As many of you may know, some parts of Bangkok and its nearby provinces are currently inundated. One of its many effects to Bangkok/ Thai residents is the shortage of goods and necessities brought about by damaged factories, impassable roads, and hoarding of the people. I have been going in and out of the supermarket for the last two months but I did not indulge in panic buying, maybe because I live by myself, I have enough stock at home and I was positive that nothing grave will happen to the city. (As of now, there is no flooding in my office and apartment area which I am thankful of. The government declared special public holidays from now until the 31st but our company is open for business). BUT, with news that a high level of water is to be expected on the weekend, I felt that I should prepare more just in case it will take days for the flood level to go down. Seeing that I cannot rely in the contents of my emergency bag (yes, I have one. I prepared one since the earthquake happened in Japan early this year) and pantry, I have been visiting the grocery for four days in a row now. Unfortunately, from where I live, there are no bottled water, tissue, biscuits, tinned food and the like are left. So I decided to get soda, green tea and whatever liquid and food that can be helpful to sustain me. It’s been especially hot and sunny these days, so water or any liquid is of high importance.
To cut the long story short, I got myself a case of canned soda and a box of cupcakes last night when one of the motorcycle taxi drivers saw my shopping bag. Yeah, I am “friends” with motorcycle taxi drivers near my street. Anyway, he told me I’d get big and fat upon seeing what I bought. I told him that I can’t find bottled water anywhere so I made do with the Fanta. He mumbled something but I can’t comprehend given my little understanding of Thai. This afternoon, I saw the same motorcycle taxi driver and he asked me if I still want some water. Before I even said yes, he gave me a dozen bottled water and told me he knew a place where to get it. Of course, I paid for the lot but it was really heartwarming for a stranger to show concern to me. It felt good that he remembered me and what I needed. He’s not even obliged to find some water for me.
I’m really happy and blessed that amid the panic, confusion and waiting for an impending unfortunate event, there are still people who care for other people and experiencing it first hand is such a warm feeling. (Oh, I forgot to share another feel-good experience when we volunteered to pack goods at the Flood Relief Operations Center last week. I’ll write a separate post for it).
Thank you, Lord for good friends and helpful strangers.