Thursday, July 03, 2008

Fire! Fire! Fire!

If it's not a guy falling down 16 floors to his death, it's a fire breaking out in my building! Yup, just when I thought things were settling back to almost normal, I received another shocker! :(

It was around 7.45pm and I was vacuuming in my bedroom. I was already exhausted from cleaning the whole afternoon and the bedroom was the last place left to clean. B was not back from work yet and I was rushing to finish vacuuming before he arrived home. I switched off the vacuum cleaner to take a short break and was wiping the sweat that was trickling furiously down my forehead when I heard some loud voices outside my front door. I could also hear people running outside and as I ventured nearer to open th
e door, I heard the words "Fire! Fire! Get out of the building"!

Panicking, I frantically searched for my HP to call B and let him know what was going on. In my panic, I dialled the wrong number and was about to start all over again when my phone rang and it was B on the other end! Apparently, my neighbour DD had tried calling me on my HP but the noisy sound of my vacuum cleaner drowned out her call! So she called B and he told her that he was outside but I'm stuck at home. Being the wonderful caring friend that she is, DD told B not to worry and she would get me out of my unit!


My thoughts immediately turned to my 3 kitty cats, whatever will I do with them? Do I bring them out with me? I have three cats and Benji isn't exactly light in weight. Could I manage
on my own? I instantly remembered confidently telling LJ when she faced a similar incident that if a fire ever breaks out in my building, I'd be able to easily save my cats by throwing them down the balcony since we're on the first floor. That was NOT going to happen of course, there was simply no time and besides, who was going to catch them from down below? DD was already banging on my door so I rushed to open it. I could see smoke wafting through the hallway and DD was with her maid and baby Ali. She told me to hurry and get out, there's a fire ON MY FLOOR!! Now that was new info but it did nothing to assuage my fears!

I asked DD about her cats and she said they were all in her unit. I had no time to waste so I grabbed Phoebe who was the only one on the loose (Benji and Chubbs were already inside their "condo") and quickly pushed her inside to be with her brothers. I switched off the nearest lights and electrical appliances, then rushed out the door with DD! We ran back up to her floor, which is directly above mine, trying to look for her hubby Helmy who by then, had gone MIA. We heard more commotion going on downstairs so we decided to head out ourselves. We ran down two flights of stairs, out the emergency door and into the pool garden, where many people had already gathered. Everyone was in panic, waiting for the firemen to arrive and I could see people asking one another what had happened.

Apparently the fire broke out in a unit facing one that belongs to a mutual friend of DD and me. So she was also downstairs and her husband was MIA too. We figured both DD's hubby and hers were still upstairs, helping control the fire before help arrived. A lady had her kitty cat in a carrier and that reminded me of my 3 cats inside my home. Were they afraid? Did they know what was going on? Will the fire spread to my unit? All sorts of crazy thoughts were running through my mind and I was also so very thirsty from the vacuuming and the burning heat outside. In my hurry to leave my unit, I even forgot to grab my handbag, which had my wallet inside, so I could not even buy a drink! :(

There was really nothing much we could do but wait around downstairs, watching the smoke coming out from the first floor balcony of the unfortunate unit. The only thing I had with me was my HP which I used to take some pictures of the fire. Unfortunately it was dark outside and the pictures turned out terrible. This is the only one I could salvage and it came from DD's phone.


From mingling with strangers and neighbours, who in a moment of emergency, had come together to offer support by talking and sharing information, we found out that the family whose unit was on fire, had just moved in several weeks back. They even had an interior decorator come over to decorate their new home, only to have this happened!

B had arrived by then and according to him, when he first saw me in the crowd, I was happily smiling and taking pictures! LOL! It's not that I was happily taking pictures, I was merely capturing the moment, which I'm sure he would appreciate later when he looks back at the pictures after the smoke clears up, pun intended! ;)

The firemen arrived almost 15 minutes after the fire broke out and Helmy found us a few minutes later. Poor Ali was already sleeping in his mommy's arms, unperturbed at the chaos surrounding us. We were right about Helmy's whereabouts; he was one of the men helping to control the fire before the firemen arrived. He told us the unit was totally drenched and smoky and apparently the fire started from a leaky gas tank or hose connected to the gas stove. Mr. Fireman later confirmed this for us. Apparently, one of the house occupants was cooking when the fire broke out and she immediately ran out for help. The fire must have spread quite fast too since smoke could be seen and smelled throughout my entire floor.

By the time the firemen had things under control, it was almost 10pm. B and I went back upstairs to our unit once it was safe to go back inside. We stopped over the now burnt unit to check out the damage and were horrified to see the living room all black and wet. There was still a little bit of smoke in the corridor, which was also wet and dirty with debris. We slowly made our way back to our unit, a little shaken but glad that nobody was harmed in this incident. My kitties were safe and sound as well and I immediately let them out from their "condo" and comforted them with fresh food and water.

