About Me

You’ve stumbled on The Rummy Pages, where you’ll find my unique observations on life in the South Pacific and points beyond. I am not a “local”, I didn’t grow up in the islands, I’m a kamaʻaina, a visitor, although I’ve been here for quite some time. I sailed over to the Hawaiian Islands in 2003 on a boat delivery and just, never left. I am from San Francisco, California. I thought it would be a lot of fun to publish my own blog– we each see the same things differently and in doing so, reveal a unique perspective. How did I get to this point? I’m not naturally a writer, I’ve been a Boat Wright, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Carnival Roustabout, Carpenter, Construction Manager, Consultant, Electronics Assembler, Engineer, Estimator, Facilities Manager, General Contractor, Laboratory Manager, Migrant Farm Laborer, Operations Manager, Photographer, Production Manager, Project Manager, Salesman, Sailor/Sail maker, Shoeshine Boy, Starfish Fisherman and now an Artist and Blogger.

Your Corespondent from the South Pacific..

Monty Chin

Pago Pago, American Samoa 2015




  1. Reply
    steve harvey March 9, 2014

    Hi Monty, Decided to take a longer look and like what I see. I have a comment or two and a recommendation.I enjoyed your pictures, especially the weather/having a bad day and the comment about that it is raining raining Seattle. That really puts ‘paradise’ into perspective.I also really enjoyed the picture of the boat in the water with the beautiful colored background. Quite stunning! Also, as you know, I am big fan of your watercolor pictures using your iphone. Perhaps you could find some space on your blog for some additional pictures. As further blog thoughts, perhaps a notation about the different ‘careers’ you have enjoyed up to becoming a blogger. That might make some interesting reading for your followers. I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that I have enjoyed viewing your blog and will be back again. Steve

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      Monty March 9, 2014

      Thanks Steve, I was just getting several watercolors together to post. I appreciate the suggestions, if you only knew some of the crazy things I did to make a living. Ok.

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