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About the cover: Microchild performs at Kitchen Lingo. Photo by Burt Sardoma Jr.

PUBLISHER Maureen N. Maratita BUSINESS EDITOR Meghan Hickey ASSISTANT EDITOR Jackie Cahill REPORTER Wayne Chargualaf CREATIVE CONTENT MANAGER Vikki Fong DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TEAM Conrad Calma Luisa Joy Castro Sean Davis Angelica Eleno MEDIA SALES MANAGER Kevin Iwashita MEDIA SALES Clayton Wolfe ADMINISTRATION Janice Castro Chelsae' San Miguel DIRECTOR Ken Dueñas MANAGING DIRECTOR Marcos W. Fong

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WANDERGRAM Weekend getaways

#OOG Turns of phrase

ME TIME Workout spots

ART BURST Whip appeal

July/August 2019


ON THE RADAR Where to go and what to do

EVITE Guam BBQ block party

PAPARAZZI Captured in action

EATS ON THE STREETS Feeding the soul

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 time to stop counting down the days to your next vacation. With lots of direct flights under five hours available from Guam, spend your next long weekend exploring our part of the globe.

Hong Kong: 5h

Seoul: 4h 45m •

To do: Visit the Changdeokgung Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The building unites architectural splendor and natural beauty with its lush gardens.

To eat: Try Korean specialty bibimap — a dish of rice topped with veggies, beef, fried egg and, of course, chili sauce — at Gogung, a local favorite that’s budget friendly.

To drink: Flower Gin is the place to go for cocktail and plant lovers! Enjoy delightful drinks with flower garnishes in this bar that also plays the part of flower shop. More on page 5

To see: Stroll down the Avenue of Stars to enjoy “stellar” riverside views and city landscaping at its finest. Make sure to stop and take a photo with Bruce Lee’s statue!

To eat: Visit Brick Lane for a taste of East London, we recommend the full English breakfast.

To drink: For breathtaking views of the city and delightful drinks, visit the Eyebar’s rooftop bar located on the 30th floor of the ISquare building. More on page 5

Taipei: 3h 50m •

To do: Throw on your swimsuit and get some much-earned R&R at the Beitou Hot Springs for a relaxing soak with the locals.

To eat: Check out one of Taipei’s many restaurants specializing in international cuisines — we like Balle Balle Indian Restaurant for authentic curry dishes.

To drink: Speakeasys are getting more and more popular in Taipei and Alchemy Speakeasy offers some killer drinks with a cool 1920s vibe. More on page 6

Osaka: 3h 40m

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To see: Check out the bustling nightlife in the Dotombori neighborhood. This strip — full of bright neon signs — is the heart of Osaka and full of bustling crowds, shops, restaurants and bars.

To eat: While in Japan, sushi is a must, especially in a port city like Osaka. Try Sushi Restaurant Kinai for an intimate and authentic experience.

To drink: For all you Navy buffs, Deepening Submarine Bar is the place to go. Feel like you’re voyaging through the deep while enjoying awesome G&Ts or one of many great beer options. More on page 6


SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA Have you ever wondered what the K-pop song “Gangnam Style” was about? Find out firsthand by visiting Seoul’s Gangnam District — also known as the Beverly Hills of South Korea and the inspiration for the song. This posh neighborhood is home to luxurious residences of many of Korea’s rich and famous, as well as great shopping, restaurants, bars and, of course, clubs. Who knows? Spending some time in the area you may even run into PSY himself! If that sounds too rich for your blood, don’t fret — Seoul is a huge city with lots to offer for those on every budget. Visit Insadong, the city’s downtown neighborhood to check out contemporary galleries and shops offering Korean handmade goods (think pottery, tea and traditional paper). Make sure to stroll down the alleyways and stop into the local teahouses and eateries.

HONG KONG, CHINA This cosmopolitan metropolis may as well be called the London of the east! The city was ruled by the Brits until 1997 and you can feel their influence throughout, starting with the language — almost everyone speaks English and many with a British accent. What’s more, street names are in English, people drive on the left, afternoon tea is widely popular and English pubs are sprinkled throughout the city in abundance.

Not an anglophile? Take the ferry over to Macau where Portuguese influence is at the forefront. Be sure to try Macanese cuisine — a blend of Portuguese and Chinese cooking — which earned the city UNESCO’s Creative City of Gastronomy distinction in 2017.

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Keep the high of your minivacation going with a view from Taipei 101 — the largest green building in the world. The building’s design is a unique combination of ancient Asian architecture and modern steel skyscrapers. Ride to the top in the tower’s famously fast elevator — going almost 40 mph — and marvel at the panoramic view of the sprawling cityscape with lush green mountains in the distance.

