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Covering your BaGua Bases…

You get all kinds of innovative ideas in Hong Kong when it comes to implementing Feng Shui. Some of it is genuine out of the box thinking, real innovation when it comes to applying the principles of the Classics. Then you get stuff that really is just…stretching it.Saw this in a shopping mall in Hong Kong. I don’t even know how to begin to describe it except it seems to be well, some kind of BaGua Water Feature.


I can understand why for the average person, it is so easy to be confused as to whether or not a cure works. After all, when something is shrouded in mystery, how do you know what is real and what is not?

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Around the World in a Few Months

Well, it turns out that I’ve been away much longer than anticipated. If I talked about things being insanely hectic in my last entry back in April, but I suppose I could say (with all the wisdom of hindsight) that I didn’t have a clue about what I was talking about then. Things since then have progressed to a level of busy-ness that is surely not normal, never mind insane. The opportunities to blog, admittedly, have been very, very slim.

And that’s just my long-winded way of offering a sincere apology for the extended silence on my part.

The past few months have involved a lot of travel, which contributed greatly to my inability to blog as consistently as I would have liked. As mentioned in the most recent post, my students and I were away in China for 7 days in April. I won’t talk too much about it, as you can read all about it here.

Suffice to say, although I’ve been doing this annually since 2004, each time I set foot in China I’m excited all over again like I’m there for the first time. I can see it on my student’s faces, too. Even though China offers a lot of rough-and-tumble inconveniences for city-bred folk like the lot of us, there is still something inspiring and energizing about being there – especially when you’re able to observe ‘Feng Shui in action,’ as it were.

One of the other places to which I traveled was Australia, specifically the areas in and around the Gold Coast.

I thought it was interesting that while I was away, Australia made the local news headlines. It seems that we’re looking at closer bilateral relations between the two countries.

Having also spent a good part of my university years in Australia, I can probably say that this is a good time as any for Malaysia and Australia to focus on strengthening their ties, because both seem to be in possession of relatively easygoing and mild-mannered Prime Ministers!

While my trips to Australia are always fun, I have to say that I’m quite often relieved to be back in Malaysia again – something about the relaxing pace of life over there starts to become a chore after awhile. Then, I gradually start to miss my office and the crazy bustle of KL… I suppose that’s why that old cliché, “Home is where the heart is,” always rings true!


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On the trail at 8

Things have been insanely hectic this month, hence the slowdown in posts. I’ve been spending the last few weeks either in a plane or teaching. Hopefully when things become less hectic, I’ll have time for longer posts!

Just a quick post to point you all in the direction of the China Excursions website - I’ll be in China for the next two weeks with a group of students visiting some interesting spots and there will be daily updates of our journey at the website. Updates should start tomorrow (11 April) and there will be plenty of pictures and informative write-ups on the various locations of Feng Shui-interest we will be visiting.

I hope to be able to blog while in China but it all depends on the Internet lines as we might be in some rather rural parts of China. But do drop by the Excursions website regularly for the next two weeks - it won’t be like being there, but it will be close!

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Door of the Month: March Edition

Qi should always collect in front of the door, and then gently float into the property. If your Qi is being dragged away from the door, then nothing is flowing in and everything is flowing out. How does Qi get dragged away from the door, and from the building? By Pulling Nose Water.

The name Pulling Nose Water is derived from the Qi being pulled away from the Main Door, much like a cow is led away by the nose. Whenever there is a long, narrow pathway or corridor in front of a door, the door is regarded as having a Pulling Nose Water problem.



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Encounter with the Earth Rat (Part One)

Mr Earth Rat aka Wu Zi 戊 子 is an elusive fellow indeed. Being a nocturnal fellow, with inclinations towards the misty, steamier side of town, it is not easy to find Mr Wu Zi and sit him down for a chat. And even then, Mr Wu Zi has a Yoda-esque way of speaking. Yes, perhaps in his last incarnation, Mr Wu Zi was Yoda (or Yoda was a Wu Zi Day Master). Thus, those in his presence often feel either like they haven’t a clue what he has said, or some deep intensely profound statement has just made its way into the universe, and if you can’t figure it out, then well, you’re not meant to know.

