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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Predictions for 2017 for the Chinese zodiac animal signs, according to Sifu Sabrina




RAT
Overall, this is an average year because of conflict with Tai-Sui. Great effort is needed to achieve desired results. Money luck is so-so so avoid hasty investments and don’t gamble. However, the influence of the Moon as an auspicious star will mitigate the negative effects of Tai Sui in career and business.  If you are a male employee with a female boss, she will reward you for good work or give you bigger opportunities. Businessmen dealing with women’s products such as cosmetics, perfumes and fashion will get favourable contracts.  Also, thanks to the Sky Happiness Star, love luck will blossom. Married Rats will find harmony with their partners, while single Rats will be able to find a boyfriend or girlfriend.  The Rat’s social life will be pretty busy.  As a result, Rats need to reduce stress and relax more. Those with lung ailments such as asthma will need extra precaution. Drive carefully as accident risks are high and show compassion to the destitute and stray animals to earn good merits.

OX
This is a favourable year for the Ox. As money luck is good, seeking lottery predictions from Tua Pek Kong or other gods of wealth may bring a windfall. Oxen will get recognition in their career but there is danger of jealousy from colleagues.  The Ox should be beware of back-stabbing and malefactors plotting his or her downfall. A jobless Ox will secure employment this year. The Elegant Seal Star will favour fashion designers, writers, artists and those involved in creative work.  Ox businessmen should not be complacent but be wary of competitors who might resort to dirty tactics. This is a good year for the Ox to get married. Health presents no major problems.

TIGER
Having suffered under Tai Sui last year, the Tiger can expect a moderate 2017 as fortunes will be mixed. Don’t expect big money but concentrate on recovery and transformation.   Steady-growth investments are preferred to fast-money-high-risk ventures.  Tiger employees will make progress in their career.  There will be benefactors due to the presence of the National Seal Star.  Tigers seeking a job change will get a higher position.  Young ambitious Tigers will benefit from studying for a new qualification. Tigers should be careful with legal issues this year. They should make sure that their tax matters and all unpaid traffic summons don’t lead to court cases. Also, they should be careful not to post anything slanderous on their Facebook accounts and blogs. Tiger businesspeople should scrutinize the small print in all business agreements, and be wary of potential dishonest employees. Married Tigers can plan to have a baby who will be well blessed. A Tiger in a relationship should avoid controlling the other party excessively.  Health luck is good.

RABBIT
This is an unfavourable year for the Rabbit. Finances are not within the Rabbit’s control. Don’t lend money to anyone and be prepared for unexpected expenditures. Avoid job change as it will not lead to a better post.  Colleagues will create problems, but avoid confrontations. Instead, lie low.  Rabbit businesspeople will encounter obstacles such as unapproved bank loans or rejection of proposals. They should solve business disputes through arbitration and not lawsuits. Stress caused by financial and career problems may aggravate illnesses, so go for regular medical check-ups.  Quarrels may prevail in the family or with your spouse. Accident risks are high so avoid dangerous sports and drive carefully. Donate blood or give food to stray animals to mitigate the risk of accidents. Be prepared for a roller-coaster year.

DRAGON
The Dragon will enjoy an excellent year as it is compatible with the Rooster. Several lucky stars will also help the Dragon. Money luck is at an all-time high, so chances of speculative wealth is good.  Right time to visit Marina Bay Sands Casino if you're tired of Gentings. However, gamble within your means. A Dragon employee can expect a raise or a bonus for good performance, and businesspeople will see growth and expansion.  Those seeking to start a business will get help from various quarters. They should seize all available opportunities that come their way. Love luck is stable. However, Dragons born in the years 1976 and 1988 may have love or marriage problems. A hectic time will give the Dragon minor ailments. The worst thing a Dragon can do this year is not to do anything new!




