Thursday, August 30, 2007

Watch this space: Carnival of the Blue IV on Monday

Umatac Bay PanoramicSaipan Blogger Recommends: Jeff is going to Guam in a few weeks and is asking for places to see, dine, etc. I think Umatac Bay is really pretty. He should go there.

Carnival of the Blue IV is being hosted on The Saipan Blog on Monday. I've been receiving submissions from around the world via email. If you have a blog post about the ocean, please email the link with a small blurb to angelovillagomez at gmail dot com.

The idea of the Carnival is that when I post the link to your ocean blog post, you will reciprocate by linking to my Carnival post. That way readers reading your blog who are interested in ocean issues will be able to find other blogs that discuss ocean issues. Sound easy enough?

Now send me your submission!

If you need inspiration, check out Carnival of the Blue III.

Enter the chicken

Litcelle turned 14 a few weeks ago. We all had dinner together at Tony Roma's. I gave her a pink party hat and a rubber chicken.

Happy birthday, Litcelle! I hope you enjoy your gifts.

Click HERE for pictures of EJ eating her Onion Ring Burger.


After getting romped by Wild Bill's last night, a bunch of us went to Porky's to celebrate the end of the Coed Soccer League.

Porky's is owned by one of The Worst People in the World, Bruce Bateman. He was our corporate sponsor. Basically, he paid for our uniforms and we promised to lose every game.

We both kept our ends of the deal.

I like Bruce. Jeff will argue that Bruce is a good guy because he supports local theater and sports. Sure he's a little crazy (arguing that Abraham Lincoln was our worst president and claiming that SPAM is an old family recipe), but islands all over the world attract crazy white people. Key West got Jimmy Buffet and Margaritaville; Saipan has Bruce Bateman and Porky's.

Too bad Bruce can't sing.

Wednesdays are smokeless at Porky's. You can just have to do it outside. I know several people that won't go to bars because of the smoke. Well, now you have one smoke free option on one night of the week.

It's a start, right?

Porky's has a pool table, electronic darts, and free wireless Internet. They have a full service kitchen and they are the only restaurant on Saipan to charge a reasonable price for those of us who choose not to drink alcohol and opt to drink soda.

Last night they had a Special $6.99 entree menu. I don't know if they do that every night, though. I had some grilled white tuna, served with white rice and some vegetables. The fish was cooked through and moist in the middle. I prefer my fish a bit more rare, but it was still very good. Not bad for $6.99...especially considering it was dinner, not lunch.

I'm a big fan of their beef kelaguan, but not their chicken kelaguan (not spicy enough) or the nachos (I don't like the cheese). The fried shrimp is pretty good, too.

I think that's everything I've eaten there. I like to eat, what can I say?

There is a band that plays on Wednesday nights. I forget their name.

A lot of local restaurants have a band. They always take requests and I always request Mmmmbop by Hanson. Now, I've lived on Saipan for almost a year and a half and not a single band has had the talent to play Mmmmbop.

That drought ended last night. That makes this unnamed band the best band ever. Here we are rocking out to Hanson:

And I don't know what Steve is doing here:

I'll take suggestions as to what he is doing in the comments section.

Then the party really got started:

Saipan's #1 Korean Party Girl made an appearance when she got off 11 PM!!! Ever since school started she's been tutoring overachieving Korean students from 3-11. I hardly see her anymore.


EJ and Pattie DancingOh well. Party time!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Gorge on shrimp and support Beautify CNMI!

A local hotel is promoting locally raised food and donating some of the profits to a local environmental coalition. I think that's pretty cool.

Let's all go to Aqua Resort this Saturday night to support the local shrimp farming industry and Beautify CNMI! Call Yoshimi at 322-1234 for reservations.

My PrinciPAL Demands It

Boni says that I have to say something nice about all of the bloggers.

Harry: You take brilliant photos of sea you are the best media personality on Saipan. (That's two, Harry...and when I'm not joking about midget pirates and identity theft, I actually have nothing but good things to say about you.)

Jeff: You personify "Don't tread on me."

Bruce: You have a nice wife.

Boni: You read to your kids. Might not seem like a big deal, but it is.

