The Best Of…

Feliz año nuevo from San Juan, Puerto Rico!  Every now and then I like to do like Oprah and make a list of ‘Krit’s Favourite Things’ except I try to appeal to a demographic beyond middle aged white women [no shade to the Ws, I hope you enjoy the following too!]  In the spirit of reflecting on 2012, some of my favourite things in no particular order:

Photos

Especially old ones!  They capture sooo much – I’ll spend hours and hours just fixated.  My cousins get scared/livid when I get into one of my nostalgic modes cuz I’ll start throwing pictures around from way back for everyone to see but I don’t care cuz I like to show off the natural brown beauty of my family.  The good ole pre-photoshop days!

Basil, Mum & Leini
Aunty Tree, Basil, Mum & Leini
Mum & Grandma
Mum & Grandma
Uncle Neil, Aunty Theresa, Aunty Naila & Mum
Uncle Neil, Aunty Theresa, Aunty Naila & Mum
Uncle Joe & Aunty Anna
Uncle Joe & Aunty Anna
Uncle Hili Holding Mike & Maddy
Uncle Hili Holding Mike & Maddy
Aunty Imeleta, Aunty Ata & Mum
Aunty Imeleta, Aunty Ata & Mum
Grandma
Grandma
Aunty Tree, Grandma & Aunty Anna
Aunty Tree, Grandma & Aunty Anna
Soranya, Desley, Krit, Miki & Dad
Soranya, Desley, Krit, Miki & Dad
Brittany, Ariana, Desley, Bryson, Alex, Kourosh & Soranya
Brittany, Ariana, Desley, Bryson, Alex, Kourosh & Soranya
Jade, Pekelo, Tua & Leini
Jade, Pekelo, Tua & Leini
Krit, Dad & Miki
Krit, Dad & Miki
Basil, Krit & Leini
Basil, Krit & Leini
Desley & Elizabeth
Desley & Elizabeth
Aunty Tree
Aunty Tree
Mike & Uncle Willie
Mike & Uncle Willie
Mum Holding Leini, Aunty Naila, Aunty Anna Holding Desley, Elizabeth & Soranya
Mum Holding Leini, Aunty Naila, Aunty Anna Holding Desley, Elizabeth & Soranya
Tyrone, Desley, Soranya, Uncle Willie, Alick, Leini & Miki
Tyrone, Desley, Soranya, Uncle Willie, Alick, Leini & Miki
Aunty Naila & Aunty Tree
Aunty Naila & Aunty Tree
Leini & Mum
Leini & Mum
Aunty Tree, Uncle Neil, Connie, Basil & Tua
Aunty Tree, Uncle Neil, Connie, Basil & Tua

Sio Kakai

This pretty much translates to ‘people watch’ in Tongan.  When I was a student, me and my friends would text each other to meet at the food court or outside the library or anywhere there was a lot of foot traffic just to have a good gawk.  These days I tend to take photos and videos too.

People
Guy With Autobot & Decepticon Tattoos On Either Arm
Daywalking Vampire @ Cedar Point
Daywalking Vampire @ Cedar Point
Guntas In Trinidad
Guntas In Trinidad

Graduation

The time of year everyone gets all dolled up together to celebrate!  Yep, it can be a lot of stress running around frantically with no sleep but in the end, even though you sat all the exams and wrote all the assignments, the day is never about you as a student.  It belongs to everyone else who helped you along the way.  While the ceremonies bore me to death, I love the march and giving out ula lole [lolly necklaces].  I made sure I had my cousin back home make some for me so I could fa’aula [the act of giving the necklaces] my friends at Lehigh on graduation day.

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The Walk
Krit & Katie @ Lehigh Graduation 2012
Krit & Katie @ Lehigh Graduation 2012 [Thanks Elsa For The Ula!]
Kezzy & Krit
Kezzy & Krit
The Gang
The Gang
Graduation Lunch
Graduation Lunch
Graduates!
Graduates!

This year was special for me cuz it saw my first wave of students from when I coordinated the CertHSc at the University of Auckland graduate from their programmes – Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Nursing in particular.  Not long to go before the others become pharmacists and doctors too.  Some of them I knew from their high schools through the Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme [MATES].  They’ve all come a long way!

My CertHSc Students 2009
My CertHSc 2009 Student Cohort

Skype

Greatest bloody invention in the universe and the main reason why my sleeping patterns are such a mess.  I’m forever on Skype with my family and friends in New Zealand until early hours of the morning due to the time difference.  The best part is it’s free!  For me, I’m grateful for it cuz it means my stinky niece and nephew get to see me regularly – they were so young when I left I was afraid I’d miss out on seeing them grow up and that they might forget me too but no longer have to worry about that.

Austy Being A Fob
Austy Being A Fob
Austin & Otila
Austin & Otila Being Fobs
Mum
Mum
Alex Half Asleep
Alex Half Asleep
Tone The Slag
Tone The Slag

I get to jump on other screens too like in my friend’s lecture where I was a guest speaker to some students back home.

Skyping Students In New Zealand
Skyping Students In New Zealand

The Caribbean

Aside from my trip home, the rest of my excursions outside of the US for 2012 took place in the Caribbean.  I love island life.  I’ve had some amazing experiences all over the Pacific, it’s been awesome taking in the island culture, language and weather in a new way!

