The Haunted Penang Hotel

Posted by : foongpc | Monday, March 16, 2009 | Published in


Strange. They were all senior citizens.

That was what both Colin and I noticed. The waiters were all males and at least above the age of 50.

Just then, Aurora and Kye Li came to join us. Kye Li was not her usual self. She looked pale and tired.

“What happened to you? Didn’t have a good night sleep last night?” I asked her.

She shook her head. We were seated by the window and the sunshine shining through seemed to trouble her.

“I didn’t sleep much last night. I had a very bad nightmare.” Kye Li said.

“Very horrible. I think she’s still shaking.” Aurora chipped in.

“That bad? Tell us about it!” Colin said.

“I don’t know….” Kye Li struggled to explain. “I don’t know if it’s a dream. It was so real!”

We reached Penang just the day before and had booked into this hotel along Penang Road. I and Colin shared a room, while the girls stayed in another room which was directly opposite the room next to ours.

After a tiring day walking around Georgetown, we went for dinner and then came back to the hotel to retire for the night. I went over to the girls’ room and chit chat for a while before going back to my room to sleep. There was no indication to prepare me for what would happen the following day.

As we ate our breakfasts, Kye Li slowly described what happened last night.

“I was talking to Aurora. We were both in bed. I think it was about 12.30am. I could see that Aurora was tired and wanted to sleep. I knew I should stop chatting with her and let her sleep. But somehow, I was not that sleepy.

But as I continued to talk, I realized she was about to doze off. I was starting to feel drowsy myself. Then I awoke with a start. I didn’t know if I imagined it, but I heard it! The water running in the bathroom as if someone was taking a shower.

I quickly sat up and shook Aurora to wake her up. I told her what I heard, so we just sat still for a while to listen. We heard nothing then, but we decided to check out the bathroom anyway. We had left the bathroom lights on, so we just opened the door and went in slowly to look.

Nothing. Shower was not turned on, no water running from the taps. Aurora said either I imagined it or what I heard was from the room next door. I was thinking, maybe that’s it! Anyway, we went back to bed after that.

I was chatting with Aurora for some time before starting to feel drowsy again. I think Aurora already slept – I was not sure – I was drifting into sleep. And then I awoke with a start! I saw several men in suits surrounding my bed. They started to pull me up from bed. I screamed. I saw Aurora still asleep next to me. I called her but she did not wake up. The men held my hands and legs and pulled me out from my bed, but somehow I struggled and struggled, screaming out for Aurora to wake up and help me.

Then I woke up. Aurora was sitting beside me. She said I was screaming like a mad person. I looked around. There were no men in suits. But everything else in the room was exactly the same as in my dream – every single detail including the box of tissue on the table beside my bed. And the clothes I placed on the chair. The details were exactly the same. I could not believe it was a dream!”

“She thinks the room is haunted.” Aurora said.

“Really?” I said. “It could just be a nightmare.”

“But it’s so real! I can even remember some of the faces of the men. One was very hideous. I remember his face very well. Oh, it’s so scary!” Kye Li said, trembling.

“Maybe you all should move out of the room.” Colin suggested.

“No!” Aurora shouted.

We all looked at her. “Why not?” Colin asked.

“I like the room!” I could hardly believe she said that.

“Besides,” she continued, “I think she’s just having a nightmare.”

Later that day, we searched for a temple and brought Kye Li there. I don’t remember the location of this temple, but we got Kye Li a talisman or ‘fu’ in Chinese.

Kye Li had almost forgotten her ordeal by the time we went back to the hotel to sleep that night. I was thinking, maybe with the talisman she felt much safer and was not worried anymore.

Boy, was I wrong! Both Colin and I were fast asleep when someone banged on our door. I quickly got up to my feet and asked who’s there. It was Kye Li. I quickly opened the door. She was crying.

“What happened?” I asked. Colin was by now behind me.

“Aurora. She…..she….” Kye Li stammered.

“What happened to her?” Colin asked.

Without waiting for her response, Colin and I stormed into her room. What I saw gave me the chills. Aurora was not on her bed. Instead, she was on the ceiling. Somehow, she was clinging to the ceiling, with her head tilted backwards and her long hair flowing downwards as she faced us.

I froze. Never in my life have I felt such horror. Colin gasped.

Aurora gave a crackling laughter as she moved towards us, her head tilted sideways as she looked at us. I backed out of the door in complete shock. But my legs gave way. I fell.

Then I woke up.

I could feel my heart beating fast and I was sweating. Colin looked at me and said, “You looked as if you have seen a ghost!”

I squinted as the sunlight from the window entered my eyes. I looked around the room. The dream was so real!

I then looked at Colin and said, “You know what, Colin?”

“What?” Colin frowned.

