Sunday, April 22, 2007

Lynn Pangelinan

From the shores of Saipan to the hot desert sand (Arizona) Hafa Adai! I've come to realize that there is no place that could quite emulate the beauty of our island home Saipan. Being away from home for years has truly made me appreciate the simple pleasures that our beautiful island has to offer. The warm island hospitality of the Chamorro & Carolinian people, the culture and heritage that makes our identity, the delicious local cuisine that fills our belly, and the breath taking island scenery that holds a story of its own are just some of our islands simple treasures that we are blessed with. I love Saipan because your neighbors are your family, strangers are your friends, and gatherings are hosted 365 days a year regardless of the weather forecast which may consist of either sunshine or rain! Growing up in such a family and culturally oriented environment has played a role in keeping me humble as I strive to build a life of my own oceans away from home. Hence, prior to the infancy of my journey in regards to being away from home I must admit that this Chamorrita grew quite homesick. As eerie and silly as it may sound I often found myself pretending that I was listening to Chamorro Hour here in the mainland as I played some of my dad (Bokonggo) and brother's (Leif/Uniku') albums as well as music from other talented local musicians from back home as I sat back and reminisced on the island life. Thus, this ritual did nothing more but ignite how I would yearn to be surrounded by the company of my familia and those I loved and left behind. Although I no longer reside on Saipan in time I've learned to improvise with some of the amenities that the desert has to offer such as the lake in place of a beach, cactus for coconut trees, or trading in my zories for winter boots. It is imperative that we preserve our islands natural beauty & tradition and not have it replicated by an outside source that does not meet the needs of our people. I know I'll return back home one day and when I do I can't wait to sink my feet into the water and witness a CNMI sunset that surrounds our sandy shores as I say to myself "it feels good to be home". Nevertheless, one thing is for sure and that is "I will never forget who I am and where I'm from" because my heart will always belong to beautiful Saipan...

Saturday, April 21, 2007

New Look

The We Love Saipan Network main page has a new look. Check it out!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

I Love Saipan

I very smart, intelligent, young lady on Saipan snapped up http://ilovesaipan.blogspot.com. I figured I'd better snap up http://welovesaipan.blogspot.com before somebody tried to steal it from under my nose.