The only thing you need to know about Osaka is its motto kuiaore means “eat yourself broke.” This port city, one of the largest in Japan, is packed with amazing restaurants — from shabby hole-in-the-wall spots offering mouthwatering delights to fine upscale dining. Be sure to try local specialties takoyaki — think octopus hush puppy smothered in a delicious sauce

Back on the ground, enjoy Taipei’s street life. For a young and hip scene, check out the Ximending neighborhood where you can enjoy Cosplay cafés, street art, local galleries and anomalies like The Modern Toilet, a toilet themed restaurant. Prefer something more traditional? Check out the old Taipei neighborhood of Dadaocheng which is packed with teahouses, Chinese pharmacies and local artisan shops.


— and okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake. Walk it off at one of Osaka’s many tourist attractions. Get lost in the city’s aquarium — one of the largest public aquariums in the world — wander through the many covered shopping arcades or head a short 30 minutes outside the city to Universal Studios Japan and visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.


NEIGHBORING ISLANDS Saipan 45M For all you high rollers out there, Saipan is the perfect place to try your luck at winning big! Feel like you’re in Vegas at the new Imperial Pacific Resort Casino. Better yet, why not make it a bachelor or bachelorette weekend?

“I love weekend trips to Seoul. It’s very easy to get a lot of things done in a day thanks to their amazing subway system.” — -Jeriza Marie, @jerizama­

“My favorite destination would be the Philippines because for a long weekend ahead I feel like there’s so much to do! Pampering yourself, eating all the tastiest food they have to offer or just shopping for things they don’t normally have on Guam (like Zara and NARS).” — Camarin Mendiola, @camendii

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"[One of my favorite long weekend destinations is] Kyoto. [It] may be the most beautiful city in the world. Pack light. There will be a lot of walking and temples and culture. It is a landscape artist’s dream. I can't wait to go back." — John Bermudes, @dillp671

Palau 2h Spend your days kayaking around the uninhabited islands surrounding Palau for perfect photos with no one else around. Then party it up in the bars and restaurants of downtown Koror. Chuuk 1h 45m If you’re looking to get away from it all, Chuuk is the perfect place for you. Enjoy amazing camping, snorkeling and scuba diving — with some incredible WWII wreck dives that are not to be missed!

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TURNS OF PHRASE By Wayne Chargualaf

Someone once said, “the United States and Great Britain are two countries separated by a common language.” It’s the nature of languages to evolve over time, even within a single nation like the United States. Whether it’s people in the American Midwest saying “pop” instead of “soda” or Hawaiians saying “choke” instead of “a lot,” every region develops its own spin on the national language and Guam — with a distinct culture and language that preceded contact with Europe and America and persists to this day — is no exception. Although some people decry any deviation from “correct” English — and to be sure, some standard needs to be maintained so people in fields like business and government can communicate efficiently — we think regional dialects, slang and idioms help to remind how varied, interesting and just plain fun the human race can be. Below you’ll find a list celebrating some of the unique expressions heard on Guam. And if you’re new to the island or an islander visiting the states and you get the feeling no one knows what you're saying, feel free to break this list out so everyone can be hip to the game.

Shoot A sort of multi-use word, “shoot” generally means approval. For instance: “Do you want some latiya?” “Shoot!” That means yes, you want latiya. Unless, of course, you shake your head and wave your hand and say, “Shoot, shoot!” That would be a form of disapproval because it means you don’t want the latiya (but you DO approve of their kind offer). But if you say you can’t have latiya because you’re going to leave and the latiya offerer says “shoot!” that means goodbye (does it also mean they approve of you leaving because they think new experiences help you grow as a person? Or maybe because they just don’t like you? Hard to tell, to be honest). Oh hey, so you’re done reading this part of the article. Shoot! Simple, right?

Hafa?/Hafa?! A shortened version of Guam’s famous greeting “hafa adai,” “hafa” can mean different things based on how it’s said. “Hafa?” is pretty similar to “Hey, what’s up?” It can be a casual greeting or a genuine inquiry as to whether you require assistance. Like, “Hey, buddy, can I assist you with anything?” “Hafa?!” — delivered with a more aggressive tone — means someone’s gonna catch some hands (get beat up). Hopefully not you. Good luck, che’lu.

Che’lu “Che’lu” is a Chamorro word that means sibling. It’s gender-neutral, meaning it can be used to describe a brother or sister. You’ll often hear it used casually (usually by men) in a manner similar to “bro. If someone calls you che’lu, that means you’re tight, par.


