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Our lead story this issue features the rich symbolism on display at the Beijing Show where symbols, which have always been at the heart of Chinese culture, were created to showcase the diverse heritage of China. We feature also the golden stars of China – the highly talented crop of Olympic heroes and heroines have collectively and at time of printing harvested an astonishing 43 gold medals. While there were history-making moments of true glory, there was also heartbreak at the Games – when China’s athletics star Liu Xiang succumbed to injury and dashed the hopes of an expectant nation along with it – but that’s the reality of sports, and of life – you have yin and yang, ups and downs, but you can pick yourself up again, to battle on another day.
Turning to practical feng shui side, this month we have some great articles and ideas for you to use should you be decorating or building your own house. We feature a gorgeous house in Bangsar where architect and owner worked hand in hand to create the kind of home you’d be proud to show off to anyone – and with such attention to detail, the feng shui has not been left to chance either. Lillian Too meanwhile brings some good advice to those living on a slope. Many homes, especially those with breathtaking views, sit on undulating land. While such locations can be auspicious, they are also tricky to build. She gives some valuable pointers.
One of the aims of feng shui is living the good life, so we rarely forget the glitz and glamour. Check out our feature on celebrity babies whose exclusive pictures sell for astronomical sums. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt lead the pack here, successfully selling pictures of their latest twins for millions of pounds. We also bring you Anna Wintour, arguably the world’s most powerful lady in fashion. Books have been written and movies made inspired by her story and personality, and she continues to dictate how the world should look and dress. Nothing wrong with following a trend if the trendsetter has good taste!
Around the world, interest in feng shui continues to grow; we constantly find yet more examples of feng shui being cleverly applied and creatively adapted to modern living. Commercial photographer Martin Vrabko of Slovakia for instance uses his skill to create giant sized photographic prints to bring auspicious scenery into the home and office, while Victoria Evangelina tells how she flees Georgia amidst hostile bombing by Russia, with talismans and mantra protection keeping her safe!As we near the end of the year and 2009 looms ahead, don’t forget to get tickets to Lillian Too’s Feng Shui Extravaganza 2009 where she will give you all the updates and important info you will need to make the most of the Earth Ox year. She will be in Singapore on Sunday 4th Jan 2009, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday 11th Jan 2009, Hawaii on 17th & 18th Jan 2009 and Amsterdam on 7th & 8th Feb 2009. Lillian will also be giving the keynote address at the International Feng Shui Convention, happening in Singapore on the 22nd & 23rd November 2008.