Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Memoirs of NUS



1st post for GHOST Club! Decided to start with my roots for the paranormal: NUS.... Back in May 2001, it was my 2nd examination experience in university. Discipline was the key for all exams in NUS, and discipline was a challenge for me. Like a primary school boy, my attention span for revisions couldn't last more than an hour. In fact for every hour of study, I gave myself a reward of 1 hour of exploration. Fair exchange right? It's the only way to keep myself motivated to study! And so, I scrutinized and explored almost every corner of NUS, scouting for new and interesting places...

Campus security must have spotted me, for very soon later these irritating little eyes started popping up everywhere! Some of the places that I've discovered were also subsequently locked up. But like a true blue explorer, I didn't give up....

Year 2007. How NUS has changed so much... Repainting, renovating, upgrading are everywhere. An incoming freshie will definitely be oblivious to the little mysteries that still exist in campus today...
"The Dungeon", infamous for fright night and stories of students dressed up as ghosts and encountering their "fellow friends" from another world, lives on. Come to think about it, I wonder if spirits can tell if another is one of them, or is just a student disguising as one. Today it is caged up, but the place is cold and still gives me the creeps...

Over on the slopes high above NUS, several old houses still remain. The wooden framed windows distinguishes these houses from the modern sliding window ones of today. Questions are asked: "Why are they vacant?", "Why are they left in their state when their neighbouring houses are renovated?", "What is the history of these houses?"



This is just one of the few old houses left abandoned up in the hills of NUS. Signs of neglect are evident. Some of the doors are opened, others remain closed. I wonder what lurks behind the closed doors. Take a closer look at the picture on top and you will notice a wash sink in front of the house. It's a puzzling place to situate a sink. Wonder what is its purpose?

In one of the rooms, modern gadgets are found amidst the ruins. A fan with no switch. If its blade start turning, I will definitely freak out. A can of Bygone, but no signs of any dead insects anywhere. An odd trolley that looks a little short and small. In the background, notice how streaks of vine have creeped into the room and are hanging down from the walls. Now, take a look at the window. It's slightly ajar, but something is weird about it. How do you push the window open when a grill like structure blocks your hand from pushing the window? Hmmm... first the odd sink in front, then this weird window...

I suddenly jumped when i noticed a faded newspaper article on the ground. The picture of the lady was for one moment, staring at me. A clue linking to the abandoned house? More likely someone who threw it away after reading. The rainy weather must have reduced the paper to a fade. But interestingly enough, the picture of the mysterious lady remains pretty immune to the ravages of water. Anyone recognizes her? Looking at the state of the paper, the cleaners have definitely not been doing their job here for quite some time...or maybe they don't dare to step around here?

Many questions and mysteries indeed. Maybe I will make a trip down to the National Archives of Singapore soon to check on the historical background of these houses. In the meantime, NUS still holds a fantastic place for picture taking, brilliant sunset and paranomic scenary....


Till next time, when we carry out a night investigation of the place, for now, here's Agent BT signing off....

1 comment:

3mao said...

Yo,

nice little effort here. Got a bit freaked out when I saw the pic of the lady on the floor... doesn't look like old newspaper clippings to me...

Am certainly keen to see more postings of "escapades", esp the famous old Changi Hospital and Commando Barracks.

Great job and "nice" fotos