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Exploring Guam (Day One)

Exploring Guam - Day 1There’s just about a number of things I love about Guam, but to name two reasons it would definitely have to be that Guam feels like a home away from home, and second how chill everything and everyone is. It’s a great vacation spot for families who just want to relax and do some outdoor activities, and being only 3 hours away by plane via Philippine Airlines makes it all the more appealing.

Some quick facts:

  • Guam is an island far off mainland U.S.A, it’s a place that both acts as a territory of the United States (although they apparently cannot vote during U.S. government elections) but also can act as its own country (They have their own Miss Universe candidate, and they also have their own Football team for the World Cup)
  • Being an American territory, you would need a U.S. Visa to visit (it’s not that difficult to obtain one. You can read about my U.S. Visa interview experience here.)
  • The Chamorros are what you call their natives,
  • and the population is practically more than 50% Filipinos. I kid you not. Everywhere we went you can be 100 percent sure there would be a Filipino either working there or a Filipino family dining out or shopping — it was like being back home in Subic Bay or something, a place I frequented with my family during long weekends growing up.
  • They consider more than 5 cars on the road as “traffic” while that just equates to a typical Pacquiao match day for us
  • The weather is pretty much the same as ours, only the air they breathe is cleaner so summer heat isn’t as unbearable.
  • “Håfa Adai!” means hello in Chamorro and is used as a greeting everywhere around the island. It’s the equivalent of our “Mabuhay!” except we don’t really use Mabuhay that much anymore!

I along with fellow bloggers Reese Lansangan and Robbie Becroft, with Fritz from the Guam Visitors Bureau, spent a total of 4 nights exploring the island, doing tours, stuffing our faces with food, shopping, and attending two nights of the Guam Live Music Festival, which I would say was the highlight of the trip, but more on that later :)

Day One

I was at NAIA Terminal 2 by 6PM and through with security checks and immigration by 7:30PM. Our flight to Guam was due to leave around half past 10 PM, which meant I had a lot of time to kill. I didn’t mind at all. I’ve mentioned it countless times how the airport was a place I just loved to be in. I spent majority of my time playing Sims 4, and when everyone else had arrived, we all waited together and killed time by exchanging stories about travel, airplane accident stories (I know, right?) and other random things.

UntitledFirst photo & Snapchat with my Guam Squad, that would be Robbie on the left and Reese on the right.
IMG_3940A few days before I left, Keep It MNL sent me these really useful travel organizers! I’m the most unorganized and messy person ever, so these definitely helped me keep things neat. I don’t know how I ever lived with just placing important travel documents and my important gadget plugs/wires in random places in my luggage.
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City lights from high above during takeoff. I love night flights exactly for this reason, because I get to see Metro Manila, my home, lit up with so many lights, without the congested look of the city.

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In my comfy window seat, and I had the entire row to myself.

This wasn’t my original seat. I was sitting next to a baby who wouldn’t stay still, kept touching and hitting me, just doing things babies love to do (ie. annoy people). A stewardess noticed I was starting to look uncomfortable and a little frustrated, so when the cabin doors had been shut she offered me another seat in case I wanted to move. Plus points on your attentiveness, kind stewardess! I wanted to hug her!

IMG_3942My inflight meal of choice was pork asado, which came with the usual dinner roll and a side of chicken cream pasta

I love that Philippine Airlines always has inflight meals no matter how short the travel is. 3 hours is practically nothing in travel time and some airlines will just give you a bag of peanuts and leave you to starve. No desserts for this inflight meal, but I loved the chicken cream pasta (upper left, doesn’t look too appealing but looks can be deceiving!!!) so much I ended up asking for another, which they happily provided :-)

IMG_3936Selfie with the PAL flight crew. Apologies for the blurry photo, apparently I still can’t get the hang of setting the right focus for the selfie mode of my camera! 

The rest of the flight I spent trying to sleep (and failing), and before getting off the plane I was able to take a selfie with the entire flight crew! It was really nice of them to accommodate me considering it was 4 AM, but I wanted to let them know that I enjoyed the flight and their service. PAL is improving A LOT, so I didn’t hesitate to let them know how pleased I was of their service. I mean, it’s no joke working that kind of shift and still being all smiles and very helpful towards all kinds of passengers. So, kudos to PAL! <3

On our way to the hotel from the airport, this is around 4:30 in the morning. Photo by Robbie.

