Is Guam a Safe place to LiveGuam is a safe place to live?
Because ? Tumon
There' been only a few cases where I challenged my choice to move to Guam. Well, one of those days was the night I got to the little town. When the cab drove from the airfield to the street to my new home Tumon, I realized that most of the part of the country was black.
So I asked Peter where the centre of the town was and he replied: "I don't think there is one, but I appreciate Tumon. "I gazed at the cove, the dark, and at that point I realised how small Guam is. I get asked where Guam is the best place to live.
I' ve been happy in Tumon for three years. I needed to live in a pedestrian-friendly place near the shore because I didn't have a vehicle. What good is it to live on an isle if I can't run to the water? We' re choosing a different way of life than the one we had in the States.
No cars or smart phones (shock!), we hire equipped places and try to live as minimalistically as possible. Although we have been living in Guam for several years, we try to have a good time and live as if we were leaving in the morning; we enjoy everything we can. When you are looking for a flat in Tumon, make sure that you are not deceived by the position of the "upper tumon".
" Inhabitants like to advertising as an uptumon to boost more and make their place more attractive, but, there is not an uptumon, there is just tumon. When you can't just and quickly run to the shore or need to traverse Marine Corps Drive to get to the shore, you're not in Tumon.
From the Hilton Hotel I consider Tumon all the way down to Gun Beach/Fai Fai Beach and a little up the hillside to Tagada. Though I am interested in living in other towns, I like Tumon because I am on holiday. That' partially because all visitors are walking around having a good time.
There is always some kind of conversation; whether it is the beaches, pubs, cafes, dances, diners, aquariums, gardens, live acts, grocery and more... the lists go on and on. After a long working weekday, descending the mountain and seeing the glistening sea is just another advantage of life in Tumon.
In Guam there is so much joy and free things to do that we don't have to pay much to entertain if we don't want to. Every type of diet you want, in all priced classes, can be found in Tumon. If you want to be at the centre of all activities and enjoyment, Tumon is the best place to live.
Ypao Park and Pleasure Island Districts host annual festival events throughout the year. It' quite safe and won't take long for cops to come when they're needed. It' a great place for spectators. But I wish Tumon was either just a pedestrian or that the weekend was because the vehicles were going too quickly, not respecting the traffic and tearing up the streets.
It is really difficult to get out of Tumon during peak hours as all vehicles pass through and try to get out of the city. Much as I think that Guam is a better place for visitors, life in Tumon has made me appreciate the places that are not touristic sites.
It' definitely more costly, overcrowded, and short-lived, and I can see why someone could pick another town. Even though the visitors are generally funny and kind, they seem to be intrigued by Peters and my barber. "I was kind enough to say no and from then on I chose to stop having us photographed and to pay more attention to things I could do abroad.
A TV/internet where you can see those with frizzy curls is probably available if you can make it to Guam. Sadly, there are so many establishments that have monopolised the coast with large toy boats and wicker baskets under parasols that it is difficult to find a beautiful shaded place to put up and float your own towels.
There' s more good to Tumon than evil and being here has permitted me to live a totally different way of doing things than I could have in Oregon. I' m really happy to have such a beautiful and beautiful live, to make many of my dream come real and to be able to live on an isle.
I' m happy we decided to live like this. It' s a great sensation and beyond that I can't really regret the beautiful things I see every day when I live in Tumon. I' ve been receiving e-mails from prospective Guamans asking me what the most difficult adaptations were for me in Guam.
I would like to think that I can adapt myself to new surroundings with ease, especially since I have been moving around a great deal in my time. Guam seemed quite flawless at first. Apart from the things I usually complaint about; the costs of everything, poor riders, extremely hot, little change in the shops; I was quite lucky with the whole town.
Now, that I've been here for a few years and when I began to work and interact more, I realized some big discrepancies between life in the States and life in Guam. Health Care - When I moved, I went to Google and type "Guam. He said that there was only one clinic in Guam and that the lady was in the south.
Folks who do and die routinely, baby's who get their little fingers cut off for no good cause, without room, without medical aids.... really horrible things. In most cases, patients have to leave the islands (the states or the Philippines) to seek care or specialist visit. Is this explaining why so many in the world have medicinal fund-raisers (if you are moving to Guam, you will probably be invited, probably, no doubt).
Buiss/Work - My first work in Guam reminds me of a work I had in my little town. The work in Guam (my experience) was completely different. This anxiety was definitely exploited and very scandalous to see what the humans would endure. A lot of folks took long lunch breaks or came to work too late, which was just irritating and difficult!
They always ask me what I don't like about Guam when they find out I'm not from here and I always say how much garbage is thrown out everywhere and that there are so many automobiles on this little isle. Your response is usually something like "I know" or "This is Guam.
