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Sangria and the Floods

Dear WineTalker,

I know this is supposed to be a post about a fun drink, Sangria, bear with me for awhile please.

It started as a regular Friday evening as I walked my dog home just in time before the slight drizzle started. Phew, I thought to myself, glad to have escaped the rain. The drizzle turned to a steady downpour as we headed out to a dinner meet.

You know the thing about dinner with friends – you’re so engrossed in the conversation and the food and wine that you tend to take the weather for granted. It was still raining when we drove home. And when we woke the next morning. In fact, it was one of the longest lasting rainfall we’d had in a while which resulted in the worst floods ever experienced.

Now, I know that I’m supposed to be writing about this weeks’ Sangria promo and so forth. But this flood has really touched a raw nerve. We’ve read the stories of the hardship and suffering. And yet, from all these, we’re also shown a different side of Malaysians – of the caring and helpful variety.

We’ve seen how ordinary citizens of a particular neighbourhood band together to station at certain roads to redirect traffic of some roads that are affected by floods. My friends told me of their experience of how they were trapped at the Federal Highway/Shah Alam area standstill and how the residents of the nearby houses coming out to distribute water and snacks for those in need. There’s even a pau vendor who set up his truck at the relief centres to give out his food for free. And in one of the most badly affected areas of Taman Sri Muda, we’ve seen people working together round the clock to give aid.

My heart goes out to the victim’s families for something tragic and unexpected to hit them on a seemingly unsuspecting normal day. For the worries and heartache of those affected by the floods, all I can hope for is that we Malaysians will continue to show our generosity in the coming weeks and taking care of one another.

This is the time where we truely learn the value of togetherness and being there for each other.

Till the next time.

PS : After all this dramatic events, a little pick-me-up works wonders – try out the latest ‘Sangria in a box’ from Fiuza wineries. A sangria is a delightful red wine with added citrus fruits – this Fiuza sangria offers you hassle free drinking – just chill the box, pull the tap out and you’re ready for some cool refreshing drink. Not a bad way to destress from the world.