Friday, 16 February 2018

Mr. Chua (Pure Feng Shui) on BBC World News 2018 Chinese Lunar New Year of Wu Xu

What does 2018 year of Wu Xu 戊戌 bring? 


I got up at 5:45 am on the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year, ... no, not to do the "wealth god" welcoming ritual (!)), but to get ready for the live telecast of an interview on BBC World News. Reached the BBC Asia Bureau  office and studio at 6:40 am, the roads were very quiet being Chinese New Year morning. 




At 7 am, I was seated at the studio, wired up with the microphone, and waited for the cue to go on air with BBC newscaster Mariko Oi in the BBC Asia Bureau studio at the Aperia building. The news report cuts between presenters from the London studio and the Singapore studio. It was a quick 3 minutes interview with Mariko and then it was over. 

And so what did I talk about? 



I usually post more details to the 2018 page after the interview. I'll upload more onto the pages soon, in the meantime, just these photos a friend of mine managed to take off the tv screen in high resolution. Thanks friend! 

Happy Lunar New Year of Wu Xu 2018



Happy Lunar New Year 2018 to all readers from all around the world! 


Friday, 9 February 2018

How many Chinese horoscope Dogs are there?

As the Chinese Lunar New Year draws nearer, some readers are asking what is an "Earth Dog"? It is common knowledge that there are 12 signs in the Chinese horoscope system:

rat
ox
tiger
rabbit
dragon
snake
horse
goat
monkey
rooster
dog <------- 2018
pig <------ 2019

By rotating the 12 sign on an annual basis, we have a Chinese method of naming each year versus the western method of using Roman numerals.

For example, 2018 is the year of the Dog. 2019 will be year of the Pig, and it goes back to Rat again for 2020, and the sequential cycle goes on. 

The above is simple and easily understood by the man in the street.


That is however, only half the story for a Chinese calendar system. We also have the 5 elements theory in Chinese metaphysics that goes in a sequential cycle too:

water
wood
fire
earth
metal 

As each Dog sign appears once every 12 years in a cycle, the calendar becomes fairly repetitive and don't do a good job of telling time.

By pairing the Dog sign with 5 elements, we end up with 5 types of Dog signs:

Water Dog
Wood Dog
Fire Dog
Earth Dog <----- 2018 / 2078
Metal Dog <----- 2030 / 2090

12 signs x 5 = 60 and so the next time the same Earth Dog appears, it will be 60 years later. 

Also, in terms of calculating the age of a person, a person born in an Earth Dog is 12 years older than one born in a Metal Dog year, and 12 years younger than a person born in a Fire Dog year (and in multiples of 12 so on and so forth).

As you can tell from the simple illustration above, the 12 Chinese horoscope signs (and the 5 elements) are used as components in the Chinese calendar system, besides the usual luck analysis that comes around at this time of the year.

So the answer to the question in the title of this article is that there are 5 "types" of Dog, the technical term for the sexagenary pairs are:

壬戌, 甲戌, 丙戌, 戊戌 and 庚戌
Ren Xu, Jia Xu, Bing Xu, Wu Xu and Geng Xu
Water Dog, Wood Dog, Fire Dog, Earth Dog and Metal Dog.


Monday, 5 February 2018

4 February 2018 - Year of Wu Xu / Earth Dog




4 February 2018, 05:28 hrs

Li Chun or "Spring Begins"

In the Chinese metaphysics field of Feng Shui and Ba Zi, the year of Wu Xu starts on Li Chun day that falls on 4 February 2018. 





15 February 2018

The eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year is an important date in the calendar. It is a date when Chinese families gather together for the traditional reunion dinner. 



16 February 2018

From wikipedia:

Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival (simplified Chinese: 春节; traditional Chinese: 春節; pinyin: Chūn Jié), or simply the Lunar New Year, in modern China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the start of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 Jan and 20 Feb. In 2017, the first day of the Lunar New Year was on Saturday, 28 January, initiating the year of the Rooster. 

The upcoming year of the Dog commences on Friday, 16 February 2018.

The New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Lunar New Year is celebrated in other Asian countries and territories, including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore,  Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and the Philippines. Lunar New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours.

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. In about one third of the Mainland population, or 500 million Northerners, dumplings (especially those of vegetarian fillings) feature prominently in the meals celebrating the festival.

It is one of the world's most prominent and celebrated festivals, with the "largest annual mass human migration in the world".









Friday, 6 October 2017

An Autumn in Seoul 2017


The exchange of words between the current president of the United States of America and the Supreme Leader of North Korea had already started when I visited Seoul in September. It was an interesting time to be in Seoul when test missiles were being fired, while the leaders called each other names like "Rocket Man" and "dotard". 

On this trip, my partner and I decided to go for the day tour to the DMZ (demilitarised zone - border between North and South Korea). 


I love travelling as I get to expand my knowledge of the world, beyond the little island of hometown Singapore. On the way to the DMZ, the Korean tour guide was humourous about the current tension, as he explained that it was nothing new to them. It was only being physically on this trip that I realised that the city of Seoul was rather close to the border with North Korea. On the coach trip, the tour guide told stories of the history of Korea, and how military incursions into Seoul were made via the Han river.  

