Friday, December 26, 2008

Island Hopping

Now that fuel has returned to sane price levels, it's time to relish the fact that the Commonwealth offers some of the world's best flying. Aircraft partnerships are common ways for people to share expenses, and scooting between Saipan, Tinian, Rota, and Guam in a small airplane is certainly a viable endeavor. (Pagan, on the other hand, is a bit more demanding, but it's sure a lot of fun.)

This column will run Saturday.

(Photo: Yours truly at Pagan Island)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Brutal brevity

Patronage jobs aren't an option for Saipan's Filipino workforce. For those sending resumes to the U.S. market, this week's column highlights differences between Philippine and American resume protocol.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas shopping for Saipan techies

This shopping season doesn't seem to offer a "must-have" gift for the techie on your list, a situation I lament in this week's column.

But here are a few things (tech-oriented or otherwise)that I reviewed in 2008:

1. Saving Memories. Feb. 29. This extolls the benefits of the new generation of small external hard drives. Many of us have moved our photo albums to our computers; those are memories worth saving....and backing up.

2. A great piece of gear. Aug. 15. The Cabela's Outback Computer Attache is my best product discovery of the year.

3. Saipan and Everywhere: Four essential books. Oct. 24. The title pretty much says it all. Any, or all, of these four books would be a nice gift for the thinker on your list.