Brad: When it comes to karaoke, you win.

Bree: There are a million things I could say, but I bet you weren't expecting me to say that you have the two healthiest looking dogs on Saipan. Good job.

Cinta: No one has made me feel more welcome on Saipan than you. Thank you.

EJ: Again, there are a lot of things I could say. I really like your blog. Wow, that sounded lame.

and then just for good measure, some of the people I have mentioned on this blog:

Tina Sablan: You really helped Beautify CNMI get started. Thank you.

Tina Sablan's supporters: Some of your posts about me are pretty funny. My favorite one is, "he picks up cans and girls."

Wendy Doromal: This one I'll skip.

Dengre: You point out things that have been swept under the rug. Thank you...and if you'd drop the snark you might find that you have a lot of allies out here.


That was harder than I thought it would be. Sarcasm comes much easier.


All right, here are a few more:

Melissa Simms: You are a lawyer and a Republican...but none of that matters because you are a Disney fan. One of these days I am going to challenge you to a game of Disney Trivia. You will lose.

DC: I think we've met in person no more than 5 times...and that includes the time at the I don't know you too well. Even so, you seem like the type of girl that every island mom wants to see her son marry....just don't tell your husband I said that. We all know that he could snap off my arms without breaking a sweat.

Diana: I admire your thumb war skills

Gus: Everyone loves Gus. If you don't like Gus, you hate life.

Bev: I trust you.

Marites: If you are not a blessing from God, then there is no God. You are humble, giving, and consistent. You are not just a leader in the Filipino community; you are a leader for all of us. Thank you.

David: You have a way of seeing the big picture while the rest of us are still asking for directions.

Why do I threaten Tina Sablan's supporters?

I think it started when the Writers over at Middle Road posed the question, "Who would make a better leader, Tina or Angelo?"

When the poll started, most of the feedback seemed pretty positive:

run pole said...
Angelo or Tina.
They're both great leaders already and don't seem to be heading in opposite directions in regards to their vision of what is best for our islands.
When the poll ended with Tina winning, the trolls came out of the woodwork.

I got 26.6% of the vote. Here is troll #1:

Anonymous said...
I can't believe 26.6percent of people voted the way they did. Sheds a little light on why the CNMI is in the predicament it's in. Hypocrites, Sheisters and Fly-by-Nights... who garner votes.

What's up with that? A harmless little poll and some anonymous commenter is pissed off that even 1 person voted for me? What gives?

That was way back in June.

It continued when the Writers put up their next poll, "Who should be the next CNMI governor?" Check out the New Poll: Governor to be or not to be... post on Middle Road.

Here are a few classics from that post:

Anonymous said...
and how does Mr. Villagomez fit into this poll? He does not even refer to the CNMI as his home... (that is from a reference on his blog).

Herman's said...
Angelo is leading this one? Who's gonna be his sidekick, EJ?

Anonymous said...
wow...let's be honest now... you ended this poll extremely early. You left the Tina/Angelo poll up for a month. Why did you end this now? Did you end it when the results you wanted were achieved? Curiously suspicious? Angelo is a two-faced spineless idiot... he picks up cans and girls...yeah...good governor. Give us a break!

Anonymous said...'s not about the messenger... it's about the message. Yes, Cinta and Tina are beacons in the night here...both straight up and both with spines. I don't know if you read it... but after Tina's landmark three part letter in the paper last January...Spineless Angelo, who sent her a sharp rebuke...which happened to be forwarded to many people. If you haven't read should. Basically, he proved himself just another crony... defending his "enfamilia".

Tina was right on in that letter, and for him to have the wherewithall to challenge any of it was only proof that he is just one of the gang, who, in the end will stick up for the history of his family...


He touts himself a progressive/liberal...he may be... but not when it comes to sticking up for his relative politicians.

Get a copy of that letter he wrote her... it'll make you vomit.
The letter referenced in that last post was a response to an email I sent Tina after she used the Beautify CNMI email list to send out her "A Call to Action" diatribe. That letter was published in both newspapers, several websites, and she read the whole thing on the radio. She didn't need to use our list.

