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1 & 3. Photo of SARS virus under microscope; 2. Artist impression of a SAR sufferer

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Click here to view a valuable document by Ministry of Health on ‘Living with Sars’

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – Prophecy Discussion
(source of informatio: T. Chase, Revelation13)

In mid-March 2003, it was announced to the world that there was a new Pneumonia-like disease causing a spreading epidemic in the world. A new disease epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), started in Guangdong Province in China in November 2002, and then spread to other countries in Asia: Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. It has also spread to Canada and the U.S.. Many cases have been linked to a Hotel in Hong Kong. It is a Pneumonia-like illness with an incubation period of 2 to 7 days. There is a great danger of it spreading worldwide. Apparently it is related to Saturn being at its brightest at the start of 2003 (Saturn is equivalent to Satan, and Satan on earth would also be the dragon, Red China).

About the deadly diseases, from the point of view of Astrology, Biblical prophecy including the Book of Revelation, and numerical analysis were considered. Note that 1999 has 666 upside down, and 1998=666×3, so the Antichrist may have appeared in year 2000, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may ride, including the Fourth Horseman Death by disease, which could be AIDS, Ebola, Influenza, and other diseases.

Let us consider here three diseases that are a threat to mankind: AIDS, Ebola, and Influenza. The virus that causes AIDS, HIV, was discovered in the year 1983, so therefore associate AIDS with the number 83. The galaxy M83 is in the constellation Hydra, which was a multi-headed serpent in mythology that kept growing a new head, each time a head was cut off. This sounds like AIDS, which keeps mutating to allow it to get around any treatment or vaccine. The Hydra was defeated by Hercules, by his nephew Iolaus burning each of the mortal heads as Hercules cut them off, and burying the immortal head under a stone.

Note that the AIDS virus has 9213=111×83 bits of genetic information, so again the number 83.

Ebola, a lethal disease of Africa that kills in two weeks of infection, had its virus discovered in 1976, so if we associate galaxy M76 with it, we are near the constellation Andromeda. Remember the movie “Andromeda Strain” about a lethal disease that threatened humanity? That could be Ebola if it mutates to an airborne form.

Influenza or “Flu” was discovered in 1933. Galaxy M33 is in the constellation Triangulum. That may imply we should look for a triangle. The numbers 33, 76, and 83 do form a right (90 degree) triangle with an angle of 66 degrees.

Since 666 is the number of the antichrist of the Book of Revelation chapter 13, this may imply that these three diseases will threaten humanity when he appears. In fact, ebola virus frequently twists itself into a shape that looks like a “6”.

These diseases may also relate to three animals used to describe the Antichrist in Revelation 13:2: he is like a leopard, has the mouth of a lion, and the feet of a bear. Maybe Ebola corresponds to the leopard, with its great speed; Ebola kills in two weeks of infection. Influenza could be the lion; it causes coughing like a lion’s roar. And AIDS could be the bear; bears hibernate, like AIDS can do in people, until it wakes up and kills them.

Another recent disease is BSE, Mad Cow Disease. On April 3, 1996, Comet Hyakutake was visible during a lunar eclipse, which interestingly occurs between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. When this comet passed near the constellation Virgo (the actual constellation, rather than the astrology sign), Mad Cow Disease appearing in people was announced to the world. The Egyptian version of Virgo, Isis, depicted with cow’s horns. And Europa, the symbol of Europe, could also be considered a version of Virgo the Virgin. Europa rides a Bull– this image is similar to the 17th chapter of the Bible’s Book of Revelation, where a woman named Babylon rides a beast. The woman is holding a cup in her hand, full of filthiness. The analogy would be Europa riding the Bull, with the cup of filthiness being the Mad Cow Disease spread through infected beef. Also, according to Revelation, the woman sits on a city with seven hills, which is Rome– again implying she is Europe. And note that BSE was discovered in 1986, so if we assign a galaxy to it by this number 86(Galaxy M86), Galaxy M86 is in the constellation Virgo the Virgin, representing the woman Babylon and Isis. And note that if we assign a Book of Revelation passage to this number 86, we have Revelation 18:6, which refers to the woman Babylon and her cup.

Another disease, Tuberculosis (TB) is becoming an increasingly bad worldwide epidemic, with drug resistant TB common. TB also is common in cattle. The bacteria Mycobacterium was identified by Robert Koch as the cause of TB in 1882, so we will associate the number 82 and the Galaxy M82 with it, and Revelation 18:2 (King James Version):

“18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”  Note that TB is spread by poor sanitation and hygiene, that we can relate to the “unclean” in the passage above; and Babylon was in Iraq.

Concerning SARS, it could be related to influenza, and therefore the Influenza part of the three diseases attacking humanity as the Fourth Horseman, Death. Note that in early 2003, with Saturn/Satan at its brightest as I explain on the calendar page, there is an Ebola epidemic in Africa, AIDS is out of control in Africa and elsewhere, so SARS could be the 3rd part of the Fourth Horseman, Flu. Note that SARS has been found to be caused by a new virus, which could be a type of Paramyxovirus (the virus family of measles and mumps), or a coronavirus (a type of virus that usually just causes colds), or it may belong to a new family of virus.

Note: the first letters of SARS, Ebola, AIDS spells “sea”, and the Antichrist (the beast) rises out of the sea (of world politics) in Revelation 13. Also: the first letters of: Influenza, BSE, Ebola, AIDS, SARS, TB:

This suggests that these diseases will cause worldwide epidemics as the Beast rises to power, and the Fourth Horseman Death rides.

Also, SARS began in Guangdong Province, China, which is at geographic coordinates of 23 degrees North 112-115 East. Corresponding to 23 North would be the Bible’s Psalm 23: (23:4, King James Version): “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me”

So this relates to this disease being the shadow of death. Also note that Hong Kong is near Guangdong Province in China, and Hong Kong is a former English colony: this may relate to the “mouth of a lion” of the Red Dragon Red China, the lion I related above to Influenza. Also note that I relate the lion of the Antichrist to Iraq, the lion being a symbol of Babylon, the ancient empire that was located in Iraq. So war in Iraq in March 2003 may relate holographically to this “lion” disease SARS appearing then. This disease of SARS may be symbolic of the disease of Saddam Hussein that has existed in Iraq. Also, since SARS had its virus discovered in March 2003, then we can relate it to Galaxy M23, which is in the Constellation Sagittarius, Sagittarius being the half-man half-horse archer. This again would relate it to the Antichrist, since in Revelation 6:2 the Antichrist is a man on horseback with a bow and arrow. So SARS may indicate the rise of the Antichrist, the Satanic imitation of Christ, to world prominence soon. And SARS coming out of China: the Antichrist gets his power from the dragon. Also, corresponding to 23 for SARS (since SARS was discovered in 2003, and started near 23 North in China) would be Revelation 12:3 where the red dragon is seen in heaven, the dragon being Red China, and also the Terrorist dragon. Also, the Hong Kong airline Dragonair in March 2003 on Flight KA901 from Beijing to Hong Kong had a SARS infected person on board, so health people are trying to contact the 222 passengers who were on that flight to try to see if they were infected, to stop more spread of SARS. The interesting thing with that flight is that again we have the dragon and China, and 901 in the flight number KA901 could be associated with Revelation 9:1 where a star falls from heaven into the bottomless pit; this is about the Antichrist. And “KA” in KA901 sounds like “key” as in “key to the bottomless pit” in Revelation 9:1, which would be the key to the Gates of Hell. Revelation 9:1,2:, King James version:

“9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.”

A general pattern:

Ebola: 76 (virus discovered in 1976)
Rev. 17:6, the bloodthirsty woman (Ebola makes people bleed to death)
Also in 1976: Chairman Mao dies in Red China, he was noted for being bloodthirsty, like this disease
Galaxy M76 near Andromeda (“The Andromeda Strain”)

AIDS: 83 (virus discovered in 1983)
Rev. 18:3, the corrupt woman Babylon (Babylon being Iraq today)
Also in 1983: religious radicalism in the Arab World is increasing, after the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981; Osama was in Afghanistan in 1983
Square root of 83 is 9.11, as in 9-11 (September 11)
Galaxy M83 in Constellation Hydra (the Hydra being like the Radical Terrorists, El Qaida, it keeps growing a new head each time you cut one off, as AIDS keeps evading a vaccine)

BSE (Mad Cow Disease): 86 (discovered in 1986)
Rev. 18:6, the woman with the cup of filthiness
Galaxy M86 in Virgo the Virgin, here representing the woman, who is also Isis (who had cow horns)

Tuberculosis (TB): 82 (bacteria discovered in 1882)
Rev. 18:2, the unclean city Babylon (Babylon was ancient Iraq)
Galaxy M82 in the Great Bear; the Antichrist has the feet of a great bear.  But then who is the great bear?

Influenza: 33 (virus discovered in 1933)
Rev. 13:3, the beast (the Antichrist) rises out of the sea
Galaxy M33 in Triangulum

SARS: 23 (virus discovered in 2003)
Began near 23 degrees North in China
Rev. 12:3, the Red Dragon seen in heaven: Red China
Galaxy M23 in Sagittarius, the Archer horse/man, corresponding to the man on horseback with a bow in Revelation 6:2, the Antichrist

So: there is a real danger of SARS spreading worldwide in 2003, lets hope it is stopped soon. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta are investigating it now and attempting to stop its spread. The SARS disease has for symptoms high fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, and may include muscle stiffness and pain, sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, stomach symptoms, and rash. Its incubation period being only a few days it could spread very rapidly around the world. It appears it is airborne, and spreads from person to person, either by air or by contact. Also, the number 23 mentioned above may somehow be a clue to a cure or treatment for SARS (but I have no idea of how). And in Revelation 12 Michael battles the Red Dragon, defeating him in Revelation 20 by chaining him: so again that may be a clue of how to stop SARS, but again I don’t know how. The Angel Michael is able to chain up the Red Dragon, Satan, in Revelation 20 and send him back to the bottomless pit (Revelation 20, King James Version):

“20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”


1. A SARS patient under treatment in Guangzhou; 2 & 3. Infested apartment in Hong Kong; 4. Residents needed to be isolated


1 & 2. Lousy treatment in China – only used screens to separate patients;
3. Infested hotel in Hong Kong – the ultimate place of horror
4. People in Hong Kong are queuing up to buy masks though their prices increased tenfold


Click here to view a rumor email (in Chinese) that has been circulating around about a SARS policy in China.  But we think it is a hoax.

