Posts Tagged ‘Tonga’

New Moon March 15, 2010

July 4, 2010

New Moon, March 15, 2010
60th Birthday
In the last cycle of the moon I turned into a new decade. I am 60 years young now. It a actually doesnʼt feel much different than another day older or
younger. I had a quiet day, March 10, on the island of Pangumotu, off the main island group of Tongatapu in the kingdom of Tonga. I was blessed to snorkel not once but twice in the warm clear
waters watching yellow bug eyed and blue striped trigger fish chasing me, orange clown fish curiously looking at me through their long stringy like sea home, long slender skinny silver trumpetfish change colors from green to silver to black and white in an instant. It was a sunny quiet and humid..a day
to languish and contemplate. a day to give thanks for this gift of life. Whitewolf made me a beautiful rose colored flower flying heart when i came out of the sea. We even celebrated with a small chocolate cake brought in by my dear friend and Tongan sister Melaia.

Late Departure to South Pacific
Yes Whitewolf and I are in Tonga after a 2nd honeymoon in Fiji. We got delayed leaving for the the South Pacific as in LAX waiting 12 hours for the plane out we managed to miss it. It seems that TSA, the USA checkpoint closed earlier than expected and almost all the rest of the passengers knew
to go thru early. Though we were disappointed, we were gifted with an extra 36 hours in LA which we used to sleep and sleep and more sleep.

Fiji 2nd honeymoon
In Fiji, we met my friend John who had arranged for us to stay at the nabua lodge in the northern Yasawa islands off the main island of Fiji. We stayed in our own bure, a small thatched roof simple sandy floored cottage right on the ocean where the sounds of the waves lulled us to sleep at night. We climbed the grassy green hills and sat on rock outcroppings feeling as birds must overlooking the land. We partook in a local kava ceremony at which i joined the band of guitar and uke with my banjo as we sang a song then drank a brown dishwater brew which leaves a numbness in the tongue and a relaxation in the body. And of course many wonderful kayak and snorkeling adventures.

Yasawa Fiji Cave Adventure
The one adventure that stands out was a trip to the cave which we got to by a half hour boat trip. There rising out of the water as we approached was a green and rocky mountain island..impressive just to look at it. We landed and walked up a stairway to the inside of the cave which was full of a salty/fresh water mixture. The cathedral ceiling was impressive to behold. Even more amazing was the second cave that we dove under a stone shelf to reach. Inside here after our eyes adjusted to the dark we were treated to 4 to 5 swimmable water chambers. The light reflecting off the walls and the myriad stone shapes like ancient sea creatures gave a primordial feeling of timelessness to the experience. The best part was the echo acoustics in thechambers. Whitewolf and I stayed in when everyone else left to chant and sing to the elemental spirits whose presence we felt.I played with the echo to create multiple pitches and sounds as we awoke the crickets to sing with us. Truly an experience that could have been any time upon the earth.

Happy Fijians
Our time in Fiji seemed too short and we hope to return here one day to explore more of the Yasawas and
other islands and places of these friendly happy people. Oh yes, i revisted my friend Buma her family and
her tea shop which is thriving near the lodge we stayed.Her yummy homemade banana and coconut cakes with tea or coffee is a delightful way to spend an afternoon esp when the stomach rumbles before dinner. I brought with me pictures I had taken the year before to leave with her and we laughed and hoped to connect again in the coming years.

Whitewolf and I are here now in Tonga until the next new moon.We are at present in a typhoon watch, Thomas, as the rain pours down and the winds rise and fall as the coconuts off the trees. A good day to stay indoors. We hope that you as we are having some great adventures in your life. Until we check in again, may your days be full of joy and your nights of sweet dreams.
Blessings, Alicia Merlady aka Mrs. Wolfe


New Moon, July 18, 2009

July 22, 2009

New Moon July 18, 2009

Maloaleilei from Tonga,
The whales are spouting and being sighted and seen in the waters in and around the islands of Vava’u. I am waiting to see them myself though I feel them moving in my dreams.
Vava'u Beauty, Tonga