My home for the next 4 nights:
Pacific Star Resort & Spa Hotel

IMG_3913A fruit “basket” and a personalized welcome letter from the general manager of Pacific Star Resort & Spa Hotel, what a great welcome to Guam!IMG_3935
IMG_3933A king sized bed all to myself!!!!

IMG_3939The view of Tumon Bay from my hotel room balcony, right before sunrise and right before I fell asleep.

Running on zero hours of sleep since I woke up on the day of our departure, I was desperate to get some kind of rest. Thankfully my hotel was extremely comfortable and the bed was so nice and warm. It’s one of the simple things that make me happy, being able to burry myself in thick comforters in a very cold room, and my pillow is fat and fluffy and my head just disappears into it. I always get the best sleep in hotels like Pacific Star.

IMG_3938First meal of the day in Tony Roma’s, before starting our tour of the northern side of the island of Guam

Exploring Guam’s North Side via Hagåtña Heritage Walking Trail

IMG_3954Guam’s own Lady Liberty statue in Hagåtña Harbor at Paseo Park,
a few days before we arrived there was a storm that passed by and basically ruined the trees around the island


The first Catholic Church in Guam, the Dulce Nombre de Maria, has been renovated a few times due to natural disasters that have ruined the original structure.
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IMG_3960You’ll find these manmade holes around Guam, which dates back all the way to World War II, when the Japanese took over the island and instructed the Chamorros to dig these holes as hiding spots for the Japanese against the Americans.

Fort Santa Aguada

IMG_3929Reese & I saw this tiny open space which we called a hobbit house. Not really sure what the purpose is, since the open space inside isn’t more than a 2 meters wide. Still, made for a cute photo though!
IMG_3957Beautiful view of Guam’s north side

IMG_3930It was quite a gloomy + windy day

Two Lovers Point

A definite stopover when visiting Guam is Two Lovers Point. This startling cliff line in Northern Guam, overlooking the glimmering Philippine Sea, is the site of an ancient Chamorro legend. The legend tells of two lovers who, forbidden from being together in life, leaped to their deaths from the cliffside so they could be together in eternity. IMG_3927Love locks all over this fence on the bridge. IMG_3928At the front desk taking shelter from the sudden rain, drinking our coconut + mango + strawberry shakes (and again, I have yet to get the hang of focusing on group selfies!)
IMG_3925The illustrations read: Forbidden, Devotion, Despair, Tragedy, Forever

These illustrations and how they were placed confused us a bit. You actually are supposed to read it from right going left, as opposed to the usual left to right, so the story of the two lovers goes: Forbidden, Devotion, Despair, Tragedy and then Forever. Since we all entered the place and reading this from left to right, we still figured the illustrations made sense that way. When you fall in love, you first think it’s Forever, until Tragedy happens, and you feel Despair, and you move on and find someone new and feel Devotion for them (rebounding) until you realize you’re still not over your past love, and because you’re with someone new you’re Forbidden to love someone else. Reese, Robbie and I spent about 5 minutes discussing this and concluding that our version makes more sense and is the modern version of what love seems to be. Haha

IMG_3923The seashore below where the two lovers probably jumped to be together ~forever~
IMG_3926Terrible overcast weather, this entire scene reminded me too much of my Jeju Island trip 2 months ago.

Candid photo of me by Robbie 
UntitledFritz, Robbie, me & Reese

UnderWater World

IMG_3962An aquarium you can dine in. Just don’t order seafood as I would imagine that would be a little weird and ironic.
IMG_3919Tiny little jellyfishies!
IMG_3916A beautiful, venomous, but somewhat useless Lionfish.
IMG_3921Another marine specie that contributes nothing except to be pretty and sting people randomly… Jellyfish! 
IMG_3924Nemo playing in his anemone
IMG_3917Me with Nagini
IMG_3920My big slab of ribs for dinner at UnderWater World. I stayed away from seafood.

SandCastle Show

We ended the night with a show at SandCastle that included magic, illusions, acrobatic acts and dancing. It was all great entertainment to end the night. 

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So, that just about wraps up my day one recap of my first 24 hours in Guam! I hope I was able to document it enough to show you guys what I love about the island so far (that being “home away from home” and “chill”), but if not, I’ve still got days two-four to blog about so stay tuned for those :-)

A big thank you to Guam Visitors Bureau for the invitation and Pacific Star Resort & Spa for accommodating us :-)

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29 Comments

  • Reply Guillian 18 June 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Ho ate camie, what cam are you using?

