This story happened during my College days when I visited my friend Ah Kong in his house in Singapore. After several days, his girlfriend Rita and her sister Sue, suggested that we spend some time at the reservoir at Bukit Timah Reserve. As we didn’t have any plans, we readily agreed, besides I was hoping to spend time with Sue.
We left very early the next day by bus and we plan to spend the time until evening. We spend our time jumping off cliffs and swimming in the quarry. We were just swimming and not worried about sharp objects like sharp wooden sharps or rusty nails, guess we are just too busy to show off our ‘prowess’ to the girls.
We dried off and we proceeded with lunch, which consisted of bread with sardines and tomatoes prepared earlier by Kong’s mother. Our drinks were provided also provided by Kong’s mother. At first, we were busy joking and laughing, when Rita got upset with Ah Kong and she was adamant about going home. Unable to convince her otherwise, we reluctantly decide to pack up and leave.
As we were leaving about late evening time, we suddenly heard a pack of dogs barking and howling continuously. The evening was lifeless there were no sounds from crickets and no sound of birds. Suddenly I notice a smell, a sweet and flora aroma or around of us. Confused we walk straight towards the gathering where we saw the packs of the howling dogs. Something was not right and we told the girls to walk on, after all we can use our sticks on the dogs. When we got to the gathering, we notice the dogs were not barking at us but at something behind us. I notice Ah Kong turned to look back from where we came but he quickly turned around and rapidly charged after us. Slowly, the sweet odour disappeared after we left the place.
We finally manage to get a bus but hardly spoke among ourselves. Since Ah Kong is a Chinese, we had to get our feet washed and walked three times around the house before heading indoors (an old Chinese ritual, I think). We did not talk about the incident and I left shortly after that to go back to my place in Malaysia.
Months later we were back in Malaysia when I asked Ah Kong about the incident in the reservoir in Bukit Timah. He was reluctant to talk about the event but finally relented. It seems that he saw a Pontianak (a female vampire) up in the tree that night!