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Originally posted by Kit

Somemore........

I.M. Pei's Bank of China building nearby is in contradiction, considered to be bad Feng Shui because of the building's crosses and angles. These crosses and angles are considered to be "poison arrows" and will affect other buildings in the vicinity badly. The building itself however, enjoys very auspicious Feng Shui as it is encircled by curvy roads that are likened to a blade cutting into the building and bringing auspicious "Chi".
Wait...Won't The Peninsula in Hong Kong be the unlukiest building? The Kowloon Hotel, also by Peninsula just behind it is covered with sharp edges(around 50 rows) pointing at the back of Peninsula.:)
 

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Originally posted by Cliff

Wait...Won't The Peninsula in Hong Kong be the unlukiest building? The Kowloon Hotel, also by Peninsula just behind it is covered with sharp edges(around 50 rows) pointing at the back of Peninsula.:)
Well, I guess they made it up with $25 volkas... :cheers:
 

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seriously, anyone who visits HK should go to Felix(at least once) for a $25 Volka and remember to visit the toilet..... :D
 

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Singapore
Assembly of The Five Dragons

Many feng shui masters were convinced that Singapore, a small dot on the world map, could not possibly possess any dragon vein or prosperous den.

As Singapore lacks natural resources, what other explanation is there for her rapid economic progress and status as one of Asia's four dragons, if not for her dragon vein?

Of Asia's four dragons, Hong Kong is frequently assailed by typhoons, Taiwan has to endure the occasional earthquake and South Korea has to suffer riots. Singapore is definitely a rare dragon's den as she is spared from all these natural calamities and man-made catastrophes.

Although small and considerably flat, she is surrounded by mountains. For example, in the north are Malaysia's Kota Tinggi and Kelang Patah; in the west and south Sumatra shields her; and in the east Sabah, Sarawak and Brunei act as her natural screens.



Singapore: A Golden Treasure Basin

On the map, these places seem to form a round basin. Singapore also bears the shape of ancient China's gold ingot. The overall formation is known as a golden treasure basin. As the golden basin is situated on the sea routes of both the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the Straits of Malacca naturally acts as the neck while Singapore is like the Adam's apple. Hence both Singapore's geographical and feng shui locations are very auspicious.

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Different feng shui masters have differing opinions on the region' s feng shui. Some insist it is the land of pearl, while others claim it is the land of tortoise, the land of tiger, etc. However, looking at the entire formation, it seems that Singapore is not the land of the strong dragon but the land of the prosperous dragon.

As Singapore's land form is much lower compared to that of her neighbours', it has the shape of a basin. What's more, this basin is not set among mountains but rests comfortably amidst the seas and the mountains. To top it off, the earth is largely yellow, red and black, an indication that the water and fire elements support each other.

The whole formation can be further classified into many minor formations. Hong Kong's land form is known as nine dragons disgorging a pearl -an unusual piece of auspicious land. Singapore and the Malay Archipelago can be classified as having a carp spewing a pearl land form. At the same time, the tall mountains surrounding Singapore has created a treasure basin formation. As the saying goes: Good adds to good, excellence adds to excellence.

History records that the famous Chinese admiral Cheng Ho dropped by Singapore's Bukit Timah Hill on one of his trips and later moved up north to Malacca. There he started Singapore's dragon vein beating, for it was closely linked to that of Malacca's, and it gradually gained vitality.

Likewise, the farsighted Sir Stamford Raffles, who landed at the mouth of the Singapore River and ascended Fort Canning Hill, helped activate Singapore's treasure basin formation.

Such a situation brings to mind the efforts of an ancient feng shui expert, Master Lai Buyi. While visiting Wuyang City (literally five goat city) in Guangzhou, he activated it and the great revolutionary Sun Yat-sen was later produced. The movements of the five goats in turn woke up the nine dragons. Years later the pearl of the orient was disgorged. The pearl is located in Hong Kong where the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank and Bank of China are sited. It is said that the nine dragons disgorged three pearls, one of which landed in Hong Kong and another in Singapore. As for the last pearl, no one has any idea where it is.

Topographical and feng shui analyses reveal that Singapore has a total of five dragons. Known as the Gold, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth Dragons, they all possess mountain veins. These five inseparable creatures enjoy such close bonds with one another that they seem to share the same vein. Not only are the dragon veins highly unusual, they are also littered with many dens, rendering these dragons more powerful than Hong Kong's.

Other than the five mountain dragons, there are two important yang dragons (Water Dragons). They are the Singapore River and Kallang River. As they have merged well with the Gold, Earth and Fire dragons, a prosperous commercial and financial district in the southern part of Singapore has been created.

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Found this online :cool:
 

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Harmony lies in the direction

Feng shui, a combination of science and art, is a practice that believes that the environment influences almost everything in our lives, says NEELAM MATHEWS after a visit to Singapore.



DISCORD is evident in the world around us, making many turn to age old sciences like feng shui for instance to bring back harmony and balance. Singapore and Hong Kong are known to have adopted its principles in the construction industry. The ideas date back at least 3,000 years, yet a growing number of architects and decorators are integrating feng shui ideas with contemporary building design.