I'm just glad the fire didn't spread elsewhere and no fatality occurred. I'd also like to take this post to thank DD and Helmy for being such great friends and neighbours to B and me! Thank you for always looking out for us, yours truly especially. You guys always have us in mind in good times and in bad times. Even though she didn't have to, DD went out of her way to come and get me since she knew I was home alone. If it weren't for her, I'd still be panicking inside my unit not knowing what to do! So thank you dear, we love you guys! :)

Well, that was another "exciting" episode from the diary of Mariuca. Although I am currently swamped with work, I've decided to put off everything for tonight.
All we want to do right now is forget all the bad incidents that have somehow managed to creep their way into our much sheltered life for the past few weeks and just sit back, relax and spend some time with each other. Thank you for reading peeps and good night!

129 comments:

Faizal July 04, 2008 10:41 AM

It must be a heart beating moment right? Looks like a situation in the movie.

Kim July 04, 2008 11:14 AM

OMG Mariuca
this is unbelievable ...
you poor girl...thank goodness you are ok and your cats too...
gosh I hope that this is the last trauma that you will have at your apartments...
I live in an apartment too..on the 5th floor and I have often wondered what I would do...
sounds like you and your good friends stayed calm which is a positive thing...
have a safe and happy weeked :)

Anonymous,  July 04, 2008 11:35 AM

alahai so sweet. You would do the same also for me lah.
Anyway, arent you glad we are on the lower part of the building? At least in case of emergency, we know we will be among the first out of the building ;)

DD

Emila Yusof July 04, 2008 11:40 AM

Marzie! Thank God you're okay! I was panicking reading this story!

DD is the bestest!! Love you too DD! Muakksss to both of my best buddies!! Love you girls! So happy nothing bad happened.

Mariuca July 04, 2008 12:13 PM

It was exactly like a movie scene Faizal!! I panic gila he he! But thank god everyone is okay, including my cats. I just hope things will calm down for real after this, no more incidents please!! :(

Mariuca July 04, 2008 12:16 PM

Kim!! Thanks so much for stopping by today! I was actually trembling from panic, unsure what to do first so I was really glad that my friend came when she did!

You know, when we were outside during the commotion, both DD and I were thinking the same thing, how unbelievable that 2 major incidents happened right in our building within weeks! I really need to get away for a while, don't know if I can handle another trauma, touch wood!! :(

Mariuca July 04, 2008 12:18 PM

Yay my hero is here he he!! HUGS!!!

Yeah la DD, nasib baik kita on the lower floors yeah, anything can just run out. But we really need to have an escape plan for our kitties la, just in case anything else happens.

Helmy masak pasta apa ye? ;)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 12:21 PM

Emila!!! Thanks dearie! I pun panic lagi masa tulis ni, what is up la Emila? One thing after another kan?

Nasib baik DD came to my rescue! Helmy pun hero, tolong put out the fire. Poor guy was also drenched from the water when he found us! Yay to DD and Helmy!!! Group hug ladies! :):):)

eastcoastlife July 04, 2008 12:22 PM

aiyooooh.... luckily small fire.

That's why I'm scared to live in an apartment. If live too high, trying to escape in times like this will be a long way down. If live too low, there is lots of noises.

Glad every one's fine.

Mariuca July 04, 2008 12:28 PM

Aiyooooooooo ECL, when are u gonna send me that garland la? He he he!!! I need one badly don't u think so? One incident after another! So I hope I'll win that vacation from ur contest, at least can get away for a while mah!

Thanks for stopping by dear! :)

monaco July 04, 2008 1:46 PM

I hope this is the last bad incident in your building. Thank God no one was hurt. Fires are my most dreaded calamities and I don't even want to imagine what I'd do in a similar situation. I've had a few close encounters in the past but not as bad as this one (which reminds me I can write about them too, he he.)

Emila Yusof July 04, 2008 1:56 PM

Wah, Helmy tolong padamkan api? Yay, herolah abang kita!!

Farah Deen July 04, 2008 1:58 PM

oh my god, that is indeed one heart freaking moment. I remembered about the same incidence last year with my house. My mom was heating curry with the lowest flame and forgot to turn it off when we went out- all of us, the next thing, my dad called from his work place and said our house is on fire and that neighbours have called the firemen to come and break the door! freaky!!!

anyway, thank god nothing happened and yes GP, what would happen to the 3 lovely kitties in emergency? should really think of a solution.

glad it's nothing, but I am sure this incident would linger in your mind for a few more weeks. that's one after another huh? :)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 2:20 PM

Oh me too Monaco!! I was beside myself in disbelief when the fire broke out! Like what is going on right? :(

Thanks for coming by and I'm looking forward to reading your fire stories too. Have a good day! :)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 2:21 PM

Emila! Yeah, masa waiting for the fire truck, Helmy was upstairs, helping to control the flames until the firemen arrived! Pas tu hari ni dia masak pasta he he he!! :):):)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 2:24 PM

Farah!! Ye ke?? So what happened to ur house? How bad was the fire? My MIL once forgot to switch off the fire too after cooking, balik rumah the pot was burnt but thank god nothing happened!

