Can You See Dead People?

Posted by : foongpc | Saturday, May 30, 2009 | Published in


I went out for lunch with my colleague the other day. Her name is Esther. She is married with two kids. A lovely boy aged 10 and a pretty girl aged 8.

As we sat down to lunch, she looked tired. I asked her why was she so tired.

"I could not sleep these few days." She told me. "Phoebe did not want to sleep in her room and wanted to sleep in her parents' room instead."

When I asked her why, she said, "Phoebe said there is a man in her room."

"What?!" I was stunned.

"She said the man would appear once in a while. She could see his face and the shirt he's wearing."

"Really?" I did not want to sound skeptical, but I really found it hard to digest, despite my beliefs in such things.

"She is scared and won't dare to sleep alone in her room." Esther continued.

"Have you seen it yourself?" I asked.

"No. But I saw him for the first time yesterday. And it freaked me out!"

My hair was standing when I heard her say this.

"How does he look like?" I asked.

"Oh, please don't ask me to describe. All I know is he does not look normal. I mean, one look at him, and you know he's a dead person!"

"Oh my God, that's so scary! Did your husband see him too?"

"No, and I have not told him yet!"

"Why not? You should!"

"Maybe later, I am thinking how to tell him without making him panic. You see, my husband is not fond of horror movies and I think he's more scared of ghosts than me!"

I could not help letting out a little nervous giggle. "But surely, he knows about what Phoebe saw, right?"

"Yes," Esther said "Phoebe comes into our room almost every night so yes, he knows but he tells Phoebe it's just her imagination. At first I thought it's just one of her many dreams, but it can't be happening every night. Besides, I saw him too!"

"You are really freaking me out, Esther!" I exclaimed.

"You saw the man in your room?" I asked, trying not to use the word 'ghost'.

"No, in Phoebe's room. Yesterday, I wanted to accompany Phoebe to sleep in her room so she would not disturb us. I think it was almost midnight. Both my son and my husband were already asleep. I was lying down beside Phoebe, when she suddenly pulled my hand and said she want to go to our bedroom.

I was almost asleep at that time and her pulling woke me up instantly. It was then, I noticed a presence beside me. I looked up and saw him starring down at us! Oh my God, I almost screamed! I think I felt a little faint at that moment like all the blood in my body had been drained off.

Luckily I kept my composure. I pretended I did not see him, but my heart was beating like mad! I avoided looking at him and faced my daughter instead. She also avoided looking at him and kept whispering to me she wanted to go to my bedroom.

Slowly, I forced myself to sit up. I hoped I could just close my eyes and hide under the blanket! I told Phoebe to follow me to my bedroom. All this while, that thing was there looking at us. Or that's what I thought cos I did not dare look at him!

We walked slowly out of the room and then bolted towards my bedroom! Once inside my bedroom, I locked the door! Although I know that's pretty useless."

I could feel a chill running up my spine as my friend described her story.

"What about Michael?" I asked referring to her son. "He sleeps alone in his own room, right? Did he see him too?"

"No, he had not mentioned about it to me, so I don't think so." Esther replied.

"So this man - he never ever appeared in your room, only Phoebe's room?" I asked, curious.

"Yes, so far only in Phoebe's room. Oh, sometimes Phoebe said she sees him in the kitchen too. I really don't know what to do. But so far, he has not disturbed us. I mean, he did not create any trouble. According to a friend of mine, he may just be a harmless ghost still trapped in this world."

"Or maybe he cannot leave yet as he still has things he needs to do."

"Oh! You make it sound as if I am Melinda Gordon!" Esther laughed, obviously referring to that character played by Jennifer Love Hewitt who sees and helps ghosts in Ghost Whisperer.

We both laughed but I hardly thought it was a laughing matter. I had wanted to talk some more, but that was the only time we had. It was a short lunch time for us so we had to stop there. In any case, Esther's story ended up haunting me for the rest of that day!

Last night, I received a call from Esther. She mentioned that her friend who stayed a few streets from her house also saw the ghost. But the friend did not see the ghost in Esther's house. Instead, she saw it in her own home!!

