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  • Guams history is shaped by more than three cen-turies under Spanish, U.S. and Japanese control.The Spanish laid claim to the island, but the is-land was ceded to the United States in 1898. In 1941 theJapanese invaded and occupied the island until U.S. forcesretook it three years later toward the end of World War II.All these influences have contributed to the diverse andcolorful culture found here. l Geographic coordinates: 1328 N, 14447 E.l Capital: Hagtal Territorial bird: Koko Guam Rail, a native flight-

    less bird.l Territorial tree: Ifit, a dense, reddish hardwood.l Climate: Tropical marine; generally warm and

    humid, moderated by northeast trade winds; dry seasonfrom January to June, rainy season from July to Decem-ber; little seasonal temperature variation.l Coolest months: January to February.lWettest months: July to October.l Humidity: Averages between 72 and 86 percent.l Terrain: Volcanic in origin, surrounded by coral

    reefs; relatively flat coralline limestone plateau (sourceof most fresh water), with steep coastal cliffs and nar-row coastal plains in north, low-rising hills in center;mountains in south.l Time: One hour behind UTC plus 11 hours; Two

    hours behind UTC plus 12 hours. Guam lies west of theInternational Dateline and is one day ahead of Hawaiiand the continental United States. It is the westernmostU.S. territory. Where Americas day begins is a popularsaying.l Indigenous population: Chamorrol Currency: U.S. dollar

    War historySpain ceded Guam to the United States as part of the

    Treaty of Paris following the Spanish-American War in1898. Guam was placed under the administration of theDepartment of the Navy and was used primarily as a coal-ing and communication station. That ended in 1941, whenthe island was invaded and conquered by Japan shortlyafter Pearl Harbor was bombed.The island was officially surrendered to the Japanese on

    Dec. 10, 1941. The occupation ofGuam lasted for 31 months, until theUnited States liberated the island onJuly 21, 1944.

    Liberation DayOn July 21, 1944 celebrated on

    Guam as Liberation Day Ameri-can forces landed on the beaches ofGuam, beginning the battle to retakethe island and restore freedom andreturn democracy to the island andits people. Every year the people ofthe Island take great pride in cele-brating Liberation. There is a car-nival, packed with games and all sorts offood. Its the perfect outing for a night with the family.The parade is also an amazing spectacle. All villages,many government agencies, private businesses and otherorganizations take great pride in constructing floats thatshowcase what is important to them.

    5Maila Halom | A guide to living on GuamOur island

  • Real EstateMaila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    Now that youve moved to a newplace, youll want to find ahome thats right for you. Hereare some key tips when youre lookingfor a home on Guam:

    PrioritizeIdentify and prioritize what you are

    looking for. For example, let your realtorknow what you value most: a central-lo-cation, proximity to work, a reasonableprice, comfort, safety, family, friendly,etc. Your realtor will narrow down yourlist for you and select the top choices ac-cording to your interests so you wonthave to look at more than five to 10places.

    Drive AroundExplore neighborhoods to discover

    for rent signs besides whats listed withrealtors. Driving around also helps youspot issues before you move in - such aspacks of stray dogs, heaps of uncollectedtrash and whether the area becomes apool during heavy rains.

    Ask AroundChances are a co-worker, someone

    working at a village mayors office orpeople yo meet at church or a barbecuemight know a friend or a relative who hasa home for rent.

    Air conditioningBecause most Guam homes are made

    of concrete, having air conditioning is amust if you want to be comfortable. If arental has older zircon units, be preparedfor high power bills. The newer, splitunits are quieter and can save you someelectricity costs.

    StormIf at all possible, choose a home with

    windows that are equipped with stormshutters. Guam storms can shake con-crete homes, so when one of those supertyphoons come this way, youll be thank-ful your windows have sturdy shutters.

    Watch out for scamsWhen looking for rental units online,

    be careful of scams. If a potential land-lord asks for a deposit before you get achance to see the unit or home in person,be aware that this is a hoax. The best wayto find a place to live is through a real es-tate agent or word of mouth.

    Learnmore

    l Guam Associ-ation of Real-tors: 477-4271

    l The GuamAssociation ofRealtors Website:www.guamreal-tors.com

    l The PacificDaily News on-line:www.guampdn.com; the papersclassifieds are agreat takeoffpoint for yoursearch

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  • Employment7Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    Finding a job on Guam can make you feellost if youre new to the island and donthave personal connections.Without friends and family who may be able to

    refer you to a possible job lead, start with the In-ternet. There are at least four reputable sites thatyou can start with that will help you connect withan employer.

    The Pacific Daily News jobs finder service on-line, http://www.guampdn.com/guampublish-ing/jobfinder/index.html; the Guam Departmentof Labors job finder service, http://guam.us.jobs/;the U.S. governments www.usajobs.gov; andguamjobsonline.com can be your starting point.

    Before you send your resume to an employer,however, check whats being said on the Internetabout you through social networking sites and on-line in general. Human resource managers advisethat you need to be prepared for questions thatmay come up if unflattering images or posts aboutyou come up.

    Also make the time to go to theGuam Department of Labors One-Stop Career Center so your name canbe placed on a list of jobseekers andso your resume can be available to apotential employer match.

    The One-Stop Center can matchyou with a potential employer, andany employer seeking to hire a foreignworker is required to ensure, throughthe local labor department, that therearent local workers qualified for thejob.