Like “che’lu,” “par” is a term that has origins in Chamorro language. “Par” is short for pari’, which is the godfather of your child (your måle’ is the godmother of your child). This is an important social and religious relationship in Chamorro culture, born as it is from the bond created by a child’s baptism. But like many things sacred, “par” has come to be used informally — and somewhat irreverently — in a manner similar to “buddy.” It’s also a good tool to gauge how drunk a guy at the bar is. The more frequently and loudly “par” is said, the more drunk the guy is. For example: Par 1: “Par. Par. Let me tell you something, par. My Eagles, par? They’re going all the way, par.” Par 2: “Par. No par. My Patriots, par…” Par 3: “Par! PAR!! My RAVENS, par?!? PAAAAR….!!!!!”

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If anything “If anything” means, “No way I’m not going to your thing, but I really don’t want to hurt your feelings so I’m going to let the vague hint of a possibility I’ll attend hang in the air like the cloud from a ninja smoke bomb and make my escape.” It’s a way of saying it’s theoretically possible that if aliens abducted you and you defeated them with your mad nunchuk skills and then bailed out the flying saucer window and you just so happened to land at that dude’s house, then yeah, you might attend their thing. But probably not. The funny thing with “if anything” is that for a long time it was a sort of open secret. If you invited someone to a party and they said, “Man, I’ve got a family function that night … but yeah, if anything par, I’ll stop by …” everyone knew what that meant. But in the past few years it’s become common to openly discuss its meaning, so its days as an effective way to graciously duck a party may be numbered. The time will soon come when you break out the trusty old “If anything” and you’ll get the “Oh, you gon’ do me like that, bro?” expression. Enjoy it while you can.

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Since ever since "Since ever since" means a really long time ago. Even though you don’t seem to hear it as often these days, it was immortalized by local lifestyle clothing brand Fökai the moment back in the primordial days of mixed martial arts when John Calvo walked out to fight former UFC champ Dan Severn wearing shorts that said “Team Fökai: Since ever since.” The fight didn’t go well for Calvo (it was the 1997 version of Dan Severn, after all) but the proud display of a local phrase by an island son taking on one of the best fighters the world had to offer had an impact on an entire generation of islanders, from fighters to entrepreneurs to the men and women in the street. And since we’re talking about Fökai…

Fökai Not just the name of a clothing brand, the exact definition of "fökai" is somewhat up for debate. Some people say it means to break something, other people say it means to persevere. One thing every usage has in common — whether someone says, “That thing gets stuck sometimes so just fökai it until it comes loose” or “I’m gonna fökai that dude’s face!” or “I’m exhausted from staying up all night studying, but I’m just gonna fökai this exam” — the word fökai always suggests extreme effort, whether in doing damage, accomplishing a goal or persevering through difficulty. For a small island fighting for its place in the world in the shadow of global powers, it just might be the most appropriate name for a brand that was one of the first to represent Guam to the world. Fökai indeed.

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Plaza de Espana. This historic area provides plenty of open space to run, as well as the usual steps and benches. It also features a giant pavilion-type structure called the Azotea which is a great place to practice tai-chi or yoga. Beware, the pavilion is right next to a tiny structure called the Chocolate House. While you won’t find any actual chocolate there, just the name might tempt you to indulge after your workout — be strong!

By Wayne Chargualaf

If you want to get in shape, you’re going to have to spend some money, and the fitter you want to be, the more money you’re going to have to spend. Nah, just kidding. But you’d think that was the case, right? From the latest workout gadget, top-secret ancient ritual to the hyper-modern cutting-edge technique (“one weird trick,” anyone?) it seems the whole internet is trying to get you to drop your hard-earned cash to look like Brad Pitt in Fight Club (or whatever celebrity physique people are going on about these days). But here’s the real secret: You can totally work out for free! Okay, if you want to be an elite athlete, you’re probably going to want to get some professional help. But short of trying to play in the NFL or fight in the UFC, you can get fit on the cheap with some solid knowledge and the creative use of your environment. That, and you’re going to have to actually get off the couch and break a sweat (sorry about that). Here are some places on Guam where you can get your fitness on without having to spend a dime.

Skinner Plaza. A wide open space next to the Guam Museum, Skinner Plaza provides plenty of space for body-weight exercises and running. It’s located next to various restaurants and cafes, so maybe leave the cash and cards at home.

Adelup. Adelup is where the Governor et al does business. It’s also surrounded by multiple small parks, has a pretty steep hill and a bunch of great staircases on the Latte of Freedom Complex, perfect for hill days.

