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About the cover: Jimmy Badong, owner of Tattoo Social Club. 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 Carmelita McClellan 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. Buenas May/June 2019 • Entire contents copyrighted 2019 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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ON THE RADAR Where to go and what to do



WANDERGRAM The frugal traveler

EVITE Agat Mango Festival



#OOG Ta fañocho

PAPARAZZI Captured in action



ME TIME There's an app for that


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!


VEGA-LICIOUS 7+ eats without the meats

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian or simply not in the carnivorous mood, there’s dozens of restaurants on Guam to satisfy your cravings without the added “moo.” From breakfast to late night, here are just a few of Buenas’ fan favorites to hit up around town. By Meghan Hickey

“Homestyle vegan cooking” is the name of their game. Check out the weekly menu posted every Sunday night on You can order ahead for pick-up or pop a squat any weekday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their location next to American Music — just off Marine Corps Drive and Airport Road — for a fresh and wholly-scrumptious meal.


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An all-vegetarian restaurant, with almost half of its menu vegan, there’s nothing you won’t love from Simply Food’s popular weekday lunch counter, open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Agana Heights. Tour the world from Chamorro Monday to Mexican Tuesday, Indian Wednesday, Thai Thursday and Italian Friday. Check out the latest snacks on Facebook @SimplyFoodGuam or u Bonus: Visit The Vegan Grocery Store while you're there for Guam’s largest selection of vegetarian, organic and glutenfree products — with organic and environmentally friendly beauty products for that natural glow! Open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday to 3 p.m.

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Nuts and Grains Part health food store, part eatery, Nuts and Grains carries groceries, supplements, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, baked goods… and did we say vegan frozen yogurt? Yum! Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday behind Oka PayLess, check out IG @nutsandgrainsguam for daily specials and pre-order opportunities.

HealthyFix Guam Life gets busy and sometimes we don’t have time for a full sit-down meal! That’s where @healthyfix_guam comes in. The shop’s Herbalife Nutrition products provide nutrients and vitamins that a busy lifestyle sometimes lacks for the meatless workout fanatic — as well as quick snacks like protein bars, acai bowls and teas of every sort. From pre-workout to hydration to fat burners, stop into the Tamuning store next to Dr. Sheih’s office on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. or on weekends from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Asiga The new kid in town, Asiga is a coffee and plant-based (vegan) scoop shop behind Oka Pay-Less that serves up anything delicious and nutritious — only in recyclable, compostable and island-friendly paper products of course! With a variety of hand-made, vegan ice cream flavors, customers come for the craft coffee and stay for the mouth-watering sweets — from acai bowls to parfaits to chia cups and more. Hit the shop up on IG @asigaguam or on weekdays from 6:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Z’s Green Canteen This food truck will bring the goods straight to your tummy! Famous for its smoothie bowls and not to mention its #instagramworthy looks, Z’s has expanded to serving up anything from sushi to noodles, burritos, even pulled “pork” sandwiches — all plant-based and nutritiously delicious. Schedule and menu posted weekly or even daily on IG @zs_greencanteen. Talk about fresh.

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Although KL also serves up delicious local meat dishes, the restaurant’s focus on offering “the freshest food made from the bounty of Guam’s land and sea” means there’s no oversight in its fish and plant-based picks. With a constantly rotating vegetarian selection, those herbivores who frequent KL don’t even need to ask before ordering — they know it’ll be the freshest, most delicious veggie dinner in town. Check out @kitchenlingoguam in Hagåtña Tuesday to Saturday 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED Other fan favs for awesome veggie-lover offerings include Dr. Kabob, Mai Thai Cuisine, Mosa’s Joint, Pika’s Café and KN’s Sandwiches. What’s your favorite go to spot for vegan/veggie delights? Share with us on IG @buenasguam so we can check it out too!

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PACK THIS WHAT TO BRING Download a free walking tour. There are tons of apps out there with free walking tours of almost any city with maps and audio clips, such as Rick Steves Audio Europe. With a walking tour, you can learn about popular tourist sites without paying for a guide. Pro tip: Download the tour before you leave so you can access it without Wi-Fi or data when you reach your destination.

