In my 14 years of working in this area of work in Feng Shui and Ba Zi, I have researched a lot on various "luck" methods that Feng Shui Masters claim to work and taught (for a fee of course - my research was not cheap!). Here is a tip that I can share freely with everybody. You have to get off your comfortable seat and WORK! You'll never win if you never tried.
One of the many books that I read about "luck", that like me researched deeply into this business of "luck", had common sense conclusions that were simple; one of which was that "lucky people" were always trying. Putting this principle into practice, I try my luck at all these contests and lucky draws.
As a vegetarian I eat a lot at this cafe chain that sells soups. After so many years of filling in the forms, finally won 2nd prize of a free return tickets for 2 to Japan. So don't ask me how I "got lucky" this time, it was a long few years of filling up lucky draw forms! :-)
I could spin a story out to say I used date selection, or wore some lucky beads or crystals, or something so that I can make money off you. The hard and simple truth is: you have to work for it. If at first you don't succeed, try again.
And so, I will not be able to take any appointment requests from January 29 - February 5. My appointments start from Monday, February 6th onwards. More photos of Tokyo to come on these pages.
Every year around this time, questions pop up about "which horoscope sign" is the Chinese Lunar New Year. Answer is: the Chinese Lunar New Year (Chinese cultural festival) is the year of the Fire Rooster but those who want to calculate Ba Zi birth charts, Fire Rooster starts only after Li Chun day.
A baby born between 29 January and 3 February will face a double horoscope sign situation. A baby born after 3 February, 23:33 hours is definitely a Fire Rooster baby, but those born in the 29 Jan - 3 Feb bracket is Lunar Rooster but Solar Monkey.
The question arise due to the fact that most people are not familiar with the duo-calendar system of the Chinese way of recording time. The Gregorian calendar (western calendar) in use internationally uses numerals to denote year, month and day like for eg 28-1-2017. The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar that has 2 components - lunar and solar. For a more detailed explanation you can search "Chinese calendar" on wikipedia. I will explain it in a simpler way:
The Chinese New Year Spring Festival as celebrated by Chinese people all around the world is based on the Lunar Calendar, and so it is also called the Chinese Lunar New Year. As the Lunar calendar involves astronomical observation of the moon phase to calculate the months, it results in a shortfall of days versus the 365 of the Gregorian calendar, and hence the date of Chinese Lunar New Year varies from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. In Chinese, it is called Zheng Yue Chu Yi (first day of the first month).
Li Chun is one of the 24 solar terms (Jie Qi) of the Solar calendar and it roughly corresponds with the Gregorian calendar, usually around 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th of February every Gregorian calendar year. In the Solar calendar, Li Chun is referred to as the first day of the solar calendar year, although in the past, Winter solstice day was used before. Li Chun is not used for celebrating the cultural Chinese Spring Festival.
For 2017, Chinese Lunar New Year (first day of the Lunar new year) falls on 28 of January 2017, while Li Chun of the Solar new year falls on 3 February 2017.
Please note that there is a time/hour factor for Li Chun and officially Li Chun starts at 23:33 hours of the night of 3 February 2017. For Chinese metaphysics, the Tian Gan Di Zi 60 cycle of Fire Rooster starts after 23:33 hours of 3 February 2017. Let me be clear on this: the day hours of 3 February is still not Li Chun yet! They are the last hours of the year of Fire Monkey (somebody started this new "trend" of depositing money on Li Chun day). The month and year change on 3rd of February to Rooster year, Tiger month, only starts at 23:33 hours. If a FSM wants to start or perpetuate a "new trend", one should check for factual accuracy.
(But, if you are still into this luck thing, and you really have to try it, at least try doing it at just past and around noon time on 4th February 2017. It is a favourable hour for some people whose birth year matches that timing.)
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien - Vienna Art History Museum
Vienna Secession Building
We spent New Year's day in Prague at the Parkhotel located at the outskirts away from the Old Town (historical city central with amazing heritage architecture). The Parkhotel was a remnant of the 1960s communist era with its striking Brutalist architecture. Interestingly the hotel threw a free buffet dinner on New Year's eve for all its guests, with live band and bar.