Cruise
Crusty Caribbean Cruise Portrait With Stan, Rachel & Leah
Jumanji [Trinidad]
Jumanji [Trinidad]
Trinis!
Trinis!
Being Approached By A Drug Dealer In Barbados
Being Approached By A Drug Dealer On The Beach In Barbados

Caribbean Cruise With Stan, Rachel & Leah
El Yunque Rainforest [Puerto Rico]
Food

It’s stupid how much I love food.  I’ll eat anything as long as it’s not spicy.  Some new pleasures this year…

Dark Chocolate Pomegranates
Dark Chocolate Pomegranates
Rabbit Fricassee With A Strawberry Shake
Rabbit Fricassee With A Strawberry Shake
Mayo Ketchup - Why Didn't I Think Of This Before?!
Mayo Ketchup – Why Didn’t I Think Of This Before?!
Carrot Cake Donuts!!!
Carrot Cake Donuts!!!

I’ve gotta hand it to Wrap’d Tight though!  Heather and her crew know how to throw DOWN.  That’s why I took all my friends there to eat – if you knew me at Lehigh then you knew that was my number one spot.  I had my graduation lunch there.  They surprised me with this crazy dessert spread and putting a wrap on the menu named after me!  I could die happy after that.

Cake
Graduation Dessert
The Krit
The Krit
First Ever Order Of 'The Krit'
First Ever Order Of ‘The Krit’

Live Shows

I’m a HUGE fan of music and live entertainment.  I keep telling everyone that when I go back to New Zealand I’m gonna become a recording artist who lip syncs to tracks like C&C Music Factory or Milli Vanilli did.  I have plenty of practice performing concerts to my stuffed toys when I would line them up on my bed.  That’s definitely a joke.  Anyway back to live shows!  The sound, the lights – just the whole atmosphere really makes a gig that much more enjoyable…

jsc
“Jesus Christ Superstar” Preview On Broadway [Stage Malfunction, Blah!]
Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
Detroit Tigers Baseball Game
Mary Jane Blige
Mary Jane Blige
Miami Vs Boston NBA Game
Miami Vs Boston NBA Game
Krit & Savelina @ Wrestlemania
Krit & Savelina @ Wrestlemania

I took my bad [but passionate] singing a step further and made a cameo in a play and also reunited with 1/3 of my all time favourite act of all time – Chilli from TLC!

Shalena & Krit Performing Our Greatest Hits
Shalena & Krit Performing Our Greatest Hits
"The Little Foxes"
“The Little Foxes”
Chilli & Krit
Chilli & Krit

Family Time

Whether it’s with mine or with someone else’s, I always enjoy seeing family spend time with each other – more than ever now being so far from home.

Tone, Court, Krit & Emily
Tone & Krit With The Allen Sisters
The Wrap'd Tight Family - My Favourite Food Joint Ever!
The Wrap’d Tight Family – My Favourite Food Joint Ever!
The Sankarsingh Family
The Sankarsingh Family
Ben, Alison & Joslyn Blankenship
Ben, Alison & Joslyn Blankenship
Dominoes & Don Julio With The Berdiel Family
Dominoes & Don Julio With The Berdiel Family
Krit With Ju'Rae & Lana Strozier
Krit With Ju’Rae & Lana Strozier

My biggest highlight this year was going home to be with my family for my Grandma’s funeral and giving her the best send off we could.

Aunty Aselota, Aunty Anna & Uncle Willie
Aunty Aselota, Aunty Anna, Bella & Uncle Willie
Vaito'elau, Krit & Alex Spending Time With Grandma
Vaito’elau, Krit & Alex Spending Time With Grandma
Mass
Mass
Fale, Kourosh, Krit & Mum Yelling As Usual
Fale, Kourosh, Krit & Mum Yelling As Usual

Funerals can bring out the best and worst in people.  There’s so much going on with arrangements, money, family politics, the Fa’asamoa [Samoan protocol] while tensions and emotions are running at an all time high.  Thankfully everyone came together and looked after one another.  I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of my cousins.  I’m pretty sure our parents were on a similar tip too.  I just wish they wouldn’t yell at us for no bloody reason.

Wallplanner

Wall Planner
Wall Planner

Now I know wall planners aren’t all that big in the US but I haven’t been able to live without one of these for YEARS.  My Mum and sister had to send me one from home for 2010, 2011 and 2012 until finally this year, I had one designed for Lourdes University and I sent them one of mine.  He-ey.  I’m telling you, they’re magical.  You get to see the whole year ahead of you and cross each day off as they come – I get my thrills every time I do it.  I’m always excited to make some decent marks all over mine so I hope you all get to do the same.  All the best for 2013!

Peace, Love & Hair Grease

Krit

8 thoughts on “The Best Of…

  1. Too cool! Your personality comes right thru every single time. Never stop writing. I love those pre photoshop pics too. What a good-looking bunch of toasties 😀 (myself included). Cheers Kiwi!

  2. Great read. Adore looking at your family photos!

    PS why is everyone’s picture labeled with individual names and ours labeled as “Allen Sisters”… …forget my name?

  3. As always a pleasure to read your adventures through life, and your many experiences with eating and sleeping! Heres to a great 2013 x

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