Finding Nika on Saipan (A trekking adventure)

Battle of Saipan artifacts, wild yams and nature’s beauty…A cool way to spend a Sunday afternoon…


A Day in the Life

What’s new, pussycat?

Woke up this morning to a feline corolla d’état :

The Youtube version of the video may be blocked in certain countries. If so, check it out here and below:





A Day in the Life

The Great Marpi Bull Escape! (feat. Cow Cow Boogie)

From my private Saipan video archives. I’m minding my own business, listening to music while driving up to Marpi, when all of a sudden…

Watch till the end…

A Day in the Life

Saipan healthy? Vegan strong! The 100-Second Hang Challenge

Can you hang for at least 100 seconds? Grip strength–improved in many ways including this hang challenge–is a measure of upper body and overall muscular strength and can predict overall health, as well as your risk of cardiovascular disease–as you age (for those of you who plan to) the stronger your grip, the more likely you are to survive diseases like cancer. Measure (and improve) your grip strength by taking the 100-second hang challenge! Here’s how well your friendly neighborhood vegan did! (Another event in the Saipan Living Lifestyle Olympics; Use the chinup bar by the jogging path by Quartermaster Road!) (Subscribe to my new @AskaVegan channel!)



Relocation Q&A

SaipanLiving Q&A: Shipping my car to Saipan…How much will it cost?

Q: “I may have a job offer on Saipan. I’m thinking of shipping my car there. How much does it cost, and what advice can you give?”

A: A more pertinent question is: “Even if it’s affordable, should you even think about shipping your car to Saipan?” Here are my answers to both:



A Day in the Life

Jamaica takes silver at the SaipanLiving Olympics!

The Filipino Water Delivery men’s team took the gold, but the Jamaican(s) placed second! Sorry you missed it!



Relocation Q&A

Saipan or Guam? Which do you recommend?

One of the popular questions I am asked, and that I include in The Saipan Living Relocation Guide is “Which is better, Saipan or Guam?” Here’s my answer, and why:


(I’m adding a COVID Introduction and updating the 2023 edition as we speak! Anxious to get it? If you order the 2022 pdf before Jan 1, 2023, I’ll ALSO send you the 2023 edition when it’s ready in a few days)

Ask a Farmer

Midnight Slaughter on Saipan

No, it’s not a war movie about the Battle of Saipan. Farmer Patrick received a late afternoon call on Saturday requesting a cow for a feast the next day. He agreed, called the Bangladeshi brothers Farid and Amin to assist, and gave me a call to watch the process,

Waiting with Farid (left) and Amin(right)…and the cows
By nightfall, the customer arrives to approve the choice
Curious cows find stash of grass in Farid’s trunk!
Farmer Patrick explains the origin and points out the unique features of the Senepol variety of cow on Saipan
Brings back memories of growing up in Jamaica
A calf gets some attention from Patrick
Let the slaugher begin!
Secured to posts and trees…
The neck is slit and blood drained
The skinning process begins…(Incidentally, the carnivore customer departed. The vegan blogger stayed.)
…while family members look on…
Quarters, neck, head, intestines and blood are bagged, placed in coolers for delivery to the customer shortly thereafter…
A closer look

More details in the full video. Here’s a sneak preview:




There's Something About Saipan

The 5 Best Books About Saipan? Hmmmm…Let me think…

As an author who has written about Saipan, CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) and other Asia-Pacific destinations, I was recently contacted by Ben Fox, founder of–a fairly new website with the goal of connecting readers with authors–with a special invitation.

Shepherd’s mission is to make the book discovery process more creative, fun and effective! (Their tag line is “Discover the best books!”) Towards that end, Ben asked me to participate in their “Best Books About…” series by submitting my top 5 books (other than my own!) about Saipan or some related topic. The goal of the program is to benefit authors, too, so at least one of my own books about Saipan is featured to establish my “credentials.”

As you may know, Saipan and the CNMI is relatively unknown by many even in the US. What you may not know is that the CNMI has many, many  local writers (In fact, based on the Writer’s Roll Call I created for my support website, we may have the most writers per square mile! of any country/territory). So, I couldn’t include everyone! However, to provide a good introduction and orientation for people who are unfamiliar with the life and lore of these islands, I chose five books (by local as well as off-island writers) that I’ve actually read (that was part of the criteria) along with the reasons I chose them! That list is now live! Many thanks to Ray Deleon Guerrero, Jr. and Beth Demapan at the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library for their invaluable help during my research! Read the reasons I chose these five, and share the list with the world (especially if you disagree!)

Honorable mention: Drinking Seawater by Riza Ramos (Sorry, Riza, I couldn’t include it since I’m credited as co-author)

Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Leave a comment, and let the hailing and hating begin!


A Day in the Life

Day of the Pig (Full video!)

When you experience a pig slaughter at Patrick’s cattle farm & piggery here on Saipan, you get more than just blood and guts. You get WWII history, Chamorro, Filipino and Bangladeshi (Halal) culinary practices, Chinese male virility secrets, animal husbandry techniques, an education in porcine and bovine biology, plus stories of zombie bulls rising from the dead and marines who simply missed the mark! Here are some highlights from how I spent last Sunday afternoon for you to discover Saipan!