Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thoughts and Imaginations.

It happened again last night at about 11.30pm when I picked up three Indian Nationals from 'Little India' at Mustapha Centre in Serangoon Road who wanted to go to Lim Chu Kang Road.
Traveling along the PIE (Pan Island Expressway) I have to exit into Jalan Bahar and go straight all the way to reach Lim Chu Kang Road. Along the way, we have to pass by Chua Chu Kang Christian Cemetery on my right, the Muslim Cemetery directly opposite it and then the Buddhist Cemetery on my left. My passengers alighted along the narrow road leading towards Sungei Gudong Military camp nearby, which is quite a dark and forested area. To drive back along the same lengthy, quiet and dark road towards a livelier Boon Lay or Jurong Point Shopping Mall, this time without passengers with me is entirely a different story altogether. Everytime I drive along this lonely long stretch of road, usually at night as I do night-shifts and alone by myself, you tend to let your imaginations run wild. What if there is someone or 'something' trying to flag your cab near the cemetery areas? Worst of all, what if it was a beautiful woman dressed in white, trying to hail your cab at this 'ungodly hour'?
Oh dear, as you slightly brush your hands on your arms you can feel your hair starting to stand up. More and more "What if?" starts to flood your mind and your heart begins to beat faster and faster, your foot on the accelerator feels so much heavier. Thoughts of ghostly apparitions or restless souls and spirits 'flitting' about and lurking around you makes your hair 'tingle', then 'fear' and apprehension of what may suddenly appear sets in.
All of us are only human and sometimes our imaginations tend to get the better of us. Being a fan of Horror and Eerie Ghosts stories, movies or books, maximises and invites greater imaginative evil thoughts within us. Being Night-shift taxi drivers, we tend to surround ourselves with thoughts of the 'unknown' and the 'supernatural' when we travel alone along lonely, dark and deserted areas. Last night was another 'happening' night for me.    

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