Port of Guam. There’s a nice, long path right next to the ocean with a great view of the port’s giant gantry cranes next to the road leading to the port. “Gantry cranes” might not be the first thing that comes to mind when people think of lovely scenery, but if you ask me, the sight of gargantuan machines in the distance against a backdrop of sea and sky is pretty cool. Paseo de Susana Park. Paseo provides two good areas to run — around the stadium and around the outer perimeter sidewalk, which offers a great view of the ocean. Just look out for the people fishing, especially around the fishing platform — but if it’s empty, use the fishing platform! The park also has dedicated, permanent exercise equipment such as pull-up bars and monkey bars.

Tutujan Park (aka Triangle Park). An extremely complex space, Tutujan Park in Agana Heights is positioned on an incline (which is already great for providing resistance) and has multiple staircases, tables, benches and railings. It also kind of looks like the set of a martial arts movie, so you’ll get an extra burst of motivation. Because you never know — as you train a samurai may just step out onto a path and challenge you to a duel after giving a speech about the brief but beautiful life of cherry blossoms or whatever. 12 Buenas July/August 2019

EXERCISES Not sure where to start? Don’t worry — we got you! You cand do a lot of bodyweight work, utilizing everything from stairs, tables, benches and railings. Take advantage of open spaces to run, sprint or go on a cooldown walk. With some basic exercises and motivation, you can give yourself a free workout that’s just as hellacious as anything you can do in a gym. Upper body • Pushups • Pull ups • Inverted rows • Tricep dips

Core • Planks • Butterfly sit up

Lower body • Bodyweight squats • Stair lunges • Bench jumps • Stair runs

Total body • Burpees • Bear crawls


WHIP APPEAL By Wayne Chargualaf

More than just your average bling bling Some will try to express something about themselves with the type of car they buy — a sports car to show they’re exciting, for instance, or a giant pickup truck to show they’re rugged. Even those driving a safe and practical soccer-mom sport utility vehicle, if bought in red it shows you’re an exciting soccer mom. Others go further than simply buying a car to make a statement. Enthusiasts like Karl Dela Cruz “set up” their cars to turn them into works of art. “As far as setting up cars, it’s a personality thing,” Dela Cruz says. “If you’re a wild sort of person, you’ll go for a drastic change towards the vehicle’s look, as far as a body kit, grills, paint jobs, that kind of thing. Even suspension-wise — how low a car sits or how high, for instance, if you’re into lifting trucks.” “Setting up” a car can result in something as elaborate as a car off the show Pimp My Ride — where installing a hot tub or skate ramp in the back of a van is just par for the course — or so subtle it would take a dedicated car aficionado to even notice the changes. The way changing out parts like fender flares, bumpers and hoods can create boxy, sharp angles on a car to make it look like a mecha from an anime film, while another setup will make it look smooth and organic and continued on page 16.

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as muscular as a pit bull. One car’s suspension can make it sit straight over the road like a rocket, while another’s can cause it to hug the ground and look hunched over like a jungle cat ready to pounce. Color schemes can run from bright and colorful as a parade float to the matte black of a stealth fighter. That doesn’t even begin to touch on the car’s interior, its sound system and all the different facets of a car that enthusiasts modify until their ride is as distinctive as their signature. Although some people favor focusing on specific aspects of a car, Dela Cruz enjoys working on all of them. “I pretty much cover all the bases — I do some engine work, some body work, interior, sound systems and suspension,” he says. “As far as my preferences, for the last couple of cars that I’ve been building for myself, I like to make them wider. I’ll add maybe another six inches to the original body. It probably can’t even fit in a normal parking stall, so I’ll have to park far away if I go somewhere.” His current project is a Lexus LS460 that he says leans more towards what’s known as the “VIP” aesthetic. “VIP is more luxury style, making it look classy,” he says. The child of an automechanic turned construction worker, Dela Cruz says working on cars was originally a childhood chore for him. “My dad would work on our cars at home and he would call me out to help him,” he says. “I didn’t want to be doing this type of stuff — I was a kid and I wanted to be out playing with my friends.” His interest grew, however, as he entered high school. Dela

