I wondered if Jesus was
similar to Buddha
the same god in disguise
by S.C.M.P.

The astrology
and fengshui consultant
writes for websites and
Chinese and international publications

Yu Lan Festival
The Chinese Ghost
Festival by SCMP

Bottom line in
by Tom Hilditch and
Vivienne Chow

Feng shui masters hit 
the investment trail 
by China Daily

Year of the Tiger:
 Forecasting famous
fortunes  from their faces
by CNN

What's Tony Chan's
teeth tell us about his fate
by  CNN 

Growing interest' in
ancient Chinese arts
by  SCMP

A healthy, wealthy,
generous year
by S.C.M.P.

Rays of sunshine amid a
cloudy outlook for 2010
by China Daily

Fung shui tower
‘can lift town’s fortune’
By S.C.M.P.

Chinese horoscope
by Master Edwin Ma
exclusively in New Zealand
for Time Out

Get set for
new fortune cycle
by S.C.M.P.

Thank your luck stars
By S.C.M.P. astrologer
Edwin Ma

A time of
change and challenges
Post Magazine SCMP

HK to take its chances
with lucky No 13
Lau Wong-fat draws
a fortune stick

Valentine’s Day casts
warm glow over lovers
by S.C.M.P.

Home affairs chief
avoids chance to draw
more bad luck
by S.C.M.P.

Monkey business
by Vivienne Chow

Worst over but 2002
won't be all
sweetness for HK.
Reuters News

The Year Of
The Ram Holods
In Store For You...
By Daily Mirror

From the horse's mouth
by S.C.M.P.

Approach the
Snake with care
by Reutera Magazine

Tse Ting-fung’s head
Is a fung shui pony-tial
By S.C.M.P

School Days 



I wondered if Jesus was similar to Buddha - the same god in disguise

Back in the 1960s, Hong Kong's economy was not very strong and going to kindergarten was a luxury to many people. But my parents insisted on sending all eight of their children to school at the earliest opportunity. They were convinced a proper education was essential for our development. The kindergarten I attended in Yau Ma Tei - long since pulled down - cost $4 a month, which at the time was a lot of money. It was a Protestant Kindergarten and although I was taught Buddhism at home, I did not find conflict between the two.

I treated morning prayers and choir practice as part of the school routine and Bible studies as a philosophy - a reflection on life - not a religion. I remember wondering at the time whether Jesus was similar to Buddha - the same God in a different disguise.

I spend my primary and secondary years at a Chinese-medium school - Lai Chek Middle School, in Canton Road. One thing that fascinated me about it was its parades, as we were drilled to use a mixture of Taiwanese and English steps.
t was a whole-day school and there were lots of activities to keep us occupied, but it was extremely strict - the boy's heads had to be shaved while the girls had to have uniforms long enough to cover their knees.
From Primary Three we learnt classical Chinese- something I now appreciate as it gave me asolid foundation for when I had to read classical texts and scrolls while studying fung shui.

My Chinese teacher would let us sample different philosophical works, like Sun Tzu's The Art of War and the sayings of Confucius and Mengzhi. He would open topics of discussion and let us choose ideas to follow. I was a good student and, by Form Four, I had been chosen as a prefect. If a lesson was boring, thought, I would often daydream or doze off.

But it was my Form Three maths teacher, the son of well known Chinese mathematician Hou Guanghand, who left a real mark on me - I will always be indebted to him. Under his guidance I became a whizkid at algebra and I later realized that calculation not only train s the brain but also disciplines the mind. You had to solve a problem under constraints -that is, work out the answer within the framework of an equation, which I think is an allegory of life itself.

The training also proved valuable when I eventually had to calculate the movement of the stars in Chinese astrology.

Poor English results meant that I was forced to leave the school after Form Five. I then worked as a shipping clerk in the clothing industry and at the Hong Kong Jockey Club where I sorted the betting tickets. While there I often wondered why people were so greedy and fatalistic. I could not understand why they wasted all their hard-earned money on futile gambling.
After working for two years, I started night school and gained a higher certificate in clothing through the Polytechnic.

I then went on to gain a diploma in textiles through a fellowship programme organized by Kwung Tong Technical Institute and the Society of Business in the UK. In 1989 I started my own knitwear trading business, but I lost many US contracts after the Tiananmen Square incident.

I eventually closed the business as the mainland factory that supplied me with the goods was unable to export products due to the political situation.
A favourite pastime of mine has always been people-watching. Since childhood I have enjoyed studying people in public places and trying to decipher the personality that lies hidden beneath a facial expression. So with my newfound free time, I decided to follow my heart and I enrolled in
a facial reading class organized by a local continuing education centre.
When the course ended, the master said I was gifted and took me on as his disciple and initiated me into my present world, the art of fung shui and Chinese astrology.

Fund shui master Edwin Ma Lai-wah, 44, vice-president of the Universal Metaphysical Institute, was talking to Florence Ng