Welcome to Jamaican in China!

Can a single, minimalist, vegan, Jamaican author and nomadpreneur escape the rat race, reinvent his life, live true to himself, find love, happiness, organic food, but more importantly, an apartment with a kitchen, sunshine and a wi-fi connection in China without paying the ultimate price….the foreigner’s price?

Where is Walt? The photo below shows where I am!

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Jamaican on Pagan DAY 4: Dolphins and such


Jamaican on Pagan DAY 4: Dolphins and such
 

By day four and five of my adventure on Pagan, I've got my routine down. I get up before sunrise and head to the north bay. Sandy had told me there's something to watch every day about 7:00am.

 

While I wait, I take care of a few things…

 

Shave and shampoo on the north bay

 

Take a run on the beach…

 

Jamaican on the black sands of Pagan island

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Then, sure enough, like clockwork, at 7:00am, a school of dolphins arrives at the north bay for some frolicking!

 

Dolphin pirouette off the coast of Pagan

Click here to see it in video

 

Later, I head back to the boat to take a real shower!

 

back to Pagan…

 

 

 

Hang out with and interview 60% of the current population of the island…

 

Me and the boys! JR, Tyron and Jun

 

 

Take in more of the island…

 

Japanese monument erected during the 1970s

 

 

Take a walk through the woods

 

 

 

If it all gets too exciting, I take a break in my budget accommodations on Pagan….

 

and wait for yet another calming Pacific sunset….

 

Sunset on Pagan

 

Tomorrow, we head back to Saipan!

 

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Jamaican on Pagan DAY 3: Meet the Pioneers

PAGAN IS NOT UNINHABITED. There are people on Pagan!

 

According to Wikipedia:

"Pagan is a volcanic island in the Mariana Islands archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, belonging to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Formerly inhabited, the inhabitants were evacuated due to volcanic eruptions in 1981."
 

True, but what the current conventional wisdom doesn't tell you is that some people have moved back to the island! The resettlement has begun!

 

Pagan is not "uninhabited. There are people on Pagan.

 

There are people hunting, farming, making crafts, playing music, living and enjoying the life of their ancestors…There are people who have dreams of a life for their children and with plans to raise them close to the land and culture.

 

Pagan is not "uninhabited. There are people on Pagan.

I've been to the island. I've met those people….and now you will too:

 

Here is a brief interview I conducted with the 5 residents of Pagan explaining who they are and why they've chosen to start new lives on this remote island:

If youtube not available in your country, click here
 

Yes, there are people on Pagan. There are people hunting, farming, making crafts, playing music, living and enjoying the life of their ancestors, dreaming of a life for their children…and listening to Bob Marley on their ipods!

 

It's always been a cool thing–as a Jamaican nomad–to arrive in Hawaii, Saipan, Pohnpei, Guam and pretty much the world over to discover that Reggae music–Jamaica's signature gift to the world–is enjoyed by millions thousands of miles away from the little island on which it originated.  So, while it wasn't a surprise, it was still a pleasant reminder of that reality when I entered a home on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific, and was greeted by a huge painting of Bob Marley, Jamaica's prime musical ambassador. Yes, it seems another Jamaican has beaten me here to Pagan!

 
Jun (left) shows off his spondylus shells while Tyron tunes his guitar

 

Here's a video of the pioneers taking a musical interlude

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Tyron plays guitar, Jun (Daniel) provides backing vocals and JR (Herman) looks on while Bob Marley watches over a summer afternoon musical interlude on the island of Pagan. 
 

Yes, there are people on Pagan.

 

EDUCATIONAL INTERLUDE:

Pagan = 18.53 square miles in size
Manhattan = 33.77 square miles in size
Saipan= 44.55 square miles in size
 

 

What's it like to be the five people living on an island half the size of Manhattan? What do you do all day? Well, for one thing, you've got to eat. 

 

In this video, Jun (Daniel) demonstrates an easy-to-follow, step-by-step method for getting and preparing coconuts on the island of Pagan!

If youtube not available in your country, click here
 
Yes, there's a lot to do….


…enjoy the view..



enjoy the view some more

 



…ponder the insanity of civilization…"I want to live a natural life with no need for money."–JR



…Go hunting with the dogs



Relax in Paradise

 



Welcome visiting Jamaicans…

Chamorros, Champinos, Palauans and Jamaicans on Pagan



Enjoy the sunset on Pagan

 

 

And thus ends my third day on the island of Pagan!

