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That’ll be a Jackson, two Washingtons, and two Guams please

RSS is everywhere! I recently discovered that the Pacific Daily News (Guam’s Newspaper) syndicates it’s comments with XML feeds!

Tomorrow’s newspaper (it’s Friday on Guam, already) has an article about a vote today in the U.S. House of Representatives, reporting that the “50 State Quarters Program” is being expanded to include the District of Columbia and the U.S. Territories, the latter of which, Guam is a member!

Madeleine Bordallo, Guam’s delegate to the U.S. House says:

Continuation of the Quarter Program by minting quarters to honor Guam and our sister territories would be a good way to promote our country’s diversity and to educate Americans about our island’s history, our culture, and our island community.

You could also chat it up with your friendly, neighborhood, Guamanian, yours truly!


Uncle Joe’s Chicken Kelaguen Recipe

My Uncle Joe had a reasonably successful, family-run catering operation, doing weddings, funerals, christenings, and all sorts of other events.  For as long as I can remember, my family and I helped prepare, cook, staff, clean-up, at catering functions on the weekends.

The below is Uncle Joe’s chicken kelaguen recipe, adapted for serving around 6 people.

5 pounds of skin-on chicken thighs

2 cup of lemon juice (fresh)

1/3 cup of lemon powder (UPDATE: original recipe had 1-1/3 cups)

4 tbsp. of lime juice

4 tbsp. of salt

1 medium yellow onion, diced

2 tbsp. of diced hot red peppers

1/2 cup of diced green onions

1/2 cup of fresh grated coconut

Grill the chicken thighs, unseasoned.  Make sure they aren’t overcooked; juices should still be flowing when you pierce it with a knife or a fork.  Let it cool enough to prepare, but it should still be warm for the next steps.

Dice/cube the chicken, about 1/2-inch pieces.  You can skin the chicken if you like, but for most authentic flavor, include the skin in your diced pieces.

Combine the lemon juice, lime juice, lemon powder and salt, making sure the salt is well dissolved.  Set aside half the liquid mixture.

Pour one half of the liquid citrus mixture with the warm chicken and mix so that there is an even coating on all the chicken pieces.  Add the onions and hot pepper and mix again.  (Traditionally, we hand-mixed at this step).

Refrigerate overnight.

Add the rest of the liquid mixture to the chicken and toss/mix again.  Garnish with the coconut and green onions.

Serve cold with hot white or brown rice, wrapped in warm corn or flour tortillas, or by itself. 

You can add more or less salt to taste, and add more or less hot pepper to achieve the desired spiciness.

Hope these instructions were clear enough!  Drop a comment if you have any questions about it.

Cabbage Go!

My brother John amazes me with his uncanny ability to play with words.  One of my first memories of that was when we were going to hop in a car together and head out shopping (or something), back on Guam.

There was  no K-mart on Guam back then; it’s a recent addition to the shoreline.

“Cabbage go,” he exclaimed, emphatically.

I put on my best quizzical look and responded, “What the H-E-double-hockey sticks does that mean?” (we were young back then, afraid of the H-word).

“You know?  Lettuce go! Let…us…go.”

Pure brilliance. Yesterday, I got a gift in the mail from John with this gift-tag missive.  It was shipped from so I didn’t know right away who it was from.  The language of the gift-tag was cryptic, too.  What clued me in to the sender was the name, “Tomassie”.  That’s my neice’s nickname, John’s daughter, Tomasa.

The Organizational structure of the Frigid Northern Cardinal Extreme deem you worthy of character for an electromagnetic asset.

 — Santa – Tomassie

Loosely translated from John-ese:

Santa and his elves from the North Pole say you’re nice and deserve this gadgety present.

Merry Christmas, John, and thanks for the gift and the fond memories!  I won’t open it until Christmas Day…I promise.  😉

Welcome to K-Mart.

Did you know that Guam has the world’s biggest K-mart?  It’s not uncommon for Guamish youths to be seen cavorting in their 24/7/362 aisles after a late night of…well…cavorting.

Or, as my dad puts it, “Gallivanting”.

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