Friday, April 11, 2008

Things That Go Bump in the Night.

I was home alone the other night with emak away at Emi's. Nothing much to worry as I have come used to it. But after the blogger's meet last Saturday where I was engaged in a particular conversation with a particular someone, sometime the mind can and does play a trick or two on a person. Now, who that particular someone I had the conversation with does not really matter, but the particular subject we touched was on the supernatural which, well, left me with a shiver or 2. And talking of shivers, I am shivering cold now from a bout of fever.

Earlier today, I took emak to a government office for some personal matters which she needed clarification. On reaching the entrance, my blood shot-up almost immediately when I noticed that the public parking was situated some distant away from the office building, while there was a sign showing the way for VVIP and VIP parking! I mean, given the situation where those VVIPs and VIPs already have a driver, why should they be accorded a parking near the building? And the public, many who are the elderly have to park a distant away - I honestly think that Malaysians have to reset their priorities. As for my fever, well, when we came out of the office, it was already raining. Without a bench for emak to sit and wait out the rain, I took a casual walk to the car. No point rushing, I thought, as I would still be drenched (a certain friend would say this: padan muka tak bawa paying!). But hey!, how was I supposed to know it would rain in midday? Oh well...

Anyway, back to the story, I've had some personal experience with the supernatural and not one of them were pleasant, I don't mind telling you. I mean, were they pleasant, heck, I might not be here to write this tale of mine, and be having the time of my life in some other planes of life which we mere mortals see not. Like, some tales I've heard of some people who are married to 'orang bunian' and what not - perhaps quite similar to P Ramlee's film Sumpah Orang Minyak. Heck! I wouldn't want come back to Earth had I been to those planes! Off course, that is assuming such planes do exist and they are as beautiful as some people would make them out to be! As a Muslim, I off course have to believe life, other than those on this plane we live, do exist. But that is as far as it should go - I acknowledge, but I bow to none other than Allah s.w.t. Hmm...I'm going far off from what I want to write about, aren't I?

Now, before I continue rambling, one must be reminded that this cakapaje fella only partakes in 1 heavy meal a day (just to emphasise: that's ONE meal only a day). Off course, sometimes in given situation, he may break the rules but that is only on rare occasions; like for instance, the night when he took Doc TA and Matsalo for Ayam Golek Halim. But other than that, its strictly a one meal a day routine.

On this particular night when emak was away, that cakapaje fella decided to sleep in the upstairs bedroom which he rarely does. No, it's not that he rarely sleep, but on most nights one may find him sleeping on the carpet of the living room downstairs. And no, it is also not because he is too lazy to climb the one floor up, but...well, since emak sleeps at the bedroom downstairs, he feels like it is his duty to sleep on the same level or below emak. Pretty conservative if you ask me but, that's cakapaje fella for you.

So, that night he was alone and was hovering between the conscious and...sleep, off course. And suddenly, he was shaken out of it by a strange noise! Looking around, he could not see much of anything as it was, well, dark! He kept still for a few very long seconds hoping to make out the sound which seem to have quieten by then. Since no noise was heard again, he happily turned to the lovely soft bed and the slightly wet pillow. But not long afterwards, that cakapaje fella was awaken again by the same noise. This time however, it was much louder which prompted him to switch on the lights and saw...nothing!

Curiousity got the better of him and he decided to check downstairs for the possibilities of some night prowlers or something like that. At that moment, 2 things crept into his mind. The first, was the possibility of a rodent which the tail, oops, I mean the tale was told sometime last November or so. Having had a look-see, he found no telltale evidence of a rodent, and that gave him the shivers as the other thing that crept into his mind was, of some supernatural things which that cakapaje is not too particular fond of.

With the mind now on full alert - and the hairs standing on ends - he decided to check all the doors and places which could lead some valuable clues to the mysterious noise. Granted, it was not such a big thing the noise was, more like some growling sound. But that's the whole thing, where and what caused such noise?

By then, cakapaje was already holding a piece of hardwood with his right hand, and slowly opening each drawer in the kitchen. If ever anything suddenly pops out of a drawer, well, the hardwood would have to make do either as a defence or offensive weapon. But with each drawer opened, nothing was found till at last, only the refrigerator remain unopened! Thus, with one eye closed, cakapaje slowly pull open the refrigerator door. And sure enough, there it was, the culprit that caused the growling noise! Cakapaje looked down to his midsection and lovingly patted his stomach! I mean, since I was wide awake already, might as well!

Soon later, the only noise that disturbed the night was those of cakapaje slumbering away. The stomach, having been sated with 2 pieces of fried chicken, was too busy to make noise any further. Well, its not really a tale of things that go bump in the night, but it certainly did go burping!

Now, for the fever...


Kerp (Ph.D) said...

cissss....damn you, man...ehehehehheheeheheh...

i believe i was there when the conversation took off between you and ahem2 husband.

so anyway, at first i thought ok, this cakapaje fella brought up a particular subject that could well halt my initial plan to hit the sack at 4am the earliest! then, towards the last bit, i made up my mind to call it a day anyway becos unlike cakapaje, this kerp guy has already tucked in too nicely to get onto the chair scavenging for some midnight masala!

shah, tulis la pasal local urban legend ke apa ke...interesting what.

puteri nad said...

ingatkan citer hantu..
rupo2nye tidok!

aah citerla pasal hantu skek plis [erkk..]

baez-kun said...

i laughed out loud!
beria2 membaca sambil minum air karot susu tanda tumpu perhatian terhadap pembacaan!

some points :

1)VVIPs and VIPs already have a driver, why should they be accorded a parking near the building? And the public, many who are the elderly have to park a distant away
--> very true!

