Quakes and Ace

Okay, so, I have written an entry of what happened last night: the two minutes quake in Jakarta, caused by a 10 km depth quake somewhere in Banten sea (Southern part of West Java) which magnitude is 7.4 Richter Scale. I wrote about the people I informed and received information from: my children, family, friends, and also Ace–my dearest friend in Netherland.

I sent him some screenshots from government’s announcement regarding to the quake and early tsunami warning. And I also sent him the 2 minutes video I recorded when the quake was happening, where the chandelier in the middle office room swaying–although not violently, still it’s quite “impressive” since the chandelier is big and heavy, and yet it swayed, caused by the quake.

The one thing freaked me out is because the quake is a quite long. Solid 2 minutes, I told you! Isn’t earthquake usually only happens for 30-40 seconds? It may stop and shake again, but not that short, right? Well, this is kinda my first time experiencing 2 minutes of earthquake. I recorded it and I touched the wall to make sure whether it stops or still shaking. Well, it was still shaking.

Anyways, I know, Ace must have heard the news by then, about earthquake in Jakarta. Not (just) Banten, not Bali, not Sulawesi, but Jakarta. And I know, I am the first person he thinks about, since I am his best true friend. πŸ˜…πŸ™ Well, Pak Yana (his driver in Jakarta) also live here, in Bekasi, which is near Jakarta, but I’m not sure Ace would contact him to ask if he’s alright. πŸ˜…

And, yup, Ace called me about 30 minutes later. Asking how I am. As expected, he also learned of the early tsunami warning issued by the Government of Indonesia, to warn people who live in the coastal areas along Banten shore and also Lampung, Sumatra.

When he called, the connection was bad. And I can hear his frustrated voice. He was annoyed by the bad internet connection. But I calmly answer him. πŸŒΌπŸ’ƒ When finally the connection improved, he sounds relieved. We talked like normal, but not so much. I mean, I can sense he’s worried sick for me, but the covered it all very well within his (nervous) laugh. He tried to teased and joke with me, and of course I laughed too.

He said, there will come a 40-50 meters tsunami force. I replied, “No shit, Nostradamus. Don’t say that..” 🀣

“No, really, it’s going to happen. You must find higher ground and save yourselves..”

“Uhm, hopefully nothing’s gonna happen. If it happens, then I’ll see you on the other side, A. I’ll meet you in the gate of jannah, inshaallah. I’ll make some reservations for you there,” I chuckled.

He laughed awkwardly at first, but I let him know that I can handle such jokes, so he continued the joke. We both laughed and he kept teasing me with scary tsunami joke. 🀣 He knows I have sarcasms in my blood and I can handle even the harshest jokes.

“I can hear the rumble, sound of the tsunami right now,” he said it.

“How do you know it’s the sound of tsunami? It’s the sound of my breath, A. You hear it wrong,” I replied. He laughed quite long. Still worried, but a bit relieved, I think. Knowing that I am still very relaxed and calm about the whole things. 😜

Oh, Ace, can’t you see I am the one who understand and laugh at your wicked jokes? 😁

Too bad we didn’t talk much, since he has to attend Juma prayer. “Pray for me, A,” I said. A bit seriously.

“Don’t worry, I will call you again after this. I didn’t call nor chatting anyone. It’s pleasant. More quiet, I like it. But I will call you again soon..” he replied.

“Take your time. Stay healthy and pray for us, yes? I’ll be here, inshaallah..”

And he said the salam very cheerfully. I know he is now calmer and happier to hear me taking everything easy, and not panicking. 😊🌼 If I were panicked and stress up, I’m very sure he will fly 14,000 km from Netherlands to Indonesia just to accompany me. πŸ˜πŸ˜…

Don’t worry, Ace. Allah is protecting us all, inshaallah. I’ll see you soon in Jakarta, yes? I miss you and I love you. You’re my best friend and love of my life. Wallah. And Allah knows it. 🌼🐰

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