Three days from now, we welcome the Year of the Metal Rat as we celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year on January 25, 2020.
Of course, as part of our yearly tradition to come up with credible CNY content, we hied to an upscale mall in Quezon City to talk with our resident Feng Shui expert about things to do to attract prosperity this coming 2020.
“Just think positive, salubungin ang Year of the Rat nang bukas ang utak at maghanda, magsaya,” said Master Willie Ang in a chat with Manila Standard back in December.
In our lengthy talk with the energetic Feng Shui expert of 20+ years, his counsel boils down to two words, good karma.
“Ang mahalaga huwag magsalita ng negative, maging madasalin, ngumiti parati, ‘yan pinakaimportante. Maging positibo tayo sa lahat ng gagawin natin, sa kapwa, kahit sa sarili,” he added.
Master Ang, as he is referred to by his contemporaries and clients, is a certified Feng Shui expert since 1998 and built his career in the mid-2000s through straight-to-the-point and oftentimes even crass style of giving advice.
“Ako prangka ako, hindi ako mahilig mambola. Hindi katulad ng ibang Feng Shui expert diyan na dadaanin ka sa pananalita nila para makuhaan ka lang ng pera,” he said matter-of-factly, as he always does.
We say this for a reason.
Asked what can people expect from the Year of the Metal Water Rat, Ang said the coming year presents a multitude of problems for us to face, but assures that luck will always come to those who persevere.
“Ang inaasahan nating positive, nasa tao na lang kung masipag. Ngayong Year of the Rat kasi masalimuot, maraming problema,” said Ang.
“Ayaw ko naman sabihin sa inyo na maraming positive kasi alam kong maraming negative,” he added as he pointed out that he sees tensions rising in politics in the coming year as well as problems pertaining to our agriculture sector.
He also said that earthquakes will shake parts of the country and that everyone should be ready for these natural disasters.
“Ako naman ang prayer ko kay Lord sana mali ang hula ko. Hindi din naman ako ‘yung tipo na nagsi-celebrate pa kapag tama ang hula. Sino naman may gusto ng calamity, ‘di ba?” he explained.
Furthermore, he told Manila Standard that in spite of the challenges people might face this coming 2020, positivity is still key in holding out the headwinds we may encounter.
“Sa pagsalubong ninyo sa darating na Jan. 25, huwag paiiyakin ang anak, walang iiyak dapat sa bahay, kailangan masaya lang lahat. Ang suot dapat pulang-pula. Iba pa rin ang nagagawa ng pag-welcome ng New Year nang masaya,” said Ang.