    One important thing to keep inmind when trying to get a job onGuam: With the jobless rate at 13 per-

    cent when surveyed in March 2013, employers arelikely to have the upper hand.

    So if you find a job that may suit your qualifi-cations, act quickly.

    If your applications arent yielding success, vol-unteer with the various nonprofits that can helpyou make friends, connections and earn referrals.

    And while waiting for job leads to materialize,invest if you can in enhancing your skills, either byattending classes or gaining job-specific trades orattending workshops and seminars.

    Some of the training and education programs onGuam might even pay for your school or trainingif youre on welfare, if youre a senior citizen, orif youre open to an apprenticeship program.

    Pick up the phone, pound the pavement, makefriends and be involved in the community.

    The more you show youre willing to be an ac-tive part of the local community, the betterchances youll get to land your first Guam job.

    l Guam Department ofLabor jobs site:http://guam.us.jobs/

    l Federal governmentjobs site: https://www.usajobs.gov/

    l Pacific Daily Newsjobs finder:http://www.guampdn.com/guampublishing/jobfinder/index.html

    l http://www.guamjob-sonline.com/

    Tips to get ahead

    l Gain experience andtraining for more typesof jobs.

    l Use more job searchtechniques, includingnetworking, print andonline job ads and ap-plications.

    l Be flexible on thetypes of jobs, locationsand hours of work. Anot-so-dream job mayopen other career pathsnot previously consid-ered.

    l Dress professionally,even if youre only stop-ping by at a human re-sources office to pick upan application.

    l Be truthful when an-swering questions onemployment applica-tions.

    l Look up what infor-mation is out there on-line about you, includingon social media. Embar-rassing posts can costyou your chance at ajob.

    l Volunteer with com-munity organizations.You may get to knowsomeone who can rec-ommend you for a jobas you volunteer.

    Sources: Chief Econo-mist Gary Hiles, GuamDepartment of Labor; Pacific Daily News files

    Get training,Educationl GCA Trades Acad-emy: http://gcatrade-sacademy.org/

    l Guam CommunityCollege:www.guamcc.edu/ University of Guam:www.uog.edu

    Job hunting online

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  • 9Maila Halom | A guide to living on GuamTelecommunications

    Advances in technology forphone, online and TV serviceshave led to more and betterchoices for consumers on Guam.One of the most attractive features of-

    fered by some of the islands communi-cation companies are bundled packages.Residents can choose to have multiple

    services such as television, cellular phoneservice, Internet and landline phones allon one bill.With Guams media and telecom com-

    panies embracing faster and multi-faceted platforms, consumers have plentyof options for services and pricing.

    GUAM TELECOMCOMPANIES

    DOCOMO PACIFICPhone: 688-2273 Online: www.docomopacific.com/

    GTAPhone: 644-4482Online:

    iConnect Phone: 888-8888Online: http://iconnectguam.com/

    IT&E GuamPhone: 922-4483 Online: http://www2.ite.net

    TO LEARN MOREl The Federal Communications Commis-

    sion offers a guide on how to read yourphone bill. If you have a complaint relatedto your phone bill, you can file a complaintusing an FCC , by logging on towww.fcc.gov/complaints. You can also fileyour complaint with the FCCs ConsumerCenter by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322).

  • 10 Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    OnGuam, getting around isnt aseasy or practical as hopping onto the next available public bus, or taxi.And walking to and around the business

    and commercial districts can be a safetyrisk without sidewalks in some areas andwith crosswalks miles apart in someplaces. Guam also has limited bike lanes,and sudden rain might make biking to worka challenging daily routine.With Guams mass transit system need-

    ing improvements on routes, frequency andreliability, chances are youll be late for ajob interview if you rely on it. So to go on a job hunt, and to keep your

    job when you do get one, youll need a caror find someone whos willing to car-pool.Some employers require that you have

    your own car as a condition to accepting ajob offer.If youre on a budget and dont have es-

    tablished job and credit history to qualifyfor a car loan, your best bet is to scour clas-sified ads, such as on www.guampdn.com.In addition, youll see, along Marine CorpsDrive, some of the used-car car lots. Onless-traveled but still busy roads, such asRoutes 8, 10 and 16, you may also findparked cars being sold by individual vehi-cle owners.

    Driving your first Guam car meansyoull need to know how to get a Guam dri-vers license, get your car insured and reg-ister the vehicle.

    Getting a Guam drivers license

    Stop by the Guam Department of Rev-enue and Taxation along Route 16 in Bar-rigada, which is open weekdays, exceptduring holidays. Also check out the department online if

    you qualify to schedule an appointment.Go to https://realid.drt.guam.gov/Sched-uleApplication/ScheduleApplication.aspx.Make sure you have a working printer soyoull have a printout to show to the de-partments drivers license application deskon your appointment date. You might need to take a written drivers

    test, a road test, or both depending onwhether youve had a previous drivers li-cense and whether it was issued in theUnited States or from a foreign land. Itsbest to call the department at 635-7699 orstop by the departments office.Getting a drivers license for the first

    time can take weeks to months. It will bemuch quicker if you have a U.S.-issued dri-

    vers license.

