I am a Bruneian, and was studying in Singapore at the time this incident happened.
During one of our block school holidays, my three Singaporean classmates and I decided we would do something more adventurous than the usual hanging out at the malls, so we went to the beach and set up a tent. I can't remember which beach this was, but we found a secluded spot where we thought was great for pitching our tent.
Setting up the 4-man tent was a breeze for Feldman and me, but for Michael and Kai Li, it was a daunting task. They often pulled and pushed at the same rod on both ends and complained the rod was stuck. Seeing them befuddle like that was hilarious.
After the tent was set up, we relaxed outside and watched the sun go down. It was a warm, but beautiful, sunset that evening of 4th August 2006. The cold wet cola bottle was perfect as a cooler; I rubbed and rolled it over my face, before gulping down the rest of the black fizz it contained. No sooner did I belch than Feldman did a louder one. Hearing Feldman's, Kai Li did one too. Thank goodness, there were no girls around or they would surely have fled in utter disgust.
I can't remember what else we did to pass the time but soon it was nearing one o'clock in the morning. We realised then that we had chosen quite a warm spot, and it was hard to get to sleep, so one of the guys suggested we go for a walk on the beach.
We were new in Singapore and did not want to get lost, so we took the local map and a compass along. Michael had a video camera, which he liked to bring everywhere. As he walked, he swung the camera precariously about. It was dark so the camera viewing screen was mostly black. I was observing from behind when suddenly I saw a glow in the viewing screen.
"What's that?" I exclaimed.
Michael turned to me with a blank stare. I snatched the video cam from him and started to aim it where I though I saw the glow. There was nothing. Then I pointed the camera in all directions, still nothing. I realised that the tape was rolling and the camera was on record mode so I stopped it.
"What are you doing?" Michael asked.
"I saw something, a white glow of some sort." I said.
I rewound the tape and replayed it.
"There! There! See the glow?" I was excited.
"Yeah. What is it?" Michael asked, as he pulled the camera from me.
"I don't know but it came from that direction." I said, and pointed to the trees on our right.
"Gosh, it's cool, man." Kai Li said. "Shall we go look for it?"
Surprisingly, everyone agreed. So, we walked out of the sand and into the foliage. The foliage got thicker and thicker as we trundled in.
"Hey we are going to get lost, you know?" Michael said.
Michael appeared scared but threaded on nevertheless. He turned on the camera's night vision feature and looked through the screen as he walked. As we went deeper into the foliage, the night became almost totally dark, save for some moonlight seeping through the tree canopies above us. Feldman, the bravest one of us, led the way, followed by Kai Li, then Michael, then I. Suddenly Feldman stopped and Kai bumped into him, who then had Michael bump into him, and then I bumped into Michael.
"What the hell!" Michael uttered then groped his way to Feldman.
"Wow! This is cool, man! An old rickety house." Michael exclaimed as he filmed the baleful looking house before us.
The rest of us exchanged glances, even though we couldn't really see each other's faces. We couldn't believe, the timid Michael saying what he did, so we dared him.
"Michael, why don't you go in and shoot. That is if you dare." We giggled. We knew he would never.
"That's okay, this is good enough." Michael replied.
Declining the dare made us even more resolute to tease him further. So we did. Then suddenly, he walked forth. We turned to each other in surprised again before following suit.
I must say, we were actually more scared to be alone outside than to go into the house as a group. We crept stealthily toward the house. It seemed more ominous from the far than near. We couldn't see the sharp protruding planks at the sides of the house anymore, the broken roof tiles and dark patches all over the walls became less obvious, and the windows stopped looking like eyes of hell.
We reached the entrance door and pushed it. It creaked open. There was a plank nailed across the doorway, so we ducked underneath it and entered the house.
"Oh, the smell is awful." Feldman belched out, as he covered his mouth and nose.
Our noses sucked up the strong musky warm air and nearly made us throw up. No sooner had we reach the centre of the hall than we became drenched in sweat.
"Gosh, the humidity in here." Kai Li stated.
As soon as Kai Li said that, the air temperature dropped. It started becoming cold.
"Oh shucks, I don't think this is a good idea, guys." Feldman said suddenly, his voice quivering.
