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3 Pieces of Questionable Wealth Advice From Fengshui Masters, and What You Should Be Doing Instead

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Joanne Poh

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If the rumours are to be believed, Singapore was built using feng shui principles. Everything from that octagon on our $1 coins to the direction in which the Singapore Flyer rotates (looks like that wasn’t enough to save it from bankruptcy, though) has been recommended by feng shui masters.

Whether you think feng shui is the answer to your life’s problems or on the same level of credibility as Scientology, there is some pretty bogus advice that is being dispensed by so-called feng shui masters, such as the following.

 

Deposit money on an auspicious day

On the 4th of February this year, did you queue up to deposit money into your bank account while dressed in red, looking like an ang bao yourself? According to fengshui masters, that day, Li Chun, was an auspicious day to deposit money.

But now a bunch of other fengshui masters have stepped in to say that depositing money on Li Chun “doesn’t work”. Pfft. We could have told you that.

You can deposit money on the most auspicious day of the year, but that won’t do squat if you’re depositing it into any old bank account.

You should be depositing your money into a high interest savings account that will slow the erosion by inflation of the value of your cash.

 

Display a pineapple in your home

Pineapples, while not the most romantic-looking of fruits, have been designated by feng shui masters as a symbol of wealth.

As a result, displaying a pineapple in a prominent place, such as your dining table, is said to bring wealth luck. Yes, an actual pineapple, not those red paper lanterns that look like them.

Sorry to break it to you, but you can buy a plantation worth of pineapples to scatter around the house every single day, and it will do nothing for your wealth.

Eating the pineapples, on the other hand, might be more beneficial. Pineapples are chock-full of vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and beta-carotene.

And you know what they say: falling sick is expensive in Singapore, so health = wealth.

 

Scatter coins all over your desk

Feng shui masters seem to think that if you see money everywhere, that money will somehow multiply. That’s why some masters advise that you scatter coins all over your desk at work to promote an inflow of wealth.

Despite what Master Wong/Chan/Lim says, a desk that’s cluttered with coins is probably not the most conducive working environment. And if you do a lousy job at work, good luck getting rich, save in exceptional circumstances like striking Toto.

Instead of doing the coin-scattering thing, you should concentrate on making your workspace as conducive to concentration and efficiency as possible.

So equip your desk with headphones if you work in a noisy or, worse, open plan office and need to block out sound in order to concentrate.

If clutter is making it hard to find your documents, invest in some files and organisers.

And if long hours at work are giving you back problems (it happens to all of us at some point), invest (or get your employer to do so) in a good office chair with proper back support.

What’s the most bogus advice a feng shui master has ever given you? Tell us in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.