“We are changing room!”

“You are kidding me!” Colin protested.

“We are changing room right now!” I woke up from the bed and started to take my belongings and placed them in my luggage.

“Please don’t tell me you are having the same nightmare as Kye Li.” Colin teased.

“No, not the same. We are not having nightmares.”

“You mean this room is haunted? Is that what you mean?”

“Look Colin, are you packing your things or not? I am getting out of this room!” I almost shouted.

Colin noticed I was serious and quickly packed his stuff. As we went out of the room, the girls overheard the commotion and came out of their room.

“What happened?” Kye Li asked.

“This guy say we are going to request for a change of room!” Colin said pointing to me.

“Oh my God!” Kye Li trembled. “You experienced it too, Foong?”

“Yes, my God, yes! I was scared as hell! We shouldn’t have switched room with you girls last night!”

Note: This is a true story, except that we did not switch rooms. My friends Kye Li and Aurora requested for a change of room the day after Kye Li had her nightmare. At one point, Colin did suggest we switch room but I was too 'scaredy-cat' to go along with that idea! We did go to the temple to get Kye Li a talisman. But she insisted on changing room even with the talisman protection.

I just made up the rest of the story to spice things up. As to whether the hotel room was really haunted, we had no way of knowing but until now, Kye Li still believe it is haunted.

I am not going to mention the name of this hotel, except that from my hotel room, I can see the sea and E&O Hotel. I have changed the names of my friends to protect their privacy.


(114) Comments

  1. day-dreamer said...

    Many hotels also got their own haunted stories one ler...

    March 16, 2009 at 12:30 AM
  2. Mariuca said...

    Missed FC!!! :(

    March 16, 2009 at 12:43 AM
  3. Mariuca said...

    Oh no a scary post? I'll give this a miss Foong, just like I do with Nick's horror tales he scaredy cat mah! ;)

    March 16, 2009 at 12:44 AM
  4. Anonymous

    oh no.. this reminds me of 1408 and The Shining from Stephen King... hotel is indeed a very scary place... u nv know what kind of people have stayed in that room and slept on that bed before...

    March 16, 2009 at 1:20 AM
  5. Andy said...

    You know, that's quite a good ghost story actually! Btw, mind giving us some hints or descriptions of that hotel? (Or at least tell me privately so I can avoid it.) ;)

    March 16, 2009 at 1:28 AM
  6. TZ said...

    Aiyo.... i used to travel a lot ... whenever i smell differently in the hotel room... i will request a room change... I could not see but i could smell :p

    March 16, 2009 at 1:43 AM
  7. Anonymous

    This is scary... can you tell us the name of the hotel?

    March 16, 2009 at 1:55 AM
  8. Anonymous

    This reminds me when I was in Bangkok with my friends.

    The girls in the other room saw a figure crouching on the ceiling like what you described.

    March 16, 2009 at 2:22 AM
  9. Anonymous

    i have never experience such thing in any hotel *touchy wood*

    but i have similar dream before :S

    this must be your most unforgettable escapade ? :P

    March 16, 2009 at 7:05 AM
  10. khengsiong said...

    Maybe your friend was trying to add spice to your trip...

    March 16, 2009 at 8:48 AM
  11. Borneo Falcon said...

    What is this hotel? I go to Penang almost annually. I never had encounter before. Salt will be a good way to prevent this spirit

    March 16, 2009 at 8:54 AM
  12. molly said...

    I am starting to believe in ghost after my own encounter in one of the hotel sometimes ago, and so many stories including one real story happened to a Singapore young cadet. Er...rr... that's why I am hasitating to go travelling recently.

    March 16, 2009 at 9:46 AM
  13. Anonymous

    I rarely had nightmares but I still remember the one I had when I was a child. Very scary! If I experience any unnatural occurences in a hotel room, you bet I'll ask to be moved to another room. HEck, I'll even sleep in a conference room if they don't have any available. I like to watch the Ghosthunters show on the Sci-Fi network. Do you get American cable shows over there just like in the Philippines?

    March 16, 2009 at 10:10 AM
  14. Nick Phillips (15/03/1967 - 04/11/2022) said...

    I think all hotels have their on tales to tell. I've even had experiences of the supernatural happening to me in a hotel in Genting. Will post about it one day :D

    March 16, 2009 at 10:11 AM
  15. A Common Singaporean said...

    I totally believe this. Even the made up part can be real.

    The talisman will help but not entirely.

    Such attacks in the dreams might come again if one is not cleansed properly. Just pray she didn't bring anything back.

    March 16, 2009 at 10:47 AM
  16. Anonymous

    Oh come on, Foong. You make me feeling scare to travel with you, haha! I think the girl was just too tired after a day out. Bad dream comes when one gets too tired. That's my explaination.