Talking about rivers, you can see from this old map of Seoul, the way the river cradles the northern part of the city of Seoul:


This visit to Seoul was really interesting to me as there was a lot of history in the city, even though most of the palaces were rebuilds. I did not manage to visit all the palaces and other historical sites on this trip and so I guess there will eventually be a return trip in the future. Being a professional in the Chinese metaphysical field of Feng Shui, I could identify social, cultural and historical things about the sites in Seoul that had links to Chinese metaphysics. In the photo below, you can read about the technical terms related to true solar time and mean solar term on a signboard located next to a sundial in one of the Korean historical palaces. 


One tourist site that I appreciated a lot was the Cheonggyecheon river project. Autumn weather was sticky hot in the city, and I enjoyed rests along the banks of the stream in between daily long walks in the city of Seoul. 

You can read about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheonggyecheon




Beyond the crazy shopping at the duty-free emporiums packed with mainland Chinese tourists, and the busy shopping area of Myeong Deong where my hotel was located, Seoul packed a punch in the mix of old and new, the modern glass and concrete skyscrapers and the green parks, the ancient city remains and modern office towers.

If you are willing to look past the political tensions, Seoul is a city well worth visiting.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 2017

Wishing all readers of this blog a Happy Mid Autumn Festival.

4 October 2017
Wednesday
8th Lunar Month, 15th Day (Full Moon)







Sunday, 1 October 2017

Highlights of week in Seoul, South Korea.


In the photo above is a stone sculpture of a Monkey, one of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs that are placed around the main hall of the Gyeong Buk Gung Palace in Seoul, South Korea. (Or the Di Zi / 地支 / Earthly Branch of Shen 🈸)

This was one of the regular overseas trips my partner and I plan in a year to help clear work leave, and not a Feng Shui work trip. It was my first time visiting the city of Seoul, and I was happy to spot some Feng Shui stories in the ancient architecture in Seoul. My travels are based on the four seasons and this was an Autumn trip. 

After coming back last Monday, I had to clear a few work appointments in the week, and it left me with not much spare time to work on the photos and further research of my visits to sites in Seoul. 

In the meantime, here are some photo highlights of my week of early Autumn in Seoul. 









Thursday, 14 September 2017

Feng Shui for a Professional Creative Space

A few years ago a team of creative professionals was referred to me when they were setting up a creative office space for their business venture. I came highly recommended to help them with the Feng Shui move-in to their new premises. Fast forward to 2017 and they are now expanded into an even larger space for their office. I like the large industrial look of their new office. 










Most people think of Singapore's terrain like a flat piece of paper, but courtesy of Google Maps, the gifted Feng Shui eye can see landscapes and landforms. In simple English we call it macro and micro levels, but in Chinese Metaphysics we call it Li Qi and Li Xiang, both are analysed in unison for a Feng Shui project. 

Glad to see returning clients and their even bigger office space. 




Auspicious date selected, specific instructions given, layout aligned, and now we just wait for the opening opening when I return from my 10 days trip to Seoul.







Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Mr. Chua is away from 16 - 25 September 2017, to Seoul, South Korea

I will be travelling to Seoul, South Korea for a 10 days visit from 16 -25 September 2017. During this time I will be available on Whats'app or email. If you call the Singapore land line telephone number you can leave a voice message. Hopefully I get to visit some of the Korean royal tombs that I have watched on documentaries on You Tube, and share some photos here. There are some tension with North Korea going on now but hopefully nothing too serious develops. 


Blogger Marketing


Took me a long time but I finally settled on a self-designed business logo for my Singapore-registered business Pure Feng Shui. A lot of thought process had gone into this logo, as being the creative artistic type, besides insisting that the design has to look good, it also has to carry Chinese meanings related to 5 elements and Feng Shui. 

Circle and Square represents Heaven and Earth

Black and White colour represents the forces of Yin and Yang

Yellow is the colour for earth element

The overall shape resembles the ancient Chinese coin, representing the transactional nature of this business, within the guidelines of Yin and Yang, Heaven and Earth. 


Curated Blog

As a verb, "curate" means to organize and select. Like for example, to curate an art exhibition. 

That is the guiding principle for this web site now. You will see that much of the older contents of this blog site had been edited or removed to achieve a focus on Feng Shui, Ba Zi and related Chinese topics. A lot of my older posts involved travels to the Asian region and to Europe and North America, or just my personal rantings. I have moved my photos and other interest topics to another web site. 


Blogger

I have also moved the web site back to the blogger format as after trying another web site format / host, I realised that I felt more comfortable with this 3 column format with Blogger.com. There were pros and cons of both formats, like potential e-commerce on the other format, and customised forms. In the end I decided to go back to blogger's format even though there are some disadvantages. 

