During summer, many teens will have time to try something new. After venturing to new territories, The Scoop reporters shared their insights.

Book buying

It feels like a needle popping your bubble of delight when you realize that your favorite books cost $15 or sometimes as much as $30. Last summer in San Francisco, California, and New Orleans, Louisiana, Vicente and I went shopping. Comparing thrift stores in the U.S. mainland with those on Guam, we were shocked with prices as we barely saw anything higher than $20.

My main focus was searching for books to quench my thirst for knowledge. As an aspiring writer, I was enthralled to grab a copy of “First Draft in 30 Days.” Two business books I found were “Selling: The Profession — Focusing on Building Relationships” and “Sociology.” I had been looking for self-improvement books to cleanse my mind and to learn from experienced people who have a more profound sense of life. These books will benefit not only my personality but also my conscience on impulse shopping. One dollar a book was worth it!

Vicente and I found happiness in buying items that will have a positive impact on others. Knowing that the money we spent will be directed to a specific cause opened a vision of the massive smiles of people we’ve helped.

(Ron Rocky Coloma/The Scoop)


Thrift shopping

Traveling along Marine Corps Drive, Ron and I noticed deals at local thrift stores. Our first stop was Hidden Treasures in Tamuning.

As we walked into the establishment, we noticed a variety of items, from books to trinkets.

Two light-toned wooden boxes caught my attention right away as I hoped to repurpose and use them on my desk.

Next, we went to Salvation Army in Tamuning. The little shop has a huge selection of clothing and household items.

Walking through the rows of items, Ron and I realized how ridiculous it is to always buy products at retail prices when quality items with affordable prices are available.

Thrift shopping gives people a chance not only to save but also to repurpose items by using their imagination.

(Vicente Blas Taijeron/The Scoop)


Setting up photo shoots

As a teenager, I realized that I can have my own mini-photoshoots at different locations around the island with my friends and family using only my phone and natural lighting.

My first step in trying photo shoots was to figure out my own aesthetics. I had to find what appeals to me on and off social media. I did this to plan what I wanted my pictures and edits to encapsulate.

After laying out some of my aesthetics, I decided where to go for the shoot. This was one of the hardest parts to do since there are so many beautiful spots around the island.

I wanted to go to places that were easily accessible as well as locations that were special and Instagram-worthy.

For the first location, I went to Lotte Hotel Guam, which overlooks Tumon Bay. Over there, I found hidden gems that had very cute backgrounds.

As for the second location, the grassy area right next to Hilton Guam Resort and Spa in Tumon was the perfect fit. A friend and I captured the sun setting in our pictures.

During this whole process, I gained insights into this new thing I tried. I learned that taking photos in public can be super awkward! People will always be around. It’ll be helpful to have a close friend or relative who won’t mind making the experience less awkward by hyping you up.

(Julianna Cabello/ The Scoop)


Whether shopping at thrift stores or taking photos around the island, teens can try numerous fun activities. All it takes is a creative mind and a key to unlock the hidden treasures that life stores.

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