    March 16, 2009 at 11:31 AM
  17. iamthewitch said...

    Foong can you please please tell me what's the hotel name? Email me if you will. I am absolutely TERRIFIED of ghosts! And I stay in Penang! I wouldn't want to recommend a haunted hotel to my friends/family in the future. *goosebumps* (I have a feeling it's Cititel Penang)

    March 16, 2009 at 11:42 AM
  18. Unknown said...

    Oh my goodness!

    Foong, this is a very good story. Really scary man! I have never had such a scary nightmare and I don't wish to get one.

    March 16, 2009 at 11:46 AM
  19. Twilight Man said...

    Penang is my hometown and ghosts in hotels is nothing new. In fact there are ghosts inside many rooms I have stayed in Singapore, Thailand and the worst was in Beijing where the old dead waiter walked out of my bathroom while I was watching TV at night. Normally the last rooms along the corridor is a favourite gathering place for the invisible guests. Last year I had no choice but to sleep in the last room of a hotel at Bencoolen Street, Singapore and the ghosts were having a big party inside. They said that I occupied the physical room whereas they only occupied the air space. So what the heck? I said prayers and sprinkled holy powder before I slept peacefully. Read my old post about the hotel at Gurney Drive -

    March 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM
  20. levian said...

    i feel like wanna know which hotel it is, just so i can avoid it the next time i went. gosh, i don't think i can handle such situation!

    March 16, 2009 at 11:52 AM
  21. Angie Tan said...

    Wow!! Scary!!

    When I was up in Penang for a business trip, I was staying in a room by myself and all night long, I could hear some folks outside my door just chatting away very loudly.

    I was too tired to go and check it out and just left it as that.

    When I got back, some friend told me that the hotel I stayed in was haunted.

    It seems that Penang hotels are frequently haunted and that if you know some folks at the front desk, they will put you on a floor which is ok. Otherwise, it depends on your luck.

    March 16, 2009 at 2:32 PM
  22. Anonymous

    Lucky you didn't see any floating wig that sounds like Samy Vellu and threatens to endanger your lives by increasing the penang toll rates. Now that would be scary.

    March 16, 2009 at 4:24 PM
  23. Anonymous

    Yeah, I heard some stories like this. They said never book a room at the end of corner.

    BTW:I am so sorry about your late brother-in-law. I think he is flighting for himself now, Let's pray for him too!

    Yeah, Steve Jobs is battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer. Though he underwent surgery to remove an islet cell tumor from his pancreas in 2003.

    I saw a report a few days before, Hope it helps to them: Can Pfizer's Breakthrough Help Steve Jobs?

    March 16, 2009 at 4:40 PM
  24. eastcoastlife said...

    I have to stay alone in hotel rooms whenever I'm on a business trip and some strange things happened.

    March 16, 2009 at 4:43 PM
  25. ladyviral said...

    HI there... got to your blog from Pikey's

    Well, every hotel have their haunted stories to tell.. I can't see, or smell... but I do hear them. Eventually of course I hope I don't see them hehehe :P.

    Just tell them you're not there to conquer their space and that you're not harming them and you will be gone soon. Well, I don't know but usually works for me. I hear them, tell them I am not disturbing their peace and I hope they don't disturb my... the sounds goes away. Of course, if i get into such a dream... heck, I would change room too.

    Thanks for a great story... hope I can avoid the hotel one day. I am not really interested in encountering with them.

    March 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM
  26. eastcoastlife said...

    As long as I don't harm or hurt them or others, I have no fear of the ghosts.

    March 16, 2009 at 4:44 PM
  27. eiling lim said...

    Now I'm scared to sleep alone in a hotel. Especially an old one!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:19 PM
  28. [SK] said...

    hmmm, this is kind of scary indeed!! especially that part you talked about your "dream".. yaakkss!!

    March 16, 2009 at 6:25 PM
  29. Rad Sujanto said...

    dude you're such a good ghost story teller!! T.Zone might like you to tell him a good night story! LOL

    Your story is haunting me now... a girl hanging on the ceiling?? dude that's not just scary but terrifying.

    March 16, 2009 at 8:11 PM
  30. foongpc said...

    day-dreamer, I guess every hotel has its own ghost story to tell. In any case, I'm not going back to that hotel in Penang! : )

    Btw, congrats! You are FC (first commenter)! : )

    mariuca, missed FC narrowly! Haha! Next time, try again : )

    So scaredy-cat meh you? OK lah, better don't read especially since you always stay up so late! Haha!

