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Things I Love About Living in Guam

Running into at least one person I know at the supermarket any hour of the day. And recognizing a few more I don’t formally know.

Anywhere I am on the island, there is a beach that is 15 minutes or less away.

If I invite a friend over, the first question they ask is, “What can I bring?”

Having been raised to never show up at a party empty-handed, even if it’s just a case of drinks or a custard pie you bought at a bakery.

Aunties and uncles who are not blood relations but are my aunties and uncles by association. Nen, I used to ride the bus to school with your dad when we were little. Come kiss your auntie!

Being an auntie by association. Kids, this is your auntie Josie. She and I used to ride the bus to school together. Go kiss your auntie!

Almost always I can tell the difference between a Chinese person, a Korean person and a Japanese person by sight. If not by sight definitely by accent or name.

If I was in a real jam and I needed a really REALLY big favor I could call someone. Actually, I could call lots of people.

Work, food, shopping, the beach – basically anything I need in life – is within a 5 mile radius from my apartment.

I would never go hungry here. There is food everywhere and people share what they have.

The sense of belonging I feel when I meet someone for the first time and we do the one degree of separation thing to figure out how we are connected.

Growing up and coexisting with different ethnicities and being able to greet people in a dozen languages.

I’m guaranteed a gorgeous sunset at least three times a week. It’s probably more like 5 or 6 times a week but I suspect I’ve been desensitized by the consistent barrage of gorgeous sunsets.

Turning on any of the radio stations and hearing the voice of someone I know in real life. Same goes for local television programming.

If I was ever in need of medical treatment that is not covered by my insurance policy, there is no doubt in my mind that someone would organize a fundraiser for me.

There are many other things I love about Guam but I would be here for days to list them all. There are, of course, things I don’t like about living on Guam but today I choose to focus on the good. -xoJMo

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7 Responses

  1. Nate says:

    FIRST!

    Commenting because seeing “comments(1 or more)” is awesome.

    Terrific list and definitely true.

  2. Josie says:

    lol @ FIRST. You get an A++++++ rating.

  3. CJ says:

    #’s 3,4,5,6 crack me up to no end! I grew up in Hawaii & Guam, and living in the states these are extremely rare qualities that you only find in people raised in the islands.

  4. shane says:

    “If I was ever in need of medical treatment that is not covered by my insurance policy, there is no doubt in my mind that someone would organize a fundraiser for me.”

    idk if its appropriate – but LMFAO anyway

  5. Regine says:

    well said, Josie.
    Love the piece.
    Love Guam!
    Love*regine

    • Jeffrey Two Hawks Hill says:

      I grew up on Guam, currently live in Florida. Neighborhood friends from the island at that time also living within 10 miles of me. As transplants we still stay close. I last saw my island on a return trip in 1980. I regret not making another since then. Hopefully I and my wife and maybe grandchildren will be able to see the beautiful land again. M-T-M, Carlos Heights, Agueda Johnston Jr. High, etc.

  6. Jeffrey Two Hawks Hill says:

    I grew up on Guam, currently live in Florida. Neighborhood friends from the island at that time also living within 10 miles of me. As transplants we still stay close. I last saw my island on a return trip in 1980. I regret not making another since then. Hopefully I and my wife and maybe grandchildren will be able to see the beautiful land again. M-T-M, Carlos Heights, Agueda Johnston Jr. High, etc.

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