China under fire from WHO as experts intensify probe into SARS
(Source of information: Asia Pacific AFP News)

GUANGZHOU, China (AFP) – China was publicly criticised for its foot-dragging by the director of the World Health Organisation as WHO experts dug deeper into the cause of the deadly SARS outbreak in the south of the country.

In WHO’s first public criticism of China, the global health agency’s director general Gro Harlem Brundtland said China should have reported its first cases of the atypical pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), more quickly.

“Next time something strange and new comes … let us come in as quickly as possible,” she told the BBC.

“It would have been definitely helpful if the international expertise and WHO had been able to help at an earlier stage.”

The criticism came as the mysterious disease claimed more victims in Canada and Hong Kong, as well as in Beijing, where an International Labour Organisation official died after arriving in mid-March for a conference.

He was the highest profile casualty of the outbreak since WHO expert Carlo Urbani — who first identified the disease — died in Bangkok last month.

In southern China’s Guangdong province — where the disease has affected more people than anywhere in the world — a team of WHO experts stepped up efforts to find the cause.

The four-member team of epidemiologists and disease specialists broke up into small groups Monday to expedite their investigation.

Two experts met with Chinese animal disease and health officials while two others headed to hospitals.

Team leader Robert Breiman declined to comment on the new deaths, saying the team’s focus was to first identify the source of the disease to help come up with effective treatment and prevent it from spreading further.

“We’re still in the investigative phase here and so there’s no point in me commenting about that,” Breiman told reporters.

The disease, which first broke out in Guangdong, has now spread to as many as 32 countries, and is suspected or confirmed to have infected more than 2,700 people, with the death toll rapidly approaching 100.

WHO experts said they were still awaiting specimen samples from China to study the virus’ make-up in international laboratories, as China lacks the new technology to do so properly.

China, which insists it is “fully capable” of controlling the spread of SARS, has verbally agreed, but WHO officials are still waiting for the samples.

“It is very important because we think we will get the answer from here if from anywhere,” WHO expert Wolfgang Preiser said.

Chinese scientists have found the coronavirus, paramyxovirus and the bacteria chlamydia in the Chinese cases, a deputy director of the Guangzhou No. 8 People’s Hospital said Sunday.

But he said the presence of the coronavirus has not been confirmed. Breiman said it would not be pinpointed until the Chinese specimen samples are tested overseas.

Experts are focusing on the coronavirus because they suspect a strain of the coronavirus previously known to affect animals may be at work.

Influenzas have traditionally originated in southern China and experts now suspect the virus may be connected to local residents’ close proximity and frequent contact with animals.

Breiman, who met with Chinese animal disease experts Monday, said after the meeting that there were no conclusive findings but discussions were “helpful.”

“We discussed all kinds of animals … livestock and domesticated animals and also wildlife. … We asked about rodents and bats and birds and pigs and ducks and chickens,” Breiman said, adding that pangolins were also discussed.

Chinese officials Sunday announced four more deaths and 57 more cases, bringing the total number of deaths in China to 51 and cases to 1,247.

In Beijing, diplomatic compounds were being disinfected Monday while jittery foreign companies began to issue face masks to employees and cancel business trips.


1. Since March 27, Tan Tock Seng Hospital has replaced the Communicable Disease Centre as Singapore’s headquarters for the outbreak.
We salute to the doctors, nurses and all the staff who work at TTSH.  They are the heroes with great professionalism.
2. Temporary tents are erected in the parking lot facing TTSH’s Accident and Emergency ward.
They form a screening centre to cope with the increasing numbers of suspected Sars cases.
3. Staff of the Casket Company use protective clothing while handling Mr Low’s coffin.
Cremations of Sars victims must be carried out within 24 hours in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines
GHOST BUS: This bus was meant to take students on an excursion but was cancelled due to a 10-day closure of schools, affecting about 600,000 students

Frequently Asked Questions on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
(Source of information: Who Health Organization)

Q : What are the symptoms of SARS ?

A : The main symptoms of SARS are high fever (> 38° Celsius), dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. Changes in chest X-rays indicative of pneumonia also occur. SARS may be associated with other symptoms, including headache, muscular stiffness, loss of appetite, malaise, confusion, rash and diarrhoea.

Q : How contagious is SARS ?

A : Based on currently available evidence, close contact with an infected person is needed for the infective agent to spread from one person to another. Contact with aerosolized (exhaled) droplets and bodily secretions from an infected person appears to be important. To date, the majority of cases have occurred in hospital workers who have cared for SARS patients and the close family members of these patients. However, the amount of the infective agent needed to cause an infection has not yet been determined.

Q : How should SARS patients be managed?

A : Patients should be placed in an isolation unit. Strict respiratory and mucusol barrier nursing is recommended. It is very important that suspected cases are separated from other patients and placed in their own hospital room. Health care workers and visitors should wear efficient filter masks, goggles, aprons, head covers, and gloves when in close contact with the patient. Hospital Infection Control Guidance

Q : What is the treatment for SARS ?

A : While some medicines have been tried, no drug can, at this time, be recommended for prophylaxis or treatment. Antibiotics do not appear to be effective. Symptoms should be treated by adequately protected health professionals. As a result of good supportive care, some patients in Hanoi have been transferred from critical care wards to regular wards.

Q : When will this disease be identified ?

A : An international multicenter research project to expedite identification of the causative agent was established on Monday 17 March. Eleven top labs in ten countries are consulting daily and are working together to identify the causative agent. Various specimens have been collected from cases and post-mortem examinations. Laboratory tests are ongoing and a candidate causative infectious agent is under investigation.

Q : How fast does SARS spread ?

A : SARS appears to be less infectious than influenza. The incubation period is short, estimated to range from 2-7 days, with 3-5 days being more common. However, the speed of international travel creates a risk that cases can rapidly spread around the world.

Q : Where and when was the first case of SARS reported ?

A : On 26 February, a man was admitted to hospital in Hanoi with high fever, dry cough, myalgia (muscle soreness) and mild sore throat. Over the next four days he developed increasing breathing difficulties, severe thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) and signs of adult respiratory distress syndrome requiring ventilator support.

Q : How many cases of SARS have been reported to date ?

A : From 1 February to 24 March, 456 cases including seventeen deaths have been reported. In the early stages the symptoms are similar to those of many diseases including influenza. Heightened awareness about the disease, and the vigilance of health authorities around the world, have resulted in a close watch for suspected cases and rapid and thorough reporting. Not all of these suspected cases may prove to be SARS. There are many reports and rumours coming in from around the world, but quite a few of these will turn out to be normal wintertime activity of diseases like influenza whose early symptoms are similar. The cumulative number of cases and deaths is continuously updated on the WHO web site .

Q : How many countries report cases of SARS ?

A . As of 24 March, cases had been reported from thirteen countries. Of these, four countries have only imported cases with no documented local transmission, indicating that the disease is not spreading in these countries and residents are not at risk.

Q : Is the outbreak in Guangdong Province, China linked ?

A : Extensive investigation is under way to better understand the outbreak of atypical (unusual) pneumonia that began in Guangdong province in November 2002. Findings from this investigation should help clarify possible links with cases of SARS.

Q : Could this result from bioterrorism ?

A : There is no indication that SARS is linked to bioterrorism.

Q : Should we be worried ?

A : This illness can be severe and, due to global travel, has spread to several countries in a relatively short period of time. However, SARS is not highly contagious when protective measures are used, and the percentage of cases that have been fatal is low. Since the WHO global alert issued on 15 March , only isolated cases have been identified and no secondary outbreaks have occurred.

Q : Is it safe to travel ?

A : WHO has not recommended restricting travel to any destination in the world. However, all travellers should be aware of the main symptoms and signs of SARS, as given above. People who have these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with SARS, or have a recent history of travel to areas where cases of SARS have been spreading, should seek medical attention and inform health care staff of recent travel. Travellers who develop these symptoms are advised not to undertake further travel until fully recovered.

Q : What is the purpose of a global travel advisory ?

A : The purpose of the advisory WHO issued on 15 March is to tell people what SARS looks like and what they need to report to a physician. The WHO alert does not recommend cancellation of, or change in, travel plans. Trade and tourism should not be restricted. The purpose of the alert is to heighten the awareness of travellers, health authorities, and physicians, not to restrict travel.

Q : Could this be the next flu pandemic ?

A : Tests have not yet conclusively identified the causative agent of SARS. The possible involvement of an influenza virus was an initial concern.

Q What does WHO recommend ?

A : WHO recommends that global surveillance continue and that suspected cases are reported to national health authorities. WHO urges national health authorities to remain on the alert for suspected cases and followed recommended protective measures. SARS patients should be isolated and cared for using barrier nursing techniques and provided with symptomatic treatment.

Q : How can the public keep apprised of the situation ?

A : The public is advised to consult the home page of the WHO website : for daily updates on the outbreak and relevant press releases. More information is available on the WHO SARS web page which is easily accessed through the WHO home page or through: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Many national authorities have also established web sites with excellent information for both the general public and the medical profession.

Q :Are there any positive developments ?

A : A significant number of cases in Viet Nam, as a result of good supportive care, have improved. In addition, the global surveillance system has proven to be a very sensitive and rapid means of reporting of suspected cases. Health authorities around the world are now alert to the risk of SARS. Information on cases compiled over the last three weeks is expected to shed new light on the behaviour of this disease. Secondary outbreaks have to date been avoided since global surveillance was put in place and rapid isolation of cases undertaken.

Cause Of SARS

What is the cause of SARS?

Scientists at CDC and other laboratories have detected a previously unrecognized coronavirus in patients with SARS. While the new coronavirus is still the leading hypothesis for the cause of SARS, other viruses are still under investigation as potential causes.

What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that have a halo or crown-like (corona) appearance when viewed under a microscope. These viruses are a common cause of mild to moderate upper-respiratory illness in humans and are associated with respiratory, gastrointestinal, liver and neurologic disease in animals. Coronaviruses can survive in the environment for as long as three hours.

What evidence is there to suggest that coronaviruses may be linked with SARS?

