Flamenco: A beach lover’s paradise

ABOUT 20 minutes or so onboard a small plane from Puerto Rico toward the east coast of is a small slice of idyllic paradise surrounded by the bluest waters of the Caribbean Ocean. The island is called Isla de Culebra. From the air, the first sight that attracts one’s attention to Culebra is a long … Continue reading Flamenco: A beach lover’s paradise

Rediscovering Saipan’s pocket beaches

Go beyond the end of the paved roads in the island and discover pocket beaches that you didn’t think existed. These ‘pocket’ beaches which are usually nestled between coves along the rocky shoreline are usually hidden from view by thick blankets of shrubs, and are not usually photographed by anyone else except for those who … Continue reading Rediscovering Saipan’s pocket beaches

Rediscovering Saipan’s pocket beaches

SAIPAN—Go beyond the end of the paved roads in the island and discover pocket beaches that you didn’t think existed. These ‘pocket’ beaches which are usually nestled between coves along the rocky shoreline are usually hidden from view by thick blankets of shrubs, and are not usually photographed by anyone else except for those who … Continue reading Rediscovering Saipan’s pocket beaches

Singapore Quickie

If you only have at least six hours stopover, grab the chance for a quickie tour of the flower city for free. Changi International Airport is a dream. One of the world’s most modern airports that you would appreciate being stranded in for even a whole day and there is so much to do it’s like having a free vacation in a luxurious resort.

Reunion with nature at the Tank Beach

CHARTERING unfamiliar grounds by following signs has always been a challenge I find hard to resist and last Sunday’s wanderings rewarded me with one more attractive spot in these islands.   Driving all the way past Kagman High School toward a dirt road last Sunday brought me and a buddy to a sign standing amidst … Continue reading Reunion with nature at the Tank Beach

The Grotto: Saipan’s sunken pool

Any trip or stay on Saipan would never be complete without visiting the Grotto, a sunken pool of amazingly azure waters that is connected to the ocean by passages underwater. For divers, the Grotto is one of Saipan’s best spots but non-divers too can enjoy the spectacular views the place has to offer. Come with … Continue reading The Grotto: Saipan’s sunken pool

Welcome aboard Hello Kitty airlines

TAIWAN—Forgive me if I start this article by saying that growing up with so many cats in the household, I’ve had my fill of them and don’t want to do anything with them anymore, not even if they are cute kittens. I pushed my cart along the seemingly endless corridors of Taoyuan International Airport looking … Continue reading Welcome aboard Hello Kitty airlines

'Forbidden' angles

The Forbidden Island is just one spectacular plateau that looks like it was sliced it off from the main island and pushed a bit off the shore but there is more to this slab of a rock than meets the eye. I have seen the Forbidden Island from the overview and close from the base … Continue reading 'Forbidden' angles

Remains of a World War 11 jail

TINIAN—I have passed by this particular spot on Tinian so many times in the past years thinking that it was just an ordinary abandoned structure left by the owners from years ago. I had always been intrigued by the grills and bars and the small rectangular slits for windows but never got to ask anyone … Continue reading Remains of a World War 11 jail

Coconut Kingdom by the Sea in Rota

ROTA — One of my favorite spots here is the abandoned Coconut Village, a row of wooden cottages facing the Pacific Ocean. Driving from Sinapalo to Songsong, you can see a signboard by the road side directing you to the Rota Coconut Village Hotel about a third of a mile away. If you are new … Continue reading Coconut Kingdom by the Sea in Rota

Lazy afternoon on the Lazy River

AN afternoon floating lazily on the Lazy River at the Pacific Islands Club was something I always thought was a great thing to do if you’re a tourist. I had said no to many invitations until my very persistent buddy Tom refused to take no for an answer. - We skipped lunch but munched on … Continue reading Lazy afternoon on the Lazy River

Trekking on Edge

A TREK to Naftan Point was not on my mind when I joined a group of six others on a late Saturday afternoon. We were in the parking lot of American Memorial parking lot flipping coins to decide where to go for a shooting adventure when I remembered the Rabbit Hole in Naftan. I had … Continue reading Trekking on Edge

Popular on-island wedding venues

CHURCHES top the list when it comes to wedding venues. Weddings are also held at the mayor’s office for a hassle-free ceremony, while others hold it at pool sides, gardens and even at homes. Saipan, as a tropical paradise, has attracted couples from far and wide who want to get married, renew their vows or … Continue reading Popular on-island wedding venues

Silhouettes at dusk

IN a small island surrounded by beaches, chances are you would have taken for granted what it is to watch the sun sink into the horizon at the end of the day, especially at the beach. Oh, everybody knows the sun rises and sets every single day but have you ever really spent a few … Continue reading Silhouettes at dusk

Aboard the Asuka 11

FOR the past couple of years, this section has brought you to familiar and unfamiliar nooks and crannies of Saipan, Tinian and Rota — from spots that you have always taken for granted to areas that you have never thought existed here. Today, put on your sea legs and take a glimpse of what’s inside … Continue reading Aboard the Asuka 11