Things People Want to Know About Guam 2

It’s easy to search online and find things to do in Guam, but what I found difficult, was to find someone who could honestly tell me HOW life in Guam is. I often get questions about living in Guam, things to expect when moving, and the differences between living in The States and living in Guam. Since the last post, I’ve had hundreds of people searching for information about Guam and ending up on my blog. I thought I’d answer them for you! Again, if you would like to add your own answers, please do so in the comments 🙂

 

What do they eat in Guam for breakfast/Where to eat breakfast?

Many restaurants offer rice and fried rice for breakfast, which was odd for me because I never had rice for breakfast before. Oh and Tabasco with everything! I enjoy breakfast at House of Brutus (Tamuning), Tu Re (Agana), Linda’s (Agana), Kings, and The Kracked Egg (Tumon). There are lots of restaurants in Guam, but these are a few of my favorites. They all serve some type of local breakfast in addition to traditional American breakfast. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, before 9am, I like to eat at the Dededo flea market.

Do Rhino beetles fly around during the day?

Yes and they are horrible at flying! I think they dry out easily so they usually dig holes and come out when it’s cool.

Where in Oregon do people from Guam live?

When I lived in Oregon, as far as I know, I never met anyone from Guam. That might be hard to believe because many Guamanians move there. Even though there are a lot of Guamanians moving to Oregon, in comparison to all the other people, the population is rather small. I think that there are a lot of people who attend the University of Portland.

Is Guam dangerous?

No.

Areas with poor roads Guam

Everywhere!

Does Bank of Guam cash off island checks?

Yes, but it can take up to two weeks for it to clear.

Does basic talk work in Guam?

Yes.

American living in Guam

People born in Guam are U.S. citizens/American. But if you mean people who lived in The States and moved to Guam, there are a lot of us! Come join the fun 🙂 If you are a U.S. citizen all you need is a passport to move here (and money and all that other stuff).

Why is Guam so hot all of a sudden?

I was thinking the same thing just the other day. I guess it’s due to the peak of dry season! The heat is kind of getting on my nerves. It’s making me feel sluggish too!

Is Guam a poor country?

A few months ago I read an article in the newspaper about poverty in Guam. The numbers showed that, compared to The States, there is a higher percentage of families living at or below the poverty line. Making Guam the poorest out of all territories and states. The cost of living is HIGH and most jobs pay minimum or just above, making it incredibly hard to get by. At a glance, you wouldn’t think that those statistics were true and I think it’s due to the culture. There are few homeless people and the ones I’ve seen don’t seem to be from Guam. It also seems to me that if you are having a hard time, someone in your family is always there to help. I think that because living in Guam is so expensive, people tend to live with their families, sharing the burden of the bills and making it more affordable. Those are just my opinions and observations I’ve made while living here. Read this article for more information.

Best places to live in Guam?

I’ve only lived in Tumon and I love it! Peter has lived in Yigo and Mangilao and he prefers Tumon. I think it would be nice to live down south, if it wasn’t so far from work. Also, I’d like to live in Agana/Hagatna.

Do white people live in Guam?

Peter and I are both half white and we live in Guam. If that’s not enough, yes there are white people here. Some are here for work, travel and others are born and raised here. That’s the great thing about Guam, even though it’s a small island, its population is actually very diverse!

Guam monthly grocery budget

I’d say double whatever you currently spend wherever you are from. It’s pretty expensive.

Do you have to worry about the cockroaches in Guam?

YES! Some villages have them worse than others and during certain times of the year I tend to see more (like after it rains).

What is Guam like for black people?

I asked Peter what he thought about this and this is what he said: When you are black and living in Guam, people assume that you’re in the military. They think that people in the military have money, so they treat you different. It’s the opposite in The States.

I think that people are just curious in general here. They always ask what ethnicity we are and where we came from. The other day we were at a store when two little boys walked past us and looked up at Peter’s glorious afro. They said, “WOW you have nice hair. I wish I had curly hair so mine would look like that.” It was sweet and innocent, because they probably haven’t seen any or many people with curly hair like his. Peter would rather that no one point his hair out, I think it makes him uncomfortable.

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13 comments

  1. Thank you for posting this!! My husband and I are looking into Guam right now and we have two children, ages 3 and 1. We would be moving from Missouri and he’s in the Air Force Reserve. Neither of us have ever been to Guam but have heard wonderful things about it. I will be reading lots more from your blog!

  2. You were right on all these things. I remember visiting home (Guam) for the first time after living stateside for 4 years…I was shocked by how expensive food was compared to the states. Boy how I was spoiled by the 2 for 1 deals. If you’re fortunate enough to have a military ID & can shop at the commissary, you won’t feel the sticker shock as much!

    Oh and yes, the roaches are one memory I wish to forget. But it’s expected that there will be such creepy crawlies on a hot & humid but beautiful island. Make sure to bring some insect repellent to ward off mosquitoes if you expect to hang out at night.

  3. I love reading your posts! I just got to Guam 2 weeks ago and starting to look for a place to live.. lots of insight 🙂
    Thanks!

  4. Your blog is extremely informative! I am in the military and trying to decide between guam and japan and your blog is pushing me towards guam. Do you know anything about the dating scene out there towards non locals?

    1. Thank you!! I don’t know too much about the dating scene, but from what I see on the weekends there are tons of young military (mostly men) out and about. There are lots of bars, lounges, and clubs but as far as entertainment that’s about all there is to do on an evening out. Locals are probably more open and friendly with the military and non locals here, especially if you immerse yourself into life outside of the base. They are known for “adopting” non locals and inviting them to fiestas. If I were a young single guy I’d come to Guam simply for the fact that the beach is wonderful and it’s always summer! Sometimes I feel like I’m on one really long vacation in Guam. Also, it might be an easier adjustment here. You can always travel to Japan from Guam and check it out for yourself. Whatever choice you make will be good. I love Japan too!!!

  5. I am officially EXTREMELY excited! Thank you for this blog, my boyfriend my dog and I are moving there the beginning of March for his job as a contractor, and will start from scratch (well, and 2 large suitcases)!! We have about a month to find a place, although we would like to find a place sooner, and this has confirmed my research for Tumon! I will be looking for places while he is at work, without a car, so I am curious if you think this would be a safe option or if I should wait for him on his days off on the weekends?

    1. I think Guam is pretty safe, especially Tumon. I think viewing apartments on your own will be ok. Good luck and I hope you love it 🙂

  6. Hello Antonia!
    I just signed a two year work contract in Guam.
    My employer will pay to ship up to 5,000 lbs of personal goods,but the money they pay for shipping will be added to my taxable income.
    It looks like there is a Target store where I could buy the basics (is there? You mentioned Macy’s )
    Would I be better off buying new stuff for my apartment or would shipping and paying more income tax make sense?
    You mentioned limited availability of goods. That’s why I ask.
    Thank you for your Blog!
    It’s the first thing I read after applying for my job.
    See you in August; ))
    Catherine

    1. Hi Catherine! I actually moved back to the states a few months ago.
      There is NOT a Target in Guam, unfortunately. There is a Ross, Macy’s, Kmart, Home Depot, and other local stores where you can buy furniture and homeware. I wasn’t sure how long I would be staying, so I opted to rent furnished apartments.
      If I were in your shoes, I would leave the small things like kitchenware, towels…and ship electronics, hobbies, furniture, car.

      Good luck and I hope you love the island 🙂
      -Antonia

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