Romancing the Rabbit

THINKING of getting hitched? Well, now may be the best time to do it. 

The year 2011 is one of the luckiest years to get married according to famed Feng Shui master Joseph Chau Kam Shing. “The year of the Metal Rabbit, is a very romantic year, with good marriage possibilities,” he revealed. “Rats will enjoy a harmonious relationship with their partners within the year,” he added, but warned that those born under the sign may find themselves in illicit affairs with those under the sign of a rabbit.

“Pigs also are in for a pretty good year when it comes to love affairs and those passionately in love should consider getting married within the year. Single Pigs will also have the chance to meet their dream partner and find themselves in front of the altar this year.” 

During a press conference at the Mandarin Oriental Manila, Master Chau shared some of his forecasts as well as some tips on how to make the best out of the year of the Metal Rabbit. Acknowledged as a primary figure in Chinese geomancy, Chau has been practicing Feng Shui for over 30 years and has been personally involved in Mandarin Oriental Manila’s annual propitious celebrations to welcome the new lunar year and in the hotel’s festive Mid-Autumn Moon festivals and other Feng Shui related events since 2000. 

On February 2, Chau will lead the Chinese New Year events at the hotel starting with a grand Midnight Countdown at 11 p.m. There will be a traditional paai shan ceremony and blessing followed by an eye-dotting ceremony, a dragon dance and outdoor fireworks at the hotel mound at the corner of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas. After midnight on February 3, a lauriat dinner will be held in the Ballroom where Master Chau will talk about each of the animal signs’ fortune and launch his comprehensive 2011 Year of the Metal Rabbit forecast. 

According to Master Chau, 2011 will generally be much better as compared to 2010. “Everything tends to be more stable and smooth, because there are two lucky stars shining bright within the sign. Businessmen will have many opportunities for their development or expansion. Some of the lucrative businesses this year are those that involve tourism like hotels, car sales, jewelry, mining, garments and publishing.”

On the downside, he warned people to be cautious of their driving as a lot of car accidents might happen. He also told people to be careful of viruses that could affect the respiratory system and suggested that people keep their homes and work places clean to avoid sickness. Young women born under the year of the Rat and Rabbit should also pay close attention to their personal hygiene and schedule a visit with their gynecologists.

To welcome the coming of the New Year, Master Chau suggested the preparation of a harvest basket 
that contains at least five kinds of the following fruits; Pineapple, pomelo, orange, apple, banana, grapes, and dragon fruit. These fruits should be arranged and placed on top of the dining table with two pieces of ang pao (red chinese envelope which contains money). “Just make sure you don’t get the local banana variant because it will bring you bad luck, instead look for the big ones and arrange them facing the door to attract money,” he clarified. The dining table should also have candies (such as macapuno) that symbolize a sweet home and a bowl full of watermelon seeds that signify money.

He also suggested filling up the rice container and placing the following on top of it: Chinese lettuce, Chinese celery, spring onion, and red carrots (all with roots or leaves), as well as kiat-kiat with and a piece of ang pao containing exactly P168.

Buying a new pair of underwear and slippers also brings good luck according Master Chau. “Before you wear your new clothes, however, be sure to take a shower with boiled pomelo leaves to wash away all the bad luck,” he said. 

“The Year of the Metal Rabbit is generally a ‘Prosperity Year,’ but one should combine luck with good 
old-fashioned hard work, because if you’re lazy, nothing will happen,” Chau advised.

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