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About the cover: Justin Benavente, Kyle Aguon and Melchor Manibusan of Coffee Slut. Photo by Burt Sardoma Jr. PUBLISHER Maureen N. Maratita MANAGING EDITOR Steve Graff EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Morgan Engel REPORTERS Wayne Chargualaf Rianne Peredo CREATIVE CONTENT MANAGER Vikki Fong DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TEAM Conrad Calma Luisa Joy Castro Sean Davis Vandrick Veloria MEDIA SALES MANAGER Mike Mafnas SENIOR MEDIA SALES Kevin Iwashita MEDIA SALES Adonis Mendiola MEDIA SALES SPECIALIST Bridget Meno ADMINISTRATION Janice Castro Chelsae' San Miguel DIRECTOR Ken Dueñas MANAGING DIRECTOR Marcos W. Fong


Glimpses of Guam Inc. Mission Statement: To connect people with information. Buenas January/February 2020 • Entire contents copyrighted 2020 by Glimpses of Guam, Inc. Buenas is published bi-monthly by Glimpses of Guam Inc., 161 US Army Juan C. Fejeran St. Barrigada Heights, GU 96913. Telephone: (671) 649-0883, Fax: (671) 649-8883, Email: • All rights reserved. No material may be printed in part or in whole without written permission from the publisher. Connect with us!

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#OOG Fiesta guidebook Our publications include: Marianas Business Journal • MBJ Life • Guam Business Magazine • Real Estate Journal • Buenas • Beach Road Magazine • Drive Guam • Pocket Deals



WANDERGRAM Kid-friendly travel

ME TIME Beach hikes

ON THE RADAR Where to go and what to do

January/February 2020


EVITE Ina Wellness

ARTBURST "Mermade" in Guam

EATS ON THE STREETS Coffee, sexy, cool

PAPARAZZI Captured in action

Buenas/Noches is the magazine that flips from Day to Night. Whether you're an early riser and you beam with our tropical sun or you come out to play when the sun goes down, Buenas/Noches is your guide to the "What's up and what's going down" around our island!




It’s only the beginning of the year, but it’s time to start planning those summer vacations to keep the kiddos busy and well-travelled, while bonding with the family and creating new memories.


Buenas has narrowed down the list to three family-friendly vacation spots, two within a four-hour plane ride. The other is a seven-hour ride, but with the views and some fun ideas of what to pack, it will only feel like four.

Tokyo Disneyland, Legoland, animal/pet cafes and KidZania.



KidZania, DreamPlay, Ocean Park and Flying Trapeze.

Dolphins & You, Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium and Children’s Discovery Center.

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WHAT TO PACK Between carry-on bags, strollers, car seats and checked luggage, there’s a lot of little details to think about after picking a destination and planning events. Buenas compiled a list of absolute necessities. Carry-on bags can be stressful. Does each kid need their own, or should they share? An easy indicator is to take children to a park for the day or walk around the mall, with a backpack on. If they make it through the day with it still on, they can have their own. Either way, essential items to pack in a child’s carry on are: • Twistable crayons, coloring books, workbooks and notebooks • Cuddle and comfort items, like blankets, lovies or plushies • Lollipops or gummi bears to prevent ear popping • UNO and other easy card games • Handheld, easy food — apples, grapes, cookies, raisins and bite-size crackers. Pro tip: keep in pill container or kids tacklebox • Inflatable cushion, like Fly-tot, that allows kids to lay flat in airplane seats • Tablet, charger, extension cord or surge protector, headphones and headphone splitter (splitter so two kids can watch same program or game together) • Instant noodles, oatmeal and other meals made with only hot water — sometimes kids are picky, and these items are easily made from the beverage cart or coffee maker

Strollers and car seats… Should they be brought along? Checked with luggage or at the gate? So many questions arise when thinking of these seemingly essential items, and there are a lot of choices. If, after weighing the pros and cons of strollers, having one is in the best interest of the family, check it at the gate instead of at the ticket counter to provide extra storage as well as a place for fussy toddlers to relax. Keep in mind, most amusement parks and hotels have strollers for rent, and the cost of renting might outweigh the annoyance of bringing one with. As far as car seats, if kids are little and would require one if a car is rented, it might be a good idea to bring, and even use on the plane. Buenas January/February 2020 5


Checked luggage is a whole different ball game. Best to start packing up to a week in advance. You can pack clothes and personal care items beforehand with no worries. If possible, put all last-minute items into one bag together, since they will probably be used first. When packing children’s clothes, depending on their age, put each outfit into clear bags, from undies and socks to accessories, like sunglasses and hats. This will make it easy for the kids to pick their own outfit for the day when on vacation.