CDC scientists were able to isolate a virus from the tissues of two patients who had SARS and then used several laboratory methods to characterize the agent. Examination by electron microscopy revealed that the virus had the distinctive shape and appearance of coronaviruses. Tests of serum specimens from patients with SARS showed that the patients appeared to have recently been infected with this coronavirus. Other tests demonstrated that coronavirus was present in a variety of clinical specimens from patients, including nose and throat swabs. In addition, genetic analysis suggests that this new virus belongs to the family of coronaviruses but differs from previously identified coronaviruses. These laboratory results do not provide conclusive evidence that the new coronavirus is the cause of SARS. Additional specimens are being tested to learn more about this coronavirus and its link with SARS.

If coronaviruses usually cause mild illness in humans, how could this new coronavirus be responsible for a potentially life-threatening disease such as SARS?

There is not enough information about the new virus to determine the full range of illness that it might cause. Coronaviruses have occasionally been linked to pneumonia in humans, especially people with weakened immune systems. The viruses can also cause severe disease in animals, including cats, dogs, pigs, mice, and birds.

Has new information about coronavirus changed the recommendations for medical treatment for patients with SARS?

The possibility that coronavirus is the cause of SARS has not changed treatment recommendations. The new coronavirus is being tested against various antiviral drugs to see if an effective treatment can be found.

Is there a test for SARS?

No “test” is available yet for SARS; however, the CDC, in collaboration with WHO and other laboratories, has developed two research tests that appear to be very promising in detecting antibodies to the new coronavirus. CDC is working to refine and share this testing capability as soon as possible with laboratories across the United States and internationally.

What about reports from other laboratories suggesting that the cause of SARS may be a paramyxovirus?

Researchers from several laboratories participating in the WHO network have reported the identification of a paramyxovirus in clinical specimens from SARS patients. These laboratories are still investigating the possibility that a paramyxovirus is a cause of SARS.

Is there any reason to think SARS is or is not related to terrorism?

Information currently available about SARS indicates that people who appear to be most at risk are either health care workers taking care of sick people or family members or household contacts of those who are infected with SARS. That pattern of transmission is what would typically be expected in a contagious respiratory or flulike illness.

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – Prophecy Discussion

Disclaimer: The information in this article is compiled as it is, just for a reference.
SPI do not support their authenticity and their opinions.



1 & 3. Photo of SARS virus under microscope; 2. Artist impression of a SAR sufferer

Click here to view interactively how SARS spreads
Click here to view a valuable document by Ministry of Health on ‘Living with Sars’

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – Prophecy Discussion
(source of informatio: T. Chase, Revelation13)

In mid-March 2003, it was announced to the world that there was a new Pneumonia-like disease causing a spreading epidemic in the world. A new disease epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), started in Guangdong Province in China in November 2002, and then spread to other countries in Asia: Hong Kong, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. It has also spread to Canada and the U.S.. Many cases have been linked to a Hotel in Hong Kong. It is a Pneumonia-like illness with an incubation period of 2 to 7 days. There is a great danger of it spreading worldwide. Apparently it is related to Saturn being at its brightest at the start of 2003 (Saturn is equivalent to Satan, and Satan on earth would also be the dragon, Red China).

About the deadly diseases, from the point of view of Astrology, Biblical prophecy including the Book of Revelation, and numerical analysis were considered. Note that 1999 has 666 upside down, and 1998=666×3, so the Antichrist may have appeared in year 2000, and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may ride, including the Fourth Horseman Death by disease, which could be AIDS, Ebola, Influenza, and other diseases.

Let us consider here three diseases that are a threat to mankind: AIDS, Ebola, and Influenza. The virus that causes AIDS, HIV, was discovered in the year 1983, so therefore associate AIDS with the number 83. The galaxy M83 is in the constellation Hydra, which was a multi-headed serpent in mythology that kept growing a new head, each time a head was cut off. This sounds like AIDS, which keeps mutating to allow it to get around any treatment or vaccine. The Hydra was defeated by Hercules, by his nephew Iolaus burning each of the mortal heads as Hercules cut them off, and burying the immortal head under a stone.

Note that the AIDS virus has 9213=111×83 bits of genetic information, so again the number 83.

Ebola, a lethal disease of Africa that kills in two weeks of infection, had its virus discovered in 1976, so if we associate galaxy M76 with it, we are near the constellation Andromeda. Remember the movie “Andromeda Strain” about a lethal disease that threatened humanity? That could be Ebola if it mutates to an airborne form.

Influenza or “Flu” was discovered in 1933. Galaxy M33 is in the constellation Triangulum. That may imply we should look for a triangle. The numbers 33, 76, and 83 do form a right (90 degree) triangle with an angle of 66 degrees.

Since 666 is the number of the antichrist of the Book of Revelation chapter 13, this may imply that these three diseases will threaten humanity when he appears. In fact, ebola virus frequently twists itself into a shape that looks like a “6”.

These diseases may also relate to three animals used to describe the Antichrist in Revelation 13:2: he is like a leopard, has the mouth of a lion, and the feet of a bear. Maybe Ebola corresponds to the leopard, with its great speed; Ebola kills in two weeks of infection. Influenza could be the lion; it causes coughing like a lion’s roar. And AIDS could be the bear; bears hibernate, like AIDS can do in people, until it wakes up and kills them.

Another recent disease is BSE, Mad Cow Disease. On April 3, 1996, Comet Hyakutake was visible during a lunar eclipse, which interestingly occurs between Palm Sunday and Good Friday. When this comet passed near the constellation Virgo (the actual constellation, rather than the astrology sign), Mad Cow Disease appearing in people was announced to the world. The Egyptian version of Virgo, Isis, depicted with cow’s horns. And Europa, the symbol of Europe, could also be considered a version of Virgo the Virgin. Europa rides a Bull– this image is similar to the 17th chapter of the Bible’s Book of Revelation, where a woman named Babylon rides a beast. The woman is holding a cup in her hand, full of filthiness. The analogy would be Europa riding the Bull, with the cup of filthiness being the Mad Cow Disease spread through infected beef. Also, according to Revelation, the woman sits on a city with seven hills, which is Rome– again implying she is Europe. And note that BSE was discovered in 1986, so if we assign a galaxy to it by this number 86(Galaxy M86), Galaxy M86 is in the constellation Virgo the Virgin, representing the woman Babylon and Isis. And note that if we assign a Book of Revelation passage to this number 86, we have Revelation 18:6, which refers to the woman Babylon and her cup.

Another disease, Tuberculosis (TB) is becoming an increasingly bad worldwide epidemic, with drug resistant TB common. TB also is common in cattle. The bacteria Mycobacterium was identified by Robert Koch as the cause of TB in 1882, so we will associate the number 82 and the Galaxy M82 with it, and Revelation 18:2 (King James Version):

“18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”  Note that TB is spread by poor sanitation and hygiene, that we can relate to the “unclean” in the passage above; and Babylon was in Iraq.

Concerning SARS, it could be related to influenza, and therefore the Influenza part of the three diseases attacking humanity as the Fourth Horseman, Death. Note that in early 2003, with Saturn/Satan at its brightest as I explain on the calendar page, there is an Ebola epidemic in Africa, AIDS is out of control in Africa and elsewhere, so SARS could be the 3rd part of the Fourth Horseman, Flu. Note that SARS has been found to be caused by a new virus, which could be a type of Paramyxovirus (the virus family of measles and mumps), or a coronavirus (a type of virus that usually just causes colds), or it may belong to a new family of virus.

Note: the first letters of SARS, Ebola, AIDS spells “sea”, and the Antichrist (the beast) rises out of the sea (of world politics) in Revelation 13. Also: the first letters of: Influenza, BSE, Ebola, AIDS, SARS, TB:

This suggests that these diseases will cause worldwide epidemics as the Beast rises to power, and the Fourth Horseman Death rides.

Also, SARS began in Guangdong Province, China, which is at geographic coordinates of 23 degrees North 112-115 East. Corresponding to 23 North would be the Bible’s Psalm 23: (23:4, King James Version): “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me”

So this relates to this disease being the shadow of death. Also note that Hong Kong is near Guangdong Province in China, and Hong Kong is a former English colony: this may relate to the “mouth of a lion” of the Red Dragon Red China, the lion I related above to Influenza. Also note that I relate the lion of the Antichrist to Iraq, the lion being a symbol of Babylon, the ancient empire that was located in Iraq. So war in Iraq in March 2003 may relate holographically to this “lion” disease SARS appearing then. This disease of SARS may be symbolic of the disease of Saddam Hussein that has existed in Iraq. Also, since SARS had its virus discovered in March 2003, then we can relate it to Galaxy M23, which is in the Constellation Sagittarius, Sagittarius being the half-man half-horse archer. This again would relate it to the Antichrist, since in Revelation 6:2 the Antichrist is a man on horseback with a bow and arrow. So SARS may indicate the rise of the Antichrist, the Satanic imitation of Christ, to world prominence soon. And SARS coming out of China: the Antichrist gets his power from the dragon. Also, corresponding to 23 for SARS (since SARS was discovered in 2003, and started near 23 North in China) would be Revelation 12:3 where the red dragon is seen in heaven, the dragon being Red China, and also the Terrorist dragon. Also, the Hong Kong airline Dragonair in March 2003 on Flight KA901 from Beijing to Hong Kong had a SARS infected person on board, so health people are trying to contact the 222 passengers who were on that flight to try to see if they were infected, to stop more spread of SARS. The interesting thing with that flight is that again we have the dragon and China, and 901 in the flight number KA901 could be associated with Revelation 9:1 where a star falls from heaven into the bottomless pit; this is about the Antichrist. And “KA” in KA901 sounds like “key” as in “key to the bottomless pit” in Revelation 9:1, which would be the key to the Gates of Hell. Revelation 9:1,2:, King James version:

“9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.

2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.”

