After taking a long break, it feels good to be back. But, I must admit after the long rest, it requires quite a bit of willpower to start this all over again. I have no particular excuse for my absence. Well, may be there is one....LAZY.
It's been raining non-stop these past two days here in Jitra. After the mini tornado which spiralled through Kangar a few days ago, the rain came. The long dry spell has come to an end, as it always does every year at about this time.
Talking about tornadoes, believe me, they are not only restricted to the U.S.A!! I had seen one about five years ago here in Jitra. It was exactly like those we often see on TV. I was in school when it happened and I remember the whole school came out to the balcony to witness the phenomenon. Ironically, we did not rush into the classes for shelter!! We were so awestruck by the spectacle that we forgot about our safety. Some of my colleagues started reciting verses from the Quran; some were scared to death while others seemed to enjoy seeing the thing in real life. But one thing is for sure, we forgot to take pictures of it. I think it was a first time experience for all of us otherwise there wouldn't have been such a commotion.
We were lucky it spiralled away from us. All of us stood there transfixed until it disappeared from sight. I think the vast expanse of padi field surrounding the school made it possible for us to witness it that morning. If they were to srtike in areas which are not so open, then probably they would have gone visually unnoticed leaving only immense destruction along the way as proof of their existence.
Lately, we have been having tremors here in Malaysia and now tornadoes. Is Malysia, which was once thought to be free from all these natural disasters slowly mimicking the other countries which are often ravaged by earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis, ecetra, ecetra? Only time will tell.