While I planned my trip to Guam, shopping was the last thing on my mind. To be completely honest, I’m not really into shopping while I’m abroad or home, but for once in my life, I actually enjoyed browsing for goods on the island. The Guam Visitors Bureau has a really cool campaign called Shop Guam eFestival which ends on February 4th, 2017.
Shopping in Guam has it’s perks such as: being duty free. International travelers are attracted to this island because of the tax free shopping, especially during the holiday season and end of the year. To participate in the Shop Guam eFestival, download the app on your phone. It’s available for both iPhone and Droid users.
There’s so many discounted offers on this app.
Retail, Food, Tourism, Attractions, etc.
Let me do a quick walk through
This is just a screen shot of one page, but they had a nice variety of dining discounts that ranged from fast food, coffee shops, local, chain and lounges.
Remember my awesome meal at Terry’s Local Comfort Food? They’re participating in the eFestival.
Click on the business that interests you, check out the offer. When you get to the establishment, share the offer with them via app and enjoy yourself.
Look, Calvin Klein has 15% off total purchase with no minimum purchase required.
And Navasana Spa has 20% discounts on spa treatments.
The island has three large malls: The Agana Shopping Center in Hagåtña, Guam Premier Outlets in Tamuning, and Micronesia Mall in Dededo.
Guam’s Fashion Capital is in Tumon, which has The DFS Guam Galleria, numerous boutiques and The Plaza along The Pleasure Island strip and the Tumon Sands Plaza. Just a quick trolley ride or a walk to Pale San Vitores Road where you discover extravagance and fashion forward trends. There is something for everyone.
My GVB girls were excited for me to check out the Chamorro Village Market AKA Wednesday Night Market. For this special outing, Marte from Discover Guam and her friend were my tour guides. I don’t know what it is about this island, but everyone is so nice and their energy is infectious. They couldn’t have chosen a better set of chicas to take me out.
The first thing I noticed when I got to the market were the parked tour buses, like rows of them. I couldn’t figure out how a little night market could attract large amount of tourists. And then I was hit with the gorgeous aroma of Chamorro BBQ, happy people and laughter.
Chamorro BBQ is hands down my favorite BBQ style. Spoiler alert, it’s all that I ate on the island, like almost every single meal and snack. It’s completely different from mainland style BBQ, which I don’t care for at all. Everyone on the island has their own recipe, but it reminds me so much of Filipino meat marinade which consists of vinegar, soy sauce, lemon (but usually calamansi), garlic and love. But because of the meat quality in the Philippines, I’ve had many pinoys in the mainland and in Asia overcook the meat.
When I travel, I ask the locals what their faves are.
and I enjoy them.
Marte swore by the cantalope/pineapple smoothie. Super refreshing, I was in love.
Banana Lumpia and you guessed it, Chamorro BBQ! Pork and chicken.
I never thought meat on a stick would make me so happy.
There was live music and even a DJ. Marte went up to dance, Miss Thang with a flower in her hair. <3
You can find local farmers selling their produce, artisans, designers and Chamorro dance performers through out Spanish influenced buildings. They even have a carabao on property, he’s pretty cute!
I loved seeing everyone so proud of their culture and skills.
This is called a Coconut Crab aka Ayuyu. This endangered crustacean is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world. They can climb up trees, up to 20 ft just to get coconuts. Their claws are strong enough to crack them open, perhaps it’s why this crab is so sweet and delicious.
They are also known as “Robber Crabs” because they would steal shoes, knives and and forks from U.S Marines that were in the trenches in World War II.
Marte told me that before I left, I had to try coconut sashimi which I have never heard of before.
Coconut sashimi? What?
There’s this cool stand where you can purchase fresh coco. When you’re finished, for an extra dollar, they will chop up the coco and turn it into sashimi.
Scoop out the coconut meat, chop it up, add equal parts of soy sauce and wasabi and you have MAGIC. The sweetness from the baby coconut meat mixed with the savory soy sauce and spicy wasabi..amazing. The jelly consistency of the coco makes it sashimi like, a great option for vegans/vegetarians that want sushi! It’s one of the best things I consumed in 2016.
This sweet man created this delicious idea. He has another stand at Two Lovers Point that his son runs.
You can spend a whole evening at the Wednesday Night Market. I truly wasn’t expecting to be there for more than an hour, but we were there for at least 3 hours and had a wonderful time.
Chamorro Village Market
153 Marine Corps Dr, Hagåtña, 96910, Guam
Thank you Guam Visitors Bureau for collaborating and making this post possible. As always, my opinions are 100% honest.