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Japanese Cannons in Piti

Monday, June 07, 2010

Today I took three of my grands to Piti and Agat to view some of the WWII artifacts. If you go to the Piti Mayor’s office on the left is the Catholic Church and next to it is the Community Center. Take the gravel/grass road next to the center and park near the sign that gives information about the gun site.

It is a bit of a climb with steps part of the way up the hillside/cliff to where the cannons are. There are some other large war pieces that you can see near the first gun. I did not walk over to that part but the girls did. There are a lot of leaves from the Mahogany trees on the ground which are slippery and could be dangerous if wet. I wish I had had a tall sturdy walking stick for balance. (I plan to get one!) The girls were fine.

These cannons were taken up there using coconut trunks and Chamorro labor to put them in. They were never used because the invasion occurred to fast but would have done a lot of damage if they had been used.

After Piti we went to the Memorial in Agat and climbed all over the hill and Pill Boxes there as well as played along the stream and ocean edge. This site was used against the American’s and did a lot of damage to our men.

With Liberation Day coming July 21, these would be a couple of sites to see and remember that freedom is not free, someone pays for it.

I am giving a lot of details hoping that those who live here might want to check out the sites.

Jane

  
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GOANNA2 6/12/2010 6:36AM

    Hi Jane,
Are you still in Guam or have you gone to the States. Whaterver you are doing, I hhope you are keeping well.

Just wanted to say I love reading your blogs and to thank you fo r giving me encouragement on my activity feed.
Have a great weekend
Hugs
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SUNSHINE65 6/10/2010 11:52PM

    HI JANE. Remembering visiting these sites. Once had a statesider with us and she was extremely sensitive to the people who died at the pill boxes and couldn't go near them. That was moving!
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KLASSIE 6/8/2010 1:29PM

    Thanks for the information. I don't live in Guam but I was able to picture your expedition through your description. It's so wonderful that you're exposing your grandchildren to such important information. Hopefully I'll be able to do the same with mine. Thanks again.

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PLAYBLUES22 6/8/2010 9:32AM

    emoticonSweetie, it is like being on a field trip with your blogs emoticon

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COOLMAMA11 6/8/2010 7:26AM

    emoticon Jane, your blogs are always so informative! Lucky Gran kids to have a Grandmother that educates them , and takes the time to be with them....
All the best to you Jane!

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CARMEL466 6/8/2010 5:54AM

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 6/8/2010 12:14AM

    I appreciate your information so much. Sadly, I'm quite ignorant of the role of Guam during the war, and you're encouraging me to learn.

Laurie

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KARRYB1 6/7/2010 11:31PM

    The girls are very lucky to have such a well informed tour guide.
Wish I was there to see the sites.

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KARENTOO2 6/7/2010 11:25PM

    Thx, Jane, for this description. It reminds me of my father who was on Okinawa and some of the pictures he sent back. I was just a toddler at the time so it's only later that I came to understand what was going on back then. It is always fascinating to touch history...
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Talofofo Waterfalls

Friday, June 04, 2010

I took my grands to the Talofofo Waterfalls today. We are doing field trips or being tourist each week until I go to the states and then hopefully before school starts for them. I was a tour guide many years ago and an elementary teacher and enjoy telling others about our beautiful island.

We left Mangilao and went through Yona into Ipan. As you are leaving Ipan if you look up at the end of the cliff you can see the turtle touching noses with the hound. It is a natural configuration that is fun to find and point out.

At the top of the hill we stopped and checked out Talofofo Bay and some pictures were taken. My camera is broken so the grands were taking the pictures. We had a rain cloud breeze in so did not stay very long as no one wanted to get wet and then sit in a cold car. At the bottom of the hill we stopped to check out the Talofofo River Cruise schedule as that is one of the trips we will be taking.

We arrived in Malojloj and turned down the road to Talofofo Falls Park which is in Dan Dan where the old Satellite Tracking Station was. The park is very commercialized but also much easier to access than when I first arrived on Guam and had to walk up the river from Talofofo Bay.

