Darkness Falls

Power outages used to be part of normal, everyday life back when we were growing up in Sitiawan. Not that there were blackouts every night, but perhaps once or twice a month (although my memory on the matter might be imprecise). The point was that we were prepared for total darkness when the power went out and it happened often enough to have the experience be a lasting memory.

Flame on

Flame on

It almost never blacks out at the Tenth Floor, but last night most of this sector of town fell into darkness. Power outages are a rare event here. Over the many years we have lived here, there might have been less than five power outages that happened at night.

Candles had to be lit. Irfan had a good time studying the candle and its flame.

In front of the house

In front of the house

The view outside was pretty dark although the central sector of Pandan Indah had power. Compare the photo above to these.

Nearby buildings

Nearby buildings

Emergency power can be seen lighting the building hallways and lift clusters each floor.

Night sky

Night sky

Irfan enjoyed the night air, although it would not be considered one of those “cooling night airs”, and even with the surrounding lights being out the rest of the city still cast its glare onto the sky so only the brightest stars could be spotted.

We slept in the living room that night, since it was too warm and humid in the bedrooms. The power was still out when I fell asleep, although they had been restored when we woke up for Subuh prayers.

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Khairul Hisham J. is a tabletop RPG artist, writer, proofreader, translator, teacher, grad student and learner-in-general.

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