My friend told me this story a few months back. I was thinking of waiting till the Hungry Ghost Festival to tell this story but somehow, I am in the mood to write about it now. So here it is ...
I met up with my friend Aileen (not her real name) during the Chinese New Year holidays. We had not been meeting for over a year so I thought it would be nice to catch up with her during the festive break. We had lunch together and that's when Aileen told me her story.
Aileen's husband died a few years ago due to an incurable disease, leaving her with her 2 young children and 2 properties. One of the properties is the house she is living in now, and the other is a condominium unit in Kuala Lumpur which she rented out to a single man in his late 20's named Gavin.
Lately, Aileen had been having trouble collecting the rental from Gavin. He had always been punctual in his payments, Aileen told me. But he started to be late in his payments and when he did not pay for three months straight, Aileen decided enough is enough.
She gave him an ultimatum - either pay up or get kicked out. When Gavin did not answer her call, she was furious and got her agent to get him to pay up or move out. He finally agreed to move out, much to Aileen's relief.
A few days after Gavin had moved out, Aileen received a call from Mrs Yap, a condo resident who was staying right below her unit. Aileen knew Mrs Yap well because Mrs Yap had been complaining about the water leaking from Aileen's unit above. But this time, Mrs Yap did not call about any water leakage. Instead, she asked Aileen if anyone is still staying in her condominium unit.
Surprised, Aileen asked why.
"I can hear someone flushing the toilet in the middle of the night." Mrs Yap told her.
Aileen laughed and said "You must be mistaken. There's no one staying in there now. I have not rented out to anyone yet."
But Mrs Yap called her again the next day. She was sure she heard the flushing of the toilet again last night. But this time, she also heard someone banging on the wall.
"What time did you hear this banging sound?" Aileen asked.
"About 2 am in the morning" Mrs Yap replied.
"That's impossible" Aileen said. "Unless ...."
Aileen could only think of one possibility. Maybe Gavin had returned during the night and stayed in her condo! She was angry. She called him but the number no longer existed.
She had no idea how Gavin could get in since he had already passed her the key. Oh, maybe he duplicated the key, she thought. That scumbag!!
After contemplating for some time, Aileen decided to change the padlock. When she went to the condo one evening to have it done, she bumped into Mrs Yap who told her that the man had just left.
"You saw him?" Aileen asked.
"No, but I heard him moving around upstairs just now and then it was quiet minutes before you came."
"But you did not see him right?"
"No I did not."
"Oh well, I have changed the lock now. He won't be able to get in."
Feeling reassured, Aileen went home. She was sure she would get a good night sleep that night.
But the next day, Aileen got a call from Mrs Yap again.
She sounded scared over the phone. "I heard it again last night!"
"Hear what?" Aileen asked.
"The banging on the wall!" Mrs Yap exclaimed. "It was quite loud and I could not sleep! I thought you changed the lock!"
"I did!" Aileen could feel a chill going down her spine.
"Then why is there still someone making all the noise? And he did it at 2am every time!"
Aileen did not know what to say. She had changed the lock! How did he get in? Through the windows? But that would mean he had to climb up 7 storeys high from the outside. It's quite impossible! Besides, she had locked all the windows and they could not be opened from the outside!
"Mrs Yap, are you sure what you heard is from my condo unit?" Aileen tried to reassure herself.
"I am very sure. It's coming right above my unit." Mrs Yap explained. "I would not hear so clearly if your unit is not directly above ours."
Aileen then decided to meet up with Mrs Yap and her husband Mr Yap to talk about this unexplained mystery. But before she went, she called her agent and asked her if she knew anything about the man who rented her condominium unit.
The agent reluctantly told her that Gavin had been suffering from depression and he was unemployed for many months. Perhaps that explained why he could not pay her the rental! As for his whereabouts, the agent said she had no idea.
Probably he's a psycho? Aileen could not shake off that eerie thought. That could explain why he banged on the wall at 2 am in the morning! Yet when she met him on several occasions, he appeared to be normal and in fact, quite polite.
When Aileen met up with Mr and Mrs Yap that evening, she invited them up to her unit. Aileen looked around for any signs of wall being damaged but found none. Then they went into the bedroom where Gavin slept.
There, Mr Yap pointed up to the ceiling. Aileen gasped. The ceiling was damaged badly as if someone had used a stick or something to hit it. So he had been banging on the ceiling at 2am every night! Clearly, it was the work of someone with mental problems!
"What happened next?" I asked Aileen excitedly.
"Mr and Mrs Yap went back hometown for Chinese New Year, so I did not hear from them." Aileen said. "And I got a plumber to fix the water leakage issue in my unit."
"Did the plumber hear or see anything unusual?" I asked.
"No, but then he had not finished fixing it yet. He also went back hometown for the Chinese New Year holidays." Aileen explained.
"So no one knows if the banging sound still continues?"
"No. And I don't think I want to know." She laughed nervously.
And just like that, her story ended. We did not meet again. I wonder what is the conclusion to her story. Should I call her up to ask? I don't know. Deep down, I don't really want to know as well. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss, don't you think?
