This is my 100th blog post so there’s no surprise this entry is going to be a personal one. It didn’t dawn on me that this was going to be my 100th post until a few days ago, and the timing for it seems rather serendipitous as there are massive changes going on in my life right now.
I wanted to share a bit on what’s going on in my life and have been waiting for the right time to post this.
I Resigned From My Corporate Job
Yes, I resigned from my job. I’ve never spoken about where I work, but neither do I try to hide it as everyone can go to my LinkedIn profile to take a look. I’m going to mention the name of the company for the first time.
I resigned from Grab today, and by the time I serve my notice and leave, I would have spent 3 years of my life here. Before anyone jumps to conclusions, I’m not leaving because I am unhappy with the company. It’s really more of a timing issue and a transitional phase in my life and I’ve been contemplating to leave for quite some time now. I’ve had a very fulfilling 3 years at the company, I love my colleagues, and I believe in the company’s social cause, personally witnessing the impact it has on peoples lives. Holding on to a corporate job was important to me as I felt there was still a lot of room for me to grow as a corporate professional and there’s still so much to learn. More importantly, my corporate job acted as an important safety net so that I did not have to rely on my sideline for survival and risk creating moral hazards for myself. It helps me keep my practice of metaphysics pure and on the right track which I felt was important, at least at the point in time. I really did not want to end up like some of the ‘practitioners’ out there who are just putting up and act and harming everybody that goes to them which I continue to witness every day.
The main reason for leaving is because I really needed a break to take a step back, recharge, and think about what I wish to do next. Personally, I feel that this break is extremely important for me and I’ve been thinking about it for quite some time now. I will still be conducting consultations of course.
I never felt that I was truly living until a few years ago. I’ve been telling my close friends that I’ve been feeling fatigued and close to complete exhaustion for quite some time now because it was just one thing after another since 2012. I lost everything in 2012 and there came a point where I had no money, no love, and not even a proper home to stay in.
Read this in a light-hearted tone: My wife hates is whenever I mention this because she feels I’m being overly dramatic, but I almost ended up at Rochor Beancurd House along Upper Thomson selling soya bean – the keyword here is “almost” because they didn’t even reply my Facebook message to them when I asked if they need part-timers. That’s how desolate I was. I wish I kept that message for memories sake and just to show everyone it really did happen. Till today, I like to rub it in my darling wife’s face that I was once almost a soya beancurd seller.
It has been an uphill battle since 2012 trying to piece my life back together and outgrow the issues I was dealing with, and I guess everyone could say I managed to achieve that, thankfully. Sometimes I don’t even know how I managed to survive. For my new readers who want some background, feel free to head to my personal Facebook page’s Notes section where I share how all this started.
But really, I need a break to nurse my health and do the things I want, and this can be things as simple as cooking at home, watching TV and hosting friends at my new home. It also serves as an opportunity for me to upskill myself and see if there’s anything new I wish to learn to keep myself relevant in an everchanging world.
In case you’re wondering if I used every Chinese metaphysics method at my disposal before I decide to quit – you can bet your backside that I did and every signal that I got was screaming for me to leave. There are absolutely no regrets.
Does This Mean I Will Be Doing Chinese Metaphysics Full-Time?
To be honest, I don’t know.
I’m just letting nature take its course at this stage and praying that the universe will push me in the right direction and treat me kindly given that I’ve gone through a lot of karmic lessons already. I know I have been saying I will never be a full-time practitioner, but I’m starting to entertain that thought once in a while given that I’m at a different phase in my life now and you start questioning yourself on how to best make use of your time. I’ll really have to see how it goes. Assuming my career as a practitioner continues to grow, then sure, I guess I could do it full-time. If not, I’m more than happy to return to the corporate world after getting some rest. The worry here is that if I’m out of the corporate world for too long, I might never be able to go back – I’m sure everyone knows what I mean. The other option is to start a business that is not Chinese metaphysics related. We’ll see.
While I’m taking my break, my once side-gig will naturally (and inevitably) take the position of my main source of income, but what I can promise everyone is that nothing will change. My principles and how I approach Chinese metaphysics will remain the same and I’d just like to take the opportunity to tell everyone I will not allow moral hazards to develop when it comes to earning a living through Chinese metaphysics. You won’t suddenly see me doing zodiac forecasts or see that my Facebook page suddenly has 1 million Likes (because I bought them) just so I can appear more in demand or popular. I will still continue to blog, share my thoughts, and I will handle each case that comes to me with care.
