Cool Stuff: Qantas & Corné

Who would Australia's greatest Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Phil Adams fly? Qantas of course! He insisted... but I told him, "Mate, your Qantas Mates don't fly to Salelologa."
Thanks to campaign ads during this political season, the Samoa News suggested I add an extra lua tala to my paycheck to look for some Cool Stuff in Australia, New Zealand, the Kingdom of Tonga, Fiji and Savaii.

Cool Stuff: Best Buy's Gebauer

Best Buy is a prime supplier of Cool Stuff's stash of goodies. Why Best Buy? Their quality, their huge inventory, their customer care, and American Samoan, Edgar Gebauer.


Portrayal of the god Maui has prompted debate over unhealthy stereotypes of Polynesian men on screen

The depiction of a Polynesian character in a Disney film has prompted anger across the Pacific islands, with one New Zealand MP saying the portrayal of the god Maui as obese was “not acceptable”.

Jenny Salesa, who is of Tongan heritage, shared a picture on her Facebook account which said Disney’s rendering of Maui in the film Moana resembled a creature that was “half pig, half hippo”.


A Welcoming Canoes Ceremony and Official Opening Ceremony on Sunday

The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts kicked off last Sunday (Saturday in American Samoa) with thousands of island residents, dignitaries and visiting nations in attendance at the opening ceremony in the Paseo Stadium in the village of Hagatna, Guam.


17th Steinlager I'a Lapo'a Game Fishing Tournament

all photos: Tony Gasu
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Cool Stuff: SSAB

Love my turquoise microwave NZ cup I bought in Savaii from SSAB. So much so, I had planned to run a Cool Stuff column about it after my Jason Scott Lee aka Bruce Lee column was run.
SSAB has incredible variety, very fair prices and extremely kind workers.  I only wish I could arrive from Savaii or Tutuila in time to visit their superstore (always get there late, nose to the window, tala burning in my pocket)

Cool Stuff: Coolio deals in Singapore

Jess superbly represents the hard work ethics and friendliness of the residents of Singapore.  An environmental engineer by training, Jess does her tech job skillfully and shares her pride in all things Singaporean.
My Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket needed a new sim card receptacle, that my Hawaii techs weren't comfortable with soldering... Jess to the rescue, for $35 Singapore dollars, saved my phone with a shiny new part.

Cool Stuff: While in Singapore enjoy some “Laksa”

With all the heaps of Samoa News per diem, food & travel tala showered on me... I am required to spend it. Little did the big bosses know we would be squandering that siliva on Coolio treats.
Laksa is the soup base made up of coconut milk, chili, dried shrimp and herbs in which seafood like prawns, fish, cookies, and noodles of your choice are added.  
Purists love their Laksa in a clay pot.

Cool Stuff: Japadog Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada is almost an opposite hemisphere clone of Auckland, New Zealand... pub culture, pub food, and a 30% greater US dollar value. What sets Vancouver apart from Auckland... is an addiction to Ice Hockey, Curling (I'll explain later) and tasty Japadogs.

Cool Stuff: Brussels & Us

The Samoa News' owners have just increased Cool Stuff's generous pay package to “combat pay”. Covering the next phase of Manu Samoa's comeback, Cool Stuff will be traveling through Hawai’i, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, with a possible day trip to Muslim Malaysia (Cool Stuff's plan to further an understanding of the oft forgotten peaceful Muslims). We are all aware the World is on high alert.

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