FUN  RHYME  SERIES 226: THANK YOU SO MUCH GENERAL CAROLINA

 

 

 

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[Undersecretary Ernesto G. Carolina is a retired Filipino military leader who serves in a civilian role. He is the author of the PDR Philippine Defense Reform Program at the Department of National Defense, and was also designated as the undersecretary in charge of implementing it. He also assisted the Secretary of National Defense in performing duties and exercising supervision and control over the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). USEC Carolina retired from the Philippine military with the rank of Lieutenant General in 2004. He is happily married to Ms. Aurora B. Dominguez and their marriage has been blessed with FOUR (4) children. ]

 

Thank you so much my esteemed GENERAL,

You truly are a distinguished EXEMPLAR;

You have exhibited much HUMILITY…

You’re also possessed with such pleasant PERSONALITY!

 

 

An outstanding graduate of the MILITARY ACADEMY,

Planned out a map to save our country from TRAGEDY;

Authored indeed a DEFENSE REFORM PROGRAM…

Entrusted to implement it, ‘tis indeed is not a SHAM!

 

 

In fact, the General is into assisting the DND SEC,

With respect to CIVIL DEFENSE, and that’s CORRECT;

Being a precise and accurate MATHEMATICIAN…

Let’s add up more to unity & division must be SHUNNED!

 

 

The eldest among his nine SIBLINGS,

He has made reforms in our vets’ DEALINGS;

An expert too in BUSINESS ECONOMICS…

His military career is so truly FANTASTICS!

   

You are the only MILITARY OFFICIAL,

Who has led your INFANTRY BATTALION to AWARDS, so SPECIAL;

Has been named as the BEST, 3 years in a ROW…

Your leadership qualities is really an AMAZING SHOW!

  

Thank you so much our ABLE ADMINISTRATOR,

You’ve helped much our Dad who looks like an ACTOR;

As you’re  HANDSOMER and so truly GENTEEL and so SUAVE,

You could be the LEADING MAN with Dad Max as your GUARD!

 

MARAMING SALAMAT PO SA INYONG ARUGA AT PAGSUYO!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FUN  RHYME  SERIES 225: A PICNIC BASKET FOR JILL’S AND REVIN’S WEDDING

 

 

‘Tis indeed a happy and momentous occasion,

It’s the wedding of my Kumpadre’s scion;

She is named JILL and is so JOYFUL,

I have to think of a gift that’s truly WONDERFUL!

 

 

 

Thus, I have chosen to gift them with a PICNIC BASKET…

It connotes of JOY and a wondrous TREK;

As JILL is a true FITNESS BUFF…

I hope REVIN won’t speak to her in a GRUFF!

 

 

 

What indeed this PICNIC BASKET means…

Is something that one who’ll be wed DREAMS,

PEACE and JOY in life and merriment…

Ne’er think though that such joy won’t end!

 

 

 

Life indeed is a graph of UPS and DOWNS,

There’ll be tears and playful CLOWNS…

But never ever forget that with God’s guidance,

The DOWNS will go UP; never ever feel so ASKANCE!

 

In case you’d have some SPATS, it would come; it’s TRUE…

Just think of the PICNIC BASKET, when you’re both BLUE;

And you’ll remember those JOLLY moments…

In a picnic ground with so many TENTS!

 

 

 

JILL I’m sure prepared for this WEDDING,

Even made sure that her figure is SLIM;

With those daily jogs and at times RUNNING,

JILL indeed is now an image of fitness and VIM!

 

 

 

With respect to REVIN, as I haven’t known HIM,

I just wish that you’ll truly love JILL;

Always feel that life could be sunny and at times DIM…

With divine guidance, you could avoid any CHILL!

 

 

 

 Be wary too that problems would COME,

But always be confident and feel so HANDSOME,

You’ll truly be both TESTED and even TRIED,

Feel always that you’re both still

a glad GROOM and a very gay BRIDE!