 

Learn more about Chamorro people and culture at

http://www.chamorro.com

 

Learn about the threats to the pristine beauty and life on this island at http://www.savepaganisland.org

 

 

Support the alternative: sign up for a unique "Ecotourism Instead" adventure to Pagan at http://www.DiscoverPagan.com
 

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Jamaican on Pagan Day 2: In the name of Jamaica!

DAY 2: In the name of Jamaica!

 

What if Chuck Noland were Jamaican?  I think abut these things. Remember the movie Castaway starring Tom Hanks as Fedex employee, Chuck Noland? His plane crashes off a deserted island in the middle of nowhere and Chuck, as the lone survivor, has to figure out how to stay alive. Great movie. Well, what if the same fate befell a Jamaican castaway? How would the story be different?

 

Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland in Castaway

 

Well, for one, our Jamaican castaway would already know how to open a coconut, so that wouldn't be a major challenge to survival. Two, his best friend would probably be a soccer ball rather than a volley ball if he had his way.  



I can see it now! Walt Goodridge as Dexter Style in "Jamaican Castaway on Pag-an" coming soon to a theatre near you!

 

In any case, I'll leave you to ponder those possibilities (please contact me for the movie rights) while I continue with my real life adventure! 

Yes, I am now Jamaican on Pag-an! (standing on the black sand of the north bay)

 

 

On my first full day on Pag-an, I meet Sandy, better known as the chief of Pag-an! I'll share more about him and the four other residents of the island a bit later. For now, Sandy was nice enough to welcome me to the island and give me a brief tour..

 

Sandy, the chief of Pag-an

 

First stop: a high point in plain sight from which to plant the Jamaican flag and claim this island in the name of the people of Jamaica!! This one is for the record books! Walt Goodridge is the first Jamaican to set foot on the Pacific island of Pag-an! That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Jamaica claims Pagan!

 

 

Let the ecotourism begin! Bring your own flag and discover Pag-an for yourself! 

 

Next, a few historical sites. Until I started doing WWII tours of Saipan and Guam, I had no idea how widespread the Pacific conflict had been. It touched practically every island in Micronesia. Most of these islands were occupied by the Japanese at that time. Here on Pag-an, too, there were once at least 8,000 Japanese and about 300 indigenous I'm told.

Japanese "Zero" a crashed fighter plane on Pag-an

 

The black rock is cooled lava. When the volcano on Pag-an erupted in 1980, this is where the flow stopped, just a few feet from this WWII relic

 

70 years later, huge craters from the aerial bombing of the island still remain.

 

Sidebar: While we were there, a helicopter arrived with a member a team of researchers monitoring the seismic activity of the volcano.

 

Well, we've been here for a while now. Curious to meet the 5 residents of the island of Pag-an? Want to know what modern-day pioneer life is like on a little island in the middle of the Pacific?  Let's approach their homes…

Well, actually, let's wait until tomorrow for that!! Stay tuned!

 

NEXT! DAY 3: WHAT??? Another Jamaican?????

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Jamaican on….wait for it…wait for it….PAGAN!

DAY 1: The Cure for Seasickness
Riza, Harald, Wayne and Ken all gave great advice and tips for combatting seasickness. However, the best advice so far was from Gus:

"hey Walt, Marijuana could probably help.  Unfortunately, it's not legal. Whenever you feel nauseous, it's best to lay flat on your back.  It also helps to grab some fresh air at a spot where you don't have to smell the diesel fuel/engine's exhaust.  Eat hours before your departure and try to relax during the voyage. Enjoy. gus :D "
 

So, I took his advice, got some weed, and, um—just kidding! The advice that worked for me was to simply lie on my back whenever I felt a little nauseous. Fortunately, I didn't have to use that tip until halfway through the 18-hour boat ride to the island of Pagan!

 

That's right! At this very moment, I'm Jamaican my way on the high seas to the remote, pristine Northern Island of Pagan!

Pronounced: PAG-an. (Emphasis on the PAG)

NOTE: If pronounced correctly, Pagan rhymes with wagon and dragon. I'm going to exercise a little creative license and write it as PAG-an from now on to help with your pronunciation even as you read silently to yourself.

 

Pagan is often called the "crown jewel" of the Marianas!

