Let’s talk feng shui

Okay, I’m writing too much and too fast. It’s just all this pent-up energy because I couldn’t write for a week. I’m still on leave from column-writing though until next week. Meeting deadlines is not as easy as writing. Deadlines are stressful and I need — and WANT — a break from everything stressful right now.

So, I go with the flow and write about whatever comes to mind. Like feng shui. It’s more relaxing that way.

View from the staircase

That house we’re moving into by the end of the month? The floor area is 168 square meters (1808.336 square feet). Above, the view from the staircase. Which means you’re looking at the neighbor’s house through our window. :wink:

Anyway, about the number 168. From Wikipedia:

168 – road of prosperity or to be prosperous together – many charged telephone service numbers in China begin with this number. Many businesses also prefer to have this number as part of their names. It is considered one of the luckiest numbers in Chinese culture. (Prosperity all the way)

Now, we didn’t have the house custom built. We didn’t even know the exact floor area until we had already decided that it was the house we wanted. Much later, I’d realize as I stared at the floor plans incessantly how the alignment of doors were all in accordance with the principles of feng shui. I’m not a superstitious person but that really makes me smile.

By the way, if you haven’t discovered the latest link on the sidebar yet, I’m documenting the dreamhome project in another blog. :grin:

  • http://pinayhekmi.mychronicles.net pinayhekmi

    HI Ate Connie, you know feng shui from what I’ve learned is more about increasing the flow of positive energy and not about superstition. I don’t know, for me it works. Yung bahay namin sa Texas we just felt so much good vibes from it. And have you ever been in a space that was big but full of crap (knick knacks, brick a brac, just STUFF)? Parang all the energy is so stagnant doon, gusto kung linisin. heheh.

    • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

      If it works, then, I am 10 times more glad that the house design passes all feng shui standards. Actually, before the subdivision was built, the owner brought a feng shui master to the property and only after his assurance of good energy did the project kick off.

      • peterb

        That’s my house across the street! :P Hehe.

        Exciting time Connie! The urge to decorate and furnish the house! :)

        • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

          And I am so thankful, Chiara. So, thankful and happy.

          Peterb, you mean the urge to spend hahaha

          • http://www.kotsengkuba.com Kotsengkuba

            aha! kaya pala naglipana ang motel 168 sa china ;-)

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Talaga? HAHAHAHA

          • dhayL

            Interesting fact, back in the days, me and my friends frequent this bubble tea place called “168″ and they’re owned and operated by chinese.

            Nice window you got there by the staircase!

          • http://batjay.com BatJay, Ang Dating Hippopotamus

            congratulations connie. i am sure it’s going to be a dream house.

            malaki ba ang kusina?

          • http://scroochchronicles.blogspot.com/ Kongkong622

            How about the good ole “oro, plata, mata” mantra..for the steps in the house?

            Also, your living room shouldn’t be lower than the entry of the house..it’s malas daw..

            Good luck

          • http://www.kotsengkuba.com Kotsengkuba

            YES! kasing dami ata sila ng mga banko dito. pero hindi naman to yung mga pang-hook-bala-hop na motel tulad sa pinas.

          • http://asianmommy.com/ Asianmommy

            You do have a beautiful window. Congrats on mastering feng shui!

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Love it too, dhayL. :)

            Jay, SUPER laki! May island pa! hehehe

            Kongkong, haven’t counted the steps but re the living room. Wow, it is ONE STEP HIGHER than the entryway. hehehehe I thought it was weird yun pala feng shui din yun?

            Kotsengkuba, naku baka gayahin yan sa Pinas ah.

            Wonderful coincidence, Asianmommy. And so happy about it too.

          • edgar villanueva

            likewise,connie Im not also as supertitious but when I found out that my apartment was also built the feng shui way it quiets’ my nerves..He he he..

  • chiara

    wow not everybody gets to build their dream homes. :D

  • http://antiagingresveratrol.com JMonreal

    feng shui or not, it is a matter of taste. You, Speedy and the kids knew what you wanted, and everybody fell in love with it – like love at first sight.

    I too love that beveled glass window by the staircase. Every morning as you go down the stairs to have your fresh cup of coffee, you are looking at both the interior of your house and the outside world.

    Congratulations and lots of feng shui!

    • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

      Just in case, eh, Edgar? hehehe

      Thanks, JMonreal. We are soooo excited, I tell you. We don’t talk of much else in the house these days. It’s mostly, “Start packing!!!” hahaha

      • http://mygoodfinds.org KK aka Tina

        Wow! Congratulations on the new house Ate Connie. I bet it has a big kitchen :) .

        It’s great the they applied the Feng Shui principles, most of them makes sense.

        • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

          Yep, Tina, big kitchen. That was one of the biggest attractions of the house hehehe

          • Jokjok

            How much is this feng shui house?

          • http://teacherjulie.com julie

            Connie, natawa ako sa 168, kaya pala ganun yung tawag sa pinupuntahan sa Divisoria :)

            Ganda naman ng itsura sa labas niyo, sa MH na ba yan?

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            Julie, tama, I bet kaya yun yung pangalan nung mall sa Divisoria. Not Mission Hills.

          • Rudy Portugal

            I wish you the best of luck. May you find happiness, contentment and bountiful blessings with the new house. May you have a fast recovery with your surgery. Now that you don’t have gall bladder, watch your fat intake. Ciao.

          • eluvs

            … ask ko lng, anung month kaya maganda magpatayo ng bahay???


          • rose

            Hello! My cousin is planning to move on a rented house. up and down house with no fence around the house. can you help my cousin to know on what to do.


          • Mary Joy Minaves

            Mam, I would like to ask if growing a pine tree or any kind of cypress plants in a residential lot will bring bad luck for the family? please help me… i have lots of pine trees at home… i’m very bothered… thank you very much

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            The entry is feng shui trivia. I’m no expert in feng shui. I’m not even a believer of the pop version of feng shui. Sorry…

          • wevilyn solon

            i just wanna ask if its okey if you place your stairs infront of the main door of the house? i just want to know cuz i am renovating my house as of now…….pls. let me know

          • http://casaveneracion.com Connie Veneracion

            I hear that’s not recommended.