    Getting your car registered

    Getting a drivers license is a pre-requi-site to getting your car insured before it canbe registered. The department lists accred-ited vehicle insurance companies on thissite, https://www.myguamtax.com/help/par-

    ticipating_insurance.html.In addition to having your vehicle is in-

    sured, the vehicle must pass a safety in-spection before you go to the departmentsMotor Vehicle Division. Go tohttps://www.myguamtax.com/help/partici-pating_inspection.html for a list of autoshops that are authorized to conduct vehi-cle safety inspections.

    Speed limit: 15 to 35 mph

    After clearing the drivers license andvehicle registration process, know that themaximum speed limit for cars and trucksare 35 mph on Guams main roads,15 mphin residential areas; and 15 to 25 mph inschool zones, according to the GovernorsHighway Safety Administration.

    Drivers license, vehicle registrationlWhere to go: Guam Depart-

    ment of Revenue and Taxation,Route 16 in Barrigada, near theAirport Road overpass/underpassintersection

    l Hours: Monday through Fri-day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except localand some federal holidays

    l Phone: 635-1761/1762

    l Online: myguamtax.com

    Transportation

  • Utilities11Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    Residents will need to register in per-son at their mayors office or at the officesof the Solid Waste Management Divisionduring working hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. onweekdays. Registered customers will receive a

    new 96-gallon covered rolling trash cart,delivered to their homes. This cart shouldbe large enough for a weeks worth ofhousehold trash for most families, espe-cially if they recycle. Trash is collectedweekly.With the new recycling program, resi-

    dents also receive a 96-gallon cart at nocost. Pick-up for the recycling cart is onthe same day as your trash pick-up, eitherthe first and third week of the month orthe second and fourth week of the month.If you move to your new home before

    the registration period begins in your vil-lage or after it has occurred, please visitthe SWMD offices to register for collec-tion services. Please bring a valid driverslicense or photo identification.There is no registration fee only the

    monthly fee of $30.38.

    When moving into a new home, hooking up utilities is something at the top of your to do list. But be-fore traveling to each of the necessary offices, make sure you have everything you need so you donthave to make multiple trips. One thing you need to sign up for any Guam utility or municipal waterservice is proof of your new residence. This can come in the form of a property deed or mortgage agreement. Ifrenting, bring along a proof of lease arrangement accompanied by a current landlords authorization for utilityservices. It is also a good idea to have photo identification with you when applying for any new utility service.

    As with other utilities, homeownerswill need proof of ownership; and renters,proof of lease with current landlord au-thorization.Applicants can download applications

    at www.guampowerauthority.com, butmust visit the Harmon offices from 7 a.m.to 5 p.m. or Hagta offices from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. to submit necessary paperwork.New GPA applicants can contact the

    Authoritys Customer Services Call Cen-ter: 647-5787/8/9.

    Same day service is available for an ad-ditional $9. GPA also offers Billpay, which allows

    you to pay your electrical utility accountsonline. Billpay requires online registra-tion.GPA customers can also pay by phone

    without any registration needed.Customers will also be able to track

    their usage on GPAs new e-Portal thepower agency is rolling out this year atwww.myenergyguam.com.

    If you want to get water hooked up andyou are renting, you need to provide leaseagreement, written landlord authoriza-tion, ID, a service map location and a $52deposit. For homeowners that need newwater hookup a proof of ownership willsuffice.New customers should come to the

    Tumon office to hook up water or the Ju-lale Center in Agana. The documents canalso be e-mailed to customer service at

    [email protected] hookups take three to five busi-

    ness days.If you bill says Due Now please pay

    immediately at the Tumon office.GWA customer service can be reached

    at 647-7800/03 or visit www.guamwater-works.org To report water leaks please call

    GWAs 24-hour hotline at 646-4211

    Guam Power Authority

    Guam Waterworks Authority

    Trash pickup

  • 12 Maila Halom | A guide to living on GuamEducation

    Public Schools

    Guam Department of Education Website: http://www.gdoe.net

    Elementary Schools

    Adacao Elementary SchoolPhone: 300-6500/1035Mascot: The HilitaiWebsite: http://adacaoelemen-taryschool.weebly.com/

    Agana Heights Elementary SchoolPhone: 477-5798/8040/8340Mascot: Bumble BeesWebsite: http://aganaheightselemen-taryschool.weebly.com/

    Astumbo Elementary SchoolPhone: 635-4363Mascot: ButterfliesWebsite: http://astumboelementary.wee-bly.com/

    B.P. Carbullido Elementary SchoolPhone: 734-4341Mascot: Koko BirdWebsite: https://sites.google.com/site/car-bullidoelementary/

    Capt. H.B. Price Elementary SchoolPhone: 734-2159Mascot: LancherosWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/schools/home/price

    Chief Brodie Elementary SchoolPhone: 647-4536/4554/4444Mascot: Busy BeesWebsite:http://cbmesbusybees.weebly.com/

    C.L. Taitano Elementary SchoolPhone: 472-4245/300-4643/44/45Mascot: DeerlingWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/cltai-tano/

    D.L. Perez Elementary SchoolPhone: 653-2646/0404Mascot: Friendly FanihiWebsite: http://mrfanihi.com/

    Finegayan Elementary SchoolPhone: 632-9361Mascot: GuihanWebsite: http://finelementary.weebly.com/

    H.S. Truman Elementary SchoolPhone: 565-5195Mascot: Golden Eagles

    Inarajan Elementary SchoolPhone: 828-8641/2Mascot: ChiefsWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/inara-jan-elementary/

