An Amazing Apartment In The Heartlands – Applying Feng Shui For Myself!

Posted On Last updated May 21, 2020 | Published on Jun 11, 2018

Hey everyone!

I’m so excited to tell everyone I finally got myself a house! I’m praying all the paperwork goes smoothly, and I can officially put my name on this house. I’ve been busy spending my nights visiting houses and have not had the time to update my blog recently. My responses to my clients have also been rather slow due to this, and I apologize for the longer turnaround time in the past few weeks.

I can’t even begin to describe how much this house means to me and to have somewhere I can finally call my own.

I can’t believe how smoothly everything went and that I found somewhere in less than a month. The series of events behind how I found this house was pretty darn serendipitous, and I absolutely cannot believe how lucky I was. This was an appointment I thought I had arranged for myself, but it wasn’t.

The agent sent me a text with a proposed time and date after getting hold of my number from the app, and I went down thinking it was an appointment I had arranged. I went to view three houses after work that fated day, and I almost didn’t make it to this one because I was so tired, but when I went down, I realized this house was pretty remarkable. It has one of the best feng shui structures I’ve ever seen, and I never thought I’d had the fortune to get something like this. Take a look below:


Of course, the kitchen has to be in the right place, and it is, thankfully. What’s even more amazing is that this house currently has the most auspicious structure for Period 8, which we call 旺山旺向, and I mentioned this term in a really old blog post on Period 9 Flying Star arrangements. Turns out this house will retain its auspicious in Period 9 as well, although it won’t be called 旺山旺向 anymore – there’ll be another term for it.

Technically speaking, there is no 旺山旺向 structure in Feng Shui Period 9 running from 2024 to 2044, but there are still certain facing directions that are deemed the best out of the 24 possibilities. Getting the facing direction right is still very important, even in Period 9. What this means is that this house satisfies the criteria for both 8 Mansions and Flying Stars, the two methods I combine use when I conduct my feng shui audits.

(Update: Feng Shui Period 9 started in Dec’20 – you don’t have to wait till 2024.)

The previous owners of this house all ended up doing very well, with the first two now living in landed bungalows and the third one upgrading to a condominium. I’ll be the 4th owner of this house. I guess 旺山旺向 really does have its magic. I am NOT making this up for the sake of content. Take a look:

My poor agent had a hard time dealing with me because of the unspoken criteria I was after. I didn’t reveal that I was a practitioner until I signed the document. She’ll always be regarded as my benefactor from now on. If not for her, I would have never been able to get hold of this place. Not to mention, which I have to thank as well – if not for them and their app, I would have never managed to get this place. And no, this is not a sponsored post which I’m being paid to mention the app. It’s just that everything fell into place so well and I wouldn’t have wanted it to be done via any other platform other than, who have kindly assigned me as their key opinion leader recently. I’ll be working a lot more closely with them moving forward.

I’m sure everyone can only imagine how anxious I get being a practitioner in this field and having to hunt for my place, and I lost a few nights of sleep as I began the hunting process. I’ve done quite a lot of house hunting for my clients, and I’ve witnessed how difficult it was to get a good one, and just one small flaw in the house can really bother you. How this got started because I was taking a look at my Zi Wei Dou Shu chart, and I realized this year was a really good year for real estate issues I decided to go for it, and within a short period of a month, everything fell into place. You cannot imagine how stressful house hunting is for me.

I managed to assess many houses while hunting for a place of my own, and it allowed me to get a vibe of the tenants staying in there. I have to say I’ve noticed some interesting things. I won’t go into detail as it’s going to sound a bit like a critique of other people, and that’s not what I’m trying to do here, but through the process of looking for my place, I’ve managed to witness how one’s BaZi and houses are interlinked. You can tell certain things based on the house someone is staying in. The very first time witnessed this link was when I was still staying with my parents, and the Chinese classic 阳宅三要 clearly stated 母子不和 – which means conflict between mother and child. That was many years back before I moved out and left everything behind. (I’ll save everyone the repeated story of my past. For the new readers, feel free to dig around. It’s somewhere.)

I’m not sure if everyone knows this, but I’ve been renting a small room in a HDB apartment for close to 4 years now. For my visitors from overseas, a HDB apartment is basically public housing. My life really turned around in these four years, and the funny thing is that when I first chose this house, I didn’t look at the feng shui at all. Firstly because 4 years ago was when I started this sideline of mine four years ago, and I haven’t got a lot of time in the field, so I’ve not developed this ‘occupational hazard’ yet. The second reason is that the landlords are the nicest people on earth, and that’s all that mattered to me back then. Without them, I would have been homeless due to the complications happening back home.

I’ve been staying with my landlords for 4 years now, and I’ve lost count of the number of times they cooked or baked something for me or helped me out with my personal stuff. Without them, I would have never been able to turn my life around, and all of the things you see and read on this website would not have been possible without their kindness. I can still remember the first night I slept in this room on a bed that was too small for me – and it still is. It was the night the true turning point of my life started, and this room was my sanctuary and my first home. I’ll show everyone what my room looks like someday – perhaps on the day I move out of this place.

