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America sweeps traveller's award
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:33 PM

America Sweeps Traveller's Best Destination Awards 2011


Fire one, Dane Hodges and Mom snow play in Cincy

Dane Hodges finally plays America!

Dane was tasked with ranking his 2011 travels that included 29 flights, four train trips, 14 countries, and most every means of transportation one could imagine from rickshaws and elephants to Jeepneys, baht buses, bullets, to flat bottom river rafts, and some would be stunned by the results! 
Micronesia...lost in time
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:31 PM

Imagine thousands of islands and then spread them across millions of square miles in the vast southwest Pacific, then open yours eyes to a beach that runs as far as you can see...welcome to Micronesia; a land lost in time.









Dane Hodges plays with Japanese WWII canon, Saipan

Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It is distinct from Melanesia to the south, and Polynesia to the

Borneo...Dane Hodges in the old rainforest
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:28 PM

Borneo... Dane Hodges in the old rainforest  

Dane Hodges in rainforest canopy, Borneo

The Borneo rainforest is 130 million years old, making it the oldest rainforest in the world and 70 million years older than the Amazon rainforest. Borneo is very rich in biodiversity compared to many other areas (MacKinnon et al. 1998). There are about 15,000 species of flowering plants with 3,000 species of trees (267 species are dipterocarps), 221

Burma and Lao...along the Mekong with Dane Hodges
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:26 PM



Dane Hodges eats Pineapple rice with mom, Burma

 The history of Burma (Myanmar) covers the period from the time of first-known human settlements 11,000 years ago to the present day. The earliest inhabitants of recorded history were the Pyu who entered the Irrawaddy valley from the north c. 1st century BCE. By the 4th century CE, the Pyu had founded several city states as far south as Prome (Pyay), and adopted Buddhism. Farther south, the Mon, who had entered from

KL...what a town with Dane Hodges
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:24 PM

Kuala Lumpur with Dane Hodges 


Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the second largest city in Malaysia by population. The city proper, making up an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi), has a population of 1.4 million as of 2010. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.2 million. It is the fastest growing metropolitan region in the country, in terms of population and economy.



Kuala Lumpur is the seat of the Parliament of Malaysia. The

America wins Traveller's choice Award
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 6:22 PM

America Sweeps Traveller's Best Destination Awards 2011


Fire one, Dane Hodges and Mom snow play in Cincy

Dane Hodges finally plays America!

Dane was tasked with ranking his 2011 travels that included 29 flights, four train trips, 14 countries, and most every means of transportation one could imagine from rickshaws and elephants to Jeepneys, baht buses, bullets, to flat bottom river rafts, and some would be stunned by the
The Travels of Dane Hodges
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 9:07 PM
Traveller Dane Hodges does SE Asia
Dane Hodges in the land of Lora Craft, Siem Reap, Cambodia
This blog details the travels of a young Micronesian boy, five year old Dane Hodges, and his exploits around the islands, from his home on the Northern Marianas Island of Saipan, and around the Pacific Rim and his East Asian neighborhood.  Inspired by “Saipan: The World’s Greatest place to be a little boy” and expanded on 2011 adventures that included Korea, Japan, China,
American Dane Hodges swings 2012 golf record
Monday, January 02, 2012 - 8:26 PM

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dane Hodges America's 1st


Dane Hodges at the seaside windswept Kingfisher Links, Saipan
Saipan AP - Six year old American Dane Hodges is the first US junior golfer to make a par in 2012, drilling a 12 foot down hill putt on the evil 6th of Kingfisher Golf Course at 7:45 am CST (5:45 EST 12-31-11). He just missed striking gold three holes earlier when his 20 foot par putt at the par 4 3rd slid left. After a 2011 year of travel and
The Travels of Dane Hodges
Saturday, December 03, 2011 - 5:32 PM

 

The Travels of Dane Hodges

Dane Hodges in the land of Lora Craft, Siem Reap, Cambodia
This blog details the travels of a young Micronesian boy, five year old Dane Hodges, and his exploits around the islands, from his home on the Northern Marianas Island of Saipan, and around the Pacific Rim and his East Asian neighborhood.  Inspired by “Saipan: The World’s Greatest place to be a little boy” and expanded on 2011 adventures that included Korea, Japan, China,
Cambodia...the lost ruins with Dane Hodges
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 11:13 PM
Cambodia...the lost ruins with Dane Hodges

Dane Hodges near Angkor Wat moat, Cambodia


Cambodia occupies 181,040 square kilometers of peninsular Southeast Asia. Modern Cambodia is bordered by Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and the Gulf of Thailand, which is a part of the South China Sea. It is all that remains of the once-powerful Khmer empire that flourished in the ninth through the twelfth centuries and dominated much of mainland Southeast Asia.  The population is
Philippines...7000 islands with Dane Hodges
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 11:08 PM

Philippines...7000 islands and Dane hodges

Dane Hodges travels the Philippines!

