The Secret

(I might be too early to write on a NaNoWriMo story but the dream that I had last evening was too real to be ignored. I might as well write it down somewhere)

(What the 3 men were doing with a missile launcher and on an unlikely target? Image source: http://static.howstuffworks.com)

It was a small road leading to a small hill. Next to this road is a 3 lane highway. I was on the hill overlooking the small road and the highway. I usually come here during the evenings whenever I need to take a break from the daily routine – it is cooling and the view is breathtaking.

It was late in the evening and the surrounding was getting dark fast. The hill was heavily forested but at the place where I was standing, it was clear with patches of short grasses. It was windy.

From afar, I saw some headlights. Well, that was strange – I have hardly seen anyone using the road during the evenings, it is usually deserted and abandoned. It was a black SUV and it was being driven fast. I laid down low and watched the SUV from top of the hill. The SUV stopped at the base of the hill and 2 men came out. One seemed to have a long steel cylinder – it looked like anti-tank missile launcher. The men walked towards the border of the highway and then lay low, aiming the launcher towards the traffic on the highway. One of the men was on communication with a walkie talkie and they were waiting. What they were waiting for was not clear.

There was hardly any traffic on the highway but the 2 men kept low and were still waiting. They have not spotted me on the hill, watching them. As I laid low observing them, I remembered that I had a camera with me. Disabling the camera flash, I tried to snap the photos of the men. Low light was making things difficult but thanks to the occasional light from the traffic on the highway, I managed to snap the SUV’s plate number and the men.

A lonely car appeared on the highway and immediately the men got excited. One aimed the missile launcher and it took him several seconds to get the missile lock on the car. He fired and the missile streamed along the highway and hit the car. There was a loud explosion. Even though I was shocked on what had happened, I managed to keep my cool to continue to snap the photos – the fury ball of fire made it even easier to snap the men. The men ran towards their SUV, thrown in the missile launcher and immediately left the area. It took me several minutes before I gathered that it was safe for me to leave the area. From afar I could hear police sirens. I had a feeling that I do not want to be around for long when the police are here.

The next morning, I woke with a cold sweat, I must have been dreaming. I was still in my late night clothes. I undressed and went to take my shower. A heavy breakfast was the next thing in my mind. I saw the morning papers on my door step – there was some news on a car that exploded on the highway. Hmmm, this was interesting I thought as I carried the newspaper towards the dining area. Once prepared my breakfast, I started to read the news story in detail.

A prominent politician’s car caught fire on M13 highway early this morning. The police uncovered 2 bodies believed to be the politician and his aide from the burned wreckage. Although it cannot be confirmed as at now, it is believed that the car malfunctioned and caught fire. The politician and his aide were believed to be overcome by the smoke and heat and were unable to escape in time.

Other news pages talks about the politician’s career, response from party leaders and friends. Something was not right.

I noticed that I have not touched my breakfast – somehow I was feeling scared and anxious. I knew what had happened but should I go to the police? Was it safe? I had the crucial photographs with me and the photographs will easily identify the actual murderers. I decided to cancel all my appointments for the day and decided to stay at home. I was not feeling safe to be wandering around outside. The bulletins on the television show the death of the politician and the burned car. The conclusion remains the same – the car exploded due to a malfunction.

As much as I wanted to stay in the house, I was not feeling too good being locked up at home. I burned a copy of the images and decided to do something about it. With the CD in my backpack, I walked from the house and headed towards the main road – already the number of people on the street, growing and looking very uneasy. Daily routine is not going to be same any more and I sensed I was being followed.

