My Typhoon Yutu experience on Saipan

My Typhoon Yutu account for those who’re asking how I fared:

Super Typhoon Yutu hit the Northern Mariana islands of Saipan and Tinian on October 25, 2018. With winds of over 180 miles per hour. The howling winds kept me awake all night, and THEN at about 2am as the winds got more intense, I realized that the sliding glass doors of my bedroom balcony were shaking and shuddering. I had to stand and brace them from 2am to 7am STRAIGHT (old mattress on the outside; arm strength and body weight on the inside) because the entire frame had come loose and a really strong wind would have ripped it out for sure! I couldn’t risk letting go for even a second or else I might now have a gaping hole in my back wall! Three of the five apartments with balcony sliding doors lost theirs.(see photos on blog)

And, of course, while in mortal danger fighting against the elements and 180 mile-per-hour winds, in the dark, on a 13 mile long island in the vast, raging western Pacific ocean, I did the next most logical thing anyone in my situation would have done at that moment: I took out my selfie stick, attached my smartphone and video recorded it!

 

On a serious note, however, there was much damage left in the typhoon’s wake. I’ve started a GoFundMe campaign to help a few people of the hundreds here on island who have been left homeless. Please check it out

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Say goodbye to Bangkok, Thailand!

If you enjoy looking at photos of strangers you’ll never meet, food you’ll never eat and videos on the street, well THIS is the blog post for you!  Here is a wrap-up of my Jamaican in Thailand adventure! There’s a short video clip at the end…

Fatima at the front desk of Amarin Inn where I stayed for two weeks! Thanks for all your help discovering Bangkok!
The famous MBK Shopping center!
Inside MBK
Helping hostel owner, Daman, publicize Amarin Inn’s web presence
Bobae Tower. This is where you’ll want to go to get clothes at wholesale prices

 

Some of the sights at Chatuchak Weekend Market. Billed as the largest market in Asia! Also known as JJ Market, it has more than 15,000 stalls, divided into 27 sections.
Around Chatuchak

 

Tailor shops abound!
James Tailor (also one of my favorite singers!)

 

Planning my next Thailand adventure at a government-endorsed travel agency
Tuk Tuk driver Shomchai
Great food at Ethos Vegetarian Restaurant
Ethos revisited
Surej! New friend (staff) at Ethos
UK citizens who run a retreat in Thailand!
Bali nomad at Amarin Inn!

 

Meal at May Kaidee Vegetarian Restaurant and Cooking School
Bobae Market shop where I found my favorite style shirts!
Last day in Thailand

 

Yes, Bangkok was a great adventure! I’ll definitely be back, and will check out Chang Mai and other areas! Stay tuned! Now, however, I have to start making my way back to Saipan! Next stop: Macau!

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