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Difference between “NEW AGE” & CLASSICAL Feng Shui

Have to get up so early in the morning to begin filming the CNY special for Astro. This is the second day of shooting. One of the interesting questions that came up yesterday during the shoot was whether one needs to “believe” in Feng Shui in order for it to work.

To which I explained the difference between “NEW AGE” a…nd CLASSICAL Feng Shui. In New Age or POP Feng Shui, where the system is based on so-called made-in-china good luck objects, ornaments or trinkets … well the answer is YES. I think you probably need to ‘believe’ in them for them to work as these man-made objects do not generate Qi on their own. They are just decorative items.

In Classical Feng Shui - where we focus on alignment of Qi from the natural environment (direction, location, time, land formation, water formation) - the answer would be NO. You do not need to ‘believe’ in nature in order for nature to work. The energy (Qi) is there and you are already affected by it knowingly or unknowingly. Classical Feng Shui is about understanding how Qi works in our natural environment and learning how to harness them.

There were many interesting questions that were raised and answered on the show. But the main focus would be on the Feng Shui, Astrology, Face Reading and Date Selection for the Metal Tiger Year.

The show will be aired on Feb 12 to 17 daily at 7.30pm on Wah Lai Toi. (BTW, you guys will see me in a new hairdo since hair is sponsored by A Cut Above. :-) ).

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Christmas Message from Joey Yap 2009

Christmas Message from Joey Yap

As we reach the close of this year, I wish you and your family all the best for the holiday season and trust you are enjoying well-earned leisure time with your loved ones.

Although 2009 has been a particularly challenging year for the global community, I am pleased to say that, thanks to your continued support and friendship, we at The Mastery Academy have continued to grow, as we met new challenges head on and set new goals. We made many new friends, whilst also consolidating our existing relationships. So as we reach the end of this year, my team and I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your loyalty. In life, we are dependent on other people for our blessings, and without you, we, at The Mastery Academy, would not be where we are today.

Before we embark on a new and more rewarding year ahead, I would like to share some of our 2009 milestones with you, as you have all been such an integral part of our journey and successes.

Milestones and memories of 2009

A firm believer in the maxim that good work makes a person good, I have enjoyed a very productive year. For the very first time, I appeared in a Chinese television programme on classical feng shui on the popular Wah Lah Toi channel, and the enthusiastic response from the viewers to my programme on landform feng shui entitled Walking The Dragons was overwhelming indeed. I certainly look forward to doing many more and sharing them with you!

The year seems to have been dominated by Chinese-related projects for me. I held my first Walking The Dragons seminar in KLCC in Chinese, and again, the experience of a totally new audience and a new language was challenging but entirely satisfying.

The workshops have gone from strength to strength and the updated versions of BaZi 1 and 2 and Feng Shui 1 and 2 have been extremely well-received. The attendance of more than 200 students in each class really energised and inspired me. More than anything else, it gratifies me to see all of you enjoying the new syllabus.

As an author, I have been especially prolific this year, although I don’t know if my ‘little books’ really qualify as full-fledged tomes! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed producing them for you. My 2009 publications include The Art of Face Reading, Face Reading Essential Series, BaZi Structures, XKDG, amongst others (find the titles online at if you’re haven’t read them yet, but want to).

And finally, I am very pleased that I started my Facebook page and joined the world of social networking. If you’re a Facebooker, join my page — — and tell me your viewpoints. It has been awesome communicating directly with all of you.

Welcoming a more optimistic new year

As we usher out the difficult year of the Ox with much relief, we can concurrently anticipate a much more positive year of the metal tiger. To ensure that my students are well prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the year ahead, I have prepared a Feng Shui and astrology 2010 seminar entitled Succeeding in Turbulent Times which will equip you with the tools and strategies you will need to thrive and to conquer the metal tiger. And for the first time ever, I will be conducting the seminar over two days, in English and Chinese respectively.

If you listen to the radio, you must tune in to MyFm – I will be co-presenting from January through to the last day of Chinese new year with my good friend Wong Chui Ling and we will be sharing helpful tips for the upcoming year with you.

