Journal reader: “Why are you publishing depressing lists of earthquakes in the Mariana Islands?”


Maureen N. Maratita

Maureen: “Because there are a lot of them. Our readers in insurance think that data is just dandy. What else should we publish — births, marriages and deaths? (Oh wait.
See Page 7) …


While all tourist markets are opening their doors to visitors, Prime Minister Boris Johnson (who my brother in England calls “BoJo” — to the delight of my Filipino friends) announced on May 22 that from June 8, the U.K. will require tourists and returning residents to self-quarantine for 14 days, after allowing tourists to enter unimpeded to date.

To further add to the confusion, Scotland Wales, and Northern Island will set their conditions for travelers.

The measure will be reviewed every three weeks, though the tourism industry is campaigning to have this bad idea dropped. …


Initially, the prime minister decided to exempt French visitors, but backtracked after that caused an uproar and announced that they would also be subject to quarantine.

The French quickly responded, “A vous de meme” (the same to you) and announced that British travelers to France would also be required to quarantine for 14 days.

However, our French friends graciously said that the quarantine for British visitors would be “volontaire” (voluntary). I have no idea if that is due to the fact that many British businesses have offices in France (and throughout Europe of course) and many British citizens have homes in France, and both contribute significantly to the tax base, but the French response does have a certain style.  …


My father will celebrate his 100th birthday in June, which he has recently taken to calling “my birthday month,” as if any of the family would forget.

As part of the Greatest Generation, my dad is stoic about what life has thrown at him this time. “It can’t go on forever,” he said when we first talked about COVID-19.

He has been staying home, but — like many of us — is becoming a little tired of his own four walls and will be venturing out, he said, since the weather has been good.

While lockdown has continued at his home, the resident coffee mornings have started again, which means my father can chat with his neighbors once more. …


Dad has been keeping busy, he told me. Apart from monitoring the news, preparing his meals, he is exercising and shopping.

I asked, “What have you been ordering?”

Books and … clothes, he told me. 

There is something just wonderful about the thought of my 99-year old father freshening his wardrobe. …


— Maureen N. Maratita is the publisher at Glimpses Media. Publications at Glimpses Media include the Marianas Business Journal, MBJ Life, The Real Estate Journal, Guam Business Magazine, Beach Road Magazine, Buenas and Drive Guam.