Thursday, February 28, 2008

Quake and Chocolates!!

Wow. I have managed to experience a proper earthquake here. A proper quake that measured 5.2 on the Richter scale at the epicentre. The experience wasn't one of shock or fear but rather more subdued in my case.

When it first started, and I heard banging on the wall, the first thought that occurred to me was: Why was my neighbour making such a racket? It sounded like my neighbour was throwing a tantrum in his room. Obviously, this thought did not last very long.

When the house started to shake, I then thought: Which idiotic trailer driver is speeding down the main road in the middle of the night? The thing is that spent the last two years living in a house that shakes every time a bus or large lorry drives past. So, I'm not unfamiliar with shaking houses.

Then, my chair started to shake and the entire house felt like it was vibrating in circles. Then I started to wonder: What is happening or am I hallucinating? But before I could check whether or not it was a hallucination, things stopped. So, I wasn't sure if anything had actually happened. Maybe I was just imagining things as I was already exhaustedly brain dead at the time. It would not surprise me if my mind started playing tricks on me.

So, I thought that it was a good time to stop working and go to bed. As I was getting over to the bed, there was a slight vibration as well. So, I thought that I must've been so exhausted that I could not even walk straight any more. It's not uncommon for me to feel this way as I regularly work till I drop. So, it was certainly a good time to call it a day.

It was not till I woke up the next morning and checked my RSS feeds that I noticed that an earthquake had actually happened. I asked a few other people about it and it turned out that most people slept through the whole thing. How unfortunate! I'm happy that I had managed to experience a relatively decent earthquake. Although I was a bit blur at the time, the memory is still quite vivid.

Then in the evening, I went over to college for a cookout with some mates. Lo and behold! I found a package waiting for me in the p'lodge. The package had arrived by next day delivery. Inside the package was a little box wrapped in a ribbon and a gift card, as pictured on the left.

One of my blog readers (you know who you are) had sent me a gift of fairly expensive Belgian chocolates. I am not allergic to nuts but I'm a bit hesitant to consume them as they all look so nice. I'll just have to savour them slowly. Anyway, thanks a lot! I really appreciate the kind gesture (and the chocolates of course). Chocolate is bound to lift up the spirits.

Thank you!

UPDATE@1830: Seems like I cannot savour them slowly. There's a warning in the box which says that they cannot be kept for too long as they're all made from fresh ingredients. So, I guess that I'll just have to eat them up as soon as I can! And they taste so good....


Wei Shen said...

I can help you if you can't finish them! Shawn, you are quite blur, it was quite obvious an earthquake. My ring file toppled over on my shelf.

~ xYz ~ said...

haha shawn.. maybe it's time to keep me up-to-date with your juicy stories =D

Dan said...

what a rubbish earthquake. i didn't notice it cuz my sound system drowned it out. i wonder why you got it so bad, though! :P