I was shocked.

"Are you sure it's the same ghost?" I asked, getting nervous.

"Yes, from what she described to me, I knew it's the same ghost!"

"But how? I mean, why would he go over to your friend's house? And it's not that near to your house!" I was puzzled.

"You know what?"


"I think he can transport himself through the phone."

"What?" She did not make any sense to me.

"You see, I am always calling my friend on her handphone using my handphone. Somehow, I think the ghost can adjust his frequency level to travel along the frequency level of the mobile phone line."

"You must be kidding." I said, not believing her at all. "You mean the ghost can travel anywhere using your phone?"

"Yes, that's what I suspect. Because the ghost also appeared in my cousin's house. And my cousin stays in Penang! I have been calling my cousin the past few days on my handphone."

"Haha! That sounds like science fiction to me!" I said laughing. "By the way, I notice you are using DIGI."

I suddenly stopped laughing. "I am using DIGI too. Wait...where are you calling from?"

"My house."

Oh. My. God!!!

Note: That last part about the ghost traveling through mobile phone lines is a total fiction which I made up just for fun! Haha! But let me assure you, the rest of the story is true. I have changed my friend's name to protect her privacy. In any case, I have absolutely no plans to visit my friend's house now or in the future!

PS: The 7 Stages Of Disease (Part 2) had been put off as I was too eager to tell this ghost story. It will be in my next post coming right up!


(81) Comments

  1. Anonymous

    When I was a child, someone from school played a prank on me by calling me up on the phone and then replying she's a ghost when I asked who is she.

    May 30, 2009 at 12:27 PM
  2. foongpc said...

    mei teng, damn! You are fast! How you know I just posted this on my blog? You are always watching the updates on the blogs you follow? : )

    So naughty your friend played a prank on you. Were you scared?

    May 30, 2009 at 12:35 PM
  3. lina said...

    aiseh foong, you are surrounded with people who see ghost lah! Scary stroy, lucky I was reading this post in broad daylight!

    p.s. I'm spending the weekend at my own home, so not good for me reading ghost story at night here! LOL

    May 30, 2009 at 1:03 PM
  4. Monica said...

    oh no i missed it! >.<

    May 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM
  5. fufu said...

    wow... i think she gotta tell her husband... and ask the monk come over to "make him rest in peace"...

    May 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM
  6. foongpc said...

    lina, yeah, I'm actually wondering how come I'm surrounded by people who see ghosts! Scary lah! Eh, I also surrounded by bloggers who see ghosts what, eg. you lah! haha!

    Reading a ghost story in broad daylight not so scary, but don't for a moment think ghosts don't appear in daytime. The do, they have done it before, and they can do it again. LOL!

    May 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM
  7. foongpc said...

    monica, yes, you missed it!! Never mind lah, next time lah : )

    May 30, 2009 at 1:07 PM
  8. foongpc said...

    fufu, I think she had already told her husband. But I don't know what's her plans - whether calling monk or ghostbusters. But if I'm her, I already moved out of that house! Haha!

    May 30, 2009 at 1:10 PM
  9. Monica said... scary!!! no, I can't see dead ppl :D

    May 30, 2009 at 1:16 PM
  10. heidi said...

    I really believe in ghosts but have never seen one. This is scary but I think maybe the ghost is just confused. My good friend is a psychic and it is frightening all the things and people she can see and hear!!! Great post!

    May 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM
  11. Lee said...

    That is really scary. I think that it is better to leave that room. :)
    Share you posts at: too. :)

    May 30, 2009 at 1:27 PM
  12. Bengbeng said...

    very interesting and believable Foongpc.

    May 30, 2009 at 1:32 PM
  13. JL said...

    Like Monica, I cannot see dead people. Stories about *them* I hear a lot but thank god, *they* always stay far far from me.

    Join in the giveaway fun at my blog here foong. I'm sure this is quite easy for you :D

    May 30, 2009 at 1:45 PM
  14. Merryn said...

    foong! u scare the heck out of ME! now i dare not sleep alone! how?

