Are You Spooked?

Posted by : foongpc | Thursday, August 14, 2008 | Published in

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Today is the 14th day of the 7th month of the Lunar Calendar. So happens it is also the 14th day of the month on Western calendars. If you are Chinese, you will know it’s the Hungry Ghost Festival day!

Are ghosts and evil spirits more powerful today? I don’t know but it’s better to play safe.

Most of us have stayed in hotels before. It is widely known that a certain hotel in Genting Highlands is haunted. It is an urban legend among Malaysians but if you do not know which hotel, read about it at Spooky Corner.

Now let me tell you some beliefs of hoteliers.

Every single hotel, there is at least a permanent room which should be left vacant at all times. No matter how full the hotel is, they are not to sell that room to any guest. It is said that the special room is "reserved" for those "special visitors".

So, if you plan to stay in some hotel, always book in advance. Try to avoid walk-in. If the receptionist tells you there's no more room available, do not insist or try to bribe them to give you a room. If you do that, most of the time the room you have will be that "special room".

Sometimes those "special visitors" might go to other rooms also, so here's some tips on how to protect yourself.

1. Before entering your room, always knock on the door first, even if you know the room is vacant.

2. After you enter the room, if you feel very cold suddenly, immediately leave the room quietly and go to reception to request for a change of room. Most of the time the receptionist will understand and will consider your request.

3. After you enter the room, immediately switch on all of the lights, and open the curtain to let the sun light in.

4. Before you go to bed, arrange your shoes so that one of them is upside down. Some say this is representing yin & yang to protect you while you're asleep.

5. Always leave at least a light on while you're sleeping, preferably the toilet's light.

6. If you're staying alone and they have given you a twin bed, do not, I repeat, do not sleep with the other bed vacant. Instead try to put some things like your luggage on the other bed before you sleep.

7. When you enter your hotel room, look for the Bible. Some hotels place the Bible inside a drawer. Well, some do, some don't. But, if upon entering, you see the Bible on the table, DON'T STAY IN THAT ROOM! It means "special visitors" are there.

If you see the Bible opened up on the table, LEAVE THAT ROOM IMMEDIATELY and request a change of room!!! It means the "special visitor" is really creating trouble in that room!!

If you are reading this on your laptop in a hotel room right now, and you see the Bible or some sort of religious book opened up on the table, heed my warning and LEAVE YOUR ROOM NOW!

Of course ghosts are not limited to places like hotels. What better place to linger than those dark, creepy places like inside the cinema?

Here's what I've been told about cinemas. A lot of people like to rush and be the first person to see a particular movie before everyone else sees it. Are you one of them?

Let me tell you this. Do not attend the first screening of any movies in the cinema. By the first screening, I mean the first time that movie is being shown in that particular cinema hall. The reason? The first screening is meant for "the special audiences".

However, if you insist on going, then sit somewhere in the middle of the cinema hall. The first and last rows are reserved for them. Be warned!

(21) Comments

  1. cc said...

    I was just going to pretend I didn't know about the date and waiting for it to pass. BUT you have to remind me huh!!! LOL

    August 14, 2008 at 9:30 AM
  2. My Bug Life said...

    Yeah...the stories from the Highlands of Genting are well-known..hhehe

    August 14, 2008 at 11:45 AM
  3. foongpc said...

    cc, sorry about that! Enjoy your Hungry Ghost Festival. Haha

    my bug life, maybe more people should stay at the haunted Genting hotel and blog about it!

    August 14, 2008 at 12:43 PM
  4. MisSmall said...

    Okayyyy....now I'm freaked out! And I already don't sleep well in hotels! :(

    August 14, 2008 at 12:55 PM
  5. Nkw@i said...

    eh....yeah, today is the 14th of july on chinese lunar calender..but I heard, is not just today which would be aware...because the hell gate will be open on the first day of july and be close back om last day of july....which mean the whole month of july need to be aware ;)
    well, i heard all of your points before...and it's better believe rather than not...lol...and I got one method to add in also, just bring a sharp scissor and a red thread out...which happen to my friend mom before.

