Saipan Dispatch #6: Ontario Maple Syrup — on Saipan!

Posted On: April 10, 2019

Sweet Gifts Yes, you read that right! Genuine Ontario maple syrup made an appearance on Saipan when my son, Jody, and I visited there in early January. Hard to imagine anything more foreign (exotic?) than maple syrup on a tropical island. But as a small token of friendship and appreciation for our long-time Saipanese friends, I had packed along about…

Read More Read More

Saipan Dispatch #4: Island Images

Posted On: February 4, 2019

I looked back over my earlier Saipan Dispatches and noticed a dearth of photos. So here are a few more island images to convey a sense of the people, places and things we saw during our week on the island. Typhoon Yutu As I described here, super typhoon Yutu struck Saipan and Tinian October 24-25, about ten weeks before we…

Read More Read More

Saipan Dispatch #3A: “Seasoned” on Saipan (revised Jan 21)

Posted On: January 21, 2019

In my earlier post about my donation to the Saipan public library, I wanted to include the group photo at the library that I mentioned in that post, but it just arrived this afternoon. So, better late than never, here it is:   In the back row are Lino Olopai, library director Erlinda Naputi, Jody and me, holding a copy…

Read More Read More

Saipan Dispatch #3: “Seasoned” on Saipan

Posted On: January 19, 2019

Seasoned Arrives on Saipan (updated Jan. 21) This is a story of Seasoned and serendipity on Saipan. It began 15 months ago in Santa Fe, NM, where our Carolinian friends, Lino Olopai and Joe “Ping” Limes, came from Saipan to join our Peace Corps reunion. Lino and Ping returned to Saipan with copies of my book to bring to the…

Read More Read More

Saipan Dispatch #2: on the radio

Posted On: January 13, 2019

KKMP Radio Talk Show Joe “Ping” Limes is a frequent guest on a radio talk show on KKMP Saipan (92.1 FM, 1440 AM). As soon as we arrived on Sunday, Ping started hatching a plan for Lino Olopai and Jody and me to join him on the talk show on Wednesday morning at 7:30. He wanted us to share some…

Read More Read More

Saipan Dispatch #1

Posted On: January 10, 2019

Arrival Our Asiana Air flight from Seoul touched down on the Saipan tarmac at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, January 6. From the airport, we drove north in our rental car to Mariana Lounge, a place for travelers in transit. You pay $15 for up to 12 hours. We slept off a bit of jet lag in their lounge chairs, got a…

Read More Read More

Who Takes Pictures of Airports?

Posted On: January 5, 2019

I’ll get to the answer to the question, “Who takes pictures in airports?” in a second. First, an update: Jody and I are on our way — Saipan or bust! We left lots of snow and -10 C temperatures in North Bay on Thursday, January 3. We’ve transited through three airports since then and are now in Seoul, South Korea.…

Read More Read More

The Story Continues . . . Returning to Saipan

Posted On: December 13, 2018

  Yes, it’s true. In early January, our son, Jody, and I will be traveling to Saipan, my island home during my two years as a Peace Corps volunteer. But first, some background. And feel free to send me your comments on this. Just click the “Contact Tom” link on any page of the website.     The Borja Family…

Read More Read More