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Feng Shui in Fashion

In Philippine Star Column on February 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Feng shui in fashion

The full moon is upon us this weekend, marking the end of the Spring Festival according to feng shui practitioners. If you aren’t the type, though, to put shiny gold and red “cures” and enhancers all over your house but would like to augment your personal luck this Year of the Metal Rabbit, then well, you are, in luck. Feng shui, which is considered a science in the sense of channeling optimal energy into your life, can actually be “worn,” and I’m not talking about just talismans (which is an option, as there are keychain-sized little dragons and “evil eye” amulets) but colors, prints and, yes, even accessories.

What exactly is the benefit of following feng shui? Most still scoff at the idea that changing the direction of where you sit or sleep can actually “help,” but as Princesse, a feng shui consultant at the Yin and Yang Shop of Harmony, explained to me, “You can liken feng shui to the rays of the sun: even if you do not see it, or sometimes only feel it (like, say, on a cloudy day) that doesn’t mean its effects are not there.” There are long-term effects of using this age-old science properly and, if done with sincere intention, sometimes dramatic, quick results are also experienced.

When researching on feng shui I discovered that there are three kinds of luck: Heaven Luck (which is the best if you have a lot of it since it comes from a Divine Source); Man Luck, which can define your percentage of Heaven Luck through your education, perseverance and beliefs; and then there is Earth Luck, which is where feng shui comes in by triggering and augmenting its energy, and this is where the location of your house, office, where you sleep, etc., comes in.

So what to do if you’re not keen on remodeling your house or placing gaudy decorations in your beautiful (but maybe unfavorable-facing) bedroom? Check your wardrobe and be prepared to do a little shopping (which could be fun). First of all, get a proper chart reading, so you know what your lucky elements are, whether you are fire, earth, metal, water or wood. Next, there are colors and even patterns or shapes that are most favorable depending on your element. You can probably quickly find this out by inputting your details into an application on the Internet, but for something more precise I always recommend going to a professional. If your lucky element is fire, then go for fire colors in your wardrobe; this means reds, pinks, peaches, salmon and dark violet. Fire is represented by a triangle, so look for patterns that have sharp angular shapes (hexagonal, octagonal, etc.; anything with sharp ridges will work). Look at Marc Jacobs’ take on argyle with his “Elliot” designs. Oh, and good news for some of you ladies: the diamond itself is considered highly lucky for Fire Elements, so if you can’t find the print, pray you get the rock instead.

If your lucky element is Earth, then go for colors such as yellow, browns or golden hues. For shapes, think square, like the classic Burberry plaid, or checks, or something more bold and graphic like a dress similar to what was shown at the Nicole Fahri spring summer collection last year. An accessory will also work in terms of square-shaped objects, such as a watch with a square face; it is important to remember that for feng shui to work, subtle is not the key.

Are you a Metal Element? Then incorporate a lot of white into your wardrobe and accessorize with gold. In terms of shapes go for circular ones (not oval, which is better for Water Element). This may be easier as most watch faces are round and you can get a whole slew of circle-shaped bracelets, rings, even pendants or neckpieces that can frame your face and body. For what you wear, think pretty polka dots or retro-type circles. You don’t have to limit the print to your top, by the way: it can be seen on your trousers, jeans, even the bag that you carry. Just use your imagination! A friend of mine tied a scarf with lots of circular prints to her bag when she was too lazy to think of how else to incorporate round shapes into her ensemble.

For Water Elements, stick to blues, blacks, grays and silvers and look for clothing choices and accessories that have wavy prints. Missoni would be a good example of this as their knits already have a “weave”-like feel. Pucci also has great examples of doing the “wave” with what you wear. Pearls are also great for Water Elements, so go ahead and channel Audrey Hepburn in her LBD and long strands of oyster-bred beauties when you dress up.

Wood elements can play with a whole spectrum of green as their color and rectangle is a good print to look out for, such as the Mondrian-color block prints that have influenced many a designer. The classic Chanel 2.55 is also a rectangular shape, so why not invest in a classic to help get your feng shui Fashion amped up?

Oh, and one more fashion tip: You don’t have to limit your colors and patterns to your outerwear. What you wear closest to your skin, I’ve been told, can be even more effective.