It is one of the most biologically and geologically diverse islands  in the archipelago, and is home to many threatened and endangered species, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. 

 

I've left my laptop behind in safe hands and I'm off to experience what the Tom Hanks character in the movie, Castaway, experienced, being way out on a small island in the middle of nowhere with just my wits for survival! (Well, in this case, I'll get by with a little help from my friends, but you get the idea!)

 

We pulled out at 10pm

Boat owner, Keli, gives us a quick orientation

 

It's a beautiful night as we pull out from Saipan harbor

 

 

By 5:30am the next morning, we pass Anatahan, another of the islands of the Northern Mariana Islands

 

I have, of course, left out the tossing and the bucking and puking! Actually, it wasn't a bad trip. Once I heaved out the small amount of liquid that had accumulated in my stomach overnight, I felt much better! (That's my cure for seasickness!)

 

The morning of the journey, I did a saltwater flush to complete clear my stomach and colon (ask me if you don't know what that is). It's something I typically do before every journey. In this case, I figured that I'd get less seasick with a completely empty system. It seems to have worked.

 

18 hours later, we arrive at PAG-an at about 4pm in the afternoon

 

I hadn't planned on eating during this short two day journey. I figured I'd simply fast for the duration. However, I changed my mind and whipped out my just-in-case bag of lentils and made myself a simple soup before the other crew members started their cooking.

 

We made several trips to unload gear and personal items aboard a 15-foot speedboat.

 

 After spending 18 hours aboard the boat, I actually felt a twinge of sadness upon leaving to start the adventure on PAG-an!

 

 

 We set up tents and call it a night!

 

 

NEXT! DAY 2: Claiming the island in the name of Jamaica!!

 

 

Meanwhile, 

 

Learn more about PAG-an and the military's plans for bombing it at

http://www.savepaganisland.org/

 
Get more information about actually visiting PAG-an as an eco-tourism destination at

http://www.discoverpagan.com

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Transportation!

Next item on the checklist: Transportation!

Okay. Let’s do something different this time! I’ve done Canada by car, Laos by bus, China by plane… What’s next? I know, let’s do the boat thing!

Uh-oh, waitaminit!! Last time I did Tinian by ferry back in 2007, I started to get nauseous, but I’m willing to give it another adventurous Jamaican try! In the spirit of the great Jamaican explorers of past and present, I will explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations; boldly go where NO JAMAICAN HAS GONE BEFORE!!! Um, sorry…got a little carried away there. Ahem.

So, where to find a boat? Hmmmm. Well, I’m on a little island in the middle of the Pacific. Shouldn’t be too hard!

Voila! a boat:


Inspecting the boat with a few curious passengers




Discussing logistics with the owner and captain

Cool! Cool! Cool! Seems like I’m all set. I’ve got my tent. I’ve got my boat. Packed a few things of tremendous importance (i.e. Lara bars), and I’m almost ready to push on through!

The only question that remains: Where on earth is this nomadpreneuring, minimalist, vegan Jamaican heading this time???? Patience, my dear friend. Patience. Stay tuned!

Walt

 p.s. If you know of any NATURAL anti-seasickness remedies or advice (no drugs, no patches), please let me know (just hit reply)

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Somewhere’s calling!

Note for folks on Saipan: For a split second a few days ago, I  thought to myself "Ruth is going to enjoy these new emails!" Then I quickly remembered that my late friend, Ruth Tighe now has a much wider vantage point from which to enjoy this adventure, and so I dedicate this new adventure to her! (Her email comments throughout my last 6-month adventure in China have been immortalized in the book Guess Who's Coming to Dim Sum: The Jamaican in China; full color pdf download; Also available in Paperback on Amazon!)

 

Jamaican's Log: April 1, 2014

 

Yes, it's time for a new "Jamaican in Somewhere" adventure! I've been to Jamaica, the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Singapore, Laos, Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, Tinian….but where next? This is a critical question, you see, because I've got to  fulfill the United Nations mandate that requires there be at least one Jamaican on every land mass in the world…at all times!

 

Somwhere is calling!

 

First, however, I must prepare. First stop: Fishing Tackle and Sporting Goods on Beach Road here on Saipan!  Checklist item #1: sleeping tent! If I should ever be without accommodations like I almost was when I was homeless on Hainan, I'll have a "Plan B!"

