Under the Snow – in sunny Singapore

You were caught in an avalanche. To be rescued, you need to make it through the night. What thought(s) would give you the strength to go through such a scary, dangerous situation?

Since most of the people in my wordpress circle are from countries with at least two to four seasons, I shall imagine that I, in Singapore with only one season of perpetual summer (or maybe two seasons if rainy season is considered one), have been snowed in. Seriously, I will not be the only one needing to be rescued as it will be a nationwide disaster. Ok for the sake of this post, I shall be the only one facing this crisis, in a remote corner of Singapore.

The thoughts that would make me want to get out of this situation would be my loved ones; my family and friends. However, it will be the way out of the situation that posed the greatest challenge for me. With almost zero knowledge about snow or temperatures below zero, there’s no guessing my chances of survival would be zero. Anyway, I shall assume I have enough warm clothing on as I am supposed to be in a cold climate situation, which is so opposite of what I usually wear for an average temperature of 34C/93.2F.

What I learned mostly from hollywood, the idea of surviving in a situation of extreme cold would be to keep myself warm but I am trapped in an avalanche, snowed in perhaps in a crevice large enough for me to lie down or sit up (i need this, otherwise there’s no point in writing myself out of being totally covered with snow). I learned that to keep warm I need to curl up and conserve energy but I also understand that I should not fall asleep or I will die. Then I also learned that I should keep moving to stay warm and active but a small space does not give much room for exercise. What about conserving energy? I think this will take quite a lot of my time trying to figure out what I should or should not do and hope that someone finds me before I die of confusion.

Under the Snow – DP


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