A general pattern:

Ebola: 76 (virus discovered in 1976)
Rev. 17:6, the bloodthirsty woman (Ebola makes people bleed to death)
Also in 1976: Chairman Mao dies in Red China, he was noted for being bloodthirsty, like this disease
Galaxy M76 near Andromeda (“The Andromeda Strain”)

AIDS: 83 (virus discovered in 1983)
Rev. 18:3, the corrupt woman Babylon (Babylon being Iraq today)
Also in 1983: religious radicalism in the Arab World is increasing, after the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981; Osama was in Afghanistan in 1983
Square root of 83 is 9.11, as in 9-11 (September 11)
Galaxy M83 in Constellation Hydra (the Hydra being like the Radical Terrorists, El Qaida, it keeps growing a new head each time you cut one off, as AIDS keeps evading a vaccine)

BSE (Mad Cow Disease): 86 (discovered in 1986)
Rev. 18:6, the woman with the cup of filthiness
Galaxy M86 in Virgo the Virgin, here representing the woman, who is also Isis (who had cow horns)

Tuberculosis (TB): 82 (bacteria discovered in 1882)
Rev. 18:2, the unclean city Babylon (Babylon was ancient Iraq)
Galaxy M82 in the Great Bear; the Antichrist has the feet of a great bear.  But then who is the great bear?

Influenza: 33 (virus discovered in 1933)
Rev. 13:3, the beast (the Antichrist) rises out of the sea
Galaxy M33 in Triangulum

SARS: 23 (virus discovered in 2003)
Began near 23 degrees North in China
Rev. 12:3, the Red Dragon seen in heaven: Red China
Galaxy M23 in Sagittarius, the Archer horse/man, corresponding to the man on horseback with a bow in Revelation 6:2, the Antichrist

So: there is a real danger of SARS spreading worldwide in 2003, lets hope it is stopped soon. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta are investigating it now and attempting to stop its spread. The SARS disease has for symptoms high fever, coughing, difficulty breathing, and may include muscle stiffness and pain, sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, stomach symptoms, and rash. Its incubation period being only a few days it could spread very rapidly around the world. It appears it is airborne, and spreads from person to person, either by air or by contact. Also, the number 23 mentioned above may somehow be a clue to a cure or treatment for SARS (but I have no idea of how). And in Revelation 12 Michael battles the Red Dragon, defeating him in Revelation 20 by chaining him: so again that may be a clue of how to stop SARS, but again I don’t know how. The Angel Michael is able to chain up the Red Dragon, Satan, in Revelation 20 and send him back to the bottomless pit (Revelation 20, King James Version):

“20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.”


1. A SARS patient under treatment in Guangzhou; 2 & 3. Infested apartment in Hong Kong; 4. Residents needed to be isolated


1 & 2. Lousy treatment in China – only used screens to separate patients;
3. Infested hotel in Hong Kong – the ultimate place of horror
4. People in Hong Kong are queuing up to buy masks though their prices increased tenfold


Click here to view a rumor email (in Chinese) that has been circulating around about a SARS policy in China.  But we think it is a hoax.

China under fire from WHO as experts intensify probe into SARS
(Source of information: Asia Pacific AFP News)

GUANGZHOU, China (AFP) – China was publicly criticised for its foot-dragging by the director of the World Health Organisation as WHO experts dug deeper into the cause of the deadly SARS outbreak in the south of the country.

In WHO’s first public criticism of China, the global health agency’s director general Gro Harlem Brundtland said China should have reported its first cases of the atypical pneumonia, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), more quickly.

“Next time something strange and new comes … let us come in as quickly as possible,” she told the BBC.

“It would have been definitely helpful if the international expertise and WHO had been able to help at an earlier stage.”

The criticism came as the mysterious disease claimed more victims in Canada and Hong Kong, as well as in Beijing, where an International Labour Organisation official died after arriving in mid-March for a conference.

He was the highest profile casualty of the outbreak since WHO expert Carlo Urbani — who first identified the disease — died in Bangkok last month.

In southern China’s Guangdong province — where the disease has affected more people than anywhere in the world — a team of WHO experts stepped up efforts to find the cause.

The four-member team of epidemiologists and disease specialists broke up into small groups Monday to expedite their investigation.

Two experts met with Chinese animal disease and health officials while two others headed to hospitals.

Team leader Robert Breiman declined to comment on the new deaths, saying the team’s focus was to first identify the source of the disease to help come up with effective treatment and prevent it from spreading further.

“We’re still in the investigative phase here and so there’s no point in me commenting about that,” Breiman told reporters.

The disease, which first broke out in Guangdong, has now spread to as many as 32 countries, and is suspected or confirmed to have infected more than 2,700 people, with the death toll rapidly approaching 100.

WHO experts said they were still awaiting specimen samples from China to study the virus’ make-up in international laboratories, as China lacks the new technology to do so properly.

China, which insists it is “fully capable” of controlling the spread of SARS, has verbally agreed, but WHO officials are still waiting for the samples.

“It is very important because we think we will get the answer from here if from anywhere,” WHO expert Wolfgang Preiser said.

Chinese scientists have found the coronavirus, paramyxovirus and the bacteria chlamydia in the Chinese cases, a deputy director of the Guangzhou No. 8 People’s Hospital said Sunday.

But he said the presence of the coronavirus has not been confirmed. Breiman said it would not be pinpointed until the Chinese specimen samples are tested overseas.

Experts are focusing on the coronavirus because they suspect a strain of the coronavirus previously known to affect animals may be at work.

Influenzas have traditionally originated in southern China and experts now suspect the virus may be connected to local residents’ close proximity and frequent contact with animals.

Breiman, who met with Chinese animal disease experts Monday, said after the meeting that there were no conclusive findings but discussions were “helpful.”

“We discussed all kinds of animals … livestock and domesticated animals and also wildlife. … We asked about rodents and bats and birds and pigs and ducks and chickens,” Breiman said, adding that pangolins were also discussed.

Chinese officials Sunday announced four more deaths and 57 more cases, bringing the total number of deaths in China to 51 and cases to 1,247.

In Beijing, diplomatic compounds were being disinfected Monday while jittery foreign companies began to issue face masks to employees and cancel business trips.


1. Since March 27, Tan Tock Seng Hospital has replaced the Communicable Disease Centre as Singapore’s headquarters for the outbreak.
We salute to the doctors, nurses and all the staff who work at TTSH.  They are the heroes with great professionalism.
2. Temporary tents are erected in the parking lot facing TTSH’s Accident and Emergency ward.
They form a screening centre to cope with the increasing numbers of suspected Sars cases.
3. Staff of the Casket Company use protective clothing while handling Mr Low’s coffin.
Cremations of Sars victims must be carried out within 24 hours in accordance with the Ministry of Health’s guidelines
GHOST BUS: This bus was meant to take students on an excursion but was cancelled due to a 10-day closure of schools, affecting about 600,000 students

Frequently Asked Questions on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
(Source of information: Who Health Organization)

Q : What are the symptoms of SARS ?

A : The main symptoms of SARS are high fever (> 38° Celsius), dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties. Changes in chest X-rays indicative of pneumonia also occur. SARS may be associated with other symptoms, including headache, muscular stiffness, loss of appetite, malaise, confusion, rash and diarrhoea.

Q : How contagious is SARS ?

A : Based on currently available evidence, close contact with an infected person is needed for the infective agent to spread from one person to another. Contact with aerosolized (exhaled) droplets and bodily secretions from an infected person appears to be important. To date, the majority of cases have occurred in hospital workers who have cared for SARS patients and the close family members of these patients. However, the amount of the infective agent needed to cause an infection has not yet been determined.

Q : How should SARS patients be managed?

A : Patients should be placed in an isolation unit. Strict respiratory and mucusol barrier nursing is recommended. It is very important that suspected cases are separated from other patients and placed in their own hospital room. Health care workers and visitors should wear efficient filter masks, goggles, aprons, head covers, and gloves when in close contact with the patient. Hospital Infection Control Guidance

Q : What is the treatment for SARS ?

A : While some medicines have been tried, no drug can, at this time, be recommended for prophylaxis or treatment. Antibiotics do not appear to be effective. Symptoms should be treated by adequately protected health professionals. As a result of good supportive care, some patients in Hanoi have been transferred from critical care wards to regular wards.

Q : When will this disease be identified ?

A : An international multicenter research project to expedite identification of the causative agent was established on Monday 17 March. Eleven top labs in ten countries are consulting daily and are working together to identify the causative agent. Various specimens have been collected from cases and post-mortem examinations. Laboratory tests are ongoing and a candidate causative infectious agent is under investigation.

Q : How fast does SARS spread ?

A : SARS appears to be less infectious than influenza. The incubation period is short, estimated to range from 2-7 days, with 3-5 days being more common. However, the speed of international travel creates a risk that cases can rapidly spread around the world.

Q : Where and when was the first case of SARS reported ?

A : On 26 February, a man was admitted to hospital in Hanoi with high fever, dry cough, myalgia (muscle soreness) and mild sore throat. Over the next four days he developed increasing breathing difficulties, severe thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) and signs of adult respiratory distress syndrome requiring ventilator support.

Q : How many cases of SARS have been reported to date ?

A : From 1 February to 24 March, 456 cases including seventeen deaths have been reported. In the early stages the symptoms are similar to those of many diseases including influenza. Heightened awareness about the disease, and the vigilance of health authorities around the world, have resulted in a close watch for suspected cases and rapid and thorough reporting. Not all of these suspected cases may prove to be SARS. There are many reports and rumours coming in from around the world, but quite a few of these will turn out to be normal wintertime activity of diseases like influenza whose early symptoms are similar. The cumulative number of cases and deaths is continuously updated on the WHO web site .

Q : How many countries report cases of SARS ?

A . As of 24 March, cases had been reported from thirteen countries. Of these, four countries have only imported cases with no documented local transmission, indicating that the disease is not spreading in these countries and residents are not at risk.

Q : Is the outbreak in Guangdong Province, China linked ?

A : Extensive investigation is under way to better understand the outbreak of atypical (unusual) pneumonia that began in Guangdong province in November 2002. Findings from this investigation should help clarify possible links with cases of SARS.

Q : Could this result from bioterrorism ?

A : There is no indication that SARS is linked to bioterrorism.

Q : Should we be worried ?

A : This illness can be severe and, due to global travel, has spread to several countries in a relatively short period of time. However, SARS is not highly contagious when protective measures are used, and the percentage of cases that have been fatal is low. Since the WHO global alert issued on 15 March , only isolated cases have been identified and no secondary outbreaks have occurred.

Q : Is it safe to travel ?

