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Thursday, April 5, 2018

SAKURA 2018: Day 2--Guam

From Aloha Diamond Head:


To Hafa Adai Guam:


Antonio Won Pat International Airport looks better than Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.  Must be Department of Defense funding, but Andersen Air Force Base is more than ten miles away and not connected, unlike the combo in Honolulu.

I arrived at sunset:


The Westin Resort Guam is shaped like a cruise ship with 21 floors:


I got a suite that is the best hotel room I've had in a long time, maybe ever.  About three times the size of my 15 Craigside apartment, even the bathroom looks good:


Across the beach is the Nikko:


I had dinner at Taste:


The buffet was impressive:


I did not show the enormous shrimp, dessert and fruits section.  All the above cost $50, which was okay, but I have a crustacean allergy so missed out on them.  There are these cards on the table that you place on the plate of your meats and shellfish, for they then grill the assortment for you and deliver to your table the finished dish.  Unfortunately, I must have placed a well-done card for mine, so the flat iron and New York steaks were really tough.

The next morning I returned for a breakfast buffet which was as large as the assortment for dinner, focusing on Guamanian, Japanese and Korean foods.  This was my meal:


That glass next to the orange juice was blueberry juice, the first time I've ever had that option.

While this posting is long enough, I'll close with a special feature on my best songs from films, for I saw three of them, plus the first three episodes of The Big Bang Theory, in my seven hour ride over the Pacific.  One was Funny Face, where Audrey Hepburn sang and danced more than Fred Astaire.  Here, they do S'Wonderful.  I particularly remember her singing Moon River in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

However, #1 on most lists is Judy Garland's Over the Rainbow. Yet, for no particular reason, my most memorable is Irene Dunn's Smoke Gets in Your Eyes from Roberta also starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  She actually sang this song first in 1930, but it is the movie version that, somehow, sticks in my mind.

Four years ago I posted on my ten favorite songs all all, time and #1 was Wakare No Isochidori.  Again, I don't know why, but it brings tears to my eyes.  Sometimes it's best, I guess, to mostly forget.

Tomorrow, I fly to Japan, but again, perhaps there will again be no Cherry Blossoms, for the peak in the Tokyo area was last week.  But I have a Japan Rail Pass to go North.

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