 

I chose the size that fits two people (hey, you never know if I might have to entertain a tent guest!)

 
Dan the man at Fishing Tackle shows me how to set it up!
It's easy once you know how!
 

Yep! That'll work! Hmmm…Now, what's next on my pre-adventure checklist? Transportation! Stay tuned! 

 
 

You don't want to miss this one!

 
Walt

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Food heaven’z now on Saipan!

Ever since my escape from America in 2006, and since arriving on Saipan and launching my nomad travels, I’ve had a few milestone culinary experiences that stand out in my mind.

The first was finding a box of healthy, wheat-free, dairy-free cookies amid the sugar-laden treats at Joeten supermarket. Second, was discovering that the Payless supermarkets on Guam carried a range of health-food items including Ezekiel bread! (That was a game changer) which led to me having the good folks at Joeten order it for me here (as chronicled in the Bestseller bestseller Jamaican on Saipan, now available at Bestseller bookstore next to Joeten)

The third–which was actually in China–was discovering a vegan restaurant in Beijing during my first few days of being Jamaican in China! (as chronicled in Guess Who’s Coming to Dim Sum: Jamaican in China)

Fourth, was discovering the vegetarian paradise of Singapore!

Well, now, with Lara bars, Terra chips and soy yogurt available here on Saipan to satisfy my decadent packaged-food cravings, I’ve been content to continue preparing my own natural meals–whether in coffeepots or woks–as I’ve done for years.


Perhaps one of the last meals I’ll prepare for myself!

I’ll share a secret: The fact is, I’ve never actually eaten at a restaurant on Saipan. Well, actually, a few years I did have a meal at the now defunct Magic Lamp Restaurant because Victor and Linda were aware of the style and requirements of my daily diet and prepared something special that was not on the menu. Well that, my friends, may be about to change.

A few days ago, I discovered something that left me speechless! After returning from a two-year detour in New York, I discovered (thanks to my friend, Joe Hill) that Saipan has made a significant change. This change, I tell you, this newest milestone in culinary and dining experiences on Saipan may trump all others combined! Are you ready? Wait for it now.

A few days ago, during day 6 of my water fast, I discovered TROPICAL BLENDZ!!! That’s right! Tropical Blendz Restaurant/Juice bar on Middle Road. From the brief conversation I had with partner, Svetlana, they’ve been on island for about a year, opening up while I was gone.


Svetlana and me

So, what’s so special about a little juice bar cafe on Middle Road?” you ask.

Well, I’ll tell you!

This is not just any juice bar/health food cafe. They’ve got fresh juices using local fruits, protein and fruit smoothies with spirulina, moringa powder (malunggay), maca and other superfood names I never thought I’d hear anyone else utter here on Saipan! But that’s not all! They’ve got meals–veggie burgers, salads, soups, wraps and more! They’ve got desserts–wheat free, dairy-free, raw desserts! My heavens, I think I’m in heaven!! If I weren’t in the middle of a fast at the time, I would have purchased just about everything on the menu! Heck, I might be camping outside the door every night waiting for them to open up the next morning!

Svetlana, herself, is a raw foodist, so she understands the lifestyle of fanatic vegans like myself, and even takes it a few steps further by advocating enzyme-rich, uncooked, raw food for sustenance! Finally, (as a tear rolls down my cheek), someone who understands me!

This is the sort of establishment I’ve always wanted to see on Saipan. It’s the sort of restaurant I would open and run myself if I weren’t addicted to my nomadpreneur lifestyle running around Asia! I’d rather support them and share the news and encourage you to pay them a visit. Tropical Blendz is across Middle Road from Sugar King Park (the same street (Gold’s Gym and the park are on the east side of Middle Road, and Tropical Blendz is o on the west side)


The view from the inside


The view from the outside

Wow! All this excitement and I haven’t even eaten there yet! But that, too is about to change. Now that I’m going into Day 10 of my fast, and will probably start transitioning back to solid food over the next several days, I’m looking forward to writing another post about specific dishes! Get your cameras ready! If you stop by and see me there, you’ll get one of the only photos of me actually sitting and eating at a restaurant on Saipan! Stay tuned! More to come!

Contact Tropical Blendz at (670) 233-8809 or by email at tropicalblendzsaipan@gmail.com. Monday to Saturday 9-6pm; Closed on Sundays. Tell them Walt sent you!

