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On Guam with Lloyd Glick and the Guam Writers group!

I’ve been on Guam for the past 3 days, for two reasons: (1) to meet up with friend and co-author, WWII Battle of Saipan/Battle of Guam veteran Lloyd & Judy Glick who’ve been invited as honored guests to experience Guam’s 75th Liberation Commemoration, and (2) to do a Writers Workshop for aspiring writers on Guam! Here are the details as they appear on the www.guamwriters.com site.

Writers Workshop #1 on Guam!

It happened here. The DNA Building in Hagåtña, on the island of Guam
For the few days leading up to the event, posters were plastered in the lobbies, elevators, at the Credit Union, and even at the security guard booth of the DNA Building!
Fliers everywhere!
Herman and me at the security guard booth!


An announcement appeared in the Guam Daily Post

On Thursday, at the suggestion of Kevin Kerrigan at the Daily Post, I called up K-57AM talk radio upon landing
on Guam.

I was expecting to get an email address to send a press release, or a phone number of someone to speak with.
Before I even finished telling the operator what the event was about (I got no further than “It’s a writers
workshop here at the DNA Building for aspiring authors who wish to—“), I was immediately put through to the
studio host, and got to announce the event on the air!
Announced on talk radio!

 



The kind folks at the University of Guam Student Life office were nice enough to share the flier of the event on their Facebook page
Shared with the student body at the University of Guam!

 



The Pacific Daily news featured the event in the Friday and Saturday editions

 


The Guam Business Journal (Glimpses Media) posted
the event for their subscribers on their Business Events Calendar on the MBJ website.(Thanks Maureen! Thanks Meghan!)

 

On the Friday before the event, Melissa the DNA operations manager, her son and security personnel made sure the 58-inch flat screen that we rented from Dial, plus the wifi and room set-up
were all in order!

 

Making sure all is in place!
One of my books, From Bugle Boy to Battle Ship that I co-wrote
with friend, and visiting Battle of Saipan veteran Lloyd Glick was featured on the evening KUAM Primetime news!
Veteran Lloyd Glick shows off “From Bugle Boy to Battleship,” the book he and I wrote

Lloyd and two other dignitaries are interviewed upon their return
to Guam after 75 years

 

The afternoon before the workshop, I was able to spend some time with Lloyd and Judy at their hotel just before they headed out to another function sponsored by the Guam Visitor’s Bureau!

Me and the Glicks on Guam

 

The three Battle of Saipan/Guam veterans (see video)

 

Guam Workshop attendees
Rlene S. shares with the group
Photo by: Dianne Strong
Photo by: Dianne Strong

 

Photo by: Marie Lizama

 

Author and instructor Walt F.J. Goodridge, and several of the attendees of Guam’s First Writers Workshop: l.to r. Fadila K., Marie L., Sophie N., Tyrone B., Dianne S., Christopher A., Jeni Ann F., Kim B. and Dr.Sam M. (Not shown: Rlene S. and Louise.)


And extra special thanks to Joe Hill on Saipan, and Dave, Letitia, Melissa, Avery, Vincent and Herman at DNA Inc, (and
to all the organizations and people mentioned above) for making it all happen and run so smoothly
on short notice! As we say in Jamaica, “Nuff Respek!”

 

Living healthy on Saipan? Yes, you can! Saipan Vegans unite!

It’s always been my belief that Saipan has the as yet unmined potential to be one of the healthiest places on Earth! Think about this. We have the cleanest air in the United States. We’ve been documented by the Guinness Book of World Record as having the “most equable temperature in the world,” We’ve got Malunggay growing on every street corner and backyard. There are noni fruit trees growing at tourist sites and all around. During the summer months, the streets are paved with mangoes!  You can consume coconuts year round, enjoy sunshine as much as you desire!  The fact that it is NOT known as such is merely due to a lack of the appropriate marketing of the island’s health-promoting virtues!

Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to interact with new arrivals on island some of whom have read my Saipan Living Relocation Guide before they made the move to live here. Consequently, I’ve gotten questions about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, raw foodist or generally health-conscious resident.

