Walt F.J. Goodridge presents...
The online supplement to our popular Relocation Guide
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A collection of resources with valuable information about Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

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Guides, Diaries, Photo books

Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin
Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan<
by Chun Yu Wang and Walt F.J. Goodridge
It took a lot of courage for a 25-year-old girl from Wu Xi City in Jiang Shu province, China, who had never flown on a plane, and who had never left home before, to travel 2,000 miles to a foreign country in search of work. It took even more courage to stay once she discovered what life was really like for a factory girl on the island of Saipan in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This is the only first-hand account of work and life in the garment factories of Saipan. (196 pages; 5.5" x 8.5"; ISBN: 978-0974531342) Read more at www.saipanfactorygirl.com
Also available in Spanish

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Saipan Living 2017!
A comprehensive guide for moving to, finding a job, working, living, retiring or simply vacationing in the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota!
by Walt F.J. Goodridge
YES, THIS TITLE HAS BEEN UPDATED for 2017!
Saipan Living 2017! A comprehensive guide for moving to, finding a job, working, living, retiring or simply vacationing in the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota.
An "on the ground" overview of life on Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) researched, compiled and presented by a (former New York City dweller turned rat race escapee) CNMI resident and author with over 10 years of experience observing, exploring, writing about, offering tours of, answering questions and personally enjoying Saipan living!
Where exactly is Saipan? Is it a place I can escape to? What's it really like? Can I retire comfortably there? What taxes will I need to pay? Will I be able to vote in the US elections? Do I need a visa or passport to go there?
Read Saipan Living 2017, and discover Saipan for yourself! Find out what it's really like to live on Saipan from current, up-to-date, on-the-ground information that not even the ! Get answers and information and learn everything you need to know about visa & passport requirements, job opportunities, labor laws, expat communities, pets, churches, schools, gun laws, crime stats, the economy, dating, land ownership and much, much, much more!
This unique volume includes:
An A to Z index of relevant topics from "accommodations" to "zoning laws" with specific, up-to-date information and answers to the most frequently-asked questions as well as "tropical island lifestyle" details you probably haven't even thought about thinking about--details and nuance that the CIA website, travel guides, and even blogs don't get quite right. Indexed TWO ways for your convenience: (1) by Frequently Asked Questions and (2) by topic!
You get: The truth about Saipan including the good, the bad and the ugly
• Reassurances for your concerns from to mosquitoes to humidity to crime
• A step-by-step checklist for your relocation
• Tips and advice for a smooth transition and adjustment
• Support and resources for your unique lifestyle
• Contact numbers, websites & email addresses for vendors, organizations and all govt offices
• The latest updated information as of January 2017 including entry requirements, cost of living, job search, school life and more!
• The latest census information with "reality check" modifications from those who actually live there!
• Facts as well as valuable opinions from past, current and even future residents!
• Completed tax forms with instructions to show how to pay taxes on Saipan!
• 10 years of questions collected from the saipanliving.com website, along with the actual responses from past, present, and even future residents.
• Actual "relocation scenarios" featuring people's real concerns and the answers they received!
• Photos of the islands you won't find anywhere else.
• "The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly!" Yes, it's not all peaches and cream!
• Chamorro, Carolinian, Filipino, Chinese, Russian, Korean, American, Japanese viewpoints and perspectives on Saipan living.
Yes, you get all this and more to help you decide if Saipan is the right place to visit, vacation, venture into business, retire or simply escape the rat race! Another goal of this book is to help shape the on-going transition of what Saipan living means and could mean in the future. It includes: • Predictions of Saipan's future • A manifesto on what Saipan really needs • Interviews with people who've lived there since the 1970s
  • Appendix:
    Forms, Resource Guides, Further Reading, Organizations, Associations, Agents and more...
  • In addition to being just an ordinary guy living a vegan lifestyle on a tropical island in the Pacific Ocean, Walt Goodridge is an in-demand speaker, passion coach, author of 16 books (including his top-seller on Amazon, Turn Your Passion into Profit), web marketing guru, business columnist, and was recognized by official CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) Senate Resolution No. 15-54 for his invaluable contributions to Saipan, its residents and economy.

    Because of numerous demands on his time, Walt's exclusive all day tours of Saipan (including Walt's "Ultimate Saipan Experience") are not available to the general public. They are available by referral only, or by special application. To begin the application process to experience Saipan Walt's way, please click here.


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    Doing Business on Saipan
    A step-by-step guide for finding opportunity, launching a business and profiting in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
    by Walt F.J. Goodridge
    There's an economic transition happening in the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The future is uncertain, but that means opportunity for the savvy entrepreneur. Easy to follow checklists help you start a business; incorporate, get your business license & zoning permit. hire employees; file taxes, and more! Plus: An insiders' view: Opinions of veteran entrepreneur business owners on the island: What's needed on these islands; How federalization of Saipan's immigration and labor will affect the island, and more! (166 pages; 7" x 10"; ISBN: 978-0974531359) Read more at www.saipanliving.com

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    From Bugle Boy to Battleship
    a Battle of Saipan and Guam Veteran's Memoir
    Lloyd Glick as told to Walt F.J. Goodridge
    Born in California on December 28th, 1923, Lloyd Glick was a naive 18-year-old boy watching a movie at a theater in downtown Berkeley on Dec 7 1941, when they stopped the movie to announce Japan's bombing of Pearl Harbor.


    Four months later, with his parents' signed permission, he joined the United States Navy. That decision would ultimately land him the position of Musician Second Class aboard the USS North Carolina as a member of the ship's band while it participated in the bombings of Saipan, Guam, Palau, Pohnpei, and battles throughout World War II's pivotal Pacific Campaign.


    Bugle Boy to Battleship is Lloyd's fascinating account of his two years at sea, as well as his return to visit the island of Saipan 70 years later.


    Bugle Boy to Battleship includes the actual emails that also tell the story of the unique relationship between Lloyd and his "tour guide" --an author living on Saipan--who became inspired by their correspondence to help Lloyd document his story for this and future generations. Read more at www.bestofsaipan.com


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    Saipan Now!
    A photo adventure
    by Walt F.J. Goodridge, Ferdinand Ramos, et.al.
    Author, local photographers and visiting tourists team up to create a photo book capturing the beauty, culture and lifestyle of contemporary Saipan! 100 pages; 8" x 10"; PAPERBACK ISBN: 978-1493736379 ) Read more at www.bestofsaipan.com

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    Drinking Seawater (RELEASED JUNE 15, 2016)
    of storms and survival
    by Riza Ramos and Walt F.J. Goodridge
    On the night of Sunday, August 2, 2015, Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on the island of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Though officially recorded as a "Category 5-equivalent super typhoon," speculation continues that Soudelor's winds far exceeded this category. Cars and even trucks were overturned, and it was later discovered that the wind speed recording equipment was destroyed during the storm; the highest speed recorded before the failure was 180 miles per hour. At the time, it was the most powerful storm to make landfall...ever...anywhere that year.

    The eye of a storm is a roughly circular region of mostly calm weather, typically 30-65 km (20-40 miles) in diameter, located at the center of strong tropical cyclones. It is surrounded by the eyewall, a ring of towering thunderstorms where the most severe weather occurs. Soudelor's core (the eye and eyewall) was smaller than the island. That's why the devastation on Saipan was so intense, and why the neighboring island of Tinian, only two miles away, was virtually untouched by the storm. Riza Ramos, her husband Ferdinand, and two children survived the devastation of that typhoon at point during which they were actually outside and unsheltered. Drinking Seawater is that story. However there is more... Read more at www.rizaramosbooks.com

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