life in guam

Sitting on Top of the World

I don’t know the significance of these crosses on top of the hill near Leo Palace. We’ve passed them a few times on our way to the red dirt trails, but this time we stopped on the side of the road to follow the path up to see what they were. We sat in the grass and watched the clouds pass by and the hills illuminate as the sun set. Tons of young, microscopic grasshoppers jumped all over us, but we were too mesmerized by the view and calmed by the breeze to care. Just another beautiful day in Guam.

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He Did It!

From the time I was born until I was about 16, my family spent the summers fishing. As I got older, it was usually just my dad and me fishing in the deserts of eastern Oregon. I loved it!

Fishing in Guam is very different and challenging. Peter and I decided to take up fishing and bought a pole from Kmart during one of their sales. We fished at Cabras Island near the power plant, the Oka viewpoint cliff, lots of different beaches and the Masso reservoir. We had NO luck. We got fishing advice from everyone, even the lady who worked at Sweet Home who said her husband was a fisherman. We would see people fishing with bread or hotdogs and so we tried that too! I’m sure if we were on a boat out in the ocean we’d have no problem, but the small-time fishing we wanted to do seemed impossible.

It wasn’t really a big deal to me whether we caught a fish, but Peter was determined. About a month ago, we went back to Masso Reservoir and it finally happened. Peter caught a fish. Though it may have been the smallest fish ever caught in the history of fishing, he did it and was so happy. He caught three more and decided that was good enough. We released them all back into the pond and left feeling satisfied. Good job Petey ❤

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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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