[Ashin's second entry on the earthquake, posted on May 15. Words in italics were photo captions in the original.]
What we can do right now, is be concerned and pray, and more determinedly than ever live in our own orbits.
Although it has already been several days since the earthquake, but Beichuan is still experiencing constant tremors, ceaseless rain.
As we go through our rehearsals, every time we take a break
we spend long periods of time staring at the television.
Just like almost ten years ago when the 921 earthquake completely shook up our own lives. On this earth, in the hearts of all Chinese,
those tremors have only just begun.
Yet only in the coldest air can you see the warmth of your own breath.
Only at this moment
can we clearly see each other’s warm blood and beating hearts,
like hot breath pushing out into the air.
Apart from doing our own work well,
we can’t do that much,
Victor Wong, Fish [Leong], Ding Dang, Champion, and Mayday
decided to make an urgent donation
500,000 RMB [~US$71,000].
We will keep going on together.
I know there are a lot of people watching the news constantly, or talking about the situation in the affected areas after classes.
They are worried, and there is so much they would like to do.
We feel the same way.
But I believe
these friends need to calm their hearts and focus on their studies,
and be sure to take care of their health.
This is important, because if volunteers or blood donors are needed,
only healthy people can roll up their sleeves,
contribute their strength.
The road to rebuilding hasn’t started,
once it does, it will require energy, but even more it will require patience.
we can keep going on together.
I saw on television that Taiwan relief workers are all prepared, and today have already begun their journeys to Chengdu. Donating money is the most basic thing, but this is what No2Good and I can do so far.
Coming up, Mayday will also take part in relief activities.
We really hope to return to Sichuan soon, to use music to comfort your hearts.