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Things to Do in Guam: Chamorro Village

Chamorro Village is a night market with music, food, animals and local vendors. During the day there are a few restaurants open, but only on Wednesday evenings does the real fun take place. I’ve heard that it’s also open on Friday evenings but every time I’ve tried to go on a Friday, it hasn’t been opened. Recently it has been extremely overcrowded, which hasn’t really made my experience too fun. It’s so crowded and hard to walk, there’s no place to sit and eat and you have to wait in line to do/see anything. Aside from that, it’s a nice place to go maybe once a month and enjoy the music and food!

Locally owned businesses serve food, drinks, sell crafts and souvenirs. You can ride a carabao, drink from a coconut, watch traditional Polynesian dancers, dance the Chamorro cha-cha and hold coconut crabs, snakes and monitor lizards! My dad would LOVE this place because he loves dancing.  Every time I’ve gone to watch the band play, there has been an older man dressed similar to Elvis. He usually wears a red shirt that says, “Thank you Elvis” written in sloppy writing on his back. He and his dancing partner are quite popular with the tourists and very fun to watch dancing.

I go for the food honestly! It’s delicious! I always get a few BBQ chicken sticks, red rice and a rice ball or two. Also, the fruit slushy drinks are AMAZING and the flavored popcorn is good too. The last time I went I tried something called a Latiya (pronounced Lateeza), which is a cake with pudding on top sprinkled with cinnamon. It’s very, very good!! As I mentioned it is crowded so I just go to whichever food stand has the shortest line. This week I decided to see why so many people wait in the LONG line for food. Sometimes the line is so long it wraps around the building. Anyway, I ordered the Fiesta Plate (in Spanish that means Party Plate) which is the standard Chamorro food plate. This was enough for Peter and I to share. It came with red rice, BBQ chicken on a stick, BBQ pork on a stick, pancit, some fried shrimp thing and fina’ denne. I soon realized why the lines are long and why people don’t mind waiting. The food tastes SO much better! Better pieces of meat, better tasting and all for the same price. So just wait in line and you will be happy!

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but Guamanians really love their choreographed dances. At any party, including Chamorro Village, you will here The Cupid Shuffle, Wobble or any other song that has a dance to go with it. People of ALL ages know the dances. Most of these I had no idea came with dance routines ha! One of my favorite things to do is watch the dancers old and young!

 

If you visit:
Bring cash!

Most souvenirs are overpriced like the swimsuit coverups and some of the jewelry. 

It's in Agana near the baseball field
YOU MUST EAT EVERYTHING!

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Let’s Make Fina’ Denne’!

Fina’ Denne’ is a delicious sauce that you can dip your BBQ meat into or, like I do, put over red or white rice! It’s so good and simple to make.

♥Ingredients♥

1 onion, chopped
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 fresh hot chili peppers, seeded and chopped (optional)
1/4 cup white vinegar

♥Cooking Instructions♥

Stir together the soy sauce, onion, chili peppers, and vinegar in a small bowl.

**Recipe from 671recipes**

Guam’s Fruity Festivals

I LOVE fruit, so when I saw the advertisement about the Banana Festival at Ipan beach I was more than excited! I think this was either the 2nd or 3rd year for this festival. Everything was cute, from the carabao rides to the banana princess!

There were even games, like the one Peter played where he had to choose a crab and make him get to the end of a maze by pushing him with a large leaf.

There were so many beautiful flowers for sale. I really like the colors of tropical flowers. I also watched a few of the cultural dance performances  Chamorro culture is VERY similar to that of Mexican culture, which makes sense because both have been heavily influenced by the Spanish.

It was a beautiful day and a lot of fun. We even made it in the local newspaper!

Even better than bananas…mangoes! The next festival I went to was the mango festival in Agat. This one seemed more organized and had a much larger attendance. They crowned the mango queen, had a mango competition and other entertainment. I had a rice ball and a pineapple slush drink, both were delicious. The sweet rice ball has a strange texture and is quite sticky. I also bought some coconut oil from a local vendor which smells incredibly good. Even better was the location of the festival. The sunset was amazing and breathtaking. Sometimes I forget where I am.

Liberation Day Carnival

In addition to celebrating the Fourth of July, Guam has its own Liberation Day celebrated in July. This year, they started the celebrations early with the carnival! I’ve gone to the carnival about four times already. One of the MAIN attractions is the casino. During the rest of the year, Guam has no casinos available so this is a huge deal. I actually learned how to play Black Jack and played a few hands and did well…until I let Peter have my winnings and he lost it all! haha…

My favorite part about the carnival is the FOOD! One afternoon, I had a craving for Chamorro food so we went to the carnival where I had a plate full of BBQ chicken, salad, red rice & finadene, and an extra long fried lumpia. I also had a four season slush drink. Just writing about it makes me super hungry! I’m surprised Guamanians aren’t  obese because the food here is all fried and delicious! We also ate a large funnel cake smothered in chocolate sauce!! Are you hungry yet?

The games are fun; although, some are a bit expensive especially if you have small children who want to play over and over. A few attractions I found interesting were the Zorb and the paintball shooting range.  I didn’t try the Zorb, but it looked really fun. If I ever want to feel what a gerbil feels running on the wheel, I might try it. I did shoot at the paintball shooting range where I did pretty well and won a prize. I enjoy shooting and when I was in Oregon I’d shoot with a rifle, so this paintball thing was fun.

Overall the carnival is rather small, and if you’re comparing it to the carnivals/fairs in The States then you might be disappointed. I will probably go a few more times before it leaves. Weekends are the WORST time to go because of the crowds, but during the week it’s much better.

Liberation Day Video I uploaded a short video of the carnival on the weekend. This video was taken on a weekend so you can see all the people. You can also see that most of the rides are for kids and some of them look homemade or just put together unprofessionally. I really enjoyed the few times I went there and the food and music is superb!