Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My 1st experience with the supernatural during my army days

Abdullah & me were "patrol buddies" during one of our duty days. We were armed with probably the most dangerous weapons the SAF soldier will ever lay his hands on... the CHUNGKOL STICK!SBMT (Now known as Nee Soon Camp), 1st wing has always been a magnet for ghost stories and now is our chance to find out. 11pm +/-, me & Abdul were walking behind this particular building which was vacant. As it was late and we didn't think any commanders would be walking around, we decided to stay at the back of this building to "rest a while" before our duty ends. Abdullah crouched up at one end of the building, while I crouched up at the other end. I was very very sleepy and actually slept with my face in my knees. Suddenly, I felt a "slap" on my back! First thought was Abdullah played a prank and was the one slapping my back. When I opened my eyes, Abdullah was asleep at the other end of the building. There was NO WAY he could have hit me and run back before my eyes opened! OK... he must have thrown something (I was 2 metres away from the corner of the building (L shaped) against the wall, and in it's rebound the thing hit my back. But no!! There was nothing behind as well... needless to say, I ran to Abdullah, woke him and told him we needed to go away quickly. When he saw me run, he ran too...

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sighting at Singapore Science Centre

Today's story is one that was told to me at least 10-15 years ago. I was visiting her in her home and was browsing through her photograph albums. I came across this ugly photo of what seems to be something dashing past the camera in a split second when the shutters opened. This "blurness" took up about 85-90% of the entire photograph. I asked her "Why keep this photograph? It looks like somebody's hand or something got in the way."

"I'm keeping this to remind me about something spooky that happened to us during this photoshoot." she replied. So what really happened?It was a get-together of former classmates at the Singapore Science Centre. After spending an afternoon exploring the exhibits within the centre, the group had converged outside the building for several photograph taking opportunities. The skies were turning dark, afterall it's already 7pm+. They had positioned themselves for a final group photo at the car park, and the camera was set on a 10 second delay so that everyone could be captured. Just before the camera went off, there was a loud piercing, high pitched shriek coming from the back of the group and the sound dashed to the front of the group.

Then the camera snapped....At this point of time, the skeptics were wondering who in the group was pulling the prank but one thing was sure. Nobody wants to stay behind anymore and everybody left. One more thing to note.... a few minutes before the photo was taken, one of the boys caught a glimpse of a lady in white (He only saw the back view)walking around the carpark where everybody was and he told a friend about it. They tried looking for the "lady" but never found her and never thought much about it till the photographs were published.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

2 stories about a camp in Tanjung Gul

New camp duty

I was finally posted away from that camp. I don't really know if it was for the better or worse. We deemed it "God forsaken land" as it is at the end of Singapore, away from civilisation (Except for shipyards). After spending 2 weeks of bliss in this stay out camp, my turn for duty has finally arrived.

I made a very wrong move by asking my buddy..."Are there ghosts at night here?". "Yes!" came his reply. "Are you sure? Stop kidding me...." I repeated. "Yes!" he said again. I didn't want to believe him (Although he is one that would never lie) and so I asked campmate no.2. Again same answer... !! I'll go ask Madam Chew. Madam Chew will never tell me lies. "Maaaam! Are there ghosts here at night?"

She replied...."Are you crazy? Don't go and disturb it, it won't come and disturb you..." Thanks for a reassuring answer Mdm Chew!!!! I tried not to think about it and here's the itinerary for the duty:-1720hrs:- Conduct roll call, read RO to them and fall them out 1800hrs:- Go cookhouse for dinner, come back to building (2 stories), ensure every single room is locked (Except toilets of course). Bring flower pots that are placed on the 2nd floor balcony into the building. Lock main gate (That means locking yourself into the building till 7am next morning). Sometime at 2000hrs, theres supposed to be night snack consumption but the walk is so long and the food is uurrgh! Nobody bothers!Fast forward.... 2150hrs+/-..... I'm inside Ops Room, all by myself, watching TV, with a phone beside me (Cannot use the phone one ... if this phone rings, it'll mean activating all soldiers to go to war... imagine you're having a long chat with your girlfriend and they cannot get thru..).

I thought I heard something... cannot be.. I'm all alone in the building, so where can the noise come from? I mute the TV to listen clearer....The flower pots that were placed just outside the ops room were moving (Or so the sound suggests).... They were being dragged from one end of the hall to the other and back, repeatedly. It is definately not my imagination as the sounds were clear.... Wat a night! The next morning, when people started coming back to the camp... they were kpo and started asking..."So what did you see last night?" "I thought you all saw before, so why ask me?" The problem as I found out, this ghost is different everytime. Everybody's first duty sure kenna one (After that no more). One fella said he went for night snack and came back and saw a lady in white sitting on the roof of the bldg. Another one was worse, he was watching TV as well and heard footsteps along the corridor... he was stupid enough to open up the door to see who is that... a pair of slippers walking (And nothing else).

