No boundaries (2)…

One fine day last week, Melissa went with two of her friends, one Japanese and the other Korean…

Mel & her Korean friend

…to the Absolutely Positively Pasifika Festival at the Waitangi Park and the Harbour in Wellington. She loves anything cultural like the Chinese New Year parade and the ASEAN Cultural Festival as well as the Matariki Festival that she attended last year.

At this particular festival, there was dancing like this traditional Fijian dance…

Fijian Dance

…and singing such as this group that sang the most well-known Maori song, Pokarekare Ana

Pokarekare Ana

She bought this souvenir t-shirt for NZ25.00 which is more or less what we have to pay here for ours, without conversion…

Souvenir t-shirt

…and one thing that I notice from her photographs is how similar their handicrafts are to what we have here. Don’t these look familiar?

Tribal handicrafts 1

I’m sure we have seen them at the Filipino Market in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah…

Tribal handicrafts 2

…and also in our local ethnic handicraft shops along Main Bazaar in Kuching…

Tribal handicraft 3

This just about shows that though we may be so far apart, we are not all that different after all…