We thought if Feldman was afraid then something must really be wrong.
Even with the chills penetrating into out bones, none of us truly felt like leaving anytime soon. We were strangely attracted to the house-I, more so. It is hard to explain what we felt at the time. All we wanted to do was explore. We crept deeper into the house, avoiding stepping and tripping over the debris of broken planks, glass, and other shinny things that we could barely see. We then reached a narrow corridor that led to a couple of rooms. We peered warily into the first room. Our fear and common sense nagged, "LEAVE QUICK!" But we acted against our better judgments.
The room was pitch-black. We groped about like blind mice, except for Michael. With his night-vision-capable camera, Michael scanned the room like a space-age investigator.
Michael shrieked! His shriek made all of us jump. Feldman franctically pushed everyone aside and ran out of the room into the hallway. I followed suit. As I ran, I turned. I saw nothing but the curving streaks of light made by the moving camera in Michael's hand.
"Eeeeeeee..." Came a creepy wail.
"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!" Feldman yelled hysterically.
I grabbed him by the shoulders and shook him violently.
"STOP! FELDMAN! FELDMAN! LISTEN TO ME! IT'S PROBABLY A CAT!"
Suddenly, Feldman stopped. He panted and squeezed me tightly.
"Hey, hey, take it easy Felds, I already have a girlfriend back home." I joked, but there was no laughter.
"Seems like it's coming from the kitchen." Kai Li said. "Michael, what do you see?"
Michael peered about but could see nothing. "Maybe Azim is right. It could have been a cat." Michael replied.
We all agreed, it did sound like a wailing cat or something. We then turned warily and began walking towards the exit, ready to scoot at a moment's fright.
Suddenly a whiff of sweet flowers surrounded us, and we felt compelled to go to the source. In a perfect line, we walked towards the kitchen. No one talked. We simply walked, calmly. Everyone seemd to know just where to go-straight to the kitchen.
In the kitchen, we were startled by a horrific sight. We stared with mouths opened wide and bones rattling in the chill. We couldn't move no matter how hard we tried. We were screaming in our heads but no sound came out. All four of us just stood there watching this frightening thing before us.
The whitish glowing smoke floated in mid air, amidst the darkness. It glowed and danced for several minutes before becoming still.
Suddenly, I could move my head. I turned and saw that Michael's camera was still running on 'record mode.'
"I hope it's taping the thing." I said in my head.
Suddenly the smoky thing moved again, and we watched in horror as the white glowing smoke took a form of a woman. It became scarier by the second. I saw from the corner of my eyes my friends trembling and fighting to scream. Their eyes nearly popped out of their sockets and mouths gaping wide but there were no screams. I thought we were surely going to die that day. We could no nothing but stare in horror at the smoky figure. Our hearts raced faster by the second, and it was only a matter of time before one of us died of a heart attack, I thought.
Then I felt faint coming forth. I thought I was going to be the first one to die. I held my breath and began to pray. But it didn't help; the figure was still there and it started to become, clearly, a woman. Her flesh and clothes glowed blindingly. When the glow finally simmered, we saw clearly what it was-a VAMPIRE!
Two sharp fangs hung down from her upper mouth. Her claw-like fingers menacingly pointed at us, and her eyes, so deep and emotionless, made my skin crawl. Her white gown fluttered violently even though there was no wind.
We could do nothing. We were DOOMED, I thought! Then, I did the only thing left; I promised God that I would make the pilgrimage to Mecca that very year if he saved our lives. I started to recite some verses my father had thought me. I recited them in my head, over and over, louder and louder every time.
Suddenly, a loud thunder exploded! It didn't sound like the usual thunders we normally hear, it was a sharp and piercing boom, almost like it was happening right at the front of the house. I know it was thunder because it came with lightning.
POOF! The vampire vanished instantly and we were thrown down to our butts. We rushed out of the house as fast as we could and never looked back. We gathered our stuff and left the beach immediately.
I truly believe we would have perished that night if God hadn't saved us.
All I know of the house is that a lady had hanged herself to death before it was abandoned.
And about the video? We were too scared to watch it, so we kept it in the camera. When we returned to Brunei , I told my dad about the tape. He took it from us and burnt it without even watching it.