I want to keep Beautify CNMI non-political. In over a year and a half in existence, that is the only time the coalition has been attached to any political agenda. I want to keep it that way.

This is the email I sent Tina (I copied everyone on the list to whom she had sent her original letter):

Dear Tina (and everyone else for that matter),

While I think it is great to have a vibrant open Democracy where people are not afraid to speak their minds, I don't want to spend this election year deleting dozens of 9 page diatribes against, well, anything.

If I get an unsolicited mass email like this again from ANYONE in the Commonwealth pushing what I consider to be a political agenda, whether right/wrong or if I agree/disagree, I am going to do everything in my power to report your email as SPAM (Tina, gets a freebie this time, but this is a final warning).
When I am successful at reporting you as a SPAMmer, that means that whole directories of emails, such as,, and will be unavailable to your email address. I'm sure that will be fun for you. And if you don't think I can do that, try me.

Tina, I have nothing against you, but it is really easy for anyone on this list to hit "reply all" or to copy this list and send out something else.

Please use BCC in the future,

Sure, I sound like a total, um, David Cohen won't let me use bad words. But you know what? Tina and I talked about her running for office as far back as September 2006. I didn't want people to think that Beautify CNMI was created to be a launching pad for Tina Sablan's political career.

Let me be clear: I do not disagree with Tina.

...but if I had forwarded an email like that to, let's say, the MINA list, MINA could lose their tax exempt status. There is a time and a place for politics. Beautify CNMI is not one of them.

Well, the anonymous blog comments continue to pop up.

These gems can be found over on Middle Road's post titled Governor Race is for Angelo, Cinta and Heinz

Anonymous said...
thank god sblogger doesn't meet the age requirement to run yet...

Anonymous said...
tina vs. angelo...??? that is like deep vs. shallow, a supercomputer vs. a vegetable, a stand-up and shoot straight citizen vs. a hair-gelled photo-op boy, a ferrari vs. a pinto... (and just so there's absolutely no confusion I equate sblogger with the vegetable, hairgel, shallow and pinto) :)
So the question remains, why am I such a threat to Tina Sablan's supporters? All of these comments are anonymous; I wonder how many of them are from Tina personally and how many are just from her supporters?

I don't know why anyone would take the time to attack me. I'm not even running for office! Most of my time is spent planning weekend cleanups and tree plantings and playing soccer...with the occasional bar hopping.

I admit that I have had a few professional problems with Tina, but does that justify attacking someone who isn't even running against you?

Tina, I wish you a long, happy political career.

May the Force be with you.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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Angelo VillagomezI am involved in a group called Marianas Dive. We've got big plans to morph into a homegrown Ecotourism portal, but in the meantime we're putting up an online dive forum and planning a few group dives. Our group dive on September 16 is going to coincide with a Beautify CNMI cleanup of North Laulau. We are going to clean the beach, dive, have a potluck BBQ, and then dive again.

Hope to see you there!

...and don't forget, the last soccer Coed soccer game is tomorrow at 5:15, followed by the We Love Saipan Blogger Meetup at Java Joes at 7, and the end of season soccer bash at Porky's at 8. Wednesday is smokeless at Porky's, so if you are one of those people who hates smelling like an ashtray, come out and join us!


Just a warning:

I am going to cut my Saipan Blogger links down to 10 this weekend. I link to all of you on The Master List, so you are not losing a link.

I just really want to clean up the look of my blog. My left hand column is getting a little ridiculous.

I finally saw Superman Returns and other random nonsensical thoughts

What a great frickin' movie!

It makes me want to go beat up smart, bald people! Lex Luther

...but I guess the smart part leaves out Harry and Jeff.

I could so be the Saipan Superman. I just need blue eyes, a pair of blue and red tights, and more hair gel. It would probably help if I was six inches taller and invincible, too.

Details, details, details...


Speaking of evil, bald masterminds, one of the SAVE kids at Saturday's cleanup of Laly 4 walked up to me and said, "I think Harry has a better blog."

SAVE Beach CleanupHer Mom works at Harry's radio station. Damn you, Blalock, damn you.


Speaking of my potty mouth, David Cohen referred to one of my "profanity laced blogs" when I spoke with him a few weeks ago.

