The Missing Truck

THE first time I set foot on the island of Rota in 2011, I was immediately drawn to it, mesmerized by the feel of mystery and enchantment. It was like stepping into an undiscovered paradise, a gem of an island still untouched by commercialism.   I rented a car and ventured on my own, following the road until I reached the hotel in Songsong where I was booked for the next three days. I was there to cover the…

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Love Triangle in the Courtroom

SAIPAN--I thought I was done with covering the trial courts when I arrived on Saipan. I started writing for “the lighter side” of the paper, covering community events and doing feature stories for special issues. Three months later, Cherrie, our court beat/police reporter was assigned to Palau and her beat was assigned to me. Being a reporter, especially if you are new, is a job where you can’t say no, where you can’t file an emergency leave or take…

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Date Nights with the Laundromat

Next to social media, the Laundromats on the island are the most wonderful sources of the latest gossips, scandals, and updates about anyone on the island. I chose date nights at the Laundromats on weeknights as the weekends are usually crowded until the morning hours. I am not one of those who just drop off their dirty laundry and pick it up all sparkling clean a few hours later. I am uncomfortable with the thought of other people folding…

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Which kind (garage) online shopper are you?

"One man’s trash is another man’s treasure" Garage selling and online selling is fun but it comes with its own share of pros and cons. You get rid of stuff you don’t need or just take for granted, and pass it to other people who will value it.  You get to meet all kinds of people from different cultures and with different characters. You get to meet new people and develop friendships along the way. Here are some of…

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Cat-Stuck!

IT all started with a knock and a slight scratching at my door at 4 a.m. My heart leaped, because who would be knocking at my door at that hour. Picking up a broom, I slowly opened the door and released a pent up breath when I saw my housemate’s black and white cat looking at me hungrily and soulfully, not making a sound and not making any move to come in but just looked at me with a…

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dno’t raed tihs!

Cna yuo raed tihs?  Suteids sohw taht olny aoubt 55 prcenet of plepoe can (atculley trheer is no scuh sudty).  I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg.  Tihs sohws us the phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid.  Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at an Elingsh Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are in, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pclae.  The rset of the txet can be a taotl…

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Out with the tide

A DELIGHTFUL respite from the daily grind of life in this beautiful island would not require one to spend thousands of dollars for an exotic vacation far away. You can have a vacation right where you are, with freedom to choose between short breaks of an hour or two or a whole day— it’s all up to you but you keep your eyes and senses open to discover places that people from other places would give a lot for.…

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return of the comeback

Just write. yes I know, I've heard this before and I've been promising myself to write, write and write about everything and anything everyday. Easier said than done but okay, here am i and i guess i can consider this a first step (again???). I won't promise the next step will be tonight or tomorrow but I'll strive. (Hey I've heard these lines before from me!) Actually, I'm just testing the new feature of wordpress for full screen writing.…

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Low Tide

Too much heat at the house drove me and my roommate to the far end of the Smiling Cove Marina this afternoon. The cool breeze blowing gently immediately refreshed us. The tide was out and we picked our way among the sharp rocks and corals at the shore. Here is one of the photos I snapped. And oh yea, i know it took me a looooong while before i posted anything again here.

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Locked Out!

HAVE you ever experienced being locked out of your car, where no matter how much you tried fitting in the key won’t work? We did, a week ago and it was not pleasant. It was getting late and both fellow reporter Junhan and I wanted nothing more than to be home from a day’s brain-draining work. We stopped by H-Mart along Middle Road to pick up a few groceries for a late dinner. I insisted on locking the car…

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