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12/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena

Yesterday and today involved early starts to the day. This morning, to return the hire car and yesterday to get ready for our excursion around the southeastern part of Opolu Island and it was certainly a day of unexpected treasures.After getting our picnic lunch together, loading up our snorkeling gear and picking up the car, we enjoyed the drive along the northeastern coastline through some of the prettiest villages we've seen, before heading south through the mountains and the Le Mafa Pass.Our first stop was the viewpoint of the Sopoaga Waterfalls. It was something out of a story book. From the beautiful gardens and picnic table area one had a wonderful view of the gorge with the waterfall as the backdrop, set amongst the lush tropical vegetation. Here we meet the owner of the property. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
Paw Paw - Log Day 214 & 215: Unusual Geophysical Phenomena
10/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"

Well,Elaine eventually woke up this morning feeling as stiff as a board, but somewhat human again.After her regular exercises on the foredeck to loosen up, she is happy to report that she has only a hint of discomfort / stiffness in her backand ankle.A major relief after two and a half months since stumpling into a in Papeete, Tahiti.Although at one point yesterday Elaine was beginning to think that the idea of seeing a traditional healer had been another one of Roy's hair-brain ideas, similar to the belly-button piercing incident,she has to admit that, by this afternoon, she was feeling great and it was, in fact, a brilliant suggestion.So,in keeping with the natural healing theme, another trip to the Fresh Produce Market revealed that garlic, tumeric and ginger are considered the "Three. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The "Three Brothers"
Paw Paw - Log Day 213: The
09/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"

This morning it was a made scramble to get ashore to see the Police Marching Band again and get inside the Catholic Cathedral while it was unoccupied. In both instances Roy wanted to take some videos with the new camera.From there we decided to pass some time with a morning coffee at Nourish. However, after perusing their menu we decided on hot teas - Freshly ground tumeric and ginger (Elaine) and tumeric and passion fruit (Roy). It didn't take us long to decide that we also wanted to return for lunch. That has been true about every café or restaurant that we have visited to date - we've simply had to return for another meal! The main event of the day though was Elaine's visit to a traditional healer for a Samoan massage, known as the "Fofo". It will, without a doubt,go down on record as. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan "Fofo"
Paw Paw - Log Day 212: A Samoan
08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 211: Excellent Provisioning at Reasonable Prices

Until today we have been shopping at the smaller supermarkets for the few odds and ends that we've needed in the way of groceries, but today we decided to take a short taxi ride to the Fresh Produce Market as well as explore the nearby larger supermarkets.We were amazed at the range of products, including wines from all over the world, as well as the freshly baked goods like cornish pasties, sausage rolls and various other filled pies, not to mention the cream donuts, cakes and range of breads. The Fresh Produce Market was packet with all sorts of locally grown fruit and vegetables, from fresh turmeric and ginger to tangerines and everything else in-between.We opted for some breadfruit and bok choy to accompany our lamb chops for dinner and, of course a South African Shiraz. Breadfruit. read more...


08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family

While the islanders enjoy a day of rest and time with family on a Sunday, the crew of Paw Paw, while enjoying a dayon board, managed to fill it with all sorts of activities - making water,doing laundry, changing the fan belts on both engines,baking soda bread and a tres leche cake,sewing some recently collected patches/ novelties on the dog bed, mending yet another flag that was unravelling in the wind and managed to squeeze in some time to read, but no afternoon nap. We did, however, have time with family albeit from a distance by phone, but it was lovely to catch up on all their news regardless. . read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
08/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family

While the islanders enjoy a day of rest and time with family on a Sunday, the crew of Paw Paw, while enjoying a dayon board, managed to fill it with all sorts of activities - making water,doing laundry, changing the fan belts on both engines,baking soda bread and a tres leche cake,sewing some recently collected patches/ novelties on the dog bed, mending yet another flag that was unravelling in the wind and managed to squeeze in some time to read, but no afternoon nap. We did, however, have time with family albeit from a distance by phone, but it was lovely to catch up on all their news regardless. 02ba0a2f-f8d5-45cd-87e1-fc80a4dfcf3a1551753597 fbd00964-acfa-4d6d-9894-d1f066746193-370992485. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
Paw Paw - Log Day 210: A Day of Rest and Time with Family
06/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair

