07 Sep 2017
Local celebs share their freaky real-life ghost encounters
When it comes to paranormal activity, you either believe in ghosts or you don’t. But if you ask me and all the other people who are not staying out late this Hungry Ghost Festival because of superstition, we probably do.
Though there hasn’t been any scientific evidence to support supernatural activity, seeing (or in this case of hearing stories) is believing and sometimes, not everything can be explained.
We ask local celebrities who have had beyond-the-grave encounters to share their chilling tales. Some are pure horrifying and some might even make your blood run cold. And if anything, we’ll be sure to read all the reviews of hotels before we book them.
Scroll the gallery above to read all about local celebs and their hair-raising experiences. We’ll be sleeping with the lights on tonight.
This story first appeared on Elle.sg
07 Sep 2017
Elvin Ng, actor
I don’t usually feel these sort of “things” but I had an encounter when I was in my teens. Before enlisting for the army, I took a trip to Genting.
I was taking a nap in the hotel when I started hearing noises. I didn’t bother at first but after I went to the washroom, I heard the noise again. It was the sound of something opening and closing. So I went out of the washroom and saw the flap of the false celling in the room opening and closing, repeatedly. At first I thought someone was trying to break in but after checking, there was no one.
I was scared but I stood on a chair and started shouting at the false ceiling. The more forcefully I shouted, the faster and stronger the flap opened and closed.
Eventually I called the reception who sent up two security guards. They came up together but didn’t even step into the room. They attributed the opening and closing of the flap to be the wind and left. But there was no draft in the room – the curtains weren’t even moving. Eventually, I got a room change.
When I told my friends after, they told me that there was “something” in the room. I can’t explain it any other way.
07 Sep 2017
Jesseca Liu, actress
During the filming of the movie Bring Back The Dead we were at a deserted house that was known to be haunted. Before the shoot started, the crew hired a priest to do some rituals in the house.
One night, we had to shoot in the backyard of the house. But every time we started shooting, the lights would go out. A couple of actors and actresses didn't “feel well” too. We then figured out it was because the priest only did rituals in the house itself, but not its surroundings.
07 Sep 2017
Ian Fang, actor
I’m into spooky things, I like to read and know, but I wasn’t sure to believe in the supernatural or not. But when you experience it for yourself, that's another story.
In 2013, I was filming for a show 96°C Café with Julie Tan in an old, abandoned school. We shot a scene at around 5pm. During that shoot, her back faced me and I faced an academic block that our resting room was located at.
I saw a very tall and black figure that was darker than a shadow running inside the room at a very high speed. It had its palms open. It felt like my heart stopped for a while and when I told the crew what I saw, my face was very pale.
After that shoot, Julie and I returned to the resting room and prayed with some joss sticks. Maybe no one prayed before filming begun. Julie also put some sweets at the corner of the different classrooms but one day when we returned, all the sweets were consolidated in a heap and none of us had touched it. After those encounters, no one dared to go to the toilet when we had to shoot a night scene.
07 Sep 2017
Yasminne Cheng, deejay
This happened one August at the old Mediacorp campus at Caldecott. I was doing the night shift and DJ Dennis Chew of YES 933 was in the studio next to mine.
Around midnight, Dennis walked past my studio and waved frantically. At that point, I didn’t know him well, we would just say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’. I thought it was like a ‘hey, happy birthday’ wave as we have the same birth date. So I said ‘bye’ and waved back.
Five minutes later, he came back and banged on my glass panel and asked to come into my studio. He asked what time I got off work. I told him 1am and he said that he would wait for me. Then I asked him why. After looking left and right he told me “it’s not convenient to tell you now.” And I freaked out.
Basically, he was in an empty washroom seated in the middle cubicle. Then, the left and right cubicle both flushed and the shower came on, but there was no one in the toilet. His PD told him to just go home after but then he thought he would stay because I would be the last one left and he was afraid “things” would disturb me. So sweet right?
06 Sep 2017
Vernon A, deejay
Justin Ang, our producer and I were in the United States for a work trip. We rented an Airbnb in Los Angeles. The moment we walked into the apartment, I saw a dark shadow standing at the hallway leading to the bedroom. I ignored it initially as I thought it was just jet lag.
After putting our bags down, we went for dinner and did some shopping before returning to the apartment around 10pm. As we were getting ready for bed, I heard “someone” whisper “psst, hey, psst psst,” into my ear.
The other guys went into the bedroom to sleep and I slept on the sofa bed in the hall. And the whispering went on the entire night. And the front door kept rattling like someone was trying to open it. But when I went to the peep hole, there was no one there.
It wasn’t just me. The next morning, Justin work up really early. He too heard the door rattling but when he went to check there was no one there.
06 Sep 2017
Sharon Au, ELLE publisher and ex-TV host
On my first trip to Vienna, I stayed in this gorgeous hotel with classic decor and rich history. One night after I fell asleep, the television in the bathroom came on. I thought it was people speaking very loudly along the hotel corridor but I soon realised it was coming from the television in the bathroom.
I prayed and tried to ignore the sounds hoping it would go away. But the sounds got louder and louder and I realised the volume turned up on its own. I decided it would be impossible to ignore if “it” kept turning up the volume.
So I said a prayer, walked into the bathroom, turned on the light and turned off the television. Then I murmured “so sorry to disturb your show but is it possible to watch this soap opera tomorrow?” Then I went back to bed.
I thought if the television turned back on it meant I would have to leave the room. Fortunately, it didn’t. The morale of the story: It helps to be polite to people and ghosts.