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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Two nights of superb wines

WINE connoisseurs in the island got a special treat as Pacific Trading Company, Ltd. allowed guests to have a taste of its special wines for two nights in a row.

Friday night brought together a merry mix of party goers at the “Discover at Palms Resort Saipan” event—a night where all cares were left at the door and guests partook of free-flowing fine wine from the hotel’s menu.

Taking center stage was Peroni Italy, the world’s number one premium Italian beer which was introduced to the guests.

Chefs had their hands full as everyone indulged in a variety of Italian inspired hors d’oeuvres to choose from. A contemporary fashion show presented by Events Unlimited and Pena House featuring the island’s sexy and dynamic models highlighted the event. Lucky winners brought home attractive prizes from the sponsors including cellular phones from Docomo Pacific and bottles of wine.

On Thursday evening, selected guests gathered at the Lobby Lounge of the Hyatt Regency Saipan to have a sip of the truth from fine Kendall-Jackson Wines.

Jessica Ann Rosario, Mid-Pacific Distributors, Inc. sales and marketing manager introduced the night’s wine tasting including the 2006 Kendall –Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay.

“This is Kendall-Jackson’s flagship wine, a richly layered and balanced wine which glides down your throat while you savor the tropical flavors,” Rosario said.

Also introduced were the 2005 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Merlot and 2005 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

All three wines got above 85 points in rating which shows its excellence. Hyatt Regency Saipan prepared excellent appetizers to go with the wines.

Guests couldn’t just have their fill of fine wine—even after two consecutive nights!

(This article originally appeared HERE)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Taking off!

Dec. 20, 2008

Sky walking

A boy finds pleasure in jumping from the rock and into the clear waters off Taga Beach in Tinian. This is a favorite spot among kids and adults in the island.
Captured from my point and shoot using shaky hands...

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hidden Beach revealed

Driving all the way up to Capitol Hill and going to the very end of Talafofo Road will lead you to the portal of one of Saipan’s pleasant secrets.

Photo by Raquel C. Bagnol

Last weekend’s wandering brought me and my buddy to this spectacular cove which I had been targeting for quite sometime. A photographer friend recommended the place, telling me we don’t have to walk far as the beach can be seen from the parking area.
But the sea was nowhere to be seen or heard from the area where we parked. An unpaved road under the trees stretched to infinity before us, and we agreed going back was out of the question.
The wet road led us down, past several turns and yet I can not hear the sea. Walking was not easy with my 2-inch heeled slippers. I was about to give up when I heard the unmistakable rumbling- like the rolling of thunder from a distance.
With renewed courage, we plodded on. A few meters away, we came upon a small clearing behind a thicket. Suddenly, we were looking at a post-card perfect vista from our perch.
Going down 31 cemented steps and ambling over knee-high shrubs, we were finally at the Hidden Beach.
To describe the place as awesome is an understatement! Huge waves slapping on the flat table stones issue a silent yet dangerous challenge for the daring, although personally, I think the place is not ideal for swimming. Those waves are so huge they could sweep you off to the Pacific Ocean and into nothingness in a few seconds.
Hidden Beach is protected by huge boulders of stones that resemble many figures, depending on how creative you are in interpreting them. Here is one secret paradise perfected by nature which provides total relaxation.

This article was originally published HERE
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