Such is the way of Mr Wu Zi.

Still you can’t help but be drawn to Mr Wu Zi. Despite his cryptic ways, there’s something devilishly charming about Mr Wu Zi – a certain international man of mystery charm about him. Think Casanova, not Austin Powers please.

Like his friend Remy (who finally has to come out of the dark, into the limelight this year, after winning his Oscar for his role in Ratatouille), Mr Wu Zi finds himself at the center of attention this year. After all, it is supposed to be HIS year.

Anyway, after much effort in tracking him down, Mr Wu Zi finally agreed to have a chat with Fengshuilogy on 2008, Feng Shui master predictions and to tell us a little about himself!

Fengshuilogy: So, 2008 is here and it’s your year!

Wu Zi: (yawns) – do excuse my yawning, I’m not really used to being up at this hour of the day.

Fengshuilogy: Not a morning person eh?

Wu Zi: Not really. I’m really more of a night rat, you know what I mean? The moon comes up, and I’m at my most energetic. But during the day, I’m a bit doozy. Like a dormouse.

Fengshuilogy: You know, it was a real pain to find you – I guess you’re not into e mail and that sort of thing.

Wu Zi: Naturally not – I’ve been told I have a certain rogueish charm (and it’s nothing to do with twitching whiskers) and really, if you have it flaunt it you know what I mean? Peach Blossom stars shouldn’t be wasted (wink wink). So I always prefer meeting people in person. And anyway, my enigmatic ways don’t translate so well in writing – besides, being an Earth Rat, you know it takes me a LOOONG time to compose my thoughts. Although you’re not quite right about me not being into e mail. I am fond of technology (check out my new Blackberry) and I love the movies. I’m mighty pleased that one of my ilk has just won a movie for Best Animated Film. Who would have thought a film about a Rat could win an Oscar? Matter a fact, I’m trying to get a hold of Remy’s agent right now. I have a brilliant business proposition for him – you know you have Yan can Cook on television? I bet Rat Can Cook will be a hit with the ladies. Don’t under-estimate us Rat types – we have a way with the ladies…

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Fengshuilogy: You’ve been described variously as “more selfish and calculating” and “smart, magnetic, well-liked, affable, quick-witted and protective of the ones you love”. Is this the true you?

Wu Zi: Hmmm, are you sure that was an interview with me? You know, these reporters (and those Astrology people) love to make up stuff about me. I suppose it’s because I’m such an elusive, enigmatic fellow that they have to wing some of it just to keep things interesting eh? I tell you when I visit the corner bookstore, I wonder who is writing some of this tosh about me.

I mean, selfish and calculating – well I won’t deny that about me, but I’m not sure my four other brothers, especially my big brother Jia Zi would agree with that assessment of them. And I have my doubts that my brother Bing Zi thinks that way about himself.

And please, if the intelligence gene was so equally distributed in this world, Einstein would not have said “only two things are infinite—the universe and human stupidity”. All rats are not created equal okay? Admittedly, the element of Water represents intelligence and so arguably, all of us Rats can’t be dimwits. But hey, not all of us can get away with being smart or know how to use our smarts you know…

As for the magnetic, well-liked part, well baby, when you gotta Peach Blossom, you flaunt da Peach Blossom right? It’s not wrong but I don’t think all of us Rats attract people for the same reasons. Take me for example – I’m attractive because basically, I’m enigmatic, elusive and mysterious. Women love a good chase, and they find me rather, ahem, charming. They’re intrigued by what lies beneath (which by the way, I rarely reveal). I’m not sure people think the same way about my brother Jia Zi, who is the least mysterious person around and Mr Call A Spade A Spade.