If a family has assigned seats on the airplane together, without bulky items like car seats, don’t board with other families. Waiting to go later in the boarding process will give little ones less time buckled up and sitting still before take-off.


“Things to remember are extra change of clothing, spare gallon Ziploc baggies for accidents or for extra storage for things you need to put away quickly. Snacks, chargers, headphones, iPads/tablets. Have the airline app downloaded prior to the trip to take advantage of in-flight entertainment if that is available.” — Kayla Lewis, @kaylamarielewisable

“Don’t worry about what anyone else is thinking on the plane. Yes, kids cry and throw tantrums; it happens. Most people have kids and understand, and those who don’t will understand too. Everyone was a kid at some point, so keep focus on your adventure!” — Yasmine Al Awadhi, @therealityofbeingamotherof3

“Be sure to research the rides in the park to find out the percentage of rides your children can actually ride. Too often parents make the mistake of going to a park where the kids don't reach the minimum height requirement for rides. If an attraction site is not really within your budget, just know that your kids will already be so excited to travel, even walking & driving around looking at the area or even a simple ferry or train ride will keep their excitement." — Renee Tiong,

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Bulky items, like diapers, can actually be shipped ahead of time to your hotel. As long as the hotel allows it, send your items with the label “Hold for (Guest name), Arriving on (Date).” A holding fee may be charged.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Recognize that each family has their own needs, and don’t apologize or feel guilty for what your family needs. If a child needs a leash or a harness because they run away, that’s okay. If a child needs candy to calm down, it’s not the end of the world.


FIESTA GUIDEBOOK By Wayne Chargualaf

Every culture has food at the center of major celebrations, and far be it from Guam to break the trend. Enter the fiesta. Being a largely Catholic community, Guam’s fiestas are village celebrations that honor that village’s patron saint. Although the months in which each saint is celebrated more or less stay the same, the exact date varies and is set by the church. Traditionally, preparation for the fiesta is a family affair, with jobs typically divided by gender and then by age group. Females mostly prepare food and decorate. Males typically prepare the guest area by setting up tables, chairs and canopies. They also typically man the grill. The fiesta table is then set in a specific order. Usually napkins and utensils first, then rice and other starches, meat, seafood, kelaguen, salads and desserts. Once someone blesses the food, the table is opened up and from then on, it’s food heaven. But with a tradition as old and revered as the fiesta, can you just roll in, grab some food and go? Well, there’s no law saying otherwise. The police aren’t going to arrest you for being rude, but if you want to be welcome at the next fiesta, you might want to observe the following rules.

Go to the elders’ table to pay your respects and see the host when you first arrive. Make sure to say goodbye to them before you leave.

Little kids and the elderly eat first. If you're perfectly able-bodied and spry, don't be first in line.

Saying hello and goodbye to the host is just common courtesy pretty much wherever you are. On Guam, it’s always important to show courtesy and respect to elders as well. Don’t forget to nginge’ (smell an elder’s hand in greeting) so no one tileks your ear (ask your Guam friend if you don’t know what that means).

Come on, man. You’re not gonna cut in front of a bunch of old folks and little kids, are you?

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NO pre-balutaning

Bring food or drink as chenchule’ when you can

Balutan is basically taking leftovers. It’s a way to help your host get rid of excess food in a manner that it doesn’t go to waste. It’s also great because you get to eat fiesta food for like, a week. But it’s done AFTER everyone has eaten. There are some sneaky types who try to balutan the best food BEFORE the table has even been opened up to eat. It’s not illegal or anything, but it SHOULD be. The bottom line is to always show respect. This isn’t a fast food joint, after all. This is a family opening up their home to help celebrate a sacred day. If you show the same courtesy you’d like others to show you, you should be welcome to eat, make merry and pack many a balutan plate for years to come.

Hey, we know. The economy’s rough. Sometimes you can’t get together quite enough cash or resources to bring something to contribute. But you know, do what you can when you can, right?

