Apartment living has gained popularity among Malaysians in recent years, not only as a long-term investment, but also as an affordable way of life, especially in Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Baru.
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but choosing the right property could become a nightmare without the knowledge to evaluate a potential property purchase.
This problem becomes more apparent for high-rise buildings compared to real estate, because the former are more complex and require a different appraisal method.
Here are some general rules for measuring the feng shui of a high-rise property.
Is it facing in the right direction?
It can be difficult to determine the facing direction of a high-rise property because the facing direction is not obvious. the solution is to assume that the entire apartment block is one house sharing a common roof. the facing direction should be the facing direction of the block itself.
To determine the direction of the block’s facade, or the facing direction, you should use a feng shui luo pan while standing in the center of the facade, facing outwards.
once the direction of orientation has been determined, map the qi of the unit by tracing the flying stars or the chart of the eight mansions. Note that even if the units in the apartment share the same facing direction, they will not share the same qi map because each unit is not located in the same location in the building. When you’ve plotted the flying stars or eight-mansion chart for your block, overlay the chart on a copy of your unit’s floor plan.
After you have used a compass to get the direction of your unit’s front door, use the block facing direction flying star chart to get a general idea of the qi affecting your potential unit. if the star indication is unfavorable, your unit’s energy harvest will also be unfavorable.
People often ask how qi flows from the ground floor to the upper floors. the answer is that qi also flows vertically, from high to low, and will also expand upwards within a building.
external and internal factors
When measuring the feng shui of a high-rise building, look at the external shapes that influence the qi of the block and also those around the front door of the block. you should also check the water and mountain formations and take into account the apartment pool. hallways outside your unit should be clear and wide. Also, make sure the elevator isn’t clogged or blocked, because it’s considered an internal qi mouth.
A front door for a tall building should be spacious, prominent and not sink deep into the building. An unfavorable main door would be those with a hidden, sunken or low and narrow entrance. furthermore, a front door with steps leading up to it could denote greater negative risks to the building. these stairs can cause qi to escape rather than enter. Also, if there are stairs to the main entrance, you should avoid this building at all costs!
another external form to consider is the bright lobby. this is the space before the main entrance of any building. this space must be of sufficient capacity to allow qi to gather and be received into the building. the bright outer room should be level. if it seems to recede, then the qi will gradually flow.
There is also a bright indoor lounge, which is located inside the building just past the entrance. if it is small, avoid having too many plants or furniture there as it can obstruct the flow of qi. generally, to have a unit with good features, you should find a small garden or patio outside the unit.
This means the unit is blessed with an external bright room. Sometimes the light hallway may not be located right outside your unit, but if it is still accessible through a window, your unit could still be considered a slightly superior unit.
numbers, shapes and other taboos
First of all, remember that the unit number or the color of the front door does not matter. living on the 13th floor is not taboo. Plus, while owning a penthouse may give you the best view in the area, it doesn’t always mean you have the best feng shui. Likewise, if your unit door opens onto a small garbage chute, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, it doesn’t mean your luck is being wasted.
but you may want to stay away from units located at the end of a hallway, facing the fire escape, stairwell or garbage chute, or if you are too close to the elevator area. pay attention to the shape of the unit as well. a square or rectangular unit is highly preferable. Regarding the exterior of the apartment, a building with a “stable” shape is preferable to crooked, wedge-shaped or too thin or narrow buildings. these structures are considered negative because they have an unbalanced shape, causing the qi to be stretched or compressed internally.
Searching for a home can be frustrating and confusing. But with a little knowledge and guidance, you can find one that matches your budget and living needs. remember that it’s not about how much you spend or how many renovations you do to your home. it’s about maintaining the overall happiness of the occupants and creating a home that supports their aspirations in life.
Disclaimer: Feng Shui Consultant and Edge Property does not guarantee that any intended results will be achieved through the adoption and application of the published advice or information.
datuk joey yap is the world’s leading Chinese metaphysical practitioner. He is Chief Consultant of the Joey Yap Consulting Group and founder of the Chinese Metaphysics Masters Academy. yap has worked with companies such as microsoft, sime darby, uem, prudential and citibank and has written more than 160 books that have sold more than four million copies worldwide. An internationally renowned speaker, he is seen regularly on Astro, Bloomberg TV and other leading media outlets. he has students in more than 30 countries and more than half a million followers on facebook.
This article first appeared in the perimeter properties excerpt on June 12, 2015.