Wednesday, 10 May 2017


Bathing the statue of Lord Buddha on Wesak Day.
The meaning of bathing the Buddha:
When we bathe the Buddha statue, we should sincerely pray for purification of our own defilements of greed, hatred, and anger. We should pray for peace and harmony everywhere, so that there is no more violence, deceit, and evil in the world. We should wish for our troubled world be transformed into a pure land and all minds be guided onto the bodhi path. This is the true meaning of bathing the Buddha.


Lighting oil lamps on Wesak Day at Wat Sitawanaram.

Devotees lighting oil lamps during Wesak Day is a common sight.

“The oil lamp chases away darkness and it symbolises lighting up someone’s life."


In the morning of Wesak at Wat Sitawanaram in Kg Koh , Vimal and Lai Yoong put coins into rows and rows of alms bowls to make merit.


Monks putting Kasaya on the Buddha statue at the Thai Temple on Wesak Day. They are offerings from devotees.
Kasaya/Kasa (Monk robes) are symbolic of protecting and sustaining the Dharma through the spiritual community of ‘sangha’, the upholders of the Buddha’s teachings. Offering robes to a monk is one of the most meritorious acts a person can perform.


Merits from virtuous deeds are multiplied 100,000 times when they are made on Wesak, the most virtuous day in the Buddhist calendar — at 三宝宫@Kampong Koh, Sitiawan.


Friday, 5 May 2017


"Pick the Perfect Feng Shui Color for Your Front Door"

By Kathryn Weber

There is little more important in your feng shui than your front door. Realtors know this. Many times a house sells itself right at the front door. If the front door is attractive, the front and curb appeal of the home appealing, the house will enjoy good feng shui and the occupants will thrive. That’s because your front door is the mouth of chi, the point at which energy enters your house.

Your front door is the doorway to opportunities, income, improved prosperity, happiness and all manner of good fortune. To say that your front door is the front door to happiness is no exaggeration.

Making the front door look as attractive as possible encourages good feng shui and all the benefits that come with it. A crucial part of that then is to paint your front door with the right door colour for your home’s facing direction. To do so, you will need to know what direction your door faces by using a compass and looking from your door out toward the street. Once you know that, then apply the correct color.

Determining the most auspicious color for your front door

It’s important to know that there are two ways to go about selecting your front door color.

The first is to paint it a harmonious color, which would be the color that the direction that your door faces. So, for instance, north is the direction associated with the color blue and black, to represent water. In this case, any water colors from pale blue to deepest black is appropriate.

But there is another even more important color you can paint your front door, and that’s the productive color.

Taking our example above of the north door, the direction of north represents water, so by painting it a color related to metal, because metal produces water, you will have an even more auspicious and helpful front door that will enhance your opportunities, income and good fortune!

Here are the eight door facing directions and their harmonized and producing colors to help you select the perfect feng shui colour for your door.

Harmonized color: Blues, black and purple, and all shades related to the water element
Producing color: Gray, white, metallic and anything of the metal element

Harmonized color: Beige, yellow, clay and earthen colors related to the earth element
Producing color: Red, orange, pink, coral, purple and anything fire element

Harmonized color: Green and brown colors and shades of the wood element, or wood itself
Producing color: Any colors of the water element from blue to black and purple

Harmonized color: Red, purple, coral, pink, fuschia, orange and any colors of the fire element
Producing color: Wood colors of green and brown and anything related to the wood element

Harmonized color: Beige, yellow, clay and earthen colors related to the earth element
Producing color: Red, orange, pink, coral, purple and anything fire element

Harmonized color: Gray, white, metallic and anything of the metal element
Producing color: Beige, yellow, clay and earthen colors related to the earth element


Wednesday, 3 May 2017


This is the Jarum Tujuh Bilah plant that is found in the college herb garden.  It was grown from a cutting.  
It is used in traditional medicine in Malaysia to treat cancer.  To find our more, read the information below.

Saecnarosa or in Malay Pokok Jarum Tujuh Bilah or Pokok Tujuh Jarum (Seven needles plant) from the family of Cactaceae is a cactus plant with leaves, probably not a common type of cactus plant as most of the cactus I have seen are without any leaf. This plant originally came from Korea but could be found in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and can live in almost any type of condition except cold area. Hmm, that means it can't be grown in Cameron Highlands. However it grows better under the hot sun and in tropical climate.

How's how it is taken:

There are three ways to prepare this herb:

1) You take 2 slices of Pereskia leaves and mix it with warm water, let it infuse for about 2 minutes and drink it as a tea.

2) You can eat it raw

3) You can juice it by blending several leaves of Pereskia.