So, as fate would have it, there’ve been quite a few newcomers who with to eat healthy. So, I put the call out to a few folks on my mailing list, and we all got together over the weekend at Kanoa Resort to share shopping tips, lifestyle advice, online resources and more—creating (or, more accurately, “reviving”) a support group for vegans on Saipan!

Sharing tips and advice
Discussing how to obtain or grow our own organic produce
Saipan Vegans Unite!

So, let this gathering be recognized as the first official meeting of what I call the “Ageless 101” group on Saipan! We discussed a few ideas for future gatherings–food preparation demonstrations, pot luck dinners, reviving the buyer’s group I had started a few years ago and more!

If you’re here on island and wish to be notified of the next meeting, as well as be able to communicate with other members, sign up to the Ageless 101 Googlegroup at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/ageless101

And if you’d like to see my videos on sprouting, making your own sugar-free, fish-free kimchee Walt’s Way,  view my YOUTUBE CHANNEL at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfukX66WE7rozbNTsv_6b_A

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Beach Road Magazine

Last month’s issue of Saipan’s Beach Road Magazine featured a special Labor Day article with interviews with four locally-based professionals. Thanks to a recommendation from Bestseller Bookstore manager, Marlon Regaton, I was asked to be one of them  Click on the cover image to read the full article!

Cover of Sept 2017 Beach Road Magazine

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China Travel Channel created a video for me!

A few months ago, I gave some producers from the China Travel Channel a tour of the island. Just got an email from Alex with a gift! Using some of the shots of us together, they created a short promotional video I can use to reach more of the Chinese tourists Saipan is attracting!

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A Saipan Soudelor memoir

Back on sunny Saipan after a stint in New York, so here’s a bit of catch-up! Saipan author, Riza Oledan-Ramos and I just recently published a book entitled Drinking Seawater: of storms and survival. It is Riza’s account of her experience during Typhoon Soudelor that hit Saipan on August 2-3, 2015. At one point, during the height of the storm, she and her entire family had to flee their apartment and were outside in the 150-mph winds! It’s an amazing story!

After a recent recognition ceremony at the Governor’s conference room on Capitol Hill, Saipan Tribune reporter, Jon Perez interviewed Riza and me about the book and gave a great review

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Sharing my reasons for co-writing/editing with Riza (photos by Ferdinand Ramos)

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Riza explains passages in the book while co-author and coach Walt looks on

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Author being interviewed

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Interviewing Ferdinand, Riza’s husband and Soudelor co-survivor

Drinking Seawater is available at Bestseller Bookstore here on Saipan,  through Riza’s website, and on Amazon.

Congratulations to Riza on a great read! Thanks to Jon Perez for a great review in the Tribune. Thanks also to Zaldy Dandan, editor of the Marianas Variety, for his pre-publication input and his great editorial review in the Variety.

cover of Drinking Seawater

riza2Sharing another Saipan-specific product: Saipan Now!

The short happy tale of the 42 Americans, Canadians and Germans and the Jamaican on Saipan

October 2015. Well, it’s happened again! Back on Oct 12, the island of Saipan was visited by the Holland America cruise ship, the Statendam, and some of their passengers got treated to a personalized Jamaican on Saipan tour experience! Here are some photos from the day!

In years past, I’ve had singer and entertainer Gus Kaipat, Carolinian elder Lino Olopai, Humanities Council director Scott Russell as special guest guides for my tours!

Unlike any other tour available that day, we could boast that we had Robert Hunter, the director of the CNMI museum, as the special guest guide for our clients! Thanks, Robert!


Picking up vans in the morning.


The Statendam docks!


Entering the port with Statendam in the background


Getting through the chaos in the parking lot

Click here to watch and listen to the welcome at Memorial Park


Touring the Memorial Park grounds


Robert Hunter keeps ’em enthralled at the Carolinian Village Utt


A light moment while spam shopping!


Okay, let’s roll!


Entering the Bomb Magazine at As Lito


Inside the Bomb Magazine

 


We had four vans rolling convoy style around the island!


At Lao Lao Bay golf course

 


Posing with the Ladies of the Statendam!

 


Overlooking the Statendam


Banzai Cliff


Revealing secrets


Driver/Guide Catherine confers with Robert


“I think it’s THAT way!”

