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Php1,000 European-Inspired Valentine’s Day Celebration

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

My husband and I have been celebrating Valentine’s Day together for 7 years. We’ve had romantic dinners, we traveled, watched concerts, and went on staycation – and every year, I’d always end up being the receiver of everything nice and fancy.

valentine's day greeting card

In reality, the idea of demonstrating “love” during Valentine’s Day means big business, as couples spend a huge sum of money for one day alone (sometimes, for even just a few hours). Does that mean the more you spend, the more meaningful your celebration becomes? Not really. I’d rather spend money wisely and have my date’s five hours of quality and undivided attention, than spend Php 4,000 (or more) on the usual romantic dinner date, surrounded by other couples in a restaurant.

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Ride the Ducks Guam Review

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ride the Ducks Guam is a fairly new sightseeing tour that lets tourists take on an adventure around Guam – on land and on sea. If you’re a history buff or if you’re traveling with small children and the elderly, this is one of the most fun and adventurous trips you can take with your family.

group of adults taking photo in front of a large yellow vehicle

What makes this tour unique is that you get to ride an amphibious vehicle that goes on the road like a bus and then makes it way to the sea like a boat! I haven’t been on an amphibian before and I only see this in the Philippines as a rescue-type vehicle for flood victims. It was quite exciting to get on board this bright yellow vessel, like I’m hopping onto a theme park ride!

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Is Fish Eye Marine Park Worth the Visit?

Friday, February 09, 2018

Fish Eye Marine Park is Guam’s underwater observatory intended for those who want to experience the beauty of Piti Bay’s marine life, without having to change into snorkeling or diving outfits. Experiencing first-hand the authentic underwater habitat without getting wet in the sea makes this attraction pleasant and educational altogether.

long wooden boardwalk with railings, ocean view
Fish Eye Marine Park's 1,000 ft boardwalk
The first time I went here was during sunset and it was one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever witnessed. Going back for the second time around, I was pleased to see that the 1,000 ft wooden boardwalk still stands. The long walk going to the underwater observatory is an attraction itself. You’ll get plenty of panoramic photos and Instagram-worthy shots from the boardwalk alone.

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Hafa Adai! 12 Useful Tips When Visiting Guam

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Hafa Adai is a Chamorro phrase which means “Hello” or “What’s Up?” in Guam. Pronounced as “half a day”, it’s very common that you hear this whenever you meet local citizens in stores, restaurants, and hotels. You’ll encounter this multiple times a day and it’s quite easy to respond to people with the same greeting.

man with guam t-shirt

Now that you’ve brushed up on your basic Chamorro phrase, let me guide you through these 12 useful tips on where to stay, where to eat, how to go around, and how to save money when you travel to Guam.

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Guam Shopping Guide and Tips for Tourists

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Guam is a tropical destination with clean and beautiful beaches, has an abundance of restaurants and various cuisines to choose from, as well as a laidback atmosphere for your much-awaited chill vacation. Aside from that, it’s the nearest shopping destination in Southeast Asia for those who want to experience what it’s like to shop ‘til you (literally) drop in the US!

cars on the road, hotels, shopping strip

I went back to Guam and went home with 45 things during my shopping trip. For tourists who haven’t been to Guam yet, here’s an inside scoop and some shopping tips for you!

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45 Items from My Guam Shopping Spree

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

If you’ve been following my IG account, you probably knew that I went back to Guam last December and that I spent most of my days shopping! Too bad we went there after Black Friday sale. Nevertheless, my husband and I scored awesome deals during our stay.

socks, crossbody bag, backpack, shoe boxes

Although Guam Premier Outlets (GPO) and other discount stores in Guam have limited offerings as compared to massive outlet stores in mainland US (such as those in California and Nevada), you can still get awesome deals when you go to Guam. First, flights going to Guam from the Philippines are more affordable as compared to airline tickets going to mainland US. Second, you can be sure that you’re buying genuine items straight from the store. Third, you don’t need to pay an additional tax at the counter when purchasing goods. So just like in the Philippines, whatever’s on the price tag, that’s just what you're going to pay!

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