    March 16, 2009 at 9:03 PM
  31. foongpc said...

    nic, oh I like 'The Shining' by Stephen King - really good story! Hotels are indeed scary place to be cos a lot of people like to commit suicides in there. Furthermore, some hotels do not have enough 'yang' energy thereby attracting all sorts of spirits and ghosts to reside in them.

    andy, thanks! Glad you were entertained by my ghost story! I guess it's more scary when it is based on actual events.

    I've already given a number of hints - 1)the waiters are all males above 50 years old, 2)the hotel is on Penang Road, 3)from my hotel room I can see the sea and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel (E&O Hotel) quite close by : )

    March 16, 2009 at 9:10 PM
  32. foongpc said...

    TZ, wow! Super nose you have! Or should it be called a 'sixth sense' nose? Haha!

    So instead of the famous line "I see dead people" yours is "I smell dead people" LOL!

    hyperX, I think it's not good to mention the name of the hotel - not very fair to the hotel concerned. But based on my hints and clues given, maybe you can sort of guess? : )

    March 16, 2009 at 9:14 PM
  33. foongpc said...

    DC, really? OMG! That's scary! I just made up this story about the girl on the ceiling. Have never seen one in real life. I think I will faint if I see it in real life! : )

    Btw, which hotel is that in Bangkok? I will definitely avoid it!

    annant, you have similar dreams before? Where? When? I think the dream my friend had is a little unusual as she is not prone to such nightmares. Maybe it was triggered by the sound of shower running in the bathroom before she slept?

    Btw, even today she tell me she swear what she heard from the bathroom is real and not imagined. I don't know lah, if I hear it myself, I will surely pack my bags and leave the room as fast as possible! Or just leave without packing my bags! LOL!

    March 16, 2009 at 9:22 PM
  34. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, if that's true, then I must applaud them for being very good actors (can win Academy Awards! LOL!) and for being able to keep up with their acting even until now, which is more than 4 years already! : )

    borneo falcon, good thing you have never encountered anything like this - better pray you don't get to experience it although it would make a good story on your blog. Haha!

    Oh, salt can prevent such things? So must remind myself to carry a bag of salt next time I travel! And what do you do with salt? Spread it all around the corner of the hotel room?

    I don't think I should name this hotel, but maybe you can guess from the numerous clues I've given : )

    March 16, 2009 at 9:29 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    molly, oh don't let my ghost story and other ghost stories stop you from traveling! I think as long as you stay in a hotel that is not too run down, and a room that is not at the far end corner, I think chances of encountering these things are quite remote.

    And of course, don't ever stay at hotels that are already famous for their ghost stories, eg. Ria Apartment in Genting Highlands. That one is 100% sure haunted! : )

    babette, haha! Even willing to sleep at the conference room or maybe the hotel lobby? I think I will too! Better to sleep there than sleep with the ghosts inside the room! LOL!

    We do have some American cable shows over here, but I seldom watch them.

    March 16, 2009 at 9:37 PM
  36. foongpc said...

    nick phillips, oh! Please post about your ghostly experiences in Genting ASAP! Which hotel did you stay?

    a common singaporean, you totally believe? Did you have similar experiences yourself? Would love to hear about them!

    The talisman won't help entirely? Now, that's not comforting to hear!

    Please don't freak me out by suggesting my friend may have brought something back. No wonder days after we came back to KL, she acted strangely. But I feel she's OK now, I hope! *tremble*

    March 16, 2009 at 9:43 PM
  37. lina said...

    lucky when I read this post for the first time, it was in my office, with bright lights and people everywhere. Now that I read it the second time, at night and at home, I got goosebumps. Scary man...

    One reason why I hated change of hotels - because I can't sleep / got very scared at night. But the problem is, the ghosts (or spirits that I've encountered) were at my own home. Lagi scary!!!

    March 16, 2009 at 9:46 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    jam, now that you mention it, I think I'm a bit scared to stay alone in the hostel in Guilin for the first two nights. Some more, they don't have single bed - either twin or double bed.

    You know the story about twin or double bed? When only one person sleep in a room with twin or double bed, those things sleep in the empty one! Gosh, I'm freaking myself out!

    I think I will put my luggage and whatever stuffs I have on that empty bed!! Maybe that will solve it - I hope!

    Or can I just sleep inside your room? If there's space, I don't mind sleeping on the floor! Haha!

    You think tiredness can cause one to have nightmares? I don't think so, cos every time I'm tired, I always have sweet dreams : )

    March 16, 2009 at 9:50 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, you so scared, meh? Actually I've already given many clues in my post. You can probably guess, but one thing's for sure - it's not Cititel Penang. Why did you mention this hotel? Is it haunted?