Sigh, tu la Farah. One after another, I was speechless last night thinking why are all these bad things happening right now! :( But I am thankful everything ended okay and yes...LJ and I must put on our thinking caps to figure out a solution for our kitty cats!

Thanks for coming by today Farah. Have a good weekend. :):):)

Nick Phillips July 04, 2008 2:47 PM

Gosh, you have all the fun ... LOL! Ok, ok, I shouldn't be laughing but you sure get all the exciting drama la. It sounds like a scene right out of a movie.

Glad no one was hurt or anything. Must have been scary, huh?

Anyways, have a happy weekend and hopefully no more incidents happen.

LadyJava July 04, 2008 3:08 PM

GP!!!! Alamak same incident lahhh.. lucky you, B and the kitties are fine kan!!! Wah.. I literally panicked as I was reading your post.. makes me want to cry also lah when you had to leave the kitties behind.. and the same thing was going thru our minds kan?? Really got to think of emergency evac for the kitties as well?? Ish tak leh nak imagine if the fire was worse....

Eh I think you building tu nak kena mandi bunga gak lahh.. after one one..

Hugs for you and the kitties! Lega I dengar all is fine again :)

By the way.. I slept at around 5am today and woke up at 2pm..hehe.. ni baru nak siap and kluar gi low yatt!!

Did you join BotB? can't find your battle...

Bobby July 04, 2008 3:18 PM

I'm glad everyone is alright (your kitties too)! Wow...you have had all kinds of drama recently, I hope there's no more bad things in your life. here's some extra good luck for you Marzie!!!!!

Trinity July 04, 2008 3:49 PM

Wah, it suka dukanya living at apartment ya!! So dangerous, so many incidents! I am glad you are ok!!

Mariuca July 04, 2008 4:48 PM

Oh likewise Nick! Pls la, no more bad incidents here, I don't think my poor heart can take it!

He he, I understand, all the stuff that happened sounds unbelievable yeah? Some more one after another, how not to laugh? ;)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 4:52 PM

LJ!!!! Tu la, I teringatkan your incident when I was frantically trying to figure out nak buat apa dengan my kids!! Campak keluar balcony it seems, he he..no such thing la right? So yeah, u, Azwaj, B and me all need to put on our thinking caps and come up with a solution. When u're panicking, semua pun tak jadi, so need a plan beforehand!

I was so worried abt my kitties last night, cause we couldn't go back into the building after we went outside, so didn't know what was going on kan?! :(

Thank god all is okay now, let's hope it'll last!

I haven't joined BOTB yet... sat lagi I join! ;)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 4:55 PM

Bobby!!! Thanks so much for thinking of me and my kitties! We were all so upset by what happened esp since the "other incident" only happened 2 weeks back. So yeah, I'm having a stroke of bad luck or something. And I do need more good luck my way, thanks Bobby, you're da best! :):):)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 4:56 PM

Oh thank you Trin!! HUGS for u for coming over to visit me today! I'm glad everyone is okay too, but now I want to cook also tak confident! Waiting for B to come home today, before I do any major cooking he he! ;)

Adrian July 04, 2008 8:09 PM

Marzie! When you told me about the fire I didn't imagine that it was so bad until reading your post!! My goodness...good thing nohting really bad happened like the last incident and no one was even hurt!!

Another episode in the life and times of Mariuca and B!! One can only wonder what next months exciting episode will be like!! :)

Cheers GP! :)

Jean Chia aka Ms.Yummy~licious July 04, 2008 8:21 PM

omg, thank god no one was hurt! I can't believe my eyes when i read the first paragraph, and as i read further, i was panicky, and rush my reading to the ending whereby B saw u happily taking the pictures among the crowds. And it was then that i can only breath. Phew! Im so glad you are okay, and the kitties are okay too. A big HUG to you!!

Your friends DD & Helmy are so supportive & helpful. :)

oh, i've some onde onde for you & B! come and enjoy it at my place. It's Friday night, u know! Let's hv some party to loossen up, ya! :)

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 04, 2008 8:38 PM

Mariuca,
While these adventures of yours make for good reading, you've really got to stop having them! Glad to hear that no one was hurt, and that it wasn't your cooking that caused the fire!

I see you are ready for a Battle of the Blogs, so I will be back to vote before heading off to the Mantoloking Fourth of July parade.

Take care, sweetie.
Roxy

Mariuca July 04, 2008 8:49 PM

GK!!! GP needs a genie hug!! :)

Yeah GK, I also didn't expect this to happen, I just don't know what to say la! Some more I forgot to mention that the alarm didn't go off, so if I didn't hear the commotion, I wouldn't have known what was goin on! Tsk tsk tsk!!!