Dane Hodges and his Mother, Subic Bay, Philippines




Dane Hodges has a special connection to the Philippines.  It was the birthplace of his mother, Jeanne (Villar) Hodges, and the home of his grandparrents and two great-grandmothers!  In addition, it is a common flight path outbound or inbound from his home 1350 miles to the east in the North Marianas islands, so trips through PI
Dane Hodges in Beijing, China
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 - 11:03 PM
The city, sites, and people of Beijing with Dane Hodges


Dane Hodges climbs Great Wall Mutianyum,China

After enjoying Tianjin for several days, the little traveller took the 90 mile 24 minute bullet train ride to the south Beijing station.  With trip plans undecided, the sights of ol'Peking stole the show and made the decision for us.  Beijing is amazing, the sights are fantastic, and the public transportation representative of Chinese culture, a

CNMI economic report for 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010 - 8:31 PM
State of the Commonwealth

Federalization has addressed the international reputation of labor abuses and human exploitation in the CNMI. Federal officials have confirmed that workers are no longer tied to their jobs, and federalization proponents can thank the US Congress for ensuring that the democratic ideals of our nation apply to the CNMI. Only months into US intervention and Saipan has virtually no labor abuse, and not much is expected.


The cruelest form of labor abuse, however, is
New Saipan Real Estate 3-12-10
Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 10:32 PM

44 NEW CNMI PROPERTIES for SALE 3-12-10!!

1.  NEW HOME on San Vicente cliffline, fenced wit pool

& Newly remodeled 3 bed home with fence and outdoor kitchen on Capital Hill for sale (220k) or rent (1300.)

& Remodeled office/store on Capital Hill, 60k or 600. Per month

2. 3500 of Saipan beach, 34 years, 80k 

3. San Vicente aapartment complex 30k sq meters with 20 x 1 bedrooms owner financing possible

4.  Apartment complex 20k sq

NEW SAIPAN PROPERTY FOR OUR NEW CNMI
Saturday, February 06, 2010 - 9:07 PM
NEW CNMI PROPERTIES for SALE 2-7-10!!


MANY NEW PROPERTIES NOT LISTED HERE

1. 17 commercial properties ranging from 200k to 3.0 million including:

A) a 70 unit apartment and with 10 commercial spaces includes view, pool, restaurant, net profit 300k yearly

B) a dormant but excellent condition factory and warehouse 250k

C) an apartment building with six 3 bedroom units and 2 1 bed with ocean view 750k

D) an apartment complex with ocean view and 22 units

E) an apartment complex with 20 units

F)
Saipan exposed...World's best place to be a little BOY!!!!
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 11:47 PM
Saipan AP- Saipan, in the Northern Marianas Islands exposed...


its the World’s best place to be a little boy.

Saipan is the capital of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and is absolutely the best place on earth to be a little boy. 

Saturday, I grabbed the camera to document a day in the life of one little boy on Saipan, and we headed out early to celebrate Dane Hodges 4th birthday.(Dane Hodges comes up for air, Saipan, CNMI)




Many Americans have never
Happy Days for Saipan in the Northern Marianas Islands
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 11:46 PM
An anonymous Saipan lawyer comments that the new DHS transitional worker regulations are "not friendly" according to the Marianas Variety column below.  I disagree and think they address the intent of the law.  The regulations will reduce the number of alien workers over time, offering more opportunity to local youth, are flexible, will reduce fraud from the broken CNMI system, will secure our borders, reduce drugs and contraband flowing through the CNMI, and stabilize the CNMI,
Breaking Saipan CNMI news...DHS regulations for transitional guest workers
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 11:46 PM
BREAKING CNMI NEWS- The long awaited regulations for guest workers is out 30 days before the US takes over labor and immigration of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.

The brief overview says maids are out, exotic dancers will be looking for work elsewhere, our number of contract workers will drop sharply and to zero. The cNMI has a choice to make, either support improving the status to green card for workers that are still here or kiss them all good bye.

For the full story one
Saipan news Chamberonomics 122 and CNMI investor visa rules from DHS
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 11:43 PM
USCIS PROPOSES INVESTOR PROGRAM FOR THE CNMI


Proposal Provides Status for Eligible Long-Term Investors in the CNMI During Transition Period



WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will publish a proposed rule in the Sept. 14, 2009 Federal Register that would recognize a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) specific nonimmigrant investor visa classification. This “E-2 CNMI Investor” status is one of several CNMI
Breaking CNMI news...Russian and Chinese visa waivers are in Saipan
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 11:43 PM

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Breaking CNMI news...Chinese and Russian tourists are IN !!!

Chamberonomics 131..from Russia with love


With federalization of the US Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands just over a month away, the Department of Homeland Security has advised NMI Delegate Kilili Sablan, that visa waivers will be extended to Russian and Chinese tourists.

This is huge economic news for the tiny US territory in the SW Pacific and may ease the uncertainty caused from the
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