Smiling Cove: favorite island hangout

  FROM its old view with sharp and rusty pieces of steel sticking out along the water’s edge, the newly-paved walkway with protective bars at the Smiling Cove Marina has become one of the newest destinations for joggers and sunset watchers these days. The long stretch of walkway at the Smiling Cove is an alternative…

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‘Taste of Saipan’ at the street market

ALL roads lead to the Fishing Base in Garapan on Thursday nights as the mouthwatering aroma of food and the lively music from the stage lure locals and tourists for the weekly street market. Beginning around 5 p.m. the Street Market feast begins and the place is transformed into a destination where one can have…

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‘Flaming’ islands

   IT’S that time of the year once again in the Northern Mariana Islands when all you see while driving around the island are bare flame trees with nothing but twigs on them. Those leafless trees are just the onset of something wonderful. In a few weeks, red flaming flowers will blossom and replace the bleak…

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A hidden beach beyond a golf course

KINGFISHER Golf Links in Talafofo has always been one of my favorite destinations on island, but I had never ventured beyond the golf cart parking lot — until one afternoon some weeks back. My Chinese friend Emily invited me for a drive around the golf course to shoot photos. I was not that excited, envisioning familiar…

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Conquering the Forbidden (Island)

Way out on the east coast of the island beyond the jungles and rugged terrains of Kagman, Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands  juts out a small piece of rock that has continued to lure even the non-adventurous to try the tricky trails and conquer the forbidden. This small spectacular plateau called Forbidden Island looks…

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