I'm glad too nothing really bad happened, but still...no more incidents for me pls!! ;)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 8:54 PM

Jean!! You're so sweet to be panicking for me he he!! I like the part how u only started relaxing when u came to the part of me "happily" taking the pics ha ha!

Thanks sweetie, and yes...DD and I used to work together and now we're living at the same building. So glad to have such great friends around to help me when I'm in need. Thank you for acknowledging them Jean, you rock!!

Wah, I think it's abt time I indulge in some ondeh-ondeh, wait for me!! :):):)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 8:57 PM

LOL!!! Roxy! I'm trying my best to live a less "exciting" life, but things are just spiraling out of my control he he!!

Oh I'm glad it wasn't me who was cooking too. Apparently the lady was cooking prawns, poor thing! :(

Oh someone just took up my battle, let's do this Roxy!! :):):)

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 04, 2008 9:27 PM

Speaking of triple-digit battles, I am here with my vote for you...good luck!

Roxy

Bay Head Blog July 04, 2008 9:28 PM

I can't have another triple-digit battle until I save up more BlogExplosion credits...I haven't had any time to surf, and I've been on a serious losing streak...can you believe I lost to the little lego guy??!!

Roxy

Tina July 04, 2008 9:56 PM

its all go at your place isnt it? at least you cant say your life is dull haha!

great pic too. always love to see the action!

Rozella July 04, 2008 10:05 PM

OMG! Teruknya! :( So kesian you and your neighbors. One drama after another. Susah oh...

But nasib lah you are okay! *hugs*

Matthew S. Urdan July 04, 2008 10:41 PM

Wow Mariuca, it might just be time for you to consider moving....It really sounds like you're living in a place that might not be the safest!

I'm glad you're ok!

Mariuca July 04, 2008 11:24 PM

LOL!! Roxy, never underestimate the lil lego guy he he! Thanks so much for voting for me, I won YAY!! Now all we need is for you to win your BOTB to make it a perfect 4th of July weekend! :):):)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 11:26 PM

Tina!! I'd settle for a little less action right now he he! Thanks for the pic mention, would've loved to have several more here, but they were all blurry, except this one! :):):)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 11:27 PM

Hi Rozella, thanks for the HUGS sweetie! Let's hope I don't have to write another "exciting" story for the next year or so he he! Happy weekend to u! :):):)

Mariuca July 04, 2008 11:29 PM

Thank you Matt! We're hoping this would be the last of the bad incidents. We'd love to get a new place too, but we've only been here for less than 3 years and it's only recently that all these bad things are happening! :( Really need some good luck right abt now.

Happy 4th of July to u! :):):)

LadyJava July 04, 2008 11:38 PM

GP! Who would have thought a fire would start in your building kan?? Just like mine!! I can really imagine your panic.. and yes we need to put our thinking caps on.. and no throwing them out the balcony won't work esp for me who lives on the 10th floor!!! hehehe..lol!!.. I'm sure the kitties were so glad to see you again after all that commotion right?? Phew!! What a fright!

Eh you dah masuk BotB eh?? sorry I was not around lahh...

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 05, 2008 12:14 AM

Huzzah! We both won our Battles of the Blogs...I've got maybe 60 BlogExplosion credits now, not quite triple digits, but I'll get back in a battle!

Roxy

Emila Yusof July 05, 2008 12:50 AM

Lol, masak pasta! So, you guys get together having pasta? I didn't have the chance to taste Helmy's cooking yet but DD said he's a good cook.

Mariuca July 05, 2008 1:56 AM

LJ, who would have though indeed! Before this pernah ada many false alarms, but this time it was the real thing eh? Maybe I shld send the kids for grooming this weekend, treat them after their trauma he he! :)

Oh it's okay LJ, I WON woo hoo!! Thanks anyway dearie! :)

Mariuca July 05, 2008 1:59 AM

YAY!! That's awesome Roxy, we should do this more often LOL! Only 60 credits left?? I've not been surfing too, but rocket is a pretty good way to earn fast mystery credits. Looking forward to one of Roxy's famous 3-digit battles! :)

Mariuca July 05, 2008 2:00 AM

Eh no la Emila, DD also got meeting this afternoon he he! I oso have yet to taste Helmy's cooking!;)

The day before the fire, baru je Ali nak datang visit Pheebs! See see ada fire the next day astaga! ;)

LadyJava July 05, 2008 2:34 AM

How many door down was the fire from yours GP! Dulu masa I kat SG, there was a fire on the same floor as ours also but since our building was a crescent shape and it was the other side of the crescent, there was no need to evacuate!

LadyJava July 05, 2008 2:35 AM

Wah... special treatment for the kiddies eh... and congrats on winning dearie!!

Mommy Ruby July 05, 2008 4:35 AM

what a terrible news! GP, are you OK? i mean (dang!)...every time I get to visit you, i always hear something not good and it makes me worry even more. anyway, how are things going? i hope your OK and rested.

its me pinaymommy, doing my midnight blogging.

by the way, i forgot to say thank you for dropping by my new blog. i guess your magic worked there. it's getting lots of traffic now. thanks!