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Ipan Beach to Asquiroga Cove The first part of this hike takes place on a trail covered with trees that’s often used as a jogging path. You’ll find an old World War II Japanese fortification on this leg. As you press on, you’ll cross a river and hit the beach near Jeff’s Pirates Cove. You’ll also pass Ipan Beach Park, Ipan Beach Resort, Mana Beach and Asanite Bay before you reach your final destination at Asquiroga Cove. For a simple hike, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to swim, snorkel, and even get some food and drink, so this hike has it all!

By Wayne Chargualaf

Daily life can get hectic as we go about trying to make a living while living our lives. From work to family to social obligations, and even hobbies such as sports that require a certain amount of preparation and organization, things can get pretty crazy. Sometimes the best antidote is to just get away from it all for a little while, and one of the best ways to do that on Guam is with a good beach hike. Sure, there are epic hikes that take you through the jungles and over the hills, but you’re trying to relax, right? So below, we’ve presented five easy hikes to help you get out into the fresh air and sunshine, get some exercise, and maybe take a dip in the ocean. You live on an island, so you might as well make life a beach, at least for a little while. But first, a safety checklist. Before you go on a hike — or do anything — near or by the ocean, check the weather and tide reports. Avoid these areas during inclement weather and always follow advice from local safety agencies, such as the Office of Civil Defense and Homeland Security. 5 Make sure to bring water, sunscreen, protective footwear, and be sure to tell others where you’re going and how long you expect to be away. Keep 1 your cell phone charged (although reception may be spotty in some areas). Most importantly, be safe and have fun!


Ylig Bay to Taga’chang Beach This hike is slightly more challenging as you might have to wade in the water during portions of the hike, but it’s still beginnerfriendly. Starting at Ylig Bay beach, you’ll walk past a Japanese pillbox to Turtle Rock, where you can jump from 10 to 25 feet into the water. From there you can continue on past majestic cliffs, past a blowhole and a natural swimming pool as you make your way to Taga’chang beach.

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Gun Beach to Tanguisson Beach This hike features old World War II remnants — specifically, the guns for which the beach is named — latte stones which mark the spot of an ancient Chamorro village, a shrine to the Virgin Mary and beautiful rock formations. You’ll pass Two Lover’s point as well as the old Dededo power plant, so you’re getting a lot of Guam history in just one hike. Just be sure to check local tide charts before attempting this hike, as much of the area is submerged during high tide. 10 Buenas January/February 2020

Hila’an Beach to Shark’s Hole This hike brings you past striking mushroom-shaped rock formations, which you can easily wade out to if the conditions are right. Proceed north to find Shark’s Hole, easily identifiable as a light blue patch of water. It’s a breeding ground for nurse sharks — which are generally harmless to humans — and a popular snorkeling spot. If waves are high, you’ll need to walk up onto the rocks.

Umatac Bay to Toguan Bay This hike gets a little rocky at times — as in literally stretches of rocky coastline. It still has enough sandy stretches to give you a relaxing beach hike experience. Although you’ll have to make your way through some vegetation, it’s still a pretty easy hike, so don’t be intimidated.



SHARE YOUR FAVORITE HIKING SPOTS WITH US! Did you visit one of these locations or have another favorite spot? Let us know on Facebook and Instagram at @buenasguam!


ONTHERADAR don’t miss these events

JAN. 5


Location: Adelup and Harley-Davidson store Time: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fee: Free, but waiver forms must be signed to participate in the ride

Harley-Davidson of Guam is starting 2020 on a good note with its Ride into the New Year event. The scenic ride around the island starts at Adelup and continues through the southern area. Bikers will stop at places such as Fort Nuestra Señora de la Soledåd before arriving at the Cars Plus and HarleyDavidson building for a variety of contests, live music, food and refreshments. Contact: For more information, call Harley-Davidson of Guam at 472-4003.

JAN. 18


Location: Joseph Flores Beach Park Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fee: General admission tickets $25; VIP tickets $40

The comedy series Laugh Wid Us – A Night in the Park features Tofiga Fepulea’i, an actor and comedian of the stand-up comedy duo, The Laughing Samoans. There will also be live music performances from reggae artist Lomez Brown, as well as local bands Mixed Plate, 4 For 4 and Strangers With Candy. Contact: For more information, email or WhatsApp 777-7890.

