Tra­di­tion meets tech­nol­ogy

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - LIVING - By SAN­DRA LOW star2@thes­

IN 2006, af­ter a decade of work­ing in the unit trust in­dus­try, bore­dom and un­cer­tainty be­gan to set in for 37year-old Josephine Phang Lai Foong.

“At that point I was 31. I didn’t see much room for growth in my ca­reer and needed a change. With­out a clue as to what I would do I just tapped into my childhood in­ter­est in Chi­nese meta­physics. So, I signed up for classes as a hobby,” says KL-born Phang in an in­ter­view.

“The field of Chi­nese meta­physics is so fas­ci­nat­ing. You can ac­tu­ally learn so much about a per­son just from the per­son’s date and time of birth,” she points out.

Phang, a KL-based feng shui blog­ger and con­sul­tant, stud­ied un­der Datuk Joey Yap and his in­struc­tors at the Mas­tery Academy of Chi­nese Meta­physics.

Her love for bazi, a sub­ject un­der the meta­physics field, which is an an­cient sci­ence of des­tiny anal­y­sis that trans­lates the de­tails of one’s birth date to an­a­lyse the per­son’s po­ten­tial and sense of pur­pose in life led her to start a blog in 2008 as a way to record her case stud­ies.

Through her blog, Phang started get­ting re­quests from read­ers and friends for bazi con­sult­ing.

So, while still work­ing at her unit trust job, Phang started do­ing part­time feng shui and bazi con­sul­ta­tion through her blog.

“Most of my read­ers are from over­seas and when they re­quest for a con­sul­ta­tion I do it through Skype,” she ex­plains.

Fol­low­ing the en­cour­ag­ing re­sponse she re­ceived from her blog read­ers from coun­tries like the United States, Bri­tain and Brazil, Phang dreamed of giv­ing peo­ple ac­cess to Chi­nese meta­physics con­sul­ta­tion, no mat­ter where they live and es­pe­cially for those who don’t live in an area where such a ser­vice is avail­able.

She de­cided to cre­ate a web­site to al­low Chi­nese meta­physics practi- tion­ers to of­fer their ser­vices so that any­one who has ac­cess to the in­ter­net can ac­cess this an­cient wis­dom to live a more ful­fill­ing life.

In 2010 Phang reg­is­tered her com­pany, Baz­iChic Chi­nese Meta­physics Con­sul­tancy and Baz­ was born.

Through this hobby-turned-busi­ness Phang also taught sub­jects such as bazi, date se­lec­tion, feng shui and tarot. She con­ducted cor­re­spon­dence cour­ses for over­seas stu­dents and also taught lo­cally dur­ing week­ends.

In 2013 Phang left her unit trust job and in Novem­ber the same year she launched Baz­iChic Feng Shui and Chi­nese Astrol­ogy e-mag­a­zine, a quar­terly dig­i­tal mag­a­zine.

“My aim in pub­lish­ing the dig­i­tal mag­a­zine is to get more peo­ple ac­quainted with the clas­si­cal stud­ies of Chi­nese meta­physics so that they can use this tool to dis­cover their tal­ent and life pur­pose faster,” she says.

Phang also hopes that her dig­i­tal mag­a­zine “will clear up some of the mis­con­cep­tion that feng shui prac­tices are tied with re­li­gion that comes with many ta­boos, which is not the case.”

“Cur­rently I write all the con­tent for this dig­i­tal mag­a­zine while my friend and part­ner, Ooi Eu Geen, ed­its the mag­a­zine,” Phang says.

On her Baz­ web­site where var­i­ous feng shui con­sul­ta­tion ser­vices are listed one would find the fees quoted in Sin­ga­pore dol­lars.

Phang ex­plains: “When I first started my blog ma­jor­ity of my read­ers were from over­seas so I quoted in Sin­ga­pore dol­lars, but go­ing for­ward this may change de­pend­ing on the re­sponse and mar­ket.”

Al­though her “Bazi Con­sul­ta­tion Ser­vices” in a live chat for­mat is also listed, Phang says that the live chat with a con­sul­tant is cur­rently un­avail­able but hopes to get this go­ing next year.

What cur­rently is avail­able in­cludes feng shui au­dit ser­vices for res­i­den­tial prop­erty, house se­lec­tion and com­mer­cial prop­erty as well as date se­lec­tion con­sul­tancy ser­vices for mat­ters re­lat­ing to re­la­tion­ships, ca­reer, busi­ness and health.

If you’re look­ing for that per­fect tim­ing where all your stars align to ben­e­fit you the most, it’s time for some feng shui coun­selling, which – thanks to Phang - is now con­ve­niently avail­able online.

Josephine Phang does feng shui and bazi con­sul­ta­tion


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