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Mariuca July 05, 2008 4:54 AM

Morning LJ! Oh I didn't want to be the only one left behind on my floor, so of course must go with the crowd and evacuate he he!

I slept sekejap tadi then terjaga so might as well reply my comments. Pheebs nicely waiting for me in the room! ;)

Mariuca July 05, 2008 4:57 AM

Hola Ruby!! I'm sorry it's been bad news over here at Mariuca's these past few posts yeah? I too am feeling down cause of all this. Thank you for checking on GP tonight and I'm so glad to hear my visit helped you a little, now that's good news. HUGS!! :):):)

LadyJava July 05, 2008 5:04 AM

Oh of course you had to leave...so dangerous and you all alone lagi..

I've not slept at all.. Azwaj sibuk bela PC dia.. so i teman lahh!!

LadyJava July 05, 2008 5:08 AM

Go Go! heheh .. on LJL EC now.. Go go!!

Mariuca July 05, 2008 5:15 AM

Of coz must teman Azwaj, sounds like he got the problem fixed! Also having a sinus attack la now, so just took my medikasi and will prob doze off in a bit. Guess I will see u later this afternoon LJ, nite nite! :):):)

LadyJava July 05, 2008 5:26 AM

Ok then GP!! Nite nite then dearie... See you tomorrow afternoon... pleasant dreams!!!

Tammy July 05, 2008 6:33 AM

Wow!!! I'm glad that everyone is okay and no one got hurt. You've had a lot of excitement at your apartment building recently!

Sushi July 05, 2008 2:11 PM

OMG! 2 scary incidents in one month, incredible. I'm glad nobody was hurt and your kitties were safe and sound. As I was reading I started getting worried about the 3of them in their "condo"( is that their crate/den or something?) and wondering if in the condo in your unit, they'd be safe. I'm glad to know that after a couple of hours you all manage to return to your unit and finally have a drink! It's not easy to be thirsty after doing the chores. Hope there'll be no more "exciting" episodes for a while, poor Marzie!

Farah Deen July 05, 2008 4:24 PM

GP, apparently, the curry and the pot were burnt (needless to say) and the pot got melted with the fire- which caused heavy smoke. No fire as such, just the melting of the pot which make the house filled with thick bad smoke. It was such a havoc, everyone (even people we don't know) entered the house when the firemen were trying to see if there's any fire in the rooms and all. no damage caused except for the pot! such a relief.

anyway, I have a TAG for you, whenever you are up for it ok?:) Have a nice weekend.

MakeTraffic July 05, 2008 6:01 PM

Hi Marzie, thank God your are safe!
It is unbelievable!

I know it is not the perfect moment for this but if you got time, you are invited to hop on the technoFav train. http://projectheavytraffic.blogspot.com/2008/07/technofav-train.html

oc hometheater July 05, 2008 7:13 PM

It look like a situation of the movie .

Daisy July 05, 2008 7:47 PM

Oh my goodness! I am so glad you and the cats are safe and nobody was injured in the fire. Fire is very, very scary.

LadyJava July 05, 2008 8:17 PM

GP!! Am on my rounds here as well.. eh am i on your top EC list yet?? tak nampak apa pun..lolzz!!

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 05, 2008 8:25 PM

Here to say hi on the 5th of July...we had a nice 4th of July celebration at the beach, I'll see what I can do about pictures, though I didn't take any of the fireworks. I may post to my Bay Head Blog about this, but I've actually grown uncomfortable with watching the fireworks out on the beach. We watch the professional fireworks they shoot off from the boardwalk about a mile from our beach, but all sorts of scary amateurs get out there close to us with their illegal fireworks and it feels like we're being fired upon!
Anyway, we did have a great day at the beach...now it is raining on Saturday and time for the blogosphere!

Roxy

eastcoastlife July 05, 2008 10:34 PM

mariuca,
Pls send your address by email. I'll send you a charm to ward off evils. Serious.

Thanks for your votes. Hope you win the prizes. :)

Bay Head Blog July 05, 2008 10:35 PM

Pssst...after getting lucky in last night's Blog Lottery, I'm in a new triple digit Battle of the Blogs!

Roxy

Mariuca July 05, 2008 11:35 PM

Tammy, I could do with a little more R&R and a little less "excitement" right now! ;)

Thanks for stopping by dear! :)

Mariuca July 05, 2008 11:41 PM

Meow Sushi!!! Thank goodness everything turned out okay in the end yeah? I was shocked too when I realized the fire was on my floor and was worried for my kitties. But they're okay and were just upset at being locked up in their "condo" (their big cage, I must show a picture one day cause LJ wants to see it too!) he he!

Thanks for coming by to leave some comforting words for me and the kids, love ya! :):):)

bokjae July 05, 2008 11:43 PM

Waah! marzie your condo seems like a place of excitements! Glad that no one is hurt and you and hubby are ok! Take care!!!!

