Archive for ‘Fuana Tmarsel’

November 17, 2013

Recent Discovery In Seaweeds Could Provide A New Industry For Palau

By Jackson M. Henry —-

A Feng Shui master who visited Palau in 2009 said, “The secret of Palau’s future prosperity lies under its blue ocean”. This prophecy could well come true soon with the recent scientific break through discoveries of certain healthy properties extracted from seaweeds by Dr. Haengwoo Lee which supposedly helps lower blood pressures and extend life up to extra 30 years.

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November 17, 2013

Informal Learning

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Recently, my young neighbor was walking at the back of the house chanting, “ea ke mesesuau, eke mesesuau….”  I initially ignored his apparent rendition of a recent adult exchange at their house, but when the cantillana continued, I stretched my neck out the window and watched him dragging his skateboard while repeating the scornful adjectives. Because of age, I doubt he knew what the words meant, yet interested enough to have not only captured the words but also adding the tune for amusement as he goes about his business.

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November 1, 2013

Thank you, Oreor!!!

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Happy Anniversary to Oreor and the people of Oreor!  Thank you for the many years you have given us a place on which to build our dwelling, to finish our elementary and secondary education. As a young child, Oreor was a place of fascination – where I first saw a motor cycle, a pick-up truck, and ice box. I remember the man on a motor cycle who sold red ice-keki and tama. As I look back on my childhood, I recall the trips my father took to Oreor. On the day of his return,  I would run to the hill and watch his boat approach our shore, expecting to hear news of Oreor. Little did I know that one of those days, I was to make a trip to Oreor to stay.

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October 17, 2013

The Immigrants

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

I was trying to explain to my friends the matrilineal system of Palau and how it is an essential part of one’s identity and therefore, one’s place of belonging. I began, “in Palau mothers are highly esteemed and therefore, one has to be careful when making references to another’s mother. In fact, I continued, the phrase “your mother” can be a curse word depending on the context wherein which it is used. Though times have change and young people have made the word common, like hello and good bye, as is the use of other curse words, one still has to refrain from using the word because mothers are important part of one’s sense of belongingness in Palauan culture.”

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September 14, 2013

Palauan Way?

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Recently I asked a couple of relatives to help me move earth for a fee. One flat out told me “no”,  while the other said, “ oh sure, not a problem, just holler when it’s time.” Well, I rang, then I begged and hollered to no avail.  I was okay with one who refused, but it took me awhile to get over the one who agreed to help, but never showed up. In fact it bothered me for some time, but seeing that I was gaining nothing out of it, decided to move on. Once I decided to forgive him, he came and began talking to me – of course not about helping me out. In a way I am relieved because now that he knows he did not live up to his end of the bargain, he does not come around saying   “me tara chens.” His failure to live up to his word, precludes him from asking for chens. And honestly, that brings me little relief.

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September 8, 2013

Bridge Over Troubled Water

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

If you are over forty-five, you should be able to remember Simon & Garfunkel’s hit released in 1970; from which comes the title of this piece.  If you are younger, no sweat – let your fingertips do the work – download it from You Tube and enjoy something different from your usual sound. It was one of my favorite songs during my growing up years, though I had never really analyzed the lyrics until recently.

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September 3, 2013

Palauan could get lost in the Shuffle

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

“Eight hours of work, eight hours of rest, eight hours of what we will. Eight hours of work, eight hours of rest, eight hours of what we will.” This was the motto for “eight-hour work day” movement chanted by American laborers in their demonstrations in 1880’s, to cut down working hours from 14 to 8. The Adamson Act eventually gained passage and now over a century later, practically everyone on this green earth has adapted it as regular hours for full-time work.

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August 19, 2013

Home is the Birth Place of …

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

All of us are capable of violence whether it is destruction of property or person’s physical being. Though we do not often speak of it; I believe that verbal assault on person’s being and identity, such as calling our children “stupid”, “idiot” and words of similar category are in essence violent because they destroy a child’s sense of security and well-being.

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August 4, 2013

New Kid in Town?

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

A few years ago I was surfing the internet for articles on sex activities in the casino’s, when my laptop began getting pop-up porn materials. I was googling words such as sex, prostitutes, escorts etc.  so understandably, I would be getting something in that line of subjects. One of the pictures was animated cartoon and out of curiosity, I clicked on it. WOW!! I had opened a Pandora of sexual filth, you can imagine. At first I was like what is … ..oh my – I became really disgusted at the screen before me. What was more disturbing was I felt I was in a maze of confusion and unable to get out. I felt very dirty and I had to ask God to take away the pictures that kept coming back in my head.

