Guam 2015 and MM 2-12: Chamorro Village Market Night in Monochrome

It’s time for Leanne Cole’s weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge and I have decided to submit a photo from our visit to the Market Night at Chamorro Village in Hagatna, Guam one Wednesday evening last month. Walking past this stand I was struck by how the light shone through the row of hats and down on the central figure’s forehead.

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Guam 2015: John Gerber and the Pacific War Museum

There are two museums on Guam that tell the story of the US involvement in various wars that occurred in or near the Pacific Ocean during the 20th century. The big one at the entrance to the US Naval Base Guam is run by the National Park Service and contains numerous exhibits and an excellent bookstore / gift shop. Then there’s the little one located at the base of Nimitz Hill where many of the 1500 Marines who died during the liberation of Guam met their fate at the Battle of Fonte Hill where the Marines had to withstand a half-dozen banzai counter-attacks after they took the beachhead at Asan. This little museum is known as the Pacific War Museum and is the work of one man, John Vincent Pangilanan Gerber. Gerber’s museum concentrates on the role the US Marines played in Korea and Vietnam and especially in the liberation of Guam in 1944.

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Guam 2015: Market Night at Chamorro Village

One way to find out what Guamanian culture is all about is to plan to visit Guam when one of the many villages on the island is holding its annual fiesta. Another method is to strike up a friendship with a local and get invited to a home-cooked meal. Then there’s the Wednesday alternative: If you happen to be on the island on a Wednesday evening then head on down Marine Drive to central Hagatna (Agana) and visit the Chamorro Village on Market Night. It’s THE place to go on Wednesday nights.

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Guam 2015: A Killer View with a Twist

It was our daughter’s last full day in Guam and we were driving down Marine Drive on our way to dinner with some of my wife’s cousins (on her father’s side) and we stopped for a final rendezvous wih my daughter’s childhood penpal and distant cousin (on my wife’s mother’s side). The pen-pal cousin chose a cute little cafe right on the beach that had a cute little menu and a killer view. And during our visit the killer view came with a twist: a cute little rainbow over Agana Bay.

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Guam 2015: Back to Plaza de Espana for MM 2-11

I decided to go back to the Plaza de Espana in Hagatna, Guam for my submission this week to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. In fact, today’s photo of cannon and cathedral was taken just two minutes after my entry for MM 2-9 two weeks ago. I just had to walk to the other side of the “fence-wall” to find the old Spanish cannon.

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Guam 2015: Jesse and Ruby at the Outrigger

On four of the 13 nights we spent on Guam last month we dropped by the Bambu Bar and lounge in the lobby of the Outrigger Resort to listen to the music of Jesse and Ruby. They sing and play mellow island music, pop hits from the 70s and 80s and once in a while a Filipino ballad or Japanese love song. Jesse Bais and Ruby Santos are cousins who have been together off and on since the 80s and they both love music. It shows.

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Guam 2015: Pale San Vitores Road at Night

Several times during our two-week stay on Guam last month we found ourselves at the end of the day listening to our favorite musicians, Jesse and Ruby, at the Outrigger Resort. We would then walk back up Pale San Vitores Road to the Westin where we were staying. One night I took these photos on our walk:

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