Do I digress?

Fengshuilogy: No no – let’s get to know the mafia – I mean family. There are 5 of you right? Earth Rat (Wu Zi 戊 子), and then there’s Fire Rat (Bing Zi 丙 子), Metal Rat (Geng Zi 庚 子), Wood Rat (Jia Zi 甲 子 ) and Water Rat (Ren Zi 壬 子 ). The Five Rats.

Wu Zi: Au contraire – not Five Rats. *The Rat Pack*. We’re original Rat Pack you know, my rodent brothers and I. I mean, Sinatra and all those guys, they were nothing like the REAL Rat Pack.

The Rat Pack

Fengshuilogy: Oh, tell tell.

Wu Zi: Hmm, I feel a breeze. The mist is clearing…and so I shall reveal to you a few secrets of the Rat Pack. I’m the middle child, so I have a bit of middle rat syndrome. But who can blame me right? When you’re sandwiched in between Mickey and Emo-Mouse, it kind of warps who you are. But anyway, I’m the kind of Rat that well, is all about the cheese, if you get my drift. And I’m not talking the parmesan kind. I’m a bottom line driven kind of rodent. Now I may be slow with words, but I’m quick with the numbers and you’ll never catch me doing cruddy business deals. I can sniff them out a mile away. Nope. I get in there, get what I want, and get out. You know the term corporate raider? They were probably thinking of ME when they coined it. I sneak in, pillage, steal, swipe and grab what I can, and then before the ship hits the iceberg, I’m outta there.

Fengshuilogy: nice one – wasn’t it YOUR year when the Titanic hit that iceberg?

Wu Zi: Oh yeah yeah – you have been reading that article in The Edge Options! Ah – no wonder you’re asking me all these question. But more on that later….now where was I? Yeah, corporate raiding. I was watching that film ‘Wall Street’ and you know, it kind of reminded me of myself. Maybe they should have named Gordon Gekko’s character Gordon Ratto instead eh? I mean lizards – puleeze. I know they look all nasty and all but really, lizards have about as much charm as dead roadkill. The rat on the other hand…I tell you, we have animal magnetism…even when we’re dirty!

Gordon Gekko

Fengshuilogy: But Gekko was a nasty person.

Wu Zi: Well, we’re Rats! What do you expect? Nice rats finish last – I say. Hey, Mickey is a nice mouse – but who’s the Rat who’s holding the Oscar huh huh? LIFO is for losers – FIFO – that’s my motto. First in, first out. And I don’t share nothing with no one. Deng Xiao Peng said it first “Greed is GLORIOUS!” Ho’s before Bro’s, Me before You, Less Rat, More Cheese you know what I mean?

Fengshuilogy: Gosh, but you’re rather chatty today for someone who’s been describe as yogi-like and yoda-esque.

Wu Zi: You’re catching me on the upswing – the wind is blowing.

Fengshuilogy: Err, right.

Wu Zi: Now, where was I? Oh right…the Rat Pack. So there’s Wood Rat. He likes to think of himself as the top rat. Leader of the five of us. He’s a righteous type. You would never catch him with his nose down some garbage can. Forget it – garbage is not good enough for him. Mr Clean Rat – that’s my brother Wood Rat. Yeah – he smells better than most of us too you know. Always setting a good example, trying to be a good guy. Even when he tries to be bad, he’s being good. I mean, he’s a Rat. But everyone loves him. The loveable rogue – that has to be Jia Zi. Like my pal Remy…or that fella from that TV show ‘House’ – Hugh Laurie.

Yo check-out the family album…

Big Bro

Goody Goody Two Rat




Lil Bro

Fengshuilogy: So what about Mickey – Mouse we mean.

Wu Zi: Oh him. Yeah, Mr Limelight. Mr-Don’t-Call-Me-Rat-Call-Me-Mouse. You know, he has to be better than all of us rodents because he’s the one who comes out during the day. He’s the one who stands under the lights. Oh yes, Brother Bing Zi.

