Thursday, February 6, 2014

Truth In Feng Shui

Straight from the horse's mouth
The horse in the Chinese zodiac is part of a 12-year-cycle of animals that interact with the 5 elements: wood, metal, fire, water, earth. 2014 is the year of the wood horse, taking over from the year of the water snake.

Canadian Feng Shui expert Paul Ng predicts businesses involving wood or fire you will do well e.g.lumber companies, agriculture and media companies. Property companies won’t do as well and as the horse is a galloper, the potential is for the prices to gallop downwards over the first 6 months. The last bit seems to be pretty accurate.

In Homer's Odyssey, the horse used by the Greeks as subterfuge to enter and destroy the city of Troy from within is called a "Wooden Horse" (Δούρειος Ἵππος, Doúreios Híppos, in the Homeric Ionic dialect). Also better known as the "Trojan Horse", metaphor for any trick or stratagem that causes a target to allow a foe into a securely protected bastion or space.

The stratagem that floods our country with foreigners to boost economic gains is doing more than dilute the Singapore core. It has exposed the shortcomings in infrastructure planning, rot in the civil service reputed to be corruption free, ineptitude at the top echelons who cling tenaciously to perpetuity of political power. Instead of attending to the cracks in the system, referred to as fault lines by the guy who opened wide the gates for the Trojan, they paper over their foibles. Just because his father said Singaporeans are wuss:
"The Taiwanese are ruthless, Hong Kongers are shameless and Singaporeans are ignorant. People who are ignorant are not corrupt and reliable."

Margaret Thatcher once said of Lee Kuan Yew, "He had a way of penetrating the fog of propaganda and expressing with unique clarity the issues of our times and the way to tackle them. He was never wrong." Maybe that's the perspective from 6 feet under. Up here at ground zero, we know better.

Feng shui practitioner Raymond Lo told Reuters: “The upcoming Horse year is also a 'yang wood' year, when people will stick more to their principles and stand firm. So it is hard to negotiate or compromise as there are more tendencies for people to fight for their ideals.” It's a good year to start believing in Feng shui.


  1. Just a very very minor linguistic point. δουρειος is actually the form found in Euripides, so it's the Attic form; Plato is also cited. The form found in Homer is δουρατεος.

    1. So the Greeks got the Troy citizens busy debating the semantics of δουρειος and δουρατεος, and whacked them while they were distracted. Sounds familiar strategy, all the bickering about town council cleaning.

    2. Man ! That is Greek to me ! Seriously, to me Feng Shui is plain common sense of doing things but had become a cult like practice . It is like certain code of practice whether in the Building Industry or in the Military. Why ambush the enemy from higher ground for those who had Infantry training? Did the commander bring up his geomancy compass ?! Cheers !

  2. It's because sinkies are a bunch of ignorant and kiasi citizens that the PAPies are able to come to power. Well, the people in power do not appreciate this type of citizens that brought them to power. They bring in all sort of FT & new arrivals who riot and strike. Can they still be in power with the Trojan Horse inside the gates?

  3. Your reference to the Trojan Horse set me thinking. Looking around us at the last couple of years, the lack of planning is obvious. Underprovision of housing, transport infrastructure, hospital facilities, etc. Given the intelligence of the Cabinet members and the resources at their command this is nothing short of gross negligence. The Constitution makes the Cabinet responsibility a collective one. This surely is collective irresponsibility. How could it have happened? I surmise that the decision to open the floodgates was taken by the PM and one or two members of the kitchen Cabinet. The rest of the Cabinet were not aware or fully apprised. Why was this decision made at least five years ago not put in a White Paper then? The PWP finally put to Parliament was merely to assuage the increasing voluble and angry citizens who discovered this fact too late.


    He did called PM Lee's AMK ward shitty.
    And he once said on FB that the best place in SG is the departure hall.
    He also did a brilliant video that show the collapse of the MBS tower which will eradicate gambling problem in SG.
    What a trojan horse, he is!

  5. The Proverbial Trojan Horse was constructed by the alien usurpers.

    In Sin, it is the Local Rulers that build the Trojan Horse for the Aliens.

    What a blunder!


    1. There are already more than 2 million Trojan Horses in Singapore.

  6. So is the PAP gov't gonna do something over this latest FT pet of theirs calling Singaporeans pigs....please note muslim singaporeans are in that singapore group...

    So wil lSD now be involved...since this FT pet of PAP mention blowing up the MBS and other racist stuff...

    Or it is really all true...the PAP gov't also have to bow their heads to this un-appreciative FT of theirs too...


  7. Actually there's never a good time to believe in Feng Shui. If you do believe in it, how different are you exactly from the guy who put the bagua in every dollar coin..?

  8. On the theme of wooden horses, there is this saying: "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts" attributed to Cassandra, King Priam's daughter, who had the gift of prophecy, but was cursed because nobody believed her. It means "Do not trust an opponent who offers to do something nice for you."

    This year, the Pioneer Generation is being feted. Chan Chun Sing said: "It is not about giving them something for one year and that's it. It is more than that. It is a package… to take care of them for the rest of their time as Singaporeans, and the rest of the time they are with us."

    Be very aware that there is always a price to be paid for any gifts, as the Trojans learned to their cost. Fat chance that you will get a fat fat angpao; more like the left hand giveth, and the right hand taketh away. As Election looms nearer, they will be rolling out more pork barrels.

  9. Mark my words, this "package" will consist of topping up the medisave account (the gift), and then later deducting from it to pay for part of the Medishield Life premium. So this gift is to offset the increase in the premium. An old trick. Right, Kee Chiu? Thank you for this largesse, but we are no richer or poorer.

  10. The Taiwanese are ruthless, Hong Kongers are shameless and Singaporeans are ignorant. People who are ignorant are not corrupt and reliable fengshui