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Cruz took auto classes at John F. Kennedy High School and eventually earned an associate’s in auto mechanics at Guam Community College. He was soon working in the local auto repair industry at United Tire, RJ’s Auto and then Car Audio Image. After finishing a day of working with cars at his full-time job, Dela Cruz would then join his friends at night to … work on more cars. “I would work at United or RJ’s Auto from eight to five, go to my friend’s house to work on custom cars until three or four o’clock in the morning and then go back to my job,” he says. “I was pretty much constantly working on cars.” One might think that, given his passion, Dela Cruz would have a veritable fleet of modified cars at his home. “I actually only have this one car left right now,” he says. “After I finish a car, I tend to put them up for sale, buy another car and start a new project.” Dela Cruz says sometimes people will get less for a car than they spent on modifying it, but if they really want a particular car they’ll take the loss just for the sake of working on an exciting new project. “That’s just part of the game,” he says. Along with a love of automobiles, Dela Cruz says one of the best things about the art of setting up cars is that it’s typically a group affair, as can be attested by his car club MTX, which is short for “Made to Excite.” “Personally, it’s just about being creative with it and hanging out with the boys,” he says. “It’s about the camaraderie.”


ONTHERADAR don’t miss these events



Where: Hagåtña Carnival Grounds When: Mon-Fri., 4 p.m.-12 a.m. and Sat-Sun, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. How much: Free Why: Celebrate Guam’s 75th Liberation all summer long at the Hagåtña Carnival Grounds.

Enjoy delicious food from local vendors, daily entertainment on two main stages, local merchants, games of chance, carnival games and rides. Contact: Call 475-9380 or visit liberationguam.com.



Where: Hagåtña Carnival Grounds When: 6 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. How much: Free Why: Celebrate America’s birthday at the 75th Liberation Carnival’s special Star-Spangled Banner Celebration complete with fireworks for all to enjoy. Contact: Call 475-9380 or visit liberationguam.com.



Where: Pleasure Island When: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. How Much: Free Why: The Guam BBQ Block Party is the ultimate celebration of Guam’s authentic culinary

traditions and the Håfa Adai Spirit. The event boasts delicious BBQ from the island’s top grill masters, live performances from local musicians, vendors selling Made-in-Guam goods and other activities. Contact: Call 646-5278/9 or email kraig.camacho@visitguam.org.



Where: Dededo Sports Complex When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. How much: Tickets start at $35; kids under 17 free Why: Join in the fun for the second chapter of the Konqer obstacle course and relay. Participants play along in this zombie themed-day full of action and fun. Contact: Visit konqersports.com.



Where: Parade begins in Adelup; fireworks at Hagåtña Carnival Grounds When: Parade at 10 a.m.; fireworks at 10 p.m. How much: Free general admission; $10 for patch and BBQ meal after parade

Come out Liberation Day to celebrate the anniversary of Guam’s 75th Liberation. Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with the 75th Liberation Parade and continue into the night with a spectacular firework display at the Hagåtña Carnival Grounds. Contact: Call 475-9380 or visit liberationguam.com.

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JULY 12. Director: Michael Dowse. Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista and Natalie Morales.

JULY 19. Director: Jon Favreau. Cast: Seth Rogan, Donald Glover and BeyoncĂŠ.


Spider-Man: Far from Home GENRE



In theaters July 2


Directed by Jon Watts. Cast: Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya and Marisa Tomei.

Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far from Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood superhero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent. Synopsis from Sony Pictures Entertainment.

JULY 4. Cast: Winona Rider, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown.

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AUGUST 2. Director: David Leitch. Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby.

AUGUST 9. Director: James Bobin. Cast: Isabela Moner, Eva Longoria and Jeffrey Wahlberg.

Where’d You Go Bernadette GENRE



In theaters Aug. 16


Directed by Richard Linklater. Stars: Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig, Troian Bellisario and Laurence Fishburne.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette is based on the runaway bestseller about Bernadette Fox, a Seattle woman who had it all — a loving husband and a brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone. Based on the bestselling novel by Maria Semple. Synopsis from Annapurna Pictures.

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OTHERHOOD AUGUST 2. Director: Cindy Chupack. Cast: Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette and Felicity Huffman.


You’re Invited!


Hosted by Guam Visitors Bureau


Saturday, July 6, 2019 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pleasure Island https://www.visitguam.com/event/guam-bbq-block-party/517728 No tickets necessary; cash vendors available

Don your sauce bibs and ready those meat-licking fingers for the 7th annual Guam BBQ Block Party. There’s nothing like closing down one of the busiest streets in Tumon for grilled meat, music — from both on and off island — and Made-in-Guam vendors to celebrate the Håfa Adai Spirit the ultimate Chamorro way. Join more than 3,000 attendees and find 10-plus food vendors and another 10-plus snack and drink concessions on top of the seven to nine BBQ competitors selling their goods. Whether you want to salivate watching top grill masters sizzle steaks, chicken, ribs and even veggies or perk your ears for your favorite heart-pumping island music, there’s something for everyone at this fun-filled family event.