After taking it, you are advised against taking any other types of drinks immediately as you would lose its potency. I should think you could drink some plain water to wash it down though. After all, the taste is bitter so it could be difficult to ingest it. However if it can cure, it could be use as part of your arsenal against cancer.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017


Y Junction

T Junction

The plot should not face directly on roads or alleys that are forming a T or Y junction. If a house directly faces a junction of four streets, all the fame one has earned will start diminishing gradually.

It will be wise to shift from such a place. Also such junctions are prone to road accidents. Pollution and dust is at its maximum at these junctions.

Dwellers in such properties will experience no peace of mind, more expenditure than income and terminal illness.

Monday, 1 May 2017




My new Star Wars t-shirt. It's a birthday present from Li Lian and David Wong Wei Li. 💝💝💝💝💝
This is my fourteenth Star Wars T-shirt. I have 2 jackets as well. To those of you who say you are fans then I think I am a super duper senior. I have been a fan since 1977 when the movie was first shown. Looooong time fan.
I remember acting the scenes out in front of my sister Li Lian Cheah at home after watching Return of the Jedi for the third time. Unbeknowest to me, my other sister and her tuition teacher were at the second hall and they heard my one woman presentation. It was her tutor who gave me the nickname Jedi cos he heard me saying "No NEVER. I am a Jedi like my father before me".


The Term" Vasthu" is derived form the word vasa, meaning habitat and, in Sanskrit, vast is referred to as the site for construction of a residence.

The word "Vasthu" refers to both the site on which a building is raised and to the building itself. "Sastra" means science.

Other terms that refer to the same topic include the art of placement, science of architecture, science of construction, science of dwelling, science of energy flow, and law of nature.

It is believed that Vasthu Sastra developed sometime between 10,000 BC and subsequently one can fine reference to it in the holy epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, in an era when philosophy was a way of life.

In the ancient Vedic literature, especially in the Matsya Purana, the 18 originators of the science of Vasthu Sastra are mentioned. Among them, Maya the great scientist, architect and town planner of old India is generally recognised as the author of Vasthu Sastra.

The science of town planning during the Vedic period (2500 BC 200AD) was given paramount importance to the extent that Indo-Aryans perfectly shaped human settlements into various categories depending upon the characteristics of the population.

The application of Vasthu Sastra extended not only to residences and temples but also to military barracks, market places, ports, administration buildings and, of course, palaces, of which many have withstood the test of time.

Vasthu Sastra goes beyond architecture. Ancient masters have recorded its principles which encompass the geological, geophysical and, above all cosmological and celestial.

In ancient India, architecture, medicine, astrology, philosophy and spirituality exist in complete cross relations to one another, their boundaries over lapping and enriching one another.

Vasthu Sastra is also connected to other sciences- astrology and Ayurveda (science of holistic medicine and longevity).

In the early days, Vasthu Sastra was propagated via Hinduism as a channel to disseminate knowledge. it is actually a pure science.

For centuries, Vasthu Sastra has been widely used in India in the purchase of properties; there is a growing global interest in it now.

Just like Feng Shui from China, the underlying principle of Vasthu Sastra is to live in harmony with our environment so that the energy surrounding us works fro us rather than against us.

Vasthu Sastra is based on the arrangements and balancing of the five elements in their proper order and proportions. These ancient sciences are still applicable in modern times.

Vasthu Sastra is not magic, superstition or a religion, although some of its advocates may consider it part of their religious rituals. It is also not based on a belief system.

In short, Vasthu Sastra is not a question of faith but is a fact of life.



The main door of the house should be the biggest door in a property.
Vasthu Sastra gives importance to the front entrance or doorway of a house because this is where the positive energies and vibrations enter.

If there is a crack in the main door or doorframe, it is inauspicious as it will bring harmful effects to the breadwinner and his children, even resulting in the loss of property.

A new coat of paint can improve the flow of the energy and air into the house.

The main gate of a house is given paramount importance in Vasthu Sastra because it is the direction of entry into a property.

Out of the eight compass directions (north, south, east, west, north-east, south-east, north-west and south-west), the only location in which it is not good to have an entry is in the south-west of a plot.

Occupants living on such a plot will spend more than they earn, and will not have peace of mind.

Front main door and back door should be in one line.

To determine the correct placement of a main gate, measure the width of the plot and divide it into nine equal parts.

In a north facing plot, for example, measure the land from north-west to north-east, then divide the length into nine parts.

The main gate should be placed in the fourth and fifth parts. This is because each part is assigned to a planet and they can influence the occupant. The gate should not be higher than the compound wall.

