Saturday, 5th August 2017 is indeed a busy day for Nalani, Lai Yoong and I. We visited 19 addresses of needy and underprivileged Indian families that were recommended to us. After our observations and interviews, we agreed on 17 to receive the Project MADE Deepavali packs.
Eleven of those selected were workers at the Sungai Wangi estate. Their take home pay is about RM700 after deducting utilities, SOCSO and EPF. They all live at the estate quarters. There was also one 72 year old lady who had no relatives and was being looked after by her neighbours. One of the estate workers has a 23 year old bedridden son. Another of her sons passed away from an illness. Her neighbour a few doors away has a mentally challenged son. She is a single mother. Another lady's husband was bedridden as a result of a stroke.
A few of the elderly workers had grown up children who were married and were working but they too were also too poor to support their parents as they are also menial workers.
The other 6 families selected were from the Sitiawan and Lumut area. A few of the families were actually doing fine a few months ago but fell on hard times because of illness, retrenchment or accidents. That is why their homes looked okay when we visited. They also own cars (old models). Their inability to work because of their situation has caused their savings to dwindle and they are left with unpaid bills and debts. A few of the houses had the water supply cut and they owe a few hundred ringgit for their electric bills. They do not own the houses that they live in.
Sunday, 6 August 2017
Friday, 4 August 2017
The bicycle that was used by the founder of D.N.S store at Kacang Putih Village to sell the snacks in Buntong was in parade at the Cultural Festival in Ipoh ON THE 23rd of July 2017. Somebody offered to buy this heirloom for RM15,000 from the old man's children. Of course, they refused.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
"HO TAI HAPPINESS – FENG SHUI’S BUDDHA OF WEALTH AND JOY"
By Kathryn Weber
One of feng shui’s and China’s most loved symbols is the Ho Tai Buddha. Most people know Ho Tai as the Buddha of Wealth or as the Laughing Buddha. His presence in homes and businesses brings joy and prosperity.
To the Chinese, the seat of the soul is in the stomach, so the Ho Tai Buddha’s stomach is large and round to symbolize his heavenly stature and to represent fullness and abundance.
THE HO TAI BUDDHA REMINDS US THAT GOOD THINGS COME TO HAPPY, JOYFUL PEOPLE AND THAT PROSPERITY IS ALSO A SIGN OF JOYFULNESS.
Keeping the Ho Tai Buddha lifts the whole household or business with his happy presence.
The Ho Tai Buddha was an actual person who lived over one thousand years ago. He was a happy fellow and carried a sack in which he carried candy for children and rice seed for planting. Because of this, he is associated with wealth and happiness and his statues often show him holding a bag. With his jolly nature, he is a lot like the eastern version of Santa Claus. Ho Tai Buddha is revered for his wealth-giving and joyful countenance, but also for his ability to take your worries from you.
Images of his countenance can be found all over Asia, and the Ho Tai Buddha is worshiped as the first of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune in Japan. The Ho Tai Buddha can often be found in paintings and in figures surrounded by as many as 100 children. Because of his ability to attract children, he can even positively influence fertility and many couples place a picture or statues of the Ho Tai when they are anxious to conceive!
Display the Ho Tai when you need a dose of happiness, when you want to create greater abundance, and when you need a friend to give your troubles to, or even when you’re ready to start a family.
Ho Tai Brings Happiness, Wealth and Good Fortune
Worried about money?
Stop worrying and start relaxing. Displaying the relaxed and happy Ho Tai Buddha at your desk, in your business, or the entrance to your home can help dissolve money worries and help you to be in the “receiving mode” for more prosperity!
Ho Tai helps you get ahead at work.
If you are tense about making money on the job, placing a small golden Ho Tai Buddha on your desk will help stimulate your financial luck associated with your career. Select one with a gold ingot. Chinese gold ingots are shaped like a ship and displaying them promotes prosperity luck. Or, place a Ho Tai Buddha is sitting on a large gold ingot and holding a Ru Yi (a symbol of authority) in his left hand, to help you attain material rewards through a successful career or business to attracts easy and abundant prosperity.
Dispel bad luck.
The Ho Tai Buddha is also used as a talisman. Besides inspiring happiness and abundance, the Ho Tai Buddha also wards off negativity, misfortune, and bad luck. Had your share of bad luck? Keep the Ho Tai close at hand to stop negativity and keep bad luck at bay. Place a set of six out in our home to hold down bad intentions and problems.
Happiness draws more happiness.
