Chamorro Language & Culture: Saludu yan Diariu na Sinangan Siha - Greetings and Daily Expressions
(It's a long time since we've seen each other). What's your name? Chamorro phrases provided by Michelle Wilmot and Si Yu'us Må'åse' Si Aaron Matanane. Translate "goodbye, until we meet again". See 2 authoritative translations of " goodbye, until we meet again" in Spanish with audio pronunciations. Contextual translation of "until we meet again" into Chamorro. Human translations with examples: MyMemory, World's Largest Translation Memory.
Most of the structures are made of pairs of lattes arranged in parallel to each other. A roof was placed on top of the pillars. The largest latte found has 20 columns. There is a bar and restaurant, all sort of water sports and even an ice cream parlour.
Fort Santa Agueda Creator of coconut sashimi in Guam A remnant from the Spanish period, three canons are still located at this view point over the bay. Make sure to try the coconut sashimi by the fort. Joe Roberto, a coconut stall vendor, came up with the idea of scooping the young coconut meat and mixing it with soy sauce and wasabi.
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The consistency of the young coconut gives it a sashimi like texture and the savoury soy sauce and wasabi are a fantastic combination. Although you will find this snack everywhere in Guam, the original one is by the Fort.
Joe usually sells out by noon so come in the morning. He likes to come early, as early as 5am, to see the sunrise. He has been doing this for 26 years and the formula clearly works. So much so that the locals told me it is one of the best places to spot a rainbow as there are several every day as rain drops when the sun is still shinning.
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The large amounts of rain also feed mangroves, rivers and waterfalls, of which there are many on Guam. A pretty park with two waterfalls on opposite ends, and lovely gardens.
Both American and Japanese memorabilia and artifacts are on display, with proper labels and translations in both languages. You are encouraged by the care taker, also a volunteer, to get into the guts of the tanks, the cars and everything that is on display and, I warn you, WWII tanks are pretty dangerous inside, filled with sharp ends and rusty bits.
For a private collection gathered out of love, it is pretty impressive to see. The Museum also has a couple of sections with documents and other smaller relics that are not war equipment.
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You will also be able to read the story of the Japanese soldier who managed to hide in the Guam jungle for 27 years after WWII ended, living in a cave and being completely self-sufficient, until he was found, in pretty good health considering the circumstances.
Sheraton Cultural Dance Show Chamorro traditional dance at Sheraton Laguna Guam This is the only dinner show on Guam that features Chamorro culture and traditional dances and not the Polynesian versions that you can find at other hotels. After all, you are in Guam so it is best to discover the local heritage.
The Sheraton Island feast BBQ dinner offers a buffet and a table side BBQ, Korean style, for guests to pick their raw meats and seafood and cook it to your preferences.
I loved this because it was special and genuine. It was not a tourist show put up without tradition like the ones I saw in Hawaii, but a genuine group of people loving Chamorro culture and wanting to share it with the guests.
Tupananchikkama (Until We Meet Again)
One of the islands most famous Master dancers was also present as he manages the group. The title of Master is only given to distinguished experts in a specific guild. You will also get the chance to get on stage and participate. The airport in Guam is an interesting mix of people passing through between the hours of am and pm with flights landing and departing to all the destinations in the region.
As all arrivals must exit and re-enter the airport after, there is a lot of traffic when collecting luggage. There are charter flights from Korea and Japan as well as regular flights on the local airlines. Lastly, Guam offers a visa waiver system to a lot of nationalities.
More details here and here. Talking about Guam is talking about food. It is as much an integral part of the culture as anything else. The seeds release the color when soaked in water.
Usually, you will get chicken and ribs that have been marinated with soy sauce and vinegar or other rubs and then cooked in the open grill. Finadenne A dipping sauce that goes perfectly well with the BBQ meats and other fried food and that is served on every Chamorro table. Finadenne is made mixing soy sauce, vinegar or lemon juice, chopped white onion, and fresh chili peppers.
Where to eat in Guam There are countless places to grab a meal in Guam, from the American fast food chains to the restaurants in the large hotels, but here are a few which I tried and tested and which deserve a trip.
Proa offers Chamorro food with a decidedly Asian influence and creative fusion dishes. The portions are enormous, so beware when you order unless you want to leave with more food packed in your doggy bag than you ate it happened to us! Proa has dishes that are as unexpected in Guam as snails, and a Japanese and Filipino flavour in a lot of the recipes. The BBQ is very tasty and the fish dishes are fantastic. It is a great place for a rise and shine brekkie, brunch or lunch.
Fill your tummy with yummy foods before setting off to explore the island. The waiters are friendly, the food is just like your mum if she was Chamorro would cook and the portions are giant.
The restaurant used to be in the village where Terry grew up and then opened in Tumon on the main road. Everything here is real food and it tastes just like that. The kelanguen trio is fantastic, the aubergine with coconut milk creamy, the BBQ ribs are delicious, even the simple red rice is to die for.
It also offers free WiFi. Jeff is a character himself and worth a chat, just say hi and I am sure he will be happy to explain how it all began. The sea has that perfect turquoise colour. The Chamorro BBQ is excellent here, truly finger-licking. There is a pirate shop which is a good place for a souvenir. Although, even in the rainy season, showers are tropical and short. During the first months of the year, the winds are strong so you will not be hot at all and the weather will be great for surfing, windsurfing and other water sports.
Where to stay in Guam There are almost 9, hotel rooms on the island so there is something for all budgets and a long selection of alternatives. Here are the best luxury hotels in Guam. The rooms are modern and sleek and some of them have outdoor swimming pools with sea views.
If you are looking to splurge this is the only place to do so. Lotte Hotel is located at one end of Tumon Bay so it also has panoramic views of the bay.
Its location at the end of Tumon Bay also gives it panoramic views of the bay. There are a few pools and a shopping arcade and the service is friendly. I stayed there and found it to be good value for money. There is a reason it has withstood a few decades.
It is another big hotel located right next to the Lotte at one end of Tumon Bay. There is everything you would expect from a large resort including three swimming pools and all sorts of facilities for children and families. There is a chapel for weddings with sea views and a large shopping arcade. If you were looking for an all-inclusive holiday by the sea and without any reason to leave the hotel grounds, the Hyatt would probably fit the bill.
Sheraton Laguna Resort Guam. In Peru, an avocado is palta but in Mexico it is aguacate. Another cool group dynamic was that we all are bilingual in English and Spanish.
Most of our conversations were in both languages until it reached the point that I spoke espanglish better than either language! I realize now that having bilingual friends is something that I highly value. There is a level of understanding that is between myself and other bilinguals.
It is also a fun challenge that I have never experienced with monolingual friends. With bilingual friends you have no choice but to have your brain stimulated and learn a language because there will undoubtable be that one word or phrase that you have never heard before and will have to ask about. It is a humbling experience. So I have to ask. I have learned to have patience with myself. It is also really embarrassing when you ask something in Spanish that you think is innocent but it actually ends up meaning something dirty.
But of course I have never done that… All of us had a passion to travel. Throughout the semester we would all go on different trips around Peru. We went on two trips, or paseos, together: The second was to a small pueblo outside of Lima called Azpitia that overlooked a huge valley. These trips are my favorite memories of my friends. In many ways, I believe that traveling together helped us to bond and learn more about each other in ways that we never would have without our adventures.
It broke my heart to say goodbye to my friends.