Fengshuilogy: Ohhh – do we detect some resentment there?

Wu Zi: Please – Mickey, I mean Bing Zi, leads such a boring life. You know what – you can always tell a mile away when Mickey is trying to get up to something. I mean don’t get me wrong – he’s a sweet rodent and all that, but seriously, WOT A LOSER. A rat’s gotta do what a rat’s gotta do.

Poor old Mi..I mean, Bing Zi – puts his hand in the cookie jar and gets caught by the cat right away. I mean when you come out in the daytime, of course you get caught. You know – there are rats, and there are mice. But we’re all RODENTS right? So…this holier than thou thing,I’m a mouse, you’re a rat, with Bing Zi really gets on my tail…I mean nerves. Personally, I think he’s a bit of a failure to the rat species. Life is a rat race and my Fire Rat brother just doesn’t get that. Why can’t we all get along, he asks whenever we have a Rat Pack get together…and that’s when my lil brother Water Rat aka Ren Zi just wants to slap him across the snout and say ‘BECAUSE WE’RE RATS YOU IDIOT’.

Whoa…I’m getting all emotional here…

Fengshuilogy: Yes, which is not like you right?

Wu Zi: Well I get all worked up but then it passes. It’s the Water. But things don’t phase me that much you know. Not like Emo-Mouse.

Fengshuilogy: Ah, yes, your younger brother, Geng Zi.

Wu Zi: Mr Emo-Mouse himself. That rodent has a serious bleeding heart. Gets emotionally worked up about everything. But that doesn’t concern me you know – what concerns me is the laziness. A rat shouldn’t be lazy. A lazy rat is a starving rat.

Fengshuilogy: Tell us about Ren Zi.

Wu Zi: Him – But he is really good with finding the fois gras amongst the garbage. Got a real nose on him there for sniffing out great business deals. I mean, who would have thought fizzy sugar water would be big the way it is today? Now he is an opportunist of the highest order. We don’t see him a lot – he’s usually in some sewer, scavenging around for some worthy scraps. Probably explains why he’s a bit on the tubby side.

Fengshuilogy: Euh – the sewer? How gross.

Wu Zi: Well, he has his way with the ladies too. You know, women are always attracted to him for different reasons – still waters run deep. They peer into his eyes, and see great depths to his personality and they just want to find out more and more about him. And he has a way with words, although I think he tends to reserve them for shareholders meetings. The guy can be a real bore you know – always about the money, always about making money. But anyway, enough about me and my rodent ilk…I think I’ve given too much of the game away…we’ll talk again…next week…gotta go!

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Door of the Month: February Edition

72 Emperors have passed through this gate, called Nan Tian Men (South Heavenly Gate). Almost every Emperor, since the Tang Dynasty, has made a pilgrimage to Tai Shan (Mount Tai) an integral part of his reign. It is here that they come to thank the heavens for all that has been bestowed upon them.  Nan Tian Men is located at the peak of Tai Shan (Mount Tai) which is one of the five main source dragons of China.

South Heavenly Gate

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Wood is in growth. Jia Yin is reaching for the skies.

The Star SMS alerts flashed this on my Blackberry today: “Palm oil futures trade above RM3,500 for the first time, up RM 64 to RM3515 as soyoil and wheat reached new record levels”.

At my Good to Great talk on February 3 2008 in Singapore, I indicated that agriculture will have a good year, as Wood is the most dominant element of the year and it is also Wood that protrudes through to the top of the year’s BaZi chart.

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Hot Working Lunch

Am deep in China at the moment researching for the upcoming China Excursion 08. Lunch has been rather ‘hot’ all the way through, which is a good thing I suppose since it is quite cold here.

