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    PROA

    by machomikemd Written Apr 20, 2012

    Favorite thing: The Proa is the Local Marianas Islands Outrigger Boat Used for a number of activities like fishing, sailing and travelling. You can see some of these Proas mostly in the southern guam area but there are a number of them in Hagatna Bay and the Hagatna Boat Basin. The Proa Boat is the Pride of the Local Chamorro Sea Faring Culture and the Number One Restaurant (according to Trip Advisor) is named Proa Restaurant (see my Proa Restaurant Tips).

    According to Wikipdia:

    The word proa comes from perahu, the word for "boat" in Indonesian (paraw in similar Borneo–Philippine languages), which are similar to the Micronesian language group.[1] Found in many configurations and forms, the proa was likely developed as a sailing vessel in Micronesia (Pacific Ocean). Variations may be found as distant as Madagascar and Sri Lanka, as far back as the first century. Such vessels go by many names, and "perahu" is a generic umbrella term for any boat smaller than a ship.

    The so-called "proa" was documented by the Spanish Magellan expedition to the Philippines circa 1519 CE. It entered English lexicography later. The use of the term proa in English with reference to the Micronesian craft dates back to at least 1742.

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    Beers In Guam

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 18, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Local American and International Beers are Present in Guam and there is a wide selection to choose from due to the Multi-Ethnic Composition of Tourists in Guam. US Mainland Beers like Miller, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob and more. Among the Japanese Beers Here are Asahi, Asahi Dry, Kirin, Kirin Dry, Sapporo; Korean Beers like Cass and OB, Filipino Beers like San Miguel beer Pale Pilsen and San Miguel Beer Light, European Beers like Heineken, Carlsberg, Beck's, Stella Artois, Bass, Hoogarden; Australian Beers like Fosters and more.

    You can have them at Bars, Restaurants, Convenience Stores, Lounges and price of a small bottle or small aluminum can is $ .75 to $ 2 per piece and $ 4 to $ 12 for a six pack and $ 12 to 20 for a case.

    Fondest memory: The Assortment of beers, Both Locally made and International

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    Convenience Stores

    by machomikemd Written Apr 16, 2012

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    Favorite thing: There are many convenience stores in Guam and most are concentrated on the Tourist Areas of Tumon, Tamuning and Dededo but there are also convenience stores located all across the islands but unlike the convenience stores in the tourist Areas, They close earlier. K-mart can be considered as the Largest Convenience store in the Island since it is open 24/7. The most numerous conveniece stores here is Hawaii's ABC Stores, which has many branches around the Island and they open at 6:00 am up to 12:00 am. The local small convenience stores open at 8:00 am and closes at 9:00 pm. There are no 7-11 Stores in Guam.

    You can Buy cheap grub like hot dogs, burgers and local stuffs like sandwiches at the convenience stores if you are on a budget and also stack up on water, juices, coffee, toiletries and more since they are cheaper than buying at the Convenience Stores Found Inside the Hotels.

    Fondest memory: the assorted Convenience Stores around Guam

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    Roaming Phone & Rates in Guam for Americans

    by machomikemd Written Apr 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: First, you must have a TRI-BAND or a QUAD BAND GSM Phone to be able to have roaming in guam and the rest of the world since North and South America uses the 850/1900 MHZ band and ASIA, Africa, Australia and Europe (except Japan and Korea, which uses the 2100 MHZ band) uses the 900/1800 MHZ Band.

    Even though Guam is a United States Unincorporated Territory, calling to and from Guam to Hawaii and the US mainland is CONSIDERED an international call unlike calling from Hawaii to the US Mainland and vice versa, which is considered as a long distance call only or a local call using mobile phones.

    The Local Mobile Phone Companies in Guam are not A T & T or SPRINT or T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless but local Guam mobile companies and japanese mobile phone companies like Docomo Pacific (formerly Guam Wireless), Pulse Wireless, GTA wireless are the local roaming partners of US Phone Companies.

    Fondest memory: Roaming Rates Depends on your Local US Phone Carrier, A T &T customers have the lowest at $ 1.99 rates per minute for inbound/outbound calls and $ 0.50 per text messages sent and $ 0.20 for text messages recieved if your plan does not include a text messaging bundle. Intenet Roaming rates are $ 15 for every Megabyte sent/recieved.

    For T-mobile Subsribers:

    Guam
    Rate per minute : $2.39
    *Roaming charges do not include local tolls or long distance charges.
    Country code : 671

    Carrier

    Frequency

    Data Speed
    DOCOMO Pacific Inc. 1900Mhz 3G
    Pulse Mobile 1900Mhz,850Mhz 3G





    International roaming rates for text, picture, video, and instant messaging

    If you have a messaging bundle or plan, international messages you send while roaming are not covered by your bundle and will be charged separately. If you have a messaging bundle or plan, international messages you receive will be pulled from your bundle.