Feng Shui, or Geomancy, is the ancient Chinese practice of harnessing the powers of nature to promote business and one's general well-being. Feng shui — literally means wind and water. The practise believes that the environment influences our mental state, health, family, career development. A combination of science and art with a dash of common sense, this practice is very much alive in cosmopolitan Singapore. Despite its modernity and sophistication, it has many feng shui devotees, from the man on the street to professionals and millionaires.

Stuck in your career? Trouble in your love life? The root of your problems may be in the design of your home, say practitioners of feng shui. Donald Trump is using it. Virgin Atlantic Airlines, the Bank of England and the United Nations have embraced it. Just like Vastushastra, it is very much an environmental science. It is incorporates the natural environment, the earth's magnetic field, yin (female) and yang (male) forces, mountains and rivers. A site with good feng shui generally sees its tenants prosperous and happy while a place with bad feng shui sees few occupants or those who are sick, poor and seemingly ill of luck. Singapore Tourism Board's innovative "In Harmony with Feng Shui Tour" gives an idea of Chinese geomany and how the Lion City embraces its principles.

Singapore's location in Asia is apparently blessed with good feng shui, a reason why it continues to be prosperous and devoid of natural catastrophes. The tour begins with a visit to Way Geomancy in Fu Lu Shou Complex, owned by Master Tan Khoon Yong, one of the 45 full practising geomancers in Singapore. Unlike other masters who are low key, Master Tan has opened his office to visitors. His company has even achieved the ISO 9001 certification and has a website: www.waygeomancy.com. His harmonious office is testimony to good feng shui — from the overall office layout and colour to the positioning of the money box and his slightly elevated table.

Here one finds out where the five dragons, auspicious mythological creatures lie in Singapore and as one rides into the city centre, one sees if their positions have indeed contributed to the island's prosperity.



In the city centres, feng shui's rich symbolism and imagination have been subtly incorporated into the orientation and design of many prominent commercial and residential buildings. The Hilton Hotel, for example, has indoor status of two life-sized warriors. To lessen the qi, energy, which was too strong, the warriors were moved outside the hotel. Conrad International Hotel has the number 13 on its entire facade; the number is lucky in feng shui circles and in Cantonese sounds like``bound to live''or guaranteed to prosper. The popular shopping centre of Wisma Atria is painted blue, making it look like a large aquarium. Water is good for feng shui, which is why a lot of houses and buildings have water fountains, ponds, aquariums and "waterfalls".

Geomancers believe Singapore's icon, the Merlion, had good feng shui in 1972 when it was placed at the entrance of the Singapore river. Not so anymore because its view is blocked by the extension of the Marina Bay . Because the Merlion does not have open access to the sea, it is interpreted as a sign of wealth being blocked, as seen during the recent financial crisis. My guide says plans are on to shift the Merlion.

Feng shui is also at the heart of the battle of banks. Overseas Union Bank (OUB) has very sharp edges pointing at United Overseas Bank (UOB) — sharp edges are not good feng shui, especially for banks. So UOB built a platform in the middle resembling a chopping board to neutralise the sharp edges. Nearby Standard Chartered is also hurt by the sharp edges (not to mention by the sculpture of a big bird sitting on a pile of money, with the tail facing Standard). To counter this, Standard has slanted almost everything in its building: the staircase at the entrance, every tile, ceiling, even planters and windows!

SunTec City is designed to symbolise a giant hand. The four, 45-storey office towers represent the fingers and the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre represents the thumb. The palm is displayed as the Fountain of Wealth, from which fortune flows. Walking clockwise three times while touching the water is said to bring luck and blessings of fortune. I do the ritual in the hope that the good fortune of the Suntec city will touch me despite troubled times.

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/mag/2001/12/02/stories/2001120200430700.htm
 

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Cliff did bring up a good question about that UOB chopping board.....the UOB is not really pointing directly at it..or was it? :?
 

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Hmm....but the flat surface of the tower is actually facing UOB and the river?
 

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Originally posted by RafflesCity

But the other face perpendicular to it seems to be angled somewhat in between them...oh well:baaa:
I dont noe...I was basing it on the maps, which shows them perpendicular to each other? Hmm..........
 

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Originally posted by EyeToEye

Fengshui seems to be quite successful at beautifying our cities. After Cliff's intruiging realization of that direction thingy, i've begun to see that maybe SIngapore's cities are more organised than i've previously thought.
As if our city isnt organised enough? The direction thing suddely puts everything in a "worse" perspective in terms of non-confirmity! :D
 

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Originally posted by EyeToEye

Well, one must admit that Singapore looks awesome. Surely, fengshui must have had a part to play.
Not all cities with fengshui look as good you know? :D
 

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Regarding RC's 5-Dragon post, I heard that the tunnel that CTE enters was dug from a hill, which was one of the dragon's eyes, and when the tunnel was completed, Singapore suffered from the financial crisis.

Also, Singapore's shape resembles a crab, and a red crab is a dead crab, so the government started planting trees to make Singapore "live" again.:)
 

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Originally posted by Cliff

Regarding RC's 5-Dragon post, I heard that the tunnel that CTE enters was dug from a hill, which was one of the dragon's eyes, and when the tunnel was completed, Singapore suffered from the financial crisis.
They said that kinda happened once that bridge was built blocking the merlion's old position. Thats why the merlion was relocated.
 
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