Start saving before you leave by packing smart

Water bottle. Bottled water can be incredibly expensive and add up quickly. By bringing your own water bottle you can enjoy water for the best price there is: FREE! Pro tip: Collapsible silicone bottles are a great option since they take up minimal space in your suitcase. Just make sure the tap water is safe to drink first!

Refillable toiletry containers. It may be tempting to buy those adorable travel sized toiletries, but they end up being more expensive in the long run. Buy reusable toiletry containers and fill them with your own beauty products to save money.

Pack for the weather. Don’t let Mother Nature catch you with your pants down. Weather related purchases can make a big dent in your travel budget — on a rainy day street vendors prey on tourists who forget umbrellas, often marking up prices 50% or higher. Check the weather before you leave and pack accordingly.

Snacks. Being a tourist can be a hunger-inducing business. While it is always fun to enjoy the local cuisine, save your money for special meals and BYO snacks for in between.

Medicine. Getting sick on vacation is never fun but paying for expensive over-the-counter medications makes it that much worse. Bring an emergency supply of basic meds — cough drops, pain reliever, stomach soothers, etc. — just in case your health takes a turn downhill.

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DOTHIS Eat smart Eating is always a major vacation expense. A little research goes a long way when it comes to maximizing your food budget. Here are a few ways to save on dining: Find out where the locals go. Not only are these restaurants typically more affordable, the food quality is often better than the tourist trap counterparts. Visit food trucks and street vendors. Prices tend to be lower since they don’t have the same overhead costs as sit-down restaurants. Order local items that are in season. Not only will your food be fresher and tastier, the price tag will be kinder to your wallet. Take advantage of happy hour specials. Many bars and restaurants offer food and drinks at a reduced price during the local happy hour. Pack a foldup cooler and purchase alcohol at a supermarket to save on your bar tab. Some countries allow drinking in public — so grab a few beers, find a nice park and enjoy!


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When booking flights, use a website that allows you to compare flight options, such as Certain airlines may provide less expensive routes — or an earlier flight time could save you hundreds.

Be flexible about your travel dates to save big. When searching for flights select the “whole month” option for departure and return dates. This will show you what days have the cheapest flights.

Before booking, check airline websites to see if they are running any promotional offers. You can also sign up for airlines’ email newsletters — these will keep you in the know when a good deal comes around!




HOSTEL. Hostels offer private or shared rooms with communal bathrooms at a lower price point than traditional lodging options. They tend to be very safe and typically have staff on site 24/7. Plus, staying in a hostel is a fun way to meet fellow travelers!

Don’t waste money on kitschy souvenirs that will likely end up in the back of your closet. These items are often overpriced, poorly constructed and aren’t even produced in the place you are visiting.

Buying a functional souvenir may seem more expensive at first, but frugality isn’t just about saving — it is also about spending money wisely. A leather bag from Italy will not only remind you of your trip to Florence, but is also an item you can use every day.


AIRBNB. Airbnbs are often in great locations, with a lower price tag than most hotels. The majority have a kitchen available, allowing you to make some of your own meals. Buying ingredients at a local market and cooking on your own is almost always cheaper than eating out. Pro tip: Be aware of currency exchange rates and added cleaning fees when booking an Airbnb.

COUCHSURFING. On, locals let travelers stay on their couches for FREE. Pro tip: Stay safe when couchsurfing by traveling in pairs and checking out user profiles and references when searching for a host.