P.s – there is more to this dream – details are still sketchy but might expand this in the next NaNoWriMo assignment

Dreams

I have been having some really weird dreams lately. Some of the dreams are just too creepy but not scary. Others are just downright nonsense. Here are some weird ones that I had for the last few weeks (the ones that I can remember vaguely):-

1. I am the captain of Malaysian Navy ship, chasing after Indonesian pirates and blowing them off sky high (it was great to see their faces just before my anti-ship missile hit their boat)

2. I am the Necromancer in the computer game Diablo 2 – “playing the game” in real in 3D! (The demons looked ‘fun” to kill, with all that blood)

3. I am the first Malaysian Time Traveler (ya, I blogged about it under influence of strong medication)

4. I am Darth Vader – choking queue jumpers at Sunway Toll with my powers from the dark side (now when I think about it, it is very funny – imagine Darth Vader, in full black suit, driving a Proton Iswara!)

And the best so far…

5. I formed a new multi-cultural party and elected as the first non-Bumiputera Prime Minister (if this happens, Jeff Ooi, Lim Kit Siang and Mack will have something less to blog about – I can assure on that. Some MPs will be restless with my appointment).

The above dreams are truly weird and there are others including 18SX ones (no, I won’t go into details). Anyway, it’s great to have dreams – there is plenty to talk about over beers with my friends but anyone wondered what causes a dream?

Some says that it is caused by the information in the brain straying off; others say it is God’s way of communicating (if so, God sure have a good sense of humor – talking about my Darth Vader dream). My friend say that is something that we think of just because going to bed and the mind remembers it back though dreams.

What is a dream anyway? A dream is defined as a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. I checked on the net for some facts about dream and it is interesting to read some of the facts:-

1. In your lifetime, you would’ve spent about 6 years of it dreaming. That is more than 2,100 days spent in a different world (imagine that 6 years of not being in the country! No wonder, some politicians are on a perpetual state of dreaming).

2. Dreams have been here as long as mankind. Back in the Roman Era, striking and significant dreams were submitted to the Senate for analysis and interpretation (In a Malaysian’s context, we have something similar – it is called “Wawasan 2020” and with 15 years to go, some people raise their hand to sabotage it)

3. Dreams are indispensable. A lack of dream activity can mean protein deficiency or a personality disorder (I must be eating more fish!)

4. Five minutes after the end of the dream, half the content is forgotten. After ten minutes, 90% is lost (No wonder I could not remember my close encounters with Preity Zinta).

5. Men tend to dream more about other men, while women dream equally about men and women (I guess this explains my Darth Vader dream but I am not gay material. Want to feel my force, anyone?)

6. Studies have shown that our brain waves are more active when we are dreaming than when we are awake (no wonder I am very “blur-blur” when I wake up in the morning – it is as if I have just sat for final year law exams on bed).

7. This is really interesting – Physiologically speaking, researchers found that during dreaming REM sleep, males experience erections and females experience increased vaginal blood flow – no matter what the content of the dream. In fact, “wet dreams” may not necessarily coincide with overtly sexual dream content (no comments…I said no comments).

8. Toddlers do not dream about themselves. They do not appear in their own dreams until the age of 3 or 4 (It looks like my son has to wait for another 2 years before he can be in his own dreams. These days, he just smiles whilst sleeping – is he seeing Priety Zinta?).

9. If you are snoring, then you cannot be dreaming (this is hard to confirm because when I am sleeping, I can’t hear my own snoring, what more remembering my dreams).

10. In a poll, 67% of Americans have experienced deja vu in their dreams, occurring more often in females than males (this I agree – I say this to some girls but they don’t believe me – I know I have seen them somewhere).

Despite that, there is no clear reason why we dream. The closest and the one that make sense of my dreams is the theory of Sigmund Freud :-

He was of the opinion that every action and thought is motivated by our sub conscious at some level. In order to live in a civilized society, we tend to repress our urges and impulses. But these urges and impulses have a way of coming to the surface in disguised forms. It has to be released. Freud understood the symbolic nature of dreams and believed dreams were a direct connection to our sub conscious. Because your guard is down during sleep, your sub conscious has the opportunity to act out and express its hidden desires (text extracted from here)

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(Imagine you are this in your dreams and driving a Proton – isn’t that looks creepy? Picture source: www.njoproject.com)
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So, happy dreaming

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End of Mankind?

