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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Of Bats And Haunted Mansions

Bats are creepy! I haven't seen one in a long time but I can still recall being spooked by them when  I was little.
Way back in the 60s, when Mom was promoted to Head Nurse , she  was transferred to another state where she was accommodated in a supposedly haunted house. It was an old bungalow that was built during the colonial period. Dad would take us on a long road trip in his green Austin sedan to visit Mom during the weekends and school holidays. I remember looking forward to those visits as the mansion had an exciting vibe to it with its many rooms to explore, a huge compound with lots of trees and bathrooms that had bath tubs! In those days, bath tubs were a rarity as they could only be found mostly in the homes of British expatriates that were built during the colonial days and I suppose, rich people who had lived overseas before. Bath times were fun!

The mansion kinda looked  like this.
image credit - Alan Kong
At night, the mansion took on a different atmosphere. Dim lighting, creaky floorboards, cobwebs, the sound of crickets and flying bats made the place really spooky. Imagine sleeping with bats circling the ceiling right above you! It was really unnerving! Although there were many rooms, my sisters and I would huddle together in a huge four-poster bed in the room closest to where my parents were sleeping.
Once, when there was a power outage, the eerie flickering shadows in the candle light coupled with the presence of bats freaked us out big time!
It wasn't until many years later that Mom told us the place was supposedly haunted. One of the nurses who used to live there hung herself when she was jilted by her lover. According to Mom, other nurses who had also stayed in the bungalow before her claimed they had seen a floating white figure and heard weird noises like the sounds of footsteps and someone sobbing in the night!

Looking back, Mom was really brave to live in a place like that all by herself! She confessed to being scared at times but her firm Catholic faith and dedication to her vocation gave her the strength and courage to live in that bungalow until she was transferred back to our hometown several years later.


  1. That would have been a cool mansion to explore during daylight hours, LOL :) Such cute cookies!! That was admirable for your mom to work there for the years that she did, had to be hard being away from the family during the week!


  2. EEEK! I think the ghost story and the bats would have scared me away from that job. Your mom was BRAVE!

    Adorable cookies, Veronica. Who eats all these cookies???

  3. Bats are creepy, but totally important. They eat a lot of bugs.

    That story is spooky. What a brave Mom.

    The cookie is so cute!

  4. it must have been difficult living apart for such long periods. Brave indeed..
    I must say the witches hair looks so real.. like yarn.. beautifully done as always.

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  6. The cookies are adorable! Thank for taking part in the first Weekend Creative Party--it is totally appreciated! You are so talented!! Good luck!