- You are not a boy racer Saskia, you don’t even have a boy-racer looking car, so why do you drive like one?
- Don’t spend all of high school looking forward to finishing, you will miss the easiness of secondary school one day.
- Don’t take for granted the fact that you get to see your friends everyday, after high school you will have to make a lot more time to keep in touch with friends.
- Spend as much time as you can enjoying quality time spent with your family as a whole, before you are spread all over the country.
- Don’t get too worried about schoolwork; it’s a whole lot easier than university!
- Make the most of every opportunity for leadership within school, it’ll prepare you for any future responsibilities and opportunities that may come your way.
- Continually learn new and different sports, it’s more difficult to start from scratch when you leave high school, and when you’re the one paying the fees.
- Who cares If you don’t know what you want to do with your life, enjoy your current journey, everything will fall into place.
- Relationships at 16 aren’t really worth the heartbreak.
- Don’t think every friendship you have with a guy has the potential to turn into a relationship. Enjoy the friendships you have, treat those guys like your brothers, and don’t get too serious about life.
- Don’t just listen to pop songs on the radio, expand your horizons and be open to new genres of music you never thought you would’ve enjoyed.
- LimeWire is BAD! It will screw up your laptop with random viruses and will accidentally delete ALL your photos. (That was a bad day, trust me).
- Don’t be afraid to spend a bit of your hard-earned money on things that you want and need. When you become a student at university you won’t have as many opportunities to buy yourself things that you like, and there will be many other expenses (such as rent, power etc.). So make the most of the freedom from expenses you have now.
- It’s okay to say no when you get offered hand-me-downs from other people. You don’t have to say yes to every item of clothing, they're just going to sit in your wardrobe and never be worn. Don’t be afraid to say how you really feel.
- Don’t underestimate the danger of ice when driving.
- Embrace your quirkiness, be true to yourself.
- Get braces when your at high school, it’s worth it.
- Tell your favourite teachers how much of an impact they have had on your life.
- Don’t be afraid to check out alternative options for high school in year 13, it is possible to achieve NCEA credits through other courses outside of school.
- Go to every possible Mumsdollar concert while they are in their prime, and that goes for other bands too. Bands break up; they go their separate ways, so make the most of seeing your most favourite bands live!
- Don’t take so long to buy your first pair of skinny jeans. Seriously, bootlegs were like so 2005!
- Don’t be a model for a hairdressing salon, even though you get a haircut for free. They will shave the back of your head and make you neck very cold during winter. Just stick to the more expensive, but more tame standard cuts.
This is something I wrote in my journal while I was living in Vanuatu. Obviously, I didn't do this everyday, but it gives a small glimpse into what life was like for me while living overseas.
A Day in the Life of Saskia Whitelock on the 21st September 2011
· Wake up 45minutes before the alarm
· Try to go back to sleep and ignore the full bladder
· Give up sleeping
· Go toilet and sanitise hands afterwards
· Get changed, take anti-malaria tablet, make bed, and tie up mosquito net
· Make pikelets for breakfast- with bananas because we actually have ripe ones this time
· Eat breakfast with or without spreads (spreads: peanut butter, nutella, jam or marmite)
· Have breakfast with a cup of lemon leaf tea with a teaspoon of sugar
· Brush teeth and wash face
· Read Word For Today
· Lie on bed and waste time
· Read book and go over what my plan is for my subjects I’m teaching today (I’ve already planned these weeks lessons in the weekend)
· School starts
· Raising of the Vanuatu flag, notices, daily devotions (sing Rejoice in The Lord and Trust in The Lord and read bible verse)
· English lesson
· Break time
· No more classes for me now as I don’t have to teach Maths today
· Read books, write letters to family and friends back home, talk to Georgia, mark school work, hand-wash clothes
· Start thinking about what to make for lunch. Today it is manioc, cabbage, and susut soup/stew
· Take iron tablet
· Peel and cut manioc, cut cabbage and susut
· Boil manioc and susut, add cabbage after a while of boiling and add beef stock cube
· Taste test
· Add more salt
· Add mixed herbs and a wee bit of curry powder to add a bit of taste
· Eat lunch with a drink of water
· Read books and write in journal
· Organise and rearrange school library into alphabetical order and non-fiction/fiction sections
· Teach my class how to play rugby and play the ship game
· School finishes
· Turn phone on and walk to get reception and check for text messages
· Socialise with Anna and Rinah (fellow teachers) and with some of the local kids
· Make a list of things that you can do with bananas.
· Start boiling water on the fire for swims (buckets of water to tip over your head- a.k.a showers)
· Prepare food for dinner
· Tonight it is manioc, kumala, and taro soup with cabbage
· Additions are: vegetable stock cube, garlic and her salt, and cumin
· Should be a gudfala kai-kai
· Finish boiling water and put the food on the fire to be cooked
· Have swim (shower) and watch out for Sally the Spider who lives in our shower hut
· Get changed and put more wood on the fire
· Light candles and get out head torch because it is almost pitch black
· Finish cooking meal and add final touches to the taste of the final product
· Kai-kai time! Have dinner with a cup of water
· Eat bananas for dessert
· Have a chat with Georgia over a cup of lemon leaf tea
· Wash face with water and flannel and do teeth
· Go toilet in the long drop which is a 100m walk from the house
· Talk with Georgia about: Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Kangaroos, Emus and other animals in Australia, songs that we have stuck in our heads, and teachers from old schools
· Throw rocks at Larry the Lizard’s albino cousin, Alby, or Albert as he is formally known
· Go to my adopted family’s house and have some kava and storian (tell stories)
· Write in my journal for the day
· Blow out candle
· Go to bed!
I am a daughter of the King, a passionate expresser of positivity and a lover of lists, food and creative expression.