I’ll have a lot more free time on my hands now, so rest assured that I’ll be spending more time getting even better (and I know for a fact that I can be better) at what I do and use what I know to help my clients with whatever it is they are facing. Expect more blog posts too.
If it makes anyone feel better or more assured, my sideline has reached somewhat of a stable state after spending 5 good years building it up, so there’s absolutely no need for me to lie or put up a facade like some other ‘practitioners’ out there buying fake social media followings, or selling the same BaZi report to everyone to try to win clients over or gain market share. I absolutely hate such practices and I never believed that Heavens will allow people like that to do well.
Everyone’s support and trust me in continues to help me keep my practice pure. For that, I am thankful. I really just want to focus on myself and not use artificial means to try to outdo ‘competition’, because at the end of the day, if what I do ends up being a competition, my clients suffer.
In any case, taking a good, satisfying break is my main agenda for now. When the time comes that I’m ready to go back to the corporate world, I really hope to get a chance to work at Google. I’ll probably revisit this in the second half of 2020 as that’s the duration I’m giving myself for the break. Google HR, if you are reading this, I hope you’ll consider me! In a way, I do owe Google a ton thanks to their search engine and it would be amazing to get an opportunity to work at a company that has had a significant impact on my life.
I’m At A Much Better Place In My Life Now And I Have Everyone To Thank For It
The interesting thing I realized recently is that regardless of which astrological method I use, it all leads towards the same conclusion. I’ve deciphered my own chart using the Eastern school of astrology, and have had my chart read by Western and Vedic astrologers who were once my clients. One thing was consistent and stood out, which is that I am moving out of the difficult period of my life. It’s absolutely fascinating that different method from different civilizations all tell you the same thing and even the most difficult years indicated are the same.
Life is indeed much better now. I finally have my own home that I look forward to coming back to, I’m married to an amazing wife, and financially I’m doing alright. I can cook for myself now and I finally have a bed that fits my height and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. Other than the part about finding an amazing wife (which of course I take all credit for), I owe a lot of what I have now to my clients. I make it a point to remind myself not to take all that I have now for granted because I know all this can be taken away from me if what I do now becomes about the money or stroking my ego because I know more about your own future than yourself. I’m 186cm tall and I have a very big head, literally, but I wish to keep it literal instead of metaphorical.
I know it’s very cliche and cringe-worthy and I know I keep saying this, but I really would not have the comforts I have today without my clients and I really just want thank everyone for respecting my time and what I do. I have a better life and comfortable home now thanks to my clients, and I hope this can be paid forward to others one way or another moving forward.
That being said, I still pick and filter my clients and for good reason. This is something that won’t change.
New Milestones In My Career As A Chinese Metaphysics Practitioner
My First Good Class Bungalow Client
I know this might not mean much to others and it probably feels like a subtle flex, but to me, this is a significant milestone. I never thought I’d be able to work on a good class bungalow and give my inputs on its design. I’ve never step foot into a good class bungalow before, and wow, it’s quite something.
I’m not sure if everyone can tell just how big the house is from the snippet above. That’s just the first floor and the total surface area of the house is more than 13,000 square feet. No doubt this client of mine is the most successful and wealthiest one I’ve had so far, and I’m extremely honoured and humbled that they put their trust in a young practitioner like myself. Of course, you don’t have to ask, but the BaZi chart of this client of mine is top-notch.
And again, no, you will not see me holding a luo pan and taking a picture with it. I know I said this a thousand times but I really find it pretentious.
You’d be considered extremely lucky if you’re able to build a house from scratch and tap into the full benefits of feng shui. If you don’t have this as an option, please make sure you hunt for a good house together with a practitioner because your options for remedying a house would be limited if you’re purchasing off the market. If you’re new to this blog, you can refer to my older blog posts on feng shui to understand what I’m talking about.
Approached By One Of The Largest Publishers In The World
Another big milestone that happened recently is that I got approached by a really large publisher to be one of their authors. I can’t say much at this point as we are still ironing out the details and letting the required processes and approvals to run, but I thought I’d just share it with everyone first. If things go well, you’ll soon see books authored by me on the shelves.
I’m extremely excited and I’ll be sure to update everyone when there are more developments on this front and what to expect! For now, I’m just praying that everything goes smoothly.
I Finally Got To Learn Qi Men Dun Jia (奇门遁甲)
I mentioned sometime back then if I had the time, I’d pick up Qi Men Dun Jia (奇门遁甲) someday. It finally happened. And yes, it was self-taught (again). Surprisingly it wasn’t that hard to pick it up as the foundational theory across all Chinese metaphysical methods are similar.
