It’s hard to be relevant right now

I had planned on coming back from my little mini-vacation (no travel…just time off) to write something fun and interesting on my blog (and I still may do that a little later). But my heart is still really sick about the situation in South Asia. It’s really hard to comprehend the impact of such a huge loss. And watching the television coverage is really hard to do.  I’m not going to get philosophical about it…who can make sense of such a huge tragedy. But if there were any way for the affected people to know that they are in my thoughts, I would want them to know that.

I did some traveling in Southeast Asia in 1997. I took a trip with my dad and step mother to Thailand and China. Thailand is one of the greatest places ever, mostly because the people there are so friendly. We spent about a week and a half in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. It was such an awesome experience. I have always hoped to visit Phuket, one of the locations hit hard by the tsunami. As I recall, there were quite a number of European visitors in Thailand (especially Germans, at least while we were there), so I suspect that we will hear of a number of Europeans impacted by the tragedy as well. I still plan on seeing Phuket some day, but I understand it will take years to recover from the physical damage.

I’m not sure of what else to say other than to encourage people to assist with relief efforts financially (I’ll be doing so through Microsoft because the company matches donations). I’m such so sad about this.

Comments (5)

  1. Are you sure about the people you travelled with? Freudian Slip, perhaps?

    "I took a trip with my dad and stop mother "


  2. Heather says:

    Charlie…oops..spell check doesn’t catch everything ; ). Will edit. Thanks

  3. Ian says:

    Yes…very sad. I’m originally from Sri Lanka (one of the hardest hit places). I just spoke to a guy who lost 54 members of his family. Luckily his mother and father survived. We’re also raising money on the streets of Montreal. We just collected $1,000 in 2 hours. It’s great that some people are generous when it comes to these things.

  4. Pradeep says:


    My hometown was hit in India – all the places I grew up with are damaged. Dad’s village where he grew up was wiped out as was my uncle’s.

    And when I was in Singapore – I used to enjoy holidays in Penang (Malaysia), Phuket (Thailand) and Indonesia – which are all hit beyond words. The images were soo traumatic especially when the before-images are still in my mind.

    LIke you Heather I cant get philosophical. But I cant help get angry. We talk abt information everywhere, realtime decision making and monitoring. Escalation systems, event management frameworks and what not and yet the disparity in technology being used to churn out more and more money and it being used as a preventive-measure has a huge chasm!

    In fact while the human in me says thats unfair and even illogical – the MBA in me questions "What will the Street say?", "Will my shareholders be okie with this?", "what does it mean for the balance sheet, for the stock?".

    If the basis of economics is to raise the livelihood of humans. What is the price of human life?

    All I have is questions.

    I called up mom at home who was 30 mins from the site of incident and gave her access to my bank accnt for relief funds and asked her – how much do you think we can contribute ma?

    "No amount is enough, son" she says.

    I have the Fancy MBA. and She has the answers.

  5. Alex says:

    I am staying just 10 kms away from the tsunami-struck-beach. It is tragic to see people who have lost their homes and loved ones. We are trying our best to help the victims. Good to see that a lot of government organizations and private companies have come forward to donate liberally for the relief funds.

    We just got another Tsunami alert, ppl living within 2 kms of the city have been asked to move to safe locations. Guess now I am just 8 kms away from disaster….