Once on the island, and wanting to be a part of the re-branding of Saipan's image, I launched the WeLoveSaipan.com website, then 20 additional sites devoted to showing the world the often overlooked images and impressions of Saipan and the CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).
For five years, I wrote a weekly business column for the Saipan Tribune entitled "The Saipanpreneur Project."
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(3) Chicken Feathers and Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan, co-authored with former garment factory worker Chun Yu Wang, and
I also co-founded Destination Saipan Marketing, Inc.--a tourism company--to help visitors experience the best of Saipan's accommodations and activities, and actually do give tours to pretty girls (and everyone else) through my DiscoverSaipan.com website!
One of my proudest moments came when was recognized by official CNMI Senate Resolution No. 15-54 for my contributions to Saipan, its residents and economy.
As I mentioned in the short version of my story, I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica, and, you can read about my first year and impressions of life on a different island paradise in the book Jamaican on Saipan!
You can read about Walt's Escape from America here:
Jamaican on Saipan: The true, on-going story of one man's escape from the rat race to live a nomadpreneur's dream life...a unique travel guide for the rest of us!
With its world class diving sites, corals beyond compare, natural beauty, warm weather and people to match, the paradise-inspired island of Saipan in the Pacific might be just the ideal setting for a nomad's adventure, except that few people are familiar with this furthest east American commonwealth just 150 miles north of Guam. But Jamaican in Saipan, a unique book by Walt Goodridge, which chronicles the author's escape from the rat race in search of a private dream, may yet change that fact.... (176 pages; 5.5 x 8.5 ISBN: 978-0974531397; Includes Walt's exciting adventures, insights, emails back home, and journal entries, PLUS over 140 photographs of life on Saipan!
Every customer is unique. Some have unusual requests for their visits to Saipan, Tinian, Pagan and Guam--everything from simply fiding unique accommodations and transportation to locating specific individuals for genealogical research, or historical/cultural artifacts for study, to visiting "off limits" areas, and doing unique activities!
Whatever your unique request, my mission is to "make it happen" for you. In the process, I do everything I can --leveraging professional as well as personal contacts, calling in favors, harnessing my experience in unrelated industries and backgrounds--to make your request come true.
As a result, you may end up enjoying a tour experience that doesn't currently exist, and that likely will not be offered to anyone else in the future in quite the same way!
That's my Discover Saipan advantage, and that's what you pay for!
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