When I went to Genting last month with my friends, before we enter to our room, Pui Yi knocked on the room door.
Curious, Cheok Tho asked me why we have to knock on the door before entering.
"It's because people believe every room might have that thing staying inside and therefore, by knocking on the door, it's like telling them that we want to enter and use the room and they'll sik jou and leave", I replied.
Come on. If a banana like me know about this custom/rule, you would've known better! And as coincident as it seems, I received this email on the day after I came home from Genting. The title of the email called:
Ghost Protection in Hotels and Cinemas (the title alone is enough to make me laugh for a good 5mins)
Every single hotel, there shall be at least a permanent room which should be left vacant at all times. No matter how full the hotel is, they are not to sell that room(s) to any guest. It was said that special room was "reserved" for those "special visitors". So, if you plan to stay in some hotel, always book in advance. Try to avoid walk in. If the receptionist told you there's no more room available, do not insist one anymore or try to bribe them to give you a room. If you do that, most of the time the room you have will be that "special room". Sometimes those "special visitors" might go to other rooms also, so here's some tips on how to protect yourself:
1) Before entering your room, always knock on the door first, even if you know the room is vacant. After you enter the room, if you felt very cold suddenly and have "chicken spore", leave the room quietly immediately and go to reception to request to change room. Most of the time the receptionist will understand what's happening.
Honestly, this is the 1 and only rule that I followed whenever I stay in a hotel
2) After you enter the room, immediately switch on all of the lights, and open the curtain to let the sun light in.
Usually I do switch on all the lights but that day in Genting, we closed the curtain instead, for fear of people staying opposite might look into our room -_-'''
3) Before you go to bed, arrange your shoes so that one of them is upside down. Some say this is representing yin & yang to protect you while you're asleep.
Well, the version that I heard of is so that the ghost don't get to stand or wear your shoes! Yikes!!!
4) Always leave at least a lamp on while you're sleeping, preferably the toilet's lamp.
This 1 is a must. If not, how to go to the toilet in the middle of the night?
5) If you're staying alone and they have give you a twin bed, do not sleep with the other bed vacant, try to put your things like luggage on the other bed before you sleep.
This 1 at least won't happen to me because I'm kiamsiap. I'm not willing to pay for a twin bedroom if I'm staying alone. Well, unless it's free Wait, free also a bit scared.
6) When you enter your hotel room, look for the Bible. Most hotel place the Bible inside a drawer. However, if upon entering, you see the Bible on the table, DON'T STAY IN THAT ROOM! It means "special visitors" are there. If you see the Bible opened up on the table, LEAVE THAT ROOM IMMEDIATELY and request a change of room!!! It means the "special visitor" is really creating trouble in that room!!
I don't know what to comment about this since anything regarding religion is a sensitive issue. But I thought those thing won't touch those Bible? -_-
Do not attend the first screening of any movies in the cinema. By the first screening, I mean the first time the movie is shown in that particular cinema. Reason?
The first screening is meant for the "special visitors". However, if you insist on going, then sit somewhere in the middle. The first and last rows are reserved for "them"!!!
Now, you dare to watch movie premiere or not??? LOL. Last row is meant for couples right? Oh, pity-nya those couples
Disclaimer: This entry is copied and pasted from an email that I received and therefore, I don't guarantee whether it's true or not. And that doesn't mean I believe what is stated above myself.