Yeah, I know I use some naughty words in my posts. They often get me banned at PSS and they make me sound like a pirate. Pirates are bad.

I will try not to swear anymore. Do or do not, there is no try.

There. David Cohen just had a positive impact in the Marianas.

See, not all Sith Lords, er, um, I mean, Republicans, are bad.



Kudos to the Division of Fish & Wildlife for apprehending two men fishing inside the Managaha Conservation Zone. The Saipan Tribune reports that they were caught over the weekend.

These guys were fishing just outside of the area where tourists snorkel:

Illegal FishingClick on the image to pull up a larger version. You can see the concrete dock on the right and the buoys marking the swim zone right behind the two guys.

...and in case you can't get a good look at their faces, here are a couple of close ups:

I hope that Fish & Wildlife does the right thing.


Speaking of doing the right thing, what ever happened to the guy who did this:

This anchor belongs to the Pioneer III. says that the Pionoeer III belongs to someone named Danilo T Anguilar in Guam.

Could that be local lawyer Danilo Aguilar? I wonder if anyone ever contacted him concerning what his boat did to our coral reefs.


Also, this is very important.


This is even more important.

Monday, August 27, 2007

The Blogger Meetup will be short

There will be a blogger meetup this Wednesday at Java Joes starting at 7 PM.

I am going to Porky's at 8 PM for the end of season soccer bash. And oh yeah, Porky's is smokeless on Wednesdays.

Caption Contest IV

The winner of Caption Contest III is...nobody. I didn't like any of them.

Here is the picture for Caption Contest IV:

Leave your caption in the comments. The winner gets...nothing.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Is this illegal?

Guess what I saw while watching the volleyball tournament at the Hyatt this weekend:

There are many reasons not to Drive your car on the Beach.

Driving on the Beach:

D. rips oil
R. uts are created
I. llegal
V. egetation is killed
E. rosion is increased.

Driving on the beach kills turtles and is illegal!

Don't be that guy!

...and here's a couple of pictures of EJ, Kimiko, and Harumi at the tournament:

Angelo's Weekly Update

Are you on the Beautify CNMI mailing list?

Every Monday morning I send out a summary of the weekend's activites. On Thursdays I send out the upcoming weekend's activities. If there is a meeting on a particular day, I send out a meeting reminder.

If you are not on the list and you would like to be, please email Angelo at angelovillagomez at gmail dot com.

Here is my update from this morning:

Good Monday Morning,

We had several successful events over the weekend.

On Friday, we announced the winners of the Photo Contest to raise awareness of the Micronesia Challenge and over 30 people participated in a public forum discussing Marine Protected Areas and Coral Reefs. On Saturday, the members of the Student Action for a Viable Environment clubs cleaned up the beach in Chalan Kanoa and one of the pocket beaches in Dandan. On Sunday, Friends of the Mariana Islands cleaned up Dandan Road. The Lion's Club was also out this weekend cleaning up their adopted spot along Beach Road (sorry, I forgot if that was Saturday or Sunday).

There will be a Parks & Trails meeting this Thursday at 1 PM. The meeting is in the USDA Conference Room, on the first floor of the DY Buidling in Garapan on Beach Road. If you have questions, please contact Ken Kramer, RC&D Coordinator, at 236-0893.

This Saturday we should be planting the last of our Flame Trees...I just don't know where yet.

This Sunday we will be in the Garapan Tourist District. Our cleanup meets at the AMP Parking lot and begins at 8 AM.

Have a great week!


The Saipan Blogger Endorses

Today the Commonwealth Election Commission will draw the position candidates' names will appear on the ballot. I have already determined that I will endorse candidates:

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42

What can I say? The numbers are bad.

The Saipan Tribune published a list of candidates HERE, so no need for me to republish it.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Photo Contest Winners

On Friday night we announced the 10 finalists and the Grand Prize winner of the Photo Contest to raise awareness for the Micronesia Challenge. Here are a few of the top 10:

Leslie Ware won the Grand Prize with his photo of a Fairy Tern flying in front of some Flame Trees. He won a one night stay at Aqua Resort and lunch for two at Grand Hotel.

