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The 2nd Wife

My Father

After all the acknowledgement from relatives that I have never met and friends that had gather for my Fathers’ departure.  Its’ good to know that what he work for was not forgotten.  General MacArthur said  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away. And after 34 years in the military  like  General MacArthur.  He fade away his military career and start his life as a civilian.

You see I remember growing up with my father when he was in the military.  I never understood him.  It didn’t help when I’m growing up being influence by the Beatles and Woodstock.  And him fighting in Vietnam coming home to see me with long hair embracing the PEACE Movement and not supporting what he was fighting for.  If the shoe is turned around and  knowing a little about his career in the military. I would feel devastated to see one of my family against what I’m was fighting for.

We join our father in Forth Bragg NC in 1958.  Were he was assigned after coming back hone from the DMZ zone in Korea.  No sooner was he with us.  When he got the called to join the fighting in The Vietnam War. It is fortunate for us we have our Mother (Connie short for Conception) who raised us when father is fighting overseas.


I remember Mother have to work two sometimes three jobs to supplement my Fathers income. She work very hard depriving herself of personal luxury so we can attend College to improve our status in life. She was so happy when four of us completed College. She never complain. Even saddled with hard work. She has time to start the first Filipino Society in Fayetteville, NC. Thru hard times and good times Mother was there. She created wealth for my Father and introduce him to the civilian life which she know will come when he leaves the Service.  She made it all possible for my Father to enjoy the benefit of her hard work. When my mother past away. My father was so devastated. I remember him saying that he was suppose to go first. Maybe that has change my father’s behavior. It was later in his life after my Mothers past away that he say, “Don’t Worry be Happy” and also re-married to Florinda (Linda) second wife. Who do not know what my Father was like when the Family was growing up.


  The 5 Children:


Ele and Friend

Me and Rudy
























So after reading the Fayetteville Observer that read: (with their Permission granted)

After experiencing the dark evil of war, Jesus Rabano decidedto love life. Rabano, a retired Army master sergeant, died Sunday and was buried Thursday. He was 94.

Rabano survived the Bataan Death March, one of the worst atrocities in World War II. His wife, Florinda, said he became a happy person.

“He loved life,” she said. “Wherever we go, he befriends everybody.”  Mrs. Rabano said her husband told her about brutalities soldiers endured during the march in April 1942. He told her that of 250 soldiers in his group, only 100 survived.

During the 60-mile march, Japanese troops would randomly pick one of the soldiers and make him dig his own grave. They would then blindfold him, make him kneel and cut off his head, she said.

Rabano told his wife the soldiers were only given a ball of rice and a canteen of water for the trip. He believed he survived because he did not eat and drink it all immediately.

“He saved it,” she said. After the march, the soldiers who were still alive had to ride 30 more miles on a crowded train. “The boxcar was so airtight that some soldiers suffocated,” Mrs. Rabano said.

Rabano, who was in the famous Filipino Scouts unit, was released from a prisoner-of-war camp when the Philippines were liberated in 1943. He later served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Mrs. Rabano said her husband served in Fort Bragg’s 20th Engineer Battalion and helped build a bridge that was the longest in Vietnam at the time.

“He was so proud of his military service,” she said.

After retiring with more than 34 years in the Army, Rabano was a longtime civilian employee at Fort Bragg and became a leader in Fayetteville’s Filipino community. Mrs. Rabano said her husband was an architect who helped design a number of buildings in the area.

Mrs. Rabano said her husband’s two favorite sayings were “Don’t worry. Be happy,” and “Take it as it comes.”

“Those were the two things he always said to everybody, and to me, because I worry too much,” she said.

Rabano’s daughter, Esther Thompson, said she and the other children learned that their father’s strict ways prepared them for life.

“Don’t worry, Dad, we will be happy,” she said.

Another daughter, Eleanor McCroskey, said Rabano was a brave and courageous man.

“I salute you and I love you very much,” she said.

Mrs. Rabano said her husband was a survivor even during the last few days of his life.

“He was fighting for his life,” she said. “He wanted to live, but the Lord said it was time to come home.”

