Monday, 23 January 2017

ILLNESS STAR 2 IN 2017



Come 3rd February 2017, the Illness Star will vacate the centre and fly off to the Northwest.

So how to lessen the negative effects of this Star? 

The best way is of course to stay away from this sector of the house.  But it is easier said than done unless it is the storeroom or a missing corner of the house or building.  But if it is the senior citizens or pregnant women occupying this sector, then it is important to move them to another room for them to stay clear of harm's way.

REMEDIES 
So the next best thing is to look for remedies and cures.  Metal is the element of the Northwest while the Number 2 Star is of the Earth element.  Luckily for us, the metal of this sector exhausts  the energy of the Illness Star.  However we must never underestimate the powers of the #2, especially the Fathers or Patriarchs of the family.  They are the ones most susceptible.

Here is what one can do besides staying away from the NW
  1. Remove Earth energy from this sector. Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy colours, Beige and Light Brown represent earth energy and if possible we should try not to have them as dominant colours for the Northwest.  Bricks, tiles, clay pots, glass, crystals and square shapes are of the earth element.  If possible remove them from this sector.
  2. Remove Fire energy.   The Illness Star is Earth energy and Fire strengthens is.  So make sure the lights in this area is dimmed. The colour red should not be used here.  Other fire colours include strong yellow, orange, purple and pink.  Lights, Candles and prominent triangular shapes that belong to the Fire Element.  Again try to use less of these as their presence would only strengthen the potency of the star.
  3. If the NW sector is not the bedroom, then placing an image  or a statue of the Goddess Kuan Yin here would be helpful.
  4. Decorate this sector with items that are associated with metal element to suppress the negative energy.  A metal singing bowl would be good for this place.  In Malaysia, you can get these from the prayer paraphernalia shops.  I think they can be bought online as well.  A metal Wu Lou or Calabash would also be great for this sector.  Alternatively you can look for six Chinese coins (the ones with a square hole in the middle)  to place here.  In fact you can use any item that is made of metal.  It would be even better if the items were round or circular as this shape represents metal.   
  5. One great cure for the Illness Star is the Salt Water Cure as the NW is a good Paht Kua area to use this cure.  Actually a bowl of fresh clean water would do.  But make sure to change the water regularly.  If the water becomes dirty, then it might have adverse effects instead. 
  6. If you are a Taoist, Buddhist or Hindu an image of the Medicine Buddha is also recommended.  I remember that when the Illness Star was in my Study Room, I used an Image of the Medicine Buddha as the wallpaper for my desktop.  
  7. If you are thinking of what colours best to use for your Northwest area, then may I suggest the colours of Water, Wood and Metal elements (blue, black, brown, green, gray, white, and all metallic finishes.
  8. Remember to not renovate or redecorate the Northwest in 2017.


NEW KOREAN FOOD RESTAURANT






Lai Yoong and I just couldn't resist taking up the 15% discount for diners at the new Korean Restaurant, Running Man Go for its grand opening today.  We had been to the old one a few times.  This is our second time and the new restaurant which serves halal food.

THE GOBLIN'S SWORD


Korean Drama, "The Goblin" has broken viewership record in South Korea.  The romantic thriller starring Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook has captured the imagination and fascination of viewers in TV-land so much so that the image of the Goblin with a sword pierced through his body has become synonymous with the character.  There are quite a number of celebrities who have posted pictures of themselves with a sword pierced through their bodies ala The Goblin.  Well, I found out that there is an app that we can download and  use to create such an image.
TADA.  I managed to get my Goblin picture using the app.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

CYBER ANG POW


During the Feng Shui talk by Master Jason Eng Ecs, he mentioned that the modern generation in China were technologically advanced. They paid for services and purchases using their smartphones. During his visit there he noticed that Debit or Credit cards were not that popular.
Well I found out that Cyber Ang Pows are very popular there as well. They have the WeChat Red Envelope Canpaign.
This is a mobile application developed by Chinese technology company Tencent.
The application offers users the ability to provision money in the form of virtual 'credits' to other users of the application. Money is deposited into a user's WeChat Pay account, which can be used for purchases. The app allows withdrawals from that account. There are two types of 'red envelopes' offered by the app: the 'regular red envelope' (explained above) as well as the 'red envelope lucky draw'. The latter allows the user to assign a lump sum to a red envelope made up of a group of smaller red envelopes within it. The 'grouped' red envelope can then be posted to a group chat and the application randomly assigns the amount in each envelope to each recipient.
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WHY DO THE CHINESE CELEBRATE THE LUNAR NEW YEAR




