I have went on another adventure! I made a return trip to Guam because I wanted to see my bestie again and to see if the rain would leave me alone this time. End verdict: it was a great trip. I had a wonderful time in Guam, and my only regret was leaving my best friend. This trip gave me the relaxation I had sought for. It was nice escaping work and Korea for a bit. This is was a muchly needed vacation!
I flew with Jeju Air again because they allow two check-in luggages. My flight was filled with many Korean families, and I didn’t enjoy the cramped seats. I can’t even imagine how people survive flights anything longer than 4.5 hours . . . but anyway! I reached Guam with no issues and no rain! Bestie met me at the airport, and we went to Westin Resort Guam for me to check in. I loved my room and I had a great view of the ocean — much better than my previous room!
My first meal at Guam was at Fuji Ichiban. I had their yakisoba, a favourite of mine since 2004! It was delicious as usual. Afterwards, we walked around Tumon strip — the main tourist area — and then we chilled in my room because Bestie and I love the Heavenly Bed at Westin.
I woke up the next morning to see this beautiful tropical view! It rained later for five minutes, but that was it. I was quite mesmerised by the blue sky and ocean. And palm trees. Those really made me feel like I was on a tropical paradise. And the heat and humidity. Thank goodness for air con!
With me finally obtaining a new driver’s licence, I decided to rent a car for the next three days! I went with a local car rental company — Blake’s Car Rental — and I was super happy with their service. They gave me a Kia Forte, and I named it “Garnet”.
Bestie drove us to the Naval Base on Guam, and we had lunch at Popeyes because Bestie loves it and there aren’t any outside the base. Then we did a major shopping spree in the Exchange. Here, I bought an inverted umbrella because I’d not seen one in Korea yet. After, I drove for the first time on Guam. I drove around the base and came upon Sumay Cove Marina. Then I drove off-base and went back towards Tumon.
We had dinner at Carmen’s Cha Cha Cha, a restaurant I’d visited before. This time I met the owner’s partner, who is the sister of a former colleague. We had the shrimp tacos (it came with the best rice, ever!!!), vegetarian mango wrap, tres leches, and choco flan. The desserts were given to us on the house. Everything was super delicious! This is definitely one of my favourite Mexican restaurants. We ended our evening in my hotel room, relaxing and drinking wine.
This was to be a day of indulgences. We started off with room service breakfast. Bestie had the American breakfast, and I had the Japanese one. We were super impressed by the presentation. Also, I was expecting the food to come on trays, but it came on a table with wheels. That made me for a nice touch!
We went to a coffee shop later and then we had our spa day! We went with a full package consisting of:
* Deep-cleansing facial
* Lip waxing or eyebrow waxing or facial cupping
* Rosemary oil scalp massage
* Sugar scrub arm and hand massage
* Application of eye cream, moisturiser, and SPF lotion
* 60-minute Swedish massage
* Back, leg, and foot scrub
I enjoyed it, but I learned my back is super ticklish! I’ll stick to getting massages that are not on my back . . .
We ended our evening with dinner at Isshin, a Japanese restaurant in Westin. Bestie ordered the seafood combo teppanyaki, and I had the tempura set. I also tried sake for the first time. The food was subpar, but we enjoyed the ambience, service, and presentation.
After our subpar meal from the night before, we made up for it at Pika’s Cafe, a very popular and beloved local restaurant that is also #1 on Tripadvisor. There we had the marinated tofu banh mi and Chamorro sausage fried rice. We both loved the food!
Afterwards, we went to the airport for me to do my Global Entry interview. I was so lucky that the conditional approval on my application came through for me to be interviewed on my trip! The interviewer was super nice, and it was a piece of cake.
We went to Macy’s and I shopped my heart out. I bought a new Kate Spade watch on sale for $98 and a wallet from Radley London. Bestie gifted me a matching passport cover to go with my wallet. I also bought a bath robe here, haha!
I watched a gorgeous sunset from my room, the last one I watched on my trip.
For dinner, we went to Chung Gi Wa, a Korean restaurant to try their budae jjigae! It was okay — the jjigae had a weird taste — but it was edible. I can now see what Bestie means about Korean food not tasting the same on Guam.
We then went souvenir shopping. This is what I ended up getting — which includes mostly gifts for other people — and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to fit them in my big luggage. But I made it work!
Because I was so impressed with room service, I decided to do it one last time. This time I had the American breakfast and Bestie had the Westin Lifestyle Breakfast. We made a return trip to Macy’s for me to buy a Radley London bag. I chose the Liverpool Street bag.
We drove around and then stopped by TuRe Cafe, perhaps my favourite cafe in Guam because they have decent drinks, food, and view — they are right by the beach, so the views are amazing.
We had a buffet dinner at World Cafe in Fiesta Resort (their grilled vegetable station was awesome), and we killed time at Kmart. There, I found my favourite souvenir — a Grumpy Bear plushie! I grew up with Care Bears, and Grumpy Bear is my favourite, so I had to bring him home with me!
We spent the last few hours at Westin for me to pack up Grumpy Bear and couple other items. We had some tea and snacks at ABC Stores, and then I was off to the airport. I waited in the airport with no Wi-Fi and struggled to stay awake for my 0305 flight. I made it home without any major issues. But now I miss my bestie and some of the food we had! I hope to return to Guam again soon!