    May 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM
  15. bluedreamer27 said...

    it must be cool to see dead people

    May 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM
  16. bluedreamer27 said...

    but then i never had a chance to see them

    May 30, 2009 at 1:57 PM
  17. molly said...

    Seldom people see ghost in warm and brihgt places, right? I am thinking if we keep the lights on and keep the room warm, will the ghost survive in that environment?
    Since we believe those things exist, the best thing is to find a cure, right. LOL

    May 30, 2009 at 3:33 PM
  18. Perky said...

    Haiyer! I really thought that the ghost could travel over the phone. lol!

    That only means that you're one heck of a storyteller. Hats off to you for making me scared! hehehe...

    May 30, 2009 at 4:08 PM
  19. Pike-chan said...

    ooooooh... the so-called ghost story u were telling me in MSN !!

    May 30, 2009 at 4:27 PM
  20. iWalk said...

    My first idea is "what a good ghost story", But, Is that really ture?

    I don't believe many stories about ghost, But I know there are many phenomena that we still can't commentate with the knowledge we know.

    May 30, 2009 at 5:43 PM
  21. iamthewitch said...

    Gosh, you gave me goosebumps reading this story! I'm terrified of ghosts and I avoid watching any movies remotely related to them. But you're not helping by relating a true story that they really do exist. Scary! Actually, I really don't know why we're so afraid of ghosts. Will they actually harm us?

    May 30, 2009 at 5:46 PM
  22. Anonymous

    WHAT? zzzzzzzzzz
    i have goosebumps all the time while reading it..!!! arrghhh!! >.<

    May 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM
  23. Anonymous

    and... zzzz... duno what to say..
    scary wei..
    i duno what i'll do also!! >.<

    May 30, 2009 at 5:53 PM
  24. Anonymous

    oh yeah..i also dont watch horror movies.. lol.. i think i'll faint to death! >.<

    May 30, 2009 at 5:54 PM
  25. Babette said...

    That is creepy Foong! I'm disappointed that the last part was fabrication. It would've been interesting if you started seeing him too. LOL

    May 30, 2009 at 7:08 PM
  26. eastcoastlife said...

    In my secondary school, I had a classmate who claimed she can see spirits. She behaveed weirdly.

    May 30, 2009 at 7:24 PM
  27. eastcoastlife said...

    I'd rather believe there are spirits in this world. :P

    May 30, 2009 at 7:25 PM
  28. eastcoastlife said...

    Have an enjoyable weekend!

    May 30, 2009 at 7:26 PM
  29. eiling lim said...

    Maybe you should ask your friend to cleanse the house. It might help.

    May 30, 2009 at 7:44 PM
  30. ladyviral said...

    Is "the man" old? Or by chance nearby their house, a man have move on that could of been close to their family?

    That was scary, foong. But some how there have to be something "the man" wants else it won't keep appearing at the same place for so many nights.

    Yes I believe your friend should get a cleansing procedure done.

    May 30, 2009 at 9:21 PM
  31. xin said...

    eiyer omg i regretted reading this. u are freaking me out omg :( so scary lah. i dont even want to think abt tht ...

    May 30, 2009 at 11:06 PM
  32. .:: Ant ::. said...

    They are always around us. It's good for your friend to consult religious authorities to obtain advise on how best to deal with the entity.


    May 30, 2009 at 11:39 PM
  33. lina said...

    I think Raimie had the same experience as Phoebe. He absolutely refused to sleep in his room.

    You remember that visitor of mine, I met at his room? Kids are more susceptible to spirits, I believe.

    Alamak! 20 minutes to midnight! :D

    May 30, 2009 at 11:42 PM
  34. Stephen of ibelin said...

    These days dude I feel ghost are more scared off us, I mean late hours work , weekend oso work then face all the monsters of the project.

    All ghost got no chance at all ...

    I mean oooooo the ghooooost can float in the air, got no legs got very scary face, can the ghost do sql, UAT test and etc at the middle of the night when the project is due . Now you tell me which is more scary

    May 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM
  35. MiChi said...