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PAPARAZZI Guam Chamber of Commerce members brought out their secret agent status at the 95th Anniversary Men in Black gala on May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Guam.

The Society of American Military Engineers Young Members and invitees munched on tacos while improving their golf game at the May 3 Golf n’ Tacos event at Tumon Golf Driving Range.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS! To submit your photos for Paparazzi, email high-resolution photos to businesseditor@glimpsesofguam.com with “Paparazzi” in your subject line. Please include the description, date and location of your event photo(s). 24 Buenas July/August 2019


The Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association joined with the Japan Guam Travel Association and Tourism Education Council to host a Keep Guam Clean! trash cleanup on May 1 along the beach and roadsides of Tumon.

The U.S. Mint celebrated the release of the America the Beautiful Quarter Program coin honoring War in the Pacific National Historical Park with Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero and thousands of community members on May 3. All photos by Justin Green

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Members of our youth rocked the runway at Mister and Miss Teen Guam 2019 on May 29 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort.

Photos by Justin Green

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Relay for Life participants walked for the cure on May 24 at George Washington High School. Photos by Anthony Mariano

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More than just food, restaurants on Guam turn to live music to cook up the ultimate experience. By Meghan Hickey

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am•bi•ence / ˈambēəns/ (noun) the character and atmosphere of a place “How do I separate and design the interior so that it’s as elevated as what’s on the plate and in the glass?” This was Kitchen Lingo Managing Partner Pika Fejeran’s mission when she joined husband and Managing Partner Lenny Fejeran and Executive Chef Lingo Quichocho in launching the restaurant in 2015. To create that experience, she says live music was a must. “Reflecting on all of our years living abroad, it was probably one of the biggest things that we missed was the live music,” she says. “We wanted Kitchen Lingo to bring that for all of our guests.” Eating out as an experience is something that TripAdvisor’s The Fork listed as one of the top seven 2019 Global Dining Trends. “When eating out, diners are looking for more than a meal. There is a rising demand for experiential or ‘narrative’ dining, including themed restaurants, multi-sensory dining experiences and temporary — sometimes obscure — pop-up restaurants,” it says. This trend matches perfectly with the Chamorro passion to support local, and naturally transitions into partnering up with local artists to create a unique narrative for the restaurants on island. “From our farmers to our fishermen at Kitchen Lingo — as much as we can we try to source local and Guam has such an amazing group of musicians and people that perform live music, it just only seemed right that we tap into that local talent,” Fejeran says. Patrons of Kitchen Lingo will enjoy their favorite local artists from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night the restaurant is open, including Part-Time on Tuesday, Microchild on Wednesday, Big Ben & Vince on Thursday and Fred Bordallo on Saturday. Crust Pizzeria is another restaurant that has incorporated music as an innate part of its

experience from the beginning. “It’s really about stimulating the arts and the local scene. We’re a small restaurant and we like collaborating,” says Brian Artero, president of Crave Group Restaurants. “We do a jazzy feel on Friday; on Wednesday we do an alternative rock. On Thursday we have Mama Char's band, Majaceti, and she likes to do an acoustic soul — and maybe even a little Maroon Five, a little John Legend mixed in. We look for music that’s going to go and flow well with your dinner.” Crust patrons can typically be found swaying to the beat of these genres from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. those nights. “People at night time are a little more relaxed. They’re there to spend a little bit more time,” says Sara Pleadwell, executive chef and co-owner of Mosa’s Joint, which is known to feature live music every night it’s open, Monday to Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. She says that to achieve Mosa’s laid back style, it should feel well-rounded — that patrons can just kick back and enjoy themselves while still getting the best service and food. “It only ads to that vibe to have live music,” she says. “We try to not just do the same kinds of music. Blues band, island music … everyone has their own little twist on music and then we have some bands that do their own songs. Every night is a different style of band. We just want everyone to enjoy the food and the environment.” For all three restaurants, it’s about more than the food, but transforming the customer’s whole mood. “They feel that they’re in a new place,” Fejeran says. “Where you can be comfortable, but you also feel a really positive energy.”

MOREJAMZ Check out some of the other grub stops on Guam to get in the groove over food.

Applebee’s Wednesday 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday to Saturday 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. California Pizza Kitchen Sunday to Thursday 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hard Rock Café Friday to Tuesday 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pika’s Café – Upper Tumon Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Proa Hagåtña Wednesday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Roy’s Restaurant Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Three Squares Restaurant Thursday to Saturday 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tumon Bay Lobster Bar & Grill Daily 6:30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Table 35 Thursday to Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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2019 Household Income Expenditure Survey (HIES)

How do I identify a HIES Survey Worker?



