It feels like only yesterday the twin towers of New York came crashing down. For many of us, that fateful day that forever changed the world, remains crystal clear in our minds. Etched in our memory.
And for so many of us, we remember what we were doing that day.
So, what were you doing that morning -- September 1 2001 -- when American Airlines flight 77 struck the first building?
I remember it minute by minute. I was with the NST London correspondent, Tony Emmanuel, in the living room of the NSTP Bayswater apartment where he was staying. Ahirudin Attan (then Business Times editor) and I (then NST's deputy chief news editor) were assigned to cover the visit by our then PM Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Russia and we were stopping over in London on our way to Moscow.
Tony and I were watching the morning news when suddenly there seemed to be some kind of panic over the news and quick visuals of the twin towers and this approaching aircraft and then an explosion...the rest, was, of course, history..
Tony and I were stunned. Loss for words. Cold sweat.
Needless to say, Dr Mahathir cancelled his Russian visit. (He made the visit a year later)
When we arrived in London a few days earlier, processes at the immigration and customs were normal, just as they had been for so long.
The day we left London for home, everything changed drastically. Security checks were stepped up by a thousand times.
And the world was never the same again.....