Why do the Chinese celebrate the lunar new year?
Although there are many interesting legends and stories explaining the start of the Chinese New Year festival, the main two reasons for the festival are:

* To celebrate a year of hard work, have a good rest, and relax with
family
* To wish for a lucky and prosperous coming year


Chinese people believe that a good start to the year will lead to a lucky year. Chinese traditionally celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished for a good harvest (when most were farmers). This has now evolved to celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations.

Source:
http://www.chinahighlights.com/…/special-…/chinese-new-year/

25TH DAY OF 1TH LUNAR MONTH: DAY FOR CLEANING

Because the God of Stove left the house on the 24th of 12th lunar month, people start to clean the entire house on the next day, the 25th of 12th lunar month. Cleaning house is to dust every corner, clean all windows, wash all rooms. That's lots of chores and children need to share some works. Then they will plan how to do the house decoration for the coming new year.
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DOOR GODS FOR PROTECTION



Door Gods are an ancient tradition dating back to the Tang Dynasty. The Emperor Taizong fell ill and dreamt that ghosts came for him, so his two top generals stood guard outside his bedroom door. The emperor had no more bad dreams, but concerned for his loyal generals, the emperor ordered that paintings of the two men be hung on the door instead. The tale soon spread and ordinary people made their own Door Gods for protection.

Source: http://feng-shui-institute.org/Chinese_Astrology/traditionalchinese.html

Saturday, 21 January 2017

SENDING OFF THE KITCHEN GOD TO HEAVEN



Today is the 24th day of the 12th lunar month just before the new year.  The Taoists give their kitchen gods a big send off to Heaven. They will have their annual meeting with the Big Boss in the sky. On his return to Heaven, the Kitchen God will report the activities of every household over the past year to the Jade Emperor (Yu Huang). The Jade Emperor, emperor of the heavens, either rewards or punishes a family based on his yearly report.

PRAYING IN A TEMPLE TO RECEIVE BLESSINGS FOR A YEAR


Praying in a Temple to Receive a Year-Long Blessing

Praying in a temple during Chinese New Year is said to be a particularly blessed activity, and will lead to a smooth coming year. In Malaysia, Taoists and Buddhists will visit temples to pray for good fortune.

SOURCE: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/chinese-new-year/

BEST DAYS TO START WORK FOR THE NEW YEAR


Thursday, 19 January 2017

FLYING STAR CHART FOR 2017


For the second part of his Feng Shui Talk, Master Jason Eng touched on the topic of Flying Stars for the year.  Come February 3, 2017 the stars will be playing musical chairs.  Unlike the game, the new positions for the stars have already been set.
Below is a summary of what he had to say.


THE STARS OF AFFLICTION (#5, #2, #3 AND #7)

#5 STAR
The nasty 5 Yellow or Wuwang flies into the South on February 3, 2017.  This sign brings danger to the daughters of the family and those who belong to the Horse Zodiac.  For those who have bedrooms in the South, then they have to beware of heart problems.  The best remedy is to NOT sleep in a room in this location.  Remember to keep the South as quiet as possible, no noise, no renovations, no digging, cutting or chopping here.  Be careful of the negative energy in this direction.

#2 ILLNESS STAR
Northwest is afflicted by the Illness Star.  The Patriarch/Father of the family is affected.  And also those born in the years of the Dog and Pig.  Plus those whose bedrooms are located in this direction.  You are advised to remove earth and fire energy from the Northwest.