A : WHO has not recommended restricting travel to any destination in the world. However, all travellers should be aware of the main symptoms and signs of SARS, as given above. People who have these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with SARS, or have a recent history of travel to areas where cases of SARS have been spreading, should seek medical attention and inform health care staff of recent travel. Travellers who develop these symptoms are advised not to undertake further travel until fully recovered.

Q : What is the purpose of a global travel advisory ?

A : The purpose of the advisory WHO issued on 15 March is to tell people what SARS looks like and what they need to report to a physician. The WHO alert does not recommend cancellation of, or change in, travel plans. Trade and tourism should not be restricted. The purpose of the alert is to heighten the awareness of travellers, health authorities, and physicians, not to restrict travel.

Q : Could this be the next flu pandemic ?

A : Tests have not yet conclusively identified the causative agent of SARS. The possible involvement of an influenza virus was an initial concern.

Q What does WHO recommend ?

A : WHO recommends that global surveillance continue and that suspected cases are reported to national health authorities. WHO urges national health authorities to remain on the alert for suspected cases and followed recommended protective measures. SARS patients should be isolated and cared for using barrier nursing techniques and provided with symptomatic treatment.

Q : How can the public keep apprised of the situation ?

A : The public is advised to consult the home page of the WHO website : for daily updates on the outbreak and relevant press releases. More information is available on the WHO SARS web page which is easily accessed through the WHO home page or through: Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Many national authorities have also established web sites with excellent information for both the general public and the medical profession.

Q :Are there any positive developments ?

A : A significant number of cases in Viet Nam, as a result of good supportive care, have improved. In addition, the global surveillance system has proven to be a very sensitive and rapid means of reporting of suspected cases. Health authorities around the world are now alert to the risk of SARS. Information on cases compiled over the last three weeks is expected to shed new light on the behaviour of this disease. Secondary outbreaks have to date been avoided since global surveillance was put in place and rapid isolation of cases undertaken.

Cause Of SARS

What is the cause of SARS?

Scientists at CDC and other laboratories have detected a previously unrecognized coronavirus in patients with SARS. While the new coronavirus is still the leading hypothesis for the cause of SARS, other viruses are still under investigation as potential causes.

What are coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that have a halo or crown-like (corona) appearance when viewed under a microscope. These viruses are a common cause of mild to moderate upper-respiratory illness in humans and are associated with respiratory, gastrointestinal, liver and neurologic disease in animals. Coronaviruses can survive in the environment for as long as three hours.

What evidence is there to suggest that coronaviruses may be linked with SARS?

CDC scientists were able to isolate a virus from the tissues of two patients who had SARS and then used several laboratory methods to characterize the agent. Examination by electron microscopy revealed that the virus had the distinctive shape and appearance of coronaviruses. Tests of serum specimens from patients with SARS showed that the patients appeared to have recently been infected with this coronavirus. Other tests demonstrated that coronavirus was present in a variety of clinical specimens from patients, including nose and throat swabs. In addition, genetic analysis suggests that this new virus belongs to the family of coronaviruses but differs from previously identified coronaviruses. These laboratory results do not provide conclusive evidence that the new coronavirus is the cause of SARS. Additional specimens are being tested to learn more about this coronavirus and its link with SARS.

If coronaviruses usually cause mild illness in humans, how could this new coronavirus be responsible for a potentially life-threatening disease such as SARS?

There is not enough information about the new virus to determine the full range of illness that it might cause. Coronaviruses have occasionally been linked to pneumonia in humans, especially people with weakened immune systems. The viruses can also cause severe disease in animals, including cats, dogs, pigs, mice, and birds.

Has new information about coronavirus changed the recommendations for medical treatment for patients with SARS?

The possibility that coronavirus is the cause of SARS has not changed treatment recommendations. The new coronavirus is being tested against various antiviral drugs to see if an effective treatment can be found.

Is there a test for SARS?

No “test” is available yet for SARS; however, the CDC, in collaboration with WHO and other laboratories, has developed two research tests that appear to be very promising in detecting antibodies to the new coronavirus. CDC is working to refine and share this testing capability as soon as possible with laboratories across the United States and internationally.

What about reports from other laboratories suggesting that the cause of SARS may be a paramyxovirus?

Researchers from several laboratories participating in the WHO network have reported the identification of a paramyxovirus in clinical specimens from SARS patients. These laboratories are still investigating the possibility that a paramyxovirus is a cause of SARS.

Is there any reason to think SARS is or is not related to terrorism?

Information currently available about SARS indicates that people who appear to be most at risk are either health care workers taking care of sick people or family members or household contacts of those who are infected with SARS. That pattern of transmission is what would typically be expected in a contagious respiratory or flulike illness.

The Orbs Controversy

Author: SPI Mathwizard

Disclaimer: The opinion below belongs to the author and does not represent views of Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI)

What are orbs?

“What are orbs?” This is the question that most people who have little knowledge of paranormal research will likely to ask when others talking about taking orbs photos. Orb is the term coined by Dave Oester and Sharon Gill of the International Ghost Hunters Society in the 1990s. It refers to globule or ball-like anomaly that show up in both digital and film photographs. Although usually white and transparent, orbs can also be very solid, and come in different colours, like red, green, purple and even multi-coloured.

The leading theory in paranormal community is that orbs are in fact ghosts or other spirit entities in their simplest form. As energy life form, they naturally take up the shape of an orb, rather than always be in humanoid shape, which may cost them more energy to maintain. Another possibility is that orbs are energy that is associated with the presence of certain entities but are not the entities themselves. But what is the evidence to back up such an extraordinary claim?

In fact, many natural phenomena can be mistaken as orbs, and since it is virtually impossible to tell apart a real orb and a false positive with 100% accuracy, I do not consider orbs as valid evidence in favor of paranormal phenomena.

Digital Cameras Create Orbs?

One of the leading theories among the orb debunkers is that orbs are nothing but artificial artifacts created by digital cameras. Even paranormal investigators and ghost hunters are still debating among themselves as to whether the use of digital cameras should be encouraged. Troy Taylor of The American Ghost Society writes that “the negative points to digital cameras outweigh the good ones,” while Dave Oester of The International Ghost Hunters Society “fully recommends without reservation the use of digital cameras for field investigations.”

Digital cameras use either CCD or CMOS technology. Both CCD (charge coupled device) and CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) are an array of pixels combined together on a chip designed to react to light. When exposed to light, each block collects one pixel of information about the image which is sent through to the processor to be assembled into an image and saved. The quality and resolution of the image is determined by the amount of pixels on the chip combined with the internal processor of the camera. CMOS is similar to CCD but these chips are not as sensitive to light and may produce a lesser quality image in low lighting, therefore CMOS sensors are less costly to produce, and most cheaper cameras use them instead of CCD.

It is said that orbs are caused by pixel blow out or misfire. But that means many pixels would need to misfire in a circular pattern to create the orb effect. This is very unlikely to happen because the electrical charges are read from top to bottom. A pixel misfire may affect the pixel on the top or bottom of it, but is not likely to affect those on its left and right. Therefore it is more likely to have a straight line created by pixel misfire than to have an orb.
So it is safe to assume that most orbs are not camera artifacts. Therefore, we must look at the environment itself to understand the phenomenon of orbs.

The Annoying Dust Particles

Dust particles are everywhere. Shine a beam of light and you will see them dancing happily all over the place. A common misconception is that orbs are caused by dusts on or inside the camera lenses. This is NOT true. Most orbs are light reflection from air-born dust particles directly in front of the camera lenses when the flash is used. There is a distance known as the focal point of the camera, of which objects need to be past in order to be in focus. Hence dust particles that are beyond the focal points do not cause any trouble, but those nearer to the lenses will be out of focus and often show up as orbs when they reflect the camera flash. The same principle applies to night vision or night shot cameras, in which the Infrared light illuminated the dust particles and make them look like orbs. I have seen a lot of dust particles flying around, sometimes in very interesting patterns under IR night vision scope. And there is no doubt that some people may actually claim that these are all ghosts! Orbs under IR are white since IR does not enable use to see colours. However, under normal flashes, orbs can be of various colours depending on the reflecting angle and the wavelength of the light that is reflected back.

Dust orbs have certain characteristics, such as possessing some sort of nucleus, and elongation around the central axis towards the edges of the photos. The latter is caused by a lens curvature error known as “coma”. Cameras with very small lenses and short focal lengths (such as digital cameras) are more prone to coma than other cameras with longer focal length lenses, such as SLR cameras.

Usually there will be more than one dust orbs in the photos, and you get them most of the time at the location. Note that dust orbs are more likely to show up in a large number when you disturb the environment, such as when you just step into an empty house. This explains why the first few photos usually contain more orbs.

Also, digital cameras are more sensitive and therefore more likely to capture illuminated dust particles than a film camera.


1. An example of dust orbs at construction sites, taken by digital camera. Notice the “coma” effect at the edge of the photograph.
Photo credit: SPI Agent Abductboy
2. Amplification of one of the central orbs shows the nucleus structure, which is often a characteristic of dust orbs
3. Notice the faint large orb at the top center portion, a bright orb, and another faint orb partly visible at the top right corner.
These are how dust orbs look like to other type of digital cameras. They are usually flat. Photo credit: SPI Agent Mathwizard.

Other Contaminants

By contaminants, we mean things that may contaminate the data that we collect during paranormal investigations. Besides dust particles, the most common contaminants are pollen, air moisture, water droplets, and snow. Different cameras will create different kind of orbs when these contaminants are presented. Therefore, by taking control shots with your camera, you will know how these contaminants look like in your photos, and not confuse them with paranormal images. Also avoid taking photos when it is raining, snowing, or when the air is very moist for obvious reason.

One thing to notice is that rain or water droplets may cause what we term “comet orbs” where the orbs seem to be traveling upwards instead of downwards.


1. This is an example of a comet orb, created by rain droplets
2. Water droplets may also appear as orbs with holes in some type of digital cameras, as shown in this photo.
Photo credit: SPI Agent Mathwizard

Another source of false positive orbs is light reflection in the camera lenses. Many beginners in paranormal research are likely to mistaken light reflection as orbs. Light sources such as spot light creates internal reflection in the camera lenses which produce the orb effects. This is the reason why orbs photos in a concert hall or any well illuminated places should not be considered as paranormal in origin. Sun light causes similar phenomena often called a lens flare, but can easily avoided by not taking photos facing the sun or other light sources. In a concert hall or other artificially illuminated areas, however, there are multiple light sources and therefore it is more difficult to take precaution to avoid false positive results.