The highlight for the New Year has to be the Design Your Destiny BaZi personality-profiling programme. This user-friendly programme will help you understand what makes people tick, what motivates them and, most importantly, how to influence them based on their personality profiles. I am confident you will thoroughly enjoy this riveting programme, not least because it is super easy to understand (no charts and complex theories to memorise!) and it will equip you with invaluable tools on improving the quality of your life and your interaction with the people around you.

As for travels, after a hiatus from my usual China excursion, I’ll be planning a new excursion to China this year, with an itinerary that will see you visiting China through the eyes of an insider. Forget the cheesy tourist traps, we’ll be experiencing the real China, and real landform feng shui. I’ll let you in on a little secret: we’ll also be visiting Tibet, so make a date in your calendar to join me on my China jaunt on 22-28 October.

With so many projects ongoing, I admit I did let Destiny Code Book Three slip through the cracks a bit, but I do believe that good things come to those who wait and this is a book that’s definitely been worth waiting for. When a journalist asked me what I felt my best book to date is, I named this book. It’s not only wholly unique, but it also gives readers new insights into the Ten Gods in BaZi. Watch out for it!

And because I believe it is always important to stay current and relevant, I’ve been working hard on updating Feng Shui Mastery 3, Feng Shui Mastery 4 and BaZi Four. The all-new syllabus includes more than 80% of new content, and will ensure that your knowledge of the topics will be enhanced immeasurably. Contact us to find out more about this exciting new course syllabus.

I’m looking forward to the New Year with much anticipation and I hope you are too. Whatever your goals, I hope the year of the metal tiger will bring you success, happiness and good health. During the course of the year, I hope we will re-connect in the pursuit of our shared passion for feng shui and classical Chinese metaphysics. In the meantime, have a peaceful, joyous and bountiful Christmas and New Year.

With my warmest regards,

Joey Yap
December 23, 2009

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The Blood Test

bloodtest.jpgThis morning I went for a medical check up. I haven’t done one in years. I hate medical check ups. There are two things I hate most about medical check ups:

1. I hate the blood test. I dunno why. Everytime I do a blood test – I feel extremely giddy. Almost to the point of blacking out for about 5 minutes. I hate that feeling.

2. I hate the nurses. No, don’t get me wrong. I’m sure they are very nice people. Unfortunately, they are also very nosy. And unfortunately, they’ve watched my TV program. And they keep asking me for freebies while I’m busy fainting after my blood test.

I can’t understand their fascination with me going to get a medical check up. They seem to be under the impression that Joey Yap doesn’t need to see doctors. What’s wrong with these people?? - they actually think Feng Shui masters are supposed to live forever. She actually said to me in her broken English - ‘I thought you good Feng Shui? - Won’t get sick right?’

I’m wanted to tell her … hey I’m mortal too! In case you don’t know – I also fall sick and may actually die just like the rest of you nosy people. But of course, I was too scared to say anything … just in case the needle is more painful. Yeah, I have a major weakness for blood tests. I see blood – I faint. I’m pathetic.

I think the average person seem to have a very unusual impression of Feng Shui practitioners. They seem to think that we are from a different planet. (Sometimes I think if I told them my shit is green they’d probably believe me). They perceive us as being mysterious. And they are always curious to see us at clinics.

Hmm - just because I’m a Feng Shui practitioner doesn’t mean I can’t get a medical check up right? While Feng Shui can certainly help with our health and improve our healing abilities - it does not mean that we are totally immune to all illnesses and it certainly does not mean that we can live forever. Can doctors live forever? Can doctors get sick too?

I think the problem is the major public don’t have a good understanding of what Feng Shui is and isn’t. Guess I just have to work harder in bringing Feng Shui literacy to the masses.

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Wheel of Fortune?

The manager of the restaurant told me that this is their Feng Shui ‘Wheel of Fortune’. It’s supposed to be a highly specialized Feng Shui setup designed to usher great wealth to the premises.


‘The Wheel of Fortune’


The spinning wheel is suppose to ’spin’ the wealth into the restaurant. Turning all bad luck to good.

