Friday, 21 April 2017


Update on the growth of the pineapple.  Pn Hjh Kamariah Sulaiman was the one who gave me the crown of the fruit.  We planted it about two years ago ... and it is only bearing fruit now. We are waiting to taste the fruit of our labour.  If anyone takes it ... WATCH OUT.


Kemangi and Tebu Gajah plants sharing the same spot in the herb garden.
The tebu gajah plant was a gift from a former colleague, Cikgu Samsuddin.  It is purported to help reduce cholesterol, combat diabetes, treat wounds, gonorrhea, has antiseptic uses and helps strengthens the heart.
Kemangi or basil is an Antioxidants, acts as an Anti-Inflammatory, fights Cancer, contains Antibacterial Properties, contains Antimicrobial Properties that Fight Viruses and Infections, combats Stress by Acting as an 'Adaptogen', fights Depression and promotes Cardiovascular Health.


Friday, 14 April 2017


How the Republican nominee adopted an ancient Chinese philosophy that aims to harmonize people with their surroundings and made it mainstream
Pun-Yin, Donald Trump’s feng shui master: ‘Until I did this [Trump Tower] project and took off, it was not a female industry at all.’ Photograph: Sasha von Oldershausen

The offices of feng shui masters Pun-Yin and her father Tin-Sun inhabit a dimly lit basement space, replete with lush plants and gurgling fountains, deep in New York City’s Chinatown.

Inside, framed photos decorate the walls, including one taken some 20 years ago. In it, the then 27-year-old Pun-Yin stood front-and-center before a group of people – among them a young socialite called Marla Maples, and a slightly less orange Donald Trump.

The caption beneath it reads: “Photo taken at the Trump Int’l Hotel & Tower groundbreaking and blessing Ceremony on June 1995.”

Trump, our zealous and erratic Republican presidential nominee, hardly seems to embody the principles of the ancient Chinese philosophy that aims to harmonize people with their physical surroundings. And yet, according to Pun-Yin, for decades, incorporating those principles into his real estate holdings was one of Trump’s foremost priorities.

But his reasons were hardly spiritual. Beginning in 1995, Trump hired Pun-Yin and her father to assess the energy of his Int’l Hotel & Tower development project and make the necessary changes to its design, in a calculated move to tap into the burgeoning market of international investors in US real estate from China and Hong Kong. For such respected clients, a building lacking in feng shui could be a dealbreaker.
Pun-Yin and Donald Trump in 1995.

And it seems the famously bullheaded real estate developer met his match in Pun-Yin. An apprentice to her father for 15 years, Pun-Yin made a name for herself when she took on the project, for which Trump invested $230m in revamping the building.

“Until I did this project and took off, it was not a female industry at all,” Pun-Yin said, referring to the cult of mostly male feng shui masters. “As a woman, you have to be 50 to 60 years old. So I broke rank not only as a female but also as a young female.”

When Pun-Yin saw the Trump Int’l Hotel & Tower, the energy was so bad, she insisted that it had to be her way or the highway. She said, “By the time we went there and saw it, we said, ‘We’re not going to do this project with you unless you follow us completely.’”

Not one to miss out on a potential financial opportunity, Trump complied. “It’s just another element in which you can have the advantage over your competitors,” Trump told the New York Times for an article about feng shui in 1994. “Asians are becoming a big part of our market and this is something we can’t ignore.”

Keep in mind this is the same man who recently blamed China for “the greatest theft in the history of the world”, and who perpetually accuses the country of manipulating its currency. Yet few have capitalized on the potential investment opportunity that China represents more than Trump.

Today, some of the Trump International Hotel and Tower’s most iconic features are the result of the counsel Pun-Yin provided at the time. The metal globe that stands before the building was intended to deflect the negative energy produced by the oncoming traffic in Columbus Circle. And the tower’s tea-colored glassy exterior, which reflects the surrounding sky, was said to absorb the negative energy caused by the wind’s sway upon the building.

Pun-Yin also insisted that the entrance of the building face Central Park, which she refers to as the “green dragon of New York City”, instead of its original orientation, which faced Columbus Circle.

“The instability of energy caused by traffic coming at the building – it’s almost like bullets flying at you all the time. It’s not stable. It’s not calm,” she said.
In fact, Pun-Yin attributes the success Trump found in that project to some seriously good feng shui, made possible by her and her dad. “That’s why the press started coming to talk about this project,” she said. “And then a few years later, with the grand opening, it was the same thing. There were 10 years of international media coming to me and talking about his project.”
She added, “That’s why he became the most profitable real estate developer.”
To be clear, Trump is neither the most profitable real estate developer, nor is he the largest. But the flurry of media attention from Trump’s tower not only made a name for Pun-Yin, it also introduced the concept of feng shui into the mainstream.