SNAKE
The Snake will go through this year without major hardships but there will not any earth-shaking change to their life situations either. Money luck is good but the presence of the White Tiger Star may cause disturbances. Stock market or real estate speculations may bring small profits. Snake employees can expect more pressure and workload but there will commensurate rewards. Those in sales and public relations will do well. Businesspeople will face minor obstacles, but they can overcome them by exerting greater effort. Better marketing communications with clients is vital this year.  Seeking help from people whose luck is good such as Dragon people is another way to overcome the barriers. In romance, Snakes born in the years of 1989 and 1977 will have relationship problems. They should avoid extra-marital affairs. Generally, Snakes will enjoy good health in 2017.

HORSE
The Horse will not have an easy year as it is in indirect conflict with Tai Sui. Luckily, the presence of several auspicious stars mitigates the negative effects to a certain extent. Money luck from speculation is zilch. So forget about that gambling cruise to nowhere. Career-wise, the Horse should work more and talk less. The rebellious Horse may even lose his or her job. The Horse businesspeople should exercise ethical practices as there will be controversies with important clients and authorities. Consumers may complain about your products to the relevant authorities.  Those in renovation, mining, and demolition will do well. Female Horses born in 2002 will need strict parental guidance as they will be prone to unwanted pregnancies. This is the result of the influence of the Peach Blossom Star. Married Horses should not succumb to temptations from the opposite gender. Horses should pay serious attention to their health.  Serious health problems may arise if symptoms are ignored.

SHEEP
This is not a bright year for the Sheep. Wealth luck is weak. So forget about Naga World Casino in Phnom Penh or asking for lottery predicions from the small Datuk Kong shrine under the tree. In career, be mentally prepared for unexpected problems.  Be humble in your work achievements so as not to attract back-stabbers.The Sheep should be careful of what they gossip or say as the risk of offending superiors or clients is high.  Businesspeople should be alert to new challenges and emerging new markets. Staying in the comfort zone may result in losing business to their competitors.  In the second half of 2017, expenditure will grow which can cause financial strains.  Love luck is fair but not stable.A Sheep's boyfriend or girlfriend may suddenly flare up because of a trivial reason. Health needs considerable care. The Sky Dog Star indicates the possibility of having to go for an operation.  Also, don’t drink and drive. 

MONKEY
Though overall luck will be better than last year, the Monkey should not expect success on a grand scale this year. Gambling and speculative luck is fair. Career will proceed smoothly but inauspicious stars may affect judgment, making the Monkey prone to carelessness.  Example, forgetting where you left your car key or mobile phone or failing to renew a certain business licence or permit. So, pay careful attention to both domestic and office matters. Monkey businesspeople should use 2017 to consolidate their business rather than seek expansion.  Monkeys in the health industry like doctors, pharmacists, traditional sinsehs and nurses will do well. Though male Monkeys will enjoy good luck in romance, female Monkeys may suffer from broken relationships or get attached to the wrong man. Health luck for the Monkey is poor. Right time for the Monkey to buy medical insurance. Avoid visiting patients in hospitals or attending funerals. If you must visit, wear amulets or charms for protection. Avoid going to dangerous places or putting yourself in a situation where others can harm you physically.  Do more charity work to improve your luck.

 ROOSTER
The Rooster is in conflict with Tai Sui, so a poor year is on the cards. Though several auspicious stars are present, they are not strong enough to neutralize the bad effects of Tai Sui. Money luck from gambling is nil and Cai Shen doesn’t give two hoots about you! Problems will crop up in your career and business. Colleagues become difficult to work with and you have to avoid confrontations with them. Therefore, the Rooser has to maintain a positive attitude to meet the challenges. Businesspeople will face setbacks.  Staff resignations may cause your company not being able to function effectively. Getting married may help to reduce your problems.  A married female Rooster should have a baby, as a change of status to being a mother will help to improve things.  Accident risks are high so don’t drive recklessly or play dangerous sports.  