Also, try to avoid having a garbage disposal unit in front of the house and avoid having any obstruction, like power or telephone posts, in front of the main gate. As for the correct placement of the main door of the house, measure the front width of the building and divide it into nine equal parts.

Count from the right (facing the building) and place the main door within the fourth and fifth parts. Also, having marshy land or a mangrove swamp across the main doorway of the house is considered unfavorable and can ruin the occupants. Doors that have cracks and dent should be replaced immediately as such marks will affect the reputation of the property's breadwinner. The main door should be the biggest in the house and, generally, the height of the door should be twice the width.

The recommended size of the main door is about 1m (3.0 feet) in width and 2.1m (7feet) in height, and it should always open inwards towards the right.

Since the main objective of Vasthu Sastra is to maximize the energy inside the house, it is recommended not to have arched doors and windows as they distort the energy flow.

The back door should be positioned directly opposite the main door.

The house should have an even number of doors and Vasthu recommends there are more doors in the north and east than south and west.



"Feng Shui Support from the Cosmic Tortoise – 6 Ways to Grow Your Income"

By Kathryn Weber

Few things in life are as rewarding as the feeling that you have support.

In feng shui, support can come in the form of friends who help you, the right assistance becomes available in times of need, and business, career and job opportunities materialize when you need them.

If that describes your life, you have what’s known in feng shui as good tortoise support.

The tortoise is considered a celestial creature, one of four. The tortoise represents the compass direction of north, the element of water and the number one. His corner of the bagua represents earned income, such as from a job or business, and support for career and business endeavors.

Often confused with turtles, tortoises are land creatures. Turtles are at home in water. In feng shui, the black tortoise is represented by hills or mountains behind the home. However, the tortoise can also be a rise of land or taller building that’s behind your home.

When this element is present, you have assistance when you need it and the relaxation that comes from a life that’s fully supported, protected and drawing good fortune.

Like turtles, tortoises are deemed to be very auspicious in feng shui and the name turtle and tortoise are often used interchangeably. When they’re present they attract the good fortune of wealth, generating income and business opportunity.

Perhaps more importantly, they provide protection against malevolent forces and misfortune, and is a true living celestial animal unlike the phoenix and dragon. Having the tortoise presence in your home and life bodes very well for making money and having many opportunities to move ahead.

The turtle also represents longevity – and we all know the benefits of staying power. The turtle with its slow, plodding ways wins the race in Aesop’s fable. Turtles demonstrate that those who keep working and applying themselves with tenacity win the race — and the turtle empowers you to keep going.

The tortoise is also important to feng shui because it carries the map of feng shui, the lo shu square, on its back. Looking at the shell of a turtle, you can see the individual squares of the bagua or lo shu square.

Chinese legends tell of how the turtle came out of the Lo River carrying the secrets and mysteries of the bagua, the source of feng shui.

Of course, some homes don’t have a rise of land at the back of their home, and if not, the tortoise’s support can be mimicked with landscaping or even an image of a tortoise or turtle at the rear of the home.
Use these 6 tips to increase the income, support and good fortune in your life with the beautiful support of the celestial tortoise.

1. Accumulate more wealth.

Placing a turtle figure or image in the southeast is another way to grow your money. Even better? An actual turtle in the southeast wealth sector not only helps your investments grow, it also protects them. The small wood of the southeast wealth sector just loves the water energy of the turtle. Even a fountain with a turtle figure is a great wealth activator!

2. Sleep soundly.

Place a small turtle figure under your bed to help you sleep better at night. The added support gives you more refreshing rest and protection while you are sleeping – and attracting more income and opportunities to you while you sleep.

3. Gain income opportunities.

Adding a turtle figure or image to your office will boost your support and recognition at work – not to mention opportunities to move up the career ladder – and earn more money! Place a Chinese coin in its mouth to represent the impending arrival of money.

4. Increase your earning power.

Place a turtle image or dragon tortoise figure in the north sector of your living room to increase your generating income and opportunities for more income and job promotions.

5. Improve your health.

If you’d like happier family relationships and better, more vibrant health, add a turtle to the east sector of your house or living room to improve both areas of your life. The turtle, a symbol of water, enhances the wood corner of the east to make it grow. That growth also represents an expanding wallet, too.

6. The dragon and tortoise improve your career.

If you’re looking for serious gains in income and opportunity, consider adding a dragon tortoise to your office. These creatures are the embodiment of both the dragon (power) and tortoise (protection, influence) and together symbolize the development of good fortune in work and business. Add him to your desk, on the side, as he is too powerful to confront, or on a table behind your desk. Place a Chinese coin in his mouth to represent increasing income.


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.”