I won’t talk too much about this new technique in this post other than the fact that it is a divination technique that aims to gauge the outcome of your decisions. I’m not at a level where I’m proficient enough to offer it as a separate service so I’m offering it as a complimentary service along with my other consultations for a limited time.
Qi Men Dun Jia is not something people usually turn to as it addresses just one specific topic each time unlike BaZi or Zi Wei Dou Shu which can give a more holistic view of your life. It is a form of divination developed for military expeditions in the past, so what it addresses is on a micro-level and the answers you get are more tactical in nature and it’s not exactly a technique to map out your life’s trajectory although it can certainly be used for that as well. If you want a good overview of your life, just go for a BaZi or Zi Wei Dou Shu consultation.
Qi Men Dun Jia offers a micro-level view of things whereas BaZi and Zi Wei Dou Shu give a macro-view. In other words, what you derive from Qi Men Dun Jia, at the end of the day, will still be within the confines of what your BaZi and Zi Wei Dou Shu charts indicate. It can help you make better decisions and time your actions better, but knowing Qi Men Dun Jia alone cannot turn a sloth into a Li Ka Shing. I am aware that a lot of practitioners are offering Qi Men Dun Jia courses now, but I hope no one falls for the marketing tricks out there that promises you supreme success just because you apply Qi Men Dun Jia, especially when it’s on such a superficial level.
The uses of a micro-level technique and macro-level technique are very different, so to everyone who is into Qi Men Dun Jia, please don’t jump to the conclusion that you have acquired the secret weapon for success. Sure, the notion of it guaranteeing success sells extremely well in the market, but if you are using it for personal gain and hoping it gives you miracles, I’d say you would be misapplying Chinese metaphysics.
What’s Next For Me & Thinking About The Future
The priority now is to take a break and recharge my worn and tattered soul and at the same time think about what’s next for me. I’ve been in a very contemplative state ever since I started staying at my new place and I’m glad I have some time to actually sit down, relax, and just think. It’s something that I’ve not got the chance to do for the longest time now.
I’ll definitely still be conducting consultations as mentioned, so I’ll be around for everyone for sure. This break doesn’t mean I completely stop working, just that I need to break free from the confines of the corporate world for the time being and get a bit of my freedom and autonomy back. Besides, juggling two jobs is really not easy.
Everyone can expect more regular blog posts on topics people care about and how Chinese metaphysics can be applied in a meaningful way in our lives. I know most people might not be able to appreciate this as much as I do, but trust me, Chinese metaphysics is still very relevant at this day and age and it definitely can be used to help people. I am witnessing this every single day and I hope to get people to appreciate this as well. We should be proud of what our ancestors left for us and I truly believe that a lot of us could lead more fulfilling lives if we applied just a little ancient wisdom, and it’s as simple as knowing how to balance every aspect of our lives and accepting that there will always be a cycle of growth and decline.
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about where I can add the most value in my lifetime and how to best make use my time. The idea of ‘wasting’ time scares me because time is something that you cannot buy no matter how wealthy you are. It’s a finite resource.
Till today, there are still moments where I find it hard to believe that I’m actually doing whatever it is that I’m doing now and that my life turned out the way it did. I’m somewhat of an ‘accidental astrologer’ if I could put it that way. I’m a practitioner that suddenly popped out of nowhere, and I know for a fact many incumbent practitioners wonder where I came from, how did things unfold and how I managed to outrank and outdo. But like I said, it’s not a competition, and I could care less about how they feel or what they think of me, especially the ones where I know aren’t doing things right. Regardless, I can only hope that my entering the field is welcomed by people who are seeking answers and clarity through Chinese metaphysics and people who’ve always wanted to understand metaphysics but didn’t have the time to.
All in all, I will have 50 hours of my week freed up now – 8 hours spent in the office and 2 hours spent traveling. I hope that with these 10 hours every day, I’ll be able to do something meaningful with it and continue to add value in my own unique way. It’s a period of huge change for me and I’m excited to see where it leads.
Once again, thank you, everyone. Without everyone’s support and trust, I really wouldn’t have come this far and my life would not have turned out for the better. For my regular readers, thank you for supporting this blog and being interested in what I write. It’s immensely fulfilling whenever people reach out to tell me they enjoy reading what I write.
P.S. I’m still a very blunt person just so everyone knows although I land my blows a lot more softly now. I also snap a lot less now, but that doesn’t mean prospective clients can ask me eye-balling rolling worthy questions like “Do I have to work hard to be rich?”. Goodness, everyone does.