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Sunday, October 18th, 2009

It really doesn’t matter how long you’ve been away….once you step foot on your home soil, you can’t help but feel so welcomed. The memories start flooding in your head and pouring out one by one (the good and the crazy). Island cruising in my beat up corolla, endless hotel parties, beach bbqs, getting chased by boonie dogs all the way home hahaha….

I’m glad I made the trip home. It’s an awesome feeling being back after being away for such a long time. My two weeks flew by but it was definitely well spent; quality time with the fam, reconnecting with friends whom I haven’t seen in nine years, witnessing breathtaking sunsets, lounging at the beach, stuffing my face with Chamorro/Filipino food. Dang, just when I was getting use to the island life again….time runs out and it’s time to go.

Home – our feet may leave, but not our hearts. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


My last Guam Sunset at Fujita Beach

finally a trip back home

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

and possibly my last adventure for 2009 (well maybe) haha 🙂

I know I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again: I love Chinese holidays! A week ago from today (Oct. 1st) marked China’s National Day, the 60th anniversary of the founding of modern day China. Most Chinese get eight days off during this holiday celebration; I’ll be taking two weeks. Traveling within China during a holiday is chaotic, and I can attest to that, so I’ve decided to get out of the country. Where have I decided to go? South Korea for two days and then I shoot off to the motherland, Guam for two weeks! It’s been nine years since I was last on the island; I’m definitely overdue.

While in SK my mom shot me a note saying that the island was expecting a typhoon the day of my arrival. (what a way to welcome me home eh). It would’ve been a total vacation bummer, but fortunately the typhoon flew pass the island. I’ve been here for a week now and it’s been awesome. The weather is great. It’s hot and sunny most of the time with a few short showers here and there to offset the heat. I forget how humid the island gets. I’m at three cold showers a day! Stepping out of the nice, air-conditioned, newly reconstructed AB Won Pat Airport; sweat came streaming down my forehead and my body began to perspire almost immediately. I sat outside not complaining, but laughing out loud to myself (as I wipe off the sweat dripping down my face). My dad stared with a puzzled look as he was pulling up in his truck. Haha. Gosh, it feels good to be back.

Anyway, I spent this past week catching up with family, relatives and friends. I played the tourist card and dropped in on all the touristy areas. I took a stroll around the island and I have to say that not much has changed. It’s as if I never left. I did notice more abandoned buildings and homes scattered around the island. But in spite of all that, Guam is still the same, beautiful as ever.