FUN  RHYME  SERIES 224: HAPPY 25th  BIRTHDAY  ANN  aka  WHITNEY ANN C. YOUNG

 [Whitney Ann who is endearingly called by the members of our clan simply as ANN, celebrated her 25th birthday at noontime today (January 5, 2019) at the La Creperie Restaurant along Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City; with her parents, siblings, her aunts and uncles and her cousins. Here is a FUN RHYME BLOwhich I wrote for her based on horoscope accounts about the zodiac sign CAPRICORN (Ann being a Capricornian and Rooster-born based on the Chinese zodiac sign) I gathered from the INTERNET. Shown in this patchwork of photos is ANN at left while at top right is a photo of the trio: From L to R – Pam, Ann’s sister-in-law and gracious wife of Woody, Ann’s older brother; Ann and Ella, who is Ann’s cousin, being the daughter of my sister, Wilma and her hubby, Ronnie, At bottom right photo are the following: From L to R – Ella, Bambi, another cousin, being the daughter of my brother Winston and his wife Rally; and Winnie, another cousin, being the daughter of my brother Wilbert and his wife Amy.] 

 

 

As a CAPRICORN born on January 5,  NINETEEN NINETY-FOUR…

You’re so ENERGETIC, HARDWORKING and one who’s so ADORED…

You’re always watchful of those tiny ERRORS,

But you’ve learned a lot from those FAMILY TOURS!

 

 

 

You’re a DETERMINED person who is so HELPFUL…

And your KINDNESS extends even to all kinds of PEOPLE,

And you love those beautiful and elegant THINGS,

But with your KINDNESS, you want to share them with other BEINGS!

 

 

 

As a ROOSTER person, you’re SKILLFUL  and BRIGHT…

You were born with much CONFIDENCE; but OVER-CONFIDENCE is a BLIGHT…

You’re also seen as CONSCIENTIOUS but  IMPATIENT…

‘Tis not good for you, as you could get sick and  turn into a PATIENT!

 

 

 

 

People with the Chinese zodiac sign of ROOSTER,

Teems with novel ideas that they can list in a ROSTER;

They are so enthusiastic about their every TASK,

They could finish their jobs as quick as a FLASH!

 

 

 

Anent your health, indeed; do take some extra PRECAUTION,

You’re seen as a WORKAHOLIC , who always wants ACTION…

The horoscope says that you could suffer from ARTHRITIS…

And please, your meals…you must never ever MISS!

 

 

 

You ought indeed to be truly PUNCTUAL…

With respect to your meals, your work and sleep, that’s NOCTURNAL…

For you’ll have stable income at an early AGE,

And abundant fortune in your adulthood is somewhat PRESAGED!

 

 

 

 

Go ahead and do travel AROUND,

Appreciate those beautiful scenery that nature has FOUND;

Avoid however parachuting and bungee JUMPING,

Those are deemed dangerous and not your kind of THING!

 

 

 

 

On this your natal day my dear ANN…

I wish to greet you with hilarious laughter and much FUN;

You have brought much joy to your vast CLAN;

I’ll pray you’ll receive your abundant fortune on a SILVER PAN!

FUN RHYME SERIES 223 – THE W STATION HOTEL IN BANGKOK, THAILAND

 

 [The W Station Hotel  is located in central Bangkok. It is  just a 5-minute walk from BTS Wongwian Yai Skytrain Station. The W Station Hotel offers easy access to both Bangkok Old Town Area and the city proper. Guests can enjoy at stylish restaurant and free WiFi. Attractions such as The Grand Palace and Bangkok City Pillar are within a 20-minute drive from the hotel. The management as well as the hotel staff are all truly courteous, amiable, jolly and so very kind.]

 

 

The W  STATION Hotel is truly a homey STATION,

As it is run by a kind Thai family with cheery DISPOSITION;

The grandma is supervising the cooking at the KITCHEN,

I really love the dish of sautéed CHICKEN!

 

 

  

At the lobby, there are lots of board GAMES,

And it’s always filled with gents and DAMES;

A play den in one nook, with a foot MASSAGER —

It relieves the stress and it works even BETTER!

 

 

 

 

The 5-storey Hotel is like a HOME,

The parents manage the hotel with a BEACON;

Always caring as though with a SONG,

Will stay here again, perhaps for LONG!

 

 

  

I had a talk with SOMCHAI SOMSUKE, the OWNER…

Well, it’s perhaps family-owned, but he’s the FATHER,

He has set a very good EXAMPLE to IMITATE;

Hey! Enterprising THAIS must take a cue from what they’ve MADE!

 

 

 

 

This  venture that the SOMSUKE family has SET,

I am sure will create a  continuing CHAIN-EFFECT;

Foreign tourists will indeed be BENEFITTED,

Tourists’ options will be expanded in their choice of BOARD and BED.

 

 

 

‘Twas told why the Hotel is named W STATION,

For it is nearest to the train JUNCTION;

It is the WONGWIAN YAI train STATION,

Placing the Hotel thereby in an accessible LOCATION!

