Rac­ing Ari­zona

Pinnacle (Singapore) - - CONTENTS -

Mark Hack­ing gives his take on Wraith, which he took for a test-drive in the sear­ing Ari­zona desert.

Jennifer Too gives her take on lux­ury, and what you can do to tap into the an­cient ar t and sci­ence of feng shui.

Pin­na­cle read­ers are no strangers to busi­ness cus­toms and eti­quettes, and the role of feng shui, a form of ge­o­mancy, is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly more in­grained in the way that busi­ness is con­ducted in Asia. But what can it do to help im­prove one’s life?

Pin­na­cle spoke to Jennifer Too, CEO of World of Feng Shui. She’s a suc­cess­ful busi­ness­woman and daugh­ter of renowned feng shui mas­ter Lil­lian Too.The busi­ness, which in 1998 started off as a feng shui mag­a­zine, now has nu­mer­ous bou­tiques around the world, and is a mas­sively pop­u­lar por­tal for those who seek ge­o­mancy ad­vice.

What is your def­i­ni­tion of lux­ury? It is some­thing you may not nec­es­sar­ily need. Rather, I be­lieve that it is some­thing you would en­joy. For the Chi­nese, the three ma­jor as­pi­ra­tions are al­ways wealth, health and hap­pi­ness. If you have all, you are said to be en­joy­ing a good life.

There is noth­ing wrong with as­pir­ing to be wealthy, for if you are, you can then be­gin to do great things for oth­ers. It is a lot eas­ier to be char­i­ta­ble if you are sated and sat­is­fied.

There is this con­cept where one has to sat­isfy one’s base chakras be­fore he can move up­wards

to the spir­i­tual chakras – what this means is you first need to have enough to eat, to sat­isfy all your ma­te­rial wants, be­fore you can even start think­ing of search­ing for more mean­ing in life, or hop­ing to make a real dif­fer­ence.

What does it mean to lead a good life? To be able to lead a vir­tu­ous life is of the ut­most im­por­tance. We all strive for ma­te­rial com­fort and hap­pi­ness. But even af­ter we have at­tained all the money we want, a happy fam­ily life and a ful­fill­ing ca­reer, we will un­doubt­edly want more – be­cause I be­lieve there is an in­her­ent de­sire in us to make a dif­fer­ence to the world around us.

Liv­ing a good life is be­ing able to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence, no mat­ter how small. If you can make just one per­son hap­pier, do it.

What is feng shui and how is it ap­pli­ca­ble to one’s life? To me, good feng shui is be­ing able to in­dulge one­self.The eas­i­est way to de­fine it is to see it as a method of liv­ing in bet­ter har­mony with your en­vi­ron­ment, align­ing your en­er­gies with those around, so you can bet­ter tap into the streams of good luck avail­able.

Feng shui is both a sci­ence and an art. It is a sci­ence be­cause there are very spe­cific math­e­mat­i­cal and nu­mero­log­i­cal for­mu­las to fol­low. It is also an art be­cause the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the num­bers and find­ings are im­por­tant.The more ex­pe­ri­enced you are in feng shui, the more likely you will be able to make the right call on what kind of so­lu­tions to use for, say, a feng shui af­flic­tion, also known as neg­a­tive en­er­gies.

This sys­tem is such an in­te­gral par t of my life that I use it al­most with­out think­ing. At school, I used it to help me get straight As and the re­sults I needed to get into Cam­bridge Univer­sity. In love, I used it to find the right guy – whom I have been mar­ried to for 12 years now, and with whom I have two beau­ti­ful boys. In my work, I use it to help make de­ci­sions on when to in­vest, when to take risks and when to lie low.

It is im­por­tant to keep up­dat­ing one’s feng shui, be­cause dif­fer­ent parts of the home be­come lucky, and other par ts un­lucky, from year to year.

What should the read­ers of Pin­na­cle look out for this year? From a feng shui per­spec­tive, the most im­por tant thing to take note of is that this year’s char t is very un­bal­anced. It is a very fiery year, with an ab­sence of Wa­ter and Earth in the chart.The eas­i­est tip for the lay­man is hence to in­crease the pres­ence of these miss­ing el­e­ments in your life.

Lucky colours one can tap into this year are blue and yel­low (which rep­re­sent Wa­ter and Earth). But you should also en­deav­our to in­tro­duce some phys­i­cal wa­ter and earth into the liv­ing and work spa­ces. For wa­ter, you can in­stall an aquar­ium or wa­ter fea­ture of some kind; for earth, you can dis­play a collection of smooth, round crys­tal balls in the cen­tre of your of­fice. These will not only en­hance the much-needed Earth en­ergy this year, it will also make things much more har­mo­nious for you in the workplace, and in the course of do­ing busi­ness.

There is wealth luck this year – mean­ing, yes, you can make money. How­ever, be­cause there are two Ag­gres­sive Sword stars in the chart, it also means that risks can be high.

Thus, it is a good idea to chart your luck on a monthly ba­sis, ly­ing low when your luck is down, and mov­ing for­ward when it is good.

Lastly, be care­ful of who you trust, for there is some pos­si­bil­ity of be­trayal in­di­cated this year. So play your cards a lit­tle closer to your chest.

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