The story took place during the 7th month of the Chinese lunarcalendar and revolved around a young lad named Sam.Sam at that time was working as a general worker, in a small companylocated at Tuas. During one particular working day, the whole of Sam's company was requested to work OT in order to meet a deadline due tomorrow.
By the time everything was done, it was already past 12 am and Samwasthe last person left in the office. He was left wondering whether there were still any bus services at this hour. He decided to tryhis luck and quickly tidied up the office, locked up and rushed towards thebus stop.
The bus stop was situated by a small narrow road with dense forestation surrounding the area.Sam waited for about 20 minutes and was about to make his way to themain road to catch a cab when a double deck bus appeared from nowhere. He hesitantly waved it down, boarded the bus and the only person he saw on the same bus was a frail ghastly looking old woman.The old woman was dressed in white samfoo and black pant, attire favoured by maids in those early days or "Ma Jie" as they were commonlyknownthen. Sam felt uneasy upon seeing her and was about to go up to the upper deck when a voice ranged out in Cantonese, "Young man, don't go upstairs.Upstairs dangerous." It was the old woman. Her comment sent a chill through Sam's bonesand he figured that the upper deck might be "dirty".
He decided to heed the old woman's advice and grab a seat at the lower deck even thoughhe felt uncomfortable by her presence.It was an agonizing 20 minutes journey before Sam reached his busstop. He quickly alighted and turned to steal a quick glance at the oldwoman, who stared right back at him by the window. Without further ado, Sam hastened his pace and was fortunate to reach home safely.
The next day, Sam was requested to work OT and ended up being the last person left in the office again. It was already past midnight andSam was contemplating whether to take a cab home but decided against it inthe end as money was tight.So he made his way to the bus stop again a! ndafter about 20minutes,the same double deck bus appeared. Sam boarded the bus and saw thesame old woman again. He decided to go to the upper deck again when the old woman called out to him, "Young man, don't go upstairs. Upstairs dangerous."
Even though, he heard it before, he still felt a certain fearinside him since it's the 7th month. To be on the safe side, hereluctantly took a seat at the lower deck again and reached home with no incidents.
The third day, Sam was asked to do OT again. By now he was feeling dreaded and worried as he didn't want to repeat the same process again. But he obliged nevertheless since it's his livelihood. He was, you guessed it, the last person left in the office again.
He made the samejourney the bus stop, occasionally checking his back as he walked.The double deck bus arrived, he boarded it and saw the same oldwoman again. As he proceeded to go upstairs, the old woman warned him again, "Young man, don't go upstairs. Upstairs dangerous."
Sam was fed up with the old woman by now and decided to go upstairs even though he was feeling a bit scared. He saw no one else when hereached the upper deck and slowly made his way to the back of the bus andsatdown.Sam's heart began pounding away as he waited anxiously forsomething to happen.
After 30 minutes, with nothing happening, Sam went downstairs to confront the old woman and asked her why she kept saying it's dangerous upstairs.
The old woman turned, stared at him and frail ghastly look the old woman replied slowly .............
"Young man, don't go upstairs. Upstairs dangerous.Upstairs got no bus driver."
HA..... HA...... HA