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

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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!

NOTE: To receive future emails and follow this continuing nomadpreneur adventure and experience Walt’s unique experience of a lifestyle you can create by following your passion, join the mailing list at www.Jamaicaninchina.com!

[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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The Prophet Rides Again!

There are people–average, everyday folk–who, when they travel, manage to pack their suitcases the night before, or perhaps even days before, so that when the day of departure rolls around, they can wake up as usual unhurriedly, sit in their living rooms, comfortably, while chatting or sipping tea leisurely as they wait for a taxi. Um, I would NOT be one of those people.

As it happens, this morning–the day of my 10:00am “Escape from America” take 3 flight from New York back to Asia (have to be at the airport at 7am, they advise), I found myself up at 4:00am cleaning the apartment, packing my bags, and then by 6:00am I was heading out the door and down the deserted streets of Queens, New York on my way to the Home Depot (ran into my friend, Steve D., who works there) a few blocks away. I had to purchase some special flood lights for the apartment before I left. Then, from there, it was off to the Rite Aid Pharmacy where I had to pick up some toiletries for a friend on Saipan. It’s always like this. Now, is it just me?

Well, I finally head out at about 7:15am, walk to the train station with bags in tow, hop on the JFK airTrain, and arrive at Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 7 for my Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong…

waiting in JFK



The flight route

…And now, one long 15 hour flight later, I’m in the Hong Kong airport for a 2 hour layover, awaiting my connecting flight to Manila, Philippines (Total JFK to Hong Kong to Manila: $788 one way) FYI: There’s free wi-fi in the Hong Kong airport!

So, let the adventure and festivities begin anew! The Jamaican in China (aka “The Passion Prophet”) rides again!

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A nomad’s final tether


I have a record collection of approximately 2,000-3,000 vinyl lps and singles. If you recall from an earlier post, my good friend, Tony, was gracious enough to give them a home in his garage in New Jersey. There they have languished while I traveled the world being Jamaican on Saipan, Singapore, Laos and China!

I’ve always mentioned that when I escaped from America in 2006, that I sold or gave away most of my possessions before jetting to Saipan. I lied. Because Tony is a friend, “giving” him the records was not really that difficult, since I knew that I could reconnect with them if need be. Well, that might be about to change–sort of. Tony wants his garage back, and as I’m about to escape from New York again to head back to Saipan, I’ve got to find them a new home, and cut the final tether. What to do????

And then, it hit me. Those records were accumulated while I was the on-air host of “Reggae Riddims” on WKCR-FM–Columbia University’s radio station. Perhaps I could donate them to the station! It seems like a good idea! They would have a good home. Rather than sitting in a garage, they could be providing enjoyment to many. And, if I set the terms of the donation correctly, I could have access to them at some point in the future without fear that they’d be sold or discarded.

I contacted the current student board of the station, and will likely have an initial meeting next week with the show’s current DJ for him to check out what I’ve got and to assess the offering! Stay tuned!

However, I’m still keeping my options open. If anyone wants to bid for a collection of Reggae from Jamaica/UK/Japan from the 70′s to mid 80′s–classics, collector’s items and rarities, send me an email! Well, I’ll probably keep some of the rarities for myself, but I can be bribed!

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Saipan day tour for visiting cruise line passengers! Let’s do it again in 2013!


It’s been in the works since July of last year when the first cruise ship customer contacted me! It’s true! The Jamaican in China will be returning to Saipan once again to conduct a special tour for visitors from a major cruise line! The last once we did was a raging success! This one will be better!

If you’re one of the passengers scheduled to arrive on Saipan, CLICK HERE to arrange your day tour of Saipan! I can arrange a special World War II tour, and private tours for even a single person, so there’s no excuse!

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The secret to Usain’s success? I don’t think so…

An article on today's BBC.co.uk website claims to be able to explain track star Usain Bolt's speed using a mathematical model. BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

Scientists, writing in the European Journal of Physics talk about body mass, air temperature, drag coefficients, and the aerodynamic shape of his body. It's a nice little effort. (You can check out their findings here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23462815) And while it may explain WHAT is happening when Usain runs, it does little to explain WHY it happens. It does not explain why Jamaica produces so many world champions in track and field. For that, you'll have to ask different questions unhampered by the linear-minded constraints most (but not all) scientists labor with.

Fortunately, you have the good fortune to be on my mailing list, and so I will steer you in the right direction. 

Several months ago, when I was in Beijing, I was contacted by Dr. Rachel Irving, co-author of Jamaican Gold who asked me to review her book. Within the pages of this fascinating book (read my review here: http://www.jamaicaninchina.com/jamaican-gold/), is the secret that the UK scientists have overlooked; something they'd likely never consider; something that perhaps only Jamaican scholars would know to include as a critical factor….curious?….

