Saturday, May 10, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is The Saipan Blogger?

The Saipan Blogger is Angelo O'Connor Villagomez. Angelo is from Saipan, but lived in Japan, England, and the United States for 24 years before returning to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in 2006. Angelo is an environmentalist. He helped create Beautify CNMI, was the lead local organizer pushing for the creation of the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument, and was the 2009 Democratic candidate for Mayor of Saipan. Angelo moved back to Florida in 2010.

What is the CNMI? What does it stand for?

CNMI stands for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. CNMI consists of 14 islands. Saipan is the largest of the 14.

Why is the url of this blog

Angelo started this blog when he was applying for the JET Program. He didn't get in, but to make a long story short, he went to Japan for a little while and moved to Saipan shortly afterwards. Read the archives if you want the full story.

What is a Chamaole?

Chamaole is a combination of the words Chamorro and Haole (pronounced How-Lee). Chamorros are the indigenous people of the Marianas and Haole is a Hawaiian word for foreigner (basically a white guy). I'm a little bit of both and I've seen Star Wars a few too many times, so I'm Obi-Wan Chamoale. My dog is Oreo Kenobi. He's a half-breed mongrel, too.

Does the Saipan Blogger have a best friend?

Oreo Kenobi Oreo Kenobi! Oreo is my 3/4 Maltese 1/4 Scottish Terrier mix. He likes grilled chicken and pooping on my floor.

How do I contact the Saipan Blogger?

The easiest way is to leave a comment on this blog, but I can also be found on Facebook. You can also send an email to angelovillagomez at gmail dot com.


The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

If you have a question, ask it and I will do my best to answer it.

Jeff said...

Since you're a lobbyist, do you have any good stories about Jack Abramoff? How about Richard Pierce? Nick Naylor?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I've got some good ones about...who else?

Brad Ruszala.

SteeleOnSaipan said...

Was Darth Vader really Luke's father?

Did Luke and Princess Leah know, do the deed?

How many times did you attend a movie premier dressed up as a Stormtrooper or wookie?

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Will Chewbacca be running for the CNMI non-voting Delegate position like most everyone else on the island?

One Hot Chamaole! said...

Actually "malahini" is the Hawaiian word for "foreigner", haole really does mean whitey :P

Ken said...

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog a few months ago while doing research into Saipan and the islands, and think it's really informative and an interesting take on life in Saipan. Btw, dig the Star Wars theme too. I've always been a big Jaba and Bubba Fett fan...haha.

From a mainlanders perspective, its been difficult to get firm information about certain aspects of day-to-day life in Saipan.

I realize you're not a travel agent or whatever, and you're probably a pretty busy guy.
I am, however, writing you just to sort of pick your brain about life on the island in a more general sense, as I'm planning on moving there within the next year or so. You're about my age (I'm 31) and it sounds like from your profile, similar in some respect to me. So I guess in saying that, the perspective of life on Saipan you could offer would be one I'd respect and listen to.

I'll be self-employed with an internet business that I run, so employment once I get there won't be a problem. I guess my questions about life there stem from things like: quality and types of internet access throughout the island (as you are obviously someone who spends time online), random food prices at grocery stores, quality of housing available (I'm looking into studio apartments there), transportation (i.e. cost of gas right now, approximent costs of used cars, road conditions in Saipan, costs/time in flying/boating to other islands like Guam/Tinian/Rota)....stuff like that. I'm also interested in what kind of nightlife Saipan has to offer (where YOU go for fun, stuff like that), where are the beaches you like the best...just want to get an overall sense of what life is like right now, as opposed to what I read about how Saipan was a few years ago. I know there's been a lot of change in the islands recently, and more to follow in the future, and its so hard to get a true feeling of a place unless you can get someone who is a local to offer their opinion.

I see a lot of really positive opportunities for Saipan in the future and I'd really like to be part of it, even in some small way. I'm a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a background in print journalism, and I think I'd be able to contribute positively to life in Saipan.

Well anyway, sorry to take up so much of your time, but I thought I'd try reaching out to someone who has their fingers on the pulse of life there. Thank you in advance for any insight you can offer, and continued success on the blog and your other endeavors.


Ken Olson

PS (sorry for the long post!)

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I think the price of gas today is $4.56 per gallon. Christ that's expensive.

Why don't you just give me a call on the PTI sponsored Beautify CNMI volunteer line at 285-6462?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Gas is up to $4.80 now.

The Saipan Blogger said...

Gas has been $2.97 for several weeks now.

pRiNcEsSeXyeDz said...

hmmf..something new in here?