This so-called secret technique of Feng Shui is supposed to be a safely guarded secret known only to a privileged few. (haha here we go again) Or so I was told. Special ‘ingredients’ where even strategically positioned (facing a specific direction) in the fountain to ‘attract’ prosperity.


As you can see … there is the Dragon Tortoise and the Money Frog strategically located.

And it’s effects? - Just see for yourself!


Empty restaurant

The real problem?

Wheel of Fortune is a just a fancy name for an oversized tabletop Wealth Fountains. Their so called auspicious symbolism has absolutely no bearing in Classical Feng Shui. It has got nothing to do with the spinning wheel, the plastic looking dragon tortoise and the frog. What really matters in internal application of Classical Feng Shui, is the position of the water. And in this case, it’s positioned VERY badly.


Qi leaking out the corridor. (Noticed the ground is sloping down outwards)

This water is flowing OUT the main door! All the Qi is leaked. This ‘wheel of fortune’ is more of a disaster than real help. We don’t even need to plot the Eight Mansions, Flying Stars or DaGua charts to know this is a bad water setup.

Solution? - Easy. Remove ‘Wheel of Fortune. ‘

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Feng Shui videology!

I hope you’ve all been doing well thus far. On my end, I’ve just been a little full-up clearing things off of my plate!

I haven’t really had the time to write anything new for you, so I’m leaving you with a little video clip to whet your Feng Shui appetite somewhat.

Hope you enjoy it, and happy watching!

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Success in the Present Economy

During my talks or consultations, there is one question that stands out the most. And it is, “WHAT should I invest in now that times are challenging and so unpredictable? Is it properties, bonds, or equities? What will still give me the best returns?”

My knee-jerk reaction is to ask in return, “How much of a return would you be happy with? 10%? Or 20%? Or more?” But let’s be honest… I think most of us should be gladly thanking our lucky stars if we’re getting even a 10% return in this economy!

When we think ‘investment,’ especially in an economic climate like the current one, we need to think different. And if you really think about it, there is ONE singular investment you can make that could bring you not 10% or 20%, 100% or hey, even way past 1000% in returns if you invest it well. In fact, investing in this could give you returns that could reap dividends for a lifetime. What’s that, you ask?

The answer is simple: INVEST IN YOURSELF.

Think about it. What is truly your most valuable asset? What’s truly recession-proof?

If you think it’s your car, or your home, or your stocks and bonds, you’re wrong. Your most valuable asset is YOURSELF. Your knowledge and your skills are your intellectual assets – and it literally knows no price. Its value cannot be measured through dollars and cents – but it can be measured by the success of your life. Your knowledge makes YOU an asset (or a liability to others when there’s lack of it.)

When you’re mired in turbulent times, and the external economic situation is so uncertain, what’s left to rely on but yourself? Consider your other options:

  • Property prices are unstable
  • The share market presents itself as one long gloomy tunnel with no light at the end of it
  • Doing the tried-and-tested thing of ‘saving’ your money can yield losses when interest rates are lower than the inflation rate!

From what I’ve observed, one of the main reasons why many people get trapped when a recession takes place and end up stalling in place or worse, regressing backward instead of moving forward and succeeding, is because they’ve got their priorities wrong. In other words, they’ve failed to focus on the ESSENTIAL.

They focus instead on the trivial things in life. They tend to concentrate on unimportant things that bring short-term benefits or short-lived happiness without paying attention to the more significant matters that will actually make a substantial difference in their lives.

What do I mean by this? Well, when I say ‘things’ I literally mean ‘things!’ We all know people who wouldn’t blink an eye spending hard-earned money (even in critical economic times like this) on the latest gadget like a smart phone or the iPod Touch, a game console, a new LV or Gucci bag and designer silk curtains and drapes for their apartment, luxury dress watches, the new car, and… the list goes on.

But these same people would very well think twice… or ten times, before deciding to invest in themselves through education, training, and personal development! Funny isn’t it? Maybe because the latest LV bag is a tangible thing that they can hold, and feel, and show off to everyone else… while the results of self-investment are intangible, and take time to bear fruit.