    J.M. Guerrero Elementary SchoolPhone: 632-1540Mascot: DolphinsWebsite: http://juanmguerrero12-13.wix.com/school-website

    J.Q. San Miguel Elementary SchoolPhone: 477-9368/70/1Mascot: EaglesWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/jqsm/

    L.B. Johnston Elementary SchoolPhone: 646-5046/49Mascot: AngelsWebsite: http://lbjelementary.weebly.com/

    Liguan Elementary SchoolPhone: 300-1680Mascot: SiheksWebsite:http://www.liguanelemschool.hostoi.com

    M.A. Sablan Elementary SchoolPhone: 565-2238/2946Mascot: StarsWebsite: masesguam.weebly.com

    M.A. Ulloa Elementary SchoolPhone: 632-5176/8090Mascot: CarabaosWebsite:http://mauelementaryschool.weebly.com/

    M.U. Lujan Elementary SchoolPhone: 789-1535Mascot: DragonsWebsite: http://mulujanelemen-taryschool.weebly.com/

    Machananao Elementary SchoolPhone: 635-4381/2Mascot: MarlinsWebsite: http://machananaoelemen-taryschool.weebly.com/

    Merizo Martyrs Memorial SchoolPhone: 828-8779/8680Mascot: DolphinsWebsite: http://mmmsguam.weebly.com/

    Ordot-chalan Pago Elementary SchoolPhone: 477-9645, 472-4687Mascot: AntsWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/ordot-chalan-pago-elementary/

    P.C. Lujan Elementary SchoolPhone: 734-3971Mascot: SatellitesWebsite:http://www.pclujanelementary.com/

    Talofofo Elementary SchoolPhone: 789-1171Mascot: TigersWebsite: http://talofofoelem.wix.com/talo-fofo-elem-school

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  • 13Maila Halom | A guide to living on GuamEducation

    Tamuning Elementary SchoolPhone: 646-8058Mascot: WhalesWebsite: http://www.tamesguam.com/

    Upi Elementary SchoolPhone: 633-1382/74, 653-1371/2Mascot: Tot TotWebsite: http://upielementaryschool.weebly.com/

    Wettengel Elementary SchoolPhone: 632-7770Mascot: BinaduWebsite: http://wettengelelemen-taryschool.weebly.com/

    Middle Schools

    Agueda I. Johnston Middle SchoolPhone: 472-6785Mascot: PiratesWebsite: http://www.aijms.net/

    Astumbo Middle SchoolPhone: 300-2610Mascot: Dragons

    F.B. Leon Guerrero Middle SchoolPhone: 653-2080Mascot: HawksWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/fb-leon-guerrero-middle-school/

    Inarajan Middle SchoolPhone: 475-0673/4/475-0668/0462Mascot: WarriorsWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/fb-leon-guerrero-middle-school/

    Jose Rios Middle SchoolPhone: 475-2426Mascot: VoyagersWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/jrms/

    Luis P. Untalan Middle SchoolPhone: 735-1300/300-2726Mascot: WildcatsWebsite: http://www.gdoe.net/ums/

    Oceanview Middle SchoolPhone: 565-2961Mascot: Knights

    V.S.A. Benavente Middle SchoolPhone: 632-5647Mascot: RoadrunnersWebsite: http://vsabms.weebly.com/

    High Schools

    George Washington High SchoolPhone: 734-29112Mascot: GeckosWebsite: http://gwhs-guam.weebly.com/

    J.P. Torres Alternative SchoolPhone: 565-5291Website:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/jptas/

    John F. Kennedy High SchoolPhone: 642-2100Mascot: IslandersWebsite: http://www.jfkislanders.com/

    Okkodo High SchoolPhone: 300-1870, 635-1176Mascot: BulldogsWebsite:http://www.okkodohighschool.com/

    Simon Sanchez High SchoolPhone: 653-2313/3625Mascot: SharksWebsite: http://simonsanchez.org/

    Southern High SchoolPhone: 479-2103/300-4945Mascot: DolphinsWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/southern-high-school/

    Tiyan High SchoolPhone: 300-2721Mascot: TitansWebsite:https://sites.google.com/a/gdoe.net/tiyan-high-school/

    Private Schools

    Academy Of Our Lady Of GuamPhone: 477-8203Mascot: CougarsWebsite: http://www.aolg.edu.gu/

    Asmuyao Community SchoolPhone: 475-9276, 482-1847Website: http://asmuyaoschool.com/

    Bishop Baumgartner Memorial SchoolPhone: 472-6670/477-1026Mascot: ObisposWebsite: http://www.bbmcs.org/

    Dominican Catholic SchoolPhone: 653-3021/3140Mascot: VeritasWebsite: http://dcsguam.com/wp/

    Evangelical Christian AcademyPhone: 734-3241Mascot: Doves

    Father Duenas Memorial SchoolPhone: 734-2261/3Mascot: FriarsWebsite: http://www.fatherduenas.com/

    Guam Adventist AcademyPhone: 789-1515/2020Mascot: AngelsWebsite: http://www.gaasda.org/

    Harvest Christian AcademyPhone: 477-6341Mascot: EaglesWebsite: http://www.hbcguam.net/harvest-christian-academy.html

    Mount Carmel Catholic SchoolPhone: 565-3822/5128Mascot: PhoenixWebsite: http://mcs57.com/

