I woke up like a walking dead this morning. I could not sleep at all. All my mind was just too occupied by the news of the possible evacuation of British women and children in Hong Kong that came in last night.
At the dinner party last night, the only thing people could talk about about was the evacuation. Many are scared. Scared by the thought that the Japanese may come in any minute. Some, on the other hand, seemed to have no anxieties at all. They think that the Japanese would not be capable to invade Hong Kong, a Crown Colony of the British Empire. They think the government is just being cautious and they would not really evacuate us. Not sure which side should we believe, we came home early for we still have to take the kids to vaccination centres today.
Finally the news came in during the day. Except for those registered for nurse services or holding essential posts, all women and children will be evacuated to Manila within a week. Service families will go first on Monday, and we, the civilians, were to leave no later than July 5. Men cannot go – they have to stay and fight.
But this is just insane! How are we supposed to pack everything? Everything is in here! They only allow us to bring along one suitcase.. That’s not gonna be enough for me and the kids!? And where on earth is Manila? I heard it’s tropical and it’s the typhoon season right now. How long do we have to be there? I hope there’s going to be enough food and housing for that many of us… Can we come back as soon as the threat is off? And what about my hubby? What kind of threat is he facing? I hope he’s gonna be alright..
Poor military families! How are they supposed to get cash from the bank when this is Saturday and they’re going to leave on Monday morning..
Mary, who took an auxiliary nurse course, called in today. She was furious because she had to go even though they said they’re going to exempt nurses. She has no idea what she should do. She kept complaining about the government for giving such a short notice and also confusing information. I guess she’s right. The government ought to provide clearer answers in this time of crisis.