My Very First Video Interview With T: The New York Times Style Magazine Singapore

January 11, 2019

Hey everyone! I probably won’t have the bandwidth to blog much till the Chinese New Year peak season is over, but I thought I’d give a quick update on my latest media feature. You would have probably seen already this if you went to my Facebook page.

There’s nothing important in this blog post, and it’s just really light-hearted sharing.

I’ll embed the video here for convenience:

It’s the first time I’ve ever been on video, and I suppose the first time anyone is seeing me on video as well. Do I feel self-conscious? Perhaps a little. Am I afraid of being judged? A little too, I suppose.

I’m not exactly sure how to feel about the whole experience as it’s something really foreign to me, but I can definitely say I had a lot of fun during the filming. I just told myself to have fun and be myself, and based on my wife’s feedback, apparently, I was really “myself”.

Perhaps to share a bit on the context: The video was actually taken last year in tandem with my T Magazine feature. It was also around the same time Channel NewsAsia interviewed me. If you haven’t realized, I have a very limited wardrobe and my outfit on both occasions was exactly the same. I’m not someone with good fashion sense – I rotate my clothes religiously to the point where my colleagues know exactly what I’ll wear on which particular day although I’ve been trying to mix it up a little these days.

The video is part of their Perfect Strangers feature where they got two people from the same field to talk about their field of expertise in a very casual setting, and as you can see – it was really very casual. I can’t remember how the filming went as it was quite some time ago, only that the conversation between me and the Western astrologer lasted quite a while but the editors condensed it into a 2-minute feature. It’s my first time seeing this video just like everyone else, and I’m honestly quite surprised seeing my own reactions on screen. You can get a glimpse of what I mean at 2:06 towards the end of the video when I was enjoying relieving an itch on my nose when I suddenly heard something that obviously gave me a huge reaction. I actually don’t remember it happening. I think the expression I made sums up how I feel whenever companies reach out to me to ask me to do forecasts for their company event, or when clients ask me to magically change their lives with colours or items.

I reckon everyone knows by now how much more depth there is to metaphysics and astrology, and a 2-minute video simply isn’t quite enough to adequately express it’s place in modern society and what value it can bring. There is a blog post to address everything I briefly mentioned in the video, such as the concept of balance which was a shared belief across different civilizations – the Chinese concept of Yin & Yang, the Buddhist concept of the Middle Path and even the Greek philosopher’s concept of the Golden Mean. As for the topi of changing your life and transcending charts, I’ve written about it here: What Does Transcending Your BaZi & Zi Wei Dou Shu Chart Really Mean?

In the context of wanting something in your life: I know I said to just “go do something about it” in the video, but please remember there is also a right way of doing things and it’s often not so straightforward – this is an important point. Basically, don’t just take what I say at face value – because it’s almost never a good thing to take things at face value. Everyone’s situation is unique, so everyone’s approach is going to be different but it certainly beats doing nothing and just complaining. If I could sum up, just exercise practical wisdom and self-awareness and do what you feel is right for you while knowing what your limitations are.

Using attaining wealth as a quick example: First and foremost, a practitioner will not be able to make you rich. If they could, I wouldn’t need this blog to exist and I’d be doing something else. Secondly, not everyone is suited to start a business, so “go do something about it” could also mean knowing your limitations and start from the basics for certain people. It may be a better idea to focus on a stable job first, get the experience, skills, and network, and lay a strong foundation for one’s life first before even attempting to do something risky.

Philosophical stuff aside, for now, have fun watching the short video and I do hope everyone enjoys getting to know me and my mannerisms a bit better. I’m sure you’ll be able to tell just how ridiculous I find the notion of annual zodiac forecasts and using feng shui items. Don’t worry – I’m not going to rant about it here (again). As for my deepest thoughts, philosophy and beliefs – it’s all in this blog which I hope you enjoy reading. 

Now that what I say now is not only just public but on video as well, I hope everyone can tell just how much I mean it when I say zodiac forecasts are absolute nonsense. You will never ever see me appear on media giving forecasts. There will also never be a place for using items and colours in feng shui. Like I said, those ‘practitioners’ who give forecasts have dug a hole for themselves they can never get out of because it would look silly on them to suddenly do what I feel is the right thing – which is to stop all these nonsense that are harming people.

Anyway, before I end off, I’d also just like to take this opportunity to apologize for a few things. I know I’m not the perfect human being and I’ll be the first to admit I have a ton of flaws. I’m aware the way I speak and sometimes write may come across a certain way which isn’t very nice – it’s something I’m constantly working on. I tend to speak my mind and the same goes for my writing – I write whatever comes to mind and I often overlook how the tone or delivery may sound like as it’s easy to get carried away.

It doesn’t help when I consider myself a realist, especially as a practitioner where we know there’s always a Yin to a Yang, vice versa. I cannot pretend that the bad in the world doesn’t exist and still call myself a practitioner.

I’ll do my best to keep things balanced, watch my tone and the way I deliver my messages. Technical skills wise, although I did accumulate quite a bit of experience since I’ve started this sideline, I’m far from being the perfect practitioner and I’ll never be the perfect practitioner. I really still have tons of things to learn at my age and I will make it a point to continue honing this skill I have.

I will likely still be someone who instinctively detests toxic people and minds, but I try to remind myself of the kind of intense suffering these people go through. I do hope I can learn to be compassionate once again before life turned me into such a hardened up person. Trust me, you have no idea how much I miss my younger self before I had to go through all those tough periods. My chart does say I’ll be the blunt, direct sort, but hey, I’m trying to transcend my chart too!

If there’s anything you feel I should know, like how I could have put something in a better way, or if any of my posts are unbalanced, please do reach out and let me know.

Thank you, everyone, for being part of my journey and helping me grow. =)

– Sean

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