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Coffee Production in Guam

Coffee is delicious. Most people love it and use it to start their morning and maybe even give them a boost in the afternoon. It gives a good boost of energy and is full of tannins, which are antioxidants. While it can cause high blood pressure and anxiety in large doses, moderate amounts of coffee is just delicious. One of the only drawbacks is that it can stain your teeth, even if you only have one cup a day. Luckily, there is a solution to that, which can be found at http://www.pearlywhytes.com/best-teeth-whitening-strips-reviews/. These whitening strips can help a lot with keeping your teeth gorgeous no matter how much coffee you drink.

Coffee production in Guam is a little different than coffee production elsewhere. For starters it does not get exported. It is limited to local consumption only and the local variety cannot be found anywhere else in the world. But coffee is easy to grow in Guam. It is well-adapted to the soil and requires little care from humans to thrive. Most families have their own cultivated patch in the 20th century and the coffee can grow on hills or even near sea level, in shade and in the sun without any problem. In the 20th century it was one of the most common plants found on Guam.

Coffee appeared to grow naturally in Guam. Coffee bushes surrounded houses, with fresh coffee beans sprouting from them. Seeds from the bushes would fall on people’s yards and grow naturally there. Because each family had enough coffee for their own consumption, there were no large plantations or coffee farms on Guam. The coffee here was also high quality coffee, known as coffea arabica.

The harvest from the coffee bushes were gathered, pulped and hulled by hand by the families who would later drink the coffee. They are roasted into beans and ground up into grinds.

In the 20th century, coffee production became a little more cultivated by locals. They would plant the coffee bushes in rows and put them in nurseries. However, they still required little effort because the plants transported easily and required very little water. They are planted in the rainy season and at first need to be shaded. When they are first planted, before they begin to grow, they are shaded by coconut leaves stuck in the ground at a slant. When they are young seedlings, they are shaded by banana trees, which need to be removed when the coffee plant matures. For the first one or two years after planting, other plants can be planted in between, like taro or maize. Weeding is done by a thrust-hoe, called a fosifo. Coffee disease is rare, but sometimes rats will eat them.

Unfortunately, fires have made coffee plants on Guam rare in present times. Almost 200 coffee plants planted in Piti village in the Masso region had been wiped out by a fire in the 1970s. However, in the same area, over 200 coffee bushes were planted and a few were reported to be sprouting. Now there are not as many coffee plants available. However, there are still nurseries with a few coffee plants and they appear to be sprouting. While the number of coffee plants have reduced greatly, the Director of the Department of Agriculture is hopeful about the survival of the species.

The local coffee plants in Guam make an excellent high-quality coffee. The number of coffee plants available are making a comeback. It is definitely a treat to drink coffee from these plants and well worth the trip to see the coffee harvesting process by hand.

The Best Way Around Guam

One thing that I love about Guam is its beauty. It is probably one of the most beautiful places that you will ever see in your life. If you ever want to go to an exotic island or just to the pacific I think that Guam is the place for you to go and visit. It is also a great place to live! The beaches are some of the nicest in the world. Many people come from all over the world to visit Guam’s beaches. I would put their beaches up against any other exotic islands. I have been to many others in my life and Guam is still the best in my opinion. 

The weather in Guam is always nice. Yes, it is very hot in the summer months like most pacific islands but it never really gets cold. The average temperature in Guam stays around 80 degrees year round. It really does not get much nicer than that at all! I know that many people are not fans of cold weather and that is why most go on vacations to warm places.

If you like to snorkeling or scuba diving then this is the place for you to go. They have many aquatic preserves Guam.  They had to create these aquatic preserves because much of the local marine life was suffering from overfishing and eroded silt. These problems led to lower fish populations and most of the people who visit Guam do so to see their wonderful coral reefs. Having the aquatic preserves helped the local marine life and helped boost the economy there. So overall it is a win-win for everyone.

One way that a lot of people like to travel around Guam is by gas scooters. My favorite scooter is a taotao scooter. I think they are great! I have had mine for many years and I have never had any problems out of it, but there are many cheap scooters you can get. When I was looking for the right scooter for my spouse and I that is where I went to find all my answers. They were able to answer all my questions about each different type of scooter.

The Progressive Life in Guam

guam1The Island Guam offers a vast and multitude of places to visit. There are so much to see and a lot of things to do, on both the land and sea. Its major industry today is tourism. The climate in Guam is good. Most of the time, it experiences a warm weather all year-round. Today, Guam is an Unincorporated Territory of the United States of America. They are represented by a group of non-voting members of the Congress, under the Delegate Robert Underwood.

Travel in Guam

Since its major industry today is tourism, people from different parts of the world want to travel and visit Guam. It is known to have an excellent weather for summer adventures under the heat of the sun. It is growing popular each day because of the best beach resorts and outdoor adventure places.

