"Just heard tat one of the biggest earthquake hit tokyo this afternoon. I'm so glad you r back here."
I was at the firm's International Women's Day (IWD) today, rather relieved to be able to get away from the client for awhile and enjoy the talks and booths that the committee had planned to make us "look good and feel good". Just when IWD was wrapping up in the afternoon, I decided to check to catch up on work emails when some colleagues messaged me about Japan.
I had no idea the extent of the devastation until I watched the video feeds on CNN. It was surreal because I had never seen anything like that before, and yet brought back memories of the 7.4 earthquake I experienced in Niigata.
My friends and family are glad I'm here and not there.
I wish I could be there for my Japanese and Japanese-based friends whom I have come to call family.
Sometimes I tell people that I miss the tremors that we get now and then. It's so common that we hardly bat an eyelid anymore. Kinda add thrills, sadistic I know. But that's how frequent we get it there.
Observing how calamity strikes one after another, not to mention the brewing dissatisfaction in the Middle East/African region, one has to expect that the worse may not be over, but still pray that their loved ones will be spared.
My heart goes out to Japan. It has been brave in facing natural disasters all these while, surely its people can depend on their experience to weather this through.
The eastern dragon may have reigned in the past, now it's battered in all aspects; financially, economically, physically. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the heed of the King, a call to bow down to a more sovereign Being. I pray that His strength will be yours as you go through this difficult period.
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