Saturday, May 3, 2008

Chill out! It's Saturday!

Once during a Management Training Program, a team of Senior Managers were given an assignment to measure the height of a flagpole.

So these Managers went out to the flagpole with ladders and tape. They are falling off the ladders, dropping the measuring tape - the whole thing is just a mess!

An Engineer comes along and sees what they're trying to do; walks over, pulls the flagpole out of the ground, lays it flat, measures it from end to end, gives the measurement to one of the Managers. He re-erects the flagpole and walks straight away.

After the Engineer has gone, one Manager turns to another and laughs, "Isn't that just like an Engineer? We're looking for height and he gives length!"

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This happened about a month ago just outside of Lim Chu Kang cemetery and while it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale - it is a real kind of Singapore ghost story.

This Ah Beng was on the side of the road looking for a taxi on a real dark night at around 3AM in the middle of a heavy thunderstorm. Time passed slowly and no cars went by. It was raining so hard he could hardly see his hand in front of his face.

Suddenly he saw a car moving slowly, approaching and appearing ghost-like in the rain. It slowly and silently crept toward him and stopped. Wanting a ride real bad, Ah Beng jumped in the car and closed the door - only then did he realized that there was nobody in the driver's seat.

Again the car crept slowly forward and the Ah Beng was terrified, too scared to think of jumping out and running. He saw that the car was approaching a sharp curve and still too scared to jump out, so he started to pray and began begging for his life. He was sure the ghost car would go off the road and into the monsoon drain and he would drown!

But just before the curve, a shadowy figure appeared at the driver's window and a hand reached in and turned the steering wheel, guiding the car safely around the bend. Then, just as silently, the hand disappeared through the window and the hitchhiker was alone again! Paralyzed with fear, Ah Beng watched the hand reappear every time they reached a curve.

Finally Ah Beng, who was scared to near death, had all he could take and jumped out of the car and ran and ran into the nearby 7-Eleven. Wet and in shock, his voice was quavering - he bought a cup of hot coffee and told the customers and sale girl about his supernatural experience.

After hearing his story, everyone was silent and got goose bumps when all of them realized Ah Beng was telling the truth (and was not just some drunk).

About half an hour later two men walked in and one said to the other, "Wah liao, who's that idiot that jumped into our car when we were pushing it in the rain?"

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Celebrate all Mothers in style! this May

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