Farewell to Sia'atoutai, Forever; Farewell to my Colleagues as well; Farewell to the well used Siaone; Farewell to the Kava and Bell! Malo 'aupito, Tonga. 'Ofa atu.

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Comments (20)

Ian Stehbens on December 11, 2011

Beginning in 1996, my life in Tonga has come to an end - but not my association, bonds or appreciation. Thank you Sia'atoutai, SUTT, Taufa'ahau Pilolevu College, Lifeline Tonga, TCC, Molisi, Taina, Super Tech, and my fellow faculty, and friends.

bdeh on December 11, 2011

Nice picture to remember Tonga Ian. Greetings Berend

Maja Weidemueller on December 11, 2011

Even the sky is sad dear Ian ...... has it really been the last, the very last time???

pauwels ferdi on December 12, 2011

LIKE I can imagine you are a bit sad to say goodbeye to such a great place, hope you find new and exiting things to do on your next destination... Many greetings ....

informationtonga on December 16, 2011

Tonga and your friends at 'Olini Cafe will miss you and I am sure we will again one way or the other. We will treasure meeting you and your dear wife at your hot/favourite spot taking pic of Tonga for the world to see. Bless you and your wife always. Siosaia Fonua

Ian Stehbens on December 17, 2011

You are very right, Berend. This was taken from just outside my office in the library, and I spent a lot of time here. Each afternoon, as the sun was setting it would be time to walk home for dinner. And so often the pinks flooded the world in pastel. And the oval kept both of us fit. Great memories.


Ian Stehbens on December 17, 2011

Dear Maja,

Yes it is the last - well the intended last time. However, just before we left, our Tongan "son" who was about to be married told us that his children would be given our names, so that means we will have to return for either baptism or first birthday!!

And so we enter another phase of life. But I'll keep waltzing.


Ian Stehbens on December 17, 2011

Yes, Paulwels Ferdi, I am also truly pl;eased that you have enjoyed our Tongan period through my gallery. And now new horizons are opening up, and new responsibilities and new pleasures are to be valued.

Warmest greetings from a southern summer.


Ian Stehbens on December 17, 2011

Malo e lelei, Siosaia.

Thank you for your special friendship and encouragement during our time in Tonga. There are special memories from our patronage of "Olini's" and your lovely welcomes, and times shared.

In my last few days there, I thoroughly enjoyed discovering and exploring the kolotau at Nukunuku (Hule) and the one at Teekiu (the original Kolovai)! I think that you might see that these two at least are added to the tourist trail. Overseas guests would be most impressed not only by the engineering (especially Kolovai) but also by the history of rapid, violent change from feudalism to unified Tonga.

They both deserve World Heritage listing!

Malo 'aupito.


Geerten on December 17, 2011

a very special way to end a chapter. And probably not a book.

Ian Stehbens on December 17, 2011

You are perfectly correct, Geerten. The book is still being "written". It was a special period of our lives though.


Gabriel MaXoTe on December 17, 2011

preciosa foto , preciosa galeria , me llevara unos dias verla toda pero lo que visto hasta hora merece la pena , un saludo desde tenerife LIKE 5

Bassam Jayousi on December 19, 2011

Excellent shot. Like6

Best wishes, Bassam

Ian Stehbens on December 21, 2011

Hello Maxote. Thank you for your appreciation of this photo, that is a way of saying adieu to my years of visits and stays in Tonga. And I am so pleased that the gallery has been enjoyed as well.

Best wishes from Brisbane to Tenerife for Christmas and 2012.


Ian Stehbens on December 21, 2011

Thank you very much, Bassam. Greetings from Brisbane to the UAE, or Oman or wherever you happen to be right now.

Your comment and visit are appreciated.


Jörn KH on December 23, 2011

Wonderful framed photo and a heart-warming title. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you! Kind regards, Jörn

Jörn KH on December 24, 2011

Oh, I meant more a "heart-touching" feeling than a heart-warming - sorry for my poor English :)

ƤōƝƓ on December 25, 2011

I guess you must have a camera with you all the time. Golden ☆ + LIKEd

Ian Stehbens on December 28, 2011

Dear Jörn,

Your messages are appreciated but no apology is necessary, for I understand your meaning and your intent. Thanks very much for your special greetings. I have said goodbye to Tonga, though friendships formed won't evaporate!

Best wishes for fruitfulness and fulfilment in the New Year.


Ian Stehbens on December 28, 2011

Each award is valued, Ah-Pong. Thanks indeed.

Our home was only a matter of 200M away, so when I saw the pink light outside, I decided to go home to get the camera, using the tree's foliage as both foreground and frame.

For some reason, it seems that we get more pink sunsets in Tonga than one might expect. Perhaps Chilean volcanic dust...???

Warmest regards,


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