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Fasting for health….on Saipan!

[Sorry, no pretty pictures in this one!] In preparation for an upcoming trip, I decided at the last minute to do a water fast. I stopped eating solid food on Thursday at 5pm, so now, I’m in the middle of DAY 8 of eating nothing solid, and consuming only water and lemonade for the past 8 days.

I’m doing the Master Cleanse, which you can read about here, which is part of my Yesterday’s You! How to Reverse Aging, protocol. It’s now 3:20am on Friday morning, I had planned to officially end the fast yesterday at 5pm which would have concluded 7 full days. However, still feeling great and starting to notice some of the STAGE 3 changes described below, so I might continue! I was ALSO going to share my fasting log of how each day was proceeding, but perhaps I’ll link to that later. Meanwhile, for those of you who may be considering fasting for health, detoxing and rejuvenation, here are the Stages of Fasting from a post on Curezone.com.
(And, very important, the protocol I’ll be following to BREAK the fast is here:

http://mastercleansesecrets.com/blog/after-the-master-cleanse/what-to-do-after-the-master-cleanse/105/)

Stage 1 (Day1-2)
On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops below 70mg/dl. To restore the blood to the normal glucose level, liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood. This reserve is enough for a half day. The body then reduces the basal metabolic rate (BMR). The rate of internal chemical activity in resting tissue is lowered to conserve energy. The heart slows and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen s pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst.Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, glazed eyes and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period.

Stage 2 (Day 3 to 7)
Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the gliceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem-free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood. Ketones are formed by the incomplete oxidation of fats. It is suspected that the ketones in the blood suppress the appetite by affecting the food-satiety center in the hypothalamus called the appestat. You may feel hungry for the first few days of the fast. This effect is temporary. The desire to eat will disappear. Lack of hunger may last 40-60 days.
The body embraces the fast and the digestive system is able to take a much-needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. Periodically, the lymphatic system expels mucoid matter through the nose or throat. The volume excreted of this yellow-colored mucus can be shocking. The sinuses go through periods of being clogged, then will totally clear. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted feces on the intestinal wall start to loosen and are autolyzed.

Stage 3 (Day 8 to 15)
On the latter part of an extended fast, you can experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better than you have felt since childhood, On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 yrs before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk food diet, the body’s natural ability to heal was diminished.
During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older-damaged tissue secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a reoccurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain lasts as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to the excessive bacteria in the mouth.

Stage 4 (Day 16 to 30)
The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or renders it harmless; the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. While a short fast will reduce the symptoms, a longer fast can completely heal. Homeostatic balance is at optimum levels. The lymphatic system is clean except for a rare discharge of mucus through the nose or throat. After day 20, the mind is affected with heightened clarity and emotional balance. Memory and concentration improve.

Stage 5(Day 30 to ?)
(Breaking the Fast with the genuine return of Natural Hunger) Shelton.
The Breath, which during all or most of the fast has been offensive, becomes sweet and clean.
The Tongue becomes clean. The thick coating which remained on it throughout most of the fast vanishes.
The Temperature, which may have been sub-normal or above normal, returns to exactly normal, where it remains.
The Pulse becomes normal in time and rhythm.
The Skin reactions and other reactions become normal.
The Bad Taste in the mouth ceases.
Salivary Secretion becomes normal.
The Eyes become bright and eye sight improves.
The Excreta loses its odor. The Urine becomes light.

The primary indication that the fast is to be broken is the return of hunger; all the other indications are secondary. Often one or more of these secondary signs are absent when hunger returns, but one should not refrain from breaking the fast when there is an unmistakable demand for food, merely because the tongue, for example, is not clean. Inasmuch as all the signs do not inva
riably appear in each case, do not hesitate to break the fast when hunger returns.

Have fun!
Okay, okay! Since you asked, and since this IS Saipan, after all! Here’s a pretty picture of how I spend my days while fasting.

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Loi Krathong on Saipan

[Text from Wikipedia; Photos from Saipan Nov 17, 2013!]
[wikipedia] Loi Krathong (also written as Loy Krathong or Loy Gratong, Thai: ลอยกระทง, IPA: [lɔːj kràʔ tʰoŋ]) is a festival celebrated annually throughout
Thailand and certain parts of Laos and Burma (in Shan State). The name could be translated “Floating Crown” or “Floating Decoration”,
and comes from the tradition of making buoyant decorations which are then floated on a river.