" It feels like the folks who say "This is Guam" or "This is not my garbage, not my problem" are part of the issue. I' m guessing if you're a touristy guy, haven't been here that long, or never go off the well-trodden paths, you may never see the dump; it's the most ugly thing about the isle.
One day, if the guides do nothing NOW, the tourist who come to Guam for its inherent beauties will have no excuse to come. Guam only seems to be a small isle trying to be a big city/state without the same resource or the same area. There is a need for simpler ways to recover and discard our waste, to educate citizens on how to minimise their environmental impacts, to enhance the use of means of transport and to motivate them to use it, and to decrease the number of vehicles on the road.
There' s no need for congestion and there is no need for those who use their vehicles to get across the road, the isle is too small for all this. That summarizes quite accurately how Guam deals with his waste issue, not very intelligently. It was a trial for me to get to know the difference without making it influence my fortune, and also to get to know how to live and live in Guam, mistakes and everything.
As many Guamese leave the country in quest of new possibilities and adventure, citizens move to Guam for the same many years. If I am asked, "Why Guam," I know they don't mean, "What brings you to Guam," they really say, "Why would you pick Guam from anywhere in the world?
" They ask me this with that look on my face as if I were a little bit mad and when I reply, my eyes become confused. And for those of you who are going to Guam, make sure you have the answers to this issue, because you will be asked all the while.
"At first they looked like the weirdoes. However, it seems that they do not really comprehend, or they want a better response. I' m doing my best to respond without turning a blind eye! So I wonder how long it's gonna take to make them stop asking.
This is where Peter came because he wanted to go and see the outside wide open, but I think he specifically decided on Guam because it is a US state. (All you need is a pass if you are a US national. But I can't come up with any really legal response (like my work made me move here) that makes perfect sense because I don't have one.
I ended up in Guam. Loving the hot climate and never feels cool, the beaches and the hot waters, the small towns atmosphere is beautiful, palms, getting to know other culture, new adventure and challenge, beginning a new way of live where nobody knows me, meet new friends, live on a beautiful isle, the sea, fall in Love with everything, be able to go to places I never thought of before, collect reminiscences and lead a not so extraordinary one.
That'?s why Guam. and I can see how frightening it can be to be somewhere new, especially in the midst of nowhere. In order to be a success in Guam (or elsewhere), everything revolves around your attitude and how you see the world. Yes, Guam has its disappointing times when I say: "I just want to be out!
" I' m fairly certain I felt the same way when I lived in Oregon. Perhaps you have been hearing a great deal of bad things about the archipelago, don't let these views become yours. Kmart can be the next choice for you, according to where you live, to buy important things like tissue papers or soaps.
Since it is the only supermarket in Guam and for some reasons a very favourite touristic destination, it is manned around the clock. While living in Oregon, I went to Kmart (if I could find one) to get away from the crowd, because the place was usually desolat. But not Guam.
On a Saturday evening, Kmart is THE place to be haha! Bus loads of visitors are sold in the shop every day. There' s so many strays and strays all over Guam. When you receive cheques from outside the Islands and deposit to a Guam Deposit Box, you must allow at least 7 working nights for the cheque to be cashed.
I' m not sure how often these inexplicable blackouts occur in other towns, but in Tumon they often do ( "I had three this weekend alone"). I' ve been told that the energy supplies are not sufficient to meet the demands in Tumon. I never thought I'd be freezing when I decided what to wear in Guam.
However, as it is warm all over the country, about 99% of the places will bring their climate control to the lowest temperatures. Prior to moving to Guam, I did research on the Center for Disease Control website to find out what vaccines I needed. Although I have never been in one before, cockfighting is legitimate and common.
It is NOT a third part of the globe. It seems to show some Third Worlds trends (some are living in metal buildings, dirt streets, corruption....). A large part of the local populace lives on or below the livelihood threshold. It is very seldom to see something that indicates that Guam is a lowly country/territory.
Although Guam is serviced by the United States Postal Service, many businesses consider Guam as a non-Guam nation and do not send goods or invoice fees for overseas mail. Do you have a question about living in Guam? Lately I have received many news from Guamese who ask the same question about living in Guam.
I' m blogging mainly for myself so I can look back on my Guam mementos. Much as I like to interact and help others, it is not my intent to be a leader about living in Guam. It' also tiresome to mail each individual with the same thing if I could just write a single article and reply to all the snippets.
Those are my views on my experience when I moved from the States to Guam and lived here for two years. Getting a work in Guam is up to you. When you' re just out of school and you' re willing to graduate, Guam is NOT the place for you. When you don't have a diploma or don't worry if you use it and are willing to take a career just so you can live in Guam, there is work for you.
