I Have Returned

Seventy-three ago today, Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, “I have returned.”

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Below is an excerpt from “BAHALA NA (Come What May”:

“On October 20, 1944, MacArthur landed in Leyte, fulfilling his promise to the Filipino people by wading ashore at Leyte, but the evening before the Leyte landing, MacArthur spoke through a radio transmitter announcing . . .

“People of the Philippines, I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil. . . Rally to me! Let the indomitable spirit of Bataan and Corregidor lead. . . The guidance of divine God points the way. Follow in His name to the Holy Grail of righteous victory!”

MacArthur, wearing his field marshal’s cap, sunglasses and freshly pressed khakis wanted to land on the beach but ran aground in the shallows while still 100 yards from the beach. The commander of the craft could not bring the landing craft in any closer and so an irritated MacArthur accompanied by President Osmeña and their staffs had to wade ashore. It became one of the most famous images of World War II. Upon seeing the newsreels of his landing, MacArthur was so stirred by the picture that he ordered his staff to arrange for all subsequent island landings to begin offshore so he could walk through knee-deep water onto the beach.”

 

Until Next time. Stop and Smell the Roses.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

 

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I shall return

Gen. Douglas MacArthur fulfilled his promise to the Filipino people that he shall return to liberate them from the Japanese on October 20, 1944.

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Excerpts from BAHALA NA (Come What May)

 

On October 20, 1944, MacArthur landed in Leyte, fulfilling his promise to the Filipino people by wading ashore at Leyte, but the evening before the Leyte landing, MacArthur spoke through a radio transmitter announcing . . .

“People of the Philippines, I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God, our forces stand again on Philippine soil . . . Rally to me! Let the indomitable spirit of Bataan and Corregidor lead . . . The guidance of divine God points the way. Follow in His name to the Holy Grail of righteous victory!”

 

MacArthur, wearing his field marshal’s cap, sunglasses and freshly pressed khakis wanted to land on the beach but ran aground in the shallows while still 100 years from the beach. The commander of the craft could not bring the landing craft in any closer and so an irritated MacArthur accompanied by President Osmena and their staffs had to wade shore. It became one of the most famous images of World War II. Upon seeing the newsreels of his landing, MacArthur was so stirred by the picture that he ordered his staff to arrange for all subsequent island landings to begin offshore so he could walk through knee-deep water onto the beach.

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda, The Rose Lady

Rosalinda R. Morgan

Author – BAHALA NA (Come What May)

 

 

Are you prepared for Hurricane Matthew?

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We have a day left before Hurricane Matthew hit town. There is a bit of anxiety there because I have never been in a hurricane condition before. Blizzard? Plenty of time. I lived in New York for 40 years before we moved to Charleston in 2011.

When I first heard about the Hurricane Matthew, I was amused because both my husband and my son are named Matthew. My father is Mateo which is the Spanish word for Matthew. Being a namesake of those dearest to me, I hope and pray Hurricane Matthew will move east of us and spare us.

We have been doing preparation since Tuesday. We finally finished boarding the windows yesterday except those on the third floor. It’s much too high and we figured projectiles will not reach them. Keeping my fingers crossed.

We took my Amalfi porch bench inside the house. Plants were taken in the back patio which is a protected area except for a Jasmine plant which has grown so tall and keep on tumbling so I took it inside. A lizard must be hiding in one of the leaves because I saw it crawling into the powder room last night so I picked it up with a napkin and threw it outside the front door.

We would have evacuated except for the fact that my husband is on home dialysis and that means loading boxes of dialysis supplies in the car and we don’t even know how long we’ll be away so we opted to stay put.

We have food and water. Canned goods and charcoal in case we have to use the grill. Both our cars have full tank of gas.

I’m sure we’ll have power outages. We have flashlights and cellphones are constantly charging. Worst scenario, we’ll plug them in the car. And talking of outages, we can do manual dialysis instead of using the machine. It’s really my biggest worry – my husband’s dialysis. I was also advised to put him on emergency renal diet meaning less food and fuel intake because without his full dialysis treatment, his body cannot function properly. Still the diet has protein in the form of peanut butter but less portion of meat.

