It’s a strange thing being considered a local of Saipan, yet being white and hailing from Australia. However, I’ve learned the term “local” here is applied loosely to mean someone who resides in Saipan, not just someone born and raised here. Most locals see me and assume I am likely a tourist by my skin colour. I open my mouth, and all doubt is washed away when my mixed Aussie, Kiwi, English and American accent greets their ears. It is decided that I am definitely a tourist. Continue reading “The Local Life”
Over the weekend, my wife and I participated in the Worldwide Marriage Encounter hosted on Saipan, and I thought I would share some thoughts I had from my experience. Before I get into it, I do want to say that I don’t agree with everything that is promoted in this event and some things I strongly disagree with. However, there were some really good things shared. It was fantastic to see couples whose body language on Friday screamed, “WE DON’T WANT TO BE NEAR EACH OTHER!” Continue reading “A Weekend At Marriage Encounter”
Hello, and welcome to my blog. I thought I would start by introducing myself. My name is Dan Van Werkhoven, I’m a writer and a composer living in Saipan, a Northern Mariana Island. I moved here a couple of months ago to marry the love of my life.
Hailing from the Land Down Under, I migrated Continue reading “Welcome!”