“Stay in a hostel and sign up for Hostelworld (for meeting friends). Buy your alcohol and water at a local market.” — Victor Calvo, @vicalvo­

“Take advantage of credit card rewards programs. I just got back from Bali and purchased tickets for myself and my girlfriend straight from credit card points. A lot of cards have a sign-up bonus [to help you save even more].” — Jake Garrett, @jagstills­

“I research a lot before I go somewhere … [and] make sure to get the best prices on an activity or restaurant. There’s so many discount codes and coupons [out there].” — Jeriza Marie, @jerizama

HOTEL. With discount codes, holiday sales and hotel travel rewards points, staying in a hotel can be a very frugal option. Many hotels also include free breakfast which helps you save on food costs. Buenas May/June 2019 11


TA FAÑOCHO: LET'S EAT By Wayne Chargualaf

If there’s one thing people on Guam like to do, it’s eat. Whether as a way to celebrate, show hospitality or pass on tradition, making and sharing food is one of the ways people on Guam establish and maintain communal bonds. Also, eating food is awesome. So what dishes are unique to Guam (and its sister islands in the Northern Mariana Islands)? Check out our list below to see what local culinary wonders make people jockey for position in the fiesta line and even tempt some to commit that most egregious of fiesta crimes, pre-balutan-ing (you know who you are).

Barbecue. Okay, okay. Chamorros didn’t invent barbecue. Although ancient Chamorros did have a method of cooking over fire called tunu, it wasn’t exactly the same thing. But did we elevate it to an art form? It’s highly subjective, so we’ll say absolutely! The base of common Chamorro marinade — soy sauce, vinegar, onions and black pepper — is the result of a mishmash of cultures dating from the 1800s. Since then, just about every self-proclaimed grill master creates their own unique variations. It’s hard to really get a sense of how many variations of Chamorro marinade there are, so you’ll just have to go out and try them all yourself. Poor you. 12 Buenas May/June 2019

Red rice. A contender with kelaguen as Guam’s signature dish, red rice is simply rice prepared with achote seeds, salt, chopped onions and garlic. Sometimes peas and bacon are added. The dish is so iconic that even fast food franchises on Guam serve it, leading to a lot of confused looks and disappointment when people from Guam visit the states (although if any of the fine folks at franchise corporate headquarters are reading this, you should really get on this red rice thing in the mainland).

Kelaguen. The other signature Guam dish, kelaguen is chopped meat that’s cooked by the acids contained within lemon juice. It’s the perfect dish to ask that relative you don’t trust with open flames to bring to the fiesta. Onions, salt and peppers are also added to the mix. Grated coconut as well, if you want to be bougie like that. Chicken is the most common kind of kelaguen you’ll find, although for health reasons it’s cooked prior to receiving the traditional kelaguen treatment. Beef and deer (which you totally hunted within season with the proper tags and not on restricted property … right?) are prepared raw. Various types of fish or seafood kelaguen are also popular.


Hagan suni. “Oh yeah, popular Guam foods. Barbecue, red rice and kelaguen. That’s it right?” Wrong. Hagan suni is taro leaves — although spinach is usually substituted — prepared in coconut milk, turmeric and lemon juice and it’s extra, extra delicious. Now if you were a Guam kid who grew up in the states, you may not have known that, because hagan suni was the weird green slimy stuff you avoided at parties. Then you grew up and gave it a shot and shazam! Welcome to adulthood.

Tuba. We rarely ever see a tuba stand by the side of the road these days, which is a bummer. Tuba (pronounced TOO-bah, and not like the instrument) is a beverage made from fermented coconut tree sap. It’s sweet, kinda funky and has a bit of a bite. There was a time when there were quite a few tuba stands on the side of the road, so you could buy yourself a jug for a few bucks. Nowadays, partially thanks to the ravages of the coconut beetle, tuba brewing is a dying art.

Tinaktak. If God didn’t want us to eat tinaktak, why did he make rainy days? Tinaktak is ground beef cooked in coconut milk, with green beans, cherry tomatoes, onions, salt and pepper, usually eaten on rice. You could eat it on a sunny day and it would still be delicious, but dark, rainy, blustery days when you come home to a warm house and the smell of tinaktak in the air is kind of the best thing ever. What we’re saying is the Guam Office of Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense should make tinaktak distribution part of its typhoon response plan. Just an idea.