    August 14, 2008 at 2:03 PM
  6. Bengbeng said...

    mrs bb was jus commenting to me that this yr we have not had a sighting or an experience. a blessing for us this yr. the first of hopefully many yrs to come.

    we removed some artifacts within the last 12 months.

    abt the fish n the other world, any fish which does not close its eyes will do

    August 14, 2008 at 2:59 PM
  7. renaye said...

    thank u for the tips. i totally have forgotten them.

    i didn't know today is the beginning of the hungry ghost festival... but anyway... i think we ought to be careful in this month... u never know if u met a spirit loitering around u.

    and pls visit my blog!

    August 14, 2008 at 4:06 PM
  8. cbenc12 said...

    hai.. hotel and the special guest.. always freak me out!!!

    August 14, 2008 at 11:35 PM
  9. foongpc said...

    missmall, I sleep well anywhere except in haunted places : )

    nkw@i, a sharp scissors and a red thread can protect us from ghosts?

    bengbeng, no sightings so no story? May be a blessing to you but not to your readers : )

    renaye, yes we ought to be careful. Will visit your blog : )

    cbenc12, freaks me out too! : )

    August 15, 2008 at 1:54 PM
  10. acura said...

    Funny I did something about urban legends for the Hungry ghost festival too. Well, Genting of course have many colourful stories haha

    But so far my stay there are free of any encounters.

    One more thing, do you mind me adding your blog in my blog roll?

    August 16, 2008 at 1:10 AM
  11. foongpc said...

    acura, read your post on Hungry Ghost too. Very nice! Yes, you may add my blog in your blogroll. I've added yours to mine. Thx! : )

    August 16, 2008 at 2:47 AM
  12. Babette said...

    Hi Foong, thank goodness I didn't know about this before we went on vacation last June. We were in Europe for a month and stayed in a lot of hotels.I would be spooked if I've known about these. LOL

    August 16, 2008 at 3:01 AM
  13. Johnny Ong said...

    i travel a lot and have no problems with any hotel rooms before.

    i believed that as long as u believed that such things exist, it will exist for u

    August 16, 2008 at 3:20 AM
  14. lamberry said...

    i did travel for long period last time, but luckily i did not experience that before. Maybe is becuase i am a good 'sleeper', once on the bed, next day morning only will wake up. good huh?

    August 16, 2008 at 9:20 AM
  15. Nkw@i said...

    yeah, that what i heard from my friend =D

    August 16, 2008 at 10:38 AM
  16. foongpc said...

    babette, sometimes it's better not to know : )

    johnny ong, I guess there's some truth in what you said. When you believe something too much, you'll experience what you believe.
    Then again, not everyone will experience seeing ghosts simply because they don't have the gift.

    lamberry, good sleep definitely has its advantages! : )

    nkw@i, actually not a bad idea to bring a sharp scissors around - can protect us from not only ghosts, but criminals! lol

    August 16, 2008 at 1:30 PM
  17. jam said...

    I always bring along my own bible when traveling.

    August 16, 2008 at 8:41 PM
  18. synical said...

    I've never heard that one about the first movie screenings in the cinemas - I used to do that in my undergrad days - got such thing meh?

    These days I can't watch those screenings even if I want to.

    August 17, 2008 at 8:29 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    jam, good for you!

    synical, if you've done that many times before, I guess you have no problems with those things. Sometimes they don't want to disturb you, or it could be because you lack the gift to sense them. Whichever one it is, just thank you lucky stars! : )

    August 18, 2008 at 6:02 PM
  20. Harold

    Really effective info, lots of thanks for the article.
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    December 8, 2011 at 7:19 AM
  21. June Tan said...

    Touch wood~ so far I never see a bible in a hotel before. First time came accross this.

    And btw cinema first screening, very rare going.. so I will take note as well.

    August 29, 2012 at 4:31 PM