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Walt F.J. Goodridge is a Columbia University graduate (B.S. Civil engineering) who walked away from his career to pursue his passion. Now known as "the Passion Prophet," he is author of over two dozen books--including Turn Your Passion into Profit--more than 300 articles and over 500 "life rhymes!" He writes several newsletters and blogs including the popular "Jamaican in China" nomadpreneur travel blog and manages over 120 domains and associated social media pages (FaceBook, Youtube, etc.)

Walt escaped from America to live a nomadpreneur's dream life on Saipan! Since arriving, he has embarked on several projects to make a difference and to help improve the quality of life on the island.

Since relocating here, he has:
► conducted several "Turn Your Passion into Profit" workshops

► launched the "We Love Saipan" website/blogger movement

► started a Food Co-op/Buyer's Group

► written over 300 empowerment articles for the Saipan Tribune and Marianas Variety newspapers in the weekly Saipanpreneur Column

► conducted numerous writer workshops for aspiring authors. View www.saipanwriters.com

► conducted similar workshops on the neighboring islands of Tinian and Guam for the Chamber of Commerce, US Navy

► given tours of the islands to visitors interested in the history and culture: http://www.discoversaipan.com Video of tours

► been interviewed by authors writing books on this US territory (See The Not Quite States of America by Doug Mack)

► been featured as an expert in the documentary, "American's Forgotten Colonies" (72,000 views as of this writing)

► written and self-published several books about Saipan including
Jamaican on Saipan
Saipan Living
Doing Business on Saipan
Saipan Now
There's Something About Saipan
Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese Garment Factory Girl on Saipan, which remains the only first-hand account of factory life on Saipan and was used as a textbook in several "Textile Industry" and "Women's Studies" university courses in mainland US, and portions of which were excerpted in a French textbook on "The American Dream"
From Bugle Boy to Battleship
Drinking Seawater
The Amelia Earhart on Saipan tour supplement

► launched a Change.org campaign to encourage Crayola Crayons to name their new blue color "Saipan Blue" in tribute to the amazingly blue waters that surround the island and SaipanBlue.com

► launched a successful GoFundMe campaign to help certain victims and survivors of the category 5 super typhoon YUTU,

► been recognized by American Memorial Park (National Park Service) for efforts to increase visitorship through tours http://www.saipantribune.com January 11, 2018 See: Photo in Marianas Variety newspaper

► started health groups and staged screenings of health documentaries in order to raise the health consciousness on island

► ...AND been recognized by the CNMI Legislature's Resolution 15-54 for his contributions to CNMI society: Here is an overview of the product series, passion projects and branded properties through which he achieves that mission:[Download Media Kit/Resume]
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"Saipan. The history and the mystery!"
[Walt is the featured tour guide for "America's Forgotten Colonies" documentary]

Featuring: High-end, personalized tours, Tour booklets, t-shirts, merchandise
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We Love Saipan!™ (A passion project!)
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Featuring: Testimonials
Saipan Writers™
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"Saipan! More writers per square mile!"
Featuring: Workshop announcements, author success stories, Google group
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Jamaican on Saipan™
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"One man's escape from America, to live a nomadpreneur's dream!"
Featuring: Books
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Saipan Living™
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"Discover what it's like to live, work or retire
on the US Commonwealth islands of Saipan, Tinian & Rota!"

Featuring: Books, free information, consulting, relocation tours
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Saipan Factory Girl™
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"...a situation that should never have been allowed on American soil."-Angelo Villagomez, the Saipan Blogger
Featuring: Books, CD, Saipan Factory Facts
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Jamaican in China™
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"Guess who's coming to dim sum!"
Featuring: Blog, books, Youtube channel
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Riza Ramos Books™
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Featuring:Books, Facebook page
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Mariana Monument™
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Featuring:Videos and documentation
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Featuring:DVDs, CDs
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The Saipanpreneur Project™
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Featuring:Links to archive of articles
Pacific Island Food Co-op™
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Featuring: Information for vegans on Saipan

Products from BestofSaipan!

