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    Carabaos

    by machomikemd Written Apr 20, 2012

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    Carabaos are Philippine Water Buffaloes that were imported by the Spanish to Guam to be a beast of burden and now, the local chamorros love these Water Buffaloes since thy use them for just about anything like farming, carrying heavy loads of produce or equipment or as a mode of transport and they were up in arms when the US Navy tried to Cull many carabaos roaming the Assorted Naval Bases in the Island. You can hardly see any live carabao in the main tourist areas but you will see many carabao statues gaily decorated in many of the places at tumon and tamuning and hagatna areas. Many of the tourists pose at the carabao statues in the hotels.

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    Filipino Community in Guam

    by machomikemd Written Apr 14, 2012

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    Filipinos form a big part of the population of Guam, Comprising about 30% of the island's population and hence you would see many filipino restaurants, food stalls, shops and even the largest Mall of Guam, the Micronesia Mall is owned by a filipino-chinese taipan, Lucio Tan who also owns Philippine Airlines. The Agana Shopping Center is owned by another Filipino-chinese Taipan, Henry Sy who also owns the only SM Store in Guam located also in the Agana Shopping Center (see my makati philippine tips for the SM Malls) andn there are countless philippine banks and remittance centers around guam for the Filipino and Filipino-Americans where they can send the needed dollars to relatives back in the Philippines and they even sell condominiums back in the philipines. You would not feel homesick here in Guam if you have filipino roots but before talking to locals in The Tagalog Language, ask them first if they know it since Filipinos and the local Chamorros look alike.

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    Jeff's Pirates Cove Shot Glass

    by machomikemd Written Apr 13, 2012

    Hey, Jeff's Pirates Cove, located at Ipan Beach in Talafofo Guam is a must things to do when in guam hence since I'm at the Pirates Cove Gift Shop, I must buy my favorite Shot Glasses and they have many kinds of the Shot Glass and there a little bit stiff at $ 8 for one shot glass. They have many shot glass designs and all of them cost $ 7.99 each.

    I will have a separate Jeff's Pirates Cove Dining, Shopping and Things to do tips, ok

    HOURS OF OPERATION
    Gift Shop and Seaside Museum
    8:00 am til 6:00 pm Every Day
    Restaurant and Bar
    8:00 am til 6:00 pm Monday thru Saturday
    8:00 am til 7:00 pm Sunday
    other Jeff's Pirates Cove Items Include:

    GIFT SHOP

    Tank Tops :
    Short Sleeve :
    Long Sleeve :

    $18.00 - $20.00
    $20.00 - 22.00
    $20.00

    Long Sleeve with hood :
    Baseball 3/4 Length Sleeve :
    Golf Shirts with Collar :

    $22.00
    $24.00
    $32.00

    Shipping and Handling :
    - $5.00 per shirt

    Email for Special Request
    Jeffrey E. Pleadwell
    CEO & General Manager
    Email: jpcpirate at teleguam.net

    JPC Internet Special
    - 4 shirts, 1 shot glass, 1 coffee cup, 1 16 oz. beer glass, 5 decals (various)
    - $100.00 + $20.00 Shipping and handling = $120.00

    address is: Jeff's Pirates Cove
    #111 S. Chalan Antigo
    Ipan Talofofo, Guam USA
    96915-3708

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    Jeff's Pirates Cove Refrigerator Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Apr 13, 2012

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    Hey, Jeff's Pirates Cove, located at Ipan Beach in Talafofo Guam is a must things to do when in guam hence since I'm at the Pirates Cove Gift Shop, I must buy my favorite Refrigerator Magnets and they have many kinds of the magnets but only one have theor logo written on the magnetized plastic hence that it the one that I bought. it costs $ 2 only but if you want to buy the more elaborate ones, they sell at $ 4 to $ 8 but they don't have the famous Jeff's Pirates Cove Logo.
    I will have a separate Jeff's Pirates Cove Dining, Shopping and Things to do tips, ok

    HOURS OF OPERATION
    Gift Shop and Seaside Museum
    8:00 am til 6:00 pm Every Day
    Restaurant and Bar
    8:00 am til 6:00 pm Monday thru Saturday
    8:00 am til 7:00 pm Sunday
    other Jeff's Pirates Cove Items Include:

    GIFT SHOP

    Tank Tops :
    Short Sleeve :
    Long Sleeve :

