Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sumahi's on a Boat!

Si Tata-hu, ha konne' ham para un batko gi i ma'pos na simana giya Apra ya gi oriyan Hagat.
Gof magof Si Sumahi put i hinanaon-mami, ya antes di ta li'e' i batko esta ume'essalao gui' na "Malago yu' manli'e' batko!"

Annai manestaba ham gi i batko, manmanli'e' tuninos, ya manmangonne' ham guihan lokkue'.

Gof ya-na Si Sumahi chumocho guihan, lao annai ha li'e' i kinenne'-mami, hu faisen gui' "kao malago hao kumanno' este." Ilek-na "ahe'."

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sumahi Riding a Karabao

The first karabao that Sumahi ever rode was Mr. Tedtaotao's karabao at Fort Soledad in Umatac. This is Sumahi visiting Fort Soledad again two years later to ride the same karabao.

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Tano' i Manmachalek Siha

Sumahi enjoys it when I read to her the book Where the Wild Things Are.

I read it to her in Chamorro and add my own commentary. At first she hated it when I would speak in Chamorro while reading it, because she knew that since it was a book it was statistically more likely to be in the English language. But now she's gotten used to it and she talks along with me as I read.

She likes to comment on the feet of the wild things. She says, "atan este na machalek na bikilo'. Ti patas bikilo' gui', patas nganga!."

Saturday, October 30, 2010

"Sumahi" Sounds Japanese

I hear times and times again that people say "Sumahi" sounds like a Japanese name. So I went to look for a combination of words that "Sumahi" might means. I first tried "Su" and "Mahi" as different charactor, but there were no character for just "Su" and "Mahi" means to numb. Then I tried "Suma" and "Hi" and what I come up is this:

須磨 (Suma) a Japanese family name
緋 (Hi) scarlet, crimson

And the individual character for 須磨 means this:

須 (Su) Neccessary
磨 (Ma) Polish, grind

Friday, October 29, 2010

Estague Yu' Munanangga Hao

Akli'e's current favorite song on Youtube.

For some reason he gets into a trance and gets happy everytime I show this to him.

Comes in handy when he's angry and crying.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sumahi Matan Model Siha

Kada nai na bai fanlitratu gi as Sumahi, ilek-na, "nangga ya bei na'grabu yu'." Annai ha faisen yu' hafa mafana'an i klasin matan na fihu i models siha ma u'usa gi litratun-niha, ilek-hu na "kalang grabu i matan-niha."

Desde ayu, Si Sumahi, fihu ha tago' yu' "na'grabu i mata-mu!"

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Last Song

Sumahi's current favorite song on Youtube comes from the Youtube creator Dave Days. There are a number of different reasons why she likes it so much, from the ice cream being thrown against the wall to the presence of large "papet palao'an" or paper woman in the video. She has also started to develop a love for Miley Cyrus videos on Youtube and so for those who know the lore of the site, one of the things which shot Dave Days to fame and Youtube fortune was his parodies of Miley Cyrus songs and videos. He would use a cardboard cutout (hence "papet palao'an") of her in in his videos, which he would both love and be tormented by. In this video, the "Last Song" Dave Davys finally gets to meet the "magahet na palao'an" the "real woman."

The video itself and the lyrics are below. If you catch her at the right moment you can actually hear her singing parts of the song (both in English and sometimes in Chamorro, because when I watch it with her I translate it into Chamorro when I'm singing along).

This has been going on
Each second i look you're gone
You're not calling
It's time for me to move on
My friends were right all along
You keep falling away

Giving ups not easy
Its hard enough just saying

As much as i make believe
You're not really here with me
What was i thinking from the beginning
You didn't care at all

So here's your last song

I can leave it all behind
Or take another chance to find you
No where in sight
Going to the movies alone
Every scene that's shown
Reminds me of you

Giving ups not easy
Its hard enough just saying

As much as i make believe
You're not really here with me
What was i thinking from the beginning
You didn't care at all
All that's left are the memories
Constantly haunting me
I'm giving up it's time to grow up
You're not around and we're not in love

Laying around in around in this hotel room
Too much to think about nothing to do
She's not coming back she's not coming back

As much as i make believe
Something in side of me
Has got me hoping got me thinking
Who am i to assume

This love is crazy
Unpredictable maybe
You'll melt my heart like you did from the start
All over again like it's not the end

So here's your last song

Yeah we made it out
Yeah we made it out
Yeah we made it out
Yeah we made it out

Monday, July 19, 2010


Onse meses - 11 months

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Sumahi asked me to draw her a dolphin and so this is what we came up with.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Akli'e' Gets Political

Well technically, Akli'e' is already political since he's been to countless organizing meetings on Guam and two protests as well. This picture of Akli'e' was taken outside the Department of Public Health during a protest of support for a local veterinarian who is arguing that the government board which is in charge of the local animal health industry, is trying to put him out of busy in order to protect the business interests of certain board members (who have their own facilities).