JAN. 25

24TH ANNUAL KICK THE FAT 5K/10K RUN/WALK Location: Paseo de Susana, Adelup and Asan Time: 6 a.m. Fee: Open registration – Oct. 21 to Jan. 20 (5K: $15; 10K: $20).

Packet pick-up – Jan. 22 (5K: $20; 10K: $25). Event day – Jan. 25 (5K: $25; 10K: $30). The Pay-Less Markets Inc.’s Community Foundation is hosting its 24th annual KTF 5K/10K Run/Walk, which will give 100% of proceeds to local non-profit organizations. A community fair will also be held to promote healthy living and active lifestyles. Participants receive KTF t-shirts, reusable bags and more. Contact: For more information, go to


VISUALIZING HISTORY: THE ART OF JUDY FLORES Location: Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday

The Judy Flores art collection debuted on Oct. 18 and is available for viewing until Feb. 28. The collection is one of the largest containing Flores’ work, which show her cultural advocacy. Personal stories and pictures are also included in the collection. Flores is one of Guam’s renowned visual artists. Fee: Local residents with valid identification (Guam ID, driver’s license or school ID) Adults: $15.00 Senior Citizens (55-years-old and older): $10.00 Students (5-years-old to 17-years-old): $2.00 Kids (younger than 4-years-old): Free Members: Free Contact: For more information, call the Guam Museum at 989-4455 or email

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JAN. 10. Director: Peter Segal Cast: Dave Bautista, Kristen Schaal, Chloe Coleman and Ken Jeong

JAN. 17. Director: Stephen Gaghan Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Antonio Banderas, Jessie Buckley and Tom Holland


Bad Boys for Life GENRE



In theaters Jan. 17


Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah. Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens and Alexander Ludwig

The Bad Boys, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, are back together for one last ride in the highly anticipated “Bad Boys for Life.” Synopsis from Sony Pictures.

JAN. 17. Directors: Bert & Bertie Cast: Viola Davis, Allison Janney, McKenna Grace and Jim Gaffigan Buenas January/February 2020 13




FEB. 14. Director: Jeff Fowler Cast: Jim Carrey, James Marsden and Ben Schwartz

FEB. 21. Director: David Wilson Cast: Vin Diesel, Eiza González and Sam Heughan

Birds of Prey


(And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) GENRE



In theaters Feb. 7


Directed by Cathy Yan. Cast: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous righthand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down. Synopsis from Warner Bros. Pictures. 14 Buenas January/February 2020

FEB. 12. Director: Michael Fimognari Cast: Noah Centineo, Lana Condor and Holland Taylor


You’re Invited!


Hosted by the Ina Wellness Collective



Saturday, Feb. 1 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jeff’s Pirate Cove $25

In February, Ina Wellness Collective will launch a New Year’s reset event series taking place every other Saturday in a unique and inspiring location on Guam. Each session will feature a local practitioner and cover a specific theme focused on well-being and self-care. The theme for this reset is the respiratory system, learning about the power of expansion and creating space and the value of knowing what to let go of so that more nourishing things can enter your life. It will be led by Gilayna Joy. She is a writer and co-founder/host of the Dear Gorgeous Podcast, a podcast that highlights the stories of Pacific Islander and Asian women.

Send us photos of you and your friends and family ringing in America’s new year by tagging @buenasguam on Facebook or Instagram or using the hashtage #buenasguam! Buenas January/February 2020 17

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Modernizing local jewelry one shell at a time “If you love the ocean and unique jewelry that represent culture, I think that you would be drawn to the pieces that I create,” says Dayanara Calma, owner and designer of Vidalocal, a handmade jewelry line. Calma’s hobby turned into her own business around five years ago when she started selling her jewelry in a booth at the Chamorro Village’s Wednesday night market. Currently, Vidalocal offers ocean-inspired rings, necklaces and earrings, as well as custom orders. Calma designs and makes each piece, often with the desire to modernize traditional island jewelry. “Spondylus shells were used in traditional pieces that you see on leather cords and bracelets; I tried to create it to be a more modern piece, which is why I put it on a chain. That’s kind of where my inspiration comes from — traditional jewelry in a more modern sense,” she says. Initially, Calma wanted a storefront within three years of owning her business. However, her plan changed. “Three years went by; I didn’t have my shop. But I had a handful of retailers who were interested in carrying my jewelry. I saw it as more of a benefit for me because I was able to focus solely on creating my jewelry and doing what I love,” she says. Vidalocal products are available in multiple stores on Guam, such as the Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum’s retail shop, as well as Seas and Sidewalks at the Micronesia Mall. Calma also runs an online store to sell her products. The products in her jewelry line range from sterling silver ocean wave-shaped rings to spondylus shell stud earrings and pearl necklaces. “I try to stick it true to my style and hope that people would like that as well. I’m glad that people like my style; there’s variety for everyone.”

