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Discussions with Master Tan Khoon Yong

November 30, 2006

By Marites Allen

If you are a feng shui enthusiast, you are probably aware of one of my acquaintances, Master Tan Khoon Yong of Singapore. In case this is the first time you are encountering his name, Master Tan Khoon Yong is one of the most respected and admired names in feng shui. He was born in Singapore and at a very young age, he inherited his forefather’s expertise in geomancy. By the time he was 30 years old, Master Tan was already considered a “man of his time.” One of Master Tan’s forefathers was reportedly an imperial feng shui master at the time of the Ming Dynasty in China 600 years ago, so it can be said that his expertise was inherited directly from the “original masters” of feng shui. With a burning passion and ambition, he founded a geomancy center in 1984, and has concentrated and remained focused on his primary goal to “pursue his interest in the scientific studies of geomancy and astrology.” Whatever part of the world he visits, he always insists on “personally corroborating the theories of geomancy in different landscapes and environmental structures.”

Despite his very hectic schedule, Master Tan always finds time to help and serve the community. He continues to be actively involved in various organizations, charitable works and fundraising campaigns. Despite all his successes, Master Tan still has his feet firmly rooted on the ground. He is still the same humble, soft-spoken man that all his colleagues, followers and students love and admire. Master Tan shares his philosophy as follows: “The study of Feng Shui and Life Analysis is a ceaseless pursuit for humanity that spans time and space. It is thus that we must make full use of our limited lifetime in the search for unlimited knowledge.”

Master Tan and I recently met again at the 3rd International Feng Shui Convention in Suntec City in Singapore earlier in November, so we can collaborate on our passion in feng shui. We discussed the forecasts for the year of the Fire Boar 2007, and I want to share with you some of the insights from the perspective of Master Tan:

On feng shui: “Everything is feng shui,” he stated. “It is omnipresent Energy, it is everywhere.” Along with this belief, Master Tan’s philosophy has always been to apply “the wisdom of Chinese, the effective management style of the West and the persevering spirit of the Japanese to promote Chinese knowledge of harmonizing the living environment and people’s cultural wisdom and intelligence.”

On becoming a feng shui master: “Laughing, smiling, I really don’t know,” he stated. “Maybe one becomes successful in feng shui simply by passing on the correct information to his or her colleagues.”

On the recent popularity of feng shui: Master Tan expressed real satisfaction regarding the increasing number of feng shui enthusiasts nowadays and also the proliferation of available data of feng shui including books, DVDs, and the Internet. “I am very happy with this development,” he emphasized. “It is actually amazing as before feng shui used to be a secret. Normally in the past, it was really only those with direct lineages from feng shui masters and advisors to the emperors who have the authority to teach feng shui. It is good that there are different feng shui masters who are now sincerely teaching a lot of people to know more about its concepts, and how they can improve their lives.” On which country/structure he believes has the greatest feng shui: According to Master Tan, it is the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, “Beijing is really one of the greatest places with such a good feng shui,” he stated. “However, for me, I don’t think of Beijing itself as a Dragon, which is what many believe. I compare it to a Bird. Beijing’s form is like a Phoenix and in this Period 8, the Phoenix luck has arrived and will continue to shine. The coming of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing is one of the greatest moments in its history, like an egg-shaped manifestation of luck has arrived—the Phoenix luck has arrived.”

On the luck of the Philippines as a whole: “The Philippines is better off with a female leader,” he acknowledged. “As what I’ve mentioned, the Period 8 has arrived and it has something to do with femininity. A bird—a Phoenix is like a woman and this is just a favorable time for them and it is good for the country,” he stated. “When everybody is open, talking to each other, sincere and honest, then there can always be peace and surely there will be lesser problems in your country.” Regarding the Earth disasters in 2007, he stated that “although the Philippines has shown activities on its Mayon Volcano, and strong typhoons that cause landslides, it may not create a major disaster for your country, but there is a higher probability that Japan will be badly hit,” he concluded.

Regarding the feng shui forecasts for next year, and having generated my own forecast some time ago, I was also curious to discuss with Master Tan a particular matter which has been bothering me, that is the luck for next year for an Ox person living in a Northeast facing house, which we know would be badly affected in 2007. Master Tan’s opinion on this matter is simple: “The Ox person would not necessarily be affected if you do your feng shui right, use lots of Metal to exhaust the excessive earth energies along this sector causing this affliction, at the same time it is a must that the Ox person has to wear an amulet.” This gave me some comfort, and we will certainly follow this opinion along with my own, which includes the placing of a pair of Fu Dogs at the entrance of our Northeast facing house!

Master Tan has always been a humble man. He never wants attention, does not want to be treated like a “hero,” and certainly does not want any “monument” built for him. When I inquired how he wants to be remembered, Master Tan just smiled and replied: “Nothing special, my followers will know how they will remember me, it is not in any structure that can be built anywhere. I know I will be in their hearts.”

By the way, instead of posting several questionnaires from our Standard Today readers, I’d rather share to you my Special Events Diary for your reference. I hope this provides some information on what is in store at the World of Feng Shui for the Year of the Fire Boar 2007, including our extravaganza on Jan. 27 and 28, 2007, and also the availability of our Almanac in English and Tagalog editions, and our 2007 Lillian Too’s Fortune and Feng Shui Horoscopes. ’Till next time my friends. Ciao!

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