It’s true. You know that one person who walks into the room and instantly lifts everyone up with their cheerful attitude. Displaying the Ho Tai Buddha at the entrance to your home or business is a way to instantly lift the HQ (happiness quotient) at your home and business and that draws blessings to your work and home.
Give your sadness to Ho Tai.
Legend says that the sack the Ho Tai carries is full of riches, wealth, and candy, but others say he carries a sack to carry your sadness and worries away. Give your worries to the Ho Tai to lift your personal chi and attract more good fortune.
Tuesday, 1 August 2017
Last week I had a few requests for herbs. One is from my colleague whose wife gave birth last week. She wanted the herbs for bathing. Another is from a young lady who is suffering from back pains. The third is my student who has rashes. He went to the hospital for treatment but the rashes and itchiness did not go away.
By Kathryn Weber
Feng shui is a wonderful living skill that can help you adapt your surroundings so that you are happier, more productive, healthier and more prosperous. It may be an ancient art, but it’s something that should be practiced and adapted to modern times.
One of the aspects of feng shui, though, that is often clouded with misunderstanding regarding water. In particular, there are many myths and fallacies about water that defy practicality, and in truth, make no sense at all. It’s time to unravel some of those mysteries to understand the role of water as it relates to flow, draining, and generating.
Many well-meaning feng shui consultants will say that bathroom energy is problematic and that the “draining” energy of a home’s plumbing can cause problems with health and wealth. The real problem is that they’re applying this art from the negative. They’re worried more about the drain and less about the generation of water.
This is what creates wealth, not the toilet flushing as it was intended to do.
Draining water and bathrooms are essential for modern living, so I say, why not practice feng shui with an eye toward modernity and toward generating water instead of being overly focused on draining water, and in particular, bathrooms, toilets and sinks?
THESE 5 MYTHS UNCOVER COMMON MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT TOILETS, DRAINS, AND WATER SO WIDELY DISPENSED IN FENG SHUI.
MYTH 1: ALL WATER IS THE SAME.
This simply isn’t true. As a modern society, we know that we need separate water systems for drinking water and for waste water. These are two completely different types of water. Yet, in feng shui circles, there’s a lot of concern around “containing” water and stopping the drain.
This means that people will frequently go to silly and impractical measures to “stop the drain” of water in their bathrooms or kitchen sinks. This puts draining water, like from your washing machine, the water in your bathroom sink where you spit out your toothpaste, toilets, tubs and washing machines on the same footing as our taps. But they’re not. As a person of the 21st century it’s important to think of applying feng shui for the times.
MYTH 2: WATER SHOULD NOT DRAIN FROM YOUR HOUSE OR YOU’LL LOSE MONEY, ENERGY, HEALTH.
Let’s think about this…. do you really want the drains in your house to stop? As people living in a modern society, would we want to live without running and draining water? I for one wouldn’t. We have to practice feng shui from a position of practicality and good, common sense and with today’s sensibilities, and closing up your sink drains simply is not practical.
THE WATER THAT GOES DOWN THE DRAIN, SINK, TUB, OR TOILET IS WATER WE WANT TO DRAIN.
You want the toilet to drain just like you need to empty your body of waste — because constipation is not fun or a sign of good health. Your home (which is an extension of yourself) needs to release its waste, just as you do.
The bigger concern is that we take our focus off the draining water and think about what we can do to produce more generating water, like from fountains, water features, pools, and aquariums. This is active, yang water — the type that brings prosperity, so there’s no need to worry over toilets, sinks, and tubs. Just close the bathroom door.
MYTH 3: FLOWING WATER AROUND THE HOUSE DRAINS PROSPERITY.
It’s important to distinguish between flow and drain, and to understand that they are water of two different qualities. You need water to flow around or away from your house or you will have water running in your house — never a good thing.
Flowing water that runs in front of your house and is carried away by water spouts, pipes and ditches is beneficial and actually represents water flow. The more serious concern is when water is flowing at the rear of the house. This is symbolically like standing with your back to the ocean, never a good sign.
If you have flow at the rear of the house, this is when the water becomes a drain. Why? Because having water behind you is a drain and in front is flow.
But handling this kind of drain is simple by adding a small stone wall at the rear of the property or some plantings. Both the earth and wood elements help to contain the water energy at the back of the house so that health or money issues don’t become a problem.
MYTH 4: RED RIBBONS WILL STOP THE DRAINING ENERGY OR TOILETS AND SINKS.
Using simply 5 Element Theory, red is a color that activates, so in effect, you are actually activating the drain if you have sinks, pipes or toilets tied with red ribbons. Further, it’s a clash of elements from the ribbon’s red fire energy and the drain’s water energy.