Do you know what the fascinating thing is? I realized this room and block I’ve been staying in has the 旺山旺向 Flying Star configuration too, and I never bothered to check till a few days ago, and it’s been 4 years. Just a quick note about Flying Stars: it’s not just about seeing which Main Star (中星) lands in which sector. The Mountain Star (山星) and Water Star (向星) need to be given attention, too, as there are certain special configurations to look out for. For example: If your master bedroom so happens to have positive stars like Star 1 or 9, it’s rather pointless if your house’s overall structure has what we call the 上山下水局 structure which is a taboo or most inauspicious structure for Flying Stars. I’ve once (accidentally) audited a house like that before with the tenant’s BaZi charts belonging to Category 4.

I mentioned a few things in some of my old entries, which as that the effect of a place takes around 3 years to kick in, and it’s been 4 years now, and I guess I’m starting to see and feel the effects. I went for a video shoot and interview last Friday for a magazine, and you guys will see me online in a video very soon. It’s my first time, and I’m a little anxious about how I’ll be perceived I’m struggling to recall if I said anything wrong during the shoot. I regret having so many other things I wished to say, but didn’t get the chance to. Another thing I always mentioned is that the house that you end up in is fated in a way – I’m not bragging that I managed to find a good place, just that I want people to think about feng shui differently and why people in the past put a lot of emphasis in finding a good place. It’s not about buying an apartment and then getting a practitioner to go down and solve everything – it does not work this way.

There is a reason I get people to hunt for a house with me, and I’ve spoken a bit about it in an older entry here. If I were to be brutally honest and speak from a business perspective: house hunting is the least efficient spend of my time and effort if I calculate it by hourly returns because I go through an unlimited number of floor plans. One client took a whole year to find something she liked. Why do I still do it, then? Because I don’t like going to someone’s place and telling them that they just bought a bad house, and neither am I the type who will pretend everything is fine and alright when it is not. I’m always happy to know my client got a good house, and I prefer to deliver positive news instead of negative ones. If anyone spends a bit of time reading my blog, I’m sure he or she can tell I’m not someone who speaks nonsense or sugarcoats. Going into the house and proposing to paint a certain area with a certain colour or placing items claiming it can change your life is not what feng shui is about. This stand I have will soon be a public statement because I mentioned this in the magazine’s video feature, and it will be published next month and be online forever. My stand will never change.

There is still a long way to go to get the right message out there, but slowly and surely, I know I’m getting there, so wish me luck, everyone! I’ll share the magazine feature and video when it’s published!


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Written by Sean Chan

Sean Chan is Asia's leading Chinese metaphysics consultant specializing in BaZi, Zi Wei Dou Shu, Qi Men Dun Jia, and Feng Shui. A thought leader in the field, Sean's been featured on Channel NewsAsia, Rice Media, 联合早报, The New York Times Style Magazine and other local media. He blogs regularly about various topics surrounding Chinese metaphysics and aims to educate the public about the field.

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  1. Serena

    Hi Sean, for some reason, I can’t comment on your latest blog post on the Feng Shui Flaws, I realize you didn’t mention much on HDBs, is there any reason on the lack of HDB examples?

    • Sean Chan

      Feel free to engage me on Facebook for comments. I’ve disabled comments on my blog for a better browsing experience for everyone.

  2. Sandra

    Hi Sean, congrats and I’m sure it has been a blast with your new home in the past 6 months.
    It has been informative and educational for me to read your views that the layout and structure of a house are key considerations. And that colours and placing charms and items cannot change bad house fengshui. I now feel absolutely foolish to have spend hard-earned money in the past on such items on the advice of fengshui practitioners.
    Does it mean that when one goes house-hunting, the consideration is the layout/ structure of a house, and whether the house is located in centre (e.g. Toa Payoh), east (like Tampines) or west (say, Jurong) is Not a factor that will affect the well-being of the home-owner? Thanks.

    • Sean Chan

      Hey Sandra!

      Thanks! I’ve not actually moved in yet though! Targeting April or May this year. I’m glad that you found my articles useful. If items worked, trust me, my life would be perfect now and I would probably struck that $9 million lottery by now. =)

      The layout of the house definitely matters, but we can only know what the layout ‘means’ after we get the proper orientation of the building. As for whether the Flying Stars can be applied on such a macro level (which part of the country is most auspicious) – to be honest I’ve not done any case studies like this. I’ve seen a lot of crappy feng shui houses in Yishun for sure, but there have also been good ones. The boundaries can be drawn for the house and it’s like your own 小太极 (own little universe on its down), but it’s harder to drawn the boundaries when you’re looking at a country like that.

      I’ll find some time to look into this hypothesis though and see if I can find any compelling evidence to show this theory stands.

  3. Silvia Angelina

    Congratulations for your new home! Hope it can bring you more fortunate and luck!

    • Sean Chan

      Thank you Silvia! =)

  4. Rama

    Congrats on finding your first home! It’s interesting that you even knew what kind of properties the first two owners are living at now.

    • Sean Chan

      Thank you Rama! And yes! This house makes a pretty interesting case study. =)

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