Find it on Amazon!

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Saturday on Saipan!

Riza Oledan-Ramos is a children's book author living on Saipan. A while back, she attended one of my "saipanpreneur" workshops and expressed to me her desire to publish her first book. She became my client, and a few months later, after a few coaching sessions, she launched her website and published her first book, The Boy Who Dreamed to Be With His Parents on Saipan,  a unique based-on-real-life children's story that even adults have found compelling and emotional.

The book is available in paperback from her site, as well as on Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com in Kindle and Nook formats, as well as in Bestseller Bookstore on Saipan.

Last week, Riza, now a published author with her book on Amazon, and in two languages, made her book signing debut at the public library on Saipan! And, while I'm sorry I couldn't be there to share the moment with her, here are a few photos of the event she sent me! Enjoy, then pick up a copy to support a new author! http://www.rizaramosbooks.com

 

If you're going to do an outdoor book signing, there's no nicer place than a tropical island!

"Sign my copy, please!"

Greeting the public!

Sharing the book's original art by Rodante Guardia! Great idea, Riza!

 

We also translated it into Spanish!

 

Celebrity smile!

The kid's arrive!

Sharing the spotlight with other authors: Seated: L-R- Riza Ramos, Honora Tenorio, Jose Sanchez; Standing L-R- Joanna Aquino, Lino Olopai, Catherine Perry, Kurt Barnes (names and spellings not verified)

 

Photos by Riza’s coworker, Lilia! Thanks for capturing the moment!
 

 

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Rippln explained in Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese, French, Portugese and…

Please view this video in your native language, then email me for an invitation if you are interested.

Por favor, ver el vídeo en su idioma nativo, entonces enviamos un correo electrónico de invitación, si usted está interesado.

请观看此视频在您的母语,然后给我发电子邮件,如果你有兴趣的邀请。

Пожалуйста, просмотрите это видео на вашем родном языке, то напишите мне на приглашение, если вы заинтересованы.

あなたが興味を持っている場合、あなたの母国語でこのビデオをご覧ください、その後、招待のために私にメールしてください。

Veuillez regarder cette vidéo dans votre langue maternelle, puis envoyez-moi une invitation si vous êtes intéressé

Por favor, veja este vídeo em seu idioma nativo, em seguida, enviar-me um convite, se você estiver interessado.

Check out an intro video out here:


This is a global opportunity! Don’t you know someone who speaks…
English

Español (Spanish)

普通话 (Mandarin)

Pусского языка (Russian)

日本語 (Japanese)

Langue Française (French)

or

Linguagem Português (Portugese)

?

If, after you join, you wish to share these videos with other people, please send them to the videos on the following page: http://www.passionprofit.com/rippln/rippln.html, and then tell them to contact YOU!

Si después de inscribirse, usted desea compartir estos videos con otras personas, por favor envíelas a los vídeos de la página siguiente:
http://www.passionprofit.com/rippln/rippln.html, y luego decirles que en contacto con usted!

如果你加入后,你想与其他人分享这些视频,请发送到以下页面上的视频:的 http://www.passionprofit.com/rippln/rippln.html,然后告诉他们要与您联系!

Если после вы зарегистрируетесь, вы хотели бы поделиться этим видео с другими людьми, пожалуйста, присылайте их видео на следующую страницу: http://www.passionprofit.com/rippln/rippln.html, а затем сказать им, чтобы связаться с Вами!

あなたが参加した後、あなたが他の人とこれらのビデオを共有したい、場合は、次のページでビデオに送ってください:http://www.passionprofit.com/rippln/rippln.html にしてから、あなたに連絡するためにそれらを教えて!

Si, après votre inscription, vous souhaitez partager ces vidéos avec d’autres personnes, s’il vous plaît envoyez-les aux vidéos sur la page suivante: http://www.passionprofit.com/rippln/rippln.html, et puis dites-leur de vous contacter!

Se, depois de cadastrado, você gostaria de compartilhar esses vídeos com outras pessoas, por favor, enviá-los para os vídeos na página seguinte: http://www.passionprofit.com/rippln/rippln.html, em seguida, dizer-lhes entrar em contato com você!

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A potentially huge business opportunity

a business partner of mine just sent me something interesting that has profound implications for reaching niche markets around the world (yes, even in China!)

It’s called Rippln (That’s R I P P L N), and essentially, it’s an app that allows you to create a permanent, portable “ripple effect” network that you can use to recommend any future technology/app/product.

