Bangkok Bomb (Aug 17, 2015) | My Personal Experience

Saturday, August 22, 2015

A huge bomb exploded in central Bangkok, Thailand on Monday, August 17, 2015, killing 20 people and injuring more than 120 people.

If you've been catching up with the news or social media, I'm sure you've heard everything about this devastating incident. For those you haven't, here are some BBC links:
* Bangkok Bomb: What do we know?
Bangkok bomb: Deadly blast rocks Thailand capital
Bangkok explosion in pictures
* Bangkok bomb: Victims and survivors

R.I.P. to the innocent people who were killed, and I hope the injured people will get well soon. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

I haven't posted anything on my blog until now because I was so shocked. I'm still struggling to find words to write for this post.

My Personal Experience
I'm going to share with you my personal experience and feelings when the bomb exploded. Everything I write from now is raw and straight from my heart. Even though I don't personally know anyone who were killed or injured from the bomb, and I'm forever thankful for that, this horrendous incident still shatters my heart.

I was at a shopping mall close to the Erawan Shrine, where the bomb exploded. I just finished watching Inside Out with my sister, cousin, and Thai tutor (I've known her since nursery so she's like family). My cousin wanted to buy some shoes so we waited for her; little did we know that her buying shoes was the reason that potentially saved us.

My home is less than 1 km from the shrine. We can take two routes home from the shopping mall, let's call them Route A & B. Route A passes the shrine, Route B doesn't. Right after our car got out of the parking lot. my mom called. She said there was a 'car gas explosion' on the street in Route A, so she told us to take Route B. At that point, we didn't think it would be such a big deal. But when we were close to home, there were so many ambulances speeding past our car.

That's when we realised that the incident must be very serious and many people were injured. When we got home, my mom and brother said they heard the explosion and thought it was very loud thunder. Then mom said there are rumors going around social media that it was a bomb, not a car gas explosion. At first, I was like nahh that can't be true. Why would anyone do that? It must've been those rare car gas explosions. But we turned on the news and the police confirmed that it was a bomb.

Images and videos of the aftermath had gone viral in social media within minutes. Gruesome, heartwrenching photos. There were human body parts strewn across the street and blood everywhere. Fire, then burnt motorcycles. Debris. Injured, crying, grieving people. My heart sank; I felt sick looking at them.

I was shocked. Endless questions flooded my head. How could anyone be so cruel? How could they want to kill and hurt so many innocent people? Why are they so heartless?

I couldn't do anything but listen to the news TV and radio channels. They announced that 12 people died instantly, and many more were injured. My heart started pounding, and fear took over my body. My mom realised that if it weren't for my cousin buying shoes, stalling time, we could have been there - right next to the shrine. Although we might not have been badly injured, it would have traumatised us by witnessing the explosion and the aftermath right in front of our eyes.

Nobody could ever expect such a violent act to happen in Bangkok. Yes, we may have seen some small bombs before, during the political problems, but never an attack at this scale. 20 people died and more than 120 people are injured from this bomb. That is horrifying.

There was another explosion at a pier in Bangkok a day after the deadly bomb blast at the shrine. Luckily, nobody got injured. Watch the CCTV footage and read more here.

// Thank you to my lovely blogger friends and everyone else who have contacted me, asking if I'm okay, telling me to take care / be safe. I'm really touched by your concern. *sends hugs to everyone* //

It's been 5 days since the incident happened. I've been engulfed with so many feelings, it's hard to express them in words. But I'm going to tell you this..

I am scared.

I'm scared to go out anywhere. I go out only if I have to - with my family or for volunteer work. Other than that, I stay home all day and night. What if there's another bomb? What if someone I know gets hurt, or worse? What if, what if, what if..

I hope there will be no more bombs or anything like this ever again. I'm gonna be worried sick about my family when I go back to UK next month.

R.I.P. and I hope justice will be served.

Why is the world so cruel?

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  1. Glad you're ok. I saw your snapchat! I'm taking precautions right now by not going to the center for awhile until everything's ok. You should too. I know it's scary, just try to relax for awhile..

    Dice, '96 Wild Heart
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    1. Mhm I'm glad you're okay too Kandice. Well uhm I live right in the center lol.. but yeah I'm not going to the shopping malls like Siam Paragon, which is like my second home. Take care and stay safe!

  2. I'm glad you're okay Nana. But don't worry as long as you're brave and willing to protect your family then everything will be fine. Please stay safe!! And hopefully we hear you soon ^__^

    Linxnee-Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle

  3. This hella scary. There has been bombings in our city for the past years and I know the feeling. Bless those who are victims and the people who have done this will surely go to hell. :(
    Glad you're okay, Na.

    - Joyce |

  4. :( I'm so sorry this happened in Bangkok. No one deserves this, it's so saddening to hear this from someone who nearly experienced it happening. You poor thing, I wished I could come over and give you a hug :( Condolences to all those who have suffered and I pray that it won't happen again. :'( Stay safe hun and take care <3 I'll always be here to listen to you if you'd like to talk xx

    Lauren xx | laurlauu . beauty . fashion . life . blog

    1. Thank you so much Lauren. Your words really mean a lot. You're honestly the sweetest person ever T^T I pray that it won't happen ever again too.. *huggles* > <

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  6. God bless! I'm so glad you are okay. Don't be scared, don't limit yourself from going anywhere. The future is unknown, any place can have accident any place can be safe, we never know. So, just believe you and your loved one's will be safe and happy. And, live your life as usual, have fun as usual. Good luck!

    Vanessa│Meili Journey

    1. Thank you Vanessa > < I'll try my best.

  7. Such a horrible thing! I am glad you are safe and not one of those people. All my prayers goes to their families and friends. It's very heartbreaking. I'd love to know the answer to your question about the world and cruelty but sadly I don't have an answer. There is always a bad in the good and good in the bad. And the sad thruth is that there is nothing we can change no matter how much we wanted.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    1. Thank you Leta <3 I agree, that's the sad truth about this cruel world we live in T.T

  8. Jesus Christ, it must have been a scary experience for you! I only heard about the bombing in Bangkok from a blogger friend who lives in Singapore. Like you, it also broke my heart because I've been to Thailand twice, and I only have so many good things to say about the country. I think there was/were a Filipino/s who died from this incident, and it's just sickening to think that other people would do these things to innocent people. :(

    P.S. On a completely unrelated note, add me on Snapchat, too! I'm on there as gorjaeous. :)


    1. Mhmm it's very tragic :c .. good news is the police arrested the bomber today. Hopefully they will hunt down the rest of the people who were also involved.

      I added you on snapchat. :)