Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We realised the sky over Phuket was really quite pretty, with its thousands of glittering stars suspended in space. So on our third night, we decided to go try to take a photo of the sky.

As we walked out of the room, I looked up at the sky and saw three brightly glowing amber spots hanging up there in a straight line, like artificial lights, but the size of maybe Jupiter as seen with the naked eye. I thought they were the rooftop lights from a sky scraper or something like that, but I couldn't see any sky scraper around; those lights were just there, in the sky.

And then as I watched them, they slowly slid sideways, noiselessly, one in this direction, another in that.

I suddenly remembered that some years back in Singapore, one evening, a strange flying object was spotted in the sky and it stayed there for maybe half an hour just hovering around, and many people, including the Resident Bureaucrat and I, had seen it. The Straits Times also ran a report on it but no one could explain what it was, not even the experts. Seeing that flying thing then freaked me out, just like how seeing these amber things was freaking me out now too.

I didn't want to say this at the time, but I kind of think these amber flying things may be UFOs. I couldn't think of what else they could be; aircraft couldn't have been that silent, for one thing. Maybe they're 孔 明 灯, the Resident Bureaucrat suggested later (we had just watched Red Cliff II, you see.)

I tried to take a photo of them, but I was too scared to remember what dials and buttons to press on my camera to shoot a night sky (my camera wouldn't autofocus), and also too scared to think about settting up a tripod. Also, right at the back of my mind, I was afraid the passengers of the UFO would see me taking their photo and zap me up into their space ship where they would proceed to do an anal probe on me.

So I decided not to look at them for a while. We turned a corner; the view of the three shining lights was blocked momentarily by a villa and, a minute later, when I looked up again, they were gone, vanished seemingly into thin air.

That they disappeared so quickly was chillingly scary too. The Resident Bureaucrat, seemingly calm and uninterested in flying objects which disappeared quickly, proceeded to set up the tripod and took the picture of the stars above. But I decided to quickly wrap up the shoot just in case those things came back.

Just before I went to bed, I was wondering whether I'll wake up to a patch of empty whiteness the next morning, the entire world around me beamed up into those three UFOs and whisked away.

But when I woke up the next day, the sun was out as usual, the birds were still singing outside my room and everything was back to normal. Phew. I don't think I'm quite prepared for an alien invasion.

When I came back and told my story, this time, no one believed me. Where got so coincidence one, first see ghost in Guatemala, then see UFO in Phuket. But I swear, I saw it, I really did! (So did the Resident Bureaucrat, so I have eye witness.)

(I have also been told that my imagination is in overdrive ... maybe.)

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