You know, we would never forget to feed our bodies several times a day (or more) but sometimes…. we literally fail to feed our minds just as often! We are all aware that failing to feed our bodies will cause our physical selves to suffer as our bodies starve or suffer from malnutrition. But truly successful individuals also know that feeding the mind works in much the same way as they feed their bodies! We all have to keep our minds healthy by giving it sustenance – be it through books, classes, seminars, and self-development courses. If not… we might very well have a healthy body… but only with a mind that is weak and fast-becoming obsolete. And how can an underfed mind keep up with the challenges of our present economy?

Well… don’t you think that you owe it to yourself to invest in your most valuable asset?

You are your own best ally in times of adversity.

It makes sense then that this is the year that you go all out to cultivate yourself. And you can do this by increasing your KNOWLEDGE. Think about it: knowledge gained is converted to abilities and skills that when put to proper use is converted to wealth. For yourself! And the best part of self-investment? No one can take your knowledge away from you! It is always yours, to be further improved and polished for perpetual returns.

Your ability and strengths in your job, career, and business have a lot to do with what you have learned in the past. Most people these days don’t think twice about sending their kids to university or pursuing a tertiary education because it’s an investment for their future.

All the skills that you picked up during your years at school and university have become indispensable for the life you have right now. But hey … what got you this far may not get you further due to this present economy! In the current economy, it won’t be just about what you already know, but how much MORE you can offer! A recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle urged people to battle the recession by “considering investigating or training for a new career.” But the advice should be considered in a broader context – whether you’re looking for a new career or staying in your present one, building on your skillset and diversifying it is the way forward.

Your time is your capital.

Or maybe you say, hey I don’t have the capital to start my own business, or the money to quit my current job and find my ultimate dream job. To which I’d say …. But you do have 24 hours a day – the same 24 hours a day that any other super-successful person, like Bill Gates, or Richard Branson, or Oprah Winfrey has. What do you do with YOUR 24 hours a day? Work, eat, watch TV and sleep? Time is the fertile soil for wealth and success, and it must be cultivated! Invest in your time to gain new skills and knowledge TODAY. This is not the year to spend your time complaining about how bad things are. The time has come to ACT and do something.

Stephen R. Covey, one my favourite authors, and author of the worldwide bestselling The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and other leadership and personal management books describes it thus: “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” When you think of it that way, two of the biggest investments you can make are in yourself, and in your time. You don’t need a single cent for that!

Act wisely. Gather new knowledge to weather the storm.

Let’s not mince words about getting ahead in uncertain times – you’ll have to work harder, and you’ll definitely have to work smarter. Professional experts and pundits all agree that diversifying your skills and learning new things puts you on the fast track towards career advancement, and solidly cushions your job from being outsourced – and protects you from being made redundant. The Financial Post puts it best in this article when it says, “Inoculate yourself against having your work outsourced by hybridizing, combining skills that make you both a generalist and a specialist at once, such as management and technology, or law and bioethics.”

In other words, go all out. As CNN Money puts it here, “get your skills up to date.” This could be anything from learning how to develop and design websites, to learning a new language, or taking up part-time courses that train you in a secondary job field that is unrelated to your day job – be it real estate, internet businesses, or even stock trading. The opportunity to gain wealth presents itself in numerous opportunities; and likewise, the chances to gain knowledge and skills in whatever interests you are endless if you’re interested enough to go for it. Even if you’re unable to diversify your skillset, you can choose to deepen and solidify your existing range of abilities and knowledge so that you become, as suggested by the Financial Post earlier, both a “generalist and specialist at once.”

And of course, there are also other options.

The one option that I firmly believe in is knowledge and skill in Feng Shui and BaZi (Astrology). Because BaZi Astrology helps you understand and master your destiny and Feng Shui – the tools to help you change your life for the better.