He also had two other photos chosen as top 10 finalists:

These next two photos were taken by Takahiro Noguchi. If I had been a judge, I would have chosen the picture of the fish as the Grand Prize winner (Sorry, Les).

Laura Williams from Division of Fish & Wildlife submitted this photo of Bikkia tetrandra:

I'm not sure if the judges have a sense of humor or if this is just a coincidence, but Harry Blalock's photo of a hermit crab was chosen as a finalist:

This photo of Yoshimi Yanagasawa and her Mom was also chosen:

Aya Matsumoto had two photos in the top 10:

Here are two of the winning photographers accepting their Beautify CNMI prize packs:

Each Beautify CNMI giftpack includes one of our turtle bags, two t-shirts, several bumper stickers, and a limited edition Beautify CNMI mug.

They are limited edition because I dropped the bag they were in and about 1/4 of them broke.


The top 10 finalists and 10 Honorable Mentions were on display at our event at the Grand Hotel on Friday.

After the announcement of the winners we had a public forum hosted by Marianas Resource Conservation & Development Council (that's me). Over 30 people participated, including several public school teachers. Dr. Peter Houk, Biologist from Division of Environmental Quality, and Greg Moretti, Marine Protected Area Specialist from NOAA, presented on some of the work they are doing concerning the Micronesia Challenge.

Afterwards we had a long question & answer session.

The event was a success.

Thank you, Aqua Resort, Grand Hotel,and Marianas RC&D for providing prizes!

Thank you, Grand Hotel for hosting the event!

Thank you, Marianas RC&D for paying!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What are you doing for Happy Hour this Friday?

In my last post I mentioned that we are going to announce the winners of the Photo Contest at an event on Friday at Grand Hotel during Happy Hour. The top 10 photographers will get a Beautify CNMI! prize pack and the Grand Prize winner will get a one night stay at Aqua Resort.

Thank you, Aqua Resort!

This photo contest was put on to raise awareness for the Micronesia Challenge, which is a pledge by the leaders of the Marianas, Guam, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands to Effectively Conserve 30% of our Near Shore Resources and 20% of our Forest Resources by 2020.

After we announce the winners of the photo contest, we will have a forum on some of the Near Shore Resources aspects of the Micronesia Challenge. I have asked Peter Houk from the Division of Environmental Quality to present on coral reefs and I have asked Greg Moretti from NOAA to present on Marine Protected Areas. After the presentations we will have a question and answer session.

This event is hosted by the Marianas Resource Conservation & Development Council. We are paying for food and iced tea. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Teachers, this is a great opportunity for your students to learn about Conservation in the Marianas. I would greatly appreciate it if you gave extra credit to your students for attending.

This is a great opportunity for divers and fishermen to be able to ask questions about the Micronesia Challenge. So divers and fishermen, please attend.

I have heard a rumor that there will be Beautify CNMI merchandise available for participants, but this is only a rumor and it can not be confirmed until the event begins.

Bloggers, I would appreciate if you would help me advertise this event on your blog.

I hope we get some good feedback from this event. If successful, we will repeat this event at other locations on Saipan, Tinian, and please come help me make it successful!

Micronesia Challenge Photo Contest

I'm helping the Micronesia Challenge Outreach Committee by putting together a photo contest. I went ahead and reserved, set up a blog at, directed the website url to the blog url, and started posting the pictures.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

We are going to announce the winners on Friday at Grand Hotel, which is followed by a Micronesia Challenge panel discussion.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

I want to be Deputy Assisstant Secretary for Insular Affairs of the Interior!

Not really because it looks like a cool job or because I'd get to travel and make lots of money, I just want to tell people that I'm the DASI...because everyone knows that DASI is a 13-element interferometer designed to measure temperature and polarization anisotropy of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) Radiation over a large range of scales with high sensitivity. Scientists everywhere would get a real kick out of that one!

...and now back to reality:

OK, not really.

I believe this photo highlights all the reasons why I am a candidate for DASI. We just need to ensure that a Democrat is elected POTUS in 2008...and it would help if she (or he) read my blog.

If I am given this job, I promise to hate American Samoa a little more than David Cohen hates the Marianas.