31 December 2016, last day of 2016
Happy New Year 2017
Being almost 50, I went to sleep almost right after the New Year's eve dinner! I got woken up at midnight to the sounds of fireworks right outside of the hotel room window on the 10th floor. Happy New Year 2017! Looking out the window, it was a brilliant view of the horizon as I could see fireworks over rooftops of heritage townhouses set off privately by the people living there (fireworks is banned for private use in Singapore).
The city of Prague had their fireworks display over a park near to the Old Town. They put up a very classy display with classical music. It was very cold, -5 degrees Celsius and foggy, but it only added to the wonderful ambience.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
Kutna Hora - UNESCO World Heritage Site
More Winter Wonderland
If you are interested in visiting Kutna Hora, I can share some travel details; we took a train from Prague main train station. To visit the various UNESCO World Heritage sites you can buy combo tickets (see photo below). It is about about 18 KC to 1 Singapore dollar, but we change using Euro to KC. For money changing tips - you have to watch this video on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyK8dQH-Vh0 (or search Honest Guide Prague).
The temperature in London hovers around 5 degrees Celsius and drops further in the night. Winter is upon us. There was a fog when I took the photo above while walking to the City of London area to have breakfast at a hipster cafe at Faringdon / Clerkenwell. If it is hipster it must have avocado. What's interesting about brunch was the deep fried Haloumi cheese, first time trying that.
It is a hipster London trip this time, staying at The Hoxton Hotel at Holborn. Every morning we get a breakfast bag containing granola, orange juice and a banana to go with the coffee that we can make in the hotel room.
I will be travelling for the year-end winter vacation from December 25th, 2016 - January 16th, 2017 to Europe to enjoy the cold winter chill of the winter season.
Expect more photos to come!
The way I approach my work is different from many others in this practice, I work on it on a project basis, and sometimes the work can stretch to over 9 months. Hence my consulting fees are much higher than others. The actual work is not as glamourous as you think it is (for those considering to join this profession), look at the job site above! For those who only have exposure to the common "products based" Feng Shui, my Feng Shui is not about "shop, buy and place" type of Feng Shui, where you shop your way to happiness and good luck. Very different from that.
"Can't you just recommend something to put somewhere?"
The answer is no. I wished that was a perfect method too. My method of work that I have refined over the past decade is very different from a common misconception of Feng Shui that most people have about the way Feng Shui works. There are many types of Feng Shui beyond the shop-buy-place type! Mine involves renovation and date selection, so be prepared for that.
What I like best about travelling:
We liked the all-white design theme of this hotel in Taipei, and their use of Kartell furnishings when we decided to book this hotel. During our stay, the check-in staff were very friendly and helpful. It was our birthdays (just 2 days apart), and the staff arranged a birthday surprise when we returned to the hotel room after a day of sight-seeing in Taipei - a complimentary bottle of bubbly lychee sparkling wine, a chocolate cake, a balloon and a birthday card signed by all the staff. Sweet!
Here are the hotel web site details. It was a pleasant stay, only thing is the location is a bit of walk to the nearest MRT train station, we ended up taking taxis most of the time. The cab drivers in Taipei we encountered on this trip were all honest and polite and so taxi was not a problem.
Address: No.64, Sec. 1, Chang’an E. Rd., Zhongshan Dist., Taipei City 104, Taiwan
Tel: +886 2 2541 0077
From the airport, we took the airport bus (Kuo-Kuang Bus) for NT125/person at Taoyuan International Airport (just go to the basement level of the airport). It was simple and well organized. Just purchase the ticket from the counter and proceed to the bus stop located in front of the counter. Baggage was tagged with numbered stickers and loaded onto the coach that had USB charging ports on the seat. Trip took just under an hour to reach the Tai Pei Station (bus) near the Taipei Main Station. From there, it was just another NT80 to take a taxi from the taxi queue to the hotel. Taxi drivers, coach drivers, ushers were all polite and so it was all very pleasant.
Here is something a little special about the hotel: breakfast music.
Just call me Mr. Chua as in 蔡先生.