 


The Last Command Post


Robert shares some history


My troopers were willing to brave the elements muddy water and all to get inside and experience a bit of history


Inside the Command Post


Bird Island

 

Of course, there was a whole lot more we shared during the day, but you’ll have to book your own personalized tour to get the full experience!

 

Special thanks to photographer, Ferdinand Ramos of facebook.com/paradisesaipan, and also to Willy from Fiji, Microl Toyota, Hertz, Kathy Odle, Cathie Slota and to all the guests who made the day special!  To book your own tour, visit www.discoversaipan.com!

Typhoon Soudelor on Saipan

For those of you who are inquiring, I was not on Saipan at the time of Typhoon Soudelor, but thank you for all the inquiries about my safety as well as the well-being of everyone on island. I’ve been in touch with a few people on Saipan, and while the island was, in fact, battered, there have been no reports of any fatalities. Here are some resources to keep up to date:

Video of drive through Beach Road and Middle Road

News report about gas lines and essential services:

Saipan’s Local Newscasts
http://kspn2.com/archive-v.asp

The Jamaican on Saipan’s top 10 favorite Country music songs!

Admit it! You’re dying to know what I listen to while
I write my books and enjoy life on Saipan, or during airport layovers while I travel! Therefore, I offer to you:

THE JAMAICAN ON SAIPAN’S TOP 10 FAVORITE COUNTRY SONGS
Following a recent conversation with a friend about the music we listened to growing up, I decided to spend a few hours compiling a list. My favorite country music songs are from the 70s and 80s. (Yes, we listened to all types of music in Jamaica!) In my humble opinion, Country artists/writers have great lyrical dexterity, great melodies, great hooks and represent all around great music making!

The following are in no particular order, but if you’d like to know which song I listen to most often, it would probably be Ronnie Milsap’s He Got You (‪#‎3a‬)

Most of these youtube versions I found have the lyrics onscreen for your contemplation. Please take a listen to a few. Even if country’s not your thing, take a little adventure with me and let me know what you think! Thanks!

1. Your Memory by Steve Wariner

2. Middle Aged Crazy by Jerry Lee Lewis

3. He Got You & Any Day Now by Ronnie Milsap

4. Foolhearted Memory by George Strait

5. Highway 40 Blues by Ricky Skaggs

6. I Don’t Need You by Kenny Rogers

7. Luckenbach Texas by Waylon Jennings

8. Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton

9. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle

10. I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool by Barbara Mandrell and George Jones

If you’re hearing any of these for the first time, I’d love to
get your feedback and which ones stand out to you!

Chinese idol group, SNH48, films video on Saipan

Chinese Idol Group SNH48 films video on Saipan

As I prepare for the next “Jamaican in China” nomadpreneur travel adventure starting with Macau in a few days, I’ll share my most recent “passionpreneur/follow your passion and do what you love/Jamaican on Saipan/saipanpreneur” adventure!

Now it can be told!

Back in January, ZanyBros, Korea’s biggest video production company (known for their work with K-pop artists in the global “Hanryu” Korean Wave pop culture explosion) , contacted me to help them arrange a video shoot on Saipan for Chinese idol group, SNH48, for their latest release. After months of planning and preparation, an advanced team arrived on March 17, the remaining film crew arrived on March 20, and filming took place from Saturday March 21 to Monday March 23. Here are just a few of the 1200 photos documenting the project with me as location manager along with my project partner, Chang Yoon Suk, PR Director of the Korean Association here on Saipan.
(photos by Ferdinand Ramos)

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan

Meeting Director Kim, Assistant Director Lee, and Producer Nomura at the airport

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan

Chang, me, Lee, Kim and Nomura scouting locations days before the shoot

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan

Chang has an idea

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan

Shooting around the island ( Banzai Cliff) 24 artists, 25 artist support staff, 17 film crew, 5 fifteen-passenger vans, 2 siennas, 2 pickup trucks, Korean-English translator, Korean-Mandarin translator, drivers, equipment, generator….now let the fun begin!