#3 QUARRELSOME STAR
In 2017, the West is host to the quarrelsome star 3.  This Star brings with it litigation, quarrels, misunderstandings and trouble with the authorities.  Daughters are most afflicted by this star and Roosters.  Make sure to keep this part of the home as quiet as possible. If possible, try not to be here as much as possible.

#7 ROBBERY STAR
The Southwest is afflicted by the the #7 Star which brings burglary and violence.  Mothers are particularly affected by the star this yea.  And also those born in the Year of the Sheep and Monkey.  Be careful when going out.  Do not go to lonely places.  Try to not out too late at night to prevent something bad from happening.

THE STARS OF AUSPICE (#1, #8, #6 , #4 AND #9)

#1 STAR OF VICTORY
This star takes centre stage in the Year of the Rooster.  Its presence brings victory over competition as well and career and scholastic success.

# 8 WEALTH STAR
The East and those born in the Rabbit Year are blessed with this Wealth generating star.

#6 HEAVEN STAR
This Star resides in the North for the Rooster Year.  It brings with it speculative and windfall luck.  Rats are the ones to benefit most from it

#4 ROMANCE AND SCHOLASTIC STAR
As its name suggests, this star brings love luck as well as examination luck.   This year it will be in the Northeast. Those born in the year of the Ox and Tiger will benefit most.  And also those who stay in the Northeast part of the house.

#9 STAR OF FUTURE PROSPERITY
The Southeast plays host to this star which brings happiness, recognition and future prosperity.  The eldest daughter benefits from it.  Dragon and Snakes enjoy luck from this star as well.

TABOOS FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR


Here is a list of things NOT to do pm the first day of the Chinese New Year

  • Since everybody is in a festive mood under a joyful  atmosphere, people shouldn't argue with each other. Also parents shouldn't scold or punish the children on the first day of the new year. It is feared that by starting the year with arguments,  more arguments will follow throughout the year.
  • Women shouldn't use knives or cutting utensils in the kitchen.  These objects symbolise evil, anger, danger and "cutting out" luck. As a result, there are some women who don't cook new dishes on this day, the meals are leftovers from the reunion dinner or precooked food.
  • Breaking a dish plate, bowl or cup would indicate bad luck. In case that happens, the Chinese will put all broken pieces in a round container  until the next day.
  • Married women shouldn't go back to their mother's home, otherwise the maternal family will get poorer.
  • Sweeping the floor or throwing rubbish will take away the wealth luck from the house.
  • Don't have a lunch nap at noon, otherwise people will be lazy year long.
  • No washing of hair on the first day of the year, as  it will wash your good luck away.
  • Those who are in mourning should not visit their friends' homes.
  • Don't eat rice porridge for breakfast, otherwise you won't get rich because only poor people eat rice porridge in the past.
  • Don't eat meat for breakfast, because many deities are vegetarians on this day.
  • Don't wake people up by calling their names, otherwise that sleeping person needs to be prodded the whole year round.
  • If possible try to take any medicine unless it is very necessary, otherwise you will become unhealthy for the whole year.
  • Don't wash clothes, because New Year Day is the birthday of the god of Water.
  • If someone owes you money, do not ask for the money back on this day. Otherwise, you will do it often for the rest of the year.
  • Don't let people take anything away from your pocket or purse, because that's a sign money loss in the year.

FLOWERS AND BLOSSOMS FOR CNY






Flowers have enormous symbolism and the Chinese language's endless opportunities for puns and word play are demonstrated in the flowers used. Living rooms are decorated with vases of blossoms, peach being the most auspicious. Arriving in spring, they symbolise life, growth and prosperity. Regarded as the strongest defence against evil, peach blossoms were once placed above main doors for protection, and peach blooming at New Year signifies a fortunate year ahead.

The peony is the 'Flower of Riches and Honour' and the emblem of love and affection, as well as being a symbol for feminine beauty. The bright red peony is particularly auspicious, bringing luck and good fortune. The use of Kumquats or Gam Gat Sue is a play on words. The word Gam rhymes with the Chinese word for gold, whilst Gat rhymes with the word for luck. The tiny green leaves of this plant symbolise wealth as the word Lu (green) rhymes with the Chinese word for wealth. Finally, the shape of the small orange is a symbol of unity and perfection.