"...the newest, most current, all-photo travel guide & souvenir book about Saipan as it exists in modern times!"
....created by me, and local and visiting photographers! CLICK HERE

Saipan Now!



There's Something About Saipan book cover image Yes, there's something about Saipan that endears it to visitors and residents alike. But what is it exactly? Is it the weather? Is it the unique history? Is it the warm, welcoming indigenous Chamorro and Carolinian people? Is it the unique mix of guest workers and expats from all over the world? Is it the unique, possibly magical. energetically enhanced proximity to the Marianas Trench, a combination of all these or something as yet unidentified? Read More!

Amelia on Saipan book cover image It's been known for over 70 years that Saipan figures prominently in Amelia Earhart's fate. Check out this keepsake from my Saipan in a Day-Amelia Earhart tour! Read More! Note: You'll be able to purchase copies of these and other books once you take my tour! (Or, order on Amazon, bring it with you, and I'll scribble my name on it!) Take a look below at some other Saipan-themed items you can order online:

Drinking Seawater
a typhoon Soudelor memoir
by Riza Ramos and Walt F.J. Goodridge Drinking Seawater book cover 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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From Bugle Boy to Battleship
a Battle of Saipan and Battle of Guam Veteran's Memoir
Lloyd Glick as told to Walt F.J. Goodridge From Bugle Boy to Battleship book cover
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- Are you looking for what one person called "...the newest, most current, all-photo travel guide & souvenir book about Saipan as it exists in modern times!"? check out the new SAIPAN NOW!.

• saipan blogs-There are dozens of bloggers who blog about life on the paradise island of Saipan, and have one thing in common: they all love Saipan! Check them out at www.welovesaipan.com

• saipan- if you want a great overview of Saipan, including information on geography, people, culture, and what it's like to live there, check out www.saipanliving.com.

• want a historical tour of Saipan, or land/shore excursion for a cruise ship stopover? Check out Discoversaipan.com

• want an eco tour of Pagan, or land/shore excursion for a cruise ship stopover? Check out DiscoverPagan.com

• "saipan tourism" information can be found at www.destinationsaipan.com.

• saipan girls-now while we don't offer any dating sites to meet Saipan's beautiful women, you can see beautiful photos of the beautiful people on Saipan at www.welovesaipan.com

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• saipan garment factories-Doing some research on saipan garment factories? Want to know which garment factories operated on Saipan, for how long, and when the factories closed? Then check out www.saipanfactorygirl.com/facts

• saipan garment factory workers- If you'd like to read the true story of a Chinese garment factory worker's experience on Saipan, then check out www.saipanfactorygirl.com

• things to do on saipan?- Check out www.saipanliving.com and destinationsaipan.com!

• Want to know "Do I need a visa to travel to Saipan?
A: See Saipan Bookings home page for a short step-by-step guide to determining if you need a visa.

• Want vacation rentals or an exclusive tour of Saipan? Check out www.discoversaipan.com

• saipan diet and lifestyle-If you're moving to Saipan and want to be part of a healthy living community, then check out www.pacificislandfoodcoop.org.

• If you want to find out what the entrepreneurial spirit is like on the island of Saipan, visit www.saipanpreneur.com.

• If you'd like to learn more about the indigenous Carolinian people on Saipan, then check out www.olomwaay.com.

• If you'd like to know what the Black and African American experience is on Saipan, Tinian and Rota, visit www.blacksonsaipan.com

• Perhaps you're even searching for Saipan in other languages, saipan, are all "saipan" in Chinese, Russian, (Russian variation) Japanese and Korean. Many of these sites have (or will soon have) versions in these languages. Sign up to their mailing lists to be notified.
• looking for jobs for nurses and general job availability on Saipan, check out www.saipanliving.com

• Is your interest piqued about Saipan? Do you want to come see for yourself? Are you planning a saipan vacation? Then check out www.destinationsaipan.com. There you can learn about Saipan hotels as well as alternative accommodations on Saipan. You will also be able to book tickets for cheap airline tickets to Saipan.

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