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan

Doing the location manager thing…

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan
Internationally famous Carolinian singer, Gus Kaipat, as sound engineer

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan
Drivers for a day, Mario, Conrad, Kevin, Alejandrof, along with me and Nomura

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan
Producer Nomura, Chang, Marlin and me

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan
On location at the Bird Island trail

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan
Behind Hyatt Hotel

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan
Camera on the ground, camera on the crane, camera in the air

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan

Me and a little more than a quarter of SNH48

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan
Chillin’ with the local crew

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan

Watching the filming…it’s a great gig if you can get it!

ZanyBros and SNH48 video on saipan
Final shot at the airport with ZanyBros! (photo by one of “Saipan’s Finest!”)

The weather was perfect!
And with our international team consisting of a Chilean overseas marketing producer, Korean film crew, Chinese artists, Japanese producer, along with a uniquely Saipan mix of Chamorro and Filipino drivers, Carolinian sound engineer, vendor owners and hotel managers from Czech Republic, Bangladesh, India, Russia, Korea, Hong Kong and the United States, along with one Jamaican location manager, we pulled it off! Things went smoothly, and all filming was finished in three days! Stay tuned for info on the release of the video and see if you can identify the various filming locations around Saipan!

SPECIAL THANKS TO
Angelina at ZanyBros, Nancy McDowell and Pamela at Hyatt Hotel; Kazu, Martin, Das and Joseph at Fiesta Hotel; Helen, Yukari and Yulia at Aqua Resort; Hafa Adai Hotel; Doug Brennan and Jocelyn Pangelinan at Microl Toyota; Alex and Kit at Hertz; Divine at Islander Car Rental; Ephraim at Thrifty Car Rental; Tati and Shane at the Department of Public Lands; Top Development; Coastal Resources Management; Saipan TV, Noli at Marianas Studio; Domingo at Hanmi Hardware; Gus Kaipat; Cinta Kaipat; Lino Olopai, John Joyner; Joe Hill; Godfather’s Beach Bar; Anna Chang and the staff at Canton Restaurant; Byung Hoon Park at The Grill Hai (Fusion) restaurant; Frank Li at U-Save Car Rental; Darlene and Debra at Joeten Supermarket; Joseph at Island Equipment Rental; Gordon Marciano; Mario, Alex, Conrad, Jude, Kevin, Alejandrof, Gids, Dave, and Joe , Ichi Ban Marine Sports, plus all the security personnel, front desk clerks, and other staff, plus extra special thanks to photographer, Ferdinand Ramos, for capturing it all!

Check out SNH48 at http://www.snh48.com and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SNH48

Read more about the idol group phenomenon which started in Japan at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_idol

Check out ZanyBros at http://www.zanybros.com

Read more about DestinationSaipan’s business services (location management/logistics) at DestinationSaipan Business Services

Jamaican under the ocean, Jamaican under the sea!

I went snorkeling last week. You may be asking yourself why this fact and occurrence is worthy of a blog post. Well, I’ll tell you. I grew up in Jamaica,
but never learned to swim. I learned to swim in college in the states and had a near-drowning experience during the semester. Consequently, I’ve lived on a tropical paradise since 2006 and have never gone more than ankle deep in the waters. That changed last week.

Two recent guests from Germany visited Saipan to experience diving at the Grotto and Wing Beach as well as snorkeling at Obyan and Pau Pau and convinced me to get my feet wet, so to speak, so I did! (Those Germans can be quite persuasive!) I also had a great teacher (Thanks, Yumi!)

So, here are the exclusive shots of me enjoying my first-ever glimpse of life beneath the waters of Saipan!


Jamaican with the Germans! Claudia and Christian from Berlin! Gosh, that guy is skinny!


Gotta make sure this contraption doesn’t slip out!

Breathing was easier than I thought! Yep, I’ve got the hang of this!

 


Processing the new experience before part 2!


Hellooooooo starfish!

 


“Welcome to OUR world,” said the Damsel Fish (at least I think they’re Damsel Fish)


Christian and me, under the sea


Wrapping up the day with dinner at 360 Revolving Restaurant. l. to r. Christian, Claudia, Yumi, Me

Next milestone: Scuba diving!