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THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT By Wayne Chargualaf

In today’s world, there’s an app for everything, including your busy Guam life. From shopping to entertainment to adulting, we’ve selected some Guam-specific apps to help you live your best life. Check out the apps below and take your Guam-ing to the next level!

Transportation. Stroll Guam is a ridesharing app that allows you to request a ride from approved drivers for a fee. It’s basically Uber or Lyft for Guam.

Shopping. Shop Guam is an app that helps you find special promotions for shopping, dining, tours and cultural attractions.

Banking. Most major consumer financial institutions on Guam have apps that allow you to perform common online banking tasks such as checking balances, transferring funds and paying bills.

Restaurants. Many restaurants on the island have apps that allow you to view their menu, order food online and take advantage of various discounts and promotions, including Domino’s, Jamaican Grill and Pieology. Other. HIREGUAM is a job-search app that allows you to search for positions with local private and government employers as well as the U.S. federal government.

Utilities. PayGPWA allows you to pay your bills for both Guam Power Authority and Guam Waterworks Authority while on the go.

Entertainment. Guam Fan features real-time information about local events, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and other activities.

Fitness. The Guam Running Club app features information on upcoming races and other events as well as membership information.

NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED These are just some of the awesome apps that can help make your life easier on Guam! Check out @buenasguam on Instagram for more.

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ONTHERADAR don’t miss these events

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Where: St. Joseph Catholic Church, Inarajan When: Wednesday to Friday 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Sunday 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. How much: FREE Why: Celebrate coconuts at St. Joseph Catholic Church. There will be food, performances, raffles, competitions and a Sunday morning “Fun K.”

Contact: Call the St. Joseph Parish Rectory at 828-8102.

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Where: Hard Rock Café, Tumon When: 6 p.m. How much: $70 Why: Come dressed as your favorite musical artist or group and wear your dancing shoes! Buffet dinner, performances, silent auction and costume contest. Proceeds to benefit the Client Choice Food Bank and the Lighthouse Recovery Center. Sponsored by the Salvation Army. Contact: Email CJ at or call 477-9873.

MAY 24


Where: George Washington High School track When: 6 p.m. How Much: Raise donations with your team before the event. Why: Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that

those who face cancer will be supported and that one day cancer will be eliminated. Join in the walk for the cure! Contact: Email or call 477-9451.

MAY 26


Where: Merizo Pier When: 7 a.m. How much: Registration starts at $35 Why: Experience the beauty of Cocos Lagoon and the exhilaration of an open ocean swim wrapped in the warmth of Guam's legendary hospitality and make lifelong memories. Choose a challenging 3k, 5k or 10k race to test your personal mettle. Contact: Register at



Where: Plaza de Espana, Hagatna When: All day How much: FREE Why: Experience the best of Micronesia in one exciting weekend featuring master carvers,

blacksmiths, traditional sailing experts, jewelers, weavers, dancers, musicians and chefs and see firsthand customs that have been in place and perpetuated for the millennia. Contact: Email or call 646-5278.

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MAY 10. Director: Rob Letterman. Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith and Kathryn Newton.

MAY 24. Director: Guy Ritchie. Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott.

Wine Country GENRE



May 10 on Netflix


Directed by Amy Poehler. Stars: Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ana Gastyer, Rachel Dratch and Tina Fey

In Amy Poehler’s directorial debut, a group of longtime girlfriends goes to Napa for the weekend to celebrate their friend’s 50th birthday. Throughout the trip tensions from the past boil over. With an all-star cast of female comedians, expect a lot of laughs. Synopsis from

MAY 31. Director: Dexter Fletcher. Cast: Taron Egerton, Jamie Bell and Richard Madden.

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JUNE 14. Director: F. Gary Gray. Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Rebecca Ferguson.

JUNE 21. Director: Josh Cooley. Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Keanu Reeves.

