guam history

Happy Liberation Day Guam

Last year I convinced Peter to take Liberation Day off so we could watch the parade and celebrate Guam’s liberation from Japan during WWII. He actually took the day off, which was a miracle, but we didn’t watch the parade. It was one of those days on Guam where you’re like, “I think I died and went to heaven,” because there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the ocean was so pretty and sparkled like diamonds. We swam in the warm as bath water ocean and lost track of time, which usually happens when we’re at the beach. As we were walking back to the shore, I noticed this giant fish and I called to Peter so he could look. As I got a closer look, I realized that it wasn’t a fish, it was a baby reef shark! Peter and I were both stunned by this majestic creature. It was beautiful. We stared as it was still for a moment and then darted away deeper into the ocean. “I can’t believe we saw a shark!!!!” I screamed. We ran to our apartment to grab our snorkeling gear and spent the rest of the day looking for the shark, but it was long gone.

This year, Liberation Day fell on a Sunday and my friend invited us to sit with her at her canopy. The Liberation Day parade is a big deal on Guam. People camp out along the road in Agana to save their family a spot. Everyone sets up their canopies, fly their Guam flags or their family names on banners and start BBQ-ing! So from 9:30am until 4:30pm, Peter and I watched the world’s slowest parade while we drank and ate Chamorro BBQ! I liked seeing all the floats and the families with their elaborate set ups blaring Cha Cha music! It was quite the experience.

Things to Do in Guam: Two Lover’s Point

What kind of Guamanian blogger would I be if I didn’t write about Two Lover’s Point? A very popular  tourist attraction, the story behind Two Lover’s Point is Guam’s own version of Romeo & Juliet. It’s a story about two young lovers whose parents try to keep them apart, so at an attempt to stay together for eternity, they jump off the cliff at Two Lover’s Point. The story is romantically crazy and looking out over the cliff, where the lovers were supposed to have jumped from, gives me chills!

I’ve been to this park a few times, but I never actually went up to the viewpoint. There is an entrance fee of $3, or $2 if you have a local I.D.  Finally, we  decided to go up to the viewpoint! We chose a clear day, just before sunset. As you walk around the park and up to the viewpoint, there are HUNDREDS of locks attached to the fences and some parts of the rock that the viewpoint sits on. There was a large group of tourists waiting for the sunset when we arrived. I’ve never been disappointed with a sunset on Guam. I think we have the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen! Even though I live here, they still put me in awe and make me thankful for having the opportunity to experience this life!As we watched the sun go down, it was very dramatic and wonderful. “Another day down,” Peter and I always say as we say goodbye to another day on Guam and welcome another day of us being together.

As I was looking out over toward the sunset, I noticed to the left there is a chapel right on the cliff and below that, a CAVE! I think we are planning on exploring this cave sometime…

The park closes at 7:00pm, so on our way out we found a good place to attach our lock to. It is a tradition to put a lock on the fence with a message to your loved one. I’m sure someday we’ll come back to check on our lock.

Finally, we rang the bell for love and headed out.

But not before we stopped to look down this HUGE natural hole. I have no idea what’s up with these, but throughout Guam there are various sizes of these holes. I’ve asked the park person what is it and what caused it and he had no clue what I was talking about. I’m not sure if it is connected to the cave, but it seemed to be. Anyway, that’s a mystery I will hopefully have solved soon!