Last night, Emily and I, along with just about everyone we know on Saipan (who isn't a relative...although there were some relatives present), went to a fundraiser for Off the Beaten Path... at our new favorite bar, Oceans.
Off the Beaten Path doesn't really fit into a defined category. They're a non-profit that is composed of basically a bunch of 20-30 somethings who like to have a good time and donate money to good causes. Kind of like a Rotary Club for people who don't fit the Rotary Club mold (i.e. OLD!)
Back in March, about a week before we arrived, they put on a performace of The Vagina Monologues. They've got some other things coming up, but I'm not really too sure as to what they are. I think the money raised last night was going to be donated to some other charity. Sorry, I'm not a member, so I don't really know what they do.
I DO KNOW, however, that last night was a rockin' good time. Oceans is the newest bar to open up in Garapan, which is, depending on who you ask, Saipan's Tourist District or Saipan's Red Light District. I'm withholding comment on that one.
It is on the second floor of a building right along the Paseo de Marianas, so in addition to having an indoor area, there is a small outdoor patio. Ed, the owner, hasn't bought patio furniture yet, but it is in the works.
Inside, the bar is totally swanky. The whole bar is decked out in blue lighting, except for the two pool tables, which I might add are FREE. They are bright red.
Since they just opened, Oceans doesn't sell food yet, but the members of Off the Beaten Path... all brought food.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it was $10 to get in.
Poke, sushi, fried chicken, chili, yaki pork (what's the Japanese word for pork?) and chips and salsa. I went back for fifths and sixths. Tight work, food committee!
Like I said, it was a really fun night. I think I played pool for about 5 hours straight. Good times!
There was even a raffle later in the night. Everybody who had walked through the door was given a free raffle ticket for said raffle. We were able to win extra raffle tickets by donating a dollar and taking a chance at sinking a pool ball. If you got it in, you were given an extra raffle ticket.
By the time they did the raffle, I had a total of four tickets (because I was holding onto Emily's ticket) and AGO Joe had three tickets.
To make a boring story short, I won four out of four times and Joe won three out of three times. We each took home a bottle of Chivas, an umbrella, a lanyard, a t-shirt, and Joe also won two hats.
Welcome to Saipan, indeed!