Whale Watching from Tongatapu

Ahem (cue the tune of Gilligan’s Island, please)…. Just sit right back and you’ll see a tail, A tail from a fateful trip That started from this tropic port Aboard this tiny ship. The mate was a mighty sailin’ man, The Captain brave and sure, Eight passengers set sail that day For a six hour…

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Scaling Back Assumptions

I’ve been so busy the past few weeks that I’ve neglected my blog posts, not to mention the not-so-inspired cooking of late.  But the other day, I had a craving for fish that could not be quelled.  The afternoon was sunny, with a mild, salty breeze that just begs for a bike ride into town,…

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The Pipes, the Pipes Are Callin’…

It’s Friday evening in Nuku’alofa.  Driving home from work.   Nine thousand, nine-hundred and fifty-two miles from Scotland, deep in the swells of the South Pacific. Two exceptionally cheerful bagpipers (and one reticent, kilted lass) march out of The Billfish fisherman’s bar, bagpipes roarin’, heading to the International Dateline Hotel to play for the Princess. This is…

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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Having lived in Tonga for over a year at this point, I thought I would do a short post on a few of my favorite things about living in Tonga. 1.  The Kids. Tongan children are the cutest, friendliest, happiest kids I’ve ever seen.  Last week, I volunteered at a Rotary fair and did a…

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Tantalizing Tonga T-Shirts

So the “Sexy Disco” t-shirt from the other day gladdened my heart so much that I had an idea.  I should document all of those awesome, hilarious or otherwise noteworthy Tonga T-shirts that are sported as regular wear here in the Big Pineapple.  If I can get a picture of them, I’ll post them here.  But…

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Open of Parliament in Tonga

Today was a big day for Nuku’alofa: the open of parliament for Tonga’s 2012-2013 Parliamentary Session.  And to make it even bigger, this session is the first to be opened by Tonga’s new king, HM King Tupou VI. All of the secondary school children were required to participate, so you can see them here (just…

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Half-and-Half Whole Wheat Pizza

It’s like that Louis Armstrong Tomato-Tomahto song.  I love basil pesto but he loves marinara with pineapple.  What’s a couple to do? But then … ah, the tie that binds: we both love homemade, whole-wheat pizza crust! Here’s how I make mine way out here in Pacific ocean.  I’ve got a few substitutes I’ll share…

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[Misnomer] South Pacific Granola

Why the misnomer? Because, to be honest, it’s not really South Pacific Granola.  I’m not making the stuff out of breadfruit and dried papaya, after all … although that sounds like an amazing idea.  But this post is about making granola in the South Pacific, which is to say, making it old school with as many of the ingredients…

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The Perils of Coke Zero Addiction

This is my grocery cart. It may appear unexceptional enough, but under that bland exterior lurks a diabolical contraption bent on sabotaging my Coke Zero hoarding spree. Sure, it goes into the store without any fuss, but once there, that ruse is discarded and replaced with a scheme to go forwards when I need to…

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A Frenzy of Tapa-Making

Today is perfect. The weather couldn’t be better: cool, breezy and the sun shines between fringes of palm fronds and glossy, green banana leaves. A light stream of smoke wafts through the air, but it is pleasant. Like a cozy fire at Thanksgiving. All around me, neighbors pound their wooden clubs on paper mulberry bark, making the renowned Tapa cloth…

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