Rest assured everyone, I am still awesome. (staceyu) wrote,
Rest assured everyone, I am still awesome.
staceyu

Japan 333

woke up early today feeling utterly gross as i hadn't had a proper shower since thursday... i didn't dare take a shower in that freezing cold water, and i hoped the electricity would be back on today! i don't think i've ever gone this long without having electricity, and i realized how much we truly rely on it for EVERYTHING. what a wake up call...

once i woke up i turned on my phone and found i was able to receive and send emails much more easily! i got an email from my mom saying that she was relieved to hear i was doing okay, and i got more from my friends in the iwate area asking if i was okay and if i needed food. luckily my phone had enough battery for me to send them emails back saying that i was okay, and i hoped to visit them later in the day...

my cousin and i had a breakfast of oranges before heading out to the grocery stores to buy more food. this time we were shocked to see that once we stepped outside, the traffic lights were working again!! i have never been more happy to hear the crosswalk signal go off. we walked to big house in high spirits, and noticing that some houses and businesses had power and lights on inside!! once we got to big house, we were able to buy some bananas and some other things, the line wasn't too long at all. then we went to maruichi next and couldn't believe what we saw... the whole store was open, though they were letting only a few people in at a time. we could also smell food! they were able to cook food inside again, so that was definitely a good sign. we waited in line for about 20 minutes before going inside, and once inside, i was again so surprised to see how un-panicked the japanese people were!! no one was scrambling around for items. yes, some shelves were entirely empty, but we were able to get what we needed, and we even bought some ready-made bentos to eat for lunch. i know it's only been a weekend, but after living for 2 days in the dark (literally and figuratively!) being able to have cooked RICE was a godsend.

we happily walked back to my apartment and ate the bentos for lunch, feeling a lot better than we had felt in a while. after, i was able to contact my friend and we made plans to meet at her apartment. she had power! my apartment still didn't, but from her place i'd be able to get online and tell everyone on facebook that i was okay. on our walk to her place, we stopped by the AU shop (my phone service provider), which was open! it had electricity too, and was letting people in to charge their phones. i was in there for a good half hour emailing everyone i knew, and feeling so happy to be somewhere where there was WARMTH! my cold apartment was getting to me...

after i charged my phone up for a bit, my cousin and i went to my friend's apartment and i gave my friend the longest hug ever, i was so happy to see her after hearing about nothing for the past two days. she was staying with another friend for the past two nights, and came back to her apartment when at her place, we learned the horrible news. the earthquake was a 9.0, and the epicenter was near sendai. some of our co-workers were still unaccounted for, and many people had died from the tsunami. there were warnings of the nuclear plant in fukushima that sounded like it might explode. i was so overwhelmed with the news, and once i was able to log onto facebook and see all the messages from my family and friends, i was floored by their concern and love. thank you everyone for your words, it's really helped me out in this crazy time. i was even able to skype with my mom and cousin for a while and that's been a blessing as well. i also took a SHOWER at my friend's apartment, and dear god that was the greatest feeling ever. HOT WATER! CLEANLINESS!! a gift from heaven...

i asked my friend if it was okay if we stayed at her apartment in case my apartment didn't have any power yet. she said it was totally fine. around 5pm, we went out to see if homac (a store like target) had batteries, but by this time it was already closed. it was close to my apartment, so we decided to check that out before going back to my friend's place. to my surprise and excitement, ALL THE LIGHTS IN MY APARTMENT WERE ON!!! it was like christmas! i was so happy that everything was back on, so we quickly made plans to reverse the situation. my friend would stay with my cousin and i instead.

we ate some bentos for dinner, and my friend went back to her apartment for a little bit to get her clothes and some food, and then we spent the night here at my place in WARMTH. it was nice having her and my cousin under one roof. i was thankful that i had been able to contact everyone back home, but majorly concerned about my missing co-workers, and saddened and in shock about the rest of northwestern japan. i couldn't believe the damage that i was seeing on the news, and i realized how INCREDIBLY lucky my cousin and i were to be in the city that i live in. things could have been so much worse for us, so we continue to pray and hope for the best for others around us.

i was able to contact my friends around iwate, and there are no trains running so i take solace in the fact that they're okay, even though i'm not able to see them. i saw that online, google had a person finder, and that one of my friends back home had even made a posting about me! i quickly posted there that i was alive to make sure that no one else would worry about me.

right now life is very strange for everyone here. there have been warnings about another strong aftershock, about a 7.0 that might come in the next 3 days. so i have been cooking rice and i filled the bathtub with water just in case! i got in touch with some friends in ichinoseki (where i just was last wednesday!!) and i found out their apartments were totally destroyed, and so they were on their way to morioka to stay with us. i made plans to meet with them in the morning...

sleeping was much harder for me tonight, as all the information from the news and facebook have just been swirling around my head. i'm so worried about our co-workers and friends that still have not been confirmed alive yet... tomorrow would be another shaky day...
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