In Feng Shui and BaZi the only ‘start-up capital’ is yourself, and your living environment. That’s all it takes to USE these two sets of knowledge. Also, there’s no time limit on the applicability of Feng Shui and BaZi principles. People have used Feng Shui and BaZi since the ancient times of Imperial China up until today. You can use it for as long as you live to improve the quality of your life as well as the lives of people around you.

As an additional set of skills, you can offer you services and time for immediate financial returns. AND you can offer this service for as long as you wish, whenever and wherever you are in the world. With the advent growth of the internet, your can offer BaZi consultations even over Skype or MSN. (There’s no limit to its applicability and the room for financial returns.)

It’s for this reason that I would like to invite you to take that first step towards valuable self-investment by attending two of my new events this year:

• The Feng Shui Master Practitioner Program (April 25 – 28)
• The BaZi Master Practitioner Program (May 1 – May 4)

Skills in Feng Shui and BaZi are recession-resilient and have the added benefit of offering perpetual returns… for years to come. Think about this: Feng Shui and BaZi are two time-honoured practices that have survived ALL periods of recession and will continue to do so. In good times, the rich consult Feng Shui and BaZi to preserve their wealth. In bad times, they turn to these arts for alternative solutions. As far as “industries” go, Feng Shui and BaZi have been around for thousands of years. The practice of Astrology itself has been around since ancient times.

Consider the following compelling reasons:

  • BaZi can help you to design your life according to YOUR goals and desires. It enables you to understand who you really are, and maximise your hidden talents and abilities. Success is your birthright, but you need to understand yourself truly to know what you’re capable of, and how to work on that path to success. It can provide you with the path of least resistance to financial success based on your own life capacity.
  • Feng Shui helps you empower your living environment – to improve your life and achieve your goals. It provides EASY, realistic, practical solutions for your wealth, career, health, relationships, and personal development concerns. If BaZi is the ‘diagnosis,’ Feng Shui is the ‘prescription.’
  • Ancient emperors to modern-day business tycoons – they’ve all used it! What do most of the rich and powerful Asian tycoons and businessman have in common? Do you know? It’s careful and sustained application of good Feng Shui! The wealthiest, most successful individuals are also the most discerning – and will not be willing to invest in something unless they know it will bring results. For this reason, they have turned to the tried-and-tested principles of Feng Shui and BaZi, over and over again. It is no secret that top Asian business stars USE Feng Shui. Why not you? A consult is too expensive? Don’t know who to consult? Then learn the skills yourself and use Feng Shui in your life immediately.

In my Feng Shui and BaZi consulting work over the years with my team, I’ve used and applied it for myself, the people I care about, and my clients, and have SEEN the results. Each and every time. Whenever it’s applied correctly – the results are always amazing.

I’ve started my career with absolutely NO prior business knowledge or experience. This is my first and only ‘job.’ To start from zero and to build it to a multi-million dollar business in 12 years was not an easy task. I strive to be a living example of my own work and I have used BaZi and Feng Shui every step of the way. I can share with you the tried and tested methods, such as, when a formula WILL work, and how to avoid the pitfalls (meaning – when those formulas will NOT work and how not to get screwed over).

I am sure by now most of you already know about some of my top clientele of whom are reported in international magazines or Bloomberg TV. You can take a look at my website for the details. I’ve come a long way in the practice of Feng Shui and BaZi Astrology. So I do know a little bit when it comes to what works and what doesn’t. I have dealt with clients from all walks of life from all over the world. And I’m going to share with you some of these important experiences I’ve obtained over the last 12 years. I truly believe that the knowledge you would gain can help you pull through if not excel even in a critical economy.

It’s for this reason that I invite you to participate in my Feng Shui and BaZi Master Practitioner Program.

Some of you may have attended my previous programs (or by my instructors) – the Feng Shui and BaZi Mastery Modules 1 and 2. I’ve haven’t been personally conducting those classes since 4 years ago. It has been a while. And for this NEW PROGRAM… I’ve thoroughly updated my modules 1 and 2!! This new program is a culmination of updates from the last four years, and I’ve redesigned the syllabus to focus more on a more practical application and results-oriented approach. I’ve also have included a BONUS segment on Wealth Building Feng Shui Strategies and Wealth Building BaZi Profiles to thrive in times of change.
You won’t just get a whole bunch of classical formulas… you’ll get practical, usable solutions. Let me show you the WAY to use the formulas SUCCESSFULLY. For real results in real lives – like yours.

