Hurricane Sandy – 3 days later

After 3 days, we decided that going without power and running water was enough for us.

When Kris managed to get a text offering us an air mattress in Brooklyn, WE LEAPED AT THE CHANCE! We packed up a small bag pack with our clothes and halloween candy (JUDGE US NOT!) and walked 2.6 miles to Brooklyn heights.

Power is still out at our building and in lower Manhattan in general due to a blow out of the transformers in the power substation in the 14th street. Apparently we and a lot of buildings are on the same electrical grid. I’m not really sure when power is going to come back, but we’re going to stay here for 2 days and find another friend’s couch to sleep at during the weekend or go to a hotel. I generally don’t like to trouble people.

Apparently the battery park tunnel, steps from our place has been drained of the water and as I type they are draining water out of the subways. The recovery work in lower Manhattan is definitely going on steadily. Policemen, fire fighters and city workers have worked through the storm and we could definitely see them from our apartment.

We’re very fortunate to still have our home intact and a place to sit down and use the internet. I feel bad whining about the loss of power at home when I start to read about the people who have lost their homes, or worse people who have lost their lives or loved ones around the East Coast.

This entire experience has made me realized how fortunate I am for the last 29 years to live in a place that is so safe. Im glad all my family/friends/loved ones are all in safe old Singapore. I vow never to complain how its so un-exciting Singapore is anymore.

Thank you everyone for all the texts/sms/fb messages/calls to check if I’m okay. It really means a lot to me. Especially in a city where I feel like I have so little friends. I don’t mean to sound soapy but I really miss you guys.

Oh the bright side, I am currently now on the couch or wonderful Mr Matt Toback and Spring Toback, Kris’s friend from work. They have offered us a nice little air mattress on their hall and I have never been so grateful to be offered a place to sleep in. In addition they also have a 2 year old toddler called Roan who is absolutely the cutest and have introduced me to a TV program called ‘Curious George’. I also went around the neighbourhood today and experienced my first ever halloween. I didn’t do trick or treat because I was too old, but I saw so many cute little kids going around in their little costumes going ‘tweak or tweat’. Very cute, I wish little Isaiah could have been here, he would have been just opening his lil mouth wide and eyes super wide, gawking at everything and everybody!

I’m not sure what my plans are for the coming few days, everything sort of has to depend on whether we get power back home or not. I regret not doing three piles of laundry before the storm. I don’t have much clothes left and everything is sitting in a pile at home. I also do NOT want to think about my stinky toilet and rotting food in the fridge. I wonder how many days it takes for maggots to grow. OMG. STOP!!!!!

I’m heading to bed. Con Edison, please work faster! Thank you very much.


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