A feng shui tour of the Klang Valley #33

Our feng shui tour has so far taken us around the inner city of Kuala Lumpur. We saw how the city prospered due to its unique location within the embracing arms of mountains off the Titiwangsa Range, at Bukit Tinggi to be precise.

Yet, within this valley, there are also hotspots that do particularly well, and others that do not fare as well despite their location near or within prime property. This is due to the impact of rivers that run through the city as well as the presence of trains, highways and flyovers; all these affect the way energy moves and collects in the immediate vicinity.

To recap, energy emanates from the top of mountains and travels downwards along the surface. In Asia, Mount Everest and the Himalayas exert tremendous force downhill and this is transferred to us via Titiwangsa.

As energy flows down, it is stopped and deflected by bodies of water, such as seas or rivers. If the water form surrounds the land in an embrace or concave, it acts like a parabolic dish. The energy is collected in a gentle, homogenous pool, and is very attractive to life: people and animals tend to flock here, and more development takes place here.

If the water form is shaped like an elbow that protrudes into the land like a convex, then the energy is deflected away and has no chance to collect. Thus, this area is not as conducive or well developed.

This trait can be observed everywhere. The landform overrides all other considerations. An occupant may have a particular compass direction that is ideal for him, but if that direction goes against the landform, he still will not do well.

When we last visited Jalan Pudu, we stopped at Jalan Yew. Beyond this point was Jalan Cheras, the original trunk road to Kajang town. Although this is still a busy part of town, many shops in the vicinity are very rundown and have seen better times. In the old days, they enjoyed roaring business but as traffic grew, roads were realigned and upgraded. Parts of Jalan Sungai Besi here were converted to form a portion of the Middle Ring Road, complete with a flyover above Jalan Yew.

The priority was to keep traffic moving and prevent congestion. That means, cars can no longer stop or park here. The lack of parking spaces obviously made it difficult and inconvenient for patrons to stop and shop. Furthermore, the flyover creates an area of fast-moving winds that disperse energy and prevent them from collecting here. We believe a combination of these factors led to a decline in this area.

Jalan Pudu, near Jalan Chan Sow Lin used to have a lot of bridal shops. Many are no longer in business and many shops appear to be lifeless, listless and non-descript. There was also a very famous coffee shop at the intersection with Jalan Chan Sow Lin. It is now a motorcycle shop.

Granted that with growing affluence, the young ones prefer to visit Starbucks or Coffee Bean for their cup of java, but there are still many old coffee shops in business. Why do those continue to do well while this did not? There is always more than one reason for this but could there also be a geomantic reason?

If city planners had more foresight, they could probably avoid such problems. Many of these situations can be avoided at the planning stages. A study in population dynamics and statistics would tell them how fast an area would grow and the demands on infrastructure.

If a parcel of land is designed for a certain population density, then no further development should be allowed unless the infrastructure is upgraded accordingly. Yet, it would appear that many things are done only in hindsight.
When there are empty parcels of land available in so-called prime property, developers would rush in to build some high-tech high-rise, without any consideration to the impact of traffic flow and other requirements. Then, when the inevitable happens, roads are modified and highways hastily build to alleviate the problem.

The people are inconvenienced. Those who bought their property earlier felt cheated as the “sanctuary” they bought is no longer what they wanted. Some even lose the beautiful city skyline they were promised when another tall building now stands in the way!
Our concerns are more from a feng shui perspective. By changing the landform – erecting a mammoth building, diverting roads and rivers, constructing flyovers – they are also changing the energy profile of the particular area. What may have been conducive in the past may not be as conducive after the changes. Sadly, there is nothing the occupants or owners can do about it, short of selling and moving out – provided there are buyers, that is.

Highways and flyovers have a detrimental effect in terms of feng shui. They should be incorporated at the city planning stage. We can have rings of highways and main roads that connect them. No problem. But they should be there first before houses or offices are built.

