Saturday, March 19, 2011

Evacuated!

Five days ago, my MIL called informing us that they're (MIL and BIL,my FIL is doing volunteer job at a evacuation center at Towa, Nihonmatsu Shi)heading to Aizuwakamatsu to evacuate and asked to go with them. Lack of water supply, radiation leakage, no deliveries of supplies are increasing in Iwaki and I guess same to all areas in Fukushima. We decided to pack our things and headed to Aizuwakamatsu using the highway for free ( I guess the toll fee are free for those are leaving). The road were bumpy, some areas have cracks due to the earthquake but we arrived there safely.

I was expecting an evacuate center that's full with evacuees, cold and dark room but it was the opposite. Generous groups of 'ryokan' owners here in Aizu letting evacuees stay for free at their banquet hall for shelter with free meal! In return they need volunteers (seen at their white board that they're looking for volunteers)to serve the evacuees well. Registered my name, I can't help it...I need to do something! I was given then a schedule of duties and rotation for the next day and get excited.

We didn't have something to sleep on, not even a single blanket but one of the evacuees (same room )handed us her futon, we're very thankful for her kindness!That night, we had dinner...onigiri(rice ball),pickles and miso soup...HOW LUXURIOUS!!!Evacuees can use their onsen ( hot spring--with fee but there's some ryokan that evacuees can go for free onsen) and after a week of not taking a bathe, we're able to do so. Really seeing the light...eventually!

We looked around, we found that supermarkets and convenience here are open and with stocks--bought foods and stuffs to be used during our stay here (good for 20 days), books for the kids to keep them busy and not to feel stress but they're the ones giving our fellow evacuees a smile on their faces and am happy to see most of them smiling!

I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you my friends for your support and PRAYERS. Your heartfelt comments here and messages really made me cry for joy! I just want to let you guys that we're all okay here. We will be here in this shelter for awhile-- I believe that we will come back to our apartment the soonest. Please pray for the 'heroes' of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, some of them haven't seen their families yet...

Evacuees are treated well here ( we're 43 together in one room here) we've got medicine,diapers for the babies and toddlers,adult diapers for the oldies too, books and toys for the kids. Yesterday we were given a towel to use and some bread and today yogurt and juice. We evacuees here share tables, share foods and stories...stories that was simply heartbreaking. We can't do much but letting them know that we care, we listen to them to make them feel at least lighten up, to lessen the burden that they're carrying on and when receiving 'thank you in return', can't help but cry inside. Kung meron lang akong magagawa para sa kanila...



Hope you'll continue to pray for TOHOKU and being one of many evacuees from Fukushima

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20 comments:

Mylene said...

I am truly glad mommy to know that you and your family are safe. Even my husband keep on asking me if I already heard news about you. So the first time I read your fb post, I also shared it with him.

We will continue to pray for you. I admire the citizens of Japan. They remain united and dignified despite of this great tragedy.

jared's mum said...

it break my heart whenever i see or hear a story from japan, but it is also heartwarming to see how the people are helping each other + coping quite well inspite of the terrors you've been..we are so much relieved to hear that you are okay, mommy. we will continue to pray for you + the country's safety + for the heroes in fukushima for their sacrifice..god be with you all...
mumwrites
jared's little corner

Dhemz said...

glad to know you guys are ok...and doing something to help other people is a pretty neat idea...ang bait nyo talagang pamilya mamiClang....praying for you all!

Genejosh said...

sis glad that you've already evacuated and was treated well..stay safe ...we're here backing you in praying:)

rome said...

Me and fellow filipinoes are praying for the fast recovery of Japan. I'ts nice that your kids has a strong positive thinking on what happened.

TM said...

Glad you and your family are safe Clarissa! I never got to go to the Licca castle because of the earthquake so I just spent time at home with my family in Saitama during the weekend that follwed. Luckily, they're far from the plant and the shorelines. I'm now back home in Canada but I'm praying for your safety.

niko said...

sorry for crying ng bongga while talking to u on the phone. i know i should be the one consoling you but the thought that u and ur family went through a very tough time made me so weak and helpless. you know how much i love u dearly. please hold on and keep the faith. our sunday mass intention since march 12 is all for you and the people of japan.

love u clang. please take care ng bongga ha. kisss mo ko kay haruka at wakaba.

i know u know that while typing this am crying again. sorry i cannot help it tlaga. and please dont cry while reading this. i know u are much stronger than i am. love u much clang. ingat kau and pls send my hugs to yochan and his family. mwah mwah

juvy said...

Hi mommy clang its nice to hear from you that you guys are ok. but still i feel bad for the radiation there coz its not good for the kids and for everyone there hope soon it will be over your family is always on my thoughts and prayer everyday please keep safe muaah muaah :-)

Mira said...

hi there,I was just wondering about you. It's really good to hear you're all safe.
Yes, will continue to pray for Japan and give to the institutions that aid Japan. Be well.

Anne said...

I am teary eyed reading your post Mommy, I am so much glad you are all okay. Prayers for you, your family and the people of Japan.

kittykat said...

hi mommy Clang...glad that you and you're family are doing ok...

chubskulit said...

I am sure that evacuaees there is much better than if it's in the Phils.. Glad you've got some shelter with water, that's the most important part. Ingat kaypo lagi!

Alice Law said...

God gracious! Thank God you and your family are safe!:)

chubskulit said...

Hi Clang, hope you guys are doing well..

march on... said...

I can't help but marvel of the tight bond among Japanese, imagine hotels and restaurants giving free food and service to victims and evacuees?
Our prayers continue for all our brothers and sisters in Japan. Take care and God bles...

chubskulit said...

Hi Clang, hope okay lang kayo dyan!

Grace Arreza said...

OMg sis, I didn't know that you're one of the evacuees in Japan. I pray for your health and lives there. Wish I could help. How can I help sis...

I Love-Hate America by Bing said...

I didn't know you're one of the evacuees.....hope you are doing fine .....will be praying for you and your family.

Reena said...

Hi Clarissa, thanks so much for taking the time to greet me pa. I know you've been busy there since the disaster struck but you took time to send me a greeting. I am grateful.

And i'm sure the evacuees are as thankful for your volunteerism. I hope you and your famiy are doing much better now. I hope bunso can sleep soundly narin. You are always in our prayers. Hang in there, okay. Everything will be okay as long as you have your family is with you. Take care

chubskulit said...

Dropping by here Clang, thanks for the email!

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