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Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Loose Cannon (擦槍走火)
Some of my
friends are businessmen though I must confess that I can never become a
businessman as I don’t like to entertain people. My cunning pals normally use
tricks to seek my advices in solving their business issues and all of a sudden
I found myself seated amongst a group of business people during supposedly a ‘private’
There was a
case when Yuan invited me to attend a dinner with another acquaintance, Charlie
from Hong Kong. According to Yuan, Charlie was his business partner in Hong
Kong. As narrated by Yuan, Charlie wasn’t doing too good in his business and
had been seeking advices from a renowned Feng Shui master for help.
the master has charged a high price for all his consultations. At first, the
master said Charlie’s name wasn’t good so he suggested a new name. After the
name change, the master said he needs to ‘empower’ Charlie’s name with special
rituals; hence another payment was requested. Later, the same master also
suggested that Charlie’s house Feng Shui wasn’t good, so he found Charlie a new
house somewhere in suburb area. For that service, the master has charged a high
price again as he said that only him can choose the most auspicious date within
this decade. Since Charlie was the most obedient person I have ever seen, he
paid what the master wanted.
things seemed to be stabilizing after the said changes; it only lasted for six
months or so. After that, Charlie’s business continued to go down hills faster
than the rollercoaster. Now Charlie wanted to have a joint venture with Yuan in
the hope that this new venture will revive Charlie’s business. Needless to say,
Charlie was Yuan’s best pal.
transpired that my reason of sitting between Yuan and Charlie over dinner was
to advise them if they should continue with the joint venture. Frankly, I was a
little nosy to find out the truth behind Charlie’s ordeal or you won’t have
this posting to read about…
So I told
Charlie to give me the facing direction of his house; to my surprise as if
Charlie has anticipated my demand, he pulled a stack of Feng Shui report and
handed to me promptly. I flipped over
the report and only to find Charlie’s house was riding on “between lines” (騎線).
According to Flying Star
“Sitting between lines is as if wandering
spirits entering a house.”
Apparently these between lines
houses are as if loose cannons; they swing as they like and they may erupt quite
Having that in mind, I made
an excuse to talk to Yuan alone about my concerns and asked him to be careful
when working with Charlie. True enough, a year later; Charlie was in great debt
and now in hiding and could not be contacted. Since Yuan was warned before
hand, he only lost a small amount of money.