I think we can say we're now getting tired of fresh mahi mahi,fresh yellowfin tuna,New Zealand lamb and beef, organic fruit and vegetables and would kill for a hormone infested, pink-slime burger with fries!An unexpected pleasure of staying in Samoa is being exposed to a true international food selection.Roy was up bright and early this morning to head to the fresh fish market, where he purchased some yellowfin tuna. Then, mid-morning hepopped out to the little food mart close to the anchorage and returned with oranges from Australia, vanilla waffer biscuits from India,scotch finger biscuits from Fiji,locally grown organic tomatoes and a green pepper, a loaf of freshly baked bread and coconut donuts, all for under $5USD. It's fair to say the coconut donuts must be an acquired taste. That. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
Paw Paw - Log Day 209: A Food Affair
05/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts

Today we didn't venture too far,but after breakfast we took a taxi to the bus terminus and then headed along the northwest coast of Upolu Island to the village of Malua, where we visited the EFKS Museum at the School of Fine Arts. Rated as a "must see"tourist attraction, we were definitely not disappointed.The wood carvings by the students were spectacular,many depicting various ancient legends, but just as many were the creation of their imaginations.The northeast coast was very different from the south coat.Besides the striking contrast of the amazing colours of the ocean against the dark volcanic rock,it wasn't very rural, but rather peri-urban with fales, schools, small food markets and churches or rather spectacular Cathedrals and Temples all along the route. In fact,we have never. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
Paw Paw - Log Day 208: The Fine Arts
04/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic

We stayed onboard this morning to complete a few domestic chores like defrosting the freezer, but then it was off to Palolo Marine Reserve again to enjoy a beach picnic for lunch and spent the rest of the afternoon reading under a tree. Blissful!It wasn't until we took a walk along the beach and enjoyed a swing on one of the tree-swings hanging from the huge trees which provided the welcome shade that we realised the Marine Reserve and the beach fales (houses) were actually occupied by the family that owns the land. The clue was seeing the school children arriving home and doing homework in one of the fales while the mom watched TV in another.A very entrepreneurial family indeed. Besides providing snorkeling gear to snorkel the crater of the inactive underwater volcano, accessed via the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
Paw Paw - Log Day 207: A Beach Picnic
03/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains

After our first bus trip yesterday we were feeling brave enough to take another longer one todayThis time it was up and over the mountains to the south side of the island and the village of Siumu. Specifically to the Coconuts Resort and Spa, viewed by many as one of the top resorts on the island, but more renowned for the cuisine at their restaurant as well as its beautifully white sandy beach and the black sand beach nearby. Our bus trip there took much longer than the return trip and proceeded to be an outing in itself;primarily because it was shopping day.First we waited for all the passengers to finish their shopping in Apia. Then, after the bus driver ensured his radiator was full of water,a telling sign of things to come,we headed out.However,not even 10 minutes later it was. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
Paw Paw - Log Day 206: Up and Over the Mountains
02/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima

Today we decided to venture a little further afield, since we'd spent last week exploring and enjoying Apia. So, after breakfast we took a taxi to the bus terminus and hopped on a local bus.Our destination - The Museum of Villa Vailima - Robert Louis Stevensons' Home. Born in 1850, the Scottish author,Robert Louis Stevensons, famous for books like Treasure Island,Ship Wrecked and Dr Jackal and Mr Hyde, lived out the latter years of his life here on Opolu Island,Samoa until his unexpected death from a brain haemorrhage in December 1894. He also holds a special place in the hearts of the Samoan people as he was instrumental in ensuring the release of all the chiefs from prison and returning the political landscape and governance to its former state and one that still exists today.This. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
Paw Paw - Log Day 205: A Visit to Villa Vailima
01/08/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 204: A Woman Possessed

Elaine was like a woman possessed today.Even Roy was wondering what had happened to his wife. The reason - All our fresh produce seemed to ripen at once.So, after breakfast Elaine got started and never stopped all day.First it was squeezing all the limes (and there were loads)to make fruit juice.Then it was mashing bananas to make Banana Bread. Then it was peeling tomatoes to make a marinara sauce and finally it was chopping all sorts to throw in a salad.If she'd stopped then there may have been hope, but, instead she proceeded to clean the inside of Paw Paw from top to bottom while Roy scrubbed the decks.Tonight, however, we enjoyed some R&R; movie night on Paw Paw and now it's bedtime.Thank goodness! That was one busy day!. read more...