 

 

The JACK DIAMOND Bar & BISTRO,

Was named after the son who’s so THOROUGH;

JACK is so meticulous but truly CARING,

And unto his gracious wife, he is so LOVING!

 

 

 

The Hotel even boasts of a green GARDEN,

With lots of bananas, and it’s windy so OFTEN;

The banana fruits hang like CURTAINS,

Still they’re green and so attached to the CANES!

 

 

 

 

The W STATION Hotel is truly so GREEN!!!’

 

 

 

 

FUN RHYME SERIES 222 – THAILAND’S CHATUCHAK MARKET AND THE TOURIST TRADE

 

[The Chatuchak area acquired its name from the large public park of the same name. However, the area is best known for the largest market in Asia, the Chatuchak Weekend Market. Chatuchak also provides a convenient gateway to other areas in the north of Bangkok, such as Vipawadee Rangsit, Ladprao and Saphan Kwai. Popular with locals and visitors the large parks in Chatuchak attract many families and those looking for a convenient escape from downtown Bangkok. What’s more, a multitude of transport options make Chatuchak very easy to access, thanks to the MRT Underground Station at Chatuchak Park, the northern terminal station of the BTS Skytrain called Mo Chit, and a countless number of bus lines.]

 

 

 

The CHATUCHAK Market is beaming with PRIDE,

It’s filled with diverse shoppers in tow with a GUIDE;

Our Divisoria market really needs an UPGRADE,

To attract more tourists with an excellent GRADE!

 

 

 

 

Sayang ang ganda ng ating BANSA,

Kung mga turista na tunay na NAGNANASA…

Makakita talaga ng magagandang TANAWIN,

At sa mga MALLS nati’y tunay na ALIWIN!

 

 

 

 

Dapat malagyan ng malaking food court ang DIVI,

Kung maari sana’y maglagay din ng malaking TV…

At mapanood nila magagandang tourist SITES,

Baguio, Boracay, Tagaytay at ilang Manny Pacquiao FIGHTS!

 

 

 

 

Sana nga’y matapos na ang Skyway na MAHABA,

Para mga biyahe’y di na MAANTALA;

Bibilis ang trip papunta sa BAGUIO…

Pwede din sa Tagaytay at mas malapit sa METRO!

 

 

 

Yon mga transport vehicles natin katulad ng GRAB,

Dapat din mag upgrade para mas MASARAP;

Mag-install ng karaoke yong OKEY na OKEY…

Para singing will be outside and inside the TROLLEY!

 

 

 

 

Kaya naman sana pati ang mga REBELDE,

Tapusin na nila sana ang kanilang ADVOCACY;

Akala nila siguro’y sila’y ala Castro FIDEL…

Mas marami sa kanila ay tunay na SUTIL!

 

 

 

 

Marami kasing turista na sadyang TAKOT,

Makidnap ng rebelde at mga Muslim na KILABOT;

Mainam daw na sa Bangkok na lang sila HUMANTONG…

Imbes na magbayad ng ransom kay ATONG o BORATONG!

 

 

 

FUN RHYME SERIES 222 – THAILAND’S CHATUCHAK MARKET AND THE TOURIST TRADE

 

 

[The size of Chatuchak Market in Bangkok, Thailand is really the main selling point – it is so huge that you really can find anything you are looking for, along with many things you never knew you wanted!

Altogether there are something in the region of 8,000 stalls and, size-wise, Chatuchak Market is the largest market in Thailand and one of the largest markets in the world. It attracts around 200,000 visitors each day of the weekend, and, according to the official website about 30% of those visitors are foreign tourists. While there is a large number of foreigners the predominant visitors are locals, and, this always says a lot about a place if the locals frequent it too.]

 

 

 

The CHATUCHAK Market is beaming with PRIDE,

It’s filled with diverse shoppers in tow with a GUIDE;

Our Divisoria market really needs an UPGRADE,

To attract more tourists with an excellent GRADE!

 

 

 

 

Sayang ang ganda ng ating BANSA,

Kung mga turista na tunay na NAGNANASA…

Makakita talaga ng magagandang TANAWIN,

At sa mga MALLS nati’y tunay na ALIWIN!

 

 

 

 

Dapat malagyan ng malaking food court ang DIVI,

Kung maari sana’y maglagay din ng malaking TV…

At mapanood nila magagandang tourist SITES,

Baguio, Boracay, Tagaytay at ilang Manny Pacquiao FIGHTS!