Akli'e' is here pictured with Chelsa Muna-Brecht, a staffer for Senator Tina Muna Barnes' office.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Big Daddy Bevacqua and Nene Girl Sumahi

One of my Guam History students wrote this short story, as a gift to me and Sumahi. For those who have seen the movie Kick Ass or read the comic its based on, some of the names might be familiar.


The Story of Big Daddy Bevacqua and Hit Girl Sumåhi

One normal day on the beautiful island of Guam, Big Daddy Bevacqua was tending to his breadfruit tree, while Nene Girl Sumåhi was picking up mango for her legendary smoothies at Sumåhi’s Smoothie Shop. All was fine and dandy until Nay V came to steal Big Daddy and Sumåhi’s breadfruit and mango. Nay V was tricky and brought mustard gas but no hotdogs!

Moments later Big Daddy B and Nene Girl Sumåhi awoke to a barren mango tree and fruitless breadfruit tree and oddly enough both craving hotdogs…Meanwhile back at Base Exchange Nay V brings the spoils of the recent raid to his Boss Uncle Sam. “Finally! Now make me my breadfruit chips and mango smoothies slaves!!!” The Pilipino caterers got to work immediately.

Back at the ranch Big Daddy Bevacqua and Nene Girl Sumåhi prepare to meet Uncle Sam head-on at the Base Exchange. Big Daddy Bevacqua arms himself with a sling, a pouch full of pugua’ and homework assignments. Nene Girl Sumåhi is sporting a beautiful pair of fresh bone daggers and tons of Candy. Big Daddy B and Nene Girl Sumåhi arrive at the Base Exchange only to be told they need to get a guest pass at the visitor’s office, so they turn their karabao around and head to the visitor’s office. Once the task was completed Big Daddy Bevacqua and Nene Girl Sumåhi continued to the infamous Base Exchange. Nay V arrives, “So you finally decided to show up?” Sumåhi begins by throwing candy on the ground behind Nay V, while Big Daddy Bevacqua slings a pugua’ straight to Nay V’s forehead. Nay V stumbles back slipping on the candy and begins to fall. Nene Girl Sumåhi slides underneath Nay V with daggers up…Needless to say Nay V ended up dead and covered in homework. Big Daddy B and Nene Girl Sumåhi enter the Base Exchange only to find that Uncle Sam had already fled, so they gather up all the chips and smoothies and head home after another hard day of fighting the US Empire.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sumahi and Her Nina

At Hila'an Beach, for Sumahi's first Birthday Hike.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sumahi Driving Bumper Cars

Ha gof guaiya Si Sumahi manugon karetan totpe siha.

Lao este na guinife, ti ha na'kapapas gui' manugon kareta siha.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Bayena yan Guihan

For some reason, Sumahi really loves this video.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sumahi (Not) for Martin Benavente

There is a special election for Guam just around the corner (fa'na'an agupa').
Signs for different candidates are already appearing around the island, and mingling with those who are running in the general election in November.

In order to help prepare Sumahi for the upcoming election I decided that whenever we are driving around, and we see the political sign for a certain candidate, we would excitedly yell out his or her name. By chance, the candidate we chose was Martin Benavente, the former Mayor of Dededo and Sunshine supporter.

So now, whenever we pass one of his many signs, me and Sumahi yell out "MARTIN BENAVENTE!"

This post is in no way an endorsement of Martin Benavente for Senator, but only that its fun to hear Sumahi say his name.

Monday, February 8, 2010


Sumahi loves motorcycles.

I have no idea why, but whenever she sees one, even if its not moving, she gets excited and yells out "Botosaikot!"

Here is the picture of Sumahi's first ride on a motorcylce (well, technically kind of a scooter/motorcycle). Her auntie Angela Santos gave her the ride during the DEIS protest last November at the ITC intersection.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sumahi at the Dentist

Is this Sumahi auditioning for a role in a remake of the movie Marathon Man?

Or is this just her first trip to the dentist?