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(The surrounding on Earth in thousands years looked something like this but it was darker and more sinister. Weird! – picture source: lasp.colorado.edu)

I was down with a fever & a bad cold (after my trip to Taiping). I popped up my medication (quite a strong and drowsy one) and went to bed early (no time to draft my blog). Man, that night, I had the weirdest dream – even to myself. Good thing I remember it vividly when I woke up this morning (funny, normally the dreams with “4 Ekor” is very sketchy)

This is what I dreamt (edited with Indian spices, of course)…I was part of an International Team to be send to the future to study how mankind will go extinct (I know I know, sound very funny but it was not funny in my dream especially having some grumpy looking “Mat-Sallehs” handling the mission control). There were 5 of us – 3 males and 2 females (good looking ones too). Sorry to say that I was the only Malaysian selected (of course mah, it is my dream mah). So, we were launched by NASA into space in a big space ship (the only thing I remembered before we were in space is the countdowns 3, 2, launch!). I was at back of the ship, chit-chatting with one of the female “astronauts” (very typical of me). We went into hyper-drive and circled the Earth several times. We could see that time was moving into the future.

After several circles, we stopped and flied down to Earth to “check-out” things on Earth (my head was “spinning” at the same time – must reduce my medications the next time).

We have moved few hundred years to the future and guess what, things have not really changed in the last few hundred years (I did not see any Proton then so I guess the Government must have wind up the company). The nasi lemak shop at the corner was still there but the human is replaced by a odd looking robot. We, the “astronauts” were of course invisible to the Earthlings and protected by an invisible shield which was a good thing because we still saw the “Mat Rempits” racing in KL.

Felt boring, we flew up and circled the Earth couple of rounds again (just to be sure) and flew down again

Couple of hundred of years passed by – yes, there is a change. The females of the Earth have become the more predominant gender and were basically in charge of things in Earth. The males are left to do the house-work, do sundry shopping and taking care of babies. The ladies in the spaceship were seen shouting “Yes. Yes” but we guys (being a typical one) just ignored them. The cities were modern and they actually have cars that fly. I guess women run things better than guys did.

We flew up and circled the Earth couple of rounds again and flew down again

The cities were gone and what left were small villages. The surrounding was pollution free and males & females live in co-existence peacefully. My Captain jokingly said that the males must have arisen to free themselves from the “slavery” and ending burning down the cities. Years have passed by before they decided to live together with the other sex (no prizes for guessing what they were doing for their “malam jumaats” before this). We stopped by one of the house (had a large farm beside the house) and had breakfast (you guess it right roti canai with thick dhal). The residents were amazed by us and thought that we were aliens. We lived there for couple of days, acting God for the weak, innocent humans. We in power then (of course, large stick is no match for super duper ray gun). Anyway, we got bored and we were back on the mission (although I did not agree – it was too good to let the easy life pass by)

Now it seems like mankind will live forever. Once again, we flew up and circled the Earth couple of rounds and flew down again

We were shocked – the Earth has truly changed. The landscape was similar to the one in Mars. What happened to peace loving villages? We were speechless and as we flew down, we were attacked by a huge bird. Luckily I managed to kill it with the laser gun that we had (once in a while, have to be the hero also mah). As we landed, we noted that it was a waste barren land. There were huge storms but no soul to be found. We were still in the spacecraft when one of us detected movement under ground. We flew down to a deep canyon and yes, we found the Earthlings – all were naked and weak (ok, not exactly naked, they still had some patch of clothes to cover their sensitive parts – Malaysian Censorship Board at work again). One of them managed to crack open the ground and immediately all were swept by an unknown virus, turning them into ash instantly. There – it was the end of the mankind as we know it.

I was still drowsy (with bones aching) when I was typing this blog – go figure.