In 2009… your commitment is to yourself.

When the situation around you is changing, you need to adapt yourself to the changes. Don’t you owe it to yourself to continue to evolve regardless of your external circumstances? Lots of people around you are probably succumbing to depression, anger, frustration, and helplessness because they feel they lack the control to steer their lives in the right direction. Don’t let this happen to you. Take the necessary actions to keep your life moving forward, and find meaning in the work that you do.

As the recession starts to fully take hold in many countries this year, people and businesses will start to get defensive and self-protective. But bear in mind the words of John F. Kennedy, who once said, “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters – one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” So take notice of the opportunities that will crop up – because there are vast opportunities to tap into even in challenging times. In the current economic climate, learning a new skill and upgrading your knowledge are the opportunities to move forward, and ensures that YOU HAVE THE COMPETITIVE EDGE.

I’ve built my life on the principles of Feng Shui and BaZi, and it is with this firm commitment that I tell you – give it a try. The results will surprise you.

“Courage faces fear and thereby masters it.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Have the courage to conquer today’s challenges. And take control right NOW! So if you’re ready to invest in yourself and learn the strategies that will help you achieve your goals in 2009, take a step forward and join me for:

• The Feng Shui Master Practitioner Program (April 25 – 28)
• The BaZi Master Practitioner Program (May 1 – 4)

Both events will be conducted in Kuala Lumpur. You can get details on the Feng Shui course here and the BaZi course at this website, and register online for both courses here!

So gear up and get ready to master your destiny and change your life in 2009!

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Walk the Dragons with me on Astro Wah Lai Toi!

After 7 long months of production, folks, I’m thrilled to announce that the ‘Walking the Dragons with Joey Yap’ TV show is finally premiering on Astro’s Wah Lai Toi (Channel 311) this Sunday on March 8th! It has been an extensive labour of love for all involved and it’s great to finally see our hard work come to fruition.

I’m happy to finally be able to present to the world the immense richness of Yin Feng Shui. I think it will be a point of interest to many that this is done through the tales of the Emperors of the Qing Dynasty, because the historical elements are fascinating. At the same time, I was also keen to demystify this aspect of Feng Shui that many have probably thought of as morbid or too morose.

It’s the world’s first ever program devoted solely to Yin Feng Shui, and also MY first Cantonese show! (Not to worry, though… there’ll be English subtitles for those of you who don’t understand the language.) It was filmed in China, primarily in Beijing and Shen Yang, and you’ll get to see some interesting sights and landscapes.

So remember, don’t miss it… every Sunday at 9 PM primetime on one of the biggest and most popular channels in Malaysia, Wah Lai Toi! You can follow the program and learn all about Yin Feng Shui by downloading useful notes from our new Walking the Dragons website here.

Here’s a little preview, and hope you enjoy the show! (Or view the Cantonese version.)

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Good Dates for 2009

As promised in my previous post, I’ll be sharing with you some of the Good Dates on which it is suitable to recommence work after Chinese New Year. These dates can help to ensure that your activities and business endeavours get off to a smooth start. I’ve also included some information on the Animal Signs that will and will not benefit, as well as the industries (based on the Five Elements) that will do best on those dates.

I’d like to wish all of you a very Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year!