    Notre Dame High SchoolPhone: 789-1676/7/1745/17Mascot: RoyalsWebsite: http://www.ndhsguam.com/

    Saint Anthony Catholic SchoolPhone: 647-1140Mascot: RaidersWebsite: http://www.sacsguam.com/

    Saint Francis Catholic SchoolPhone: 789-1270Mascot: St. Francis CrusadersWebsite: http://sfsguam.com/

    San Vicente Catholic SchoolPhone: 735-4240Mascot: BravesWebsite: svcsguam.com

    Santa Barbara Catholic SchoolPhone: 632-5578Mascot: SpartansWebsite: http://sbcs.edu.gu/

    Southern Christian AcademyPhone: 565-7020/5Mascot: DolphinsWebsite: http://scaguam.com/

    St. Johns SchoolPhone: 646-8080Mascot: KnightsWebsite: http://www.stjohnsguam.com/v2/

    St. Paul Christian SchoolPhone: 637-9855Mascot: WarriorsWebsite: http://www.spcsguam.com/

    St. Thomas AquinasPhone: 473-7821Mascot: LionWebsite: http://www.staguam.com/

    Temple Christian SchoolPhone: 477-9507Mascot: Eagle

    DODEA

    Department of Defense Education ActivityWebsite:http://www.dodea.edu/Pacific/Guam/

    Commander William C. McCool Elementary / Middle SchoolPhone: 339-8676/8Mascot: Seahawks

    Andersen Elementary SchoolPhone: 366-1511/2Mascot: Dolphins

    Andersen Middle SchoolPhone Number: 366-3880/5973Mascot: Dragons

    Guam High SchoolPhone Number: 344-7410/11Mascot: Panthers

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  • Day care15Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    There are several things parentsshould consider when choosing aday care for their children.One of the most pressing concerns is

    cost. Many day care centers have a varietyof options to accommodate parentsschedules and budgets, including part-time rates and payment plans. Another thing to consider is licensing.

    Parents should ensure the day care theychoose meets legal requirements: daycare centers should be licensed with theirstaff certified.As of 2011, staff at the islands day

    care centers are required to undergo aphysical exam every year to ensuretheyre in good health.Day care centers also are required to

    post the following documents in a promi-nent and visible location to be viewed bythe public at all times:

    l License to operate a child care facil-ityl Sanitary permitl Copy of health certificatesl Daily schedulel Fire evacuation plan

    l Fire extinguisher planl Earthquake preparedness proceduresl Exit signsl Emergency phone numbers and pro-

    ceduresl Inspection reports from government

    agencies, including the Department ofPublic Health and Social Services and theGuam Fire Department

    A current listing of licensed child carecenters can be found at the Department ofPublic Health and Social Services.For a listing of day care facilities on is-

    land, see CallGuam.com, the PacificDaily News digital telephone directory.

  • Recreation16 Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    BEACHES

    Some of the beaches have pavilions thatcan be reserved for gatherings. Call theDepartment of Parks and RecreationsPark Reservations division at 475-6288.There is a minimal deposit to reserve yourspace, as well as a refundable mandatorycleaning deposit fee.

    Be advised that all beaches under thepurview of the local government are alco-hol-free zones. Public parks are also se-cured daily.

    lAsan Beach Park offers an enormousgrassy field perfect for holding large-scalefunctions or simply exercising. It is also aWar in the Pacific National HistoricalPark, as it provides valuable history as akey location in the World War II.l Gov. Joseph Flores Beach Park, bet-

    ter known as Ypao Beach, has sand vol-leyball courts, pavilions with barbecuepits, and walkways for walkers, runnersand joggers.l East Hagta Bay is a popular site for

    commercial and private personal water-craft operators. Fishermen also can beseen here casting lines and nets, known astalayas, during certain fishing seasons.l Family Beach is at Cabras, off the

    Glass Breakwater in Apra Harbor. Theresa picnic area, and its a good place fromwhich to see the harbors activities.l Gabgab Beach is located on Navy

    Base Guam. Easy access to great snorkel-ing and diving.l Gun Beach and Fafai Beach can be

    reached by a rough, unpaved road at theend of San Vitores Road, after the entranceto the Nikko Hotel Guam. At the end ofthe road is Gun Beach, walk around thepoint to reach the more secluded FafaiBeach. Snorkelers and divers should exer-cise caution as the current here can be de-ceptive.lMatapang Beach Park can be reached

    by turning left in the Holiday Inn ResortGuam parking lot. Calm waters make thisbeach popular.l Nimitz Beach is in Agat; there are

    pavilions and a park-like experience.l Ritidian Point, home to the Guam

    National Wildlife Refuge. No barbecuepits or fires allowed and you must take outyour own trash. Although the beach is

    beautiful, the currents are dangerous. l Tagachang Beach is in Yona. Its

    rocky and secluded, so take precautionsand watch out around you. Lock your carand wear shoes.l Tepungan Beach in Piti, near the Piti

    Bomb Holes, is a popular snorkeling anddive site.