It may not be reflected in the payment, but there is a great demand for people speaking Japonese because of the millions of Japans who visit Guam every year. Visas for Russia have recently been made available and the number of Russians has been increasing for several years.
At the moment a merger with Russia is being constructed, which is the only one in Guam. One other thing is that the Guamese are not very good at responding to e-mails, so I suggest you call me if you are interested in working somewhere. It is possible that you can only submit your application on the isle.
The renting of the isle is scorned, because the isle tries to "support the locals". "Also, you will probably have to get clearance from the law and the courts for what has to happen on the Isle. Apart from the shortage of employment, the most difficult part about getting work in Guam is the saying: "It's not what you know, but WHO you know", that's very truth.
In addition there are the question "Are you militarily addicted and how long do you want to be there? Don't give up, the Guamans are really kind and always willing to have a good family! How much is the standard of living? No. It can be very costly.
Rental costs depend on the type of house you want and the town you live in. raaches, rat, no air conditioning, country lanes, filthy humans and insecure ones. I' m living in an appartment, so I don't have to be worried about the costs of drinking and drinking tapas. But the electric bill compensates me.
For a two-person flat, you should be expecting an electric bill of at least $200 per months (also depending on how much you use your air conditioning and on which level you live). You know that Guam residents receive a scholarship to cover their rents and lessors use it to their benefit.
Unfortunately, for ordinary folks who have to have their own rents paid, this means that it is almost not possible to be a sole individual and live alone. Where' s the best place to live for someone new to Guam? I only used to live in Tumon and I totally do!
It is the place where 95% of visitors are, so it is more beautiful in every way and there are more cops on the way. Everything is too full for me just above Tumon (Yigo & Dededo). In all likelihood your work will be in the northerly part of the archipelago, so it could be an unpleasantness to live too far southward (Merizo, Agat, Umatac).
Had I not lived in Tumon, I would have wanted to live in the capital Agana. Agana and Tumon are between the towns of Agana and Tumon and here you will find many of these shabby houses if you are not there. It is a good place to live if you want to hire for less but still want to remain near Tumon.
Guam is mainly a traveler' s paradise, so here you will find accommodation, rent a vehicle and everything you need to get underway. What's the criminality level on the isle? Occasionally, even foreigners are mugged. The" Hiking" links at the top of this page contain articles about the walks I have made in Guam.
For more information about hiking, visit the Guam Boonie Stompers on Facebook or go to the bestseller in the shopping center in Guam and buy the Guam Best Tracks on Guam album. It' difficult for me to tell them what it will be like because our conditions are not the same.
Maybe some folks have a gig before they get here or know the folks who live on the isle. A few could transform a vast world and have no one or anything on the Isle. I' m thinking if you come here alone (no gig or family), it' s gonna be an ordeal.
Keep in mind, you are not the only one who plans this move and insular living is really worthwhile! Of course, when I said I was going to Guam, they had their own opinion. I' ve done my own research and I didn't want to listen to any bad things that made me wonder about Guam.
A few folks said to me that Guam was full of impoverished humans, that it was a Third Worlds land and that there were beasts everywhere. Those were guys who were never really in Guam, so of course I didn't take them seriously. So I listened to some folks (like my co-worker) who had been living in Guam for several years.
and I think that's the crux of it if you're moving to Guam or somewhere else. While Guam belongs to the United States, it also has its own unique cultural heritage. It is also strongly affected by the Philippines, Japan, Korea and the US army.
When they were islands, some of them never abandoned Guam. A lot of them have not been subjected to other kinds of food, other kinds of food and more. We' re living on an isle, things are going very slowly, everyone knows you somehow and it's quite difficult to escape. Streets are poor (potholes and poorly developed), there is far too much road congestion and drivers drive regular reds, so be cautious.
In spite of some recent incidents, the islands are usually very safe. There is and this is regrettable and means that there are many job seekers for whom they are not skilled. At the weekend, the army is proliferating through tumon. There' a whole bunch of rubbish and folks throwing their rubbish in the jungles.
There' s a huge part of the coastline surrounding the isle. There' s very few who' re homeeless and always someone to help you in difficult situations. Catholics are the major religions and you will find that they influence many things in your lives, whether you practise or not. Ever since I have lived here, it has been colder at 78?F and warmer at 98?F.
I was really afraid of it at first, but there are escape paths and security areas. The city is situated in the Taifunallee, although there was no Taifun in many years. Consider it simply as an expansion of the U.S. Very small city, feeling to it, the same issues as anywhere else you could live within the U.S. 29.
We live on an isle! I would be interested to know what other folks have to say about life in Guam and the contrasts they have had!