A bowl of personal identity served with blueberry pie
Sorry about these sparse and unpredictable posts, a lot of things have been piling up around me including work and visits from friends, family and a really big typhoon. I’m really lucky to be in the very developed part of Taiwan where all I had to do was stay in the house and keep my windows shut when the winds hit last week. People have died in other parts of Taiwan and lots are still cut off by landslides.
Originating from a place also frequented by typhoons, I thought it’d be just another one for me as compared to expats who came from inland places with little experience of upward running raining and toppled trees. But it turned out that this typhoon was different, it was annoying. I was lucky that there were no power cuts during the disaster but the winds were so strong it messed up the water system. For the following three days, I bathed in murky yellow fluid and spent time hunting for the last bottles of clean water. (There was even a report that suggested that not taking a bath for two days would not affect our health while bathing in dirty water might!)
There are so many things I’ve taken for granted. Coming from a place protected from rain and wind, I turn on the tap and expect clear water to come out. This was definitely a wake-up call to count my blessings (and treasuring natural resources of course!).
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