    If you really, really want to know, I will email you the name of the hotel : )

    jade, thanks! Hope you are entertained! Haha! I think no one hopes to have such nightmares! : )

    March 16, 2009 at 9:56 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    twilight zone, wow! You have so many encounters with ghosts in hotels? You must be very experienced by now! So must be very brave and can stay anywhere now, right? I think the ghosts also scared of you already! Haha!

    OK, will go and read your ghost story! Thanks! : )

    levian, OK I may just reveal it but not here. Probably email to you, but try guessing first. I left some clues in this post : )

    March 16, 2009 at 10:00 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    angie tan, don't tell me that what you heard about some folks talking loudly outside your room are actually ghosts? So scary!

    Yes, I heard that the front desk will always help to put you on a good floor. That's why they said never to check into a hotel when it's almost fully occupied cos the remaining rooms are usually the haunted ones.

    And if you insist even though they tell you the hotel is fully occupied, they will have no choice but to place you inside the haunted room! So never insist on a room if the hotel is already full : )

    gallivanter, now that would be funny, not scary! Haha!

    March 16, 2009 at 10:06 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    iwalk, yeah never book a room at the end of the corner - this is a good advice indeed!

    I hope and pray that Steve Jobs will get through and survive this cancer. I really felt so sad for my brother-in-law last time. Luckily he died peacefully without much pain. Cancer is scary. We should always take care of our health.

    eastcoastlife, I guess what you say is true. As long as you don't harm anyone, there's no reason to be afraid of any ghosts. But then again, we have heard of cases where people get haunted or possessed by spirits even though they do not harm others. So how to explain that? Not a very comforting thought, right?

    Anyway, do tell us about your strange encounters during your business trips. I would love to read about it!! : )

    March 16, 2009 at 10:14 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    ladyviral, you can hear them? OK, so now we have one who can see dead people, one who smell dead people, and now, we have one who hear dead people! LOL!

    Don't you freak out when you hear them? I know I will! But you are brave enough to even talk to them, my God! But thanks for the advice. Maybe what you do is the correct thing - as long as they don't felt threatened by you, they will probably leave you in peace.

    eiling, haha! Try and avoid staying in old hotels! And maybe say some prayers as you enter your hotel room! : )

    March 16, 2009 at 10:19 PM
  44. foongpc said...

    SK, haha! Glad you find it scary! That part about my dream is just a made-up story, but the dream by my friend and what she heard coming from the bathroom are true : )

    rad, thanks! Maybe I read and watch too much ghost stories! Sometimes my imagination runs wild and I actually scare myself! But the part about my friend's dream and what she heard coming from the bathroom are true.

    March 16, 2009 at 10:24 PM
  45. foongpc said...

    lina, what?! You have ghosts in your own home? Gosh, please don't scare me - but do tell me more about it! : )

    March 16, 2009 at 10:26 PM
  46. LifeRamblings said...

    i used to travel regularly but i've not come across such situations b4.

    March 16, 2009 at 10:35 PM
  47. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, well you are lucky! Either that or you don't have the sixth sense or the third eye to see such things. So be thankful for that! : )

    March 16, 2009 at 10:54 PM
  48. Bengbeng said...

    i think i know the hotel you mean. what i would like to know is the room number. it could be one of a few. that would b interesting to visit it

    March 16, 2009 at 11:17 PM
  49. HappySurfer said...

    A friend who is familiar with such things advised that before you go to bed (hotel beds), place your shoes beside your bed, each facing a different direction. Placing one's underwear at the head of the bed helps too. Sleeping in the nude also helps. If you do any of these, you will not be disturbed.

    I normally do the shoe ritual, sometimes, with two pairs of shoes, one pair on one side of the bed. It's worked fine. My roommate once experienced it while I slept like a baby the entire duration of our stay. My roommate saw it on the first night and her pullover was taken off on the last night of our stay. We were in a suite of a 5-star hotel in Auckland, NZ. Which goes to show that mat salleh land also got wan!

    I remember receiving an email of the do's and don'ts of hotel stay. One of them is if you are staying in a room with two beds (as you mentioned should you be having a room to yourself in Guilin, Foong), do not leave the other bed empty. Put your bags and things there. Two others I can remember are:

    - Before you enter the room, knock on the door (so as to give a warning that you are entering so that it/they can get out of the way should it/they be inside.

    - If at all you feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, the hotel will not hesitate to give you a different room upon your request.

    All said, not everyone is able to see or sense them, so enjoy your holiday. But do remember to do the shoe ritual. It has worked for me. Still. Plenty to gain in trying.

    March 16, 2009 at 11:24 PM
  50. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, you know which hotel? Not bad, you have been there before? Sorry cannot remember what is the room number. Can't even remember which floor. Maybe too scared at that time, my brain selected this memory to be blocked. LOL!

    You want to visit it? Wow! Not scared ah?