DOG
Dog people will experience conflicts and worry this year. They should not lend money to friends or relatives, and should not flaunt their existing wealth as they may get robbed.  Career income is stable but don’t take risks like accepting corruption money as they will be exposed later.  Dog employees should stay put in their current jobs as they may not fulfill the expectations of a new job.  Businesspeople should avoid diversification or expansion into new unknown markets unless they have  knowledgeable partners.  Best months for the dog are March and June.  Love luck is strong for female Dogs, both single and married.  Married Dogs should resist the temptation for a fling which can have dire consequences. However, they should capitalize on networking opportunities to build up useful contacts. This is not a good year for Dog people to marry. They should avoid going to funerals, graveyards and hospitals and take care of their health.

PIG
This will be an unfavourable year for the Pig. Wealth luck is poor, and the Pig needs to guard against scams and frauds by both strangers and business associates.  In the office, the Pig will have lots of arguments with colleagues and superiors. The Pig needs to be rational and avoid showing his temper. Business ventures will see hurdles. The presence of the Sky Horse Star will ensure lots of work-related travel.  Therefore, Pig businesspeople involved in transportation such as courier, forwarding agents, movers and lorry rentals will fare well. Single Pigs need not bother with joining dating websites or attending parties as love luck is dim. Married Pigs need to exercise compromise with their spouse. Health problems will crop up in the first half of the year, especially in the stomach, and the Pig’s parents may also fall ill. Pig children should avoid going to waterfalls or swimming pools as Yin luck is strong. 

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Kuala Lumpur Undercover II will released in March, 2017

by Monsoon Books, UK




Five Reasons to Buy This Book

§  You simply want to read fantastic creative non-fiction set in
Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Batam and Tanjung Balai Karimun

§  You want to peep into the underbelly of these four places
that you never knew existed

§  You want to know the temptations that lead weak-willed  
men and women to go astray

§  You want to know where and how to get the best babes
at the best prices

§  You want to know the bobby traps and scams awaiting amateur
                  night-clubbers, karaoke aficionados and johns-wannabes


/end

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Date and time to receive God and Goddess of Wealth for 2017, according to Sifu Sabrina




Cai Shen, the God of Wealth will arrive on Saturday, 28 January, 2017, from the South-west, 123 degrees,” Sifu Sabrina says. “Time of arrival is 1.40 am.  Those born in the year of the Rabbit and Rooster cannot receive him.” A smile tugs at her lips. "Also, don't forget to welcome Cai Shen Poh (bottom pix), his better half. They're constant companions." 








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Monday, January 16, 2017

In the Yin Fire Rooster Year 2017, avoid flying in airplanes with birds as their logos, advises Sifu Sabrina





Walking down a corridor in Low Yat Plaza, KL, I stop at the door of Sifu Sabrina’s office, put the box of Mandarin oranges I’m holding with both hands on the floor, and knock a few times.

A muffled voice says, “Come on in.”

I ease the knob, open the door a crack and stoop to heave up my box of Mandarin oranges.  Carrying the box with both hands, I push the door open with my hip and stride inside.

Sifu Sabrina is sitting at her desk, rummaging her handbag in front of her on her desk. She looks up (pix above), snaps her handbag shut and shoves it aside. “Hello! Yin Fire Metal Rooster Year starts on January 28!” She makes a mock flapping of wings with her arms (right pix).  “Bock! Bock! Bock Bock!” A little-girl giggle erupts from her throat.

“Mandarin oranges for you.” I put the box on one of two empty chairs in front of her desk, and plunk my butt on the other. “Your predictions for the Chinese animal signs ready?”

“Why, you son of a – ’’ she cocks her head sideways (pix below), “son of a sly man! There’s no such thing as a  free lunch or a free box of oranges, isn’t it?”  She pauses for breath. “Done halfway. I told you I’d call you when it’s ready, didn’t I?”

“In that case, can you give some important general impressions about 2017?”