Again, just as you need to allow your own body to rid itself of waste, you need to allow your home’s to empty itself of its waste. Who wants to live in a constipated house? Just remember that your home is a living space.
MYTH 5: SINKS AND PLUMBING ARE A SOURCE OF DRAIN.
Let’s put drain in perspective. Toilets, tubs and sinks all drain — but they’re supposed to — that’s their role. The real concern is when your source of generating water is leaking; this is the real drain. If you have leaking taps and faucets, you’ll see a drain on your health and your finances.
Faucets and taps are a source of generating, clean water, and they should never leak because they create a drain on your life, so watch for running toilets, dripping faucets, and leaky taps.
MANY TIMES IF THERE’S A PROBLEM WITH SPENDING OR AN ABUNDANCE OF BILL, THE SOURCE IS FREQUENTLY A LEAK.
Think about practicing feng shui for today’s times and with an eye toward common sense and practicality. If you have red ribbons and red dots on toilets, pipes or other plumbing fixtures, take them off. Then, do a thorough check for water leaks followed by the installation of a lovely fountain with beautiful, activated flowing water.
Putting the focus on the water that is supposed to drain and not on generating water is the mistake. Set your sights on keeping bathroom doors closed, un-activated, and creating more generating water around your home for increased abundance, wealth and income. That’s when the feng shui magic happens!
Monday, 31 July 2017
ON 22 July 2017 Miss Cheah and Pn Nalani Devi of Third Force Perak set out to vet candidates for the Deepavali Programme that we are collaborating with Project MADE (NGO).
Pn Nalani obtained 21 names of poor and needy families from the welfare department and we managed to visit 6 families today. All whom we visited were more than eligible for the Deepavali Packs.
"FENG SHUI FOR WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS AND ENTREPRENEURS | 8 TIPS TO ENERGIZE, EMPOWER AND EARN MORE"
By Kathryn Weber
There’s a lot of talk about women entrepreneurs and business owners these days, but do they have special feng shui needs? Absolutely. Women are opening businesses at a record pace. They account for $1.9 trillion dollars in sales, and they employ almost 8 million people (NAWBO.com).
Yet, female entrepreneurs are less likely to go into tech, where some of the biggest financial gains are, and they have to struggle to get VC backing and business funding. Lastly, female business owners only account for a small 3% that are said to have "high economic impact" -- that is, breaking the $500,000 mark -- according to CNBC.com. That means that women's small businesses have a tendency to do just that -- stay small.
But it’s time that women earn more and have higher economic impact.
Feng shui can provide the kind of support that will help women thrive and create more wealth, and hopefully, grow to blow past that 3% mark.
Follow these women's entrepreneurial feng shui tips for creating great feng shui that will help women entrepreneurs move ahead and create more jobs, more money, and more opportunity for themselves and others.
Here are 8 ways for women entrepreneurs to supercharge your work and office for support, income, and growth.
1. Money in, money out.
Women often think about spending, but don’t always think about investing. When you're buying that second pair of riding boots, that's spending. When you buy a quality desk that you can work comfortably at for hours a day, that’s an investment. When you put money into yourself, you get money out. Think about that when it comes to outfitting your office to help you work and be your most productive or to get business coaching if you need it, for example.
2. Empowered working.
If there is anyone who can take that I can manage with this kind of thinking, it's women. If you're a woman business owner, it's critical that you treat yourself like an executive. Don't go for the prettiest desk, go for the one that is both attractive and will help you get the job done.
Sure, glass desks are nice, but useless if they don't have drawers for pens, a stapler, or paperclips. Make sure you’re empowered to work by selecting the things that fit both looks and function to make you your most productive. Pick a quality desk chair, too, with a high back and good support -- this is excellent feng shui to ensure you have staying power in business.
3. Turn your work around.
Make sure that you turn your desk around to face the door to your office. This is essential to feeling in command. Too often we ram our desks up to a wall because that's where the plugs are. Don’t. When you face a wall, you face an obstacle. Women face enough obstacles already without adding a wall to the equation. Always sit facing the door, and if you're worried about electrical cords, buy a cord cover.
Make sure you're working at your desk in an executive style. You own the business, so arrange your office to look that way. Even if no one ever steps into your office, you'll know you’re set up like an executive in charge. What's vital about having a desk out in the room and not facing a wall is that it allows energy to flow to you, your work and your business.
Having open space around your desk means you’re not cut off from energy and that energy can circulate around you, coming in the form of new sales, new clients, more opportunity and more money -- and that’s worth the price of a cord cover.