Spider web is also something to look out for while taking photos. A spider silk near the lens will reflect the flash and look like a streak of light that some people mistaken as orb in motion. Of course, even your own hair in front of the lens will create similar effect!

Facial Expression in Orbs: Real or Pareidolia?

Some orbs seem to have faces, but is this really paranormal? We shall look at a possible psychological explanation.


1. This is an example of orb with facial expression. Photo credit: SPI Agent Abductboy
2. Here is another example of orb that looks like a human face with wide opened mouth. Photo credit: SPI Agent Abductboy

Pareidolia is defined as “misperception of an ambiguous stimulus as something specific.” For example, we may be able to “recognize” faces in the clouds.

Astronomer Carl Sagan claimed that the human tendency to see faces in many things such as shadows, clouds, moss, and such, is an evolutionary trait. He writes:

“As soon as the infant can see, it recognizes faces, and we now know that this skill is hardwired in our brains. Those infants who a million years ago were unable to recognize a face smiled back less, were less likely to win the hearts of their parents, and less likely to prosper. These days, nearly every infant is quick to identify a human face, and to respond with a goony [sic] grin (Sagan, 45).”

While not everyone agrees that this ability is an evolutionary trait, it is well known that when we see something, the brain will try to identify the object by matching it with the information stored in our memory. When the information is close to a specific object in our existing memory but not entirely sufficient, the brain adds in more details so that we may recognize what the object could be.


This is a well known figure in psychology that demonstrates how human brains perceive patterns
We tend to see a dog here while in fact, there are only black patches.

The tendency for human mind to perceive patterns while there are none could explain many so-called paranormal photos, for example the famous devil faces of World Trade Center as shown below.


Photo credits: CNN

So it could well be that facial expressions of orbs are nothing more than optical illusions. They may be random patterns created by the lightning condition, and are not paranormal

Do Ghost Orbs Exist?


1. SPI photo that shows several orbs in motion in weird configuration. What exactly is this?
Could it be a real anomaly or just light reflection of some bugs near the lens?
2. A yellow ball of light that seems to be rather dense was photographed in a room that is reputed to be haunted.
This photo is taken with film camera with ISO 400 film speed, and the anomaly is clearly on the negative.
What could have caused this anomaly since there were no reflective surfaces and other light sources beside the camera flash?
Photo credit: SPI Agent Mathwizard


3 & 4. Here is a day time SPI investigation photo that shows a purplish orb. Is it lens flare or a real orb?

The dust theory does not explain some orbs photographs that were taken without using flash. Also it is unlikely to illuminate and photograph dust orbs in day time, and yet there are day time orbs photos (although they are relatively rare, more examples can be found at GhostGadgets.com: http://www.ghostgadgets.com/daytimeorbs.html) In fact many witnesses claim to have seen orbs with their naked eyes. My mother happened to be one of them. She claimed to have seen a red orb hovering over bushes at night when she was young. But there is no way to determine what these orbs are. We can make a lot of hypotheses, such as orbs are ghosts, orbs are extraterrestrial probes, or a form of electrical discharges that is normally not visible to human eyes etc, but none of them is as yet testable. To make matter worse, as we have seen above, many orbs are false positives, and our data could very well be contaminated without we knowing.

Based on the evidence so far, the existence of real orbs cannot be ruled out. It is logically invalid to conclude that orbs do not exist simply because there are many false positives. But unfortunately, there is also no conclusive evidence that orbs exist. If they do, then we must consider a wide range of possible physical explanations, not just associate them with ghosts.

By
SPI Agent Mathwizard
September 28, 2003

The Ghoulish Trail (3rd Stop)

Fort canning Park
Kampong Java Park
Bukit Brown Cemetery (Kopi Hill)
Mt Pleasant Cemetery
Devil’s Bend
Old Changi Hospital

History

George Henry Brown arrived from Calcutta via Penang about 1840.  He bought the area and called it Mount Pleasant.  Brown was a ship owner in Singapore trading to China and Japan.  He was a strong supporter of the Presbyterian Church where he played the organ which he had bought from the old London Mission Chapel at the junction of North Bridge and Bras Basah roads.

The organ later went to the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.  The land was bought by Ong Kew Ho and the Hokkien Huay Kuan who gave it to the She Ong Kongsi.  After much resistance from the kongsi, the government acquired the land in 1919 and opened it as a public burial ground which was managed by a committee led by Tan Kheam Hock and See Tiong Wah, compradore of the Hongkong Bank, on 1 Jan 1922.  Another commonly known name especially for taxi drivers is Kheam Hock Road Cemetery because it is situated along Kheam Hock Road.

The 213 acre Bukit Brown Cemetery was known among the Chinese as “kopi sua” or coffee hill.  The cemetery contained some very ornate graves, complete with “jagas” in Sikh dress to guard them.  In the 1970s the government began to clear the cemetery for redevelopment.  The clearing process has been stagnated recently.  Yet it remains as one of the oldest cemetery in Singapore.  You can see very old trees and unique plantation all over the hill.

Strange solitary sight

This muddy mound stands away from the other tombs on Kheam Hock Road’s Kopi Hill.  It has flower offerings and a flag covering it.  On the flag there is a Chinese verse saying “Seek Ye The One True God To Be Saved”.  Despite the odd grammar, it roughly means “Seek ways to be saved by some kind of god” in proper English.  Obviously its meaning associates with certain religious doctrines, and it surely has its purpose to be there.  A big joss stick urn is placed under the flag pole that makes it more like an altar than a grave.

As shown in the picture, the muddy mound is quite well maintained as the grass was trimmed in a circle around it.  And the patch of lawn near the mound was properly mowed too.  Perhaps that is the only place where you see has been tidied up, while the rest of the hill is left abandoned like a wild jungle.  That shows some people are making use of it and therefore well keeping it.

Boutique tombstones

Throughout the whole cemetery, you will see tombs scattering around the hill.  The tombstones are in grayish sometimes orange in color.  They are in lime-stones and some have slightly more content in sulfur.  Most of them are ornate in structure.  Ancient deities and gods images acting as “guardians” graced the tombs especially the Chinese ones.  For example, as in the first top photo, some wordings were engraved on each side of the pillars that says in Chinese “The vital soul travels to the west sky”, and “The jade body buried in the southern land”.  The Chinese believe that west sky symbolizes heaven, and a land situated in the south direction is of good feng shui that brings good luck.  Many tombstones of similar style can be found everywhere, but may come in slightly different shape or wordings.  The second top photo shows a tomb of the same kind but in dual mode, possibly for a couple.

In the first two photos on the second row, you will see tombs that are smaller and very old, covered by overgrown grasses.  Some tombs even got the front tablets pushed down by the weed plants.  And sadly speaking, nobody bothers to do any repair work for it.  They are among the majority of them receiving very little maintenance.  In contrast, the tombs that are shown on the last two photos stand brilliantly in good shape.  They look grand, clean and each one individually occupies quite a large area of land.  Their locations are of course prominent and near the main track, that usually have a good facing overlooking the valley on the down slope.  They are probably for the rich people, just like some live in luxury mansions, some in condominium and some in HDB flats while they were alive.  Realistic world, isn’t it?

Treasure land of Feng Shui

Regardless of shape, grade or color, all the tombs share one good thing: they all situated on the treasure land of good Feng Shui in Kopi Hill.  The 213 acre of land is of a large dome shape with a slight steep hill in the center and a long narrow water creek surrounding the whole land.  Such is a very good topographical feature in Feng Shui which helps collecting the universal spiritual breath (Ch’i).  The form of hill and the direction of watercourses, being the outcome of the molding influences of wind and water, are just right well balanced in Kopi Hill.  However, at the concentric center of the hill, trees have grown over many decades into a dense forest blocking the “Yang” part of the cosmic breath (sunlight).  The “Yin” energy gets exceptionally strong that cultivates many negatively charged entities.  In a material form, it manifests many insects (mosquitoes, spiders, ants) and very heavy mists.  Yes, there are sightings of mysterious smoke or mist that suddenly come and disappear in both daytime and nighttime.  And when the heavy Yin energy comes into spiritual forms, they Are Beyond Our Imagination…

Whether we believe in Feng Shui or not, it is true that those dead resting in Kopi Hill are the pioneer generation of Singaporeans who contributed building our nation.  Their siblings are blessed and live in good standard of living in today’s modern Singapore.

For the living or the dead?

We have some insider news that this treasure land will be converted into a prestige residential estate soon in the future.  The government is planning to exhume the tombs, probably after Bididari.  As for now, just outside the cemetery boundary there have already existed a number of bungalows and semi-D sitting just a few meters away from tombs (see the second photo).  Singapore’s land is a scarce resource.  Kopi Hill is truly a Feng Shui land that even the living wants to take it over from the dead!

To keep the souls and spirits in control, an Earthly God (Tao De Kung Kung) is placed right at the entrance.  Fruits and incenses are offered to him as a continuous supply.  However, a big rubbish bin is placed right in front of it that may have defected its power (see the first photo).

If we were asked about how haunted is Kopi Hill, we would like to answer by taking you there and let you see it yourself.  At night, it is pitch dark, no street lights, and the visibility depends much on the amount of moon light available on that night.  Even aided with strong torches, you won’t be able to see far because of the thick mist and fog that disperse the light.  Looking around, other than visions of plants and tombstones, you will “feel” that there is always something staring at you!  Most of our Ghoulish Trail guests said so.  In the 70’s Kopi Hill used to be a hidden place as well as a gathering arena for the gangsters of secret society.  These people who known to be the dare-devils whose business is to fight violently and brutally, even got mysteriously deterred from staying there later on.  Rumors said that they have encountered “something” more scary and more fierce than them!  Occasionally, police would patrol around the cemetery after midnight to safe guard the rich residents nearby.  They would have at least come in a troop of six with firearms!  Just imagine what kind of “enemy” they are anticipating when compared to airport patrols in a small group of 2 or 3 guarding against deadly terrorists.  Hope this little information would have given you hints about how haunted is Kopi Hill…

SPI Investigates Old Fort Motor Factory & Bukit Chandu

Introduction

The 14th and 15th of February each year mark one of the most significant days in Singapore, not just because of the Valentine’s Day season, but also because these are the days in 1942 which led to the fall of Singapore. The same days which led to what is known as one of the world’s greatest war-disasters. The same reasons why Singapore is dubbed the most haunted place in Asia.

