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    Saipan

    Anyone been to Saipan and have anything they could let our little family know about what to expect if we go there?


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    Re: Saipan

    Never been there or heard anything but, good luck if you go!!



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    Re: Saipan

    I have been stationed in Asia for a long time and spent a lot of time in the Marianas. the last time I was in Saipan was 15 years ago and there were 3-4 huge resorts and the rest of the island was not developed....rent a bike, soend time on the beach, etc. It's probably changed a ton though.

    A big question that I have is...why? It's a lot of money and a really long flight for a tropical island experience that you probably could get much cheaper and closer in Central America (or maybe another location). If you really want to go there, I would recommend staying on Guam a few nights. I'm pretty sure you have to fly there anyway and catch a flight to Saipan. there's enough stuff to do for maybe two days, rent a car and drive around the island which is about 30 miles long and 3-10 miles wide. After that a flight to Saipan is probably 30 minutes or so and there is the trip.
    Both places have a ton of Japanese tourists that, for them, is like Hawaii but much closer.


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    Re: Saipan

    Quote Originally Posted by sclotz View Post
    I have been stationed in Asia for a long time and spent a lot of time in the Marianas. the last time I was in Saipan was 15 years ago and there were 3-4 huge resorts and the rest of the island was not developed....rent a bike, soend time on the beach, etc. It's probably changed a ton though.

    A big question that I have is...why? It's a lot of money and a really long flight for a tropical island experience that you probably could get much cheaper and closer in Central America (or maybe another location). If you really want to go there, I would recommend staying on Guam a few nights. I'm pretty sure you have to fly there anyway and catch a flight to Saipan. there's enough stuff to do for maybe two days, rent a car and drive around the island which is about 30 miles long and 3-10 miles wide. After that a flight to Saipan is probably 30 minutes or so and there is the trip.
    It would be for a teaching job, actually. Just gathering info from anyone who's spent time there


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    Re: Saipan

    I would imagine there would be some great sights to see if you're into WWII era historical sites.



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    Re: Saipan

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    It would be for a teaching job, actually. Just gathering info from anyone who's spent time there
    Teaching the fry station? Or the soda machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I would imagine there would be some great sights to see if you're into WWII era historical sites.

    Which he is. He loves history. It was the second thing he told me after the job opportunity. It was the island that held the B29s.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrevkah View Post
    Which he is. He loves history. It was the second thing he told me after the job opportunity. It was the island that held the B29s.
    That would be awesome! I'm a history buff too, and I'd love to see that, and the surrounding islands have a ton of history too. And I'm sure it's beautiful.

    As long as they have xboxlive.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    That would be awesome! I'm a history buff too, and I'd love to see that, and the surrounding islands have a ton of history too. And I'm sure it's beautiful.

    As long as they have xboxlive.
    That's a concern too. Do we really want to take that to an island with all of the humidity? Is it worth the cost?



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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrevkah View Post
    That's a concern too. Do we really want to take that to an island with all of the humidity? Is it worth the cost?
    Depends how long your staying. If it's a long stay, I suggest that you bring the 360, and the largest dehumidifier in the history of the world.



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    Re: Saipan

    I am getting ready to retire from the Navy and am finishing my teaching certification with Old Dominion University. I may end up staying in Asia and teaching.
    From my experience, a concern that I would have teaching in Guam or Saipan is education is generally not a priority for many kids there. there are a lot of similarities with the educational system on an American Indian Reservation. Many kids never plan on leaving the island, so don't see a benefit in studying. As long as a teacher understands this is the case, teaching there may work out well. A more "Asian" country (as opposed to Pacific Islands) such as Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and of course Japan, Korea, etc. will emphasize education more and respect teachers and the educational experience more. there are many exception of course but my 2 cents worth.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrevkah View Post
    Which he is. He loves history. It was the second thing he told me after the job opportunity. It was the island that held the B29s.
    the Enola Gay took off from Tinian, not Saipan. Tinian is also part of the CNMI, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sclotz View Post
    the Enola Gay took off from Tinian, not Saipan. Tinian is also part of the CNMI, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

    I am known for misremembering his history quotes

    But still there'd be a lot of history there.



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    Quote Originally Posted by sclotz View Post
    I am getting ready to retire from the Navy and am finishing my teaching certification with Old Dominion University. I may end up staying in Asia and teaching.
    From my experience, a concern that I would have teaching in Guam or Saipan is education is generally not a priority for many kids there. there are a lot of similarities with the educational system on an American Indian Reservation. Many kids never plan on leaving the island, so don't see a benefit in studying. As long as a teacher understands this is the case, teaching there may work out well. A more "Asian" country (as opposed to Pacific Islands) such as Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, and of course Japan, Korea, etc. will emphasize education more and respect teachers and the educational experience more. there are many exception of course but my 2 cents worth.
    That's a good concern to mull over. This college isn't particularly geared just to Saipan, but mostly caters to students from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea and the Phillippines. Most are intending to head back, from what I understand. But I only started looking last week seriously.


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