All survey workers are wearing UOG official safety vests and carrying a picture ID. They will also have HIES signage visible on their vehicles.


Phone: (671) 735-2060/51 Email: uoghies@triton.uog.edu HIES Office: University of Guam Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, Room 228 303 University Drive Mangilao, Guam 96913

What is the Household Income Expenditure Survey (HIES) about? • Determines general spending patterns and living standards • Provides basis for measuring inflation • Provides information to determine raises and benefits • Used to help design social and educational programs • Diaries detail household nutrition patterns, food consumption in the house, at fast food places and restaurants, and of home production activities, such as fishing and growing taro. • Shows demographic, social and economic trends • Shows relationship of income to expenditures How was I selected for this survey? • Households are selected randomly • 5% of Guam’s households – 1 in every 20 houses or apartments • Total of 2,500 households • Some households in every village Do I have to participate? • Survey is voluntary • Interview takes about an hour • Households record expenditures for a week • Results form the base for showing inflation • Government and Private companies use results to determine salary raises Will information I provide be confidential? • Guam laws require confidentiality • Survey results cannot identify individual or house • Survey results ONLY in compiled form

GHMC Bringing Christmas Cheer to Guam’s Children in Need: The GHMC hosts the annual Christmas in July Ride to bring cheer to Guam’s children in need. We provide soft toys (teddy bears) to the Children’s Ward at Guam Memorial Hospital, as well as provide toiletries and school supplies to Sanctuary, Department of Youth Affairs, Erica’s House of Hope and Alee Shelter. How you can help: You can contact any of our GHMC Members and make a donation for coloring books, crayons, soft toys (teddy bears), toiletries and schools supplies. Drop Off for Donations: You can drop off your donation(s) at VFW 1509 in Yigo, Harley Davidson Guam in Maite, Kaeo’s Tavern & Wild Bill’s in Tamuning or with any of our GHMC Members NLT 07/06/19. Join the Fun: All MC’s, Riding Groups, and Solo Riders are invited to join us in spreading Christmas Cheer to Guam’s children in need. As a bonus, we will be hosting an “after party” at Wild Bill’s in Tamuning at the end of the ride.

Sunday, July 14, 2019 Meet Up Venue: Shirley’s, Hagatna Meet Up Time: 9:00 a.m. Safety Briefing: 9:30 a.m. Roll Out: 9:45 a.m.






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About the cover: Paul Pascual, server at the Lobby Lounge. Photo by Burt Sardoma Jr.

PUBLISHER Maureen N. Maratita BUSINESS EDITOR Meghan Hickey ASSISTANT EDITOR Jackie Cahill REPORTER Wayne Chargualaf CREATIVE CONTENT MANAGER Vikki Fong DESIGN AND PRODUCTION TEAM Conrad Calma Luisa Joy Castro Sean Davis Angelica Eleno MEDIA SALES MANAGER Kevin Iwashita MEDIA SALES Clayton Wolfe ADMINISTRATION Janice Castro DIRECTOR Ken Dueñas MANAGING DIRECTOR Marcos W. Fong








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THE NIGHT SHIFT What goes down when the moon comes out


HAUTE WATCH Sustainably chic

NIGHTCRAWLERS They brought the party

www.buenasguam.com 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!

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A THAI TWIST The chesa experience at the Lobby Lounge in the Dusit Thani Guam Resort brings happy hour to a whole new level, so much so it warrants its own name. With upscale cocktails and plates made for sharing, Golden Hour is the perfect way to spend summer island nights. With a chic and modern ambiance, live music and an outdoor patio overlooking Tumon Bay, all your troubles will soon melt away at the Lounge. “Chesa represents a little bit of Thai heritage in both our cocktails as well as our food,” says Outlet Supervisor Michelle Maglalang. Think along the lines of lemongrass, ginger, spices like hot pepper and sweet chili sauce. Umm, yes please! Barkeep Mark Tala shared two of the Lounge’s signature cocktails with Buenas.

