Friday, 1 August 2014
Kiasu I am when it comes to my late parents and so I registered their names for the Yu Lan Ceremony at the Sitiawan Buddhist Association as well. I went yesterday afternoon for the registration. There are a few rates. Those with individual altars pay RM200 while the simple ones with their names on a slip of paper and communal offerings are priced at RM25.
Thursday, 31 July 2014
The Chapter D Cafe opened for business about a week ago. It is located across the road from Top Pet shop in Sitiawan. The decor of the place is interesting. The cafe serves pork free and alcohol free food and drinks.
Lai Yoong and I went there for lunch this afternoon. She had fried rice and orange juice. I had seafood fried beehoon with watermelon juice. Not bad. And yes, we both ordered banana split for dessert with 3 scoops of ice cream.
"Feng Shui and Evil Eye Charms — Protecting Yourself Against the Negative Intentions of Others"
by Kathryn Weber
If you’ve ever been around a negative person, someone who compliments you in a hollow way or who admires what you have with an envious stare, you know what it feels like when a person’s intentions aren’t positive.
Sometimes you may find that after you’ve left someone you feel physically bad, have a foreboding feeling, or somehow feel weakened by their presence. This person may harbor ill thoughts against you.
Many cultures and countries recognize this energy as the “Evil Eye.”
From Tibet to Greece, from Turkey to Brazil, the concept of the evil eye is the belief that someone’s envious gaze and thoughts can create negative consequences such as injury, illness, unhappiness, or loss.
In its worst form, the jealous glances cause a withering effect of the psyche and physical form.
In Aegean countries it was believed that those with green eyes could cast curses. In the Jewish custom speaking about good fortune could also draw negativity to you.
In Latin countries, the evil eye is called “mal de ojo.”
If someone is complimented, the person who is giving the compliment will often touch the person being complimented to remove the evil eye which is thought to occur because the compliment is based in envy.
Regardless of whether you believe that someone’s negative intentions can harm you physically or emotionally, we know that we are drawn by another’s gaze.
A good example is feeling watched.
We intuitively know when someone is looking at us even when our back is turned. Knowing that, it’s not hard to understand how cultures could believe in the power of the evil eye – and of other’s thoughts.
The evil eye concept has moved into the feng shui realm and it’s common now to see the blue eye talisman displayed in Asian emporiums. Commonly called a ‘nazar’ in Turkey, the blue eye is used wherever there is a concern of jealousy and is meant to provide protection against the withering, desiccating effect of the evil eye.
Nazars are often placed at the entrance to a home, in offices, carried on your person, or worn as a charm. These are displayed to ward off the negative intentions of others who may be jealous or envious of your looks, your possessions or your relationships.
Often associated with the color blue and with fish, the nazar is associated with water because of the drawing and drying effect that the evil eye brings with it, and water’s ability to counter the withering ability of the evil eye.
In feng shui, the chi that surrounds us can be changed and influenced by those we come in contact with, so the concept of the evil eye and feng shui aren’t mutually exclusive. On the contrary, certain feng shui energies are commonly associated with the negative intentions of robbery, violence, and the lesser, but still painful injuries, of gossip, politicking, and rumor spreading.
With a difficult economy, the fear is real, whether that’s from someone who might want to rob you or your home or from someone who would make you look bad on the job to make their job more secure.
And, then, perhaps the worse person and intention of all? The person who simply delights in your misery and downfall.
If you’ve worried about the potential for theft, injury or slanderous talk, it might be worthwhile to display a nazar, the symbol that has become synonymous with protection against malicious intentions.
We ordered taufu, seafood curry, sambal petai and 3 yolk steamed eggs. The sambal petai and steamed eggs were delicious. The taufu dish was too starchy while the seafood curry was too sour.
As it is Raya time, not many stalls are open at the market and so the choice of seafood and vegetables is limited. So I had this for lunch yesterday.