Monday, January 28, 2013

Joseph Chau's feng shui predictions for 2013 and the Chinese New Year



Today I took some time off from the office to head for the Mandarin Oriental for lunch with Master Joseph Chau, one of the foremost specialists on feng shui, at Tin Hau.

Tin Hau is incidentally one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Manila, although I never go often enough, amidst my never-endingly eventful Travelife.

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EATING FOR PROSPERITY

We had a pre-Chinese New Year dinner that was full of prosperity dishes. Thank goodness, for that.



And I certainly ate with gusto even if I actually have a very nice and big dinner coming up tonight at the Old Manila restaurant of the Peninsula Manila with some good friends, including the Ambassador of Australia.

Greg Doyle, one of Australia's top chefs, is cooking us a feast tonight.

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INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS

What's a prosperity meal like?



We started with an appetizer trio that's traditionally served for Chinese New Year.

This included jelly fish marinated in the Szechuan style, Peking duck rolls and Ngo Hiang rolls served in the Fujian style. I especially liked the Ngo Hiang rolls, which tasted somewhat like meat loaf.



Then we had a soup of braised assorted seafood with crab roe and tofu, followed by wok-fried prawns with X.O. sauce.





GOOD LUCK FOOD FOR NEW YEAR

Then came more prosperity dishes like steamed live garoupa with superior homemade soy sauce, poached chicken with spring onions and ginger sauce, and chicken with braised black moss and bailing mushrooms with vegetables in oyster sauce.



The chicken with braised black moss is traditionally eaten for New Year, especially for good luck.

Everything was delicious.

A HAPPY ENDING



We ended with a beautifully presented fragrant rice with dried seafood, wrapped in a lotus leaf, and sweet desserts like warm creamed pumpkin and glutinous rice dumplings especially for Chinese New Year.

Then came the clincher. Of course I peppered Master Chau with feng shui questions for good luck in health, wealth and life in general.

This is what he had to say.

Master Joseph Chau


LUCKY COLORS

2013 is the year of the Water Snake and the lucky colors for 2013 are gold, yellow and silver. Water-based colors like black and blue are also okay. Just don't wear royal blue.

Red is generally an unlucky color for 2013.

For extra measure, make sure you drink more water as well.

And, speaking of water, he says that 2013 will be a year of flooding all over the world. It will also be a year of challenges.

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LUCKY PEOPLE

Those born in the year of the dragon and in the year of the dog will generally have a lucky year.

LUCK AT HOME AND IN THE OFFICE

One of the simplest things you can do to experience more luck in the new year is to eliminate clutter and observe cleanliness at home and at work prior to Chinese New Year. It's also important to clear debts, unfinished business and other pending issues that may weigh you down as you enter the new year.

In addition, here are some more concrete measures to take:

1) Place an electric fan in the northeast area, facing southwest.
2) Place an aquarium in the northeast area.

Best wishes in advance for good health, happiness and prosperity in the Chinese New Year.








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