If you can show a Guam drivers licence the cost is $12. for adults and $6. for children under 11 of which I had three. There is a gondola from near the entrance down to the falls and then a walk around the falls which the girls had no trouble with. Grandma (me) was careful to hang on to the railing while going up and down the "stairs" and then there were the rope bridges to cross. Oh boy, the girls hopped across to make them bounce. I waited until they were across and then carefully walked. They were patient.

There is a small souvenir shop with cold drinks and we each got something because we were hot and sweaty. Then we went through their "walk through time" room that showed what someone thought happened in ancient times through to modern. Explain to 10 year olds that all people enslaved others through out history, not just the white man against others. Then came the Japanese occupation... One of my grands is half Japanese. War is not good, people in war can be very bad, it makes no difference what you skin color is.

We then walked to Yokoi's cave. This Japanese soldier hid out in the jungle from 1944 to 1972 when he was finally captured and returned to Japan as a hero. He had not been sure the war was over and was afraid of what might happen to himself.

Yes, I walked all the way to the cave and back. We could have taken their "train" but choose not to. The sign said 150 meters. It had to be much longer than that because I know how long a 100 meter pool is. We got back to the gondola went up to the top. The teen went into the haunted house and the other girls rode the big swing that really lifts off the ground.

We had a late lunch at Jeff's Pirates Cove. They have Greek food available for those who want to eat wisely.

Anyway it was a great trip well worth taking.

Those of you on island if you have not gone to the falls go it is well worth your time and money.

Jane

  
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PENNYAN45 6/7/2010 11:02PM

    It sounds as if you gave your grandchildren a great tour - and history lesson as well. Thanks for sharing it with us. Congratulations on all that walking -- especially across that wobbly bridge that the kids like to bounce on. (Just don't look down, right?) It sounds as if you were a very game grandmother!

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LITTLE_DEBBIE 6/7/2010 9:00PM

    Thanks for the tip about entering the park with a Guam DL for a discount. When we first arrived, we drove out there, but if I remember correctly, the normal cost is about $30/person. We'll have to check it out before the rains descend! emoticon
Hope you're feeling 100% before you head off island. Hugs, Debbie

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CLAVINOVA 6/5/2010 9:11AM

    Wonderful Jane - if I was there I would love to go with you!! Glad you had such a great day with your grandchildren - have a wonderful weekend.

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GOANNA2 6/4/2010 7:14PM

    You say it so beautifully and I always feel like I
am on the trip with you.

What a wonderful way to enjoy the grandchildren.
Have a great weekend.

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KARRYB1 6/4/2010 9:33AM

    I felt like I was traveling along with you.
It sounds so interesting and what a wonderful education for the kids. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JOANNS4 6/4/2010 9:08AM

    Jane, what a wonderful trip. Such an interesting walk (hike) and you were able to do all that walking. I'm going to check out the greek food places here and also recipes. You are an inspiration!

Hugs,
Jo Ann
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PLAYBLUES22 6/4/2010 7:58AM

    Love going on these adventures with you

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COOLMAMA11 6/4/2010 7:40AM

    Jane, I wish I had been there, sounds absolutely wonderful! You described it so well, almost felt like I was there!

Have a great week end!

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Doctor, Doctor, Am I Sick?

Monday, May 24, 2010

I have had a sore throat and cough for over three weeks. One doctor gave me something for my cough which really did not help. Another thought it might be allergies and gave me a nasal spray. Today I was given an antibiotic and exrays to check my lungs. The problem has been in the throat and does not seem to be in the lungs at all but the doctor wants to be sure.

The scary thing is at night I will wake up unable to get a breath. The first time it happened I was not sure if I was going to die. After gasping a few times what ever was in the way of my air passage broke loose and I was able to breath again. This has happened several times and was one of the reasons I saw the doctor a week ago. It does not happen every night but...

Also, not sure how much my thyroid is affecting this because it causes my body temperature to be out of whack. Often times it will be 97.6 in the morning and then 99.6 in the afternoon. It was 99.3 when I went in for my appointment so after I mentioned this doctor said, "Oh, its not fever related then." and I told her, no. I also told her I had been up early and already had taken a nap today. (My appointment with her was at 12:30 so go figure.)

Anyway I am going to survive and I hope feel better soon.