Consider for example, the Putrajaya-Kuala Lumpur Highway which cuts across the area between Jalan Pudu and Jalan Cheras. The occupants of houses beside the highway had no idea they would have a highway running through! Neither would those at Wisma Indah Apartment. If this highway had been planned earlier in the Master Plan, then properties along it would have a bigger setback and be constructed further away. As it is, the elevated highway is likely to disperse the energy within its vicinity and drain the area dry of it.

Even without considering feng shui, we are sure you would agree, dear readers, that the presence of a highway just outside your balcony, is not good. Think of the noise and dust, and constant concern that a crazy speeding driver may lose control, go off the highway and end up parked in your living room! Without peace of mind at home, are you likely to do well in your career, business or life? Would you also not have trouble selling your apartment for a decent capital appreciation?

I hate to say it, but Singapore got it right: they plan in advance. They anticipated the population growth and built the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system despite getting a lot of initial criticism. Now, Singaporeans cannot live without it. It is a very far-sighted thing the authorities did.

Anyway, Jalan Pudu-Jalan Cheras has some interesting landforms. There is the Ampang River further up north covering this area in an embrace. A little closer is the “tai sui hum” up north where the SMART tunnel opens near the former Pandan roundabout. Further south, we can find Sungai Kerayong that flows in a northeast-southwest direction and curves a little to embrace the area.

Faced with such a situation, the most ideal orientation would be for buildings to face southwest, to follow the flows of Ampang and Kerayong rivers.

Where rivers are concerned, a building is ideally positioned if it faces the concave of a river. This lets it tap into the beneficial pool of gentle energy. If a building has its back to the river, the occupants tend to suffer, possibly because it is meeting energy from the highlands face on.

If it is not possible to face the river, then the next best option is to be parallel to the river and following its flow. It is not good to have the entrance go against the flow of the river. It is like a fishing net: one that faces downstream will catch fish that swim upstream with the tide; one that faces upstream will only collect detritus and garbage. It is said that houses that face upstream to a river are occupied by idiots.

Back to our area of study, would you not agree that southwest is the most ideal direction then? Buildings facing southeast would benefit from the nearby Kerayong River but the benefits would be diminished a little by the Ampang River and “tai sui hum” at their rear.

Buildings that face northwest will benefit from Ampang River and “tai sui hum” but will also suffer the impact of the Kerayong River which is nearer and relatively stronger. So, it is mixed fortunes either way.

Buildings that face northeast may have a double dose of idiocy-inducing forces! The occupants may have a tendency to do really stupid things, be confused and befuddled, or not have any peace of mind. They may have trouble making good judgement.

If you travelled along Jalan Cheras during pre-Independence days, you would be greeted with a vastly different sight. Houses here used to be single-storey shacks and government quarters-type houses.

There were also plenty of squatters houses located between Jalan Cheras and Jalan Loke Yew, in the present-day Uncang Emas. These homes were built near Kerayong River. As discussed previously, riverbanks attract a lot of squatters simply because the authorities do not develop such areas, and such areas usually have a lot of energy, which tends to attract life.

Along the main road of Jalan Cheras near Jusco Maluri, there used to be more affluent homes. I remember a famous shop here that sold delicious teow chew clear dumplings (ching choong).

Today, the scene is very different. You can still see one or two shacks but most of this area is now occupied by shophouses, restaurants and mechanic workshops. As you drive from Pudu, you will notice properties on the left, facing southeast tend to do better than the right. That’s the effect of Kerayong River for you.

There are several new developments on the right side now, because someone else has taken over the land in the hopes of doing better. Only time will tell. From a landform perspective, business will have major ups and downs due to the conflicting influences of “tai sui hum” and the Ampang and Kerayong rivers.

This is probably another factor that led to the decline of the affluent houses along Jalan Cheras near Jusco Maluri. Of course, Jalan Cheras becoming a very busy thoroughfare probably also contributed to it.

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