So we brace ourselves. BAHALA NA!!!

Bahala Na means leave it to God in Filipino. Ironically, it is the title of one of my books.

 

Until next time. Stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda, The Rose Lady

Author and Garden Writer

www.rosalindarmorgan.com

BAHALA NA (Come What May) on sale now

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Download your SALE copy (Kindle) today for 99 cents! Limited time offer ends Sunday, June 5, 2016. BAHALA NA (Come What May) – A World War II Story of Love, Faith, Determination, Courage and Survival is dedicated to men and women of the armed forces. As WWII spreads into the Pacific, Benjamin is stranded in a faraway place and has to find a way to go home. Bahala Na is a dictum that he finds comforting in time of trouble.

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BAHALA NA (Come What May) -Limited Time Offer

In remembrance of Memorial Day, I’m offering Kindle copy of “BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY)” for $0.99 for a limited time only, beginning today, Sunday, May 29 and ends Sunday, June 5. BAHALA NA (Come What May) is a gripping tale of WWII based on actual events that happened in the Philippines. At the same time Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, they were also bombing the Philippines. BAHALA NA (Come What May) is based on my father’s life during WWII. “Bahala na” “Leave it to God” is a Filipino motto that sustains the Filipinos in times of trouble.

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Here is your chance to know about the other Pearl Harbor on the other side of the world. The book is dedicated to the men and women of the armed forces.
So take advantage of the discounted price at http://www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan. It is also available in paperback. A great present for history buffs!

Other books by Rosalinda:

The Iron Butterfly

The Wentworth Legacy – Release Date, Aug. 20, 2016, available as Pre-order on Amazon.

April 9, 1942 – The Fall of Bataan

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Seventy-four years ago on April 9, 1942, 76,000 men squeezed onto the tip of Bataan peninsula officially surrendered to the Japanese. They were without food or ammunition, and malaria and dysentery were widespread. They were forced to begin marching up the peninsula which survivors later aptly named the notorious “Bataan Death March”. Many more than a thousand deaths awaited the surrendering forces as the Japanese marched them off to a prison camp. The four-day, sixty-three-mile march in ninety-five degree weather would not have been difficult for well-nourished soldiers; but for malaria-ridden, ill-fed troops, the march was brutal. The Japanese killed many prisoners who were unable to move forward. It has been estimated that upwards of 10,000 died along the way from exhaustion or atrocious brutality imposed by their Japanese captors. The suffering survivors were herded into boxcars in San Fernando in the province of Pampanga and taken to an internment camp at Capas in the province of Tarlac. Upon reaching the prison camp, untold more thousands perished for lack of food, water and medical supplies.

Let’s remember those fallen soldiers today for their ultimate sacrifice to have our freedom today. As an author of WWII book, “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, I salute those men and women who died to make us free.

I’m discounting the price of my book “BAHALA NA (Come What May)”, a story of love, faith, courage, determination and survival during WWII based on my parent’s life before and during the war so people can have an idea of what life was during those times. The book will be discounted in a day or so. Check it out at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.

 

Special Offer of BAHALA NA (Come What May) to end Dec. 31, 2015

Kindle copy of “Bahala Na (Come What May)” at a discount price of $.99 will end soon. Special Offer ends in 4 days on Dec. 31, 2015. Get your copy today at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan before the price goes up again.

BAHALA_NA_(Come_What_Cover_for_Kindle (2) A great winter read for history buffs! BAHALA NA (COME WHAT MAY)– a novel about WWII in the Pacific based on actual events but never mentioned in history books. At the same time Japanese was bombing Pearl Harbor, another Pearl Harbor was happening on the other side of the world. Based on interviews from those who witnessed the war, BAHALA NA (Come What May) is a gripping tale of one family who was in the midst of WWII, a few years before it started till the war ended.

 

Until next time, stop and smell the roses.

Rosalinda

 

Rosalinda Morgan 

Author and Garden Writer

The Iron Butterfly

BAHALA NA (Come What May)

Get your copy today at www.amazon.com/author/rosalindarmorgan.