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Buying & Selling at the Dededo Flea Market

If we ever get up early on Sunday, our favorite place to go for some breakfast is the Dededo Flea Market. Vendors set up shop early in the morning to sell their fresh produce, fish, hot food, clothes, souvenirs and lots of other things. I love the smoothies, sticky rice balls, BBQ chicken, and looking at all the plants. Over the last couple of years it has grown a lot. More and more people have utilized the space to sell their own belongings, so it’s a great place to go to find a good deal on second hand items.

One weekend Peter and I also decided to sell some of our things at the market. We got up early on a Sunday morning, before sunrise, and headed up to Dededo. All of the spaces in the main area were already taken by people who sell every weekend. We stopped at the entrance where the lady took our $8 and guided us to one of the open parking spaces to the right. As we parked, glancing in our rearview mirror, we could see a crowd gathering. I thought maybe they were going to tell us not to park there, but when we hopped out of the truck they pulled out their flashlights and started looking at our things packed into the truck. Suddenly, in a frenzy, people started pulling things out and asking to buy them. It was crazy! An hour later, we were left with about one box and had made more money than we thought. We stayed for a few more hours to sell what was left. At 9am, we were hungry and had almost nothing left so we packed it up and left.

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Perhaps our success was due to the payday weekend or maybe because we were newbies, whatever the reason, it was a good experience and a lot of fun!

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Guide to Guam in Two Weeks

Hello there! I’m back from my break with a post about my busy month of February. The reason I took a break was because my mom and stepdad came to Guam all the way from Oregon! I’d invited my mom to visit, when I first moved here, but didn’t think she’d want to make that 18 + hour long journey. Surprisingly, one day she emailed me a copy of her itinerary and said she and my stepdad were coming to Guam for two weeks! I was so excited and they were probably even more excited to take a vacation. I immediately began planning activities for us to do, things I wanted them to see while they were here, and places we could eat. We pretty much did everything on my list!! I thought I’d share our plans in case some of you out there wanted to know what to do in Guam. We did more activities in between the ones I listed below and they did some things on their own, but I just listed the things that I had planned out for them.

Day 1 * We started with a morning walk along the beach in Tumon and Chamorro Village Wednesday night in Agana.

Day 2 * Peter and I taught my mom how to snorkel in Tumon, later we visited Gun beach and walked to Fai Fai beach but it was too hot so we headed back to Gun beach and had drinks at The Beach Bar. We also visited the Lina’La Beach & Culture Park at Gun beach. Later we had dinner at Fuji Ichiban.

Day 3 * This day we drove to different viewpoints around Nimitz hill like the Asan Beach Overlook, we also walked toward the Japanese field hospital to see bamboo, later that evening my parent’s celebrated Valentine’s Day by going on the Big Sunset BBQ Boat Cruise.

Day 4 * We woke up VERY early and headed to the  Dededo Farmer’s Market, in the evening we partied it up at the Tree Bar at the Hilton for drinks and dancing.

Day 5 * I’d researched if there would be any events happening on island in February and Inarajan was having a cultural festival! We participated in Tuba drinking competition, coconut husking and net throwing. It was so much fun! We also visited the museum and ended the day with dinner at Jeff’s Pirate Cove.

Day 6 * My mom and I shopped in Tumon then hopped on the red trolley to the Micronesia mall! Peter and my stepdad hiked to the Talofofo caves and the Tarzan swim hole.

Day 7 * We drove down south to Merizo and stopped at the belltower, Kombento, Santa Marian Kamalen park, and Priest’s Pools.  We also visited Umatac‘s Fort Soledad. Along the way we stopped at Cetti and Sella Bay viewpoints. This night we were able to go to House of Brutus for dinner and Jazz music.

Day 8 * In the morning the weather was a bit gloomy and rainy so we decided to go to the Underwater World aquarium (which was pretty good and better than the Oregon Aquarium!!). Later, when the weather improved, we had a beach BBQ at Ypao beach park. We watched the sun set at Ohana clubhouse while having dinner then we walked to the Outrigger Bambu Cafe for drinks and music.

Day 9 * We drove south to the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center, then went fishing at Masso Watershed/Resevoir.

Day 10 * We spent the day at Ritidian snorkeling, swimming and hiking. In the evening we had something to celebrate so we stopped for drinks at Gecko bar in the Reef hotel, had dinner at Meskla, and music at Bambu Cafe in Outrigger.

Day 11 * Peter and my stepdad hiked to Waterfall Valley while my mom and  I shopped at GPO.

Day 12 * We stopped at Piti Guns, Yogurtland after a hot day, Agana Cathedral, Plaza de España, Latte Park, Fort Santa Agueda in Agana, Two Lover’s PointTanguisson/Hilaan Beach, and dinner at Max’s Tropical Cafe (Thai food).

Day 13 * Marbo cave.

Day 14 *  Talofofo falls park (we skipped Loveland this time haha), Agana cathedral and gift shop, one last dinner with music by Jesse & Ruby at the Bambu cafe.

It was so much fun planning activities for my guests and seeing their excitement over things that I have taken for granted. I felt so refreshed and fell in love with Guam all over again, thanks to them. I feel really happy that they were able to experience my life and I’m sure they now understand why I love Guam! I was also really happy to spend some quality time with my mom and she even cooked for me ❤ They were wonderful guests!

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