    March 16, 2009 at 11:31 PM
  51. foongpc said...

    happysurfer, I think I will try the shoe thing. Maybe the underwear too. But sleeping in the nude? I don't know about that - what if it doesn't work? I need to run out and don't have time to put on my clothes. I'll be running out in the nude! Haha!

    Btw, thanks for the advice. It's no harm doing them : )

    March 16, 2009 at 11:34 PM
  52. Anonymous

    Hmm.. I wonder which hotel is this..
    I stayed in one Penang Hotel before. I checked in early morning.. Went into the room to get ready for bed when there was a noise at the window.

    A noise as if somebody's fingers running down the window.. We ignored it and the next day my friend who was in the next room told me she saw a big white figure flying across that night.

    p/s: My hotel is facing the sea also..

    March 16, 2009 at 11:49 PM
  53. Bengbeng said...

    ref the room, if my guess is correct, it likes like an ideal candidate for such stories but it would also the first time i heard stories from that place.

    my sales area covered Penang, Kedah n Perak at one time.

    March 16, 2009 at 11:54 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    cashmere, gosh! That's scary! Reminds me of those vampires trying to get into the house through the window in the movie Salem's Lot.

    What do you believe? Ghost or maybe just the wind?

    bengbeng, actually that room does not look like a haunted room to me. I've been to rooms which give me a bad feeling and makes my hair stand, but not this particular room which my friend stayed in.

    March 17, 2009 at 12:02 AM
  55. Anonymous

    Wah, can start your own Malaysia Ghost Stories book already...I think I know which hotel you are referring to.

    I've 'met' the 'unfriendly' unseen residents in the ladies toilet of the hotel too. They just seem to LOVE flushing the toilet and turning on and off the taps while you are in there ALONE. Don't know about men's toilet though.

    But I am not really bothered. I've had worst experiences. Hmmm..maybe I should start a real ghost stories blog eh?

    And I know I'll probably get loads of old shoes thrown at me for saying this, some of those talisman you get from temples don't work.
    Trust me, I know from experience.

    It is more reliable to have strong faith in your religion and pray to your God for help. It works way better than any human-made talisman.

    ~the female Foong who has 'met' more unseen visitors than she wants to ~

    March 17, 2009 at 12:32 AM
  56. Monica said...

    Foong! it's 4am now so I'll give this a miss...LOL

    March 17, 2009 at 4:21 AM
  57. Anonymous

    wuah! so sexciting! just like that ghost movie 1428 lidat!

    March 17, 2009 at 5:36 AM
  58. Anonymous

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeee i have not read the post! i am a chicken shit :(

    March 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM
  59. lina said...

    they are nice spirits lah, I think (the one in my home, that is). Came and "visited" me one night while I slept in Raimie's room. There were two of them, one male and one female dressed in all white and they beckoned me outside to have a "talk". When I regaled this to Zaini, he told me that he actually experienced the same thing albeit a group of those "spirits" reciting verses in our living room!
    I had to think positive lah - maybe they were looking after our house. :)

    March 17, 2009 at 1:30 PM
  60. Anonymous

    that is why i never dare to stay at hotel room alone! yr story making my pee almost flow out!

    March 17, 2009 at 5:09 PM
  61. Anonymous

    Die... so scary... I won't be able to sleep tonight!

    March 17, 2009 at 6:36 PM
  62. .:: Ant ::. said...

    Being a traveller, I've also been disturbed a few times. The times we cld be disturbed is when our spiritual luck is low, thus enabling the "yin" forces to override. (generally the human "yang" force prevails over spirits "yin" force). Talisman may or may not work, depends on which force is stronger.

    When at hotels, I take few precautions, namely 1) do not take room opposite the lift nor the last room down the corridor, 2) do not insist on a room if told that hotel is fully booked. The reception may be "forced" to give you the room normally known to be eerie. 3) ask for change in room if you feel uncomfy the moment you step inside.

    Geez, I do sound like a fengshuiman or something huh? LOLZ


    March 17, 2009 at 10:37 PM
  63. .:: Ant ::. said...

    If all else fails, please call sifu Twilight, the demon slayer! lolz


    March 17, 2009 at 10:39 PM
  64. Unknown said...

    love the way you wrote.. continuing from the main story. a movie someday? :)

    March 17, 2009 at 11:34 PM
  65. Jonzz said...

    LOL, thought the ceiling part was real. You made it up. If that happened, I probably had ran off and retrieved my 'friend' in the morning, ha ha.

    March 17, 2009 at 11:42 PM
  66. Faisal Admar said...

    Guess it was Bayview Hotel? I stayed there before but nothing suspicious or scary happen. Lucky me I suppose?

    I believe in spirit but hardly believe in ghost. I know. I'm weirdo.