    USE SUNSCREEN

    l Sunscreen is a product you apply toyour skin for protection against the sunsUV rays. However, its important to knowthat sunscreen does not provide total pro-tection against all UV rays.l Sunscreens are available in many

    forms lotions, creams, ointments, gels,wipes and lip balms, to name a few.lWhen choosing a sunscreen product,

    be sure to read the label before you buy it.Many groups, including the AmericanAcademy of Dermatology, recommendproducts with a sun protection factor, orSPF, of at least 30. The SPF number rep-resents the level of protection againstUVB rays provided by the sunscreen ahigher number means more protection.lWhen using an SPF 30 sunscreen and

    applying it thickly, you get the equivalentof a minute of UVB rays for each 30 min-utes you spend in the sun. So, one hour inthe sun wearing SPF 30 sunscreen is thesame as spending 2 minutes unprotected.l People often do not apply a thick

    enough layer of sunscreen, so the actualprotection they get is less.l Be sure to apply the sunscreen prop-

    erly. Always follow the label directions.Most recommend applying sunscreen gen-erously. When putting it on, pay close at-tention to your face, ears, hands, arms andany other areas not covered by clothing. Ifyoure going to wear insect repellent ormakeup, apply the sunscreen first.l Be generous. Ideally, about one

    ounce of sunscreen (about a palm-full)should be used to cover the arms, legs,neck and face of the average adult. Forbest results, most sunscreens must bereapplied at least every two hours andeven more often if you are swimming orsweating.l Products labeled waterproof may

    provide protection for at least 80 minuteseven when you are swimming or sweat-ing. Products that are water resistant

    may protect for only 40 minutes.Source: American Cancer Society

    WATER SAFETY TIPS

    l Stay within the reef line.l Never enter the water unless you

    know about hazards, water depth, rocksand currents.l If youre caught in a current, dont

    waste energy fighting the current. Swimwith it diagonally until you no longer feelthe current pull, then swim to shore.l Swim parallel to the reef, and if you

    see a spot that looks safe, try to swim backin. If the water is rough or you dont see agood spot, wait for rescuers.lWhen surf is 6 feet or higher, inexpe-

    rienced swimmers should stay out of thewater, and experienced swimmers shouldexercise extreme caution.l Never swim, dive or surf alone.l Wear gloves before putting your

    hands on anything. There are a few dan-gerous creatures such as stone fish, lionfish, crown of thorns and eels that youmight want to watch out for.l If you are an inexperienced snorkeler,

    it is best recommended that you use a lifevest in the water at all times.l Make sure you have some type of

    protection on your hands and feet if youl Check warning signs or flags indi-

    cating hazardous conditions. Dont go outjust before or after a typhoon, which usu-ally brings along hazardous surf condi-tions.l Never go out after someone who is

    swept over the reef.l If unexpected situations occur, do not

    panic.l Never leave a child unobserved

    around water.l Keep a phone nearby so that you can

    call 911 in an emergency.

    lKnow if a trained lifeguard is on duty.l Recognize and follow posted rules.l Learn basic water safety, first aid and

    cardiopulmonary resuscitation.l Dont go in the water under the in-

    fluence of alcohol or drugs.

    ETIQUETTE

    Respect for people and the environmentis the best way to keep the beach a greatplace to go.Guams beachgoers are allowed to bring

    dogs, picnic lunches, balls and other out-door toys. Dogs should be kept on a leashand any droppings should be picked up not buried. The balate and other sea ani-mals are protected in marine preserves.Clean up all trash after your beach visit.

    Whether youre living here temporarily or making it your home,Guams the perfect place to lie on the sand and soak up somesun. Guams coastlines are covered with beaches worthy of bar-becuing, diving, snorkeling and more. Here are some tips and things to con-sider when enjoying the beach.

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    Party Time 6:30pm - 2:00am Daily 4pm-8pm

    Happy Hour

    4pm to 1 1pm

    Open Daily

  • Local Cuisine18 Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    Eating on Guam canbe an exciting anddelightful, especiallyfor those with an adventurouspalate and a love for hot andspicy, or pika, foods.

    Here, food ranges fromvaguely familiar to dishesunique to this part of theworld, providing atruly uniquedining expe-rience.

    Fiestasare a greatway to geta glimpseof the fla-vors ofGuam. Heldeach month in the dif-ferent island villages, youreguaranteed to see a seeminglyendless buffet table lined withlocal foods including ke-laguen, pancit, red rice,tamales gisu and more.

    Because theres an abun-dance of food prepared for

    guests, theres often plenty ofleftovers, leaving for the localtradition of balutan, or take-home leftovers.

    Someone at the fiesta maypile a plate full of food foryou, or they may encourageyou to make a plate of your

    own. Either way, packingfood to-go wont

    happen untilother guestshave hadthe chanceto eat.

    T h eChamorro

    Village isanother great

    way to enjoyGuams tastes. Open

    every day of the week, theChamorro Village is bestknown for its Wednesdaynight market. Filled with thedelectable smell of barbecueand a variety of food vendors,the night market will satisfyany craving.

  • Village Fiestas19Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    The fiesta is a popular way people onGuam share their culture. An eventtypically tied to the celebration of avillages patron saint, Mass and a

    procession are followed by a fiesta, which isa great way for newcomers to Guam to enjoylocal tastes shared with warm hospitality.

    Here is a list of each villages patron saintsand the time the fiesta is celebrated.

