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Re-cyclone aftermath

Sun Mar 23, 2014, 9:06 AM



So after the red alert yesterday we went around the island checking out the damage and well...a ton of trees have fallen over. Thankfully most of the ones near houses had the decency to fall in such ways as to more or less completely miss anything of importance.

The hardest hit areas were at Drumsite (the "top" of the island), which lost the most trees in the residential areas, and the Settlement which is down at the bottom - some parts of roofs came off down there. Ironically the area which we all thought was gonna get thrashed the most (Kampong, it's right in front of the beach) was pretty much unscathed |D Got a million photos so here are a few to share!

Here's the park at Drumsite, which is gonna look super bare once they remove the fallen trees. The poor palm trees to the left of the first picture survived the swell season that took out two of their brethren last year, only to be knocked down this round of strong wind. You fought the good fight palm trees.



As well as trees, some folk's structures didn't survive the night either. This shed got completely decimated and the guy who owns the fence in the second pic also had the roof of his garage blow off (technically it was just corrugated iron on old wooden posts, but they were lucky if fell to the ground and didn't slice through a window or something).



The road leading out past the school was slightly blocked by fallen trees, and a few trees on the school oval have fallen over. This one pulled up most of the turf around its roots with it.



Nature has a weird sense of humour. At the front of the school there are two trees. One had died some time ago due to some undetermined cause. Guess which tree fell down. HINT: NOT THE DEAD ONE.



Over at the residence of one of our oldest residents; if the neighbour's tree had been a little bit taller it would have fallen through the roof of her bedroom. The next pic is of an uprooted tree at the back of my colleague's house.



Moving on down to Poon Saan (the middle)! Fallen tree near the road almost took out a sign, and one of the bus stops nicely lost its roof. I don't think we'll be watching any movies at the cinema for at least a couple of weeks too - not only did the yellow flower tree fall over (to the right of the pic, that thing was older than i am!), but part of the screen got damaged and i found three of the speakers on the floor (one had a gaping hole in it so it must've fallen). Meanwhile some corrugated iron from our old train station swings precariously from where it's come loose.




Good thing most of our power is underground cos i can see this having ended in tragedy (on a side note, there are still some wires near the cinema, and a tree did fall on one of them but the wire just bent under it like a champion soggy noodle). Over in Silver City the giant arse tree in Prickle Park somehow managed to get uprooted. There's a house over the fence behind it which it missed - see what i mean about considerate trees?



Down in Settlement the tree situation wasn't much better. The difference in damage was mostly in how some of the buildings down here actually lost parts of their roof, so sucks to be the people living/working there, although the roof guy here must be rubbing his hands together gleefully XP. The roof from the skate park peeled back like the lid of a tin of sardines (i showed my friend this photo and he was like "and my car shall be forever immortalised next to a broken roof"), and this house didn't have a considerate tree.



The worst hit was definitely the poor Rumah Tinggi (it's a restaurant)! I don't think their new roof was cyclone rated because that's what came up - either that or shoddy workmanship because the old roofing stayed down flat as a tack. They'd just been renovating too and rumour has it they've got no insurance the poor owners.



The clean up for everywhere began pretty early and the Parks, Shire and police guys were out in force doing their thing (second picture i took as we went past in the car, they're taking the light post out from underneath a tree that had fallen in Settlement). A lot of volunteers too helping to clean up places like the Rumah and the Golf Course (a number of coconut trees feel there). The dulcet tones of chainsaws echoed throughout the day |D



SIDE NOTE: This was a Category 1 cyclone so can you just imagine what would have happened had it been any higher.



