• Budgeting for Family Vacations

    (photography by Conner and Tracy at the Grand Turks Island 2016) We love going on family trips therefore we always need to factor in family vacations into our budget. We love going from the simple overnight camping trips, to staying at a bed and breakfast to going half-way across the world to visit my family in New Zealand. My husband and I live a pretty simple life with one car, one phone and occasionally go out for a pizza or thai food once a week. We also live on a pretty tight budget since he is the only provider right now therefore we may have to scrimp at times but…

  • Caribbean Getaway!

    A Cruise in the Caribbean is officially ticked off my bucket list! Booking it 3 weeks prior to leaving and planning everything as we went is always a fun adventure for me! It was a much needed break for the both of us, and gave us more than sufficient time to miss our little munchkin. Still working on our photography skills and should have probably picked better pictures but oh well will for sure be posting up more posts about this cruise and the fun lessons we learnt along the way! Enjoy watching this video highlights and our fun little announcement at the end!

  • Proud Immigrant (FOB)

    We are all immigrants, have been or will be… One phrase that can get me fired up pretty quickly is when an ignorant person says “Immigrants need to go back to their country!” directly or indirectly. Whether it’s towards immigrants, different ethnicities, foreigners or refugees that somehow seem to be taking advantage of the country welfare system or taking “their” jobs. Although I see this as prospective of Lack rather than abundance, I am not here to justify the actions of all immigrants today. I am just speaking from my own personal experience as an immigrant and an observer.  Today I wish to reflect on history and highlight the values that we have learnt from our immigrant ancestors…

  • NZ Trip Part 1- Ahokava Wedding

    The main reasons why we got to come down to New Zealand this christmas was due to my siblings weddings. They conveniently planned it round the same time so we and other family members didn’t have to make the trip twice in one year. I know they would have preferred to have had it separately so they could actually take time to enjoy the festivities and planning individually but they were extremely kind to do this so we could all be here to enjoy it with them. So in two weeks we had two weddings and the first wedding was my little brothers wedding. It began at the Hamilton Temple…

  • Holiday Vacation in Pattaya Thailand

    ***SPONSORED POST*** Travelling is one of favorite topics to write about so yay for another travel post!!!! While planning my trip to New Zealand I have been using the site AIRBNB to book the places we will be staying at. I love that their accommodations are so affordable and I feel you live more within the communities instead of just staying at a hotel being a tourist. Today we are featuring one of my top 5 places to visit. PATTAYA THAILAND. It’s one of my favorites because my high school bestie is from there, and every time I went to her house I would go straight to the kitchen and…

  • Whale Songs in Tonga

    ***Featured Post*** Tonga, also known as the friendly island, a beautiful island with a plethora of untouched nature for us to experience. It’s still so raw and compared to the other islands less “touristy.” Tonga has always been my place of ancestry and identity. For me as a kid, when we went to Tonga we just did the normal things like go to the market, swim in the dirty water in the city, go to the haa’monga a maui (sunrise rocks) and play with the cuzzies. But going back next time, whenever that is… will be a completely different experience. I have so much on my bucket list that I want…

  • Lessons I learnt from moving Countries

    When Conner and I were dating seriously, I knew that I had to make some pretty crucial decisions about where we were going to live. I knew for sure I wanted to live away from New Zealand for a while just because the cost of living is so expensive there and I like to pretend I am a nomad sometimes. One thing that annoys me is howpeople think as soon as they hear immigrant and you are moving to America because you live in poverty and need new life with better opportunities. Although this may be true in many cases. When the fact of the matter was I would have actually preferred…

  • Planning our New Zealand Trip PT 2

    Part one mainly covered the basic overall things we needed to think about for the long flight to New Zealand. Seeing I am a sucker for planning I had to make sure we had all the details of our trip. This is a description of our Itinerary  for the 4 weeks we will be in New Zealand. Of course I don’t think everything is going to go as planned but we will keep you posted as we go along what worked out and what didn’t.  We are exploring both the north and the south island, but mainly the north island. I am way way excited I have not been down…

  • Planning our New Zealand Trip Part 1

    This December our little family are super excited to be going back home to visit my family. It’s been only 2 years since I have been back so I am assuming not much has changed. Both my brother and sister are getting married a week apart so that’s the real reason of us going down there, but while we are there we may as well make the most of it and actually do some sight seeing. Growing up in Auckland was awesome, but I didn’t get to do much as I was always caught up in the hustle and bustle of life… Work, School, Family, Church. On occasion it would take…

  • 5 ways to Preserve Language in the home

    Repost from previous Blog: Speak your Language!! 5 Ways to Preserve Our LanguageIn this day of age its not that cool to speak the language of your parents. Growing up in a traditional Tongan home I was mainly raised by my grandmother so that somewhat forced me to speak Tongan. But with my parents, who were exposed to more English through work, I got away with speaking to them in English. This then raises a few issues…Teachers in Primary Schools and Secondary schools are then  faced with  having to reteach English and undo some habits that have already been formed by the children. The issue is that children are speaking BROKEN English and BROKEN Tongan (in my case). They don’t…