SOURCE: http://feng-shui-institute.org/Chinese_Astrology/traditionalchinese.html

FRUIT OF PROSPERITY

The nipple fruit or Terung Susu Kambing in Malay is considered auspicious by the Chinese and is sought after as decoration for the lunar new year. In Chinese the fruit is called Fatt Choy Kor or Prosperity fruit.




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

BEST TIME TO BANK-IN MONEY ON LI CHUN DAY



Some believe depositing money on Li Chun brings good luck during the Chinese New Year period. PHOTO: PROSPERWITHFENGSHUI.COM

SINGAPORE - Don't be surprised to see Singaporeans queuing at banks and ATMs across the island come Feb 3.

In what has become the norm in recent years, a fengshui expert has released a timetable detailing the ideal times for people to bank in their money on the auspicious day of Li Chun.

There are some who believe that doing so will help boost one's wealth and increase luck during the Chinese New Year period, which kicks off on Jan 28 this year.

Source: http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/ 

COMMENT
One wealth generating tip given by Feng Shui masters is to bank in money on Li Chun day. Bear in mind that Li Chun only begins at 5.47 p.m. on 3rd February, so if you want to bank in money, do so after this time.

DOUBLE LUP CHUN IN THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER



The Chinese refer to the beginning of spring as Li Chun or Lup Chun立春. Every year, it falls mostly on 4th February but there will also be years when it is on the 3rd of February in 2017 is such a year. This is the time when the 9 Flying Stars will relocate to the different sectors assigned for the year. Feng Shui enthusiasts would start to rearrange Feng Shui remedies and enhancers in their new positions in order to protect against the ill effects of the bad stars and to boost the positive vibes of the auspicious ones.

In Chinese astrology, we only consider those born on or after Lup Chun day as belonging to the Zodiac sign of the year and not on the Lunar New Year.

There will be two Lup Chun's in the Rooster Year. Now this is auspicious. In Chinese it is known as Shuang Chun Nian (double spring year). A year without Lup Chun is known as Mang Nian or Blind Year. It is considered inauspicious and couples are advised not to marry during such a year.


'GOLDEN' PUMPKINS FOR WEALTH LUCK

Pumpkin (南瓜; nánguā) - prosperity, abundance, descendant's luck, illustrious children, enchantment, fruit draws earth energy to manifest gold.
SOURCE: http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/Chinese_Customs/food_symbolism.htm

Monday, 16 January 2017

FENG SHUI 2017 BY MASTER JASON ENG : BA ZI FOR THE YEAR OF THE ROOSTER




As promised I am going to share what I learnt from Feng Shui Master, Jason Eng's Annual Update which I attended on Sunday, 15th January 2017.

We will begin with the 4 Pillars that is represented by Year, Month, Day and Hour  (Ba Zi Chart) for the Year of the Rooster.  This is the part that takes some explaining on my part and quite a bit of understanding on those who are not familiar with the Ba Zi/Paht Chee chart.


