- The Taxi driver says pay me later
- You start wearing thongs (slippers) everywhere
- You start greeting people with “How” or "Gudi"
- Y ou start chewing betel nut more
- You become very fluent in Milne Bay English,therefore......
- Your ability to form basic sentences in English becomes more and more difficult and you start saying things like " My head is paining" or "Ewaa, det one how?".
- Your idea of take away is hot sago,chestnuts and smoked squid or fish at the market.
- You go for a walk and every second person says Gudi or Hallo to you!
- You start planting tapioca and yams in your garden.
- You actually start gardening,baking and sewing!Activities you would never have dreamed of doing before life in Milne Bay!
- Habona adds his shopping to yours at the check out counter
- You know how to ask for betel nut in 6 different languages
- You refer to everyone older than you as –Aunty, Uncle or Bubui
- You’re buying new towels every month cos your relies keep
walking away with them.
- The only jewellery you have on is your bagi
- Friday nights you’re either at Napatana’s Trivia Night, Masurina’s Family Night or partying at The Jetty-Alotau Int'l Hotel
- You find a relative working in every shop or company you walk into.
- Every other person you meet was either your Mum or Dad’s classmate at Cameron High School. This is one of my Bubui's (Mum's mum) younger sisters- Bubui Goini who lives on Galahi Is. She may look like she's wearing lipstick but it's actually sada (betel nut). She's always smiling,is loud,loves a laugh and has a weakness for beads and bright coloured necklaces.
Another of my Grandmother's younger sisters-Haliesa (namesake), we both share the name of one of my great grand bubus-Adinaleu (pronounced Ahdeenahleooo). Haliesa was sick recently so has been in Alotau seeking treatment. She lives on Logea Is. and has a very gentle nature.