Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Cat That Can’t Die

The Cat That Can’t Die

She saw a neighbour’s cat lying lazily in her garden…

Sue Chuah was so happy to be back in her hometown of Taiping in Perak after spending 4 years studying in New Zealand. There were so many experiences to share with her family & school friends and so much to catch up on. Other than that, there are resumes to write and hopefully she will get a job soon.

Her friends were coming back from work and they were going for dinner and to celebrate and chat about their lives. Sue was so anxious as she was putting her shoes in the garden beside her house when she saw, “Percy”, a Persian cat who was a neighbor’s cat. Percy was lying lazily beside some daisies in their garden with his face looking contently in the distance.

Typical Persian Cat

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Precautions during Hungry Ghost Month – part 2

Precautions during Hungry Ghost Month – part 2

This is the 2nd part of “Precautions during Hungry Ghost Month” which many Chinese considered at the most terrifying month of the year. Countless people who follow their religion believe that the gates of Hell are release on the 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar and wandering or hungry spirits can wander in this earth for a whole month.

Offerings of food for Hungry Ghost Month

Millions of people of which had encountered spooky and unbelievable incidents from deceased relatives but also the restless spirits of people who had untimely deaths. The precautions are tips for people to follow and prevent them from such unworldly incidents. The other precautions for that month are :

5) do not visit the sick in hospital, attend a funeral, move house or to start a business.
6) do not go camping (especially tress with large long and overhanging leaves) as they            contain yin energies. This energy signifies darkness, stillness as opposed to brightness and laughter which is the yang energy.
7) do not simply open the main door all night (negative energy!)
8) do not wear black or red clothes (not even red underwear)

9) do not travel outstation or go swimming (and meet up with the water ghost, air hantu in Bahasa or sui qwai in Chinese). These waters ghosts are situated at the seas, rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps or even ditches. They lived underneath the water and they could have died from drowning or simply missing.
Anyway, I better stop at Precaution no. 9 (which I will continue as Part 3 later) as I have another spooky tale about an incident of a water ghost in the month during the Hungry Ghost month.

Aden Yoo, a teenager lives a small town of Gemencheh at Negeri Sembilan which is located about 30 km from the much larger town of Tampin. It must be a weekend when Aden and his friends decided to go to a pond nearby for fishing during the Hungry Ghost month without telling their parents about their activities.