Buy new toothbrush to start year, says feng shui expert

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

(Second of Two Parts)

CHANGE your toothbrush on Valentine’s Day for a fresh start to the year.

This is one of the Feng Shui tips that expert Ding Lu Torrefranca shared with Sun.Star Cebu.


It should be on Valentine’s Day because that is the end of the 15-day celebration of the Chinese New Year, which started last Jan. 31.

There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, each animal having a charm and corresponding to one’s birthday.

This year is the year of the wood horse.

Charms are mostly made of jade and take on the form of an animal, depending on what Feng Shui dictates is lucky for a particular zodiac animal.

A charm made of jade amounts to thousands.

Torrefranca advises against buying charms from regular stores because these could be old stocks that would no longer work this year.

These can be “cleansed” by a feng shui expert.

But for people who find charms expensive, Torrefranca shares the practical way to ward off bad luck and invite good luck.

“For those who do not have enough money, there is a basic preparation that uses water and salt,” said Torrefranca.

Add one cup of salt to a cup of water in an open bowl.

Leave the open bowl in an inconspicuous place. Under the bed is advisable but Torrefranca said this could also be placed in cabinets where the water cannot easily be disturbed.

The bowl can be forgotten for the entire year but should be disposed of before the next Chinese New Year.

It should be thrown far away from the house, said Torrefranca.

For more specific wishes for the year, the Feng Shui expert suggests the Joss gold paper ingot.

Red pen

One should write down his or her name on the ingot paper in red pen along with the birth date and three wishes. No one else should touch the ingot paper.

Burn the paper during one’s auspicious time. Add spoonfuls of “first-class” uncooked rice, mineral water, salt and soil from the ground of a rich family or a flourishing business establishment. The number of spoonfuls will depend on the number of people living in the family.

Also add eight 25-centavo coins.

Have these in an open bowl and place it on the altar.

Torrefranca remembered that one time he decided to get the soil from the grounds of the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug. He was crouched on the ground to get the soil when a security guard approached him and asked what he was doing.

“Akong giingnan nga nahulog akong alahas, akong gipangita. Unya hugaw na kaayo akong kamot. (I just told him that I lost my jewelry and was trying to find it. My hand was already soiled),” said Torrefranca, laughing.

Torrefranca also makes Feng Shui arrangements for a client’s home. He has been invited to many personalities and celebrities’ homes.

The best time to prepare the home for Feng Shui arrangements is in November so that everything is ready when the Chinese New Year is ushered in.

But for those who believe in Feng Shui, there is still time to prepare the home because bad and good luck don’t come until Feb. 4 at 6:30 a.m.

“Feng Shui is just a matter of arrangement but it cannot be explained because it works,” said Torrefranca.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 02, 2014.

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