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July 28, 2013

“Ou Belau er Ngii”

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Despite few attempts to translate the idiom, “ou Belau er ngii”, I decided that my translations doesn’t quite capture the heart of it. It will take the skill of a linguist to render justice so I left it alone. I have often heard this expression used to describe substandard behavior or performance below par. In fact my encounter with the phrase has always been with people attempting to criticize in a nice way – turning it instead into a euphemism. Instead of saying that a person is not performing at standard or above, we say, “ngdi ou Belau er ngii.”

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July 22, 2013

Appetites

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Appetite is a God-given desire for food to fuel and energize the body. Fulfillment of these appetites or desires brings small pleasures. Actually appetites are varied with age. Babies’ desires are mainly to fulfill basic needs for love, safety, belonging, and physical touch. Need for love, safety and belonging is often satisfied with a touch, a full embrace, and words of affirmation, such as “I love you,” “I am proud of you” or you are awesome, etc. We need to know our child so that we can learn their “love languages”, hence fulfill their desire appropriately. But we need to remember, “what we feed grow, and what we starve dies.”

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July 9, 2013

Reflections

By Fuana Tmarsel —- 

After 13 years of calling myself a Christ follower, I seemed to have missed some crucial revelations.

Friends, as I have been greatly challenged, I also challenge you to consider these words. If you claim to be “saved” by the blood of Jesus, how are you responding to Him? Out of obligation? Out of courteousness? Out of shame? Out of performance? Out of condemnation? Out of skepticism? What is your daily response to being given the gift of not just existing, but existing as a free soul, set dead center in the most redemptive love story a perfect Creator could fathom?

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June 30, 2013

Reckless Abandon

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

At this age, I find myself frequently taking a stroll down the memory lane; stopping to enjoy little exchanges with mom during my teens. I was 17 and she was 56 and would ask me to fetch her eye glasses so she can read. I would think to myself, “gosh, how can she not see the letters, she is really old! I was too young to apprehend the hardships of old age. Never even thinking that someday, I too would walk the same road. And today, here I am unable to read without the aid of eye-glasses.

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June 22, 2013

Faith Journey

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Faith is action, not inaction. It is believing in something or someone, even when it does not make sense to those around us.

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June 14, 2013

The Big Question

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Life is hard. Then you die. Then they’ll put you in the morgue for a few weeks while they discuss your funeral. Then they take your frozen body out and put you inside a coffin. Then your relatives, including those you had not known, come together to contribute money for the lunch etc… Then they nail the coffin shut, put you down in the 6ft foot hole they’ve dug; then throw dirt at your face and body. Then the worms eat you, till there’s nothing left, but bones.

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June 3, 2013

Pain of Discipline or Pain of Regret!

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

There are many approaches to life depending on our faith and background. Recently, my young friend, Tim introduced me to a new philosophy. He said, “Fuana, it’s the pain of discipline or the pain of regret; either way you are going to have pain in your life. You just have to decide which pain you want it to be – the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret.” He admits the idea came from his boss; nonetheless to me it put things in perspective.

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May 13, 2013

One Mother’s Touch

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Being a mother is probably the most difficult profession in the world; yet its rewards are immediate and endless. In our culture, saying “your mother” is considered an insult because it is dishonoring someone who brought us into the world. Mothers in Palau are held in high regard because we recognize their hard role in raising children and building a good home.  I heard this song this morning at church and wanted to pass it on to all mothers. It says:

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April 15, 2013

Children Learn By Example

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

In August 2009, I entered my first article in the opinion page of this newspaper.  It was entitled Shaping the Future is Now.  The article was a rewrite of a piece I had used to introduce my 8th Graders’ mini- newsletter during SY 2007 -2008.

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March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

Easter is one my favorite Holy Day of the church. The Catholic Church also call Easter – Pasqua, especially the older generation. As a young girl, I learned that Easter was a time to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as told in the New Testament.  In hindsight, I believe the Catholic Church actually begin the celebration of Easter on Ash Wednesday when members receive ashen mark on the forehead symbolizing repentance. Ash Wednesday, marks the first day of Lent, and reminds us of the fact that we came from dust and to dust we will return – that is the reality and also the truth according to Genesis 2 which says, “now the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living being. This is awesome – no wonder why He love us so— He made us.

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March 10, 2013

Children’s Behavior is Parenting Report Card

By Fuana Tmarsel —-

I watched the public hearing on Minimum Wage legislation on television and was surprised by the turn out. Either the Bill does not affect that many people, or those who are affected, are not concerned enough to voice their important opinions. OR, they are apolitical. In any case, it was the businessmen who fear the impact on the bank account and raced to advise the lawmakers to take small steps (.25cents at a time), take it slow, (don’t raise it so high like .50 cents at a time) and to take time (see if it works before you enact such a raise).

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