    March 18, 2009 at 1:08 AM
  67. Tekkaus said...

    Now that is really creepy! =( I'm not going to sleep facing the ceiling tonight. LOL

    March 18, 2009 at 1:53 AM
  68. Ayie said...

    Really scary, I didn't even finish reading coz I'm the type to feel or sense stuffs. I also read comments, the hotel advice is good. I'll try those when we check-in but definitely not the nude sleeping.

    March 18, 2009 at 2:39 AM
  69. Robo said...

    Hmm...There is a proven haunted room at the Penang hotel around town area. Because two of my friends (who doesn't know each other) coincidence stayed at the same room and told me the "SAME" story after they back to JB.
    Maybe this is common in Penang?!
    And I suspect the hotel Foong and friends stayed might be the same as my friends stayed before....

    Anyway, I love ghost story....:)

    March 18, 2009 at 2:02 PM
  70. Anonymous

    dropped by via Lina's mention.
    I too have had some run-ins with the other world, perhaps.. wrote about it here.

    March 19, 2009 at 4:43 AM
  71. Anonymous

    Foong, I will help to find a local Chinese girl to accompany you, haha!

    March 19, 2009 at 8:56 AM
  72. foongpc said...

    foong, you've had your share of paranormal experiences? You should blog about it or start a blog on ghosts! Haha!

    So the talisman don't work? Must have strong faith in our religion? What if we are not religious? What then?

    monica, 4am again? How come you always read my blog at 4am? You don't need to sleep meh? Be careful 4am is the time of ghostly encounters. Should be in bed by then, you know. Hehe.

    March 19, 2009 at 6:32 PM
  73. foongpc said...

    wuching, yes it's exciting for me, but sexciting for you! Haha!

    xin, it's not that scary lah. Go ahead and read it - just don't blame me if you have nightmares after reading it. Haha!

    lina, I hope they really are good spirits. But whether good or bad spirits, I still freak out!! : )

    March 19, 2009 at 6:35 PM
  74. foongpc said...

    goolooloo, never stay alone in hotel room before? Should try it once. Haha! That scary meh my story until your pee come out? Haha!

    neo, eh last time waiting for the KFC voucher also cannot sleep, now read ghost story also cannot sleep ah? So easy cannot sleep? Me very different. Can sleep in any situation. Except in a haunted hotel room. LOL!

    March 19, 2009 at 6:38 PM
  75. foongpc said...

    anton, thanks for your advice. No, you don't sound like a fengshuiman, you sound more like a ghostbuster. haha!

    Call Twilight? You mean Twilight Zone? Huh? He's a demon slayer? How come I didn't know? He didn't mention that in his occupation. LOL!

    quachee, thanks! This story too short to make into a movie, but do you think I can write a book on ghosts? I'll call it 'Malaysian True Ghost Stories'. Maybe you can help me since you have experience as an author : )

    March 19, 2009 at 6:43 PM
  76. foongpc said...

    jonzz, if that ceiling part was real, I think I would not have survived it! Frightened to death. Haha! But sometimes, true and real life events are scarier than fiction! : )

    faisal admar, no it's not Bayview Hotel. Yes, I know some people who believes in spirits but not ghosts. Well, let me tell you, ghosts are real. They exist. But not many agree on the name ghost. Some say it's spirit, others say it's energy, still others say it is beings from a parelel universe or from another dimension. Well, I'll wait for science to unravel for us : )

    March 19, 2009 at 6:48 PM
  77. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, if you don't sleep facing the ceiling, how do you sleep? : )

    ayie, haha! The nude sleeping is not for me too cos I may need to make a quick emergency exit and I don't want to be running out naked! LOL!

    robo, I guess it could be the same hotel or it could be different ones cos I don't think there is only one hotel in Penang that is haunted. I'm sure there are many more!

    I love ghost stories too! : )

    March 19, 2009 at 6:53 PM
  78. foongpc said...

    JL, well maybe you are lucky or you don't have the gift to see them or you have very strong 'yang' energy or si wan kou in Cantonese.

    Maybe ghosts are frightened when they see you. haha!

    lynne, thanks for dropping by! I love ghost stories! Will check out your post! : )

    jam, haha! That's not a bad idea you know, as long as it is free. LOL! : )

    March 19, 2009 at 6:59 PM
  79. Ayie said...

    Just imagine running around naked coz of being

    March 20, 2009 at 4:00 AM
  80. Unknown said...