31/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 203: Sunday with a Difference

This morning meant an early start to have breakfast, get ready for the day and then enjoy a morning stroll along the promenade on our way to Sunday Mass at the Catholic Cathedral. It was hard not to be moved by the service, given the very relaxed family atmosphere, the spectacular setting, the beautiful singing and the straight talking priest, who, at times, was so blunt, he made us laugh. Most unusual though was the swarm of delighted children who ran up to the alter at a certain time during the service to receive their blessing. We'd barely made it back to Paw Paw when our floating neighbours on Cetacea (Gale and Tony) popped over to invite us to go snorkeling with them together with Qi (Galyn and Thomas) whom we had met at one of the Happy Hours.After meeting on the dock at the. read more...


30/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 202: A Fabulous Meal at Paddles Restaurant

This morning, instead of walking, we took a taxi into town and, while enjoying a coffee at one of the cafés, Elaine eventually got caught up on all her emails,WhatsApp messages, Facebook messages, Facebook postings, text messages etc. We then decided it was time to have a good snoop around the various supermarkets. We were not only pleasantly surprised at how many different supermarkets there are, but at the variety of products they have from all over the world as well as local produce and at a reasonable price. During our reconnaissance we stumbled across an Ace Hardware store, where we had hoped to purchase some electrical bits and bobs we needed for the wind generator,but to no avail unfortunately.We can implement a "workaround",but it would have been nice if we had been able to find. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 202: A Fabulous Meal at Paddles Restaurant
Paw Paw - Log Day 202: A Fabulous Meal at Paddles Restaurant
29/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About

After re-anchoring this morning to place us further behind the breakwater and closer to Marina Apia, we took a taxi to Sails Restaurant,where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of freshly caught swordfish. Elaine had hers in fishcakes topped with a pineapple salsa and Roy had his battered, with the usual choice of sides. We enjoyed the meal so much that we've made dinner reservations for next week.While enjoying lunch overlooking Apia Bay one couldn't help, but notice the completely different colours of the water here compared to the other islands we've visited in the South Pacific. Instead of shades of blue and turquoise with a white sandy bottom,the water here is amazing shades of green that seem to be emphasised with the dark volcanic bottom. We understand the south coast is different. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
Paw Paw - Log Day 201: Out and About
28/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 200: Every Day Traditional Dress

After a hearty cooked breakfast prepared by Chef Roy, it was time to get stuck into the pile of laundry. It had built up since Surwarrow because we didn't want to use our water, other than for essential purposes, in American Samoa and we definitely didn't want to delay our departure just to get to a laundromat. While Elaine tackled that chore, Roy worked on the much needed improvements required to our wind generator.Success at last! At least it doesn't whine anymore so Elaine can sleep at night and it actually generates electricity now instead of just spinning wildly and making a hell of a racket.We've also had the opportunity to see the Samoa Police Marching Band which parades every morning from the Fire Station to the Government Building where the national flag is hoisted and following. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 200: Every Day Traditional Dress
Paw Paw - Log Day 200: Every Day Traditional Dress
27/07/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 199: Sharing Their Culture

There is so much to tell you about today, but we hope this update will give you a sense of the most fascinating cultural experience we've had since our trip up the Chagres River to the Embera Indian Village in Panama.We spent the day at the Samoa Cultural Village, but not before we enjoyed a light breakfast at the Bay Walk Café, a walk along the promenade and a visit to the Catholic Cathedral, where the carved wood ceiling, the paintings and the stain glass windows rivalled anything we have seen to date.Simply spectacular! Our day at the cultural village started off with us weaving our plates on which our lunch would be served later, as well as weaving some headbands. We were then welcomed by our host and provided some history of the country,but our insight into the culture or Fa's. read more...



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