Friday, March 11, 2011

No, I Haven't Given Up!




You thought I gave up on this blog? No, no! It's been a long hiatus, but my heart was always on this blog and you, kind readers. Oh, you know me, don't you!

Honestly speaking, I've been really busy. As the person who sent me these goodies in the photos above knows, I never went home before 9 pm for the past couple of weeks. There were several nights that I went home past midnight. And what really sucks is that all those efforts often do not pay off!

It was one of those terrible times when a friend of mine sent me these -- should I call them crackers? -- made from sweet potatoes. Just when we (me and my colleagues) needed to bite on something really crispy. Stress reduction, you know.

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(added after 10 pm, same day)

To those who have heard about the earthquake in Japan:
Please don't worry. Me and my family are OK. The earthquake hit the northern part of Japan, so we didn't feel much shaking here. But because of the tsunami warning, city employees stayed in the city office until late at night for disaster response. They might be still there, since the warning level in our prefecture was just raised. Aftershock tsunami, I suppose.

This afternoon, after we saw the TV news on the earthquake, my colleague and I were sent to the promenade on the cape to tell tourists and anglers to stay away from the sea. Then we kept watching the news on ustream for the rest of the day. It's terrible. Especially the tsunami! It's so fast. That's what we are expecting in the near future....
Anyway, I'm tired because so many unexpected things happened today; I'm going to bed earlier tonight.
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40 comments:

K and S said...

glad you are keeping busy :) take care!

Anonymous said...

just heard the unfortunate news of the earthquake, hope you and your family are well and safe. my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in japan now.

The Daily Sarah said...

We love you Obachan! I hope you and yours' are doing well. When you have time we would love to hear more from you!

Patzie said...

Obachan, I hope you and your family are safe from the quake and tsunami! Take care!

Katherine said...

Obachan- My first worry when I heard about the earthquake and tsunami was of you and you're family. I know that you live near the coast. I hope you are all safe and well, and know that you are in my thoughts

Anonymous said...

im so glad you are ok. my thoughts are with you when i was reading the news.

Anonymous said...

You are always in our THOUGHTS
so
BLOG AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN SWEETIE


Love Malaysiaelayne

Mary ,East Coventry USA said...

So glad you and your family are ok! When I heard the news this morning,I thought of you and was worried. Thanks for posting- love your blog and hope to hear from you soon. But for now, get some rest!

katherine said...

So glad you are all fine, I looked you up on a map, and was glad to see you are away from the main area, but was worried about the sea. all our love, katherine

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you and your family are safe! Always happy to se your blog.

John

Fiona said...

*Big hug*

Glad you're okay, Obachan. Please stay safe!

cookiecrumb said...

Of all days for you to choose to update the blog! I'm so grateful to hear you are safe. Blessings, good luck.

Yin said...

Very glad to hear you and yours are well, my heartfelt thoughts go out to your countrymen and women!

Denise said...

First time writing you Obachan. I have long enjoyed your blog, and am so happy to hear that you and your family are safe. Please post when you have a chance, and let us all know if you need anything.

Nicole said...

Obachan, thank you for the update. I remembered that you were in a different part of Japan but it is nice to hear that you are fine. My sympathy goes out to the whole country. What a horrible thing to happen. I hope things settle down quickly for everyone.

And I am glad that you haven't given up blogging! I always enjoy your posts. Someday perhaps I will make it to Japan...

J P Hays said...

I'm very glad you're safe. I'm still worried about your family and relatives still, as well as the countless others still in danger.. My thoughts are with all of them..

Shanna Cundal said...

Been reading your blog for a while now, really enjoy your posts and your refreshing perspective, thanks. :)

Anonymous said...

As your blog fan, my first thoughts of hearing the tsunami news were wishes of you and your family's safety. Thanks for the update. I pray for those who are in the midst of this disaster. So relieved you safe. If you need anything be sure to ask.

Rachel@TastyThailand said...

I've read your blog on and off for a long time. SO sorry about the earthquake and tsunami. I feel so bad for all the people who have died or who have lost family members. So sad. But...so happy you are okay. You're the first person I thought of when I heard about the earthquake as I knew you live near the ocean, but I wasn't sure if you were north or south.

YSC said...

Obachan, I'm so glad you're ok. I feel so sad about the earthquake and tsunami, and I can't imagine how you feel, having already gone through the Kobe earthquake. Blessings!

Kasia said...

I am glad you are safe, i am visiting today all Japanese blogs and pages I follow, so far most of them report they are safe, but it still is horrifying. Have been following the news and updates on Twitter for the entire day, it seems at least the nuclear reactors cool down, but many are in critical condition and now the technicians will have to fight all the chaos in darkness. I am glad you are far away :)

Emmy said...

glad to hear you are safe and well

Nouvelle Personne said...

Dear Obachan,

I hope you and your beloved ones are well.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all people in Japan.

take care

Anonymous said...

so glad you are safe. was so worried after the devastating photos began to appear.. my thoughts and prayer are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for a long time now, although I think this is my first time posting. I am so glad you and your family are safe. I was so shocked and horrified to see the videos of the disaster in Japan, and your country is very much in my thoughts.

obachan said...

Thank you so much for your comments! The magnitude of the quake has been updated to M9.0. It's just unbelievable...

Especially this time, the nuclear power plant issue adds extra fear to the already horrible disaster.

Nicole said...

A 9.0 earthquake is unbelievable. I was in a 6.8 and I can't imagine what an earthquake so much stronger feels like. The tsunami is unimaginable as well.

The nuclear problems are so scary. I am keeping my fingers crossed that they manage to keep the cores cool. The people impacted by this tragedy do not need another catastrophe.

Badcat said...

Very relieved that you and your family are safe. All I can do now is hope for the best for all the people of Japan affected by this horrible tragedy. Peace.

Anonymous said...

気をつけてね。

Anonymous said...

I have been a fan of your blog as have been many others, and am glad to see you're safe. I'm sorry to hear about the terrible news in Japan and it's heartbreaking. Japan will need all the strength it has in the coming months and years, but I know they will pull through. Stay safe!

Tindy said...

Dearest Obachan,

I know how the Kobe Earthquake affected you -- I hope you're staying strong through this one. I'm grateful that my friends - you included, oh internet friend - are all OK.

And I never post my e-mail here do I :/

la.dolce89 (at) gmail (dot) com

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Dear Obachan,

I hope that you are doing well and that your family is safe. What has happened in Japan is so sad.

In thoughts with you.

Hugs,

Rosa xxx

Aleanor said...

Hey Obachan, I am so glad to hear that you are okay!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you and your family are ok. My thoughts and prayer with everyone in Japana

minttea said...

Obachan, I'm really glad you and your family are okay! Even though I only know you through this blog, still I worry. I hope you can blog often even with the power blackouts!

babe_kl said...

I'm glad you and your family are all right. We are all praying for your country.

Plume said...

Glad to know that you and your family are all right, I'm so sorry for Japan.

Great Stone Face said...

You and all the other people of Japan are in the thoughts and prayers of all of us here in the United States and around the world.

heny said...

very glad that you're ok..hope everyone doing well in japan.i'm just started to know your interesting blog and i thought you have stop blogging (i just found your first blog site ^^). Take care!^o^

Mirage said...

a very late note, but you were always thought about Obachan....my heart goes to Nihon! Gambatte kudasai yo!

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