March 14, 2014 – Friday

Beach, Saipan
Managaha

Managaha

A panoramic shot of Managaha Island. If your ever visiting Saipan, it is a MUST to take a trip to the beautiful island paradise. If you’ve never tried it, go banana boating, parasailing, or snorkeling. Great island attractions!

March 13, 2014 – Thursday

Guam, Uncategorized
Chamorro Village

Chamorro Village

Chamorro Village

Chamorro Village

Picture yourself on Guam, cruising North-bound on Tumon Rd. heading towards Gun Beach. You pass the gate and find yourself looking at an enormous “shack” nested into a few coconut trees with a perfect view of the sunset. Looking in-land, you’ll find a hidden path that will take you to a traditional attraction called Gokna. In this traditionally inspired village, you can take a step back in time and witness how “life” was interpreted during the Ancient Chamorro times. You can see the coconut leaf thatched hutts, concrete latte stones, a fire pit, and a Taro patch. These were all essential items to have in a village to survive. The latte stones served as the foundation of the chamorro house, providing them shelter. The taro patch was a very important source of food because it served as their “carbohydrate” to perform daily functions through out the day. Typically, an Ancient Chamorro could be a hunter, a fisherman, a farmer, a craftsmen, and other occupations. An ancient chamorro’s diet consisted of fish, taro, lemai, and other ingredients from the Earth.

March 12, 2014 – Wednesday

Beach, Long Exposure, Saipan, Uncategorized
Managaha facing West

Managaha facing West

Managaha Facing East

Managaha Facing East

Managaha Island. One of Saipan’s most visited spots due to it’s emerald green waters, white sand beaches, and isolation in the Saipan Lagoon. The island offers numerous pavilions for residents/tourists to spend the day/overnight enjoying their “beach front” view of mother nature. Managaha is located in a Marine Protected Area where any fishing/harvesting activities violate the rules of the MPA. Managaha is currently experiencing a change in topography due to erosion in the northern parts of the island.

March 3, 2014 – Tuesday

Saipan
Ribs

Ribs

Ribs

Ribs

Delicious Ribs. Barbecuing is a weekend ritual where family & friends gather to hang out at the beach, BBQ, and have a great time in the sun. Marination of the meat is step one. If you don’t get the marination right, then the meat will obviously taste bad. Step two is to get the fire to the right temperature. Third step is to sit back and enjoy the BBQ.

March 7, 2014 – Friday

Beach, Long Exposure, Ocean, Saipan, Tinian
North Tinian, Looking Towards Saipan

North Tinian, Looking Towards Saipan

Tinian Blow Hole (at night), Tinian. This picture was a long exposure as you can tell by the movement of the clouds and the stars in the horizon. You can see the island of Saipan in the distance, with all the lights and what not taking view. Ancient coral outcrop line the edge of Tinian bordering the dynamic yet majestic ocean to create a contrast of textures.

Suicide Cliff, Tinian

Suicide Cliff, Tinian

Suicide Cliff, Tinian. When the Americans were on the verge of winning the Battle of Saipan, or the Battle of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Japanese forces chose to take their lives instead of surrender to the Americans. This specific cliff was where the Japanese would jump into the big blue ocean in the attempt to take their lives. This photo was taken at night, as you can see the stars in the horizon.

Long exposure shots are very interesting to take. It takes a lot of patience to learn how to adjust the settings of the camera to take the shot that you want. Some shots may be overexposed (too bright), and some underexposed(too dark). It definitely requires a lot of practice to truly master the art of long exposure photography. As for me, I am only scratching the surface…

March 5, 2014 – Wednesday

Beach, Long Exposure, Tinian
Taga Beach Tinian

Taga Beach Tinian

Taga Beach Tinian

Taga Beach Tinian

Guma'nya si taga

Guma’nya si taga

Taga Beach is definitely one of Tinian’s nicest beaches. It is a small beach that cuts into the subtle cliff side of the South Western side of the island of Tinian. A sandy bottom carpets the small portion of the beach where coral reefs surround the small inlet providing a structure to sustain marine life.

A quarry site can be found on top of the cliff side where ancient chamorros carved into the limestone cliffs to create “latte stones”. Latte Stones served as the foundation for an ancient chamorro house. A latte is made up of the column and the cap stone. To this day, it is a mystery to how these giant structures were erected. Latte stones can be found through out the Northern Mariana Island Chain as far south as Guam, all the way up to the island of Pagan.

March 3, 2014 – Monday

Long Exposure, Tinian
Tinian Blow Hole, Northern Mariana Islands

Tinian Blow Hole, Northern Mariana Islands

Took a long exposure of the famous Tinian Blow Hole. It is nested right by the ocean in a limestone/ancient reef outcrop that is literally 5 ft away from the ocean. If you wait for the perfect swell, you will witness the power of the ocean when it meets the land. This place can be a very treacherous place to come to, esp under bad weather conditions. Beware of big swells and a wall of ocean water that could pull you in.

March 1, 2014 – Saturday

Long Exposure, Ocean, Tinian
YCC Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands

YCC Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands

YCC Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands

YCC Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands

I was hanging out with some friends from Tinian at this place called YCC having a few brews. It was literally 25ft away from the ocean. The moon was out so I whipped out my set up and took a few long exposures. The first picture was taken looking at Aguigan, also known as Goat Island. This island can be seen from the highest peak on the island of Saipan. It’s also a great destination for all types of fishing. The second picture looks North of YCC, which looks onto the festival grounds of Tinian’s Pika Fest.

February 27, 2014 – Thursday

Tinian
2014 Tinian Pika Fest

2014 Tinian Pika Fest

2014 Tinian Pika Fest

2014 Tinian Pika Fest

I recently visited the island of Tinian to attend the Annual Pika/Hot Pepper Festival. The island of Tinian is apart of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. It is approximately 5 nautical miles southwest of Saipan, and has a land area of 39 square miles. Tinian played a very crucial part in WWII due to the fact that the Atomic Bombs that were used for Hiroshima were stored on this island. Currently, the United States has been using the northern regions of the island for military exercises.

I participated in the race called the Dragon Boat Race, which you can see above. It was definitely harder than I thought. If the right side pulls harder than the left side, it will cause the canoe to go to the right. It requires rhythm and sync. Other than that, it was definitely fun. Unfortunately, the team I was on placed fourth out of four teams. 

February 25, 2014 – Tuesday

Guam

Tarzan Falls Guam

Tarzan Falls Guam

Tarzan Falls Guam

Tarzan Falls Guam

Tarzan Falls Guam

Tarzan Falls Guam

Overall, I enjoyed Tarzan Falls much better than Sigua Falls just because I was able to photograph more sequences of the waterfall. From what i’ve been told, that was two out of many more interesting hikes to do on Guam. I definitely look forward to discovering more natural beauties on the island of Guam as well as all the other islands of the Marianas.