    Agana HeightsMayors Office: 472-8285/6/6393Saint: Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament- always follows Thanksgiving weekend

    AgatMayors Office: 565-4338/2524/4330/4336Saints: Our Lady of Mount Carmel - July;Our Lady of Santa Ana - July; Santa Rosa -August

    AsanMayors Office: 472-6581/479-2726Saint: Nio Perdido y Sagrada Familia -last Saturday in December

    MainaMayors Office: 472-6581/479-2726Saint: Our Lady of Purification - first week-end in February

    BarrigadaMayors Office: 734-3725/37/3859Saints: San Vicente - early April; San Roke- August; San Ramon - September

    Chalan PagoMayors Office: 477-1333, 472-8302Saints: Our Lady of Peace - January; Sacred Heart of Jesus - June

    OrdotMayors Office: 477-1333, 472-8302Saint: San Juan Bautista - late June

    DededoMayors Office: 632-5203/5019, 637-9014Saint: Santa Barbara - early December

    HagtaMayors Office: 477-8045/47Saint: Our Lady of Camarin - December 8

    InarajanMayors Office: 475-2509/10/11Saint: St. Joseph, Husband of Mary -March 19

    MalojlojMayors Office: 475-2509/10/11Saint: San Isidro - weekend after MothersDay

    MangilaoMayors Office: 734-2163/5731Saint: Santa Teresita - last weekend ofSeptember

    MerizoMayors Office: 828-8312/2941/8772Saint: San Dimas - April

    MongmongMayors Office: 477-6758/9090Saint: Nuestra Seora de las Aguas - lastweekend of January

    TotoMayors Office: 477-6758/9090Saint: Immaculate Heart of Mary - June

    PitiMayors Office: 472-1232/3Saint: Assumption of Our Lady - last week-end of August

    Santa RitaMayors Office: 565-2514/4337Saint: Santa Rita - third weekend of May

    SinajanaMayors Office: 472-6707, 477-3323Saint: St. Jude Thaddeus - end of October

    TamuningMayors Office: 646-5211/8646, 647-9816/9820Saint: St. Anthony - June

    TalofofoMayors Office: 789-1421Saint: San Miguet - September

    TumonMayors Office: 646-5211/8646, 647-9816/9820Saint: Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores -second weekend of January

    UmatacMayors Office: 828-8258/2940Saint: San Dionisio - October

    YigoMayors Office: 653-9446/5248Saint: Santa Lourdes - second weekend ofFebruary

    YonaMayors Office: 78-1525/26Saint: St. Francis of Assisi - first weekendof October

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  • Typhoon Readiness21Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    The Pacific Ocean can generate some of themost intense storms in the world, and Guamslocation makes it a target for typhoons. Hereare some ways you can make yourself ty-phoon-ready.

    TYPHOON TERMSTropical disturbance: A moving area of

    thunderstorms in the tropics that maintains it-self for at least 24 hours.Tropical depression: A tropical cyclone

    with rotating wind circulation and maximumsustained surface winds of no more than 38mph.Tropical storm: A tropical cyclone with

    winds from 39 to 73 mph.Typhoon: A tropical cyclone with strong,

    pronounced winds in excess of 74 mph.Supertyphoon: A tropical cyclone with

    winds exceeding 149 mph.

    BEFORE a stormSecuring YOUR HOMESeepage: Cover beds and other items with

    plastic sheeting to protect from water seepingin around windows and doors.Surge: Use surge protectors on major ap-

    pliances and phone lines to avoid powerspikes.Kit: Stock up on supplies such as candles,

    batteries, fuel for stoves and lanterns, toi-letries and disposable plates and flatware.Organize: Arrange flashlights, lanterns,

    candles and lighters in places where adultscan easily find them.Water: Have several gallons of purified

    water on hand.Debris: Secure all loose items such as

    garbage can lids, potted plants, gardeningtools and other materials that could becomeairborne during high winds.Tin: Tie down tin-covered roof extensions

    with cables.Flood: Do not put valuable items and ap-

    pliances on ground level to protect them fromany flooding.Power: Have the main breaker or fuse box

    and the utility meters raised above the floodlevel for your area. This way, if your homefloods, water will not damage your utilities.Buy typhoon insurance: If you have one,

    make sure it is current.

    Securing YOUR CARFuel: Fill your vehicles tanks with gas.

    Cover: If you do not have a covered garage,move your vehicle away from trees or struc-tures that may topple or collapse.Insurance: Check with your insurance

    provider if typhoon damage is covered. If youpaid for a premium that covers only liability,it is likely you do not have typhoon insurancecoverage.

    DURING A TYPHOONl Stay inside and away from windows.

    Watch television or listen to radio bulletins. Ifyou are in a low-lying area or do not have aconcrete home or storm shutters, consider

    seeking shelter elsewhere.l Stay inside, even when the eye of the ty-

    phoon is passing and all appears to be calm,as heavy winds will soon follow from the op-posite direction.l Fill in holes around doors with old tow-

    els or blankets; if these gaps are left open, itmay lead to flooding.l Turn off and unplug all appliances. Shut

    off the main gas valve and power switch. Usesurge protectors on major appliances andphone lines to avoid power spikes.

    AFTER a stormBe mindful of the following safety tips

    when returning home after a flood or severestorm:l Check your home before you go in. Care-

    fully check outside your home for loosepower lines, gas leaks, foundation cracks orother damage. If you see damage, a buildinginspector or contractor should check thebuilding before you enter.l Turn off the electricity. Even if the power

    company has turned off electricity to the area,make certain your houses power supply isdisconnected.l If you suspect a gas leak or smell gas,

    leave your home immediately and call the gascompany from a neighbors house.l Enter carefully. If the door sticks at the

    top, it could mean your ceiling is ready to fall.If you force the door open, wait outside thedoorway in case of falling debris.l Check the ceiling for signs of sagging.

