Properties from a Feng Shui perspective: Part 178
By David Koh and Joe Choo | Feb 18, 2011
extracted from starproperty.my
Our Environology tour of Petaling Jaya presently takes us to Jalan Universiti, one of the main arteries in this city. (For Google map reference, please log on to http://maps.google.co.uk/ and search for “Kuala Lumpur”.)
Previously, we explored the outer elbow of the road’s curvature, namely Universiti Malaya and adjacent properties.
Generally as we pointed out, the road’s design vis-a-vis the landform is not very conducive for properties, as the movement of earth energy does not create pools of gentle, homogenous energy. Earth energy flows from the top of mountains downhill. As it travels downward, it is too powerful – properties should not be oriented to face uphill, lest the occupants become overwhelmed by this oncoming rush of energy.
Earth energy is blocked by bodies of water – water has a different rigidity and does not allow the transfer of energy from a solid medium – whereupon it will move along the banks of rivers as well as rebound back in the direction from which it came. If the river is curved, the rebounding energy will be collected on the bank that is concave or parabolic, and dispersed on the opposite convex side.
Roads have a similar effect as rivers, though they are not identical. The composition of roads is different from the ground they sit on. The road’s substrate is layered with loose stones, gravel and tar. This would affect the transfer of energy from one solid to another. Furthermore, it is also likely that the weight of vehicles and the vibrations generated by their movement create an effect similar to that of moving water. Traffic movement could dampen or nullify the flow of earth energy.
Universiti Malaya and neighbouring establishments sit on the outer elbow of Jalan Universiti. Therefore, earth energy coming from the hills on which the university sits is reflected in a dispersal pattern. This is not conducive.
A good embrace but …
By this reasoning, properties on the opposite side should do much better within the embrace of the road. But this is only one part of the story. The other part is the actual landform. As high land is located at Universiti Malaya to the north-east and east, the land tapers downhill to the west and south-west. Properties on the opposite side of Universiti Malaya – namely Section 12 – have a high front and low back: they face energy coming down from the high land.
Some of the properties here belong to Universiti Malaya as staff quarters and they are not very well maintained – some even look like abandoned houses although they are not!
In the past few years, this area has been re-zoned as a mixed residential and commercial zone. Several homeowners cashed out and sold their “prime properties” which were then converted into showrooms and offices. These premises typically face the embracing Jalan Universiti but also sit over a slope and face uphill. Success is likely to be like a rollercoaster with major ups and downs. The trouble with this scenario is, can the owners survive each big dip and for how long?
Some of these properties face south or south-west away from the road – they face either Jalan 12/3 or 12/5. The orientation is much better, as this puts high land on their back and low land in front. It is also parallel to the river (or monsoon drain) that flows southward from Universiti Malaya’s grounds. However, they have their backs to the embracing road, which is a no-no. Thus, the residents here are also likely to experience a rollercoaster ride, though not as dramatic as those facing uphill.
Jalan 12/11 is curved in the right manner – properties on the east side face the embracing road and have high land on their back, and they face the south-running river. We congratulate the owners and occupants of these houses as they have got it spot on. They are likely to enjoy success living here. However, their opposite neighbours are not likely to fare as well because they experience a triple-bad, namely a convex road and hill in front and a river behind them.
A unique feature of SMK Sultan Abdul Samad is a large monsoon drain or river that divides the school blocks from the school field, Filepic
Similarly, properties facing south-west on Jalan 12/8A are likely to do better than their opposite neighbours. However, this is a dead-end road and properties here do not enjoy the fresh circulation of energy created by moving traffic. Thus, they are likely to fare poorer than other parts of Section 12.
Jalan 12/5, 7 and 9 are curved “wrongly”, whereby a low-land- and river-facing property sit on the convex of the road and vice versa. Thus, the occupants here will experience mixed fortunes. Jalan 12/9 in particular after 12/7A, is a dead-end. Relatively speaking, this appendix of a road will likely do less well.
Jalan 12/2, 4, 6, 7A and 8 are radial and follow the downhill slope of the land. Properties on either side of them will have high land on one side and low land on the other. The sector that is raised the highest will benefit the corresponding family member (according to the I-Ching), while the person corresponding to the lowest sector will fare the worst. North-west represents Father; south-west, mother; east, eldest son; north, middle son; north-east, youngest son; south-east, eldest daughter; south, middle daughter; and west, youngest daughter.
Of the two sides, properties facing south or south-east will fare better because they follow or parallel the river’s flow.
Jalan 12/13 is the main road servicing Section 12. The north end joins Jalan Universiti and the south terminates at Jalan Bukit. SMK Sultan Abdul Samad is located at the north end. When the school first started, it was notorious for its gangster problem.
However several years later, the school managed to establish itself as a school for achievers both academically and in sports. A unique feature of this school is a large monsoon drain that divides the school blocks from the school field, which used to be the largest school field in the district.
The river flows southward and properties that face it or parallel to its direction are likely to do well. Interestingly, all the classrooms except for those in the administrative Block A face south. Could this be one of the reasons why the school gradually raised its academic standards?
The vaunted school field is now a thing of the past, as pressure to accommodate more students led to the school being separated into two entities, and additional school blocks constructed on part of the field. Unfortunately, not all the classrooms are oriented ideally.
The monsoon drain is actually a valley – a natural phenomenon since water will always find its lowest level.
The landform rises uphill again to the west. Jalan 12/13 itself curves in several places before rising steeply uphill to meet Jalan Bukit. Therefore, properties at certain sections of this road will do better than those in other sections.
The best are properties that have a high back and low front, and face the embrace of the river and the embrace of the road. The more criteria they meet, the better. We will explore the other half of Section 12 next.
Feng Shui Tale
Before Lai Pu Yi became a famous Feng Shui master, he studied to be an imperial minister. However during the imperial examinations, he took pity on a fellow candidate who had passed out and helped him complete his papers first. This cost Lai dearly as the other candidate scored the highest marks, and Lai did not even make it to the scholar list.
It was customary for the top three candidates to be scrutinised before they were hired. In gratitude to Lai, the scholar presented Lai as the person who helped choose his ancestral burial ground – which resulted in his good fortune. Thus Lai was engaged as the emperor’s personal Feng Shui adviser.
In a roundabout way, Lai Pu Yi ended up working in the imperial court (as his late father wished) and practising Feng Shui, as he was destined to.
Lai was very popular with the ministers. They all wanted to be associated with him and to engage his services. It so happens that the prime minister planned to overthrow the emperor.
Over dinner one evening, the prime minister invited Lai to take a look at his house and a site for his ancestral burial ground. Lai said, “Everything you have done is fantastic from a Feng Shui perspective. However, certain parts of your house and the burial ground are suitable only for the emperor. You should not do it this way as it is disobedient to the emperor.”
Lai realised the prime minister’s grand ambitions and was trying to warn him politely against it.
Later that evening, Lai visited his scholar friend and related the tale. The young minister was alarmed. “You’re in big trouble! The prime minister will now consider you his enemy and act against you. Take my advice and run away immediately!” he said.
True enough, the prime minister issued orders for Lai’s arrest and execution but Lai escaped in the nick of time. He continued to evade arrest as he moved south, thanks to help from the scholar who asked his colleagues to hide and shelter him along the way.