Dark Phoenix GENRE



In theaters June 7


Directed by Simon Kinber. Stars: Sophie Turner, Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain

The X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe when one of their own, Jean Grey, starts to spiral out of control. During a rescue mission in outer space, Jean is nearly killed when she's hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. The X-Men must now band together to save her soul and battle aliens that want to use Grey's new abilities to rule the galaxy. Synopsis from 20th Century Fox 20 Buenas May/June 2019


SEASON 2 JUNE 2019. Director: Andrea Arnold. Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley.




You’re Invited!

Going Hosted by Agat Mayor’s Office and Guam Visitors Bureau


Friday May 24, 2019 – Sunday May 26, 2019 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Agat Community Center, Agat, Guam No tickets necessary; cash vendors available Whether you like them pickled, juiced or straight off the tree, it will be heaven on Guam for mango lovers at the 13th annual Agat Mango Festival. Dozens of vendors will make your mouth water with the sweet smells of sugared donuts, savory meats and fresh juices galore. Topped off with mango growing competitions, live music, handmade wares, carnival rides and face painting, you’ll find yourself heading down to all three days of the weekend-long festival before you’ve had your mango-licious fix.

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Participants and onlookers of the 10th Annual Paddles Against Cancer enjoyed races, food vendors and other festivities on March 17 at Ypao Beach Park in Tumon. Photos by Justin Green

The Japan Club of Guam hosted the 21st Arts and Crafts Fair on March 3 at the Hotel Nikko Guam. Members of the Guam Japanese community shared their craft with this year’s theme of hikari, which means brilliance. Photos by Justin Green

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


Members of the Guam Chamber of Commerce teed off at the 22nd Annual Amateur Golf Tournament on March 14 at the Onward Talafofo Golf Club. Photos by Justin Green

Attendees showed their sweet side at the annual Pastries in Paradise event held on Feb. 21 at the Guam Museum. Photos by Justin Green

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Military and civilians alike joined forces to support the USO Guam at the 10th Annual Golf for Our Heroes tournament on March 28 at Onward Talafofo Golf Course. Photos by Justin Green

Island Girl Coffee n’ Quenchers shared the love of coffee with free drinks for those who attended the grand opening of its Home Depot location on March 29. Photos by Jackie Cahill

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Contestants took the stage to vie for the title of Miss & Mrs. Curvy Guam on April 4 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort. Photos by Justin Green

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GUAM INK In a small shop on the second floor of a modest white building in east HagĂĽtĂąa, people line up to rewrite their stories on their skin. By Wayne Chargualaf

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“I just came to love the entire process, from getting to know the client to drawing out a design — the whole thing." “There are two types of people who get tattoos, those who get them for sentimental reasons and those who just like the aesthetics,” says Jimmy Badong, owner of Tattoo Social Club. Badong brings those stories to life. By making countless small wounds and filling them with ink, he allows fierce warriors to scowl out of his clients’ flesh or fearsome animals to prowl their bodies. Sometimes he etches words and symbols onto his clients, turning them into living, breathing memorials of a person, event or idea. Although once associated with outlaws and rebels — or maybe because of that — tattoos have become more and more commonplace over the years. “Tattoos are definitely becoming more accepted, you see a lot more people in banks and corporate settings with full sleeves or big chest pieces,” says Badong, who worked for a time in the corporate world himself. "I was a golf cart attendant at Leo Palace and then a claims adjuster at Alpha Insurance for about 12 years,” he says. “Then I started apprenticing under Shauna [Fujikawa Hope of Hope 4 Pain Tattoos].” Badong was also a musician, playing in the vibrant Casa Nami scene in the early 2000s with bands such as Moniskat 7 and Last Standing All-Stars. As fellow band-members went off into different pursuits, Badong found he needed another way to satisfy his creative urges. Starting as a piercer, the always artistically-inclined Badong became fascinated with tattoos. It was during his apprenticeship under Fujikawa Hope that he knew he had found his calling. “I just came to love the entire process, from getting to know the client to drawing out a design — the whole thing,” Badong says. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be doing this for my whole life.” Humans have borne tattoos for as long as we’ve existed. In A.D. 316 the Roman Emperor Constantine banned tattoos because he believed they disfigured God’s creation. As a result of that ancient decree, tattoos in Western culture became the marks of those who lived on the fringes of society. Although the word “tattoo” comes from the West garbling the Samoan word “tatau,” virtually every ancient society independently developed them. They were used as amulets for protections, status symbols or purely as decoration. For Badong, however, it’s much simpler. “I just think plain skin looks boring,” he says. “Art — whether it be on skin, on paper or on the wall — I’m just drawn to it.”

