cant play a damn thing lolz the fact that listening and growing up with music all my life is the one thing I cant live without. Music touches people in so many ways and with me music tells a story, music identifies me and music has been with me through the good, the bad and the ugly stages of my life and without it I wouldn’t know where and who to turn to when life gets that little bit hard sometimes.
Hobbies: Wow my hobbies are more like my passions aswell but the 1st thing that comes to mind is RUGBY LEAGUE! I support the NZ Warriors all day everyday! I get soooo hyped watching them play, I get angry at them when they lose, I get angry at the tv lolz, I cry when they dont make the finals, I scream when we score a try mayun watching my boys is my adrenaline! It brings out the best & worst in me and I wouldn’t wanna have it any other way!
Work: Im currently a youth worker and been working in this field for nearly a year now. I’ve always wanted to work with disadvantaged youth and help them or guide them to a positive pathway in life. Im also passionate about helping our fellow young Pacific Islander youth and that’s one of my many highlights working at the centre I am at right now. Ive had the pleasure of helping and mentoring many young PI’s and the fact that I’ve been apart of the process and being with them in that journey of making a positive life decision is what being a youth worker is all about and by empowering and mentoring the youth and for this generation is what I love the most about my job & what I love the most about working with these young people!
Whats a project you’re working on that you want everybody to know about?
Hmmm not working on any project right now.. My work and the field I work in is a project altogether I guess..
Your final thoughts and shout outs:
WOW where do I start?! Thank You HGG for allowing me to be apart of this project and being apart of this wonderful website that has came sooo far since I started in here back in 08. Thank you to all the natives that I have become very close with that I consider all of yall like my 2nd family. Ive had sooo many funny, sad, random, angry & most def enjoyable moments in the 1samoana village and without 1samoana I don’t know where I would be expressing my thoughts, emotions, feelings, experiences and laughters with right now.
My Shoutowts are gonna be masssiivvve! To all the original 2008 1samoana krew that are still reppin 1sa to this day! Thank you for still putting up with me to this day lolz.. We’ve had sooo many memories 2gether and hopefully many more to come annndd now ima drop the names in random order:
HGG, High Matai, Manda, Angel, Jong Su, Cherry K, Sega, Tiger Eyes, Smoove Grooves, Lilah, Layzie, Heartless, Chopperitoz, Euphoria, Shawtie, Lupe, Kit Kat, Walkz, Masina, Jaynie & JS..
BAV/Forum Krew: Hdoll, Hana, Lina, Sui, Vee, Tilah, Leki, DEM! Ride or Die Homies 4 lyfe!
The Fellaz: Security, Kilifi, John, King Deez, Khulisi, Buxter, Ioane, Lijh, Dre, Retepz, King Fonoti, Romeo, Jodatoa, Nayfe, Tigershark, Pale Rider, Overstayer, Auckland Guy, Lasaiyaman, JL, Jezaiah, Maauga, Scappy, Mathew, Majik, Phantom, Ben, Fred, Faps, JV, Hamo Boy, Nautica & Bodyguard..
Mad looovveeee 2 everyone & anyone that I missed! xoxox
HGG Notes about Hoodie:
* LOVE the rasta athlete theme happening all up in Hoodie’s faleo’o!
* Gosh, she doesn’t even know it, but Hoodie features in some of my most favourite 1’Samoana memories, like…
- …when she was the first ever to confess her addiction to the ville
- …when she closed this discussion, and this one, and this one, and this one. LOL.. cause she’s allowed! 🙂
- …how she was so determined to keep the faith
- …every time she tells us what happiness is
* Hoodie follows Security around the ville. Or is it Jezaiah? Lasaiyaman? Sorry, I lost track.
* Hoodie follows a whole bunch of other guys around in her lurid, rated X fantasies. She even posted all their names in this one discussion.
* For someone who enjoys her privacy as much as I do *ahem*, I absolutely love how much honesty and enthusiasm and sunshine this girl brings to the ville… even when she’s annoyed (don’t make me pull out her angry posts LOL). Hoodie… please don’t ever leave me!!