Reading about the recent Peranakan painting story reminded me about this experience I had back in 2014.
I have always had this thing for scouring or photographing flea or vintage markets. As Sungei Road was closed, I heard about this huge antiques market near Turf City (don't really want to mention the shop name, but it is easily googled) and made my way there.
I remembered it was a long warehouse with compartments - they had everything from old vending machines, phone booths, horse carriages, vintage carts and tonnes of paintings. To be frank, most of them were in dusty or rusty conditions, but still very fun to look at. I came to this room, and for some reason "locked eyes" with this big Balinese style painting on the wall. It was a portrait of a Balinese lady with her back turned to the camera (I think she was topless) with a long green skirt and an almost alluring facial expression. The moment we "locked eyes", I felt very light-headed and really giddy. I think was a little unsure of the feeling though, and kept glancing back at her but the light-headedness remained. I was with my husband, and told him that I really needed to leave. At that time, I sincerely thought it was because of the dust or even spores from the antiques and that I may have even breathed in some - anything supernatural did not cross my mind.
So we drove home. The same night though, I developed a very high fever (I seldom fall ill, and even if I do, I usually recover in a day). The fever came and went for 2 weeks with extreme chills and headaches (again, something rare as I don't get headaches!) and even lost close to 5 kg (again...another rare occurrence for me, lol). I visited the doctor thrice during that period, and he did not find anything wrong. It was during the tail end of the 2 weeks did it occur to me that it may have been something "dirty". I couldn't recall exactly what happened that had me cured, but I think I told my mum in desperation and she advised me to go to a temple to pray and bathe with flower water. I think I did that, and recovered pretty quickly thereafter.
Confessed by Rachel Y
SC: Although Rachel didn't point out the shop name directly, it really wasn't hard to guess which. Junkies Corner is a really beautiful, one-of-a-kind place that contains a certain mystical charm you simply cannot create through thoughtful planning.It is not uncommon for shops selling pre-owned items to somehow be housing haunted artifacts unknowingly.
Some of these items may not be haunted in the traditional sense (like in our last story about the item bought on Carousell), they may just have some negative energy attached to it. Which can be easily cleared using home brewed methods like bathing in flower water or putting the object under direct sunlight.
I wonder if the owner would like me stay a night in their shop. Imagine the amount of stories we can collect from a night of investigative lock down.
Eugene Tay is a retired paranormal investigator and the author of the book Supernatural Confessions.