Mysterious cairns of the Suicide Cliffs

FOR a casual passerby, they look like small, ordinary stones piled atop each other but for the discerning eye of an adventurer, they could mean a lot of things, depending on the angle where you look at them from, or how the sun casts its shadow on the stones. But these stones did not happen to accidentally pile on top of each other to create a spectacular view. Somebody exerted effort and creativity…

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Tribute to the Court of Honor

ON any ordinary day, this certain area at American Memorial Park is usually deserted except for a few passersby who jog around, but once a year, this place hogs the spotlight as the community members troop there to pay honor to the veterans and soldiers who have sacrificed so much for today’s generation. From afar, the Court of Honor and Flag Circle looks just like any oval area with several steps leading to…

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Gustatory surprises at Sunny’s Cafe

NOT all good food comes from restaurants with attractive and bright showcase windows and attentive food staff waiting outside to lure you in. Not in this particular restaurant anyway that is located beside a Laundromat, an Internet café and several other shops in San Antonio. From the outside, it looked more like a warehouse of some sort and one would never think of venturing beyond its doors, but push open the green, printed…

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Spectacular views from above

HOW long have you been in the island? 10 years? 20 years? 30 years? If you have lived here all your life and performed your daily routine all these time, have you ever paused for a moment to wonder what the island looks from up above? If you love swimming or diving, you may have already seen the underwater wonders of the island, and if you are an explorer, you may have already…

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Chinese food at Happiness Restaurant

IF you crave for Chinese food on Saipan, you have a lot of places to go, as long as you choose the right dining hours. We were not looking for any specific cuisine early on Friday night but when we passed by Happiness Chinese Restaurant in Garapan, we decided to try it out. The restaurant is one of the few surviving establishments in the area that have not put up a “Closed” or…

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Kazan Tei: Your Chinese cuisine option

IF you have been on island for some time, then you know that finding another place to eat out past midnight besides the three known 24-hour fast food places is almost next to impossible. Garapan was almost deserted hen we ventured out very late on Thursday evening scouting for a place to eat. We drove around the side streets several times before remembering this restaurant located across from the Fiesta Resort & Spa.…

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Grilled feast at Myung Dong Restaurant

IT was dinner prepared right on our table — a meal where we got to feast on the mouthwatering aromas wafting from the grill as the thin strips of beef, vegetables and onions slowly turned golden brown. We were at Myung Dong Korean Restaurant in Garapan at past 9 p.m. on Thursday and we had the whole place to ourselves. I was not that hungry (or so I thought) and looked for something…

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