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Last January, I visited Bangkok with a friend for a short holiday. It's my 5th time in this lovely city. We stayed at a boutique hotel called Bangkok Loft Inn in the Thonburi section of Bangkok.
My friend and I took a taxi from Don Mueang International airport to our hotel. It costs us 350 baht (USD11.75 / RM35) and took a little more than an hour to reach. The taxi driver did not know the exact location of the hotel so when he told us we had reached the correct street yet could not find the hotel, I thought we were really lost!
Fortunately, a lady who was walking past our taxi saw our predicament and asked where we were heading. When the driver told her the name of the hotel, she smiled and pointed to a building ahead of us. It was less than 100 metres away!
And guess what? That lady was one of the staff working in that hotel! LOL!
Checking into the Bangkok Loft Inn was a breeze. The hotel staff were helpful and friendly. I really like them! We were each given a welcome drink, which was nice.
But what surprised me was that they also gave us a map of Bangkok, and pointed out to us the location of the hotel and the nearest BTS Skytrain station. On top of that, they also gave each of us the hotel's name card so that we could show any taxi driver the address and get back safely to the hotel. How thoughtful!
My hotel room (known as Superior Room) was on the third floor of this 4-storey luxurious boutique hotel. The teak flooring made the room appeared airy and spacious. I was glad to see that flat screen TV! Yay! If you must know, I love watching Thai dramas (despite not understanding a word!) and Thai music videos, so a good flat screen TV is very important! LOL!
No smoking and no durians allowed inside the room or you will be fined 2,000 baht! (USD67.30 / RM202.70)
That's pretty strict! Looks like I could not bring back my favorite durian with sticky rice desserts for supper! Oh well, not a huge problem. I can live with that : )
I was satisfied with the amenities in the room. There were extra pillows, a laundry basket, clothes hangers and an in-room safe.
There's a working table and a leather sofa too.
The view of the room from the working table.
The view of the room while sitting at the leather sofa.
And the view of the 32-inch flat screen cable TV while lying on the comfortable Double Bed. I got to tell you that I enjoyed watching TV - all the Thai dramas and Thai music videos - every night in my hotel room till the wee hours of the morning! Haha!
I also like that they provide a hair dryer outside the bathroom.
The switches and sockets. Thailand uses a different kind of sockets (compared to Malaysia) so make sure you bring a Universal Travel Adaptor when you visit Bangkok!
Water boiler and coffee maker.
Small bedside table where the telephone and notepad were placed.
I found some interesting decorative items inside that small glass cabinet on the wall above the leather sofa.
These were the items inside the glass cabinet. I wish I could take them home with me!
I like the design of the lamp stand and the three pictures hanging on the wall above the bed.
Opening the curtain behind the leather sofa, I could get a nice view of the streets outside.
Although it would be nicer if the hotel was taller and not limited to just 4 storeys high. Would be nice staying at a higher floor and have a bird's eye view of Bangkok city.
During this trip, I had actually spent some time sitting on this sofa by the window and enjoyed myself reading a good book with a cup of hot coffee. Simply love it!
One of the most important aspect of a hotel room is its bathroom and toilet. For me, it must be clean and everything should be in good working condition. I am pleased to say the bathroom in Bangkok Loft Inn was excellent!
It was clean and tidy. The bath towels were clean. And I like that there's a separate cubicle for shower.
Too bad they did not provide rainforest shower head - that would have made it perfect!
An illustration on the wall to educate hotel guests. I hope no guests would squat with their two feet on top of the toilet bowl - a big NO NO to me!!
By the way, all the rooms in Bangkok Loft Inn are wi-fi enabled. I found the hi-speed Internet access to be very reliable. It did not fail me during my 4 nights stay - surely another plus point for this hotel!
Bangkok Loft Inn also serves surprisingly delicious breakfasts at its Terrace Restaurant on the first floor.
My stay includes complimentary breakfasts which I enjoyed very much! This is the area outside the Terrace Restaurant.
Going down the stairs, I saw a notice board and decided to check it out.
Three cute monks in orange robes beside the wall.
On the notice board, a warning message stood out. This is a very good warning to all guests and tourists especially if you are a first timer to Bangkok.
The practice of tuk tuk drivers offering cheap rides to discounted jewelry stores are pretty common in Bangkok. If you are offered one, please decline or risk being taken for a ride!
Other than the warning message, the board was completely inundated with thank you letters and postcards from guests who have enjoyed their stay in this hotel. Take a look at some of them!
I booked this hotel room via Agoda at the price of RM520 (USD172.50) for a 5D/4N stay (inclusive of breakfast) which works out to RM130 (USD43.10) per night. With its friendly customer service, lovely room and clean bathroom, reliable hi-speed Internet access, PLUS its delicious breakfast, the price I paid was totally worth it!
The only problem could be its location which is a bit far from tourist hotspots like Silom and Sukhumvit. However, it's just 5 minutes walk to Wongwian Yai BTS Skytrain Station so getting around in Bangkok is not really a problem.
Besides, it's just 2 stations away from Saphan Taksin Pier where you can take a boat to all the tourist spots like Wat Arun, Grand Palace and Chinatown.
Overall, I highly recommend Bangkok Loft Inn - currently my favorite hotel in Bangkok!