28th January 2009 (3rd Day of Chinese New Year)

Auspicious Time: From 11 AM to 1 PM

Animal Sign That Will Not Benefit: Rabbit

Secondary Animal Sign That
Will Not Benefit: Goat, Pig

Animal Sign That Will Benefit: Dragon, Snake, Rooster, Ox

Most Beneficial Sectors: East

Secondary Beneficial Sectors: Southeast

Industries that Will Benefit: Water Element Industries
(Tourism, Hotel, Entertainment, Transportation)

30th January 2009 (5th Day of Chinese New Year)

Auspicious Time: From 7 AM to 9 AM

Animal Sign That Will Not Benefit: Snake

Secondary Animal Sign That Will Not Benefit: Rooster, Ox

Animal Sign That Will Benefit: Tiger, Rabbit, Goat, Pig

Most Beneficial Sectors: North

Secondary Beneficial Sectors: Southwest

Industries that Will Benefit: Wood Element Industries
(Printing, Education, Construction, Medical, Agriculture)

2nd February 2009 (8th Day of Chinese New Year)

Auspicious Time: From 7 AM to 9 AM

Animal Sign That Will Not Benefit: Monkey

Secondary Animal Sign That Will Not Benefit: Rat, Dragon, Ox

Animal Sign That Will Benefit: Pig, Dog, Horse

Most Beneficial Sectors: West

Secondary Beneficial Sectors: Northeast

Industries that Will Benefit: Fire Element Industries
(Metaphysics, Broadcast, Telecommunication, Mass Media)

Earth Element Industries (Pottery, Real Estate)

6th February 2009 (12th Day of Chinese New Year)

Auspicious Time: From 9 AM to 11 AM

Animal Sign That Will Not Benefit: Rat

Secondary Animal Sign That Will Not Benefit: Monkey, Dragon

Animal Sign That Will Benefit: Tiger, Horse, Goat, Dog

Most Beneficial Sectors: East

Secondary Beneficial Sectors: Southeast

Industries that Will Benefit: Water Element Industries
(Tourism, Hotel, Entertainment, Transportation)

Fire Element Industries
(Metaphysics, Broadcast, Telecommunication, Mass Media)

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A thriving start to 2009…

A warm hello to all of you! I hope the beginning of 2009 finds you in good spirits and health.

It’s been a very exciting and hectic past couple of weeks so far. The new year started off with a bang for me and my team at the Mastery Academy, as we kicked off the Feng Shui and Astrology for 2009 series of seminars in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur this month.

Themed ‘Thriving in Challenging Times,’ the seminars were very well-received in both locations, and I was immensely touched by the support of everyone who showed up. The success of both these seminars definitely gave 2009 a good start. I sincerely hope it has been the same for you!

I’m sure you have plenty of plans and goals to fulfill in the upcoming year, and there’s no better time to begin than now. But, as I always say, there’s a good time for everything! Stay tuned to find out more about the Good Dates in store for 2009 to help you plan your major projects and activities in the months ahead.

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Christmas Wishes and Season’s Greetings

A warm hello to you.

It’s the end of another year again, and I’m amazed that time has flown by so quickly! I hope that 2008 has been a fulfilling one for you and your loved ones, and that this message finds you in good health and prosperity.

I would like to sincerely thank you for your support and friendship throughout the years. 2008 has been a year of growth and development both for me, and my team at the Mastery Academy, and it couldn’t have been possible without you. It was my greatest pleasure to have been able to revisit old friends and acquaintances and make new connections during the course of my classes, consults, events, and speaking engagements. I look forward to forging many new friendships in the year ahead.

As always, when the year draws to a close, people tend to become reflective and ponder upon all that has gone on in the previous year – and start planning for the year ahead. I would like to take a moment to share with you the various personal milestones we’ve hit over the course of 2008 precisely because all of you played such an important role in helping us arrive at those achievements.

Reflecting on the Year that Has Been…

I’m happy to note that we carried on with the Feng Shui Mastery Excursion Series in China for the 5th year running, and it was a wonderful experience, as always. It’s always heartening to see how my students throw themselves into the coursework, both theoretical and practical, with such energy and enthusiasm that makes my teaching responsibilities seem like all play and no work! I couldn’t have chosen a better group with which to have explored the residential village of the forefather of Feng Shui, Grandmaster Yang Yun Song.

Besides heading the National Feng Shui Congress for the 2nd year running, this year also gave me an opportunity to speak in two very exciting cities – New York and London – for the “Thriving in Challenging Times” seminar in November. It was an opportunity for me to reach out to a whole new audience, and I absolutely enjoyed both the culture and the people in those two places. It was a wonderful experience for me to be able to convey the message of Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics to a warm and appreciative audience in both places.