New Moon, June 22, 2009

June 24, 2009

Aloha beautiful family,
Greetings from Tonga

Serenity Beaches, Uoleva, Ha'apai, Tonga

Serenity Beaches, Uoleva, Ha'apai, Tonga

May this turning time on the earth find you all in great health, peace of mind and joyous life. Not only is this the new moon, it is the solstice –summer in the northern hemisphere and the winter here in the south as well as my mother’s 92nd birthday. I realize again how we carry inside of us what is time. My body carries the summer solstice yet where I am it is winter here in Tonga. Hmmmm

Changes in Whale Watching

Life is such a mystery isn’t it? Just when we believe we have it all figured out coyote throws in a curve ball and we get to reconfigure. I got to Tonga all ready to start on the whale business and found that Capt. Jim had reprioritized. So I took the night ferry to Serenity Beaches where Patti, Semi and Yoda the new puppy
Yoda and Spot romping

Yoda and Spot romping

have graciously opened their hearts and home to me. We are finding ways to absorb the equipment I had shipped here and exploring options to do the biz in a different way. I admit that I was in a state of surprise with the news and disappointed that my home is not a boat now but a land base.
Merlady falle(guest house) land base

Merlady falle(guest house) land base

Yet what a lovely land base surrounded by gorgeous azure blue waters, 2 beaches, abundant fresh food and amazing loving folks. Do check out perhaps a Tongan vacation? Patti, Semi and I hold the vision of the sea/land community and are holding the image of a catamaran sailing into the bay with the perfect captain who wants to also become part of this community and my home on the sea. So I invite you all to assist this manifestation by lighting a candle on this the winter/summer solstice.

Guiding Programs at Serenity Beaches

Medicine Wheel at Serenity Beaches

Medicine Wheel at Serenity Beaches

While at Serenity Beaches,I have made a medicine wheel out of large coral pieces to balance the land and the 73rd flying heart art piece out of coconuts and wood. When I tune in I feel the connection of all these medicine wheels and flying hearts in the web I have created around the world. Patti and I hold similar visions for activities and programs here. I have begun to guide morning movement, a combination of yoga, energy medicine and various other movement practices. There is also the opportunity for me to keep guiding new and full moon gatherings and peace fires as well as living a simpler life off the grid with all the challenges that awake my lower chakras. This experience is a way to trust in the perfection of spirit to know that when one door closes another will open. The transition time in between doors is my challenge right now to keep positive, happy and energetic.

Bubbles joins the parade

Bubbles the Clown marching with the school kids Nuku'alofa, Tonga

Bubbles the Clown marching with the school kids Nuku'alofa, Tonga

I put on my red nose and funny blue jester hat so that Bubbles could join in the all day parade on the opening day of the Tongan Parliament. This parade is made up of hundreds of school children from grade school through high school in splashes of their uniform colors of orange and white, blue and white, red and white and maroon and white. All of the school bands were very professional sounding and each one had amazing complicated walking patterns as they played familiar western tunes. Bubbles had a great time miming, blowing bubbles and marching with the kids. As some of the tunes played were ragtime , Bubbles sweated and danced with the mothers and teachers marching alongside their school. It felt like a July 4th parade with crowded bystanders cheering on their kids. The atmosphere was light, fun and full of laughter. It is amazing how many people saw me that day. Even now weeks later I hear about the clown who joined the parade.

Sharing with the youth of Tonga
Joining the parade inspired me to seek out sharing my talents of music, juggling and clowning with the youth of Tonga. I am meeting with the youth council here this week and spirit has led a few teachers to me. There is a tradition in Tonga for juggling though interest has been lost due to video and computers which take up more of the youth time than in prior days. Most of the juggling here is solo to see how many balls one can put into the air. This is an opportunity for me to teach the more cooperative type of juggling in which 2 folks do tricks together and pass balls back and forth. I will also be sharing my knowledge of music-banjo playing is rare here so I am as usual an eccentric.

May the winds of change blow gracefully in your life uplifting you to greater opportunities.
Hugs and blessings, Alicia Merlady