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Paper Manikins (纸扎公仔)
The 15 th day of 7 th month in lunar calendar
is termed as the Chinese ‘Ghost Month’ which is a misnomer of Chinese Buddhist
Ullambana ( 盂兰盆 ). During this time, Buddhist monks would make elaborate
food offerings and recite prayers to the three gems for the...

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Haunted House Relatively Speaking (因人而异的鬼屋)
I devoted many years to study magical and spiritual matters
and I used to look for haunted houses to get myself exposed. So happened that a
friend of my, Sandy runs some hostels in JB and I rented one of her said to be
the most haunted building which situat...

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Haunted House Relatively Speaking (因人而异的鬼屋)
I devoted many years to study magical and spiritual matters
and I used to look for haunted houses to get myself exposed. So happened that a
friend of my, Sandy runs some hostels in JB and I rented one of her said to be
the most haunted building which situat...

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Arisaema Fimbriatum ssp Fimbriatum
The arisaema fimbriatum plants are early this year. Although they are perhaps all arisaema fimbriatum sp fimbriatum, the stem colours and the leaves look very different: the left plant has bigger leaf and the stem colour is green, while the right plant has ...

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Tacca Palmata
Tacca palmata is a rare form of tacca species found in jungles of Southeast Asia.

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Mind Your Manners (非礼勿视)
Sometimes it is not so good to comment on a dead body even
though it seemed lifeless. We have seen examples of people facing problems by
just commenting on a tombstone, now here is another story about someone commented
on a dead pretty lady and got himself ...

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The Rolling Ghost (滚蛋鬼)
I am not sure what is the real difference amongst ‘hantu
pocong’ (pocong ghost), ‘hantu bungkus’ (package ghost) and hantu golek’
(rolling ghost) as their appearance look almost the same. My learnt Malay
friend told me that the ‘hantu bungkus’ is hollow ins...

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Restless Parents (不休息的双亲)
The belief of dead souls returning to their love ones for a
short visit is not the proprietary of Chinese alone. My Malay friends believe
that during some special occasions, the dead would also return to their love ones
after their death. However, most Mala...

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Do Not Look Back (别往后看)
My old Malay friend Pak Haji would always advise me not to
look at my back when I am cycling along that stretch of oil palm plantation
road at night in Padang Rengas. He said: “Jang pandang belakang!” or “don’t
look back!” I didn’t believe Pak Haji until on...

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Midnight Chick Hunting (午夜猎女记)
One of those unwritten hobbies for young and old male
bachelors working in Ipoh Light Industrial Estate in those days was ‘midnight
chick hunting’. There were a few food processing, textile and machine part
manufacturing factories around the area that hired...
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