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  1. Just don’t go to Samoa to visit ! If you’re planning a visit to Samoa for a holiday or vacation go somewhere else! Worst place to be! Rapists and diseases everywhere . Dengue fever and cholera ! Go to a different country !!! Listen to this blog and Ole Palemia blog and save yourself and take your money somewhere else! Fuck Samoa led by an evil Prime minister Tuilaepa – a big fat hunk of a monster

    Samoa also hates animals , they poison their own dogs!!!! Neighbours poisoning your dog if it parks too loudly! Disgusting and Inhumane treatment of animals! Cats too. They treat them horribly!!! If you love animals stay away from this hellhole Samoa! Why would spend your money where they treat kids and animals horribly?
    Kids are not safe there!! This blog is frightening! Don’t take your kids to Samoa . Bad people there will eat them!!! Samoa is not safe!! You’ll either be attacked or gotten some disease and die! You’ve been warned!

    • Hello Anonymous and thank you for commenting. Some of what you say I agree with but the hatred and extremism I don’t.

      > Just don’t go to Samoa to visit ! If you’re planning a visit to Samoa for a holiday or vacation go somewhere else! Worst place to be!
      This is a valid piece of advice. Samoa CAN be quite a nice place to be – typically 7-10 days on a short holiday a visitor will find the people and the culture a real experience. Longer stayers tend to increase the possibility of a bad experience by getting deeper. When I did Village Stays we protected and ‘scaffolded’ our guests really well, but self-arranged experiences can end up with tears very easily. My advice is not to avoid Samoa, rather be aware and toughen up before you go, with realistic expectations.

      > Rapists and diseases everywhere .
      Yes, this is true, but the other side is that Samoans really want to look good, so except for extreme cases guests are generally quite safe.

      > Dengue fever and cholera ! Go to a different country !!!
      Yes, there is Dengue fever but not cholera. Any tropical country will be the same.

      > Listen to this blog and Ole Palemia blog and save yourself and take your money somewhere else!
      Listen especially to this blog if you want reason and to understand. Listen to OLP if you want the latest gossip/opinion.

      > Fuck Samoa led by an evil Prime minister Tuilaepa – a big fat hunk of a monster
      Maybe so. The best way to understand him is to ask yourself the question, what does he do? He’s a politician. Politicians are the same across the globe. He is though at the top of the tree thus is seen as teh target. I think you have an attitude. Anger should be directed at ALL people who fall short of perfection, and this means all who do not hear and obey the Master.

      > Samoa also hates animals , they poison their own dogs!!!! Neighbours poisoning your dog if it parks too loudly! Disgusting and Inhumane treatment of animals! Cats too. They treat them horribly!!!
      Yes, people do poison others’ animals over there and yes this happens a lot more than in other countries. Animals though are just a part of life over there, more akin to a tree or plant in the West. Dogs are kept for security just because it’s what is done there. Pets are loved and cherished in the West a lot more. Both cultures err, with the happy balance in the toned down Western style – animals are loved and appreciated but not idolised.

      > If you love animals stay away from this hellhole Samoa!
      That’s a judgment call for others to make. Not me.

      > Why would spend your money where they treat kids and animals horribly?
      Kids – now you’re onto something big. The Polynesian cultures (which includes Samoan) have excellent social support systems around special events such as births, deaths and marriages. They do however fail badly when it comes to ongoing responsibilities. I find the violence the worst thing in Samoan treatment of children. It is hard to see kids getting slapped up or beaten but the tourist will likely not see the sexual abuse which is hidden.

      > Kids are not safe there!! This blog is frightening!
      Samoan kids aren’t/ Palagi kids definitely are safe. Remember that it is an honour to have a Palagi guest.

      > Don’t take your kids to Samoa . Bad people there will eat them!!!
      No. Nonsense!

      > Samoa is not safe!! You’ll either be attacked or gotten some disease and die! You’ve been warned!
      An extreme view. A warning is fine but a proper understanding is better.

  2. Thank you Dennis!
    I still stand by my previous comments and I’m doing my part to spread the word that Samoa should be avoided for holidays / vacations .

    Their treatment of animals and kids makes me wanna puke. And seeing that nasty fat man their leader , whatshussssnamme? Seeing his interview on 60 mins I wanted to throw something at my tv! He’s one ugly nasty monster. Learn to speak English properly! And drop the arrogant attitude you ignorant fool. Everything about him is disgusting from what I’ve read and seen.

    No thanks Samoa ! I’m better off spending my money somewhere safe.

    • > Seeing his interview on 60 mins I wanted to throw something at my tv! He’s one ugly nasty monster. Learn to speak English properly! And drop the arrogant attitude you ignorant fool. Everything about him is disgusting from what I’ve read and seen.
      I’ve blogged about that interview along the same lines as you but have given it a lot more depth. Tui’s problem is that as top dog in Samoa he HAS to handle international matters BUT he doesn’t ‘get’ the way that he comes across to others, thus makes a fool of himself. This as you say is pride. Even in Samoa his arrogance is unliked. My take is that the majority who support him do so because he looks after them, not because he is likeable. When you read my experiences, read OLP and get to know him, it’s pretty hard not to dislike the man.

  3. Hello again Dennis!
    How are you?
    So we are looking into the Cook Islands for a break. Seeing you have a lot of personal experience in Samoa, do you also write about Rarotonga? Just researching right now and it’s helpful to hear from others who actually lived there. If it’s like Tahiti, then that should be quite lovely.
    Appreciate your insights.
    When researching destinations, you come across quite a bit of information you’d rather not know about these places and then panic sets in. Sometimes ignorance really is blissful? Oyyy

    Best, J

    P.S yes that man’s interview on 60 mins was astonishedly bad. I agree with your observations that much of it was the language barrier. But he could have at least tried eating some humble pie. Instead, he just came off as angry and defensive. Awful PR

    • Hi Jo
      > Cook Islands
      Sorry I do not know much about it. Most visitors I have spoken to enjoyed the experience.
      > “That man”
      Yes, a total PR disaster, unquestionably. Those who are not part of the system and with intellectual integrity call him a “fool”, and worse!

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