2014 Snapshots

Thursday, September 16

35!

No it’s not my birthday today but it is for my country, Papua New Guinea.

PNG photo is of the sunset at the Yacht Club back at home. (photo from a friend on FB, thanks Peter!)

Today is Independence day.  I know there where many celebrations back at home and of course on this day I wish I were at home to join in on the celebrations. 

But I’m not so today I just thought of home, how far we’ve come and how much more we need to do to move forward.

Happy Independence Papua New Guinea.

I wanted to share this song.  It’s in my language (well one of the 850 languages that we have).  Oshen is the artist and “Mi Laik Kam” translated means “I want to come”.

You may not understand it but here’s just what the chorus says:

I see the ships sailing away and the airplanes flying above.

Rain fall on me while the sun shines on you.

I want to come, but it's too difficult; the mountains are too high and the ocean blocks my path.

6 comments:

Mari said...

Happy Independence Day to Papua New Guinea! I love that photo and even though I don't understand the words, I like the song!

Jewel said...

Beautiful picture and a beautiful song! Actually, I think I'm going to download it. :) Good meaning too. 850 languages.. so how often did you come across someone you couldn't converse with? Is there one language that everyone does speak?

Have a good day there!

kari said...

Hi Jewel. To answer your question;
there are 3 main languages that we use to communicate - English(the language used for business), then pidgin and motu. this song is in pidgin and I speak motu.
there are people I'm not able to converse with but you'll find that we all know at least some english or some pidgin.
But for the remote villages they they have their own language. Some neighboring villages are not be able to understand each other at all, because sometimes no one is able to speak or understand pidgin or motu.

Francesca said...

So interesting about the languages. In my country, we have many very local dialects, which are effectively different languages. After living here for 10 years, I still don't understand the local dialect at all.

Francesca said...

So interesting about the languages. In my country, we have many very local dialects, which are effectively different languages. After living here for 10 years, I still don't understand the local dialect at all.

Puna said...

What a gorgeous shot! Happy birthday Papua New Guinea!

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