SINGAPORE - When he heard that Chinese Thai mystic the White Dragon King had died, No Signboard Seafood managing director Sam Lim dropped everything and flew to Bangkok the next day.
"He died last Saturday morning and I got the phone call that afternoon. I quickly handed over what needed to be done to my right-hand man and flew to Bangkok the next day," the 36-year-old told The New Paper.
The White Dragon - who was born Chow Yamnam, but renamed himself Bai Long Wang (White Dragon King) - was known as a soothsayer to Hong Kong stars.
He suffered from bronchitis for years and died in his home in Thailand. He was 76. The mystic had been popular with entertainers, including Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang, Alan Tam, Nat Chan, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Shu Qi, Richie Ren and Gillian Chung.
They had consulted him about their careers. Like Mr Lim, actors Leung and Tsang travelled to Thailand when they heard the news.
Mr Lim, too, sought guidance from the White Dragon King for his restaurant business. He would visit the man often - sometimes with his friends.
"Most of the time, what the White Dragon King told me was sound advice and guidance in running my business, and... on being a good and honest person," he said. "He doesn't encourage superstition."
Yet, there were some who went, seeking winning 4-D numbers. "I guess different people, different priorities," Mr Lim said.