Mariuca July 05, 2008 11:44 PM

Hi Farah!! Oh same like my MIL's incident too la! It was just smoky but takde fire, thank god! And the only thing damaged was her pot too he he...some more my MIL stays alone!

Thank you for the tag sweetie, I'm at ur blog right now! :):):)

Mariuca July 05, 2008 11:46 PM

Hi OC, if only it was a movie! I'd be right there in the front row happily watching he he! ;)

Mariuca July 05, 2008 11:48 PM

MEOW Daisy, thanks for checking on me and my kitties. We're all very happy too that nobody was harmed in this incident! :)

Mariuca July 05, 2008 11:50 PM

LJ!! Great to see u actively dropping ur EC today! But no la woman, yesterday I searched high and low for LJL or LLP in my Top 25 list, no sign of LJ anywhere or ur paper bag ha ha! ;)

Bay Head Blog July 05, 2008 11:53 PM

Zoomed in on a Rocket to drop off my Bay Head Blog EntreCard and to thank you for your Battle of the Blogs vote... hope you're having a relaxing weekend, no adventures!

Roxy

Mariuca July 05, 2008 11:56 PM

Hola Roxy, great to hear your 4th of July celebration went well! A beach celebration sounds so cool and pictures would be great.

Hey, I can see another comment coming in from you... hang on...

Oh ha ha!! Thanks for coming by in a rocket. Tonight's a good night for rocket riding. And I really hope ul win your 3-digit battle tonite! :):):)

Mariuca July 05, 2008 11:59 PM

ECL!!! Ha ha ha, sure or nooooot??? I wan, I wan but I couldn't possibly trouble u to send me one all the way here he he.. So sweet of u to think of me! For that, I really hope ul win the Sing contest! :):):)

Mariuca July 06, 2008 12:02 AM

Yay, Bokjae is here too! :)

Thanks, we are fine now but I was kinda upset that night. I was just about to settle back into my comfy routine when this happened and now I'm back to square one...living in fear, wondering what's next! :(

Mariuca July 06, 2008 12:05 AM

Hola MT, thanks for coming by! Unbelievable is the word la, I am done with surprises for a while. Just want some peace and quiet for a change!

Thanks for the invitation, I'll hop on as soon as I can! ;)

Shemah July 06, 2008 12:48 AM

Hi Marzie!!

I have finally tweaked my vista and laptop so that my mozilla doesn't crash everytime I come around.. sorry for the long absence.. but it's fixed now!! :)

ANYWAYS, really really glad to know that you and ur kitties are doing fine. I was in a sorta state of panic just reading your post. I think fires are just really really terrifying! It totally "flashbacked" me to LJ's post! Thank God no one got hurt, ya?

Hope you have a great Sunday, though! :)

liza July 06, 2008 3:18 AM

marzie, im glad to hear you're ok. you poor girl, it's good that nobody got hurt.

i hope you're pretty relaxed now ;)

JesieBlogJourney July 06, 2008 3:46 AM

I'm glad there's no major damage and no lost lives. Fire is helpful but can also be disastrous like the saying goes, api kecil jadi kawan, api besar jadi lawan. My tenant also caused a small fire in my kitchen from leaking gas and burned my cabinet, walls and tiles. In the US, I have learned that when a fire occurs in the kitchen, use flour not water to put it off. I was evacuated from a hotel last year because someone overbaked chocolate chip cookies and caused the smoke to spread.

Rest well and take care.

Sushi July 06, 2008 2:38 PM

Yay Marzie, I'm rockin' again as a Top 10!!! I'm so happy!
Wow, didn't realize a week without blogging would cause that much damage to my rank, anyway, I'm happy I'm in the top Mariucans and that's suuuuuperb!

Mariuca July 06, 2008 4:34 PM

Hi Shemah, wah long time no see! Glad u got ur problem fixed, great to see u here today! :)

Thanks dear, it was menakutkan jugak considering the fact I was alone at home at that time, so extra panicky! My kitties are all okay, we're good this weekend! :)

Mariuca July 06, 2008 4:34 PM

Hi Liza, thanks dearie!! Do I deserve some of ur baked cheese mussels or what? ;)

Mariuca July 06, 2008 4:38 PM

Hi Jesie, thanks so much for coming by to share your experience and tips here! I did NOT know abt the flour thingy, for that I'd better stock up on a little flour! ;)

I'm having a relaxing weekend, thanks again dearie! :):):)

Mariuca July 06, 2008 4:59 PM

Yeeha, Sushi is back in my Top 10! That didn't take long yeah? Keep it up WOOFIE! :):):)

Mommy Ruby July 06, 2008 8:02 PM

hello GP! was here again...thanks for the visit. you deserve all the link love...you are a kind blogger at heart. that's the only digital gift i could give for now.

take care now OK! hope to see you soon. love yah!

