Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Remembering 9/11

Last night, all the TV news from CNN to CTGN, BBC, Jazeera and Sky News were busily highlighting the 16th Anniversary for the horrific bombing of the Twin Towers (1973 - 2001) in New York City. I was flipping my TV channels and those images & videos came haunting back all the sad memories of the 9/11 tragedy. I remembered sitting at my condo inside Taman Desa watching the usual CNN news when their Breaking News jolted me rudely to see "Live Reporting" of the Twin Towers being bombed. Then suddenly, the next plane crashed into the 2nd tower and my heart sank into the floor in total shock & disbelief. Yesterday, the news channels played back the disturbing images all over again. It was so sad to see the loss of 2,606 lives inside the Twin Towers and 157 lives inside the 2 planes that crashed onto the buildings. Horrors!



I had seen this actual World Trade Center many times in Manhattan and made only one visit inside where I took the elevator all the way to the roof top. The panoramic view of the skyline of New York City was very awesome and thrilling beyond words to see thousands of skyscrapers for miles. There is no other city in this world that has so many tall buildings like in New York City where one's eyes could see as far as New Jersey, Staten Island,  Queens, Flushing, Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn and many others! I remembered how I admired their US development for building so many tall buildings since the late 19th century! I stood there for over one hour to take photos of the blurry city view below as the haze & smog polluted the city during the Winter. I dug out from my old photo album to share this blurry photos and realised something. I wore the same shirt and pants on the different dates of the photos taken. The one showing me on the bench was taken in New Jersey which is next to Manhattan across the Hudson River and easily connects via the Holland Tunnel. That was how thrifty I was as I arrived in US in just one suitcase of clothes and wore the same clothes for years! 

In my recent bucket list, I had wished to visit New York City again and show my wife around the famous spots. She had only transited at the NYC airport enroute to visit Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and yet to set foot there. I hope that fate would allow me to show her around someday.


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37 comments:

  1. Dashing young man, you are so loving towards your wife!
    NYC on my bucket list too...so long we don't have to pay Visa charges.

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    1. Thank you for your compliments. I think I look like a dashing old man now. Sobs!
      Hey I think the US Visa fees are peanuts for you. Try to check the Visa fees for Bhutan and you might get shivers.

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  2. since you have been to wtc before you must go visit the memorial there now. those who have been there recently say that it is worth a visit.

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    1. I saw the photos of the memorial site and was not sure what to expect. Now I should go since you shared about the reviews. New York here I come!

      I went to the War Memorial at Washington DC and seeing so many loved ones weeping by the walls of the departed names, gave me a terrible heavy heart like stone.

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  3. Yeah, each time I watched the news showing that, I feel very sad inside... I cannot imagine how horrific and terrifying everyone had been, on the two planes and those trying to escape.. really very saddening.. On the positive side, you have these pictures to keep before the tragedy..

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    1. I was also imagining all sorts of chaotic & panicked images moments before the Twin Towers crashed all the way down. This incident was so unspeakable and hope the world would be peace again. I get tummy butterflies each time I looked at those photos in my old album.

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  4. yea, I remembered vividly over that horrific incident. All the news were focusing on that attack during then. Btw, our dear PM is now in US for meeting with Trump in White House, a day after the anniversary!

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    1. I guess every year the TV News would replay this horrible tragedy. It was to horrific and would never cease from our human memories.

      Our PM had only 30 minutes like a Touch & Go meeting.

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  5. Yes, I remembered this date and the terrible incident. It is a tragedy, may the victims be able to rest in peace and reborn in Pureland on the positive side and may the families of the victims be able to step out of the trauma.

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    1. I think no amount of prayers could appease the lost and angry souls. This is how bad karmic cycles could never end. I still have vivid memories how the Twin Towers looked like from inside to the roof top which impressed me.

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  6. yea,one of the horrific moments in the history of human world. by the way you look smart young lad and i am sure you haven't changed a bit. Catch me in Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/tdorgee

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments. I was at the slimmest size in those photos and look like a happy buffalo today with worn out face! Muahahaha
      I shall find your facebook soon.

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  7. I can't recall where I was when the news first broke but I do remember being glued to the TV after that for all their latest updates. That has to go down as one of the saddest days in history.

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    1. It was 16 long years ago and many people have forgotten where they were. I was just watching my usual evening CNN news that day. These days I don't believe this channel so much anymore.

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  8. The craziest thing to have happen in the early 2000s.

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    1. I agree that incident was too horrific to be real. We only saw such things in movies made by Marvel or Bruce Willis.

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  9. Yes, I too was watching the tragedy live on the news channels with awe in eyes how the flights crashing the towers… but those visited the NYC and the twin towers in person could feel more the destruction. I remember seeing these photos already in your early post.

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    1. So you were also watching live on TV that day. Hope the world will not have anymore terrorism. I am glad you have such a good memory and I shared my photo again for new readers. Happy Weekend Jeevan.

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  10. Hope Anay and Letchumi will be able to enjoy honeymooning in NY soon! Hehehe

    The 911 tragedy is sad and really shocking.

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    1. I wish money can be plucked from my garden trees! I want to go visit so many places like you who already pau the whole Japan.

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  11. Hi! I can remember the tragedy as if it happened a few days ago. But I will go to USA next month to see and enjoy some national parks.

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    1. Great to hear that you will visit US next month. It's the best season to visit in Falls when the autumn foliage starts. Please share your photos.

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  12. I really can't believe it has been that long....
    Extreme terrorism starts there. what a sad beginning

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    1. It happened 16 years ago when you were riding the tricycles at home. LOLOL

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  13. i guess we'll always remember where we were when we heard the news ... i was at home too, watching a vcd movie when my boss called me!

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    1. I totally agree that we tend to remember our location when good & bad things happened.

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  14. It's painful remembering these horrible incidents. Just hope that something like this will never happen again.......

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    1. I felt sad and miserable watching the repeat news clips. I have been worried about the safety of both our countries too.

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  15. Wish your dream come true and show us all your lovely and "funny" photos of your Big Apple trip~

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    1. Wow!! So many people said I have funny photos and comments. I think I can work part-time as circus clowns. I really wish I could drive across America for holidays.

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  16. It was a sad, sad day for this to happen. I was at my friend's place that time and the tv was on. His brother told us that planes just crashed into the towers. We thought it was a hoax. After a while we found out that it really happened and that what we watched was not a movie but something real :(

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    1. It was so unbelievable and shocking when I saw it live on TV. I had to slap my face and pinch myself that it was a real horrific tragedy.

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  17. I guess the whole world will not forget this tragic incident.
    I have been to NYC in year 2012, the local tour guide showed us that WTC which was still slightly under constructions then.

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    1. Wah!!! As I said many times that you are very lucky and went to so many places on Earth. I was in NYC over 20 years ago. LOLOL
      The new building looks impressive.

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  18. I remember when I heard about this news I was at my secondary school. The whole class was talking about it and at the same time the band 911 was famous back then too.

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    1. I knew you are a very young man and I thought you were riding tricycle at home but you were already in secondary school. Did you all have TV in the classroom??

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  19. Such a tragic day. I cannot understand how anyone could find it in their hearts to take the life of another person so easily..in this case, lives!

    May your wish to show your wife around New York come true :)

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