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Urban Legend

24 Aug

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A long line of people queuing up to buy food. Photo grabbed from Google Search.

DISCLAIMER : There is absolutely no concrete evidence about the truth of this post. This is just my take on it from stories I’ve heard which are not necessarily true.

Have you ever wondered why some food stalls or restaurants have a huge flow of customers, but their food are not really that extraordinary or even tasteless and bland? I am about to delve into an unknown territory here. and it is a little intimidating. But I’ll try..

As my religion dictates, I do not believe in witchcraft or black magic. I have not had the “opportunity” to see it with my own eyes, and I don’t really know if I want to see it. Actually just thinking of it gives me the willies. There are stories of Malay stall or restaurant owners who used these to attract customers and make their business a success. Whether this is true or not, wallahu alam, Allah knows best.

Let me relate a story. A little scary, I’m already having goosebumps. Names will not be mentioned :
A few years, there was this viral email going around our Malay community about a certain Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with fried anchovies, egg, chicken wing and chilli sauce) stall here in Singapore. This stall has the reputation of being the one with the longest queue amongst all the other Nasi Lemak stalls in that food centre. The email stated that there was an Islamic religious teacher who went there to eat with his family. After buying and as he was about to eat, he said a little prayer, and he was stunned to see a black figure perched on top of the rice cooker in the stall. It seemed that this black figure is “waving” to attract customers. The religious teacher ended up not eating at all.
The stall got a bad name after that but somehow people still come in droves, And it’s true, I always see a long line, sometimes snaking, of customers there. But what strikes me the most when I see the people who lined up, hardly any Malays. Is it because of the email? Who knows!

To me, a long line always put me off. Whenever I’m there to eat Nasi Lemak, I always go to the stall with the shortest queue. I do not have a favourite that i MUST go to. And actually I have tried once eating at that particular stall. My verdict, it tasted the same. Like all the other stalls there.

As for the viral email, I do not believe the story. For all I know, it might have been circulated by the other stall owners there who were jealous of this stall’s success. You never know!

Like I said, there is no way of knowing whether what I had written is true. And this post is in no way intended to cause any harm to any business. *peace*

-hazrock, Hogwarts’ dropout

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8 responses to “Urban Legend

  1. davie23

    August 24, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    That is very chill inducing :(((

     
    • hazrock

      August 24, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      Yes! I find it disturbing as well. I sure hope that was just a rumour.

       
  2. omgsianz

    August 24, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    oh my god you gave me crazy chills that is so freaky.. i’ve heard that before too haha and it freaks me out, i’ve also seen the stall i think and i’ve seen the long queue and i’m also the sort of person who would never queue for food if the queue is more than 4 people long unless every queue at that place is like that haha, so i wonder how come we’re immune to the black figure but also, i realize that i’ve never gone to the stall and actually looked at it so maybe i never felt or subconsciously saw the black figure because maybe u need to be within it’s visual range, because i’ve always seen the long lines from afar and just decided not to go any closer, oh no thinking more about this is making me more and more freaked out and it’s almost midnight haha! i love that u wrote about this though, it fascinates me so much even though it freaks me out so much :p

     
    • hazrock

      August 25, 2012 at 12:58 am

      Thank you! It fascinates me as well. I’ve heard religious lectures about this. The lengths people go thru to be successful, i.e. selling one’s soul to the devil. Another version of this story I’ve heard featured the money-stealing little green man (toyol) as the protagonist. Wallahu alam.
      Which is why, always recite the do’a before you eat. Keeps us safe from these things. “Oh Allah, please bless our food and keep us from Hell’s fire. Amin”, as recited by little kids in madrasahs. Hehehehe!!
      -hazrock, asatizah

       
      • omgsianz

        August 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

        hahahah i saw your reply comment last nite but i didn’t want to read! now reading in the safety of sunlight and afternoonliness lol that is soooo freeeeeaky green toyols, toyols freak me out… yesss must always always baca!!!

         
      • hazrock

        August 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

        Laaaa penakut rupanya! Lol

         
  3. ~Lady Day

    August 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    yes…heard very similar stories of these dark things…very true, from politicians who have gained power to yes, simple merchants. This power is used for many things. I have no doubt there can be truth to it, but who knows.

     
    • hazrock

      August 25, 2012 at 12:59 am

      Hmmm evil works in so many ways. oh no! I’m getting nightmares!

       

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