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Tsunami: 2011

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Mar. 12th, 2011 | 09:52 am

Last year, three weeks earlier, we were in threat of being hit by a Tsunami. At that point in time, I didn't know what to think. I didn't know what to do. Living alone on an island really points out who your true friends are. I was fortunate enough to have some people call me over to their home for safety. This year... yet another tsunami was destined to hit our islands. This one felt much more serious because of the fact that is was closer to us and stronger than the previous one. That worried me. Once again, I was introduced to who my friends are. I was fortunate enough to not only have a place to stay, but access to wheels to pack up my belongings as well. I am grateful for all the people out there who did worry about my safety and made very attempt to contact me during that crisis.

On another note: it was this crisis situation that made me think what I valued most out of my personal belongings. I learned to be a little prepared from the last threat and had my birth certificate and social security card ready to go. I packed half of my wardrobe and all of my Teaching books (those books are EXPENSIVE). I packed all of my shoes and I still had room for few more items. So... I packed up all of my Hello Kitty dolls and called it a night. I was content with knowing that what I chose to take with me were items that I deemed most important out of my belongings.

Luckily, there was no MAJOR wave. There was small damages in certain areas, but overall, it was still mild. 15 more months and I will have wheels to move to higher grounds! Yay!

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porcelain ocean

From: porcelain_ocean
Date: Mar. 13th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
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You are too funny, packing your Hello Kitty stuff! Really though, if that's what's important then by all means. We all have different material things we care about. Did you include your passport or any other official documents in your little stash?

I'm glad you were able to find a place to stay and a car to get your stuff out, it freaks me out when I don't have a back up plan for emergencies. Then again 4 times a year I do my "omg emergency" routine and cull my material possessions to fit into my car. Things are a little more cramped now that Ziggy takes up the entire back seat, but I'm able to get my important documents, my wardrobe, my books, my knickknacks and my photographs in my car easily.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Mar. 13th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I thought some would trip over the Hello Kitty I have on doll that is limited edition, so i am NOT leaving without her!! but I was happy to see that I was able to fit most of my wardrobe in the truck. When I purchase my car, I do plan to do emergency routines as well just to prepare for the worse.

After I left my apartment, I remembered my passport. I am definitely adding it to the important documents now. I need that as well. Thanks

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Sapphire Phoenix

From: sapphire_heaven
Date: Mar. 13th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
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Yeah it had a definite seriousness feel this time :s I live in the evacuation zone too (although very close to the safety area) and took my laptop and a change of clothes and spent the entire night at my dad's apartment and watched streaming videos of the news.

It's amazing how many people I didn't think would think about me did message me out of the blue with worry. Especially on the two games I help manage, my inbox was flooded with messages the next morning.

I'm glad Hawaii evaded the bullet for the most part *phew*

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Mar. 13th, 2011 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Honestly, if I had a better means to contact you, I would have contacted you as well. You and I living in this wonderful state. I think you and few others are the main reason why I don't quit LJ. Just so I can keep in touch with you. I am glad to hear that you are doing well. Keep in touch!

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