To commemorate the Total Defense Day, the Singapore Paranormal Investigators (SPI) was invited by the National Archives of Singapore to conduct a demonstration and an experiment at the two significant venues: “Reflections at Bukit Chandu” and “Memories at Old Ford Factory”.

On 14th February 1942, after intensive attacks and bombardment from the invading Japanese troops, the Malay Regiment in defense retreated to Bukit Chandu, where they made their final stand. Many lives were lost and many died a violent death as a result of the violent battle. It is believed by many that vengeful spirits of the Japanese and Malay soldiers still return to this very site to resume the fateful battle; what is known to many as the “residual haunting”.

On the following day after the decisive battle at Bukit Chandu, 15th February 1942, the defending British troops in Singapore surrendered unconditionally to the invading Japanese troops. The signing of the surrender treaty took place in the boardroom of the Ford Motor Factory (now known as the Old Ford Factory). It marked the beginning of the 3 years and 8 months of the dreadful Japanese Occupation in Singapore.

During the Japanese Occupation, the Ford Motor Factory became a Japanese facility for assembling military vehicles for the occupying Japanese troops. The same factory is also believed to have become a suicide ground for many Japanese soldiers and officers who chose to end their lives the “samurai” way during their surrender, and hence were left the spirits lingering in the premises.


SPI Investigates

Rumours were that the subsequently abandoned Ford Motor Factory became well-known as one of the most haunted spots in Singapore and many had witnessed paranormal activities. SPI investigated the abandoned Ford Motor Factory several years before it was renovated, and the investigators had spooky encounters themselves.

Upon invitation, SPI returned to Bukit Chandu and the Old Ford Factory to conduct investigations. The plan was to set up simple Japanese offerings, as accurate as possible to actual Japanese traditions, and to detect any changes to the offerings over a period of time.

Besides Japanese Sakae (or wine), food and pastry which were included in the offerings, candles and incense were also lighted over the area, forming a “path” for the lingering spirits to the offerings.

Samples of the offerings before and after were collected. The samples were then tested for anomalies using professional laboratory equipment.

SPI investigators reported that for both days, there were no obvious changes to the offerings except what seems like a slight change in the acidity of the offered Japanese Sakae. Volunteers who tasted the samples reported that the offered Japanese Sakae produced a slight odour compared to the un-offered sample. The samples of the offered sushi also tasted sour when compared to the un-offered sample. Is this evidence of food being consumed by spirits? Or is this a result of food being exposed in air for merely 2 hours?

Remote observation and recording equipment, on top of the large arsenal of gadgets and high-tech equipment assembled and modified by the SPI gadget team, were also placed in carefully planned and selected locations of the two investigated venues: The 2nd level corridor of Bukit Chandu and the infamous Boardroom of the Old Ford Factory.

Recordings at the Bukit Chandu did not reveal any anomalies. However, at the Old Ford Factory, a portion of the recordings revealed that the wireless signals were somewhat being distorted by unknown sources, despite being left untouched and undisturbed. At almost the same time, an SPI investigator who was at the vicinity of the boardroom, noticed a fluctuation in the readings from the Electro-Magnetic Field (EMF) meter.

It was the same kind of distortion which had led to the failure of the video-signal transmitter during a similar investigation a few months ago at another proclaimed haunted spot in Telok Blangah. The equipment were later checked and confirmed to be in perfect working order. Then what had caused these disturbances? Did entities manifesting from the boardroom produced the electro-magnetic forces that caused the distortion in the video signals?

The Mysteries & Memories Of Tanjong Rhu

The Mysteries & Memories Of Tanjong Rhu


“Did You Know” mysteries include: 1. The Tanjong Katong Fort was used to be an unknown U-Shaped concrete in the old days
2. A fountain is built on a popular triad meeting place; 3. A strange rock is said to relate to bloody killing and resembles a tomb
4. A mysterious death case whereas a boy’s body was “slotted” at a narrow drain right in front of a police quarter


Where Tanjong Rhu got its name from?

Located at the southern tip of the Singapore mainland, lies the quiet & peaceful but mysterious Tanjong Rhu. A well known place in the past as one of the earliest seaside entertainment centre during the 60s, but is almost forgotten by many from the current generation now. Why is this place known as Tanjong Rhu? Not many people; including the older generation, know exactly where this name derived from. Many could only know the word ¡¥Tanjong¡¦ means ¡¥seaside¡¦ in Malay, but what about the word Rhu?

Finally we came to know of a senior Malay friend who used to spent his early childhood past times there, his name is Ali, aged 50. Ali have explained to us that the word Rhu was the Malay name of a kind of tree, which were very commonly seen along this stretch of land during the early days. He further explained that this tree resembled very much like the look of a huge Christmas tree. Well, this certainly reminds me of how Changi got the name from it¡¦s the magnificent Changi tree of course.


1. A sketch of Katong park in the old days where it was a coconut plantation; 2. The Katong Park today;
3 & 4. SPI investigators leading and narrating the interesting historical fact bits on Tanjong Rhu


1 & 2. This platform used to be a popular performance stage in the old days; now it is more of a decor in the park;
3. SPI was checking out the boundary of the reclaimed land. It was a water front across this drain
4. Now with the road expansion, the land was created and the swimming facility was gone
But between the highway and the drain is a little buffer area, now used as a space for dog exercise called Dog Run Area.


Katong Park in its heydays

Our first stop of the day was at the famous Katong Park. This is certainly one of the oldest park in Singapore, and along the main walkway in the park, historical pictures and write-outs have been placed for visitors to understand more about the glorious history of this area. It was remembered very well that this park used to be packed with people during most weekends in the past. The main attraction was certainly the beach which was located right in front of the park. Together with a big entertainment stage, ample rest shelters, children playground, a cafeteria and a big fenced up safe swimming zone at the beach. Today, the park was a drastic difference as before, it¡¦s now quiet, peaceful and almost forgotten. The abovementioned facilities in the park were demolished since after the land reclamation has taken place. And now a secret which not many people came to know about this park¡K¡K


1. The water front used to be a swimming club; 2. The two warehouse like buildings are WW2 Japanese factories


Fort Tanjong Katong

During the 18th century, the British have in fact built a fort here, and named as Fort Tanjong Katong. And did you know that some remains of this fort can still be seen in the park? To find it, simply look for the park¡¦s only public toilet located at the inward most of the park, and you will find the fort remains within the small square barricade painted in green. Click here to read more about the fate of Fort Tanjong Katong.

Apart from this Fort Tanjong Katong, there was also an almost tragic happening that occurred here just nearby the former Ambassador Hotel in 1963 whereby there were 3 sabotaged bombing by an Indonesian terrorist group; however there¡¦s no casualty occurrence. And now another secret here about this hotel¡K. (Photo about the news). This hotel was previously one of the popular beach hotels in this area during the 60s. However, ever since the land reclamation taken place and subsequently closing down of the beach, business has dropped. And it have changed its name from Ambassador Hotel to Duke Hotel, and then to Katong Park Hotel (a budget hotel) before it finally closed down and demolished.


1. Artist impression of the Fort Tanjong Katong. Here is a photo with more information.
2. An anatomy of the details of the fort; 3. The cross-sectional view


SPI was checking out the old fort. Now the fort was re-buried again, only recently. It is sad that it could not be seen anymore
Notice the tree in the first picture? It has a dumped pile of ruins possibly from the excavation of the old fort or elsewhere


1. You can still find pieces of rusted iron ruins as historical artifacts as dump under this tree. Close up here.
2 – 4. These chunks have a mix of types of bricks and material, all cemented as a big chunk. Close up here.


From burning ground to army base

Apart from this Katong Park which is a historical landmark of this area, there is another landmark here which is much older than the park. It¡¦s the Singapore Swimming Club, which was located just down the Tanjong Rhu Road. This club was initiated by a group of European young beach swimmers, and was officially formed in 1894. It started off with a simple small attap hut by the sea, and progressively upgraded to a first class premium private facility today.

Besides the Singapore Swimming Club, is the Waterside Condominium. Long before the construction of this condo took place, this area was an abandoned piece of land with extreme thick vegetations and I always remembered small scale bush fire was quite a common happening during hot weather. However, the old timers would surely remember this was the place where you could see many ruins & remains from the World War 2 British army. I remember some of these include a couple of tall and long warehouses, bunker shelters, a 7 storey high observation tower and some ruins from the British Army residences. I recalled my experience about discovering the old and soiled British Army uniforms inside one of the biggest bunker shelter here during one of my young days exploration here.


1. Observation tower that used to guard along Tanjong Rhu seaside.
2. In the past before archeological excavation, residents already noticed existence of the strange U-shaped concrete structure
3 & 4. Information about the War Years


Kampong Arang the charcoal village

Our journey now cut into a smaller road named as Kampong Arang Road, which is located directly opposite the Main Entrance of the Singapore Swimming Club. An innocent-looking small road you may say, however, did you know that during the 60s and 70s, this road was almost as busy as can be? During these years, there were many small and some big scale industries here, all were taking the advantage that this spot was a designated loading and unloading port for small vessels.

The name Kampong Arang refers to charcoal village or small town. Yes, this area was a popular charcoal trading area in the past whereby seagoing import / export as well as packaging of charcoals to places like Thailand and Indonesia were carried out here. Besides the charcoal trading, other industries include small scale ship-buildings / repairs / engineering can be found here.


1 & 2. In the old days, one can see piles of charcoal piling up on the river shore; 3 & 4. The charcoal factories as in 1986


1. A hand-drew hand that shows the interesting spots around the place;
2 & 3. Kampong Arang, it was a charcoal village in the past. The river was used as a canal to shuttle the goods. Now it is totally changed
Rumor said it used to have one huge fire broke out overnight. Many were caught in the sleep and burned to death.
4. Sampan Place, it used to a factory making Sampan. Now it is completely urbanized


Black Panther spirit

And did you know that there used to have a small shop here which manufactured coffins? Now a secret here which not many people know about it¡K¡K During the 70s, there was an island-wide hunt for a black panther who was escaped from the zoo, and this animal was finally caught here! Can you imagine the distance which this panther escaped from Mandai Zoo to Tanjong Rhu. However, the story doesn¡¦t end here. Not long after the animal was captured, there were sighting as claimed by some people that they saw the Black Panther spirit at the nearby casuarinas trees. Rumors started to spread, but not much people willing to believe what they heard. The mysterious big black cat indeed, but the fate of this Black Panther was not known today.


