Of Earthquakes and Trainings

earthquake in cebu

earthquake in cebu

This is one of the days that I wished that I am a stay-at-home freelancer doing some projects that I really don’t know what for, compared to a corporate developer going to the office and doing something that I do know what for. So what is wrong with that? None of course, but pair that with an 8-hour a day work with a little shaking of the ground and I bet anyone would wish to be at home and see their loved one as safe as they could be. Well, I have this paranoia (I have written a lot of blog posts about this) and just last Tuesday, October 15, 2013 the Philippines was struck with a 7.2-magnitude earthquake. The epicenter is in Bohol but it can be felt as far away from Davao City, around 1 hour plane ride from Bohol.

I am currently living in Cebu, which is very near to Bohol, considering that the aviation committee didn’t permit a plane ride from Cebu to Bohol because they think it will just take 5-10 minutes for that, or less. Yes, we are very near from Bohol and felt as much as its magnitude. Luckily for us, ┬áthat Tuesday was a holiday due to a Muslim feast (Yes, in this country we honor the religious feast) and thus, I was just at home. I just woke up when the shaking started, I didn’t feel the shaking first but the furniture as well as the windows were giving off this clanking and thus, I panicked and ran outside. Everyone stayed outside and we were all panic-stricken, the earthquake lasted for an agonizing couple of minutes. After it subsided, we stayed outside and waited for some aftershocks and yep, there are really a lot of aftershocks.

people trying to go to a safer place

people trying to go to a safer place

Luckily for me and my boyfriend, we cancelled a “Adventure Cafe” plan. It’s a 20-minute trip from the city proper to one of the greener place called Balamban. It’s a nice place but I think the travel would have been a dangerous one if we pursued that plan. Instead, we plan for a swimming escapade that day and some tutorials for the stuffs that I want to learn. But, due to the never-ending aftershocks, I’m a bit panicky about the swimming, adding this activity to the cancelled list. The tutorials session with my (nerdy) boyfriend didn’t push through either, well, I really can’t handle any shaking and I get too confused after an aftershock.

Work did resume on the 16th and I was still afraid of what might happen, I woke up late and wasn’t able to go to the office in the morning but was forced to report during the afternoon for an Android training that I should be attending. I tried my very best to understand every little detail and every lesson that I can get from the series of documents and hands-on exercises that are given but when the building start shaking, all the thoughts and learning would be gone. In a single twist, I’ll be enveloped by fear and everything seems so wrong. I know, I’m really a paranoid. I would try to read again but it seems my concentration is all gone; I would be very sensitive of any movement or sound and as usual as panicky as I am.

Err, I know a lot of people are suffering from the damages that this earthquake has given everyone of us, even from the aftershocks. I hope we would learn to be strong and be able to move on from this phase from our lives. I need to calm down already.

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