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Old 12-28-2004, 14:05   #1 (permalink)
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We have all seen the events of the last few days. I know some of you are probabbly sick of hearing about it, but we need to spare a thought for those who are effected by the Tsunami's. At the time of this post 59,000 people dead. Its a great tragedy. Watching the devistation unfold on the TV, it's not easy having seen the images of so many people in their fight to survive. No doubt, those who were featured in news stories in the water, have been killed or at least, listed as missing. Images of the Indian father clutching his dead son, the rows of bodies on the ground, corpse in trees, buses and trucks is really a sobering reminder of the fury of mother nature. It's a sad sad day.

I have lived in Malaysia, and have been a frequent visitor to Phuket & Patong Beach for many years. We had planned a trip to Patong for May 05 before these events. Seeing those reports, I can remember swimming on those beaches, eating at those restraunts, staying in those hotels and walking those streets and meeting some of those people. Well most of it's gone now. And I'm sure, most of those people are missing feared dead.

It's a paradise lost. Visiting places like Thailand is a great experience. Haggling on prices for a pair of ripoff Bolle's, rolex's, $3 t-Shirts, shorts, dvd's, play station games. Sitting down at dinner to local dishes, kicking back with a few beers, heading down the beach to walk in the calm water, jet skiing and making the most of the nightlife. These are just a few of the things that make a holdiay to place like Thailand a pleasurable experience.

Lifes a pretty big struggle to the people of those countries, but now hit with a disaster of this caliber, its going to be a long road to recovery.

Anyway, I thought I would post this.
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Old 12-28-2004, 14:09   #2 (permalink)
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yeah its not a nice thing to ahve happen to a cool part of the world.

im just glad it didnt make it to vietnam or is there something i dont know???
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Old 12-28-2004, 14:11   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think Vietnam was affected. I know Somalia was, which is a long way away, and i even heard that the waves hit the coast of WA, but no deaths or injuries or damage.
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Old 12-28-2004, 14:13   #4 (permalink)
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doesn't matter to me where it happened, on the CNN live feed they quoted 60 000 confirmed dead with atleast 25000 more missing

Water born disease, no fresh water, no housing, it is a tragedy of epic proportions
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Old 12-28-2004, 16:47   #5 (permalink)
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Damn . What's happening to our environment.
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It's a sad event to have happen any time of the year...not just at xmas. It did hit the coast of WA but reportedly no damage.

I can remember like it was yesterday when Cyclone Tracey hit Darwin all those years ago. My sister was a lucky one...lost all her belongings but came through with the most precious gift of them all...her life. My poor mother was on the hotline all xmas eve, trying to get details. The pain etched on her face is something I will never forget.

We all get caught up in insignifigant things each and every day. We worry about terrorists, the enemy we can't see but who we think we know whom to look for, but really the environment is more a threat to us all than any person or group, but it is also the one thing we cannot stop. There was no way possible for anyone to prepare for a disaster of this magnitude. All we can do is spare a thought for these survivors and their families.

We can also become a more caring society by helping each other. Offer to push a trolley for the elderly or carry a shopping bag for a mother, open a door for a stranger. It doesn't take much to open your heart and be kind to all..
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It's a sobering thing, for sure, and a reminder to us all that nature is much more powerful then we can possibly imagine.

Things like this show how petty some squabbles we have really are...
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We have all seen the events of the last few days. I know some of you are probabbly sick of hearing about it, but we need to spare a thought for those who are effected by the Tsunami's. At the time of this post 59,000 people dead. Its a great tragedy. Watching the devistation unfold on the TV, it's not easy having seen the images of so many people in their fight to survive. No doubt, those who were featured in news stories in the water, have been killed or at least, listed as missing. Images of the Indian father clutching his dead son, the rows of bodies on the ground, corpse in trees, buses and trucks is really a sobering reminder of the fury of mother nature. It's a sad sad day.

I have lived in Malaysia, and have been a frequent visitor to Phuket & Patong Beach for many years. We had planned a trip to Patong for May 05 before these events. Seeing those reports, I can remember swimming on those beaches, eating at those restraunts, staying in those hotels and walking those streets and meeting some of those people. Well most of it's gone now. And I'm sure, most of those people are missing feared dead.

It's a paradise lost. Visiting places like Thailand is a great experience. Haggling on prices for a pair of ripoff Bolle's, rolex's, $3 t-Shirts, shorts, dvd's, play station games. Sitting down at dinner to local dishes, kicking back with a few beers, heading down the beach to walk in the calm water, jet skiing and making the most of the nightlife. These are just a few of the things that make a holdiay to place like Thailand a pleasurable experience.

Lifes a pretty big struggle to the people of those countries, but now hit with a disaster of this caliber, its going to be a long road to recovery.

Anyway, I thought I would post this.
I can agree whole heartedly was looking at the footage thinking the same thing, we were going to meet freinds in Krabi (Thailand/Phuket) they were in Bankok on their way to Phuket when it happened they missed it by 1 day. They are safe and awaiting a flight home. I am sure they are thanking their lucky stars they were not in harms way.
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Certainly glad someone posted something up about this, id urge everyone who can to donate to an aid agency or do something to help.
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Certainly glad someone posted something up about this, id urge everyone who can to donate to an aid agency or do something to help.
An excellent idea that, they certainly need all the help they can get!
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