consider myself "LOCAL"
1. I received my childhood shots at Dr. Torres Hospital...now known as Northern Marianas College.
2. White Sands Hotel (now part of what is known as the P.I.C.) was my playground but I never vandalized it in any way.. : )
3. I've ridden on a plane that landed in what is now, Koblerville.
4. I learned to play pool at "The House of Chang" and to Cha cha at "Mariana's Inn".
5. I picked up tons of live ordinance off the beach front from Agigan point to the now PIC Hotel and probably saved a life or two from being blown up by it :)
6. I went to Sr. Remedios Pre-school when Sr. Remedios still taught there.
7. I had my first Holy Communion at Mt. Carmel Cathedral many years before it was a cathedral.
8. I was the proud owner of one of the very first mopeds on Saipan brought in by Mitsubishi motors (now known as Triple J Motors).
9. I grew up playing on the old sugar king train tracks that ran along the beach in San Antonio near the PIC ( they are long gone now).
10. We drove the longgggggg drive down to Garapan on weekends to get our banana's at the "Banana Store" in Garapan
11. I remember Kagman long before I, II, III or IV were ever part of the name..when Kagman consisted of one road with 4-5 houses.
12. I lived at the Coast Guard Loran Station...yes, Saipan use to have a Coast Guard station
13. Our families weekly grocery shopping was done at the "Villagomez Store".
14. I attended Mt. Carmel school from 1st grade through the 12th grade. That's a lot of tuition money! Oh, and there was NO such thing as Air-conditioned classrooms back then!
15. The tennis shoes I wore from 1st grade to 7th were bought at Tun Kato's (I don't know if this was the actual name of the store, but this is the name everyone knew it by) at the corner near the Stop light to Mt. Carmel. (Does anyone besides me remember this store? It was always packed with so many misc. items and smelled like moth balls). My dad got upset when the price of my shoes went up from $3 per pair to $5.
16. Not only do I remember Saipan before traffic lights, I remember it before 3-4 lane roads..heck, in some places saying that the road had two lanes was a stretch. It was more like one pot hole filled stretch and you pulled over if you saw someone coming in the opposite direction to let them pass.
17. I survived Typhoon Kim!
18. Taking showers, flushing toilets, etc from a bucket was normal to me. I never had 27/7 running water till I moved away to go to school. Same goes for hot water...
19. I lived here back when we actually had live clams on the beach, octopus, fish, sea urchins and a lot of other sea life that lived in the lagoon.
20. I remember life on Saipan before poker machines and garment factories and it was beautiful!