Staff writer Steve DeVane can be reached at or 486-3572.
                                                                                                                                    Father and Linda
After reading this article. I can say that yes. Linda the second wife heard this story from my father. But Linda did not experience the hardship that my Father my Mother experienced during World War II. The growing pains and the financial hardship involved raising 5 children while my father is fighting another WAR.
Looking back, I wish I could have learned more about my father. Knowing what I know about him. I’m very proud to be his Son. It’s to late to turn back the clock and it’s to late to Dance with my Father again. But it’s never to late to say I’m so proud to be his Son and proud to his contribution to the Country.
This is how I want to remember my Father.
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Top Chef Dinner with Railhouse BEER!

It’s not everyday you get invited for dinner with to find out that a “Top Chef” contestant will be cooking the food.  When I got a call, and was invited to have dinner at the “BlueMoon” downtown Fayetteville, NC.  My favorite place.  I can’t be more happier.  Yes! Yes! Of course I’ll be there.

Sunday 26, 2012 at the BlueMoon. I made sure to bring my camera with me also.  For those who are not familiar with the BlueMoon is


located in downtown Fayetteville, NC.  This an earlier picture taken in early part of   the day.

The Dinner was held in the evening.  Dinner Course for the Evening.

1st. Butter Lettuce Salad/ pickled Carolina Shrimp with Green Goddess dressing.

2nd. Poached Egg/creamy polenta, local greens and country sausage.

3rd. Fried Chicken n Fixins/crispy brussel sprouts, homemade hot sauce.

4th. Sweets/ Buttermilk Panna Cotta/clementine preserve’s, chocolate cake.

Business Card

Shrimp n Greens

Poached Egg

Fried Chicken n Fixing

Buttermilk Panna Cotta

OK! the food of course was fantastic.  The preparation was tense. I like tense and Lindsay did a fantastic job at it. I meet Lindsay about 4years ago when she cook for my Uncle at his house.  She was just getting into cooking and I did not think much of it that she has bigger exasperation for herself as a cook.  She was actually in a TV show from BRAVO “Top Chef”.  She got to the final three contestant but was voted out by another contestant. I think it can go either way. Her exposure on the show will certainly be a positive step for her in her career as a Top Chef.  Below is Lindsay doing her magic in the Kitchen.


Linsay doing her Magic

Lindsay glad that was done.

"Hi Five another successful meal."

BlueMoon Staff and Owner with Lindsay as Guest Chef

The dinner was FANTASTIC. Everybody was smiling. Thanks’ to Lindsay it was a memorable dinner. As it turn out, the evening was a double treat. There also was a Master Brewery from Aberdeen who brought the refreshments with them. I love micro BREE.

I sample some of the beers they brought with them. Pale Ale was first but the best one for the evening was the Brown Ale and like it so much that I bought a six pack all the guess bought some to. How it looks:)

Brwon Ale (Rail House Brewery)

I also talk to Mike who is the master Brewery for Rail House Brewery in Aberdeen.  Very nice guy, easy to talk to and gave me some tips if I want to make my own Beer. With him is his partner Brian E. who’s in charge of promotion.

Master Brewery (Rail House Brewery)

Brian E. Rail House Brewery

Well it was fun for me to eat and drink. Will do more of this. Don’t know if having a celebrity will be doing the cooking for the next time around. But overall worth it. By the way I took this picture with my Nikon 700D using a 24-75mm Lens/AF 2.5. I used no FLASH when taking this shot indoors and outdoors. Auto Program settings except for the Blue Moon that was taken in broad daylight. I used a Panasonic with that one. OK! Thanks for looking.

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Sunrise thru the Market House: Fayetteville NC

With a shift of the earth or something that I can’t explain. One can see the Sun Rise at the Downtown Market House in Fayetteville, NC. This phenomena happens twice a year. Once in January and in November.

I read about it on the Fayetteville Observer. But since I leave in town, I was not motivated enough to drag myself early in the morning and take pictures of it. Well this time, I decided to go downtown and take a picture of the Sunrise going thru Fayetteville Market House. I am so glad I did.

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