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For this year, Calma’s plans include partnering with a business in Saipan to carry her jewelry line. “That’s my goal, because I do have a lot of customers in Saipan. I would like to have a place in Saipan where they can come in and see the pieces for themselves before they buy them,” she says. Calma also learned important lessons as a business owner. “I think it’s just consistency of the products, and staying true to my design and style,” she says. “I think people will be drawn to you and like your items because it reflects who you are, your creativity and the uniqueness of your products.”

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Coffee, Sexy, Cool By Steve Graff • Photos by Burt Sardoma Jr.

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The Coffee Slut trio are out to change the coffee culture on Guam with its salacious alternatives.

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"We knew Coffee Slut was different, and Guam may not be ready for it, but if we introduce [cold brew] to these guys, it’s going to become the norm.”

A name like Coffee Slut is bound to raise some laughs and maybe even a few eyebrows. And that’s exactly the point. As partners of the island’s first nitro-infused and cold brew company, Justin Benavente, Kyle Agoun and Melchor Manibusan didn’t just want to introduce people’s palettes to a smoother and healthier alternative to a cup of joe. They wanted to make Coffee Slut a “thing.” [W ]e have a unique and quality product, but a huge thing about Coffee Slut is that it’s a brand,” Benavente says. “If you compare us, just for example, to other coffee shops, I guarantee we sell more shirt, cups and mugs than anyone else. That’s because it’s something cool, something sexy and a little provocative.” The name and the company’s equally “dirty” menu have grabbed people’s attention since the trio — who knew each other as training partners for mixed martial arts first — joined forces in 2016. After Manibusan, already a roasting aficionado, Aguon and Benavente came back from a tasting trip, including stops in the U.S. and Hong Kong, they choose cold brew as their focus. They first opened inside the Takoyaki Cafe Tama in Tumon and hit up Chamorro Village on Wednesday nights. “We knew Coffee Slut was different, and Guam may not be ready for it, but if we introduce [cold brew] to these guys, it’s going to become the

norm,” Agoun says. The strategy appears to be working. By summer in 2017, Coffee Slut had its own standalone location in East Hagatna, now with an expanded space for artists to showcase their work. And in November 2019, a new Tumon location in the Grand Plaza Hotel cropped up. More locations, on and off island, may soon be on the way. Coffee Slut also serves lattes, cappuccinos and teas. “We are still learning, but I believe our brand and our company can go international — and be in 100 places around the world with the right luck and the right partners,” Benavente says. “That’s our goal and our dream.” So, what exactly is nitro cold brew? Think Guinness, the silky, smooth stout beer, minus the alcohol. The process doesn’t stray far from the microbrew process either. Brewing takes about 12 to 24 hours, with cold water versus hot, which changes the final product, they say. Next, it’s placed in a little keg and then infused with nitrogen gas before it comes out the tap — just like a bar. “It’s smoother, less acidic, and less oils [than traditional coffee]. It’s healthier for you,” Benavente says. “You don’t have to put cream and sugar in it because we use fresh beans, roasted every week…like Brazilian [beans] that have caramel notes or Kenyan with fruity notes.”

The coffee shop scene on Guam has exploded in the last five years. Here’s five other spots to quench your thirst.