  • Looking at the chart, we can see that the 5 elements of Fire, Earth, Water, Wood and Metal are present.  This indicates that it is a year with well-balanced elements.  So the Rooster Year will be better than the year before. But it cannot be considered a totally smooth year.  As can be seen from the chart, it is a strong Yang Water year.  Yang elements are dominant.  
  • If we look closely at the chart, we will see that there is only one pillar that is in harmony, i.e. the Day and Month Pillars of Dog and Tiger.  On the other hand three pillars are clashing.  These three pillars have elements that clash and when combined, they indicate disharmony and hostility.  The combination of Yin Fire and Yin Metal in the chart would suggest that there me more occurrences of explosions and fires.
  • In the month pillar we see Water which produces Wood and this is a good sign that the middle months of the year will be better.  It is around these months (spring and summer in temperate countries) that are most suitable for making financial gains.  Wealth luck is available for the taking at this time of the year.
  • The 3 Yang Water element in the chart is an indicator that there might be pressures and tensions brought about by fierce competition.  There might be quite a number of people who might feel stressed out.  Water in the chart would also mean that there are quite a number of friends and enemies in our midst.  And also, the good abundance of water might mean that those we consider to be our friends might be envious and jealous of us.
  • The last quarter of the year (autumn and winter months) are not too good as the pillars clash.  The economy might slow down and it is advisable not to speculate.
  • The clash of fire and metal in the Year Pillar brings ailments of the heart, eyes and lungs.  So people must be cautious of heart attacks, strokes, eye diseases and influenza.
  • In 2017, the Scholastic Brilliance Star is present and this indicates the fervent pursuit of knowledge especially for those in the field of education.
  • The Rooster Year is also a lovey dovey year, with Peach Blossom Star luck.  Love is in the air but then one must always be careful when looking out for love.  Those who are married should stay faithful. as the presence of this star can bring about third party interference.
  • Powerful Mentors Stars are also present.  So there will be lots of Kwai Yan aka Mentors to aid ones path to success.  
  • The Star of Money Bags brings about creation of wealth.  It is a most welcome star which especially benefits those born in the year of the Dog.
  • Other Stars present are the Aggressive Sword Star  which strengthens competitiveness but at the some time bring about some negative influences.  Then there is the Star of Good Fortune which enhances happiness and protects against negativity.  Finally there is the Star of Celestial Protector bringing with it protective divine energies.
  • Lap Chun or beginining of Spring will start at 5.47 p.m. on 3rd February 2017.  

FENG SHUI UPDATE FOR 2017: TALK BY MASTER JASON ENG

I attended the Feng Shui Spectacular 2017 by Master Jason Eng at Kinta Riverfront. The talk was from 2 p.m.to 5.30 p.m. This is the 11th year I am attending Jason's talk. My first time was in 2006 when he held his first talk at Excelsior Hotel.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

SHOPPING FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR DECORATIONS




Chinese New Year is just a couple of weeks away. This morning, Lai Yoong and I met up at the market to shop for some decorations for our houses. One has to bear in mind that the predominant colours for this festive season are red and gold. The colour red is chosen for two reasons. The first is because red is a lucky colour and the second because it is supposed to frighten off the monster Nian who is thought to come on New Years Eve. The colour gold represents wealth. Families also decorate their homes with lanterns and put stickers on things in their homes.
Previously we already bought some auspicious wording to be pasted on the walls of the house.  This trip to the market saw us purchasing Hong Ming lanterns and some Zodiac decorations.

RED UNDERWEAR FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR




RED UNDERWEAR AS A LUCKY CHARM FOR THE NEW YEAR
According to Chinese traditional beliefs,  those who wear red underwear during the Chinese New Year celebrations are considered lucky for a whole year

The Rules of Luck

According to the superstition two things have to be observed in order to ensure luck and prosperity: The underwear has to be received as a gift, it cannot be bought for oneself. And, it has to be worn for the first time on New Year’s Eve, or the magic won’t work.

In places with a high concentration of Chinese, you will see red underwear sold at supermarkets and street markets. Red is believed to ward off bad luck and misfortune. For people born in a year of the Rooster, red underwear is a must for 2017!

Link:
http://www.zimmerli.com/ch_en/blog/red-underwear-as-a-lucky-charm-for-the-new-year.html
http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/chinese-new-year/

Comment:
I always buy myself red undies for the new year.  Never thought that I had to get them as gifts for them to work their magic.  Hmm .... I shall get Lai Yoong to buy me one and I will gift her with one.  

SPRING CLEANING 2017



On my To-do List for Chinese New Year is Spring Cleaning.  Since I have two homes to clean, I usually start with my family home in Ipoh.  I did this last weekend.  Before that I consulted the lady at the prayer paraphernalia shop for a good day to carry out this activity.  It had to be a day that did not clash with my zodiac sign.  
Giving ones home a good cleaning and tidying is a must to ring in the Lunar New Year in a prosperous fashion. Yah, it also has to do with with the bad energies of the old year. The onset of spring brings new hopes and desires that you have been eagerly anticipating for the rest of the year.