GETINKED Looking to get tatted? Check out some of the top shops on island.

Tattoo Social Club 647-7246 Facebook: @ tattoosocialclubguam Instagram: @ tattoosocialclubguam Megavision El Drako Tattoo 971-1180 Facebook: @eldrakotattoo Website: Eli's Ink Tattoo 687-6087 Facebook: Instagram: @elis_ink_guam Four Horsemen tattoos 647-4653 Website: Legends Tattoo Guam 988-5513 Instagram: @legendstattooguam Website: Twisted Tattoo Guam 478-8228 Reddirt Tattoo 989-3478 Instagram: @reddirttattoo Superstition Tattoo Pale San Vitores Rd 687-3011 Facebook: @superstitiontattoo Instagram: @superstitiontattoo Low Tide Tattoo 649-1080 Facebook: Low-Tide-TattooShop Website: Lots of Art Tattoo 649-8287 Facebook: @Lots-OfArt-Tattoo Instagram: @lotsofart Website:

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Hiking with Ha’ane Ha’ane Isa Q. Keele is owner and guide for Ha'ane Hikes Trekking Tours, a small local business determined to show locals, tourists, military and families Guam’s beauty through hiking while educating on the importance of respecting the island's natural environment. Ha’ane takes people of all abilities and interests on hikes around the island to see both well-known and hidden treasures on Guam — all while picking up trash found along the way. The idea sprouted from her previous work as a volunteer for the Bureau of Environmental and Coastal

Quality's Micronesia Islands Nature Alliance and her current work with the Guam Visitors Bureau connecting tourists with excursions. Ha’ane Hikes not only takes you anywhere you want to go on island — even to see hidden treasures on private land, with specific permission from landowners — but also typically picks up three to four bags of trash each hike. Hike with Ha’ane to help preserve Guam’s natural beauty in a fun and unique way.

Meet Ha’ane: Born and bred: “I’m from Saipan and moved to Guam three years ago.” Hiking partner: “My husband, Jaccob Keele.” Favorite hike: “Ague Cove … it’s really steep because it’s down a mountain side, but then you get to reward yourself with a little cove that leads into open water.” Top tips: “Don’t hike alone and bring water!” Hike hack: “We’re trying to get away from plastic, so we’re collecting donations of old t-shirts and we’re turning them into bags. We’re trying to use that as the bags to collect the trash instead of consuming so much plastic.” End game: “It’s about just getting the word out there … Guam has all these beautiful sites to offer, let’s keep them clean!”

How to hike with Ha’ane @haanehikes $10-$40; price includes guided hike, light snacks, refreshments, gloves and trash bags 15 minutes to 8 hours, depending on hike preference

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About the cover: Cocktail poured at Drop Guam. 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





SHAKEN NOT STIRRED Into the Darkness 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. Buenas May/June 2019 • Entire contents copyrighted 2019 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.


May/June 2019

THE NIGHT SHIFT What goes down when the moon comes out





NIGHTCRAWLERS They brought the party


HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Special feature 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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INTO THE DARKNESS Dark magic The bartenders at Drop Guam, one of Tumon’s hottest cocktail bars, take the art of the cocktail to a whole new level. High quality and house-made ingredients give their drinks that extra je ne sais quoi. Not only do they taste good, each creation is presented with a touch of artistic flare — making these cocktails picture perfect. According to master mixologist Jantzen “J” Pueyo, making a good drink is akin to cooking a good meal. He says creations need to “look good, smell good and taste good — that is the holy trinity of bar tending.” Buenas saw, sniffed and sipped. The Into the Darkness at Drop definitely hit the trifecta.