I was also happy to release Your Aquarium Here, a streamlined explanation of how to ‘Feng Shui It Yourself’ for the regular person – the first of a series of books in my newly-launched Fengshuilogy series. Besides that, I also had my first international publication launch with Pure Feng Shui, and had the chance to promote and talk about it in various venues across London and New York. It marks the first time that my book was published by an international publisher.

And speaking of books… you can read all about the China excursion trip (this year’s, and the previous ones) in my book, Walking the Dragons. I’m especially pleased with this work, as it is something different from the books I’ve usually done. It’s a travelogue and a Feng Shui book all in one, and I was thrilled when it hit the Bestseller List for Non-Fiction.

I also fulfilled a long-term dream of putting out more Chinese Metaphysics reference books, including the Plum Blossom Divination Reference Book, the Xuan Kong Da Gua Structures Reference Book, the upcoming Date Selection Compendium: Book One, and several others. I say “dream” because in the course of my study and practice of Feng Shui, I’ve always wanted to collect and compile the various ancient sources of information into easily accessible source books that provide reference terminology in both English and Chinese. And I’m happy to say, this year I’ve been able to take this dream to new heights under my Chinese Metaphysics Reference Series.

Looking Forward to a Brighter Future…

I know we’ve all been bombarded with bad news about how much harder things are going to be in the coming year. I want to remind you that no matter how bad it sounds, nothing is completely bad all the time. There is always plenty we can DO to make things different. The cards that we’re dealt are just that – cards. It’s up to us, as individuals, to play it right and make the game of life a game worth winning.

John F. Kennedy once said, “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters – one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” I particularly like this quote, because it highlights an essential fact of life: nothing is ever wholly good, or wholly bad. Even in times of crisis and danger, there is opportunity. So yes, there’s a lot of pessimism surrounding the forecast for 2009, but what can you do about it? You can actually use your Feng Shui and BaZi knowledge to stay ahead of the game.

I’ll be discussing some of these strategies and techniques in my upcoming Feng Shui & Astrology for 2009 seminar next year. In the midst of the gloom and doom, there should be a focus on self-empowerment and the opportunities we have at hand, and that’s precisely what I’ll be focusing on during the seminar. If you have the time, I’d like to see you there!

In the pipeline is also my TV show that I’m very excited about, “Walking the Dragons with Joey Yap.” It will air on Astro Malaysia’s Wah Lah Toi channel from end of February onward. Shot on location in Beijing and Shenyang in China, it will be Walking the Dragons come to life onscreen, and you’ll be able to see for yourself the classical landform structures of fascinating places, such as the Qing Dynasty tombs. The producers were wonderful and gracious in helping me put forward my perspective on the Feng Shui of the culture and history of China, and I had a tremendous amount of fun filming the show.

Also in the works for 2009 are the long-awaited BaZi – The Destiny Code Book 3! I had plenty of material to squeeze into Book 3 – too much, in fact – that a fourth BaZi book is also in the works.

And… one of the highlights I’m most looking forward to next year?
To once again teach the Feng Shui Mastery Series Modules 1 and 2, as well as the BaZi Mastery Series Modules 1 and 2 in KL during March of next year! I am especially thrilled about this because I haven’t been teaching Modules 1 and 2 personally for some time now, and it’s a good time to get back in the saddle. I have decided to upgrade the syllabus of these courses, because when it was first developed there weren’t any reference texts on the subjects that students could easily refer to. Since the publication of my books and reference texts, I felt it was time to come up with a far more advanced syllabus – and so an upgrade was needed. If you’re keen to get the upgrade, please contact us for more details. I’m excited to be teaching it again for this one time only, and look forward to seeing you in the classes!

I hope next year brings you happiness and fulfillment in whatever it is you choose to pursue, and I hope we get the chance to reconnect over our shared passion and interest in all things Feng Shui and Chinese Metaphysics during one of my future events and seminars.

I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and I hope you have a wonderful Year of the Earth Ox in 2009!

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