Okay, what happened was pretty bizarre and unreal, wondering if anyone else has encountered this...
Had a lunch time appointment at Amara this Wed and since it's cheaper, parked across the street at the HDB multi storey car park.
Only been here once before and found it a lil' dark, damp and smells funky on the ground floor, possibly because of the wet market nearby
After my appointment I walked back to the car, parked up on the third level
Went through the entrance and hugged the line of parked cars across (in case someone turned into the blind corner, be safe eh?)
Right by the motorcycle bays, next to the doorway to the first staircase, I saw ...
An old woman, 60s in typical chinese granny wear, not too skinny nor plump, average
Light apple green, pastel, sleeveless with matching pants.
She stood with her back to the wall, eyes closed.
And she had a piece of paper (tissue?) with a small stone atop it ... balanced on her head.
Did a double take and was halted in my tracks. As in not a step further. I just stared, mind whirred thinking of all the possibilities.
Hey I'm a man of science, but years of growing up as a Chinese boy and listening to all manner of stories just welled up inside me, threatened to burst out
I dredged through my memory banks for 'advice', wtf did I just see? Is it real? What to do?!
Curiosity fought with superstition.
So step one, looked around for corroborating witnesses. A good few minutes pass. All this while, aunty has remained immobile.
It was a sweltering hot afternoon, broad daylight, and I watched two men, with a 5 minute interval between, simply walk out of the doorway past her without seeing her there.
I struggled and reasoned with myself, she's right beside the doorway, naturally, not everyone will turn and look but go straight towards their intended destination. Flimsy?
Further down, a black Honda Jazz/Fit was doing the ol' in-out trying to fit graciously in the lot
I watched and waited, almost tearing my eyeballs out trying to look in separate directions simultaneously
Young girl (early 20s?) gets out first, gives me the look (admittedly, there's something criminally suspicious loitering in a dark car park)
Then accompanied by young male driver, they walk past me ... and sauntered off
I watched their backs longingly, hoping for a reaction
Just when I thought they wouldn't notice her, because they kept a straight course out towards the bright light of the entrance/exit
The guy probably sees her from the corner of his eyes, the noticeable jerk of her shoulders, and he holds his companion's elbow and both quickened their pace out
So I wasn't alone! Semi-vindicated.
I plucked up some remnant courage and decided to take the stairs right by her, sneaking a good long look in the process
Braver than I thought, considering the blood rushing through my ears and violent heartbeat was loud enough to disturb a sleeping mouse, I simply paused when I was parallel to her location, barely 4m away.
Her eyes remained closed.
Her head cast a shadow.
Took a step forward, shook my head in self reproach.
Then jogged up the steps, taking two at a time.
I'll be buggered if my hands weren't shaking on the wheel when I got in.
Who was this woman? Has anyone else encountered her there before? My best assumption is that she may be suffering from psychiatric issues?
My emotions are roiling and the scene has remained fresh since.
The forum probably jumped a shark when I posted this