    @foongpc, ya, sure - am willing to help. do u know there's a singapore ghost stories series? apparently doing quite well :)

    March 20, 2009 at 12:43 PM
  81. foongpc said...

    ayie, yeah I don't know if that will be funny or humiliating! Haha!

    quachee, really can help me? Wow! Thank you! Yes, I've seen the books before, but never really read them. Hmmm, wonder if my 'True Malaysian Ghost Stories' will do just as well? : )

    March 20, 2009 at 11:50 PM
  82. Monica said...

    hahhahhahhahah Foong! I also don't know why la always read your blog at 4am!!! OMG!! 4am is the time of ghostly encounters??? really ahr??

    March 21, 2009 at 7:12 AM
  83. foongpc said...

    monica, no lah just joking only. But if you watched the movie "The Exorcism Of Emily Rose", the time is 3am, not 4am.Personally, I think ghosts can appear anytime even during the day, as long as your energy level is low enough to see them! Haha!

    March 23, 2009 at 1:05 PM
  84. TKhan said...

    um. wow. my mom and aunt used to be air hostesses in PIA, and theyve both told me stories about a haunted hotel in bangkok. My aunt had the same experience with the water taps and showers in her room the first time she went there. the second time, she got a room on a different floor, and this time she was engaged to a steward in the same airline, who was in the same hotel at the time. So, when she heard the door knocking, she assumed it was her fiance. But when she opened the door, there was no one there. And this happened the entire night. After a fee more encounters like this, the PIA crew did some investigation into the hotel and found out that it used to be part of some king's royal vacationing spot, and that during some revolution, all the royal guests and king's relatives were held hostage and murdered there. Hence the hauntings to this day.

    April 5, 2009 at 5:04 AM
  85. AsX said...

    Hmm... nice post... maybe i should go and experience it... there are 3-4 hotels at that area. Is it the one with the revolving tower?

    April 7, 2009 at 7:33 AM
  86. foongpc said...

    TKhan, that's scary. Most hotels were haunted because someone was murdered or committed suicide there in the past. Thanks for sharing and for dropping by! : )

    AsX, no, not the one with the revolving tower. I'm afraid I can't reveal it here but if you really want to know, you can email me : )

    April 7, 2009 at 2:00 PM
  87. chantel

    my going penang in sep!! So scared..can you tell me which hotel so i can avoid it? Does it starts with G? what's ur email btw?

    June 29, 2009 at 1:58 AM
  88. Flora said...

    im going penang tmr!
    can you please tell me the name of the hotel. thanks so much.

    December 23, 2009 at 4:10 PM
  89. June

    So you didn't have the scary dream of Aurora?

    You scared me to death while I was reading that part...! -.-"

    February 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM
  90. foongpc said...

    chantel, oops! Didn't realise you left a comment here! So did you have any paranormal experiences in Penang last Sept? : )

    February 13, 2010 at 1:41 AM
  91. foongpc said...

    flora, sorry late reply! Didn't check back on the comments here! I hope you did not experience anything paranormal while in Penang : )

    February 13, 2010 at 1:42 AM
  92. foongpc said...

    june, no I did not have the scary dream, haha. That last part was just a fictional story by me : )

    February 13, 2010 at 1:43 AM
  93. Anonymous

    In 2008, I stayed at the G Hotel in Penang for a weekend with my girlfriend and three other friends of ours stayed in the next room to us. I went out for an hour shopping and my friend stayed to nap in our room. When I came back she said that she felt as if there was someone in the room and didn't want me to leave. I felt fine but those two nights there but had weird dreams and a hard time sleeping through the night. When we viewed our photo's taken from the room, most of the photo's had multiple orbs in them.

    April 16, 2011 at 11:28 PM
  94. kyh said...

    i know this is old story but i just read about this. i think i know which hotel u're talking about! BAYVIEW?? :P

    May 23, 2011 at 5:42 PM
  95. foongpc said...

    kyh, no, not Bayview haha! : )

    May 23, 2011 at 11:18 PM
  96. Anonymous

    HI Fonngpc, let me guess, is it the hotel which start with 'N' ?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:20 PM
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    room 1408? haha

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    and someone wake me up from sleep and sounded strange .i cant even go in or out from the room

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    The room that i stayed in Penang apparently got someone else inside..
    At 3 am.. I saw someone was lying beside my liltle bro. Creepy face.. But i shooed him away after i activated my Mangekyou Sharingan and made him suffer in my own created world of Tsukuyomi..

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  109. Janey

    God! This post was written in 2009 but the same thing happened to me few years back.C hotel and the same man in a suit! Only one though.Super creepy! Def not going there anymore.

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  110. Kevin3012 said...

    Interesting story! So weird for us Malaysians to be scare of staying in haunted hotels when in US, the locals are very excited to stay in haunted hotels especially most of them will do ghost hunts at night when all of the guests are asleep. Thinking to do a ghost hunt at there, can tell me what is the name of the hotel?

    May 5, 2018 at 10:05 PM
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