MANILA - Businesses engaged in construction and real estate will be lucky in the Year of the Fire Dog, which the Chinese community will welcome later this week, a feng shui master said Wednesday.
However, "it is not the year" of restaurants, after the food industry benefited from the dominant fire element in the last 2 years, Francis Gaw told ANC's Early Edition.
Those born in the Year of the Rabbit will be lucky this year while those born in the Year of the Dragon will be unlucky, because their sign "contradicts" with the Dog, Gaw said.
"I recommend for those people born in the Year of the Dragon to remain in status quo, meaning no new investments, no new business. Don't lend people money because it's not a good year for them," Gaw said.
While there are "much higher opportunities" for business growth for those born in the Year of the Rabbit, Gaw said they should still be cautious.
Gaw recommends preparing a basin of uncooked rice on the eve of Chinese New Year for good luck.
He also recommends placing over the rice 2 pineapples, 2 stalks of pechay, 12 "ang pow" or red money envelopes, 12 pieces of kiat kiat fruit and 12 coins.
The two pairs of pineapples and vegetables represent husband and wife, he said.
Instead of a dragon dance, Gaw recommends a lion dance because the dragon sign is unlucky this year.
"Feng shui is very logical. Sometimes we need to use our common sense," he said.