Sifu Sabrina rests her elbows on her desk. “The first thing I want to warn your readers is to avoid flying in airlines which have depictions of birds as their logo.”

“Holy cow!” My jaw sags in surprise. “What makes you say that?”

“2017 is the Yin Fire Metal Rooster, symbolized by fire and metal atop a rooster. Fire destroys metal, and an aeroplane can symbolize a metal rooster. Yin fire is different from Yang fire. Yin fire is small and can symbolize a spark, a short circuit, or a candle flame. Therefore, risks of accidents with these airplanes are high.”

I raise my eye brows. “Serious?”

“Of course! In 1957, which was also a Yin Fire Metal Rooster Year, President Ramon Magsaysay of the Philippines died when his Douglas aeroplane crashed in Cebu island.”

“Garuda and Japan Airlines have birds as their logos!”



Sabrina chews on her little finger (top pix) as she ponders for a second. “Yes, but there’s also Lufthansa and China Eastern Airlines. Lufthansa’s logo is a stylized crane, Chinese Eastern sports a stylized swallow.”

“So, next year isn’t good.”

“Yes, there’ll be conflicts, acts of terrorism, natural disasters and fires. Since fire destroys metal, the metal-element industries like banking, stock market, motor spare parts stores, mechanical engineering, IT and petroleum will have a challenging year ahead.” She hikes her chin. “In traditional Chinese medicine, the fire element represents the lungs and circulation. People will be prone of infections of the lung and skin –  the skin can absorb oxygen if you still remember your biology studied in school. In fact, there may be a chicken flu epidemic next year.”
  



She whips out a pair of sunglasses from a drawer and puts them on (pix above). “I’ve to go out now, but I’ll give you one more prediction.” She releases a gentle exhale, and I catch a whiff of peppermint. “Rooster is a strong peach-blossom animal which is related to love and romance." She leans back on her swivel chair and puts her hands behind her head (right pix). "This means entertainment and glamorous industries like movies, fashion boutiques, beauty salons,  nightclubs, dance clubs and other businesses which open at night will be favoured.  There’ll also be sex scandals that will make front-page news. Many na├»ve young girls will also fall victims to unscrupulous playboys or get involved in love affairs with married men."  

I give a soft, low whistle.

Sifu Sabrina jackknifes to her feet. “Please excuse me, I want to go shopping.”  She starts to round her table. “Thanks for the oranges.”

/end

Kuala Lumpur Undercover II will released in March, 2017

by Monsoon Books, UK



Five Reasons to Buy This Book


§  You simply want to read fantastic creative non-fiction set in
Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Batam and Tanjung Balai Karimun

§  You want to peep into the underbelly of these four places
that you never knew existed

§  You want to know the temptations that lead weak-willed  
men and women to go astray

§  You want to know where and how to get the best babes
at the best prices

§  You want to know the bobby traps and scams awaiting amateur
                                                         night-clubbers, karaoke aficionados and johns-wannabes


/end


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Kuala Lumpur Undercover II set to be released in March 2017





Kuala Lumpur Undercover II, the sequel to best-selling Kuala Lumpur Undercover, 
will be released in March 2017 by Monsoon Books, UK  

Five Reasons to Buy This Book


§  You simply want to read fantastic creative non-fiction set in
Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Batam and Tanjung Balai Karimun

§  You want to peep into the underbelly of these four places
that you never knew existed

§  You want to know the temptations that lead weak-willed  
men and women to go astray

§  You want to know where and how to get the best babes
at the best prices

§  You want to know the bobby traps and scams awaiting amateur
night-clubbers, karaoke aficionados and johns-wannabes

/end

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Chinese zodiac animal signs that clash with Tai Sui for 2017, according to Sifu Sabrina



"For 2017, the animal signs that conflict directly with Tai Sui are Rooster and Rabbit,"  Sifu Sabrina (pix below) says. "Horse and Rat will be in indirect conflict. Tai Sui will reside in the West in 2017 so be careful of what you do in the western sector of your home or office. People born under those four affected signs should rearrange their furniture to face east. " She leans forward and taps on her laptop. "To find a temple nearest to you that offers a Tai Sui-pacifying ceremony, go to angkongkeng dot com. This website lists almost all the Chinese temples in Malaysia and the services they offer like feeding of white tiger, beating of malefactors, reading of Almanac and Tai-Sui pacifying."

