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 hit...it 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. :)


Leif Hagen March 17, 2011 at 9:23 PM  

A fun surprise to discover a Narita Daily Photo blog!
"We are all Japanese" - an American celebrity has said. I taught English in Gero-Onsen, Gifu-ken for 2 years so I am deeply troubled by the difficult situation! I have a friend in Chiba, too.
Ganbatte kudasai - genki de ne!
Kind regards from EAGAN daily photo

Alisa March 19, 2011 at 4:39 AM  

I just heard on the news that another earthquake hit Japan.I have friends out there and we are all sending our prayers for everyone who is going through this tough time. Im glad to see your post and that everyone is brave to face this.

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