Say you refer 5 people, those 5 persons refer 5 people, and so on. Every person who gets involved based on your initial invite is considered part of a “ripple.” Each person who gets involved based on the recommendations of those in your first ripple are part of an ever-expanding “ripple effect” that grows exactly like the ever-expanding ripple wave that happens when you drop a pebble in a lake. You’ll earn money whenever anyone in your ripple network makes a purchase or refers someone who does.

From what I’ve seen so far,there’s no real downside to this. If the founders get things rolling and convince the next Facebook/Twitter etc. to sign on to Rippln, you’ll have your “ripple” (think “portable downline”)in place. If they don’t, well, you don’t lose anything.

They launch officially soon. If you’re interested in learning more, I can send you a limited-time invitation with a non-disclosure agreement.

Walt

p.s. Since I have a background in network marketing (it’s what freed me from corporate confinement many years ago), people have been sending me information about these types of new business opportunities. This is the first one that’s grabbed my attention. If interested in learning more (while I do my own due diligence), email me at walt@passionprofit.com and I’ll send you an invitation. I’m only given five invitation codes at a time, and each invitation lasts only 24 hours in order to give others an opportunity to jump in. So, please act fast to get in the inner circle now. Again, I’m making no guarantees here. Every great opportunity is often speculative at first, but life often rewards those who are willing to take a chance!

And, even if you’re not interested in the money, since there’s no charge to simply get involved and “play,” it’s simply a cool way to see how many and how far and wide and into how many countries your ripple network extends! It’s pretty cool!

Check out an intro video out here:

or

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Financing the lifestyle

The reason I share with you the cost of airline tickets and other expenses is to show how relatively inexpensive it is to do what I’m doing. It costs $197 to fly from New York to Jamaica. $157 from Kingston to Miami, etc. I stay at hostels, couchsurfers, or with friends. While not for everyone, it’s a lifestyle that is within financial reach of many people. All you need is the freedom.

Yes, the freedom comes first–at least it did for me. I’d like to suggest to you that freedom is not dependent on money. Money provides options, sure, but freedom is something you can claim at any time depending on your level of courage, and freedom is something you can maintain as long as you wish, depending on your level of discipline.

Between the Sunday that I decided to quit my civil engineering job, and the Tuesday when I actually handed in my resignation letter, nothing changed as far as my financial status. I was still broke! What changed was my level of commitment to live my dream. That’s what made the difference.

It’s not all “perfect” yet. The tides of revenue ebb and flow. The pendulum of profitability swings back and forth. There were ups and downs, and there continue to be ups and downs. However, the freedom is still there. The freedom is still there because I have the discipline to weather the tides of outrageous fortune.

My journey has been chronicled and made into a step-by-step guid in the books I’ve written:

I quit my job even before I had my Ducks in a Row

I was therefore able to execute and develop a Turn Your Passion Into Profit philosophy and formula,

and set an example of what Living True To Your Self means, that others can follow.

So, when you share my adventures as the Jamaican in Wherever, know that anyone can do this. I’m just an bordinary guy who simply wanted freedom bad enough.

With that said, here are some scenes from the past few days of freedom hanging out with Heru, a friend and fellow rat race escapee and nomadpreneur on the island of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

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Heru takes me to THE coconut vendor on the road by First Car Rental, Wayne who also sells irish moss, coconut oil and other coconut-derived drinks and products
And special thanks to Wayne’s son, Eli (pronounced ALLI), who reminded his dad to make me a special batch of honey-sweetened “coconut moss” (irish moss seaweed and coconut water)!
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It’s a four-cruise-ship day!
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Ital Glory sidewalk cafe!
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I am now officially addicted to Judy’s cooking! Clay pots, square dumplings and moringa juice $10 for a large plate with HUGE portions!
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Health Food Store
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Heru is “The Whole Body Consultant” on island and has a “Lunchtime at Livity” workshop at Natural Livity Kulcha Shop & Juice Bar every second Thursday of the month
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Hanging with Al, Heru’s Tai Chi instructor
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Heru also does two radio programs on WUVI 1090 AM, “Avenues of Healing” which airs Thursdays from 4-5:30pm Eastern Time, and “The Music & Culture Experience,” which airs Friday mornings 10:00am to 11:45. Stream live at: http://wuvi.am
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Being interviewed. (on both programs)
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A new friend on the University of Virgin Islands campus
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Did I mention I’m a cat person?
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View from the hills
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Why did the iguana cross the road?

Answer: population control.

One thing you’ll immediately notice upon driving around is that there are lots of iguanas on St. Thomas.
There might be one less iguana after this video….watch at your own risk.

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“My Subaru car tire inspection can wait for another day!”

Whew! That was close!

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