Pretty much every week, maybe even multiple times a week, we loose power for a few minutes here in Nichada. I remember everyone laughing at me when I first moved here and was looking for an alarm clock you can plug into the wall. I couldn’t imagine such fluctuating power – especially because we so rarely had those problems in KL. Now I know better. My alarm clock tends to, shall we say, run “fast.” Every time the power goes out it gets a few minutes faster.
And on Wednesday night, it got the chance of a lifetime to race ahead.
At around 6pm, it started storming here like I’ve never seen before – plants were literally flying off the balcony, the wind was so fierce. Almost immediately we lost power and we spent the rest of the evening watching the lightning dance across the sky until we finally fell asleep (and let me tell you, a rainy April evening in Bangkok is not a good time to be without aircon).
Amazingly we managed to wake up on time on Thursday, only to find out that the storm had caused so much damage that school was actually closed! Apparantly the power was still out at ISB and some roof tiles had blown entirely off – leaving actual holes in the roof! We had some storm damage here at Samakee Gardens too, of course, but nothing dangerous – just a few downed trees and smashed plants.
Having grown up in snowy Connecticut, I really have been sorely disappointed in the lack of any weather-related school closing days here in southeast Asia. I mean, that’s half the fun in working at a school, right? That wonderful feeling of possibility in the air when the first snowflake is sighted. That was pretty much the only thing I ever liked about winter anyway.
Unfortunately these warm climates don’t give us much opportunity for hope. In Malaysia school closed for two days for the horrendous haze, but (of course) although the air wasn’t safe for student to travel to school, teachers had to come in anyway. But this time, we seriously lucked out! We actually wound up with an extra day off! And now my alarm clock is just about an hour and a half fast… I decided to let it go and see if it can go so fast, it actually comes back around to the right time.
And, I think I have to say, a storm day is a lot better than a snow day, since most of us spent the afternoon at the pool… Can’t really do that on a snow day, can you?