Mariuca July 06, 2008 10:19 PM

Awww thanks Ruby, GP loves ya too!! You are great yourself for giving me all that linky love HUGS! :):):)

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 06, 2008 10:36 PM

Hi Genie Princess, out on your EntreCard rounds...

Another foggy/rainy day at the beach, almost time to head back up north for the week, maybe check out the Kit Kittredge American Girl movie.

Enjoy the last of your weekend!
Roxy

cielo July 06, 2008 10:55 PM

it's a good thing NO one was hurt...

I just took noticed, in times even where there are emergencies or troubles like these if you are really a blogger, a camera comes in handy to capture the moment.

LadyJava July 06, 2008 10:56 PM

Just starting my rounds dearie..baru kat Thanks...lolz!

Tina July 06, 2008 11:04 PM

I finally got my awards up chickie!! xx

http://www.mummydiariesblog.com/2008/07/award-mania.html

Roshill July 07, 2008 12:47 AM

Hey !! i loved your blog ..! found you through entre card must say You got loads of admirers! Your really living it out here huh 0.o o.^ .

Hope i can be another fan of your growing Community of friends lol!!

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa July 07, 2008 1:02 AM

How scary! I'm glad you're all okay - and your kitties too. I have six cats and you've reminded me that I need to have carriers convenient in case of an emergency...and a plan. I should make an emergency plan with my kids. Glad you're safe!
Karen

Karen July 07, 2008 10:55 AM

I am so glad everyone is alright.

Mariuca July 07, 2008 12:25 PM

Morning Roxy! The weekend is over and it's back to work for me. Will be starting my EC rounds in a few, so I'll see u later. Happy Monday! :)

Anonymous,  July 07, 2008 12:25 PM

Marzie, sorry to hear about the incident. Glad to know no one got hurt.

I have an idea, not only for your kittens but for everyone too. Since you're staying on the 2nd floor, you can fix an emergency slide (similar to the ones that aeroplane use). It will open up & go all the way down to the ground.

Wat do you think of this 'Great Escape' concept? :D

-Naz-

Mariuca July 07, 2008 12:28 PM

Hola Cielo, welcome to Mariuca's blog! You're right, all bloggers should keep a camera handy, you never know when u need it! I usually have my camera with me all the time, but was too panicky to remember it during this incident! ;)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 12:29 PM

Ha ha baru kat Thanks tu means baru start LJ! Happy dropping and I hope u managed to reach ur 300 limit. Oh and have a great Monday dearie! :)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 12:31 PM

YAY! I'll come to your award party Tina he he! Congrats again! :):):)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 12:35 PM

Hey Roshill! Thank you for stopping by and welcome to Mariuca's blog! :)

Looking forward to seeing more of you and I hope u enjoyed ur stay here. Have a good one! :)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 12:38 PM

Hi Karen! Thank you very much for ur comment here. Yeah, can u imagine handling 6 cats during an emergency? I'm still trying to work out a realistic and doable plan for my kitties, do share your thoughts if u come up with one yeah? :):):)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 12:39 PM

Hi Karen, thanks dear! I'm glad nobody was hurt in the fire too, esp my kitty cats! ;)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 12:42 PM

Naz!!! Ha ha ha, thanks la for coming up with an emergency escape plan for me and the kitties! But how to have the slide attached to my balcony?? For sure mahal gila (if at all this is possible!) and I seriously doubt my building's mgt will allow this additional structure! Btw, I'm on the 1st floor, that's why I confidently thought can campak them out he he! But thanks so much for coming up with the great escape plan! Any other ideas?? :):):)

Anonymous,  July 07, 2008 1:19 PM

Marzie, I have 2 more.

1/ Fix a 'getaway pole' beside the balcony. Something like the one fireman used to slide down in times of emergency. 'Stipper pole' pun boleh gak kalau ada setinggi tu !! :D

2/ Fix a 'mobile ladder'. It is a custome-made rope & wood ladder. It has a strong adjustable handle that can be fixed at any balcony bar. You can put yr kittens in a 'custome-made kitty-backpack' when you climb down the down the rope.

Wonder if I can patent these silly ideas of mine !! LOL
-Naz-

NafaSg July 07, 2008 1:45 PM

Oh man!! One after the other...

But things like these are just fated to happen perhaps. And they are trying to test how strong willed u are in facing them, which we're sure u are! =)

And glad that u and your kitties are safe! Phew!!! =)=)

Jackie July 07, 2008 2:29 PM

Glad to hear that you are OK. There is nothing more scary I think than a fire. Maybe it's time to move, too much going on in your building.

Rozella July 07, 2008 3:33 PM

I hope everything is somehow back to normal now...Harap-harap nothing more "exciting" happens lah ho.

Btw, get your longest tag ready for Nick! He not only denies the fact that he called me old, now he's calling you a Cradle Snatcher also! Hahahahaha

eastcoastlife July 07, 2008 5:42 PM

Next time you know who to call ah. hehehe....