Lunch Day 2

Lunch Day 1

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Moving the Qi @ Good to Great 2008

This year, I decided to do something a little different for my annual talk event. Check it out.

Good to Great 2008 - (Malaysia) 27 January 2008

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Move over Santa, we want the God of Wealth

Over the last 24 hours, I’ve received numerous phone calls and SMSes requesting for information about which direction they can “receive” or “pray to” the God of Wealth on Chinese New Year Eve.

Non-Chinese readers may not really know what this business of “receiving the God of Wealth during the Lunar Chinese New Year” is all about – the God of Wealth (or Choy Sun as it is known in Cantonese) is sort of I suppose, a Chinese Santa Clause of sorts. Except he doesn’t bring presents, he brings wealth and it doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice or written a letter.

Many Chinese, traditional or modern, religious or otherwise, place a great deal of faith in God of Wealth and it is seen as vital to an auspicious star to the year. For the older generation, receiving the God of Wealth is part of the prayer ritual and tradition that takes place on the eve of Chinese New Year. If you have an elderly family member, they usually will be familiar with not only the ritual, but also know how to consult the Tong Shu on the direction in which the God of Wealth resides, so that family members can go and ‘receive’ the God of Wealth.

For those without the benefit of an elderly family member who knows how to find the information in the Tong Shu or read the Chinese publications, the God of Wealth is an eccentric fellow.

At least Santa sticks to a ritual – he comes on the same day every year, roughly around the same time and wherever there is a chimney, he’s there.

The God of Wealth on the other hand switches positions each year, and there is always a different hour in which to ‘receive’ the God of Wealth. To add to the confusion, there is also God of Death direction.

For many people, if they do not have guidance on the God of Wealth’s location, there is the fear of accidentally ‘receiving’ the God of Death or praying to the God of Death instead.

So what really is the God of Wealth and does it have anything to do with Feng Shui?

A lot of the association between Feng Shui and religious practice or rituals arises from the fact that during the olden days, Feng Shui was practiced by intellectuals and the intelligentsia. When Feng Shui practices filtered down to peasants and rural folk, they associated the practice with a deity or god, rather than a body of prosperous Qi.

No doubt, it might also have been easier those days to simply tell the peasants and rural folks to pray in that direction, rather than try to confuse them about the technicalities. As the peasants and rural folk associated the whole affair with a religious ritual and a deity, thus was born the practice of praying to and receiving the God of Wealth.

It was also traditional in those days (and these days, although in Malaysia it is not legal to light firecrackers anymore) at the end of the prayer session, to let off firecrackers. It is the firecrackers, lit up at the right hour, that move and activate the Qi in the direction where the favourable Qi is located on that day, and not the prayers.

For those who are not religious, you don’t have to say a prayer or conduct prayers. Just celebrate, make some noise, engage in some movement or turn on the music at that direction within your home or the boundary of your home. By doing this, or just by simply being in the right location, you are already activating and receiving the Qi! The important thing is to understand that this is NOT a religious ritual or practice – it is simply cloaked in religious overtones.

It is in fact really just about receiving the prosperous Qi of the day. For those who are interested in ‘receiving’ the prosperous Qi (aka God of Wealth), on February 7th 2008 (midnight), the very start of the Lunar Chinese New Year, the Star of Wealth (aka God of Wealth) resides in the West.

However, it also resides in the same position of the Star of Death this year. Accordingly, it is not a good idea to receive the God of Wealth this year.

A better bet is the Star of Nobility which resides in the Northwest, or you can also try the Star of Happiness located in the South.

The best time to receive this Qi is as 12.30am, the Late Rat hour, and not the Early Rat Hour, which is 11pm-12am.From a Feng Shui standpoint, the effect of this ritual is not insignificant, but then you are tapping only into a daily auxilary star so the effects are not going to last the entire year. But it is nice to start the year on a positive note and this can have a very significant psychological boost effect for many people.

Finally, to all my Chinese readers, I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year.

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