Resort Life: A Big Contrast to Living in Samoa

Typcial Samoan Kitchen

While we had a great time at Saletoga Sands resort in Samoa swimming in the pool, enjoying the bar, feasting like kings at every meal, and relaxing with one of the best ever massages, we missed the taste of real living in Samoa we usually experience when we travel. Leaving the resort a few times, […]

Anniversary Kiss Under the Sea in Samoa

Kiss Under the Sea

Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary this year in Samoa with a ‘romantic’ kiss under the sea: Just a bit of anniversary photo fun for Wordless Wednesday. Have you tried to kiss under the sea or with a snorkel (it doesn’t work very well)? I link up first at BeThere2Day.  

Samoa Highlights: Top 10 Things to Do (And Driving Tips)

Samoa Highlights

Adventure is around every corner on beautiful Upolu, the main island of Samoa. While we came for a break, we found our selves stopping to swim into a cave, jump into a trench, feeding turtles and visit an author’s home.  Upolu is the main island of Samoa and home to it’s capital city Apia.  Despite our […]

Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #4- Samoa Close-Up

Samoa Close-up

About two weeks ago mum and dad took us for an awesome vacation in Samoa. While there, we got to stay in Saletoga Sands Resort, a recently opened resort owned by two kiwis (New Zealanders) Gavin and Lou. There were plenty of photo opportunities, and I took quite a few Samoa close-up pictures: Which Samoa Close-Up […]

Can an International Airport Forget to Turn on Runway Lights?

Virgin Samoa at Faleolo Airport in Apia, Samoa with no runway lights in the background

Now, we all know I am not a rocket scientist, but even I know that when a large plane is approaching at night, the airport should turn on the runway lights.  Trusting those in charge, I generally don’t worry when I fly. Our landing in Samoa started a new chapter for us, best told as […]

Fresh Coconut Milk from the Tree of Life, the Coconut Palm

Peeling back the outer shell and coir (fibrous husk) of the coconut

While I have enjoyed fresh coconut milk before, I hadn’t heard the coconut palm called the Tree of Life before visiting the island nation of Samoa. Here, it was explained to us by the owner of Saletoga Sands Resort, the coconut palm is considered the special, as the entire tree can be used: The trunk […]

Jumping Into Vivid Turquoise Waters at To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

Waterfalls and cliffs seem to taunt my girls, calling their name and daring them to jump off into the waters below.  It doesn’t seem to matter whether the waters are swirling at the base of a waterfall, crystal clear, or vivid turquoise – my girls like to jump. Hubby and I opted to stay back […]

Sarah’s Saturday Snapshots #3 – Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, Samoa

Robert Louis Stevenson Museum

Over the past week, mum and dad took us for an awesome vacation in Samoa. While there, we visited the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum. He is the author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and over sixty other novels, poems, and short stories. A large collection of his original belongings still reside in his house, and I took […]

Treated at a Hospital in Samoa; at least the Scenery is Nice

Waiting area for Hospital in Samoa

Emergency room visits are never fun, yet somehow our visit to the hospital in Samoa left us rolling our eyes.  Thankfully it was nothing serious. It started with a mosquito bite. For just a moment, my teen forgot the rule and scratched the bite on the back of her hand. It swelled up to affect […]

Hiking to Fuipisia Falls – A Hidden Gem in Samoa

The rushing waterfall - Fuipisia Falls, Samoa

Fuipisia Falls is a hidden gem. It’s located on family land in Samoa. Not our family but rather a wonderful Samoan family who took us through the bush and across a creek to see the rushing waterfall in the rain. We spent last week in Samoa. Fuipisia Falls was one of the highlights of our day driving […]

Relaxing in the South Pacific at Saletoga Sands, Samoa

Saletoga Sands Resort

A week in tropical paradise and I am almost too relaxed to write. Departing from our usual travel mode, we enjoyed a vacation in Samoa, a South Pacific island paradise. We adapted easily to relaxation, pampering, and the resort life style, all a far cry from our usual do-it-yourself travels or a home exchange. Following the recommendation […]