2) makan malam tak elok lah lepas tu terus gi tido hihi

3) jgn takut burung hantu nana bawak tongkat semambu (tau tak lirik ni)

baez-kun said...

demam yah?
hav a good rest
eat well
and drink a lot of water, ni bukan water myth ya

Kata Tak Nak said...

Did I tell you about the night I was so hungry but did not get to sleep till morning? I didn't? You sure? Okay, I was so hungry at 3 in the morning so I went to the kitchen there were fried chicken, fish and chips, some lamb chops and nasi Beriyani. Too heavy. I went to the fridge (would like to use 'ice-box' one day.) and to my horror, we ran out of caviar so I went back to sleep. Hehehehehehe.

The thing about VIPs and VVIPs really get to me you know. I wonder how important these people are? We should make it unlawful to have VIPs, at least for a while la, until the day I become one. Have you been treated like one? I had one experience. I was in the exam unit in JPN Penang and we had to transport the SPM exam question papers. We had a police car and two police motorcycles blaring their siren and we beat all the traffic lights along the way. No wonder people want to be VIPs.

tokasid said...

Salam Shah;

VIP and VVIPs....just yesterday Dr Mokk sms-ed me for my opinion on all this TanSriships,Datukships and something similar to that.

Car parks for VIP and VVIPs with supir! Its ironic isn't it.They don't drive on their own yet they have the best spot at any particular govt buildings.

You wanna know something creepy??Till we meet again.It will make Tunku Halim's hair stand.
But will make Halim AyamGolek smile

lee cooper said...


cakapaje said...

Salam kerpie,

Ololo...marahnya dia! Relakslah, it has been a very long time since I wrote one of these ramblings :)

Urban legend ek? Nanti den submit proposal dulu :)

cakapaje said...

Salam PN,

Lor...nak cite hantu? Kang ado yang tak tidur samolah ngan memba kek Preston tu ha! :)

InsyAllah, nanti den cari bahan no :)

cakapaje said...

Salam baez-kun,

Lor...den nak merapu sekali sekala, oklah tu :)

Thank you for the non-myth water advice.

cakapaje said...

Salam Cikgu,

You ran out of caviar? My, my, how could that happen? You could have called me and I'd flown a can over that night itself! lol!

Treated as a VVIP? Hmm...sure I have! On 2 different occasions when the ambulance rushed me to the hospital: 1 - auto accident; 2 - stones in my system. Hey, it was great! Especially the part when those young and beautiful nurses wanted to covet me for themseleves. Oops! :)

cakapaje said...

Salam Doc,

That's my whole point about these VVIPs and VIPs. Hmm...seem I'm fast becoming a socialist already! lol!

That cerita to be told at Halim's? yang buat den suspeng ni :)

cakapaje said...

Hi Lee Cooper,

Oops! :)

Salt & Turmeric said...

Farina juga tertipu! :P

iv tot abt the vip/vvip/vvvip before. memang ta patut kan? tapi samalah macam big2 co tu. big2 boss semua dpt driver, designated parking, car and etc. mentality sama aje. all buildings mesti ada vips's parking but they never think abt disabled.

in tht sense, its much better here. of course diorang takut kena sue but well, it works dont it? ;)

baez-kun said...

still feverish kah ok memincikun
kalo more than 3-4 days pls consult a doc yah
do drink a lot of water and have a good rest, a good sleep jua

sebagai kaffarah dosa sakit itu dikatakan :)

jaflam said...

Hai CA,
It's true when you eat too much or too little .... the hantu will get into your stomach ??!!! So next time yang sedang sedang aja my friend.

cakapaje said...

Salam Princess,

Well, after-actions such as suing and what what not are enforcements which does not educate rather cause friction or division in thoughts. What we really need is to raise the mentality of the people to be raised to a higher level. If the authorities can provide assistance and cooperation with public entertainment such as Jom Heboh and even AF series, why can they put an effort towards this direction then? The mass media most especially, plays an important role but is not used in such a manner, which is a real shame.

And oops!, I did not mean to 'tipu', rather tease and put humour :)

cakapaje said...


Thank you. InsyAllah, dah reda dah. Dan insyAllah juga, kuranglah sedikit dosa, amin.

cakapaje said...

Salam Dato',

Hehe...those hantus, they can be really irritating to the stomach! InsyAllah, I'll take your advice, thank you :)

baez-kun said...

tips :

ketika demam yang teruk, jgn berselimut, kerana selimut itu nanti akan memerangkap haba dan menyebabkan panas tidak berkurangan! seelok2nya adalah mandi utk mengurangkan haba

pernah satu kes, org ni demam teruk, berselimut lak dia lantas koma sbb panas sgt

Alhamdullillah cakap aje da beransur pulih :)

cakapaje said...


Syukran, Jzkk :)