A Vulnerable Telling
of the Brutally Honest
Internal Banter That Occurs
in the Face of Disaster.

a book by Chris Jaymes about
his time in Thailand during the 2004 tsunami.


Attraction to disaster seems to be somewhat universal among humans. Chaos tends to pull focus, be it a car accident, a loud couple, the screaming of a dog, or anything slightly outside of the habitual norm.
Natural disasters are an extreme example obviously, which increases the magnetism.

Throughout my youth, as I would witness these global events, there was some sort of intrinsic desire to participate, or somehow be a part of what was happening. Hours were spent watching news coverage from the wars and riots, fires, floods, and earthquakes, sort of wishing I could be inside of it without actually having to be affected by it. Maybe it was the movie version that I was quietly hoping for. The pull towards the chaos without the repercussions, and the idea of having purpose resonated somehow.

Boxing Day is the recounting of my first journey into disaster,
as I entered the tsunami-battered arena of a disaster that took hundreds of thousands of lives.

** Warning about the book:
It was written when I was much younger and far too fascinated with verbose adjectives.
Also, the Southeast Asian Publisher didn’t pay much attention to editing and there are plenty of typos and missed words from writing too fast.
If you can stomach that and be forgiving, check it out.