Soon after the project broke ground, the discipline – previously a foreign concept in the west – became a household name. A New Yorker cartoon from 1995 depicts a broker, who stands on the balcony of an apartment building with two prospective buyers and says, “A million two does seem a bit heavy for a one-bedroom at first, but this unit has the best feng shui in the building.”

In the late 1990s, interior designers began appropriating elements of the philosophy for a western audience, while publishers put out accessible feng shui books with titles like “Dorm Room Feng Shui” to provide college students with “quick and inexpensive feng shui fixes” like putting a pink seashell in the corner of the room to attract true love. But, Pun-Yin insists, much of the true meaning of feng shui has been lost on commercialized gimmicks.

Nowadays, Bill Seto, a veteran New York broker who specializes in the Asian-majority market in Flushing, Queens, said that while it was once regarded as an obscure philosophy, feng shui is now a tool of the trade. “It’s heavily practiced in Manhattan. Brokers are starting to take courses in feng shui because it helps them market their property better,” he said.

As for Pun-Yin, she has established a robust business for herself with a wide array of clients and projects, ranging from the CEO of fashion label Theory, Andrew Rosen, to projects commissioned by the local government.

When I contacted her again – my first interview with her was two years ago – to divine her thoughts on the impending presidential election, I caught her between feng shui consultations.

“I’d have to consult with my lawyers to comment on my client,” she said. “And my plate is too full to take this on.”


Wednesday, 22 March 2017


The Manjung Palliative Care Centre (MPCS) Coordinator, Ms Lai Yoong Lee, has gone to KL for Cheng Beng. Since I am on holiday, I went there to help for a couple of hours as I am a registered volunteer of MPCS. Nalini who is a committee member was also there.
Today I taught Joon Lin, the clerk, to make labels for the office.


Puan Hajah Kamariah Sulaiman, Sarziana and I finally managed to deliver the rehals, telekungs, sejadahs and Yasins to Masjid Jamek Kg Kinjang in Chenderiang on Saturday, 18 March 2017.
Ustazah Asnah, the religious teacher of the village called me in January to request if I could help get the items for the mosque as she heard that the Project Telekung team for the college had gotten such items for Surau SK Sri Kinjang. When I put the word out to a few of my colleagues at KVSM, I got the donations needed within three days. It was only on Saturday, 18 March 2017 that we managed to accomplish our mission.  Thank you very much to all those who have kindly helped.  
I am a Taoist but when I carry out community service, I render help and assistance regardless of race or religion.  


Fried beehoon for my young friends at the Sitiawan Vision Home. I used some of the carrots, kucai, capsicum and asparagus that I bought from Camerons. Not too much vegetables as most children are not fond of greens.

I invited Kak Rozie Shafie to go with me to Rumah Wawasan Sitiawan yesterday afternoon. I sent forks and spoons that my friends sponsored for the Home. This was the first time Kak Rozie visited the place. She said she felt sad listening to the stories about the children who were orphaned or abandoned.
 I can only help in small ways like getting my friends to help sponsor items for the children, bring food for them and spend some time with them. The real heroes and heroines are the full time carers who have dedicated their lives to looking after the children. Miss Saundari (picture above with me and Angel)  at the Vision Home here has been looking after the children for 20 years.


Thursday, 2 March 2017


The gardener trimmed the branches of the Bidara plant (Ziziphus mauritiana) this morning. I harvested the leaves to give to my colleagues. Bathing with water infused with these leaves is believed to have a cleansing effect and would give us positive energy.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017


For the past week or so, I have been busy getting rid of clutter in my workplace under the EKSA (Condusive Ecosystem for Public Sectors) Programme.  Actually it is a good thing to get rid of unwanted stuff and clutter in the workplace and at home as living or working
in an untidy home or office can block positive energies from flowing through the place and create negative feelings and bad luck. This simple action can give you renewed energy and empower you to change your luck from bad to good.
To start, you need to do some decluttering by  getting rid of any unwanted or disused items and throwing them away. After that comes the cleaning and tidying.


Sunday, 26 February 2017


I just had to share pictures of the lovely flowers of the garlic vine plant that is blooming in the garden of my family home in Ipoh.  Really pretty.

Saturday, 25 February 2017


At the beginning of the new year (according to the lunar calendar), many Taoists would go to temples to have the sifus there carry out rituals for protections and blessings for the year. The rituals are carried out based on the afflictions to the Paht Chee of the individual.


