Pan- less :)

>> Monday, March 28, 2011

You've probably seen photos like this from other blogs. :) Just wanna share, tha, well, it's not different from our part. Though there are areas with grocery stores still filled up with bread (pan), ours are hopeful that soon they'd be full again. 


>> Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cars still in line when buying gasoline. :) 


Plum blossoms

>> Monday, March 21, 2011

Prunus mume, commonly known as Japanese apricot, or Chinese plum is a species of Asian plum in the family Rosaceae. The flower, long a beloved subject in the traditional painting of East Asia and Vietnam, is usually translated as plum blossom.

The plum is associated with the start of spring, because they are some of the first blossoms to open during the year. The Japanese Plum or Ume, has played an important role in Japan for many centuries. In the Tokyo area, they typically flower in February and March. The event is celebrated with plum festivals (ume matsuri) in public parks, shrines and temples across Japan.

Like Japanese cherry trees, plum trees come in many varieties, many of which were cultivated by humans over the centuries. Most plum blossoms have five petals and range in color from white to dark pink. Some varieties with more than five petals (yae-ume) and weeping branches (shidare-ume) have also been cultivated. Unlike Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Japanese Plum Blossoms have a strong fragrance.

The photo above is taken from inside our house. A view of the quiet street can be seen as our plum blooms. Sign of spring, now a sign of hope.


A flicker of hope

>> Thursday, March 17, 2011

"How are we doing here?" Hanging on. Though we are more or less 200km from Fukushima, there are still sudden tremors that would give us goosebumps. We are in constant alert waiting for the sound of alarm (via phone and TV). We have packed our bags ready in case there is a need for evacuation.

We have scheduled brown outs throughout the day. When we have electricity, we charge our phones, batteries and sometimes make use of the PC to communicate with loved ones. (I am an expat.)

In the mornings we would drive to a gasoline station and wait for hours to have our fill...and not so much, just worth a thousand yen...most of the time, the stations are closed too.

I would go to the grocery to buy supplies and as you saw in the previous posts; shelves are almost empty, supplies are limited especially milk and water. There's a line that you have to follow to get in...and as I mentioned it is amazing to see that no one resorts to violence nor robbery. Far from what has happened in the Philippines when Mt. Pinatubo erupted. I do not mean to undermine my fellow Filipinos, right now, I just can't help but compare...

Many of us lost homes, loved ones and livelihood. We cannot sleep soundly for fear that another terrifying earthquake may occur...that though we are from from where the tsunami had is still possible that the water would suddenly engulf us despite the warnings and alarms. We were humbled...we cry for our loss, we cry for fear but I know that all over the world, this incident is like a ripple that has reached the ends of the earth, every kind heart. And just the same I quote Scott Adams, "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." Thank you for all your support and kindness.

P.S. There are no batteries at the stores and we see to it that what we have charged are used well so thank God, we can enjoy a candle lit dinner with the whole family.

Again, to those who want to extend a hand, here is a list of organizations and NGOs you can contact. Thank you!

Read a Letter from Sendai and see how things are going there. :)


Funabashi - Crack

>> Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Funabashi is also a city in Chiba, very near Tokyo. This part and ours didn't have as much damage but is still scary when one sees those cracks....

Rescue missions are ongoing and the stories of survival...particularly that of a 4-month-old baby and the 60-year-old man gives me hope that there are still many lives to be saved. Still, let us be together in prayer.

To those who want to extend a hand, here is a list of organizations and NGOs you can contact. Thank you!

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Fall in line...

>> Monday, March 14, 2011

Going in to buy food, we have to fall in line for our turn...Ten people gets in at a time. I respect everyone for following rules. Minna, Ganbatte ne!



>> Saturday, March 12, 2011

Yesterday, March 11,2011 at 2:46PM, an 8.8 Earthquake happened here in Japan followed by the big Tsunami which really shocked us...We had to run out of the house and wait until it subsided...


What's left at the grocery store near our place.

Following the quake, most stores at the other side of Chiba and I think other parts of Japan look like this...for now.

Keep Japan in your prayers. Thank you.


To Naritasan Temple

>> Tuesday, March 8, 2011

200 m to Naritasan Temple



>> Friday, March 4, 2011

Wonder what's on the other end?


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