    $18.00 - $20.00
    $20.00 - 22.00
    $20.00

    Long Sleeve with hood :
    Baseball 3/4 Length Sleeve :
    Golf Shirts with Collar :

    $22.00
    $24.00
    $32.00


    Shipping and Handling :
    - $5.00 per shirt

    Email for Special Request
    Jeffrey E. Pleadwell
    CEO & General Manager
    Email: jpcpirate at teleguam.net

    JPC Internet Special
    - 4 shirts, 1 shot glass, 1 coffee cup, 1 16 oz. beer glass, 5 decals (various)
    - $100.00 + $20.00 Shipping and handling = $120.00

    address is: Jeff's Pirates Cove
    #111 S. Chalan Antigo
    Ipan Talofofo, Guam USA
    96915-3708

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    Guam Shot Glasses

    by machomikemd Written Apr 13, 2012

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    Again, Shot glasses is one of my favorite collector items when I travel around and I make it a point to buy these shot glass goodies in my worldy travels and here is guam is no exception. Like the refrigerator magnets, shot glasses here are practically everywhere and you can buy them at convenience stores, ABC Stores (no 7-11's in Guam), souvenir shops, the chamorro village, shopping malls and at hotel stores & gift shops. The come in frosted glass, aluminum, pewter, iron and the prices depends on the material that you bought and on the design. they sell from $ 3.00 to $ 7, depending again on the materials used. What A nice way to collect souvenirs hehehe.

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    Guam Refrigerator Magnets

    by machomikemd Written Apr 13, 2012

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    As Everyone Knows, I'm an avid collector of Refrigarator Magnets of my travels to different places and being in Guam, this is no exception and the best deal here is that buying them has no extra as there is no sales tax here hehehe. the refrigerator magnets here in guam have many shapes and sizes and are available as magnetized strips or plastic themed with magnets or plain old steel or aluminum cast dyes with magnets at the back. you can buy these assorted refrigerator magnets everywhere at convenience stores, souvenir stores, malls and even at the chamorro village.

    costs of the refrigerator magnets are from $ 2 for a magnetized style to $ 3.50 for a plastic style and $ 5 to 7 for an iron or aluminum cast dye.

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    Guam Lighters

    by machomikemd Written Apr 13, 2012

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    This is just my second visit to guam and this is the first time I bought at Guam Lighter as a souvenir as I usually buy refrigerator magnets and assorted shot glasses on the place that I've visited. You can buy the guam lighters everywhere like in ABC Stores, in K-Mart, in the assorted convenience stores around the Island and these variously designed Guam Lighters costs about $ 1.25 per piece and the irony here it that it is made in china hehehe.

    The lighters are cheap but buying cigarettes here at expensive as a pack of Marloros will cost $ 7.50 at any convenience stores.

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    War in the Pacific Historical Park..ASAN, GUAM

    by Nick06tc Written Mar 12, 2008

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    As a tropical Island is a great Beach getaway. But anyone familiar with history knows WWII on the pacific front, was a long way from home.

    In 1941 Japan invaded Guam, a US territory. For 3 VERY LONG years the Chumorro's, local Guam residents, were under bitter control and abuse from the japanese. They were put into labor camps and forced to build japanese entrentchments to ward off an invasion by the US. They built "Pill Box" fighting positions on the hills near the beaches.

    And due to its location, Asan Beach was a prime candidate for an american landing. Not nearly as well known as the D-Day landing on the European front, the Landing at Asan Beach on 21 July 1944. The battle lasted till 10 August 1944, when the americans finally captured the entire Island back fromt he Japanese.

    Today on the spot of the landing sit s a beautiful work. It was wlaking paths, benches, grills, monuments and marker stones with history. The cove it surrounds is amazingly clear water that is prefect for relaxing or snorkeling.

    Best of all it is free. The gates are open from 7am-3pm for parking. But you can visit at any hour.

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    Get Invited to A Native's Home

    by pangelipc Written Jun 25, 2007

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    If you get invited to someone's home you can see the greenery that Guam has to offer. They are all very hospitable. They will share with you the abundance from their garden. They will invite you to their parties -- barbque -- fiestas and the like. Each village has their own patron saint, and fiesta. Even if you are not invited personally, if you know what village is having their fiesta guests are always welcome.

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    See the historical SANTA MARIAN CAMALIN

    by Travel2write Written Jun 11, 2007

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    Had to do a little research to find the history behind this statue. Found at Kamilin Park in Merizo.