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For more Feng Shui tips go to the Yin and Yang Shop of Harmony at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Tel. 752-5882 or 750-8888 ext. 2722.

Reposted from: SOUL TRAIN By Katrina A. Holigores (The Philippine Star) Updated February 18, 2011 12:00 AM


Feng Shui enhancers for 2011-Year of the Metal Rabbit

In Living a Life Off-Center on February 2, 2011 at 1:20 am

Do you believe in Feng Shui? I do! You may scoff at the notion that sleeping, sitting, even eating facing a certain direction is ridiculous. It does sound ridiculous, til you read up on the deeper meaning of why Feng Shui is actually considered “scientific” rather than just mere superstition.

I am not an expert in Feng Shui, but I have felt the benefits from changing up certain things in my room and household and the use of favorable colors in my wardrobe (and living and working spaces to boot). If I were ever asked why I feel it works it’s because when done properly, Feng Shui actually works on an energy level, plugging you into the right “socket” as it may. It never hurts to find the proper frequency that will best enhance different areas of your life. In other words, if the favorable direction, due to the vibratory path or flow of energy is for you to sit in the South East for example for financial wealth, is it really going to hurt if you shift your chair or desk to that position? Think about it, we’re all wired differently, so, if the luck power outlet is a 220V by sitting in the South East, why are we thinking we’re going to be luckier this year if we’re sitting in a place that only gives us a 110V boost?

The best thing to do of course is to hire someone who is schooled in the science of Feng Shui. Choose carefully of course, and be willing to pay a certain price. You wouldn’t go to a cheap architect or interior designer to make your home sturdy and beautiful, so why are you going to scrimp on paying a proper geomancer who could make your own life more sturdy, stable and beautiful? There are of course, like in any profession lots of “bad” geomancers out there so feel free to ask around and get recommendations. Like doctors, its best to get a word of mouth recommendation from a trusted source rather than scouting around for someone with incredible market skills, and only that.

For a little introduction into Feng Shui, I would recommend Lillian Too’s website:

Bunny Year ahead!

you can also take a look at her cures and enhancers for 2011 per animal zodiac sign as well as what to put in your home or office to enhance all lucky sectors for 2011.

Is this all just one big shopping scam? Or are you turned off by some of the more kitschy items that you have to place? You’re not alone, it is my fondest wish actually that someone starts designing cures and enhancers that are, dare I say it, not so gaudy and caricature-ish. Hopefully that day will come soon, so houses and offices that are not Oriental in design will not be too thrown out of wack with a bright gold and red statue of an angry looking Pi-yao or Chilin.

In any case, eat those pineapples, and small oranges (known as kiat-kiat) for added luck as we celebrate the end of the Wood Tiger Year and the Birth of the coming of the Metal Rabbit at midnight tonight.

Whether you believe in the power of Feng Shui or not, I’d like to wish you all a kinder, gentler, more benevolent and very, very blessing filled Year of the Metal Rabbit! 新年快乐普通话 or Xin Nian Kuai Le!!!!


Feng Shui in fashion

In Philippine Star Column on August 6, 2010 at 12:25 am

Find the direction of your room

Feng Shui needs no introduction, especially in this country which has its generous share of mixed-up religious and non-religious beliefs in superstitions. You’ve probably walked into a home with an oddly shaped mirror (in an odd place) or a fountain with little statues and stones on it or even a restaurant that is decorated from head to toe with feng shui “cures” and “enhancements.” Just to see how it may be described in the modern world I Wikipedia-d an explanation, and got (which I felt seemed apt) (Fengshui) “is an ancient Chinese system of aesthetics believed to use the laws of both Heaven (astronomy) and Earth (geography) to help one improve life by receiving positive qi. Qi or Chi is life force or life energy.”

I was intrigued by the prospect of feng shui and its luck-changing promises when a good friend of mine told me about a young lady who had given her a reading by the name of Princess (which I later found out was actually spelt “Princesse” probably another feng shui defined nuance) she told me that she had an unexpected but much-appreciated change in events in her life ever since she installed the “cures” her royal highness had prescribed. I thought, hey, why not, can’t hurt and I was intrigued by the name. A phonecall with Princesse led me to be happy with my decision; she sounded bubbly, chirpy and very positive and we scheduled an appointment the following week. My original thoughts of meeting up with a surly old man or woman who could barely speak English were dispelled. I guess I had watched one too many Hollywood movies. It was also good timing as August was considered “Ghost Month,” a rather inauspicious time for anything and would last from the 10th until Sept. 7, so perhaps I could find ways to deflect the bad luck as well.