    Data (GPRS) rate while roaming internationally

    $10 per MB in Canada
    $15 per MB in all other countries

    Text Messages Sent while roaming in Guam: $ 0.50
    Text Messages Recieved while roaming in Guam: $ 0.20

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    Roaming Phone and Rates in Guam for Filipinos

    by machomikemd Written Apr 13, 2012

    Favorite thing: Guam is just a 3 hour 30 minute flight from manila and again, 30% of the population has Filipino heritage hence there is a large market for mobile phone roaming here. for filipinos coming from the philippines, Mobile phone companies like SMART, SUN and GLOBE have roaming partners here. Phone companies and carriers that operate from Guam are Choice Phone Llc Dba Iconn, Gta Telecom, Llc, Guam Cellular & Paging, Guam Wireless Telephone Company, L., It&e Overseas, Inc., Pulse Mobile Llc and Wave Runner, Llc and the philippine phone companies have roaming privileges here.

    Roaming rates for every text messages sent is 25 philippine pesos for prepaid Globe, Smart and Sun Mobile Phone Subsribers. Calling rates are 100 philippine pesos per minute for the prepaid lines.

    for post paid subsrcibers: international texting rates are 15 pesos for SMART, SUN and 20 pesos for GLOBE and Calling rates are 100 pesos per minute.

    Fondest memory: Philippine Mobile Phone Companies also offer dual sim privileges to Local Guamanians going to the philippines where they are given a prepaid SIM of the Philippine Phone Companies of SMART, SUN and GLOBE besides their Docomo or GTA SIM cards that they can use when travelling to the philippines without the usual roaming rates.

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    Lots of Free Brochures, Magazine and Map

    by machomikemd Written Apr 13, 2012

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    Favorite thing: you don't have to buy a guam things to do, activities and driving maps since in this age of the internet, you can get all of this tips for free moreso of you get your tips HERE at VIRTUAL TOURISTS or at sister company TRIP ADVISOR, but if you don't have a free internet connection in your hotel or find that internet roaming rates to be expensive, then you can just get the usual travel brochures, maps, free travel magazines, free trolley maps all around the island moreso at the hotels, at trolley buses, at the various shopping malls and even in restaurants again for FREE!

    they are even multi lingual, available in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean hence you don't need to spend a penny more for many interesting tips in and aroun guam, so grab a brochure now.

    Fondest memory: the assorted free magazines and brochures that has a treasure trove of various information about guam, you can be an el cheapo hehehe.

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    Kawaii Japanese Girls

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: there are lots of Japanese Girls roaming the island of guam buying the most luxurious brands like prada, gucci, hermes', louis vuitton, ralph lauren, Dolce and Gabbana and more. Most japanese men go to South East Asia not to shops but do naughty things but most japanese ladies go here in guam or hawaii or to las vegas and los angeles to shop, hit the beach, engage in water activities like swimming or sun bathing. You can see these pretty japanese ladies in groups mostly or sometimes in singles all around the island and they are very friendly and cheerful.

    Fondest memory: there are many Kawaii (cute) and Utsukushii (beautiful) japanese girls in Guam that are having fun time shopping, eating at restaurants and bar hopping and in the beach.

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    A Virtual Japanese Colony

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Guam may have been recaptured by the United States in World War II but since then, It has become a favorite area for Japanese Tourists to Shop, Play Golf, Water Activities, beaches, eat, dine and more. It has become a virtual colony since the number one tourist in Guam are the Japanese, Accounting for over 70% of the in bound tourism in Guam per year. They love to go to guam because of the relative ease of coming here due to the visa free entry and the duty free privileges in the Island and it is way cheaper to go to guam from japan than going to hawaii and the US Mainland.

    Due to this, you will see lots of japanese people roaming around the island hence many of the signs at the hotels, shops, bars, shopping malls, travel agencies and others have Japanese Language side by side with English Signs. Guamanians love the Japanese as they bring the needed tourist dollars since guam has no substantial economy to speak of besides tourism. Also, the japanese tourists are well behave and have a cheerful disposition hence being well liked by the locals.

    Fondest memory: they buy all kinds of luxury items like Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Nautica, Diesel, Rolex, Hermes', Louis Vuitton and more, since these items are way cheaper to buy here than in japan due to the duty free status of guam.

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    Politics In Guam

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: if you think that a small US Unincorporated Territory of Guam has no active Political Scene, think again! both the Republican Party and the Democratic Party has political machinery here and they even send delegates to the Republican or Democratic Presidential Caucuses but Guamanians cannot vote for Federal Positions like the President or Vice President or Congress and Senate but they have an active local political Scene where they elect local mayors, Congressmen and Senators to the local government and legislature. they have 15 local senators serving a population of 170,000!!!

    This is an election year hence you will see many campaign posters around the island!