    Actually we don't have to be so scare to see spirits. Some spirits are good spirits le...

    I suspect the man in your friend's house is a Datuk-Gong or Tu-Di-Gong (land deity)...Maybe He just need some food... :)

    May 31, 2009 at 11:52 AM
  36. foongpc said...

    monica, haha! Luckily you can't see them! : )

    heidi, your friend is a psychic? I have a friend whose mom is psychic too! Yes, it's scary what they could see and hear! : )

    lee, thanks for sharing my post at! If I'm her, I will not just leave the room but the house! : )

    May 31, 2009 at 7:49 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, thanks! Which part is believable - my made up part? The rest of the story is true : )

    JL, you should feel glad you can't see them! haha! have already answered the questions in your blog! : )

    merryn, don't sleep alone, sleep with cute Ethan! Haha!

    May 31, 2009 at 7:53 PM
  38. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, I don't think it's cool to see dead people, really! : )

    molly, haha! Yes, prevention is good! Switch on all your lights and keep your room or house warm! But then again, some ghosts do appear in broad daylight! So there are no guarantees... : )

    perky, I really scare you? But never mind lah, you can use your taekwando skills to fight the ghosts! LOL!

    May 31, 2009 at 7:56 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    pikey, yes this is the one alrite! And you were so adamant that I don't tell you the story during our chat. haha! Well, did you read this post? Or just skip it all? Haha!

    iWalk, there are many ghosts stories out there, but I can assure you this one is true. Right from my friend's mouth and I know she's not lying to me. All true except the ghost traveling via phone lines - that's a complete fiction I made up! haha!

    May 31, 2009 at 8:00 PM
  40. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, I also don't know why we should be so afraid of ghosts! Maybe they are horrible looking? Perhaps they are afraid of us too, who knows?

    kenwooi, so scaredy cat meh? Watching horror movie is fine because it's all fiction. But hearing a true ghost story is not fine at all cos it's true! : )

    babette oh, touchwood! It's a fabrication on my part and I don't hope to see "him" at all! : )

    May 31, 2009 at 8:04 PM
  41. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, there are indeed spirits and ghosts in this world. But I think no vampires and werevolves. haha! Yes, I know of a friend's mom who can see these other worldly things - always freaked me out! : )

    eiling, yes, I have already advised her on that.

    ladyviral, yes there are many reasons why the "man" always appear in that room! And I agree about getting the house cleansed - either that or just move out! : )

    May 31, 2009 at 8:08 PM
  42. foongpc said...

    xin, you know what, after I posted about this, last night I found I could not sleep - kept imagining about the "ghost" - I don't like this feeling at all!

    anton, yes she should, shouldn't she?

    lina, really? Raimie also refuses to sleep in his room? So any more "visitors" nowadays? How come you don't sound scared? If I, already move out lah! : )

    May 31, 2009 at 8:12 PM
  43. foongpc said...

    stephen of ibelin, haha! That's another kind of scary - all those projects and deadlines! : )

    michi, whether good or evil spirits, they are all scary! At least to me! Want food? What food can you possibly give "him"?

    May 31, 2009 at 8:15 PM
  44. bluedreamer27 said...

    yeah i think its cool....
    it seems that im actually playing the resident evil game in real life hehhee
    by the way foongpc
    the Blog idol just got started

    meet the other participants here

    May 31, 2009 at 8:58 PM
  45. fufu said...

    if that's her own house... then i suggest her to throw him a he could disappear peacefully and having his next life start asap =p

    ryc : well can you right click the post comment so a new window will be popped up?? erm...because most of the readers wanna read those comments and replies as well...

    May 31, 2009 at 10:00 PM
  46. Anonymous

    Yup, I was spooked by that horrible person. Gullible a child.

    June 1, 2009 at 8:12 AM
  47. TH said...

    my friend gal can see ghost.

    June 1, 2009 at 11:24 AM
  48. TH said...

    come see my blog got lizard pic, its big! stuck at gate

    June 1, 2009 at 11:25 AM
  49. Kit Kat said...