                                        







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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Be careful of what objets d'arts you display at home, advises Sifu Sabrina




[Pixs of model for illustrative purpose only]

"So, Sifu Sabrina," I say, leaning back in my chair, "from which direction is the God of Wealth coming for the Year of the Rooster?"

Sifu Sabrina runs her hand through her hair (pix above). "Speaking of Chai Sin, do you remember the Chucky movies?"

She and I are sitting in her office in Low Yat Plaza, KL.  Her window overlooks bustling BB Park below and traffic-chocked Bukit Bintang Road beyond.

"Of course!" My gaze meets hers for a moment. "They were about a doll which is inhabited by the spirit of a serial killer." My gaze travels to her sensuous ruby-red lips. "Why?"

"In the Sam Kow Tong Temple in Brickfields, we have our own version of Chucky, or rather, sort of."

"Huh?" My nose crinkles in puzzlement. "What do you mean?"

"Two wooden string puppets in the first-floor altar are inhabited by the spirit of Chai Sin and his other half."  Sabrina shoots a matter-of-fact gaze at me (pix below). "According to hearsay, these hundred-year-old puppets were originally used in a Chinesa opera to depict the life of Chai Sin and his wife when he was a mortal." She shifts slightly in her chair, causing the springs to creak a little. "Years later, the owner of the puppets noticed to his horror that they had a life of their own when they were not in use!" She cocks her head and rests her hands on the cushioned arms of the chair. "Consultations with a temple medium revealed that spirit of Chai Sin and his wife had inhabited the puppets!"




"Wowie zowie!" My jaw sags.  "Did the pupper owner ask for lottery numbers?"

"I don't know. At that time, perhaps there was no lottery yet. Anyway,  the owner donated the puppets to the temple for worshipping."  She takes her handphone from the desk, taps at it and shows me the screen. "These are the puppets. Spooky huh?"




"Yup!" I feel the hair at the back of my neck bristle. "The puppets' faces have turned black."

"Which brings me to my observation and free advice." Sabrina sits upright. "Be careful of what objets d'art you  display in the living room, espeially, if there are lighted joss-sticks nearby. Never display items resembling monsters, ghouls and denizens of the nether world. The fragrance of the joss-sticks may attract evil spirits to reside in those objects."

I nod and my lips upturn in a smile. "Back to my question. What is the arrival time, date and direction of Chai Sin in the Rooster Year?"

"I haven't done the astrological calculations yet." A grin stretches across her kiss-inviting lips.  "Come again when I'm done -- I'll call you." She rises to her feet. "Goodbye, thanks for coming."



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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Patrons of Hot Legs Niteclub & Karaoke toast the New Year!



[Pixs of models for illustrative purpose only]


Ang Chow Kah (pix above) toasts: “Here's to the three rings of marriage!
The engagement ring, the wedding ring and the suffer-ring!




Cathy (pix above), Hot Legs' latest GRO from Manila, says:  
"Men soon tire of song and dances,
Whiskey, gin and cheap romances,
They want the finer things in life;
A little home, a charming wife,
But they find joy in new caresses —
So never lose the old addresses." 




Wati toasts to Hussein:
“Here's to the flowers that form and bloom,
While you're in my arms, and I'm in your room.
A door that is locked, and a key that is lost, 
And a night a thousand years long."





“Here’s to women, beer and song, may none of them be flat,” Chow Kah's father, Ang Mor Sai, says.






Jessica (pix below) toasts: "Here's to love -- the only fire against which there is no insurance."



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