Jane on Guam

  
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NONNIE002 6/6/2010 10:05AM

    I haven't been on Spark People in awhile. Just read this, so I hope you are feeling a little better now! I just went for Cardiac Clearance for a hysterectomy on 6/14. One of the things the cardiologist mentioned was being tested for sleep apnea (this surprised me!) because of my exhaustion during the day. Part of sleep apnea is waking up, unable to breathe! My husband will graduate as a respiratory therapist next weekend, and he confirmed this. I also greatly appreciated the other gal's comment on sleep apnea and hypothyroid being linked...something I never knew! I am also hypothyroid.

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LEAN-N-LEXY 5/27/2010 11:08AM

    I know I read last night that apnea can be a hypothyroid issue (checking my own weirdnesses against a symptom list).
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GOANNA2 5/26/2010 4:42PM

    Jane, I know how scary it is when you can't breathe.

Hope you are better soon
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JOANNS4 5/24/2010 10:25PM

    I hope you find out what the problem is. Not being able to breath can be so scary. Keep on looking into it. I'm praying you find out soon what it is. My oldest son has sleep apnea and uses a breathing machine at night or he loses his breath.
Good luck and take care.

Jo Ann


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PENNYAN45 5/24/2010 9:39PM

    I hope everything works out - and you are feeling well again soon.

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COOLMAMA11 5/24/2010 6:04PM

    Get well soon Jane, don't let the Drs. bambozzle you, get to the root of the problem!

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KATIEWELL 5/24/2010 3:18PM

    Hope you feel better soon and that cough goes away also.
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Maybe the flowers will help you stay cheery.

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KARRYB1 5/24/2010 11:57AM

    Keep on the doctors until you feel like the issue is resolved. Don't let them pacify you . You deserve to know exactly what is wrong . Hope you get well soon.

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PLAYBLUES22 5/24/2010 8:43AM

    Hope you find out exactly what is wrong and get it taken care of immediately.

That would scare the heck out of me

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GRAYGRANNY 5/24/2010 7:58AM

    Oh Jane that sounded scary.....hopefully you will find out what is wrong and can be taken care of soon. You rest my friend and will keep a check on you emoticon

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SUSANAT2 5/24/2010 7:52AM

    I hate when you have something medical going on and the docs can't figure it out...hope you feel better soon emoticon

I'm glad your docs are supportive...I hope you feel better soon....

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CARMEL466 5/24/2010 5:17AM

    Waking up like that must have been so scary. I hope you are feeling better soon. Saying some prayers for you. Take care of yourself.

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ONE6OH 5/24/2010 4:44AM

    I hope you feel better soon. Take care.

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Guam Changes From 1964 to Present

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This is in answer to some questions I have been asked. If you have more questions let me know.

I came to Guam in August of 1964. At that time Marine Drive, now Marine Corps. Drive, was a two lane road from Naval Station to Andersen Air Force Base. It is now a five lane highway. There was one stop light on the island. Only a few years before the road had been extended all the way around the island. People use to have to go from Merizo to Umatac via Agana.

We did have television that aired shows a week late that were taped in California and shipped over. If the mail system failed then they came in two weeks later. There was two TV stations, one commercial and the public broadcasting. Now we have several commercial stations and the public with cable available through out the island as long as the power is on.

We still have villages instead of towns although I would say Dededo is really a city and some of the other villages probably are also.

Agana, the capital is now Hagatna, with Adalupe Elementary now used for the Governor and staff instead of the government building across from the old police station which is now the “lock up” with most of the police offices elsewhere.

There were no hotels in Tumon when I came. I watched the first ones built. Now there are a lot and some very nice parks around them.

