“We’re All Going…” (Yumi Olgeta)

Facebook/Social Media often refers to archival posting with hashtags such as #wbw (way-back Wednesday), #tbt (throwback Thursday) or #fbf (flashback Friday).

With a new year I (tOdd) find I’m always drawn to recollect and to dream. It’s natural to do so, I suppose.

In recalling the past I think of where I’ve been and what God has brought me through and, in-turn, I long to see what He will do as I am invited into the moments, days, weeks, months and years ahead. None promised and certainly not guaranteed, but available to view with as much hope as one is able–or allows themselves to hold.

In 2012, our first year in Papua New Guinea (PNG), during one of my first few trips to the coastal port town of Lae (often done in one day, 6-hours of total drive-time; there and back), I found myself riding along as my Assistant Manager, Nathan, drove us down to pick up supplies for the Store as well as place orders for future pick-up and delivery. Nathan’s ‘as ples’ (his home/place) is the province, Morobe (more-o-bay), where Lae is located.

During this time I was learning (trying to anyway) Tok Pisin, the pidgin/trade-language of much of PNG. One such phrase Nathan taught me, as I asked him the classic “how would you say __” questions, was how to say “You and I are going to Lae”, or Morobe. As I played with the words and phrasing I began changing and altering and adding words. One such phrase that came up and that I began to “sing” (not to be confused with something that sounds good) was:

Yumi olgeta go long Morobe“.

Basically, “We’re all going to Morobe” (Lae, specifically, in this case). We were having fun laughing and ‘storying’ together while we passed the time during a rather tedious and not-so-comfortable drive (think of a road with LOTS of potholes). Lots.

So…with plenty of time on our hands as we drove I pulled out my smart phone and used an app that allowed me to quickly record using a rather idiot-proof music-laced template (albeit a highly repetitive one).

The result? I’m glad you asked. Smile. (Oh, and the video is as low-budget as the song, haha).

Here is, “Yumi Olgeta (Lae In A Day)


2 Responses

  1. Love this picture video and song! A fun way for us to “see” PNG! Beautiful country.

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