Stories From Kiribati
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on November 28, 2012 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
While staying with his children on South Tarawa, the electric kettle caught his attention.
“Wow. Amazing kettle! The cable is put into the wall and the water boils.” thought the old man. “No more open fire if I bring it with me.
He finally flew back to his home on an outer island with the kettle. He invited his neighbors for a chat. As he was being watched, he poured water into his kettle and just put the end of the cable into his wall. Then ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on November 18, 2012 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
The bus is crowded so the little boy has to sit on his grandma’s lap. When their bus reaches the tip of Taborio village, the road there is quite rough causing the slight ups and downs to passengers on their seats. Feeling the movements beneath him, the boy quickly stands up, looks seriously at his grandma and asks, “Hey, yo...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on November 13, 2012 at 1:25 AM||comments (0)|
A strict constable was on a road patrol when a motorbike drove by. He raised his left hand demanding the rider to stop. The rider slowed down and stopped just beside him.
“Got driving license?” he asked seriously.
Having heard that the constable had no formal schooling, the driver answered, “Oh, yes.”
“Let me see!” the constable added.
The man put his hand into his pocket, took out a piece of...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on November 2, 2012 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
Japanese soldiers were in Kiribati during World War 2. They forced people to work for them.
In one occasion, a soldier pointed his gun to an I-Kiribati who was not cooperating. The soldier warned, “Get to work or I will shoot you!”
The man replied, “Once you shoot then I will kill you!”
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on October 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|
The villagers were sitting on one side of the mwaneaba (hall) while the medical team was on the other. It was the time for registration. People, one at the time, went forward to the nurse who was sitting at her table. She was very smart in asking and writing the names in her book.
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“Aram taiaoka (name please)? .. okay .. Bongi ni bung (date of birth)? .. okay” and her pen ran smoothly and swiftly as she wrote in her book. Then she would call for another person in E...
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on September 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
My seven year old daughter was watching her mother eating her meal of boiled breadfruit and salt fish. All of a sudden, she asked her mom, “Kamai berona bwa kanau!”
I thought my ears went wrong so I listened carefully if she would ask again … and she did, “Mummy ngka berona bwa kanau!” this time she was actually pointing to the seed of the breadfruit.
Well, I laughed … ‘cos it sounded funny and strange. But I knew why s...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on September 16, 2012 at 12:30 AM||comments (0)|
People decided that, at confession, they would say ‘fell from the bridge’ instead of ‘adultery’. They did so because their old priest got fed up of hearing them saying ‘adultery’. Knowing nothing of the change, the priest was then happy that nobody committed adultery any more.
Things went fine for weeks, but then the priest became suspicious. He began to get fed up again, this time, with ‘fell from the bridge’.
&...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on August 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM||comments (0)|
As a teacher entered the classroom, her students started complaining and telling on Tioti - one of their classmates. “Miss, please, put Tioti’s name on fatigue or detention. He deserves punishment for what he has done!”
“Why should I? What did he do wrong?” the teacher asked.
“He’s a stealer. He stole a buraa (bra) … Miss Reei’s buraa!” the kids reported to the teacher.
The teacher looked around for Ti...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on July 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
[It was during a wrestling match held on one of the outer-islands]
The sports commentator announced the names of the next wrestlers, “Ruuka versus Marabu”. The two young men walked into the field, tied their lavalava tightly and began pulling and pushing each other.
“Who is going to win the match?” the crowd watched this battle with excitement.
All of a sudden, Ruuka sent out a loud fart which surprisingly blew his opponent onto the ground. Laughter ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Amota Eromanga on June 14, 2012 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
Two fishermen (old man and his neighbour) went out fishing on an outrigger canoe when a storm broke out. As the storm eased, the fishermen lost sight of their island. After days of drifting without seeing an island, they became helpless and hopeless so they finally decided to pray for help from heaven; “You say our prayer because you are a faithful christian,” said the old man.
The man agreed and began,”Dear lord, have mercy on us and please bring us back to our islan...Read Full Post »