Printer (Another experience in the same camp) It was Saturday afternoon and I was doing duty. Nothing much to do, so I walked around the different offices to make sure their rooms are locked. The office next to mine was locked but I could hear the printer working OT. (Common thing sometimes because they'll be used to print SAF100). I just noted that in my duty report that PC was left ON over the weekend. Monday morning, I was called by the WO to answer to my report. Nobody was tasked to print anything using that PC/Printer and the record shows that the particular PC had not been switched on since Friday afternoon.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ghost Dog

Same camp but I was still a private during that time. I'm in charge of area cleaning of the HQ block, central staircase (The most suay area becos only Offrs & WOs can use this stairs so it must be in tip top condition 24/7).One day after lunch while I was walking back from the cookhouse, I saw at the other end of the bldg, a dog was walking towards me. I dun really care cos we may have enough dogs in the camp to form a platoon! As I was walking nearer to the centre of the building (And the staircase), so was the dog. The dog was an ugly, dirty, muddy dog... unlike the usual slightly cleaner ones. I hope & pray this dog won't go up the central staircase and dirty it (If not I jialat liao... sure kenna extra duties!).We were both the same distance away from the staircase. When I stopped, the dog stopped too. I suddenly had an idea. Why dun I just run towards the dog suddenly, scaring it and it may run the opposite direction. It backfired... as I ran towards the dog, the dog ran towards me (& the staircase faster). Eventually it reached the stairs faster than I did. I was very very close to it though. If I wanted to jump at it, I could easily grab it's tail.... I am that close. The strange thing was when the dog turned (The stairs are oval shaped) the corner, it completely disappeared! And to think I was just a nano second behind it! I carried on, ran up, looked at 2nd floor corridor, no sign of it, ran up again, 3rd floor corridor, still nothing, 4th floor, nothing!! As I was going down, my friend saw me and asked WTH I was doing... I told him and he laughed! I saw you running as if you're looking for something but I dun see any dog.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

BOS / COS duty

I was doing BOS duty, and as usual, around 8pm, I arrowed the COS & duty clerk to Lum Chiam Pass and see who is the lucky one to collect night snack from the cookhouse. The COS lost and went to the cookhouse by himself while I stayed in the Ops room watching TV, enjoying the aircon. In less than 5 minutes, the COS returned, face pale, and full of sweat! "What happened?" I asked.

"Sergeant!! I saw ghosts!!".....was his reply. "Nonsense!! There is no such thing as ghosts!" I replied (This was said to calm him down. After so many experiences, I BELIEVE in ghosts!!) "So sit down and tell me what happened?"

"I was walking towards HQ block (The cookhouse is behind the HQ block) and I saw this rubbish bin was shaking. As I walked nearer to the bin, the shaking got harder and suddenly the bin cover flew off! I thought it must have been some stray dog (BTW stray dogs are plenty in that camp!!) that was living inside the bin and went even nearer. Then the contents of the bin started flying out and I was thinking day area cleaning this fella jialat liao lor.. I tried to go near the bin and scare the dog away from the bin and began running towards it. The next thing, the bin shook so violently, it tumbled & fell. Open end towards me... I could see that it's empty and nothing inside. That's when I ran back... Sergeant, can you go and check or not?"

I told him "You siao ah! No such thing as ghosts lah. Anyway, not BOS duty to go and check on dustbin. If you want, I send you there again to check and you write me a report to give to RSM." Needless to say, I'm not to keen to check it out.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Loung Phor Statue

Many years ago, I was looking to buy a used car. There was once I spotted newspaper classifieds a Daihatsu GTti for sale, many extras, very sporty & fast bla bla bla... I gave a call to the car dealer to went down to take a look... When I reached there, I was disappointed because they told me that the car was supposed to be returned to them yesterday (It had gone for a respray) but they had another fast car for sale, a 1990 Honda CRX. It was out of my budget but since I'm already there, might as well, test drive it, right? After the test drive, all my blood gone everywhere but my brain. I bought the CRX! Excitedly after collecting the car, I called my ex classmate "Hey Brudder! I bought the same car as you!!". He asked me "What's your plate registration number?" "SBL7375" was my reply..."AIYO!!! Why did you buy that car? That car was involved in a very serious accident! Someone died in the car!" I interrupted him and said "Hey, stop being a wet blanket... I just bought this car. Don't scare me now!". He went on and on...I decided not to let him affect my good mood and hung up on him.