Last Sunday, I visited my friend Rose who had come back to Malaysia for a holiday.  Her dog Rex remembers my aunt and I even after not seeing us for about 10 months.  He came and rested near our feet and let the two of us pat him.  Such a sweetie.


Travel to another country. Traveling to another country is said to get rid of bad luck, as the bad luck gets left behind and will disperse in your absence. The further you can get away from your home country, the better.

Crossing an ocean or flying to somewhere in a different time zone works best

Travelling could also help you to realize that the bad luck is not on you, but on your house or job situation.

Taking some time away may help you to understand the changes that need to made on your return, in order to get rid of bad luck.




Thursday, 23 February 2017


Fresh flowers can be used to cleanse your seven chakras - getting rid of negative energy and inviting new fortune.
You will need at least seven different types of flowers, in as many colors as possible (any color but white). Remove any stems and leaves, you just need to flowers themselves.
Place the flowers in a basin of water and put it outside to soak in the sun for an hour. This allows the water to soak up the positive energy of the flowers.
Bring the basin to the bathroom and use a washcloth to bathe in the flower-energized water. As you bathe, concentrate on a patch of light emanating from the center of your forehead. Allow this light to spread all over your body.
When you have finished bathing, carefully collect the flowers, place them in a paper bag and dispose of them. Imagine your bad luck being thrown away with the flowers.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Burning incense is an effective way to get rid of bad luck and negative energy.
Choose pungent scents like sandalwood or jasmine, and if you are burning more than one stick, make sure to use an odd number rather than an even number.
If you are experiencing bad luck in your personal life, burn the incense at home. Carry the incense from one room to the next, letting the scented smoke fill all four corners of your home.
If you are experiencing bad luck at work, burn the incense in your office.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017


I have often read and heard that there are Buddhists and Taoists who would go on vegetarian diets for a period of time to improve their luck.  Well, if your luck is not too good and you are thinking of what to do, then do try going vegetarian for at least three days to dispel the negativity.

Monday, 20 February 2017


One of the best ways to change your luck is to earn yourself some positive karma by doing good deeds. This is a way of repaying for any bad things you've done in this life or a previous one.
Improve your karma by making a donation to charity, or by helping people in need, such as the homeless, elderly people or orphaned children.

Engaging in charity work will also help to put your own situation in perspective - you may think you have suffered from bad luck, but once you see the suffering of others you may realize that your situation is not so bad.



Yesterday was a happy day for Aunty Linda and me.  We met with our friend Rose who was back in Malaysia for a holiday from Melbourne.  She came back  to celebrate Chinese New Year with her family and will be going back to Australia at the end of March.  We will be meeting up again with her soon.  So much to catch up on.


I had a bit of problem at home lately. The water heater wasn't working and the water tank was leaking. The water flow from the bathroom sink was very slow. And the switch for the socket for my computer was spoiled. Arggghhhhh!!! Worse of all, I had to wait a week until last Saturday to get the plumber and electrician to do the repairs as it would take some time. As I only reach home by 5.30 p.m, it would be rather late to get people to come to my place. So I had to take cold baths for a week. Finally I managed to get everything fixed by 4 p.m. on Saturday. Yahoo.

As a Feng Shui enthusiast, I believe that we should pay attention to the small things that are important to our everyday lives. If there are broken are damaged things in our homes and we do nothing about it, then there is an intention for neglect. So we need to act to get them repaired to set an intention to attract abundance.

In an article that I read on this matter, it states that, if anything in your house is broken or not working, then the recommendation is to Replace, Repair, or Remove it as soon as possible.

When you fix everything that is broken or not working in your home, you can fix what is broken in your life.

You can have your own personal feng shui audit by checking for things that are leaking, clogged, burned out, broken, or stuck. If they can be repaired then try to do it as soon as possible, In my case I had to schedule a date to get people to help me do the repairs.

Here are five quick fixes you can make where you will see an immediate, positive impact on your well-being:

1. If you have a broken mirror in your home, replace it, since it keeps you from seeing things clearly.

2. If a light bulb is burned out, change it, since it keeps you in the dark about your future.

3. If your kitchen faucet is leaking, fix it or call the plumber, since you are losing wealth and abundance.

4. If you have a dirty or faded front door, clean or repaint it, since a dirty door repels wealth but a clean door attracts prosperity.

5. If your windows are dirty, clean them, since clean windows represent a clear view of the opportunities coming your way.

Fix broken things in your home and you will remove whatever is blocking positive energy from entering your life.


Sunday, 19 February 2017