    Why the last part is like saying the ghost is the yellow Digi man? :P

    June 2, 2009 at 12:36 AM
  50. Ayie said...

    Count me in foong! Good thing no more nowadays but it was pretty scary when i was younger.

    June 2, 2009 at 6:42 AM
  51. Ice said...

    Strange things happen to kids huh? I remember when I was young I did see some shadow. I even know that person. But at that time, he was still alive and kicking. This shadow disappeared as I grew older.

    I'm skeptical about ghosts these days. I wonder if it is just an imagination created due to some chemical in the brain.

    June 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM
  52. A Common Singaporean said...

    Yeah... I thought the phone travelling is not quite possible. The rest of it I am sure it's true. Its tagging your friend's daughter. Please ask your friend to seek spiritual help like chanting or a real taoist to protect her daughter.

    June 2, 2009 at 6:29 PM
  53. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, I'm excited about Blog Idol! I hope I can get through and emerge champion! Haha!

    June 2, 2009 at 8:47 PM
  54. foongpc said...

    fufu, yes I have already advised her. Btw, you can do like mine here. With the pop up, your readers can read both the post and the comments at the same time.

    June 2, 2009 at 8:49 PM
  55. foongpc said...

    mei teng, haha, bullied as a child! Now you take revenge by zapping Nick and turn him into an egg yolk? LOL!

    June 2, 2009 at 8:50 PM
  56. foongpc said...

    TH, saw that lizard. So big! Can cook and eat it lah. Haha!

    Oh, your gal friend can confidently say this sentence "I see dead people"? : )

    June 2, 2009 at 8:52 PM
  57. foongpc said...

    kit kat, hahaha! Didn't think of that! Looks like the yellow man is the ghost! : )

    June 2, 2009 at 8:53 PM
  58. foongpc said...

    ayie, you see ghosts when you were younger?

    June 2, 2009 at 8:54 PM
  59. foongpc said...

    ai shiang, well one day we may have a scientific explanation about the existence of ghosts.

    I assure you ghosts exist, and it's definitely not a figment of our imagination. But I cannot explain what they are and whether they are harmful or harmless : )

    June 2, 2009 at 9:00 PM
  60. foongpc said...

    a common singaporean, what if my friend is a Christian? She can't call the taoist monk right?

    June 2, 2009 at 9:02 PM
  61. Ayie said...

    i still can see but merely silhouettes or at least feel such presence, i just choose not to see because it's scary at times. That's also one reason why I hate watching any horror films.

    June 3, 2009 at 12:57 AM
  62. Ciela said...

    That's really scary. I haven't seen ghosts but have heard so many true experiences about it from my very own family. 'Was just lucky the ghost that kept appearing to them didn't like me. Maybe because I was yet a baby then and I knew nothing.

    I love the way you tell this story. You made me laugh. I love it!

    June 3, 2009 at 10:23 AM
  63. jam said...

    Traveling through phone lines? That's scary! I think you have talent in writing horror stories, foong!

    June 4, 2009 at 9:19 AM
  64. Tekkaus said...

    Of course I can't...but sometimes I do feel it...I guess. :P

    June 4, 2009 at 10:24 AM
  65. Foong Speaks Her Mind said...

    I used to see ghosts outside my window when I was younger but nobody ever believed me so I always end up hiding under my blanket every night. I don't even remember when I stopped seeing ghosts because it is not something I'd try to remember anyway...

    When my son was a baby, he gets 'disturbed' by ghosts a lot because he can see and hear them. Most of them just wanted help on how to move on (which I think are kinda stupid because how they expect a baby to help?) while some are being total pests. I know there's even one female ghost who wanted him because she lost her child!

    Every night at exactly the same time, my son will start crying inconsolably until we take him out of his room. After a week, we realised that it is something disturbing him and not him being naughty.

    Luckily, we knew people who does exorcism and stuffs like that so we got help and had our home 'secured' against any other invisible intruders. He stopped crying every night and up till the age of 2+, my son could see and hear them, outside.