The Hive Guam 265 Chalan San Antonio, Unit 1, Tamuning @hiveguam

Brewed Awakenings Guam Business Center, Unit 101 Rt. 16, Harmon @brewedawakenings_gu

Infusion Coffee & Tea Locations across the island @infusionguam

Island Girl Coffee ‘n Quenchers Yigo, Barrigada, Home Depot locations @igcoffee_guam

Sling Stone Coffee & Tea East Agana and Adelup @slinguamofficial

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Guam’s U19 National Team overcame various challenges throughout three matches as the AFC U19 Championship Qualifier Group J tournament, which ended on Nov. 10, at the Thong Nhat Stadium in Vietnam. Photos Courtesy of Vietnam Football Federation

On Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, USO Guam held its annual Holiday Bazaar arts and crafts fair at Top o’ the Mar in Asan. Sellers set up booths to sell crafts, books, dried foods and furniture. Photos by Michael Wiencek

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From Oct. 11 to Oct. 13, Dusit Thani Guam Resort worked on a bus stop beautification project in Dededo located on the corner of East Liguan Avenue and Macheche Road. Photo courtesy of Dusit Thani Guam Resort

On Oct. 9, Atkins Kroll Lexus along with the Indian Community of Guam held an evening of Henna art, traditional dance and Indianinspired food in honor of Diwali, The Festival of Lights. Photos by Maureen Maratita

Nearly 100 people attended the Meet the Planner Wedding and Event Expo on Sept. 29. With demonstrations, short workshops and make-it-and-take-it crafts; the day helped many people plan their Big Day or special event. Photos courtesy of Paula Schmidt

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About the cover: Saun Peneflorida of Rotten Apple displaying a smoked old fashioned. Photo by Burt Sardoma Jr. PUBLISHER Maureen N. Maratita MANAGING EDITOR Steve Graff EDITORIAL COORDINATOR Morgan Engel REPORTERS Wayne Chargualaf Rianne Peredo CREATIVE CONTENT MANAGER Vikki Fong DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TEAM Conrad Calma Luisa Joy Castro Sean Davis Vandrick Veloria MEDIA SALES MANAGER Mike Mafnas SENIOR MEDIA SALES Kevin Iwashita MEDIA SALES Adonis Mendiola MEDIA SALES SPECIALIST Bridget Meno ADMINISTRATION Janice Castro Chelsae' San Miguel DIRECTOR Ken Dueñas MANAGING DIRECTOR Marcos W. Fong

Our publications include: Marianas Business Journal • MBJ Life • Guam Business Magazine • Real Estate Journal • Buenas • Beach Road Magazine • Drive Guam • Pocket Deals

Glimpses of Guam Inc. Mission Statement: To connect people with information.








SHAKEN NOT STIRRED Timeless classics

NIGHTCRAWLERS Life of the party

January/February 2020

THE NIGHT SHIFT Getting freaky with it

HAUTE WATCH Day to night

Buenas January/February 2020 • Entire contents copyrighted 2020 by Glimpses of Guam, Inc. Buenas is published bi-monthly by Glimpses of Guam Inc., 161 US Army Juan C. Fejeran St. Barrigada Heights, GU 96913. Telephone: (671) 649-0883, Fax: (671) 649-8883, Email: • All rights reserved. No material may be printed in part or in whole without written permission from the publisher. Connect with us!

Buenas/Noches is the magazine that flips from Day to Night. Whether you're an early riser and you beam with our tropical sun or you come out to play when the sun goes down, Buenas/Noches is your guide to the "What's up and what's going down" around our island!


TRAVEL THROUGH TIME FOR A TIMELESS CLASSIC Rotten Apple — Guam’s only steampunk-themed restaurant and bar, and brainchild of celebrated local chef and restaurateur Eddie Chien — provides one of the most unique dining experiences onisland, allowing patrons to stylishly travel through time to an alternate history Victorian England. Much like the steampunk genre, Rotten Apple’s menu is a combination of both the innovative and the classic. And when Rotten Apple decides to do classic, they mean it. “When we do a classic cocktail like the Old Fashioned, we take a lot of pride in making sure it’s historically accurate, that it’s done right,” Shaun Penaflorida, bartender at Rotten Apple, says. “For instance, with the Smoked Old Fashioned, we take the time necessary to stir it correctly, which is 30 seconds or more. A lot of other bars don’t bother to take the time to do that because they’re focused on just making it quickly.” In keeping with the striking decor, Penaflorida says they also make a point to emphasize showmanship, as when they smoke their Smoked Old Fashioned underneath a glass dome, which gives off a dramatic plume once removed. But no matter the entertainment value, Penaflorida says quality ingredients and skillful preparation are what sets Rotten Apple apart from other establishments. “If you look at an Old Fashioned, the ingredients are pretty simple,” he says. “What makes a real difference is the quality of the ingredients, and how you put it together.”