Just kidding.

I promise to hate American Samoa as much as Allan Stayman hates the Marianas.


Alright, now that I've got that out of my system, back to reality.

I met with David Cohen and two other Saipan Bloggers on Friday night. He wanted to talk to us about island life and the Federalization of the Marianas. Jeff Schorr arranged the meeting with me. I asked Marites Castillo and Bree Reynolds to come along.

Regardless of how the Governor, the Attorney General, and Harry Blalock feel about David Cohen, I catch a good vibe from talking to him. I found out that he once volunteered (worked?) with the League of Conservation Voters (I worked for LCV in 2004 and 2005) and that he was a Democrat in his younger days.

It wasn't until he met a Sith Lord named Darth Vader that...

OK, and we're back:

Not only has David flipped from being a Dem to a Sith, but he has also changed his views of Federalization. He was once against it, but now is for it. In particular, he is concerned with human trafficking and the sex slave industry.

He claims that the Marianas government does not recognize these issues and have done very little to put an end to them. Is that true? I don't know. But I think he is basically saying that if we can't do it, he's going to make sure that somebody does it for us.

Personally, I feel that the Federal Takeover is less a result of George Miller getting 2/3 of his PAC money from Labor Unions and Allan Stayman hating the Marianas, and more a result of our leaders' inability to take the initiative.

But that's just one person's opinion. I am only the voice for the people of the Marianas that live in my apartment.


I had a great time at Saturday's Las Vegas Night put on by the local Rotary Club.

I was a little disappointed at first because there was no craps table (false advertising!), but I eventually found a seat at Harry Blalock's blackjack table and stayed there most of the night.

I was a little annoyed at the Rotary Club rule making committee. The dealer had to hit on 16 and stay on 17, which is standard, but anytime a player and dealer had a draw (i.e. both draw a 20), the advantage went to the dealer.

Yeah, I know, it is a charity event and all the money went to "the children," but still...that's un-American!

Oh well.

As it turned out, Harry Blalock is one of the worst blackjack dealers the world has ever seen. I drank all night (yeah, I know, I broke my no drinking thing), bought three rounds of drinks for the table, made several trips to buy food at the snack bar, paid for my $40 in raffle tickets, and went home with a surplus $100 in my pocket.

Harry was so bad that on one hand he dealt all six of the players at his table a blackjack.

Good job, Harry! I look forward to playing at your table next year!

It was fun rubbing elbows with all the people on Saipan that are more important and that make more money than me...but it was even better running into some of my hot Filipina babe friends:

...that's me with my island-born American-Filipina buddy, Kathy, and my Randolph-born 1/4 Filipina-American buddy, Diana.

...and that's EJ with Bev, everyone's favorite Filipina-American dental assistant (hygienist?).

Greg Moretti was there, too, but he's not hot, a babe, or Filipino. This picture is the next photo in the Blackmail Series:


Herb Soll was there, too (see comments abut Greg Moretti):

I love Herb Soll!

How about one more Harry Blalock anecdote:

There was one particular door prize that Harry really wanted to win, the liter bottle of 18 year Chivas. It was one of the more valuable door prizes, so it was raffled off towards the end of the night.

Since it was the end of the night, a lot of people had already left. At least six times they pulled a number, announced it, gave the winner a few minutes to claim their prize, and then pulled another number. On the sixth or seventh try they called my number.

I went up, accepted my prize and came back to the table to take this picture:

Harry BlalockHarry was pissed...but became considerably more happy when I gave him the bottle of whiskey:

Harry Blalock

Saturday, August 18, 2007

...and life continues

If you read the local papers, you'd think that all we do on Saipan is fret over the impending Federalization of our Immigration and Labor.

Not so.

We're still grilling food on the beach:

Teachers from the Public School System are still learning how to apply coral reefs issues in their classrooms:

PSS TeachersKorean tourists at Managaha are still swimming in the No Swimming Zone:

No SwimmingI'm still talking about watershed science and how our land management practices affect our marine environment:

Laulau WatershedJun is still singing Jason Mraz songs:

...and Brad still dreams about his days on Brokeback Mountain:

Brokeback Brad Ruszala