Full moon over Saipan

[wikipedia] Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional and they do this all evening on the 12th monthThai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.


Thai girls and guys and friends gather at the fishing dock


Loi Krathong are lit and readied

[wikipedia] Loi means ‘to float’, while krathong refers to the (usually) lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. Krathong has no other meaning in Thai
besides decorative floats, so Loi Krathong is very hard to translate, requiring a word describing what a Krathong looks like such as Floating Crown, Floating Boat, Floating Decoration.


Jamaican joins the ceremony


A prayer before launch, while the candles from other Loi Krathong shimmer on the water


[wikipedia] A small coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits. On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.

For more about Loi Krathong in Thailand, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong

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Return to Saipan 2013

NEW YORK TO SAIPAN!
In our previous episode, we left Jamaican on Saipan, Walt Goodridge, on a layover in Hong Kong. Following a four hour flight to Guam and another 4 hour layover, we resume our adventure with the final leg of the Escape from America reprise: The Return to Saipan…2013!

A few highlights of the past 4 days:

On the tarmac toward the last plane to Saipan.
On the tarmac toward the last plane to Saipan.

Saipan from the sky!middle of the Pacific! Just a few seconds more!!!
Saipan from the sky! a secret little rock in the middle of the Pacific! Just a few seconds more!!!

RECAP: I left my apartment in New York at 7:15am Saturday NY time. Fly from New York to Hong Kong to Manila to Guam to Saipan. I arrive 8:05am on Monday Saipan time. Saipan is 14 hours ahead of NY. Hmmm…now with the 14 hour time difference …. carry the 2….that makes exactly 35 hours from door to door! Whew! I know, I know, but it feels sooooo good when you land!

Based on the above, here’s my idea for a new tourism marketing campaign:
“Welcome to Saipan. You can’t get here by accident!”
What do you think?

attorney Joe Hill, Saipan at the restaurant formerly known as Bobby Cadillac's
Catching up with friends. Me and attorney Joe Hill, Saipan at
the restaurant formerly known as Bobby Cadillac’s

attorney Joe Hill, Saipan at the restaurant formerly known as Bobby Cadillac's
Joe is the reason my initial transition to Saipan living back in 2006 was so smooth! Thanks, Joe!

Picking Malunggay (Moringa) growing fresh, raw and wild
Picking Malunggay (Moringa) growing fresh, raw and wild a short walk from my apartment.
Wonder how much this would cost back in the states?
Will chop and sprinkle raw with the evening meal.

Noni just an arm's length away from on my bedroom balcony.
Noni grows on Saipan
Noni just an arm’s length away from on my bedroom balcony.

Returning to my favorite contemplation and cooking spot.
Returning to my favorite contemplation and cooking spot on Saipan
Just as I left it

contemplation on saipan
Contemplation.

Cooking on saipan
Cooking.

COOKING???? Yep. Ahem. Let me explain:
An easy-to-follow recipe for Jamaican Turnover
Take one medium-sized Jamaican (recently refrigerated)
Peel outer covering
Place on hot rocks in oppressive heat
Let bake for approximately half hour.
Turn. Repeat.
Remove when rejuvenated.
Voila!
Serve hot and enjoy at leisure!

Note: works just as well for other flavors of travelers and nomads

What's cookin' inside? Chopping locally-grown pumpkin
What’s cookin’ inside? Chopping locally-grown pumpkin, curried cabbage, boiled green bananas

Hafa Adai Shopping center in Garapan
Hafa Adai Shopping center in Garapan

The world famous Thursday Night Street Market at its new location on Beach Road
The world famous Thursday Night Street Market at its new location on Beach Road

Canton Restaurant's stall at the Street Market, Saipan
Canton Restaurant’s stall at the Street Market, Saipan

While walking through the Street Market, the event emcee, and all-around nice guy, Gordon Marciano, spotted me in the crowd and gave me an on-mic shout out and welcome back! Pretty cool, except that my cover of anonymity and secrecy is now blown!

Yep! This is what I like. A slow, simple life with friendly faces, warm weather, beautiful “distractions” where everybody knows your name. It feels great to be back!

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[QUESTION: "Walt. Are you going to continue referring to yourself in the third person as if we don't know you're the one writing this?"
ANSWER: Yes, he will]

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