Smoked Old Fashioned • 2 fl oz straight rye or bourbon whiskey • 1 large sugar cube • 2-3 dashes bitters • twist of orange peel • cherry • Choose your smoke: hickory, applewood, mesquite or cherrywood Place the sugar cube and orange peel in a small bowl. Cover and infuse the sugar cube and orange peel with smoke and let sit for about one minute. Place the sugar cube in a whiskey glass and then soak in the bitters and a little water. Muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add ice cube to the glass and then stir with a spoon. Add the whiskey and stir. Then add the twist of orange peel and cherry. Cover the glass and then infuse the entire drink with smoke.

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The circus came to town, Mangilao to be exact! Nov. 8 through Nov. 10 the Super American Circus performed at the UOG Calvo Fieldhouse, with a few shows each day. Circus goers saw tight rope walking and many other acts in this superhero-themed show. Photos by Rianne Peredo

On Nov. 12, patrons showed up to the Guam Brewery and Tap House to sip succulent beverages and paint beautiful pictures. They also got to enjoy scrumptious appetizers and time with friends.

Photos by Cory Caso, @sixty6degrees

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The Electric Island Festival along with Upshift and Jamz Media held a Zombeat Halloween dance festival on Oct. 26 at the Guam International Raceway in Yigo. It was an 18 and over event that featured various DJs and bands. Photos by Dylan Vhers

The Andersen USO held “Our Love Never Dies,� a contest to win a romantic Halloween-themed dinner held in conjunction for domestic violence awareness prevention month. 13 couples won and attended on Oct. 26, spending the evening slow dancing, playing games and connecting with one another. Photos courtesy of USO Andersen

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RAVAGE THE BURGER 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Horse and Cow

Get your burger bites every Friday at the Horse and Cow! From open to close, Horse and Cow

will be offering any of its 8 oz. burgers for $10. Burgers come with fries and some good vibes to

start your weekend off. Happy hour will also be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. offering drink specials, like Budweiser buckets.

POP ROCKS AND SODA Starts at 9 p.m.

Porky’s Bar Tumon

Every Friday night, Porky’s features a newcomer band to the contemporary pop rock scene. Come out and enjoy the music and Budweiser family buckets, which is five beers for $20, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Ice and Landshark. Drink, dance and don’t forget to have fun!

THE DOLLS LIVE 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hilton Tree Bar

The Dolls play a set at the Hilton Tree Bar in Tumon every Friday night. Music, memories and many refreshments make for a merry Friday evening. The Dolls is an all-girl pop, rock and hip hop band from right here on Guam.

OYSTER BAR 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Lounge at Hyatt Regency Guam

Have it your way by enjoying your favorite oyster gratin or a simple fresh, raw oyster with an array of sauces. Enhance each bite by also pairing your choice of oyster with hand-picked wines. Hurry though, this offer stops on Friday, Jan. 10. Only two times to catch this offer before it disappears in January.

CONNECT WITH US! Stay up to date with upcoming nightlife events by following @buenasguam on Facebook or Instagram! 10 Buenas January/February 2020


Hosted at Hilton’s Tree Bar in Tumon



Friday nights 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tree Bar, Hilton

Looking for somewhere to let loose and have fun on a Friday night? Look no further! Every Friday night, Tree Bar in Tumon is the place to be. Live music and libations will kick off your weekend right. From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Dolls take the stage, and show the patrons their pop, rock and hip hop ways. The all-girl band will give you plenty of chances to dance around and sing your heart out.


Send us photos of you and your crew at the event by tagging @buenasguam on Facebook or Instagram or using the hashtag #buenasguam! Buenas January/February 2020 11



Need a look that can transition from a day in the office to a night happy hour with your squad? This outfit — styled by Ranjna Dewan, owner of Javani Boutique at the Micronesia Mall — is classic but trendy, as well as workappropriate when paired with a blazer jacket.

Blouse Solid colors like black pair well with bold patterns and prints.

Layered necklace This three-tiered gold necklace has one simple chain, and two with medallions — delicate but distinctive.

Clutch Bag A compact, jet black clutch can easily hold the essentials for a night out: keys, cards and cash.

Bracelet A bangle bracelet is perfect for a day or night look. Photos by Sean Davis

Visit Javani Boutique to shop the look. 14 Buenas January/February 2020


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