This is a resemblance of the black panther that broke free from the zoo. Some myth of black panther can be found here.


This is the place where the block panther used to hide when it was escaped from the zoo.
Can you spot the two spirit trees? One of them is said to have sighting of the black panther spirits lurking around.


Haunted primary school?

In no more than 50 metres from the casuarinas trees, one will never miss another mysterious looking area with broken down facilities lying inside the premise compound, overgrown vegetations, deserted, un-maintained basketball courts and the sign placed at the gate showing Singapore Christian Conference Centre. This was the former site of Tanjong Rhu Primary School in the 60s to 80s until the school was closed down. During the early days, this school was popularly rumored as the ¡§haunted¡¨ Tanjong Rhu Primary School; especially at the dental clinic located at the ground floor. Well, the look of the school compound now somehow fits the rumor. We went there to view the other side of the school compound backyard by detouring into the housing estate area. Eerie looking banyan trees and a cracked-walled caretaker house were seen from here.


1. This premise used to be the former Tanjong Rhu Primary School in the 60’s and 80’s.
The primary school was infamously rumoured to be a ‘haunted’ school in the past
2. The haunting hotspot was at the dental clinic at the ground floor. 3. You can see an abandoned basket ball playground over the fence
4. Now the location is for Singapore Christian Conference Center; by the almighty name of the Lord Jesus, no demon can reside around


The backyard of Christian Conference Center. In the old days, this eerie looking land used to a hot-bed for ghost stories
You could easily imagine altars were placed under the so-called spirit tree, with a yellow cloth wrapped around
Now the place is cleared away from any superstitious ritual item; so gone are the fear and ghost stories instilled by the demons


In the last two photos you can see what might used to be a shrine packed with idols for worship. Now, the shrine is cleared and cleaned.


A missing Block 13

Talking about this housing estate here, if you would have been observant enough, you might be asking¡K¡¨Hey, I noted the blocks here are from Block 1 to 14, but where is the Block 13?¡¨ Well, dear readers, there was indeed a Block 13 around, but that was during before it was demolished during the 80s for upgrading reason. Could it be just a coincidence that this block 13 was chosen to be demolished for the construction of a residential resting open space and a multi storey car-park, or could it be some ¡§other¡¨ reasons? Well, no one seems to bother about this doubt in the past.


1. Notice that this HDB estate has Block 13 missing; 2 – 3. This is Block 12 and Block 14 respectively
4. Then where is Block 13? It used to situated in the center of this open ground but demolished during an upgrade in the 1980’s
A block was rather named to be 14A than 13.


This is the original site of Block 13, now converted to a recreation area.
Is it a coincidence that this block chosen to be vanished for the addition of a leisure park or for its “inauspicious” nature of the no. 13?
You can find the original site of Block 13 is now replaced with some special designed structures:
Such as circular structures (Photos 1 to 3), a large fake red door (Photos 2 & 3),
many of metal poles that may be unnecessary for their practical use but look like gigantic pins pinning to the ground (Photos 2 – 4),
and last but not the least, the shape of the lamp poles that resembles the weapon of the God of Warrior (Photo 1)


At a first glance the design of this recreation area looks completely normal. We are not here to confirm anything certainly unusual;
It could just be a normal design of HDB flats and it is a pure coincidence that Block 13 was chosen to be demolished due to its location;
We leave it to the symbolotists and cryptanalysts out there to decipher any secret meaning underneath (if any).
E.g. If you look carefully at this photo, there seems to be some words on the washout area of the wall.
Please contact SPI if you believe you have found something strange or theories and facts that disprove otherwise.


A weird death position

From Block 13, we went over to Block 1 where I started to tell our guest about a mysterious police case happened at this location during the mid 70s. A young boy was suspected murdered and his body was found dumped in a ¡§slot-in¡¨ position in a small narrow drain just next to this block 1 on one early morning. Now, the interesting thing about this case was that no one know who is this boy and where did he come from. The most questionable query was Block 1 was in fact a designated living quarter for the police, and who would have been brave enough to commit such a crime at the ¡§doorway¡¨ of the police living territory?

At the nearby Geylang River, SPI proceeded to investigate that there used to be a causeway with a tide gate control house located in the midway across this river in the past. It was recalled there were night market or ¡§Pasar Malam¡¨ held here every weekends. But during the weekdays, the causeway was extremely quiet, dark and eerie in the night. However during the major clean-up exercise by the Authority in the mid 80s, this causeway together with the tide gate control house was demolished.


1. Block 1, this building is used to be a police living quarter in the old days. A weird death case just happened meters outside this quarter
2 – 4. A boy died in a strange “slot-in” position in a small drain. Some speculate it was a demonstration to challenge the police authority
Until today, nobody knows how exactly the boy died and ended up lying sideway stuck in a narrow drain


1. This is our modern-day drain that is much wider and bigger.
In the old days, narrow drain could have very confined gap just to fit in the body of a young boy
2 – 4. The investigators continued to check out the strange remains at the Geyland River


A strange rock

Our next stop was in fact at the hawker centre of the estate, and no, we are not going for our drinks there. We are there to view one of the strangest item found here; a standing rock. As far as I can recall, this rock was never meant to be found there in the early days, but it was somehow mounted right in the middle of these eating place after a major renovation of this market and hawker centre. Our photo-taking session too caught some curious people patronizing the hawker centre at that point of time. One friendly old man came along for a brief chat with us; he said that the location of this area was previously a cemetery! He further reiterated many people mentioned that this rock resembled like a tombstone, and an open space at the 2nd level of this hawker centre also resembled the look of a typical funeral parlour. Well, during the days of childhood days, it was heard that about the hawker centre was a former cemetery, but this has not been verified yet. The only thing that can be confirmed was the location of this standing rock was used to be a chicken slaughtering place in the market, and also recalled seeing chicken blood flowing along with the drain water every morning. In fact, on an old street directory map, the location used to be a community center.


This is the strange rock called in Jalan Batu market and cooked food centre (Batu means rock in Malay)
It has some history and mystery behind this rock. Firstly it used to have an original inscription but got covered by cement.
Secondly this rock was said to stand in a blood-bathed slaughtering market and its shape resembles a tombstone.
Therefore, even nowadays it is only a decor, it never meant to stand above ground for its blood-related history and tomb-like outlook
You can see that the design for this rock is a concept of submerging it in water.
Blue tiles and blue color eating tables, and mosaic pictures of marine creatures are surrounding the rock.
Conceptually the atmosphere helps washing off the blood and assuring it never arise above ground to become a tombstone
After all, it could be a pure coincidence for everything


1. It was said this rock to be sacred and people offered joss incense to the rock;
2. The fact is, these are spikes installed for fending off birds
3 & 4. On the upper level, it was said that the shop lots near the rock resembles a funeral parlour. But we think it could be a superstition.


Gangsters hangout

Just barely in front of the hawker centre was a well renovated small park with an overhead fountain. This place was certainly one of the favourite haunt for many youngsters during my younger days, as there was a community centre, basketball court and a roller skating rink here. However there was a little secret about this area as well¡K.. For it was also the favourite gathering ground for the gangsters. They met and gathered here almost every evening after 7p.m. till 11p.m. I recalled seeing them dressed up in black tucked out long sleeves shirts with white pants during festive seasons like Chinese New Year. Our secret way of living in harmony with them was in fact simply just ignore them, pretending they were ¡§invisible¡¨. When you stare at them, you will be in big trouble.


1. Before this fountain was built, this “agora” was frequented by many assembly of gangsters here;
The design of the fountain artwork was like three arms holding each other.
Some speculated it meant to be a symbol of peace among the three major secret society in the past of Singapore
2. However, the history indicates that factually it was just an upgrade project in 2002, unveiled by the ex-PM Goh Chok Tong
3.  These HDB flats in the old days can overlook the common ground at which gangsters meet and hang around
4. Some old physicians still remain; they were said to be patronized a lot by the gangster who injured in their fighting.
It is however a rumour of many injuries in the fights of the triad.
By the memories of the old residents, the physicians cooked their own herb remedies.
Some of them have family receipts that were quite effective.


Wonderland and the stone lion

Just before we ended out Tanjong Rhu trip, we took a quick turn into the the Kallang Park area where I have also shown the guests that there was a theme park here in the early 70s; known as The Wonderland. The first roller coaster in Singapore was in fact built in this park. Due to poor business after a renovation, the park was finally closed down in the 80s. Other significant past landmarks here includes a pair of majestic-looking stone lions which were relocated here from the Nicoll Highway during the 70s. However, these pairs of lions were later relocated again to Changi Airport, and finally now laid at the current SAFTI compound observation tower entrance area. The other one which most people have forgotten was the gigantic fountain which was built here in the 60s, but have been demolished as well to give way to the construction of the National Stadium compound in the 70s. However, the picture of this fountain was used as the badge icon of the Singapore Boys Scout.


1. This carpark next to Kallang Stadium was said to be the original site of the Wonderland theme park;
2. The location of the stone lion statue that once stood
3. At the entrance of  the Nicole Highway, a pair of Lion statues were placed; 4. An identical design of the Lion statue


Still Road Grand Hotel cut half

We have came to an end of the Tanjong Rhu exploration trip, however we have too take the opportunity to do a short visit to some of the nearby interesting structures as well; like the Still Road Grand Hotel which was ¡§cut¡¨ into half for the purpose of constructing the Still Road in the past, the ¡§peep¡¨ into the famous Chung Cheng High School pond which have been a talking topic in our forum, the abandoned section of the semi-detached houses along Still Road which was left incomplete for unknown reason. Our journey have finally ended after a quick view of the famous abandoned Katong Bakery red building and of course the irresistible legendary Katong laksa.


1 & 2. The Old Grand Hotel in Still Road was cut into two halves;
one side that still preserves the original structure is reputable to be a haunted house given its run-down appearance;
the other side is an operating hotel now under construction
3 & 4. This semi-detached house cluster got its side lot incomplete for some unknown reasons