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Titan Old Fashioned

Chan Rak Wiski

• 2 Luxardo Maraschino dark cherries

• 5 oz. lemongrass syrup

• 1 tsp. sugar

• .75 oz. sour mix

• 3 drops bitters

• 1 oz. apple juice

• Dash of cinnamon

• 2-3 dashes of sala (palm fruit) syrup

• 2 oz. bourbon

• 1.5 oz. whiskey

• 1 rosemary sprig for garnish

• Mint-infused ice balls

• 1 orange peel for garnish

• 1 orange-rind curl for garnish

Muddle cherries in the bottom of a lowball

• 1 kaffir leaf for garnish

glass, top with a large ice cube. In a mixing

Mix all cocktail ingredients in a shaker with

glass stir together sugar, bitters, cinnamon and

ice. Strain into snifter glass over two mint-

bourbon. Pour over ice cube. Smoke the rose-

infused ice balls. Garnish with orange curl and

mary and orange-rind twist; use as garnish.

kaffir leaf.


CHESAS TASTY BITES Go for the full Golden Hour experience and enjoy a selection of chesas — shareable plates — with friends.

The Lobby Lounge’s margherita flatbread, ginger-cilantro glazed chicken wings and smoked brisket sliders. Buenas July/August 2019 5



BRIAN MCKNIGHT CONCERT 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Dusit Thani Guam Resort Come see award winning singer and songwriter Brian McKnight perform an intimate concert and take a trip down memory lane with hits like “Back at One,” “One Last Cry,” “Anytime” and more. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Guam Family Justice Center Alliance to reduce re-victimization, promote advocacy, streamline the victim process to justice and build a victim centric center for our island. For tickets visit eventbrite.com.



T.G.I. Friday’s Check out the island’s top bartenders compete for the title of bartending champion. See who has the best drink making skills, creativity and flair — all while sipping on delish cocktail creations!



Guam International Raceway Park in Yigo Take a mountain bike endurance race and hold it in the middle of summer for six hours and you get the Blazing Saddles 6HR MTB Endurance Race. Create a team — up to three members — or go nuts and take on the challenge solo. Either way, there will be a lot of celebrating at the end with some refreshing Michelob Ultra. The object of this race is to be the rider — or team — that completes the most laps in six hours.



Kento’s Guam Find out who's the one and only DJ that keeps the crowd bumping at Kento’s in the first annual Turntable Throwdown: Battle of the DJs.


EIF END OF SUMMER TBD Follow @eifestival on Insta for updates on location and time Electric Island Festival is coming back to showcase the EIF sound, energy and vibe for one last night to conclude 2019’s epic Summer in Paradise! Close out the summer with a bang at this epic electric music dance party.

Connect on social media with popular nighttime hot spots Guam Globe Night Club, Livehouse, Kento’s Guam, The Venue and the Guam Brewery Tap House for updates on other upcoming events. 8 Buenas Noches July/August 2019



Whether bar hopping in downtown Tumon, taking a romantic moonlit walk or getting down on the dance floor, this boho chic outfit — stylized by Seas + Sidewalks owner Ariana C. Andres — is the perfect ensemble. Featuring sustainable designs, this look is fashion forward and eco-friendly to boot.

Earrings by Machete. These Italian-made acetate hoops give a pop of peach to the ensemble. Another plus? They’re hypoallergenic.

Jolene romper by Mod Ref. This statement romper’s art-deco design is playful and fun. The black and white palette adds an element of elegance fitting for a night out on the town.

Woven purse by Island Girl. Embrace one of the summer’s hottest trends with this round bag. It is 100% natural and handwoven in the Philippines.

Photos by Sean Davis

Heeled sandals. Keep with the island vibes and opt for a classic pair of heeled black sandals to complete the look.

Visit Seas + Sidewalks in the Micronesia Mall to shop the look! 10 Buenas July/August 2019


NIGHTCRAWLERS Attendees jammed out to the beats of DJ Qbert, DJ Rena, Eric “Spie” Norberg, dance crews, BBoys and BGirls, beatboxing and more to help Guam Cancer Care’s fight against cancer at the Jamz Media May 4 Elements concert at the University of Guam Fieldhouse. Photos by Justin Green

The mood was a-glow as Lil Jon set the stage live at the May 11 Neon Beach Party at the Beach Bar Restaurant & Grill. Photos by Anthony Mariano

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS! To submit your photos for Nightcrawlers, email high-resolution photos to businesseditor@glimpsesofguam.com with “Nightcrawlers” in your subject line. Please include the description, date and location of your event photo(s). 12 Buenas July/August 2019


Bartenders mixed it up for judges and patrons alike at T.G.I. Friday’s annual Bartender Competition on June 14. Photos by Jackie Cahill

Dressed to the nines and completely a-glow, electric music lovers rocked it out at Electric Island Festival’s 7th annual EIF Guam on June 22 at Guerrero Field at Paseo. Photos by Wayne Chargualaf

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