Tag Archives: Expat living

All the best for 2018!

Wishing you calm seas and big catches for the new year!

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Asian Santa

Sure works hard.  However you celebrate, happy hols!

Japanese Karee raisu

..with a twist!  Thank you very much Mr. W for the nuclear-hot chillies!

Eating this dish I actually started to partly see through time, whilst the memsahib became worried enough to ask me if I was okay.  And I have put a roll of toilet paper in the fridge, of course.

Serious charcuterie

…from Sardigna!  Thank you very much regular blog visitor Mr. VS (the kindness of various readers of my blog is amazing…thank you all).  About half the fermented sausage was already consumed by the time I remembered to take a photo….

 

Trafalgar Day taraba

(slightly old photo but…)

trafalgar day tarabagani

Tropical squalls in the offing

but we don’t care, with a cooler full of wahoo, as the hoist says! On returning to Hagåtña, the incredibly relaxed captain prepared the best sashimi you could ever eat south of the tropic line:

Sent down with some local Guam beer and amazingly, Kikkoman shoyu and genuine wasabi, it was not bad!  There were no stingrays or teenaged girls in miniscule bikinis this time.

I could get used to this kind of fishing, in a private sea (not a single other sport fishing vessel, or indeed any ship of any kind, in sight) and Chamorro hospitality!

Many thanks again to Captain Ray, Louis and Jamie, of the Island Girl, sailing from Hagåtña Boat Basin.  I can’t wait to go back again!

America!

It has been about 20 years since I last went pistol shooting, somewhere in Florida: shot the Glock 17, which had recently come out to take the world by storm, and the Beretta 92 that had just been adopted by the US Army to replace the 1911.  I think I had a go on a .38 Special revolver as well.  The M92 was the least impressive, malfunctioning after two shots (FTE) despite the range officer singing its praise.  Well, Guam being America I had another go: an aged CZ75B (a thing of beauty), M1911A1, Walther PPQ and a Smith & Wesson Model 686 revolver in .357 Magnum.  I am not a drooling gun nut, but in my opinion shooting the .357 Magnum was about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.  And when the target came back, it looks like I still have the knack!  I know it is not a particularly impressive group, but this was shooting .357 Magnum (Federal 158 grain JSP) for the first time in my life, at 20 yards, and 13 out of 18 rounds are 9, 10 or bull.

18 rounds of .357 Magnum at 20 yards