Samoa is a special place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
With smiles seen everywhere around the island, the simple way of life and the option of reducing spending through the full reliance on the land and the ocean, makes it “almost” paradise.
For Feagai Su’a, from the village of Faleasi’u, life in Samoa is almost perfect.
“When I look around, I notice how great life is here in Samoa,” she told the Village Voice as she pointed around to all the green vegetation.
“Those who really suffer in this nation are the ones who refuse to put in the work. If you want to live a good life then you must get used to working hard for it.
“We do have poor people here and there but they are only that way because they are lazy.”
Feagai explains that even the way of life is great; people have many options to fall back on when it comes to taking care of their families.
“When it comes to taking care of your family, there are so many options you have to earn a bit of money,” she said.
“There’s nothing complicated about life in Samoa. We can live freely off of the land and sea, you have peace unlike other war-torn nations and people are happy.
“If we compare ourselves to overseas nations, we are a paradise.”
Aged 30, Feagai walks the talk by earning as much as she can from many different options available to her.
“I earn what I can through different methods,” she said.
“I make different handicrafts like handheld fans, I also make some koko cups to sell and I have also grown a few pineapples around the house which I also sell.
“The money I make goes towards feeding my children and taking care of what needs to be done around the house. My only advice for Samoa is to try and work hard because life is moving very fast.”
But this is where the “almost” paradise part comes into play. Feagai admits that one of the problems faced here in Samoa is the rising crime rates.
From small crimes such as stealing a taro or two from your neighbor to bigger crimes evident in Samoa’s crowded court rooms at Mulinu’u, Feagai says that the rise in crimes is alarming.
“Don’t get me wrong, we do have our own problems,” she said.
“One of the issues I have noticed is that there are more and more rule and law breakers nowadays. I speak mostly on the youth who cause so much grief for others.
“The way I see it, the blame for all these criminals belongs to the criminals themselves. It’s simple really; those who are lazy and refuse to look for ways to get what they want always resort to crime.
“The rise in criminals is a real concern for everyone.”
But aside from that, Samoa is almost perfect in the eyes of Feagai.