‘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…

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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…

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Close call on Tinian’s cliff side

  I thought I have already explored every nook and cranny in this tiny island and have already written about all that it has to offer, but a quick, unplanned drive into roads that are almost non-existent last week proved me wrong. For the past years, I’ve been driving around Tinian from a tourists’ point…

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Panoramic Stopover in Sinapalo, Rota

ROTA — A few miles past the Sunset Hotel in the village of Sinapalo, there is a spot by the roadside you must not miss. There is nothing spectacular about it — a couple of unused benches covered by leaves and twigs and a pile of stones bordering the edge of the cliff. I’ve driven…

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Long-exposure photography at Banzai Cliff

YOU should visit Banzai Cliff at night to see a totally different aspect of one of the most frequented places on island. Recently, I was there with five other photographers. We wanted to learn time-lapse photography and we were told that Banzai Cliff was the best spot to do it. We arrived just before 8…

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Stopover on Tinian’s Overlook

THE first thing that you will think of when you land on Tinian is that there’s nothing in the small island that can entertain you. From above, the island is just a short stretch of trees and forests bounded by, dotted by a few dilapidated structures. Looking out from the plane window, the beaches and…

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The bell by the fire pit

ROTA–A few yards behind the swimming pool at the Rota Resort & Country Club is a lovely spot that’s perfect for outdoor parties at sundown or at night. We discovered it at noontime a few months back after an hour at the Swimming Hole when my buddy Pat decided to rinse off the salt water…

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Heaven 2: Where Blue Meets Blue

THE surprises never stop if you keep on driving off the beaten tracks and explore any of Saipan’s rugged, dirt roads. Recently, a friend and I followed the rough dirt road on Capital Hill passed the Wireless Cemetery. I had no idea where the road was leading to. My companion had been in the area…

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Rota: Visiting a prayer mountain

It was a place I never knew existed here and we reached it by taking the first left turn off the highway on the way up to Mt. Sabana one hot afternoon. We were on the rough, bumpy road w  hen our tour guide, Jack, instructed my buddy photographer, Pat. to take the grassy path…

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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…

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