The first thing I had to do was find the orientation of my room, see what corners represented north, south, east, west, I used an ordinary compass for this, but just to be sure I made as detailed a drawing as I could of my room and parts of my house, including everything from where the A/C was to certain paintings, my work desk, my bed, windows etc. Secondly, I had to give Princesse my birthdate and time for her to find out what elements I had, meaning Fire, Water, Metal or Earth and if it would be affected by the year 2010, and even by the stuff I had in my room, or, the profession I was in. Quick note, if you are O.C. enough to take photos of your room or house, go right ahead, unless you have the drawing prowess of a Marvel illustrator.

Happy luck for everyone

My feng shui appointment turned out to be very enlightening; in fact, I didn’t want the consultation to end as I felt educated at the same time. There are certain elements that your birthdate and time indicate you have too much of or lack, for example, in my case, it seemed that the food business would be a great venture for me, since I lacked the fire element, also, my favorite colors, like blue, gray and black, were the most unfavorable for me because I already had too much water. “Feng Shui luck,” explained Princesse, with a bright smile on her face, “is just a third of one’s luck; it becomes an enhancement if your heavenly luck is already strong, and it can also be the ‘medicine’ if it’s not.” I guess she was trying to say that if not everything you touch turns to gold, then maybe you need some gold-enhancing cures and baubles in your life.

“Through the years, I have seen how feng shui when properly applied, can improve one’s luck. I have seen how it has helped family lives become more harmonious, business increase, conflict resolved, health improved and many more. Just this morning I received a call from a client who last month asked me to help her with some stores in New York, she just called to tell me that sales have already increased by 50 percent after she consulted, “ shares Princesse. I thought, well, who wouldn’t welcome a 50 percent increase in anything, right? As long as it’s not body fat. Certain foods, of course, are more favorable to you depending on your elements; vegetables are categorized as a Wood element food and can and should be eaten by all. No excuses, then, everyone: you must, it seems, eat your greens.

I left that day armed with my new and sparkling feng shui bling. Who knows what post-Ghost Month can bring, right?

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For inquiries, contact the Yin & Yang Shop of Harmony, Lobby Level, Mandarin Oriental Manila Hotel, Makati Avenue., Makati City. (Tel. 752-5882; 750-888 local 2722; Shop hours: Monday – Saturday 11a.m.-8p.m.)

Blogging and beyond

In Living a Life Off-Center on July 11, 2010 at 1:10 am

Get onboard the Soul Train!

Had no idea that starting a blog was such a commitment! Trying to be interesting, witty and focusing on “alternative” spirituality is not the easiest. I have to admit though that once I start it becomes therapeutic. Blogging is like having a diary-in public, so it’s best to be mindful of what you actually write down. I have to admit that I never thought I’d get into blogging, I merely thought of it as a storeroom for all my articles a good way to archive since you can access the files from anywhere.

This time around, as a new blogger I have found that the discipline it takes to sit down and start is almost meditative. I have my writing crystals around me so when I do this in public people give me weird stares, and wonder why I have these weird shape objects beside me, probably thinking I’m some high tech manghuhula (fortune teller).

The main reason I started blogging was to have this become a resource for all the other nuninunis out there, (read: Twilight Zoners) so, if you’re into crystals, energy healing, astrology, white magic, feng shui, mediums, past lives, then you’ve come to the right place. If you just stumbled in here looking for sermons and someone to tell you all is forgiven you’ve come to the wrong place. You have to find forgiveness on yourself and I’m not here to be God’s critic, although I believe in His presence and his love without a doubt.

So here I go, on the 3rd week of starting a Soul Train as I board a plane to Singapore awaiting my next adventure. I love this Soul Train logo that my friend helped me design, I was wondering if I could possibly use it on the blog 😉 If anyone out there can hear me and can help me give me a shout out!