Mariuca July 07, 2008 8:45 PM

LOL!! Naz, thanks for coming up with more ideas for me he he! I like the sound of idea 2, but who can fashion such a rope ladder for me I wonder! And I love the sound of that kitty backpack, mesti cute! :)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 8:48 PM

NAFA, thank you guys! You guys always know what to say and yes, I agree with you, we're being tested and now is def the time to be strong. Thanks so much for that great comment, love ya! :):):)

The kitties are safe and maybe we should have another slumber party soon! I'll bring the snacks, for both pets and owners. ;)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 8:50 PM

Hi Jackie, thanks for stopping by! The idea of moving elsewhere makes me very depressed, thinking abt the hassle we'd have to go through. That's why the last 2 incidents really got me upset, I don wanna move...not yet anyway! :(

Mariuca July 07, 2008 8:52 PM

He he, we also hope nothing "exciting" happens for a while, biar boring asalkan safe! :)

LOL!!! Nick calling me names behind my back now yeah? And denied calling u old? Tsk tsk tsk!!! Wait la the fella, he is gonna get it from me! I dunno what yet, but one of these days he'll be in for a huge shock he he he he he!!! :):):)

Mariuca July 07, 2008 8:54 PM

LOL! I'll def keep Firefighter ECL in mind, though let's hope I won't be needing ur services any time soon he he! ;)

Roxiticus Desperate Housewives July 07, 2008 11:46 PM

Hmmm...I see there are comments here as recently as 8:54pm your time, guess you didn't go night-night at 5pm when you finished your EC rounds...
If you're still out and about, I'm doing battle as always! Back in a while with Bay Head Blog...

Roxy

Mariuca July 08, 2008 4:39 AM

I did not Roxy he he... finished my rounds, then had to do some real work LOL! Anyway, I voted for both ur battles, good luck for this current one! ;)

ShAé - ShAé July 08, 2008 4:48 AM

Perhaps something is trying to tell you that you need to vacate the premises? Thank goodness (once again), you are OK.

Nessa July 08, 2008 9:38 AM

Poor Marzie! *Hugs*

Glad to know you and your kitties are fine :) Fuyoo, banyak drama la your condo this year. Hopefully no more bad happenings ya. Tapi, it's a great blog material ya :D

Mariuca July 08, 2008 2:43 PM

Hi Shae-Shae! Oh I'd hate to think of it that way, moving out would be such a hassle for us right now. Thanks so much for coming by dearie! :):):)

Mariuca July 08, 2008 2:44 PM

YAY, thank you Nessa! Pity my kitties that night la, thank goodness nothing happened to them yeah? I also don know what to say about my condo la, nak pindah now it's not a good time, so guess we're stuck here a while longer! :(

J@n!ce July 08, 2008 10:44 PM

Glad that everyone is ok. I can imagine how panicky everybody is. I rem there was once a fire broke our along the shophouses I used to stayed with my parents. My dad ask me to call the firemen. I was in a state of shock & I called the police instead.... LOL :D:D

Mariuca July 08, 2008 11:06 PM

Thanks dear! Ha ha, I understand...when u're panicking, it's hard to think straight! I'm so glad nobody was harmed, I don't think I can take another fatality in the building. ;)

Tina July 09, 2008 10:46 PM

cant beleive i have been knocked off the top commenters list.... sign

maybe the lamp of luck will put me back on a!

Mariuca July 10, 2008 9:55 AM

LOL!! Looks like you have Tina, but worry not cause it's a brand new month and there's plenty of time to get back on! Rub the ML and make that wish he he! :):):)

Baby Mits July 14, 2008 3:57 PM

omg thats terrible!! I thought I saw the fire engine sometime back and wondered what that was all about!

Mariuca July 15, 2008 11:11 AM

Baby Mits, long time no see dearie and I still cannot access ur page. Sure hope ul leave ur blog url next time so I can return ur visit yeah? :)

Tell me abt it la, I was shocked, especially since it happened right after the first major "incident"! but glad that noone was hurt this time. ;)

phatelara July 26, 2008 5:38 AM

Marzie, I'm so glad no humans nor kitties were harmed in that fire! Hopefully it won't happen again ya!

Everyone should learn to check the gas hose thingy using soapy water, if there's bubbles forming anywhere on it, it means you gotta get a new one. :):):)

Mariuca July 26, 2008 7:31 PM

Thanks so much Debbie! Yeah lucky thing nobody or no kitties were harmed, especially my kitties LOL! :)

It was an old lady, who was cooking when the thing exploded. She was obviously in a shock after that, pity her. Cooking dinner that time!

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 11:17 AM

poor old lady...mesti dah tak nak masak dah lepas ni...

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 11:17 AM

kalu i memang dah trauma...hari2 akan makan kat luar hehehe

Emila Yusof October 18, 2008 11:18 AM

cari alasan tak nak masak sebenarnya

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