Where did Old Samoa go?

It's a question that was recently on the mind of one of our newer village bloggers, Tanya. She visited Samoa last month for the first time in three years and was a little more than disappointed at a

It’s a question that was recently on the mind of one of our newer village bloggers, Tanya. She visited Samoa last month for the first time in three years and was a little more than disappointed at a few of the changes she encountered:

It’s a shame what’s happened to Samoa…

Now don’t spit the dummy… before jumping right into a rant please hear me out.

The last time I was in my beloved Motherland was 3 years ago, everytime I would think of Samoa I would reminisce on my kaukalaikiki days when I would be wooed by the local shop helpers at my Uncles store, or sneaking out in the middle of the night to go dancing at the Evaeva bar in Salelologa… Oh those were the days! Such fond memories.

However I was quite disappointed when I returned last month for MY BEST FRIENDS WEDDING in Apia, and I felt a sense of displacement. Is it me or have we been invaded by Chinese Capitalists and horny old German ex-pats mistaking our local tama’ita’i’s as Bangkok Ping Pong flavours?

I’m all for improving Samoa’s economy… Up with the People I say, but it seems that Samoa is suffering majorly from economic neglegence in respect to it’s people. Although the Asian Businessman is improving cashflow they seem to be snobbish about it bringing in their own employees directly from China and arrogantly snub our local unemployed. Since when were we the minority in our own country?

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