SINGAPORE - His love affair with fengshui, or Chinese geomancy, began two years ago.
Mr Eric Tang, 26, had wondered why the boss insisted on having a fortune cat (yes, the one that waves at passers-by) at the front of the salon he manages.
That, coupled with his boss giving him a set of things he should avoid doing at work, got him even more curious.
Mr Tang marvelled at how changing the arrangement of things in an environment could make a difference to one’s life.
Initially, he researched on the Internet to satisfy his curiosity.
But he knew his hunger for fengshui knowledge was not easily sated when he found himself looking up classes for more in-depth knowledge.
Said Mr Tang: “I thought that instead of asking for fengshui masters to help do some arrangement, why not go and learn so that I have the knowledge to help myself?”
Last November, he obtained a certificate of qualification from the School of Chinese Metaphysics (SOCM) in Singapore, after 10 months of weekly lessons.
Mr Tang now applies his newly-acquired knowledge to improve his life and to help friends who approach him.
“So far, they told me it’s been effective,” he said, adding that his younger friends would ask about relationships or their careers, while others would ask more about the spatial arrangement of things in their homes.
Mr Tang is among the increasing number of younger people taking classes on fengshui and then applying their knowledge to help others.
A check with three schools that conduct fengshui lessons showed that more young people are showing interest in the subject.
A Singapore Feng Shui Centre spokesman said they usually have undergraduates attending their course, but the centre has also seen polytechnic students joining recently.
Master Andrew Tan, who founded SOCM, said he has seen students as young as their early 20s.