I was talking to my manager today and suddenly I felt my chair was shaking. My head moving sideways and I felt I was about to faint.
My initial thought was, "Oh no! It's another dizzy spell. It seems to have gotten worse since my last one and I really have to see the doctor soon."
I was way off. It was actually the Indonesian earthquake was felt all the way here in Singapore, 400 kilometers away. The time was 11.49 a.m.
Immediately I went online to check for news. No updates. Probably not so soon, even though we are leaving in the age of almost instantaneous information.
As it was almost time for lunch, my colleagues and I, in fact almost the whole company, came out of the building. We saw all the other office lobbies nearby were crowded with people too. Everyone has instinctively left their respective buildings, even though the tremor lasted only about 20 seconds.
There was a sense of excitement and worry. The phone lines were jammed and some of my colleagues couldn't even send out SMSes to their family and friends.
Apparently, many areas in Singapore felt the vibrations too. According to news reports, Kuala Lumpuer felt it too.
But when I called home at 2 p.m., my mom said she didn't feel a thing.
Not long after I put down the phone, another tremor was felt. It was the aftershock of the earthquake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale. Nearer to the epicenter in Padang, Indonesia, there were many smaller aftershocks after the main one.
This second tremor which I felt seemed stronger than the first one, but was shorter. Probably about 10 seconds.
The thing is, I felt dizzy for the rest of the day, even though there were no other tremors. The feeling is hard to describe; it's like a combination of headache with a slight pain, with some daze and dizziness included. It's also like those feeling when you had a lack of sleep for days ...
I felt better after I had a swim after work. But as I type this, the feeling seems to have return.
I think it's best I go to bed now.