    SANTA MARIAN statue was the blessing to Guam sailor from way back. At one time, the statue was placed in the persidio of Agana. While the persidio was under contruction and repairs, the statue was stored in a shed or a "CAMALIN". The sailor still went to the shed to pray, hence the name changed to SANTA MARIAN CAMALIN, "Saint Marian of the Shed".

    The statue was later sent to the philippines where is was preserved and restored, until a local man from Malesso found and returned it to Guam

    The plaque reads
    " The Blessed Virgin Mary wished that her memory should forever live in the minds and hearts of her children in the Marianas Archipelago. By divine providence her image, represented in the statue of SANTA MARIAN CAMALIN, made her entry into Guam by way of Malesso. With tender love and affection the Chamorro people welcomed and honored her as their mother and Queen."

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    Visit Sirena the mermaid!

    by Travel2write Written Jun 7, 2007

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    Located in Tolai Acho park. Downtown next to San Antonio Bridge.

    Guam's legendary mermaid, Sirena, lived in Agana during Spanish times near the Minondo River where fresh spring waters dividing the city of Agana met the ocean at the river's mouth (Bicana) not so far from the site of the statue above. She loved the water and was known to swim whenever she could steal a moment from her chores to satisfy her greatest pleasure.

    One fateful day, Sirena's mother sent her to get coconut shells to be used as coal for the iron. Oblivious to time and duty, Sirena couldn't resist the refreshing river. There she swam while her mother called impatiently. Sirena's godmother happened to be visiting, and as her mother angrily cursed her daughter with the words, "Since Sirena loves the water more than anything, she should become a fish", her Nina (godmother) quickly interjected, "leave the part of her that belongs to me".

    Unknown to mother, godmother, family and friends, Sirena was never to return home again, for feeling unusual sensations as she swam, she soon discovered that from the waist down she had become part fish. Her mother, regretful of her curse, could not undo the outcome of fate. Bidding her loved ones farewell, Sirena swam out into the Pacific. Since her disappearance, seafarers have reported seeing her in different parts of the world. According to legend, she can only be caught with a net of human hair.

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    Checkout the cave of a WW II Japanese soilder.

    by Travel2write Written Jun 5, 2007

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    Yokoi's Cave at TALOFOFO Waterfalls

    One of the most famous of holdouts, his story was widly reported in the world media, and he wrote a book translated to English about his wartime experiences and 28 years hiding on Guam as a Japanese holdout.

    He had been hiding at the area since the US invasion with two other japanese stragglers, but later they separated. He dug a cave in a bamboo thicket, but after a few months food ran out. The others moved to a new hiding place where there was more food. Thay visited each other, however he found both of them dead in 1964. He believe they died of starvation, but later found out they died of food poisoning.

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    Talofofo Falls offers more than a waterfall...

    by thechels Updated May 29, 2007

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    Talofofo Falls offers a jungle hike to see the cave of Sgt. Soshi Yakoi. A Japanese soldier who hid out in the cave for 28 years, not knowing that WWII was over, until some poachers found him. (Very fascinating tour-I did an article in my high school newspaper on this!)

    **The Falls is a great swiming spot, but BE CAREFUL OF YOUR CHOICE OF VEHICLES, to escort you down!!! It is a very steep not very well paved road... so beware the caution signs, etc!**

    Once your down there... Enjoy your talofofo day! For the more daring, there is a spot that you can dive from a cliff and fit into... barely.. . be careful if this is still even allowed, the spot of rock opening is not very great so you have to dive directly into it!!! There also used to be a rope dangling from a tree that you (and myself ONE TIME ONLY--I AMMMM A CHICKEN!!!) can reach by climbing out onto a tree limb and then swing yourself down into the falls...

    just have fun at Talofofo.. for at least a few hours anyway!!!!

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    Natural Swimming Hole

    by mskwan Written Mar 8, 2007

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    Located on the east coast, south of Talafofo but just north of the Bear Rock is the Salaglula (Inaranjan) Pool Park. You'll find several salt water swimming pools created by nature. If you are afraid of the open ocean but still want to experience the natural water, this is it.

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    The Pier at Merizo

    by mskwan Written Mar 8, 2007

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    Most tourists goes to the pier at Merizo to catch a boat to Cocos Island. However, there are plenty of picnic spots nearby the pier. If you come here early enough, say before 7 am, when the ocean is calm and clear like glass, you can see all kinds of sea creatures just from standing at the pier. It's like snorkeling without getting wet.

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