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    Filipino Cuisine

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Filipino Cuisine is also prevalent in Guam besides the Local Chamorro Cuisine since about 30% of the islands population is filipino or filipino-american heritage hence there are quite a number of restaurants and fast food stalls at the malls and even at the Chamorro Village that offer Filipino Foods. Even some chamorro foods are filipino inspired like the Pancit, Lumpia, Kilawin (kelaguen in chamorro), Rice Cakes like the Puto (POTO in Chamorro), Bistek (beef sirloin steak sauteed in onions and soy sauce), Siopao, Leche Flan and more. One of the famous import is the Halo Halo, a hodge podge of sweetened tapioca, gelatin, purple yam, beans, nata de coco, coconuts and more that have a milk topping and shaved ice. Even Denny's here in guam serves the Halo Halo!

    Fondest memory: the many filipino restaurants and foods found in guam

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    Gassing Up in Guam

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: People in the US Mainland complain about the high gas prices of between $ 3.80 to $ 4.60 a gallon of unleaded 89 octane gasoline (1 gallon of gas is 3.875 liters) but in guam, the gasoline prices are much higher than the US mainland since a gallon of unleaded gasoline costs here $ 5.27 which is more expensive than in the mainland! There are many gasoline companies here like shell, arco, mobil, 76 but unlike in the mainland where there is competition among the gas companies where prices changes everyday for every gas station and even same gas company gas station have different prices, Here in Guam, the local government has provided that the prices of gasoline, whether regular, unleaded or diesel be fixed at the same rate through out the island.

    say if you gas up at a shell station in tamuning and at a shell station or mobile station in Umatac or Inarajan, the prices will still be the same.

    Fondest memory: gas prices are more expensive than in the US Mainland and gas stations here have the sam gas prices regardless of the different gas company selling the gasoline fuel.

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    Chamorro Cuisine

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: The Chamorro People are the natives of Guam and the rest of the Mariana Islands. You must try the local chamorro cuisie as much as possible when in guam. The Chamorro cuisine is a mixture of local, spanish, filipino and american influences and they have quite a number of dishes and I've tried some of them (I will do a separate tips for each dish that I tried ok) and most famous is then chamorro barbecue plate with grilled pork ribs, chicken leg quarters and beef ribs topped with the chamorro red rice (soaked in achuete seeds to make them turn red). Other dishes that I tried are the various Kelaguen (shrimp, fish, pork), a ceviche dish influenced by the filipino kilawin. Pancit, another filipino influenced dish, the spicy kadun pika (spicy chicken in thick paste) and the Beef Tinakyak (spicy ground beef cooked in coconut cream with chilies) and the famous spicy dipping sauce, the Finadene, made of lemon, soy sauce, chilies, onions.

    Fondest memory: the assorted local chamorro dishes

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    Walking in Guam At Night

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Night Time walking is generally safe in the tumon area since tha main road of Pale San Vitores Road is well lighted and the pedestrian areas are large but a caution on walking at night outside the main tourist areas, there are some petty crimes reported happening. Guam has no elevated walkways or foot bridges so that when you want to cross the street, you must to to the nearest intersection and press the pedestrian acces button to make the stop light turn green and you be able to cross over the street (jay walking here carries a $ 300 fine!).

    Fondest memory: Sometimes it is better just to walk toward your destination in the tumon and tamuning area since waiting for the bus trolleys can be quite a long time and most of the time they are packed with passengers hence you will have to wait for the next trolley to come.

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    Walking in Guam at Day

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Guam has no elevated walkways or foot bridges so that when you want to cross the street, you must to to the nearest intersection and press the pedestrian acces button to make the stop light turn green and you be able to cross over the street (jay walking here carries a $ 300 fine!).

    Sometimes it is better just to walk toward your destination in the tumon and tamuning area since waiting for the bus trolleys can be quite a long time and most of the time they are packed with passengers hence you will have to wait for the next trolley to come.

    On the daytime, better wear light colored t-shirts and walking shorts and flip flops, crocs or rubber shoes as to make walking easier ( and you will have lesser sweat due to the humid head in guam) . also have a cap and sunglasses to reduce the glare and to shield your head from the heat.

    Fondest memory: If you are a brisk walker, then walking along the many shops, malls, restaurants around the tumon area will not be a problem since the area is just small. Use the trolleys only if you have many shopping things to carry around as it is better to walk than to wait on the trolleys to arrive in some cases.

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    Parking In Guam (small establisments)

    by machomikemd Written Apr 12, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Even the establishments in the tumon area like the La Isla Plaza, Blue Lagoon Plaza and other areas provide free parking but they have a disclaimer posted that they are not responsible for any car theft or burglary. This free parking is one of the best deals in guam if you plan to rent a car instead of just depending on riding the expensive taxis or take the assorted trolley buses plying around the area.

    Fondest memory: the mini strip mall establishments that have mostly small shops, restaurants, souvenir shops, massage parlors, bars, lounges, offer free parking but again, be sure not to leave any valuables in your car as they have a disclaimer on not being responsible for any personal items lost.

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