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Sunday, November 01, 2009

All Hallow's Eve

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It’s that time of the year again when horror movies are shown on tv, there are Halloween specials and the retelling of ghost stories abound.

For as long as I can remember I have loved watching horror films and listening & telling ghost stories. Pretty ironic, specially because I am one of the worlds biggest cowards.

I don’t know if it’s because I have an active imagination or because I sometimes sense other worldly things. My aunt used to tell me I may have inherited my maternal grandmother’s third eye, but mine is only partially open. Let’s keep it that way. :)

When I was in grade school, I used to stay at my grandparents’ house after school. Then after work mom & dad would fetch us and we’d go home together. St. Scho was near lola’s house and I liked staying there playing with my cousins after doing my homework (yep, mabait ako, homework first before playing, magagalit kasi si lola. haha!)

Lola would cook merienda and we’d ask her about the things that she saw when she stayed in the province and when Manila was not as populated as it is right now. I don’t recall her telling the stories, she’d just smile and continue cooking but my cousin Ate Weng & I would bug our auntie Dely and she’d be the one to tell us the stories of lola’s scary encounters with white & black dwarves, a headless horseman, a hairy hand grabbing her ankles and ghosts. We also heard testimonies like this from lola’s sister and our other relatives.

I don’t know if those beings are real or not, but we thought, if it weren’t true then why were there many stories of lola’s encounters? She didn’t want to talk about it, but our older relatives used to tell us all about it.

I’ve always been sensitive. Sometimes out of nowhere, I just get chills up my spine & I’d get goosebumps. Or I’d see something in my peripheral vision, but when I look there’s nothing there. Though I’d feel like someone’s watching me. Or I get these uneasy feelings about certain places without knowing why. But afterwards I’d learn that something bad happened there.

The first “encounter” I can remember was when I was 4 years old. I remember that clearly because it was 10 days before my 5th birthday. We used to live in Manila and I woke up in the middle of the night. Mom woke up to see me waving at the door and she asked who I was waving at. I told her my dad’s sister. who lived in Baguio was at the bedroom door waving & smiling at me. I asked mom, “Mommy bakit maliwanag si Tita M?” Mom woke up Dad and they asked me to point where she was, I pointed to the door but she was gone. They didn’t tell me that my tita had passed away that night. I don’t know if we were close or not, but I remember that we just visited her in Baguio a few weeks before that night.

There are other instances I’d rather not remember. Tatakutin ko na naman ang sarili ko. Hehe. Suffice to say that I don’t see “them”, I just feel them. Sometimes it’s just the chills up my spine. Or I’d feel like my head was expanding. Not a good feeling at all.

These instances are not often though, Thank God.

Can you blame me if I sometimes sleep with the lights on & I keep all my bedroom windows and drapes shut at night?

typhoon Santi

Saturday, October 31, 2009

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Finally, after almost 12 hours, our electricity is back. Weee!

I was alone in the living room at 4am when the lights went out. I had a feeling it was gonna happen when the lights started flickering around 3am. So I readied the candles & the matches. I couldn’t find the flashlight, but I thought my phone’s backlight would be sufficient, as I have used it briefly as a night light before.

When the lights went out, I quickly lit a candle & ran as fast as i could without snuffing out the flame. Hahaha! Classic cowardly move by Jennie. :p

I stayed in my room reading a book. If mom were alive she’d tell me my eyesight s going to go bad if I continue reading a book with a candle light. I used to tell her my eyesight has been bad since the 2nd grade. Hehe.

While I was reading the book, I was scared & distracted by the howling wind. I think that was during the peak of the storm. The wind was really intense. I thought our roof was going to be peeled off, by the sound of it. It seemed like it was shaken loose. I found out in the morning that the branches of our mango tree was scraping the roof & that was the sound I heard.

There wasn’t much rain fall but the wind was really strong and it went around in circles.

In the morning when I went to the backyard, all of dad’s banana trees were uprooted as well as the big ipil ipil tree. As I passed by the mango tree, I heard gushing water. The water pipe broke because the tree was almost uprooted. Yikes!

My phone’s battery was almost dying so I couldn’t take a picture of the destruction left by Typhoon Santi at our backyard. I’m just happy none of us got hurt & the typhoon is going out of the country.

Paranormal Activity

Sunday, October 25, 2009

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I woke up at 1 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. Seeing the light in the living room, I decided to get up & watch tv, knowing that my brother is still awake. (I don’t know why I like watching tv in the living room even if I have my own tv in my room :p)

I was watching NGC Apocalypse: The Second World War (good doc

umentary, by the way, with actual declassified footage), when my brother said he’ll watch Paranormal Activity.

Having heard the buzz about the new “mockumentary” sweeping the US, similar to the buzz created by The Blair Witch Project 10 years ago (gosh, has it been that long?!), I told him I wanted to watch it, too.

If you know me well, you’d know that I’m afraid of the dark and things that go bump in the night, but I love watching horror movies. I’ve been known to watch scary movies and sleeping with the lights on for months after watching it. Sidenote: when I was in 2nd grade, we watched Fear No Eviland couldn’t sleep without my mom beside me for months.

And I’ve digressed.. ^_^

So, at 3am (witching hour?) my brother and I was watching Paranormal Activity, Friday’s #1 movie in America.

It’s about a young couple who are haunted by a supernatural entity in their home at night and how they document the paranormal activity with their handheld camera. I thought the film was well made. And unlike Blair Witch Project, the actors were likable and very natural. It also didn’t make me dizzy watching it.

I think what makes it scary is the anticipation. You just know that something’s going to happen. Well that’s what happened to me anyway. I scared myself waiting for the next thing to happen. :p

If you’re the type who likes horror films that scare you nonstop from start to finish, this movie isn’t for you. It kinda starts slowly, nothing significant happens until about 40 minutes into the film. But the buildup tot he denouement is great.

While I was searching on Wiki, I found out that there are several alternative endings to the movie. My brother and I watched the original version, which was creepy. Reading the ending of the version being shown in cinemas however, I think I like the ending of the theatrical release better.

I have to watch it. Even if I know it will scare me more.

Go watch the movie, it’s just in time for Halloween.

It’s scary, but don’t take my word for it. I’m a coward, remember? ;)