Beaches in Guam

It is the perfect place to spend your summer vacation especially for those who love the beach and the sun. Just imagine yourself lying on the sand and soaking up under the heat of the sun, that is truly fun. Most of the beach resorts also offer different sports, games and amenities. They have diving and snorkeling adventures that you can simply gain access without spending too much of money. You can spend the whole day with your friends grilling barbecue just around the beach coastlines. Indeed, Guam will be the ideal place for you to spend summer adventures.

Transportation

guamYou can access to different places in Guam with their practical transportation vehicles such as public buses and taxis. Getting to your destination is easy too because the places are just near and you can enjoy walking your way to the places you want to visit in Guam. The place is safe and you can guarantee to have people around you who can help you with a lot of things.

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How it All Began: Legend of Puntan Dos Amantes

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No, I am not done with Puntan Dos Amantes, yet.

My love for this place cannot be summed up in one blog alone, so I am up again to write about other things I came to find out about this place after having visited it so many times.

let me begin with the legend that comes with this place.

Legend of Puntan Dos Amantes

There once lived a rich local family with a beautiful daughter. As typical ancient rich families go, they want their daughters to marry wealthy men, too. Hence, the father arranged for the daughter to be married to a Spanish captain.

Upon knowing the news, the daughter tried to reason out with his father and told him she cannot marry a man she does not love. She does not even know what love is yet, she said. However, the father insisted and made the engagement official.

The daughter was distraught at the news that she ran off to the highest point in the island. There she met a local, handsome young man, and they fell in love with each other.

Of course, the father searched for his daughter and when she found him atop the island, he disapproved of the girls plea to allow her to marry the poor local boy, instead. The father immediately took her away and pushed through with her marriage with the Spanish captain.

The girl managed to escape again, and when went up the island to meet with her true love. While they were there, the girls father and his soldiers were coming after her.

The two hopeless romantics decided that they would rather die with each other, than her marry someone else. So, they tied and locked their hairs together, embraced, and jumped to their deaths from the cliff to the gushing water and rocks down below.

Puntan Dos Amantes Today

Of course, jumping from the 368 feet cliff is prohibited now. What lovers do is they buy heart-shaped locks from the souvenir shop, place their names on the locks, and lock them on the walls, where many couples have also placed their love locks. This is somehow a replica of Paris’ love locks(which was recently tore down by the local government because the number of locks were becoming to heavy for the bridge).

No matter the case of your love life, it always feels good to experience this kind of symbolism of forever at Guam’s Two Lovers Point.

Even if you do not avail of the love-locking stunt at the place, if you just savor the view with your partner and make promises of your love for each other, with the wind and the sea as your witness, the whole experience will surely make you more passionate about each other, and will let you see the beauty you found in each other the first time you declared yourselves in love.

The place will not only make you believe in forever, but it will also tell you that no matter how far you go in life, you can always look back at a time when you saw so much beauty and felt so much love for each other.

 

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The Place That Made Me Fall For Guam: Puntan Dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point)

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Image Credit: ns.gov.gu

I was not born and raised in Guam. In fact, I never really dreamed that one day I would settle in this place. I was used to the urban life – skyscrapers and busy streets with more concrete than trees. That was the kind of life I thought I would forever want. I never really see myself as the type of guy who would be so passionate about nature. I was all about living the moment, earning the big bucks, and making my way higher and higher up the corporate ladder.

Puntan Dos Amantes in Guam, changed all of that for me.

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Image credit: wondermondo.com

I went there on a side tour from a business trip. I read it was one of the most visited places Guam. Since I really was not the adventurous type, I chose it so that I know I will be safe because for sure, a lot of people will be there, too. I went in there not to have some passion-driven moment with nature and beauty, but for the sake of visiting at least one attraction of the place, so that I could tell my friends, that well, I went to Guam.

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Image Credit: wikimedia commons

When I got to the place, I was at first feeling out of place. Most of the people visiting the place were couples. Well, after all, the place translates to “Two Lovers Point” so what should I have expected?

It felt awkward at first but then, again, I didn’t mind. I was there just to check the place out, anyway.

However, when I got to view the whole pacific Ocean and Tumon beach through the deck of this wonderful place, I could not believe my eyes.

The place was a beauty unlike any, I really fell in love. I fell in love with Guam, through Puntan Dos Amantes.

At 368 feet from the reefs down below, I embraced the gush of the wind and savoured the most relaxing and invigorating sight I have ever seen in my entire life. The mountainous volcanic views, the clear sea of blue and green, luscious green tress, and the fresh air, all brought me to a different world.

It was a sight that made me forgot all the couples around me, and me standing alone. This is because I did not feel alone that moment. I had the view and the majestic beauty of nature to accompany me.

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It may all seem surreal but if you go and visit this place for yourself, bringing along someone you love, you can be sure that the view and the whole aura of the place will make you cry a happy tear.

I spent the entire afternoon just sitting on the deck, admiring a beauty I never imagined I will ever see, in my entire life.

As I think about my life, that moment, I made a promise to myself that I will always come back to this place, and discover more beauty of nature that it has to offer. I have never been so moved in my entire life, and I know that I want to keep that feeling because it helps me think about life and it helps me value what I have become so far.

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