RECIPE Combine the following ingredients in a shaker with ice: • 10 mL vodka • 10 mL gin • 10 mL rum • 10 mL tequila • 10 mL blue curacao • 5 mL melon liquor • 30 mL lemon-lime juice • 20 mL simple syrup • 10 mL Drop’s house-made blueberry puree Strain into a high ball glass over ice. Top with blueberry Red Bull. Garnish with a sprig of mint and an orange peel.

Follow Drop on Facebook and Instagram @dropguam

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CINCO DE MAYO BEACH GAMES 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and later

Jimmy Dee’s Paradise Beach Resort-Bar

Sunday Funday is about to be taken to a whole new level with Star 101 and Jimmy Dee’s 2019 Cinco de Mayo Beach Games. Two-man teams will compete in a bracket system of volleyball, beers-bee and cornhole for the chance to win $200!


GUAM PRIDE 2019 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Globe Ultra Lounge

Celebrate LGBTQ history and get the weekend-long party started in a colorful frenzy at the ultimate Friday night dance party.


EIF GUAM 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Guerrero Field at Paseo Park

Get your glow sticks and face paint ready for Guam’s biggest electric island festival, with electronic music performances to pump up the positive energy and vibe of our island!


LIVE MUSIC AND TAPAS 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Lobby Lounge, Dusit Thani Guam Resort

Sway to the jazzy tunes of Monster Squad, BLUSH, The Corporation and Siracha live in the

Lobby Lounge while partaking in signature cocktails, wines, draft beer and tapas galore. Bonus:

One of the best sunset locations on Guam for those who get there early. (Thursday and Monday music starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m.)


LATIN NIGHT 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Kento’s Guam

Free dance lessons early in the night roll right into this spicy evening of swaying hips and deep dips! Don’t miss your chance to salsa, bachata, merengue and reggaeton your way across the dance floor.

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. 4 Buenas Noches May/June 2019



Hat. Top it off with a wide brim hat — keep things matchy-matchy with olive green or change it up with a hint of brown. Blazer. A white blazer adds a chic touch.

This L.A.-inspired outfit styled by Justine Gaminde, founder and owner of The Great Dame, is perfect for drinks with your girlfriends or a date night with your boo. The Great Dame is an online boutique that offers personalized style appointments at its shop in Hagåtña.

Shades. Round sunglasses add some Hollywood glam — simple and chunky rims both work with this look. Top. A black crop top shows a little skin and gives this look a sexy vibe.

Bracelet. Rock this latte stone bracelet made by Fu’una for a local touch.

Necklace. Keep things simple with an elegant gold chain or go with a chunky necklace for a bit of a punch.

Pants. Flowy olive bottoms are perfect for island nights.

Clutch. A snakeskin clutch adds a touch of pop.

Shoes. Opt for a classic look with black ankle booties or add some sass with matching snakeskin heels.

Visit to shop the look or book a personalized style appointment. 11 Buenas Noches May/June 2019



Crowds rocked out to UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro on Feb. 13 at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park. Photos by Cody Guerrero

Opake Guam and Tribe Marianas held a collaborative Island Hopper release event on Feb. 22 at Opake in Upper Tumon with DJ Sylnt, Bongdoza’s and Z’s Green Canteen. Photot courtesy of Opake

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Dancers flocked to the Globe Ultra Lounge on March 23 for the Road to EIF, headlined by Tokyo’s YUKIBEB and Manila’s Ace Ramos, as well as Guam natives Nouga Jr. (RJ Aguon) and DJ Samurai (Neil Pineda). Photos courtesy of Road to EIF

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Buenas - May/June 2019  

Cover feature: The Big Kahuna: Guam ink | Eat on the streets: Vega-licious | Wandergram: The frugal traveler

Buenas - May/June 2019  

Cover feature: The Big Kahuna: Guam ink | Eat on the streets: Vega-licious | Wandergram: The frugal traveler