You can now look forward to a web site with curated articles. There are a lot of "fake news" out there on the internet now, or "personal opinions", making it a very confusing time for people interested in this field. It takes me a longer time to write my articles as I will write something, save it as draft, re-read again, edit, and edit again until I think it is good to be published. Sometimes even after publishing the article I will go back to edit again, ... my perfectionist leaning. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Getting in contact with Mr. Chua


I have a new landline phone number that you can contact me at, but please do so during office daylight hours. If I am not around you can leave a voicemail on the answering machine. 

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Chinese Romance and Marriage - Qi Xi Festival




In Chinese mythology, there is a love story of Qi Xi (七夕) in which Niu Lang (牛郎, Altair) and his two children (β and γ Aquilae) are separated from their mother Zhi Nü (織女, lit. "Weaving Girl", Vega) who is on the far side of the river, the Milky Way.[103] However, one day per year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar, magpies make a bridge so that Niu Lang and Zhi Nü can be together again for a brief encounter. The Japanese Tanabata festival, in which Vega is known as orihime (織姫), is also based on this legend. (from Wiki)

In 2017, this date falls on Tuesday, 29 August 2017.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Autumn Begins 2017


Gregorian calendar: 

7 August 2017
(Monday)

Chinese Lunisolar calendar's lunar calendar: 

(Double) 6th month 16th day

Chinese Lunisolar calendars's solar calendar: 

丙丙丁丁

节气 /Solar Term

立秋
Autumn Begins


 开怀一笑天下事
闭口不论世上人

  俗话说:
“人无十全,瓜无滚圆。”所以我们要“不见他人过”,
对天下事一笑了之,“是非以不辨为解脱”。

  宋代高僧慈受禅师说:
“莫说他人短与长,说来说去自遭殃。
若能闭口深藏舌,便是安身第一方。”

Wise words of Autumn

Humans beings are not perfect, melons are not perfectly round. We should not seek the faults in others, just have a laugh at matters of the world. What is right what is wrong, to not seek that, is liberation. 

Song dynasty High Zen Master: Do not speak of other's long or short, to say this and that only results in one's demise. If you can keep your tongue under wraps, that is the number one shelter. 

7 August 2017, Mr. Chua speaks:

I had spent quite a lot of time and effort to edit this web site that I started in 2010 when I first tried blogging. The world had changed a lot since then with the explosive growth of social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr, Blogger, You Tube, etc. making everyone and anyone their own media creator and publisher.

"Fake news" is a new phenomenon that grew with social media, nobody took notice until it was too late. With or without censorship in a country's culture and political landscape, it was the same outcome in countries in the west and here in Asia, as many naively believed most thing they read and saw on social media were true. 

It is a guiding principle for me to "curate" my postings on social media, be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and especially here on Blogger over the recent years; my articles are carefully chosen. I prefer to keep it positive paying forward these days. Be grateful for all the little things in my life this far. 

And so the two lines of the Chinese couplet:

Be happy, smile at matters of the world
Keep mouth shut and not discuss about people of the world

Happy Autumn 2017!







Monday, 24 July 2017

Gregorian Calendar's Leap Year versus Chinese Lunisolar calendar's Leap Month

23 July 2017
Sunday

闰月
闰六月
初一

Day       Month       Year
辛    丁    丁
亥    未    酉

Gregorian Calendar (western international calendar)

Every 4 years is a leap year, with a leap day, February 29 added to the month of February. The earth rotates around the sun in 365.25 days approximately (the solar, tropical or astronomical year), and not consistently so every year also. The Gregorian calendar uses 365 days. In a leap year, an additional day is added if not the calendar will eventually have the seasonal markers like the equinox and solstice in the following month as the years go by. A day also works on the 24 hour system all through the year. 

Chinese Lunisolar Calendar 

There are two components to the Chinese calendar system, one being the lunar (moon) and the other being the solar (sun), hence the lunisolar calendar name. (side note: it is the yin-yang theory being consistent, you can't have one without the other. If there is yin, there will be a yang, vice versa duality). The lunisolar calendar as a combination calendar of both the lunar and solar calendars is also named as the Chinese Farmer's calendar. The need to combine both calendars arise from the fact that both methods (as with any calendar in the world) needs to reconcile differences as the earth and moon orbits do not necessarily fit into the 365 days a year model.

Chinese Lunar Calendar
About once every 3 years, there is a leap year where there are 13 months instead of 12 months (lunar aspect). On the calendar it is indicated with the word 闰, and 2017 is a leap year with 2 lunar 6th months. 23 July 2017 is the beginning of the second leap lunar 6th month.

Chinese Solar Calendar
The solar calendar part of the Chinese Lunisolar calendar is similar to the Gregorian in that it is based on the earth's orbit around the sun, but the actual mechanisms of naming and calculations are different. The Solar Term months do not necessarily start or end on the 12 midnight 24 hour day system. It supplements the original Lunar calendar to make the Chinese calendar system a lunisolar calendar system.


Graphics courtesy of : Jave Wu‎ / Taoist Deities & Taoist Culture Group (道教神明文化交流站) who has kindly allowed all to share.




We have crossed the Zhong Qi of the 6th solar month (22 July 2017) and are moving into the second half of the year with the Solar Term of Li Qiu (Autumn Begins) starting on 7 August 2017. 









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