There were several times in my life I encountered people who said I look exactly like so and so. A former supervisor said I looked like an actress in a Hong Kong (HK) drama series. I brushed it off but he kept bringing it up once in a while during the several years of working with him. I tried to reason with him that it was not possible to have a twin in HK because I can’t speak cantonese, I don’t have relatives in HK and I don’t watch HK dramas (even though none of the reasons had any significance to how my ‘twin’ existed). Out of curiosity, I asked a colleague to show me a video of that drama series so I can see for myself how true the claim was. The day came when the video recording of that show was shown to me in the office and I was taken aback!
For the first time, I saw someone wearing clothes that I wouldn’ wear and speaking a language I don’t know and looked a lot like me! I was speechless and perhaps shocked by the revelation that an imposter exist in another realm. My supervisor seemed elated that I was shocked and the other colleagues were making comments on how I looked so alike the actress. Well, she was an actress and I was not so I should be the rightful owner of how I look! It was too overwhelming for me to pursue the matter so I just went about doing my work as if nothing happened earlier and soon everyone else did the same. Phew!
Some years later, another friend said I looked like her cousin. It was her mother who pointed out the similarity and she did not realise it until her mother told her. I was not happy about it as it turned out to be her male cousin. It could mean I looked like a man or her cousin looked like a woman. Whichever way it was not going to work well for either of us so I brushed it off everytime it was brought up.
It is clear that I do not favor anyone looking like me unless they are my family or relatives but I also cannot deny that in a world of billions of people, there would be some that looked similar even though they had no blood relations. However, to encounter someone who has similar tastes or interests, in other words, everything in common, is too creepy for me. This will only mean one thing… H A L L O W E E N!
Doppelganger Alert – DP – You step into an acquaintance’s house for the first time, and discover that everything — from the furniture, to the books, to the art on the wall — is identical to your home. What happens next?