    Wind, rain, or deep flooding may wet plasteror wallboard. It is very heavy and dangerousif it falls.l Make sure the electricity is off and hose

    down the house to remove health hazards leftbehind by floodwater mud. Remove waterquickly using a mop or squeegee.

    STAY INFORMEDIf power and Internet connection is avail-

    able, get weather updates by logging on to:l Pacific Daily News: www.guampdn.coml National Weather Service Forecast Of-

    fice, Guam: www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/lGuam Homeland Security/Office of Civil

    Defense: www.guamhs.org/main

    NOAA Weather RadioNOAA Weather Radio broadcasts National

    Weather Service warnings, watches, forecastsand other hazard information 24 hours a day.The radio program broadcasts on frequencies162.550 and 162.400 in the Mariana Islands.Weather radios can be purchased at local elec-tronics stores, mail order catalogs and variousother locations.l NWR TRANSMITTER CALL FREQ

    (MHZ)l Guam (Nimitz Hill) WXM-85 162.400l Saipan (Mount Tapochau) WXM-86

    162.550

    CONDITIONS OF READINESSWhen a storm is headed Guams way, the

    Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil De-fense issues conditions of readiness to alertresidents. The conditions of readiness arebased on the onset of damaging winds of 39mph.Under Condition of Readiness 4, or COR

    4:Damaging winds may arrive on island

    within 72 hours.Normal day-to-day activities are expected.Under Condition of Readiness 3, or COR

    3:Damaging winds may arrive within 48

    hours.Review or update your family disaster plan.Buy and replenish supplies for your disas-

    ter supply kit.Fill your cars gas tanks.Secure outdoor objects.Prepare household for long-term power and

    water loss. (Do the laundry, outdoor cooking,etc.)Tune in to radio and/or television.Under Condition of Readiness 2, or COR

    2:Damaging winds may arrive within 24

    hours.Close and secure shutters.Fill containers with water.Move vehicles to a secure and protected

    area.Review family disaster plan with entire

    family.Seek emergency shelter if your home is not

    fully concrete or prepared to withstand dam-aging winds.Tune in to radio and/or television.Under Condition of Readiness 1, or COR

    1:Damaging winds are occurring or expected

    within 12 hours.Only mission-essential personnel and vehi-

    cles are allowed outdoors.Tune in to radio and/or television.

    GENERATOR SAFETYTurn off the main breaker or breakers to all

    houses or buildings connected to your gener-ator. This prevents a backfeed of power fromthe generator into the islandwide power sys-tem, which could injure or kill power work-ers.Keep generators in a well-ventilated area,

    away from air-conditioning units and ducts.Protect generators from exposure to water.Never refuel generators while they are run-

    ning. Allow generators to cool off before re-fueling.Never obstruct the generators exhaust muf-

    fler.Do not overload circuits.Do not let the generator run out of fuel

    while running or air will get into the hoses.Keep the fuel system clean.Look for generators with an oil shut-down

    switch.Change the oil after every 200 hours of use.

    Some generators also have oil filters thatshould be changed periodically.Check the fan belt.Check for leaks in the filters and make sure

    the air filter is clean.

  • Military22 Maila Halom | A guide to living on Guam

    As the tip of the spear in theAsia-Pacific region, Guam ishome to Army, Navy, Marine,Coast Guard, and Air Force personnel sta-tioned on-island.

    The United Service Organizations haslong supported military personnel sta-tioned at home and abroad, and the GuamUSO at the Royal Orchid Hotel in Tumonis no exception.

    The Guam USO is open everyday andcaters exclusively to service members andtheir families, providing a home awayfrom home for armed forces personnel andtheir dependents, said Center Manager

    Vic Tano.Daily meals and refreshments are avail-

    able for free. For breakfast, choose from aselection of pancakes and donuts, providedby Winchells. Coffee, tea, and a variety ofpastries and snacks are provided by Infu-sion Coffee and Tea.

    In addition to the hot chili and rice, hotdogs, soup, and pizza provided by GuamUSO, Churrasco Brazilian BBQ and SaladBar provides barbecue ribs for lunch.

    The 5,000-square foot lounge offers freelong distance calls to the U.S. mainlandand high speed internet and Wi-Fi courtesyof GTA Teleguam. With 12 computers

    available for use, patrons can make Skypeinternational calls for free and play com-puter and console games online. If pool ismore your game, the USO also has a pooltable.

    The Guam USO has a variety of mediafor consumption like books, magazines,and movies.

    If being pampered is more your style,the center has full body aqua massage ma-chines and electric massage chairs.

    Homecoming, deployment, andWounded Warrior care packages are alsoavailable.

    IF YOU GOl The Guam

    USO is located inthe Royal OrchidHotel in Tumon.Hours of operationare 8 a.m. to 10p.m. Sundaythrough Thursdayand 8 to 12 a.m. Fri-day and Saturday.

    LEARN MOREl For more infor-

    mation, visit theGuam USO Face-book page atwww.facebook.com/GuamUSO or call647-4876.

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