    So, he's like our ghost detector. When there are a lot of ghosts in a certain place, he'd refuse to go and say there's a 'monster' or 'giant' or get this, 'superman' there. Now, he's either grown out of it or he is so used to them he just does not bother anymore so he has not told us about any 'monster' sighting nowadays.

    We don't really care as long as none is inside our home, disturbing him, it's okay.

    If your friend is Buddhist / Taoist, I'd recommend that she stand outside in the morning and pray to the Thnee Kong (Jade Emperor) for help to solve the ghost problem. The prayer to say is (in Hokkien) 'chi'eh Thnee Kong cho chu'. (chi'eh = invite, cho=become, chu= leader ) or in Cantonese 'cheng Tin Wong chou chu' the chu is pronounced like the chu for cooking. Say it in your heart and not through your mouth.

    If she's Christian, she can pray to Jesus or God too but it must always be in the morning and facing the sky.

    It works for us every time. Of court must have faith too...

    Oh and by the way, ghosts in your home may be perceived as 'not disturbing' you but they usually do in ways that we don't notice. Sometimes it's in the form of diseases. Sometimes it's accidents. It is better that our homes are clean from any spirits.

    ~not-a-ghost-hunter Foong~

    June 4, 2009 at 4:07 PM
  66. Foong Speaks Her Mind said...

    Shiissshhh...I meant 'Of course must have faith too' not 'Of court'.

    June 4, 2009 at 4:08 PM
  67. Foong Speaks Her Mind said...

    eh, by the way, ghosts traveling through phone lines is ciplak from One Missed Call. Ceh. I initially thought the whole post is a belated April fool joke or something because of the ciplak storyline later...

    ~Foong who laughs at horror movies~

    June 4, 2009 at 4:12 PM
  68. foongpc said...

    ayie, wah, then you got the talent to feel their presence. Hope those things don't know about your talent or they might start disturbing you. haha!

    June 6, 2009 at 12:59 PM
  69. foongpc said...

    tita beng, glad you like the story! You are lucky you can't see them! I'm sure you don't want that special gift, do you? : )

    June 6, 2009 at 1:01 PM
  70. foongpc said...

    jam, really? Maybe I should seriously think of getting a book out! The book will be on ghost stories in Malaysia! : )

    June 6, 2009 at 1:02 PM
  71. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, you feel it? Then you already have some talent there!: )

    June 6, 2009 at 1:03 PM
  72. foongpc said...

    foong speaks her mind, wow! You and your son have this ability to see ghosts? Looks like it runs in the family yes? Haha!

    Thanks for the advice! I will let my friend know about all these! : )

    I have not seen One Missed Call! Is it a good movie? Is it from Korea or Japan? I found most horror movies from these two countries are usually lame and not scary at all!

    Eh, if I can think of such an idea about ghosts travel through phone lines, that means I can be a scriptwriter already! Or a producer, or director of horror movies! Haha!

    June 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM
  73. Ayie said...

    Oh foong I'm not happy about it...there were times when I know they were trying to come near

    June 7, 2009 at 7:43 AM
  74. foongpc said...

    ayie, like that, I think I very scared go near you cos you attract those kind of things! Haha!

    June 12, 2009 at 1:06 PM
  75. Ayie said...

    haha foong i don't attract them, i can just sense their presence. I'm so happy none here where we live now..i'm always left here alone! hehe!

    June 13, 2009 at 1:00 AM
  76. Karachi Hotel said...

    Very nice post and thanks for sharing about your very nice travel. keep it updated.

    August 25, 2009 at 3:55 PM
  77. foongpc said...

    karachi hotel, thanks! : )

    August 25, 2009 at 5:17 PM
  78. Caroline said...

    phew~ thank god i read this at daytime. :P dats really scary ok. n y d heck u described it so well at here huh?!

    March 30, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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  80. Koh Kian Fai said...

    wahlao! means I comment a post below I will have chance to see the man? omg!

    anyways u are very semangat of hungry ghost festival hehehe

    August 11, 2011 at 3:39 PM
  81. Koh Kian Fai said...

    coz I using digi broadband wo . . . swt and I hope nothing happen tehee!

    August 11, 2011 at 3:40 PM