  
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KARENTOO2 5/24/2010 12:13PM

    Hope and trust you'll get to the bottom of this quickly! emoticon

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KARENTOO2 5/18/2010 1:57PM

    I was in Guam in 1963 for a couple of hours, refueling C-130 on a hellish 32-hr flight in bucket seats from Tokyo to SF, returning to college after a summer w/ my parents who were stationed in Japan at the time. After landing in SF, I then had another 15 hours on the road to Eugene, OR. Wish we'd had a layover in Guam so I could've seen it the way you describe it! I enjoy your blog! emoticon

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CAROJANE 5/11/2010 10:17PM

    Jane, thanks so much for the info, it's been so long since I was there, and so much of what you mentioned sounds familiar. I remember the power going out a lot, like they would announce where it would be off in certain areas. I remember the movie theaters outside called "the wash outs". They were on Andersen. I remember the HEAT, I'm not a great lover of that part. I recall the beautiful beaches, and having to wear shoes into the water because of the coral. WE had a great time there, we were young, and did a lot of partying, and went to the restaurants and such downtown. I worked in the Playboy Shop in Agana, I suppose that's long gone. Husband went to Phillipines a lot, and we had lots of things from there. I remember the 1st McDonalds opening up right before we left, everyone thought that was the greatest! Well I could go on and on. It's sure been great sharing this with you, and a big thank you to you for sharing also. God Bless, Carolyn

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SUNSHINE65 5/11/2010 4:58PM

    Bringing back memories! We found it a little on the warm side. We didn't have air con...did put it in our bedroom finally for better sleeping. Went up to Saipan often so Bob could celebrate Eucharist with the Episcopalians and others who joined us. It seemed a little more comfortable there. I guess the ancient kings preferred Saipan too. We lived in Agat a mile from Naval Station. Our water was from a rain catching reservoir there.
Thanks, Jane, for the trip down memory lane!
Gayle

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CARMEL466 5/11/2010 2:34PM

    Thank you for sharing this information. Good to learn new things.

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MAGA99 5/11/2010 9:56AM

    WOW it most have been interesting to watch all of those changes

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WALNUT5612 5/11/2010 8:29AM

    Inquiring minds want to know.....and I was one of those inquiring minds!!!!
Thank you for sharing!



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Guam My Home!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Several of you have asked how I came to Guam. I hope this answers at least some of your questions. It may answer more than you want to know. Sorry.

I came to Guam in August ’64 to go to college for two years and then go with my eldest sister and her three teenage daughters around the world. At least that was the plan at 19 almost 20 years old. The College of Guam had gotten its four year accreditation a few years before so this was a way to fulfill my dream of becoming a teacher.

Best made plans of mice and men can soon go asunder. The second semester I was here a young man walked into the classroom of our new class. A little over a year later we married and eventually had three sons. We lived in what is now called Chuuk, Pohnpei and as well as Saipan but eventually divorced.

In ’73 I came back to Guam with my sons and enrolled in the University of Guam getting my degree in December ’75 and started teaching in the Guam Public Schools in January ’76.

One of the things that had occurred during this time was I fell in love with the islands especially Guam. I like being warm and I like the friendliness of my adopted home. Guam is an US territory so our students pledge to the American flag and there is a great deal of patriotism on the island.

I taught for over 30 years and retired. This is where I plan to stay. Two of my sons and their families are here and one son is on Saipan. Thanks to one of my sons I have been able to travel and visit siblings, nieces and nephews and cousins in Oregon and Washington where most of my family is now located. I have also been able to visit friends all over the nation.

I enjoy traveling but especially enjoy coming home.

Thanks to SP the traveling has gotten easier. One of my pluses is I no longer need the seat belt extension at least on flights from Guam.

  
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MAMISHELI53 4/11/2013 11:51AM

    Thanks for sharing! Nice to know you a little better! Shel

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    emoticon so much for sharing. emoticon

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  Thank you for sharing your story! I was curious too. emoticon

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 5/6/2010 2:00AM

    I was curious, but didn't want to be nosey and ask!! Thanks for sharing, it's a wonderful story.
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SUNSHINE65 5/6/2010 1:41AM

    Guam was a wonderful place for a mixed marriage back in the day when it was verboten stateside. I loved living among the Chamorro, Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese, Chinese (from Taiwan) and Vietnamese. It was refreshing to be a minority. Teaching at St Johns I had kids from all of these human families and enjoyed the diversity.
The only other place I have experienced this diversity was at the AT&T collection center in downtown Portland. We had a lot of young people from Portland University and I learned a lot from the interchange with them. Love you, Jane! Gayle from Gresham

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MAGA99 5/5/2010 7:55AM

    awesome thanx 4 sharing

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PLAYBLUES22 5/5/2010 6:17AM

    What a wonderful blog and a great life

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