There was a very "minor" problem with the car and it happened many times... Occasionally when I sit in the car with my gf (Now wife), there would be a fart smell. Unable to take it anymore once I told her nicely, "Don't fart inside enclosed aircon space please.... very smelly.". She argued back that it was me!! OK ... women have this thing called pride and won't admit it's her, so I took the blame instead (Although it's not me). One day, I was driving by myself, the smell came back. I froze! Straight away, I drove back to see my business partner. "Tell me the truth... Is mine an accident car". (My business partner and I ran a car accessories business together but he has 30 years experience in car accident repairs). He said "Yes. It must be very serious too because your roof is also affected". I called the car dealer to tell me more details. "Your car ex owner died in an accident. Car overturned but dun worry, we have already fixed the car nice nice for you already!".

I have tried placing Jap Buddhist beads but the smell wouldn't go away. My partner asked if I can put aside my religion for a while and let him try his Thai Buddhism to rid of whatever's in the car. I agreed. He placed a 3 cm tall Thai Monk statue in the front of the car. After putting the statue, the smell disappeared TOTALLY! (This story has ended but there is one more part linking this to the statue that he put in the car)

Continuation...Every since the smell went away.. I lived with the car happily ever after. However there was one day, while on the way to work from the PIE, it was raining heavily. I was travelling on the right most lane (Becos it was the fastest lane) and I saw in my backview mirror a white car tailgating me! WTF?!! It's raining so heavily and still this guy is tailgating me so closely? He was so close, I could almost see his face and just one light tap on my brake pedal will result in an accident.... My eyes shifted back to my front view and I went into panic mode. The Mercedes slowed down due to slow traffic ahead. As my right foot jammed the middle pedal as hard as it could, both my palms held my steering as firmly as they could (To prepare for the inpending accident) and my eyes shifted back to my rear view mirror... "There is no way this car will not bump into my car... NO WAY AT ALL!" Instead of hitting my rear, the white car mysteriously spun 2 rounds and whacked right into the centre divider railings. As I saw all these happen in my rear view mirror... shock overcame me as I further saw the car behind this white car whack into it, the driver's side. Despite the cold airconditioning, I was sweating, my hands went numb, and my heart was beating frantically.... Many questions ran in my head... This guy was so close... why didn't his car hit me and yet spun out of no reason.. He was really really close... Did he die as the rear car rammed into his car?When I went back to my office and I told my partner my story. He assured me that it was not my fault and there was no need to blame myself... He also said he was going to take back his monk statue but since it had helped me twice, he believed my fate is stronger with it and I should keep it instead.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

New spiritual statue working?

Few years ago, my business partner & I (Together with our wives) went on a holy "Visit as many temples" trip to Bangkok. There was one particular temple we went (I'm bad with Thai names but he's famous for sitting on a tiger, is it LP Pern?) and the LP gave us each a gift. I got a wood craved statue of a tiger. This tiger is in a seated position with mantra inscription on the front chest and a monk image on the back. I liked it very much and when my wife & I went back to the hotel room, we actually had a 3 minute discussion on which side of this statue should face us.Finally we both agreed that the tiger (Not the monk) should face our bed when we sleep (Sleep hor, nothing else cos we are too tired!). I was the first to wake up and when I looked at my statue, the monk was facing us instead! When my wife woke, she said she had not touched it at all, in fact, she slept earlier than I did. Could it have been helping us fend off something in the room while we were asleep? We'll never know.....More true stories coming up...

Friday, September 12, 2008

The haunted Bedok Reservoir Block

More than a decade ago, there was a famous block in BR (Beside the expressway) which was rumoured to be haunted and the whole block was vacated and sealed off. Being young (& stupid), we decided to pay the block a visit. We went in a group of 20+ comprising of mostly colleagues & their partners, after work (11pm+) and went there in a convoy of motorcycles.When we parked in the carpark, one of my friends, Joey, (He worships Satan btw) told us he can see a lady looking out of the window in the 1st house of the 2nd floor. Some of them could see it but I can't (Btw at this point of time, I'm very skeptical if there was going to be any supernatural stuff).We were told not to hang out at the void deck (Good advise & you'll know why later) and so we proceeded to the surrounding areas with stone seats and hung out there. The staircase were all sealed with wooden planks but that did not deter Joey & another gung ho fellas from climbing the water pipes onto the staircase landing in between 1st & 2nd floor. While they were up there, we had sensed something was wrong happening around the void deck. Initially I thought I did not clean my specs properly. I took them off and to my surprise, they were clean and spotless. I thought I had saw an apparition darting around the void deck but could not be sure. My buddy asked me if I had seen anything, I denied and said no and asked him where he saw it (Just to be sure). He said void deck, something very fast, moving here and there. Just what I needed.... confirmation!!When I looked at it "properly", it is roughly the shape of a human but it was unclear (For those of you who have seen the movie, predator, it looks like the invisible mode where you can see the background behind the predator diffused). Needless to say, eventually everybody realised this thing is there at the void deck but we couldn't leave our 3 friends up there and so we waited. When the 3 of them finally came down, we left the place quickly and went to our next haunted place. (BTW they didn't see anything up there except many burnt joss & offerings all over the corridors of the block).