 

 

 

 

Sana nga’y matapos na ang Skyway na MAHABA,

Para mga biyahe’y di na MAANTALA;

Bibilis ang trip papunta sa BAGUIO…

Pwede din sa Tagaytay at mas malapit sa METRO!

 

 

 

Yon mga transport vehicles natin katulad ng GRAB,

Dapat din mag upgrade para mas MASARAP;

Mag-install ng karaoke yong OKEY na OKEY…

Para singing will be outside and inside the TROLLEY!

 

 

 

 

Kaya naman sana pati ang mga REBELDE,

Tapusin na nila sana ang kanilang ADVOCACY;

Akala nila siguro’y sila’y ala Castro FIDEL…

Mas marami sa kanila ay tunay na SUTIL!

 

 

 

 

Marami kasing turista na sadyang TAKOT,

Makidnap ng rebelde at mga Muslim na KILABOT;

Mainam daw na sa Bangkok na lang sila HUMANTONG…

Imbes na magbayad ng ransom kay ATONG o BORATONG!

 

 

 

FUN RHYME SERIES 221 – THAILAND’S ICON SIAM, OR WHY WE HAVE TO START TOURISM DEVELOPMENT NOW!!!!  

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 [The TOURISM INDUSTRY in Thailand is wonderfully growing by leaps and bounds as it is now next to CHINA as the most visited tourist-destination in ASIA. In fact, Thailand has now out-paced Japan with a record 35 million in tourists’ arrivals for 2018. After visiting the newly-opened ICON SIAM Mall in Bangkok [opened only in November 2018 and where its investors poured in US $ 2.28 Billion (equivalent to 54 Billion baht or about Php 100 Billion)] to built the edifice), I said to myself that the Philippines must now focus its eyes in TOURISM DEVELOPMENT in order to upgrade itself from its cellar-position where Vietnam has in fact outranked it based on 2017 figures. Still, our country, the Philippines, is lagging behind as only about 7 million tourists’ arrivals have been registered in 2018.   Enterprising middle-class Thai citizens have gone into putting up mini-hotels, thus, expanding the options of tourists to avail of cleaner, homey and cheaper lodging accommodations. I think we have to spark this kind of entrepreneurship in our country, in the Philippines, NOW.]  

 

We really have a lot to

learn from the THAIS,

Especially with respect to improving our TIES…

Specifically our ties with foreign NATIONS,

The prospective sources of tourist POPULATIONS!

 

 

 

We must beautify our  MALLS,

And not just fill it up with STALLS;

We ought to make it more UNIQUE,

And not just build a plain BOUTIQUE!

 

 

 

 

Tourism development must be the CALL,

Let’s build a high-end super MALL;

A foreign friend just made a QUIP,

Our MOA is not even quite UNIQUE!

 

 

 

 

The MOA of our very own NATION,

Has downgraded to a rural VERSION;

It’s not the largeness that really COUNTS,

‘Tis beauty and majestic elegance  that’s the success’ FOUNTS!

 

 

 

 

Our SM malls have also  dreadfully ALTERED,

The meaning of what’s “majestically MASTERED”;

They have taken the path of banal MULTIPLICATION,

Instead of a better ornate BEAUTIFICATION!

 

 

 

 

For what indeed attract those tourists ACTUALLY,

Is what is beautiful and done MAJESTICALLY;

We ought now to focus on tourism DEVELOPMENT…

So we could attract our people’s COMMITMENT!

 

 

 

 

We ought to preserve too our nation’s CULTURE,

And not just destroy walls, old buildings and MORE;

Our native brethren must be DIGNIFIED,

So that our nation will be SOLIDIFIED!

 

 

 

The greed of commerce has VIVIFIED,

The lure for profits in some sort of STRIDE;

Pope Francis said that greed must be TEMPERED…

Our nation’s pride and culture must always be REVERED!

 

 

 

 

The ICON SIAM in Bangkok, THAILAND;

Is the fanciest mall to where I have GONE…

It is even the biggest mall along the Chao Phraya RIVER,

The indoor floating market is its majestic LOOKER!

 

 

 

 

Indeed, ICON SIAM has mixed the new and the OLD;

It brought its FLOATING MARKET culture unto its FOLD…

It indeed dignified the FLOATING MARKET VENDORS,

As it has adopted the motto of OPEN DOORS!

 

 

 

A NICE EXAMPLE FOR OTHER PEOPLE!!!!