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 June 2015 at 2:41 am

      Hello! Using a Fujifilm X-A2 :)

  • Reply Kaith 18 June 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Looks like a lot of fun! So envious right now. Can’t wait for the next posts about Guam. You’re looking great, Camie! :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 June 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Kaith! Thats so sweet of you to say :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Thanks for your kind words, Kaith <3

  • Reply Nina 18 June 2015 at 3:16 pm

    Looks like you did get that visa! :D Nice to see Guam again through your photos!

    • Reply Camie Juan 18 June 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Yes!! Thanks so much for your insights/advice when I asked you for help. Haha it’s my dream to travel the way you do ❤️

  • Reply Corinth 18 June 2015 at 3:35 pm

    You’re really good at documenting your travels! Can’t wait to read about the rest of your trip! <3

    • Reply Jae 19 June 2015 at 12:21 am

      Agreed!

  • Reply Rochelle 18 June 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Maybe the hobbit house was some sort of hide out during the World War 2 for some aerial bombs. Haha. Just guessing.

  • Reply Ellokatey 18 June 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Camie! I love these pictures! I had a few IG exchanges with you when I commented on one of your posts about Guam. I fell in love with the island! It is my home away from home. Although a lot of people think that Guam is like a little Hawaii, it is not a state. It’s a US territory somehow like Puerto Rico.

    • Reply Camie Juan 18 June 2015 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks for clearing that up! :)

  • Reply Regina 18 June 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Aaahhh Camie you did it again! Your travel posts will always be my favourite because they never fail ‘take me there’ as well. Will definitely wait for days two to four. Keep it up, Camie!

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:25 pm

      You have no idea how much that means to me! Whenever someone says my travel posts take them there it always makes my heart flutter. Thank you! HEEHEE <3

  • Reply Ruth 18 June 2015 at 7:10 pm

    I was with the Guam team last week and was curious how your group’s trip went! Awesome post! You guys sure had a great time too! Now I am missing Guam more :)

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks Ruth!! I’m so jealous that you guys went skydiving though! :((

  • Reply bitsofjoyce 18 June 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I always always look forward on your travel posts, camie. <3 You have a gift! I can't wait for more! :)

  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang 18 June 2015 at 9:28 pm

    *species :)

    I love your photos, Camie! Your first day was already so eventful. Was it tiring, though?

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:23 pm

      It was extremely tiring because I barely had sleep from the day before! I literally only had 2 hours of sleep since I woke up the day of my flight to when I got to Guam. HAHA

  • Reply henzelgapay 19 June 2015 at 10:13 am

    I always look forward to your travel adventures <3 So effective, make me want to hop on a plane right now. Thanks for sharing Camie!!

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Henzel <3 I'm really kilig from your comment :D

  • Reply Stephy Macasaet 19 June 2015 at 12:15 pm

    The photo captioned “Me with Nagini” appeared too cute for me camie! hahahahaha Only real Potterheads will caption such a thing I guess.

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:14 pm

      hahaha I know! When I said that in real life, only Reese got it cause she was a fellow Potterhead too. :))

  • Reply Robin Faigmane 19 June 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Such a great blog entry about Guam, Ms Camie! It’s just as if I went to the country while reading this. Can’t stop admiring <3

    • Reply Camie Juan 26 June 2015 at 8:08 pm

      Thanks Robin <3 I get kilig whenever people say this about my travel posts :)

  • Reply Alissa 21 June 2015 at 11:25 am

    I like PAL as well. They gave us ice cream for dessert and they have delicious meal. LOve your photos too Camie. Guam looks awesome!

    • Reply Camie Juan 25 June 2015 at 2:35 am

      Oops I actually forgot that they did serve us ice cream after! Haha I may have enjoyed my chicken pasta too much. I dont remember eating the ice cream na! Haha

  • Reply alexisvalenzona 3 July 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Great travel post, Camie! I love PAL as well because they really do pay attention to the needs of their passengers. Also, Guam isn’t a place that most people really think about traveling to but this post made me consider it! :)

    Quick question, what kind of app is your wallpaper? :D

  • Reply Lesh (@girlwholovesred) 8 July 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Definite bookmark! I’m heading to Guam in December~ Can’t wait for your next posts, Camie!

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