Ever thought of running off to an island paradise…like for really real?? Close your eyes and imagine the hot sunshine, warm breeze and splash of salt water against your skin— the calming tropical rain that falls at night only to give way to more sunshine the next day. Girl, if you were given the chance wouldn’t you pack your bags? I did it! Yup. I moved again…in less than a year. But can you blame me? It’s not everyday you can just live in paradise. As soon as the cold winter started to rear its ugly head in Japan—I left. So I bet you’re wondering where I am. Of course everyone knows about Hawaii and Fiji, but have you heard of Saipan?
It’s a U.S Territory in Micronesia, not too far from Guam. Its part of a chain of islands called the Northern Marianas Islands. It’s a very well kept secret, a hidden gem, if you will. It’s also my new home for the moment. Check out the pictures below for another edition of “Postcards from Shirice”.
I’ve only been here for a few weeks; here is some of what I have learned so far: Saipan was formerly owned by the Spanish, Germans, Japanese and now the United States. The local crowd consists of native tribes called the Chamorros and the Carolinians. There are also many expats here from China, Korea, Japan, Bangladesh, the Philippines and of course the USA. Total population is about 50,000 people. Everyone speaks English as the main language but of course the languages/dialects of all the people here are spoken too.
Local food is influenced by all of the cultures present on the island.Below you will see a photo of Chicken Sisig (diced chicken, veggies, herbs, raw egg and rice) as well as a Mexican Taco with some fried beans, beef and cheese.
You can find meals like these as well as Japanese dishes and even a simple Club Sandwich anywhere on the island.
I arrived without a job in place but quickly secured a part time tutoring position as well as an internship with the local TV news station (my major was media production). I’m very happy to have this chance to get my foot back in the door in the media world! I lived in non-English speaking places before, so it wasn’t really so easy to do so.
It’s a little different from the other chapters in my journey around the world: people speak English here! It’s part of America. I’m home but not home at the same time. It’s funny. Sometimes electricity goes out here, Internet isn’t always fast and goats walk around everywhere. There is no metro system at all-no buses or trains; everyone drives, rides a bike or takes taxis. Being in big cities throughout my adult life, it’s a little bit of a shock. I have always depended on the metro system. It’s definitely all new to me but I love it so far!
My boyfriend and I stayed at a resort on the northern part of the island, Marianas Resort for our anniversary.It was amaaaazing! I’ll add photos later. So far, I have stood at the peak where you can view Bird Island (photo below),
And I have visited the famed Grotto (photo below).
Pretty soon, I will check out Managaha (an uninhabited island everyone visits for snorkeling, BBQ and camping) and Lao Lao Bay among other places. The adventure has just begun!