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Peter So Man-fung

Renowned fortune-teller Peter So Man-fung is famed for bringing the ancient practice of feng shui to the masses in a modern and accessible way. He talks stocks, souls and hairstyles with June Ng.
Jan 01, 2009
First Person - Peter So

The economic tsunami isn’t that scary. We are in a 60-year period of luck at the moment, which we have been in since 1964. But the period between last October and this coming March will be the worst.

Who would’ve guessed that the stock market would drop that much? I lost money, but not because I got in at 30,000 points like the loonies did. I lost because I started to buy at 18,000 points.

There is a feng shui theory for predicting the stock market: for years that are an even number, the market will drop at the beginning of the year and rise at the end, and vice versa for odd-numbered years. It didn’t work last year; that’s when I lost money.

The biggest change for me over the past four years is that I have become a lot more relaxed. I want to gradually fade away. When I reach 55, I might change my career and become an investor.

I’m lucky. I started practicing feng shui as an amateur but I ended up a professional—not because I’m particularly good, mind you. It was my destiny.

When you’re young, you think that many things you’ve done are useless. But actually, they all pave the way to your future.

I used to work in a factory, and my experience there left me determined to succeed. Now I’ve seen both rich and poor worlds, so I know how to communicate with all walks of life.

To tell you the truth, I don’t like to talk. I might appear talkative but don’t you see that I’m just doing my job? Don’t you see that I’m talking only because I’m answering questions?

My ponytail has been with me since 1985. I love this hairstyle because it’s minimal and basic. I worked in a salon for seven years, and I’ve tried the craziest hairstyles that you could possibly imagine. I even tried an afro.

There’s no difference between a hair stylist who has seven years experience and one who has three. The only difference is that the one who’s been working longer might be better at sweet-talking his clients.

It’s unbearable to be stuck in a job with no room to improve.

Everything happens for a reason. My flat was burgled, and from a geomancy angle, it was related to the never-ending roadworks nearby.

My greatest contribution to the feng shui industry is that I’ve modernized it, and I educate people so that they don’t just blindly follow it. Old-school fortune telling is so vague; it offers no explanations at all.

My online feng shui consultations are very popular. I won’t take jobs outside Hong Kong anymore, so I just tape a video and send it to my clients.

Man is subject to fate, but you can’t blame fate for everything. You still have to work and you can’t take success for granted.

A lot of young high-flyers cannot bounce back once they fall.

Some people are born without souls. They’re dull, lifeless, and just wander around with no purpose. It’s not their fault; they’re just born this way. A lot of my clients have doctorate degrees, but they’re the most insecure ones.

Part of my job is to tell people how ordinary they really are, and that they should be satisfied with a normal life. I feel like a social worker.

If you find a method that works, stick with it. Never change just for the sake of it.

Men are programmed to screw around. It’s in their nature, so if your husband cheats, that’s not necessarily a reason to divorce.

The outward personality you project is deceptive to others, and often to yourself. Most of the time, the sunniest person will actually turn out to be the darkest.

Plans are for losers. Smart people will handle a crisis as it happens, rather than waste time worrying about what might happen in five years.  

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