Learn Ba Zi in Singapore!

Learn Ba Zi in Singapore!
7-8-9 Aug 2014, Suntec City Guild House

Travelling Feng Shui Master and his camera - Summer in London June 2014

Here are the photos of my June trip to experience the summer season in Europe. First stop was London, a city that we liked to visit. After that we flew over to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain. More photos coming! 

In Support of Hair for Hope 2014 - Pure Feng Shui

Last year, with the support of kind donors, I was very happy to raise close to S$10,000 for Hair for Hope 2013 by pledging to shave my hair off. 

Hair for Hope 2014 is back again.

I am not participating officially this year, but I am supporting this event on my own. With the help of an electric shaver, I cropped my own hair this week! 

Photography of Flowers of the second quarter of 2014 by Feng Shui Master Chua

(Sorry if I keep using the word Feng Shui Master on this blog, this helps in the marketing for my blog! )

I have not been writing for this blog for the past few months, but it does not mean that I was doing nothing! I took time to create some teaching course materials for Ba Zi, and when the occasion arises the handy iPhone5 is great for taking some pictures. 

Singapore - Tiong Bahru conservation area

As with most Chinese settlements around the world, Singapore island once had many Chinese cemeteries on its many hills. Today it is hard to see the topography of the land, and many Singaporeans believe that Singapore is like a piece of flat land. Most cannot see beyond the excellent flat road system in Singapore. More than 95% of the Chinese cemeteries have all been removed to make way for housing and development. 

Tiong Bahru was actually one of these Chinese cemeteries in the early part of the 20th century Singapore. Bahru is a Malay word meaning "new". Tiong is I believe a Hokkien word, the second word of the 2 words 坟场 meaning cemetery. It was shortened to just one Hokkien word and one Malay word, together to mean "new cemetery". 

Many of the roads here are named after the Chinese pioneers, of the 1800s and 1900s. 

In the 1960's, many 4-5 storeys public flats were built by the government housing board in Tiong Bahru estate. Even these were eventually marked for demolition in the 1990's, but in the early 2000's, 20 of the buildings were gazetted for urban conservation. Today, we see a gentrification of this estate as hip cafes, restaurants, book shops, and boutiques open in this area.

There was a lot of talk about buying a public flat there in the late 1990's, as actors and celebrities liked the bohemian/nostalgic feel of the place. One of the drawbacks that many nay-sayers mentioned was that the 99 year old lease hold apartments only had 60-70 years lease left. Even though they were priced around the $300000 - $500000 price level, many hesitated about buying a place there. Today, they are priced at over a million Singapore dollars, limited years lease left on the 99 year lease or not!

I tend to admire and give respect to those who dared to take the risks, despite what everyone else was saying and just do it. And they reap the rewards now of taking the leap to live in an aging estate in "old" apartments with massive property capital appreciation. 

I met two of ex-classmates from university there for a walk in this charming old estate in Singapore, one of the ladies was visiting Singapore from Los Angeles, USA where she is living now. It was an interesting day and I took lots of photographs. Many of these photos had been posted on my Instagram account, as photography is a passion of mine. 

I spotted a shop or two that had slanted doors - one was probably Feng Shui and the other, probably not! Just a design element. 

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