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girandstuff589 7 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
hi, darqx:

I am looking for either points, or perhaps a premium membership. If you do end up helping me, I will give you 5 free commissions, put your icon into any and all descriptions of my newest deviations, and also love you forever. I need to change my username. I have grown out of my current one, but I can't change it without the help of my favorite artists. Will you help me? It would be much appreciated <3 <3
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:iconjulaksa:
Hi, darqx. c: I'm stalking your dA account for about 3 years now. XD
I love HH...It's amazing. *-* Uh... How to say this... I've been stalking your dA account with my friend and we both love HH a bit too much... And we've been making beautiful stories about them. :D From Izm being random as HOLY FUCKING SHIT to Zeke having a parakeet and having a third sister who has a snake named Leeroy. XD
 It's actually the first time I was brave enough to actually write anything to you. ^^ And...One little question...Did you maybe base Des off of Cilan from Pokemon?o.o They look pretty similar. o.o
(P.S We were just giving them all pets. c: Our minds are weird, don't mind us. c: Ren has a cat called Bubblegum, Des has a leopard gecko called Lady Gaga, Izm has two tarantulas - Milky and Beyonce, Zeke has an English Bulldog called Popcorn and a parakeet called Capuccino, and .D...Has nothing. XD)
(2 P.S My brother looks a little bit TOO similar to Zeke. o_o)
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Darqx Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahah i'm glad that you like HH! It's always awesome when other people seem to enjoy it :dummy: You have a strange obsession with pets :XD:

Lol no actually! I haven't watched Pokemon since...anything after the first movie so i'm not familiar with any of the characters that come after, so it was pretty much a coincidence |D I'd actually based Des's hair off a hairstyle from that tektek doll creator thing when i was playing around with it.

Pics of your brother or it never happened =P
(i once saw someone that could've been a Wei Ren at my school it was trippy)
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:iconjulaksa:
From what I saw, a lot of people like HH, and I'll tell you - You should get up a team and make it an anime. And I know, I just want all the pets in the world. XD

But it seems like you played the games. Or did you just look up some random pokemon on pokemondb?o_o Because HH guys as pokemon, and their teams look as you knew what you were doing.
And I have a couple more questions for you, if you don't mind. c:
1. In your mind, in what country is HH?
2. This one's from my friend - Since .D has kinda brown-ish skin, is he race-mixed or he's just like that just because he is?

I'll try to be a paparazzi, just for you. And last question. Is Zeke a bit overprotective about his hat?XD Like he never lets anyone touch it, etc.
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Darqx Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww thanks! X3 If only, that would be pretty cool, though lol it would be the most pointless anime ever at this point in time...there's not much of a plot to it XDD

Oh i've played the Pokemon games, but only up to Gold so i know about that many Pokemon. Anything else is due to research on pokemondb so i can find things that fit well :)

I don't mind! Maybe i should make a specific HH faq somewhere on the archives lol. Although i suppose the ask everyone journal sort of functions like that too.

1) Somewhere up north because their seasons follow the seasons up that a-way (eg winter during Christmas). Their school is kind of like a mix of schooling systems from America Canada Australia etc i think.

2) Not quite sure what you mean by "just because he is" :P But yes .D is mixed race.

3) The arrow hat is Zeke's fave hat so you could say he's somewhat protective over it. Not to the point of never letting anyone touch it (he's given it to Marcus to look after in one of the HHJs for instance), but like, if someone grabbed it and ran off with it he would chase them down :XD:
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princessgardinia Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I've said this before and I'll say it again!

I love you! And your creations! If I ever got the chance, I'd shake your hand and feed you some cupcakes! Much love!

However, Christmas Island is on the opposite side of the world from me, which makes me sad. Maybe I'll get to go someday, tho.
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Darqx Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconcblushplz: :iconoh-u-plz:

I WOULDN'T OBJECT TO CUPCAKES. ARE THEY CHOCOLATE? I LOVE CHOCOLATE. :dummy:

Hahah we're like...on the far end away from everything. Except Indonesia. If you live in Indo coming over here is easy if you have the mulah :XD:
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princessgardinia Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a cake decorator, they wouldn't just be chocolate, they'd be FABULOUS chocolate. Perchance individually themed to your boys. 

In fact, I'll make some and send you pictures. Ya want pics?
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Darqx 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amg if you're making them then sure! :dummy:
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ShittyChan Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a random passer byer here. . . Welp this is convenient.

Happy birthday and keep up the awesome work.
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