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Happy Chinese New Year 2016 / Gong Xi Fa Chai / 恭喜發財

Wishing all readers with a Prosperous and Healthy
Chinese New Year 2016. Gong Xi Fa Cai.

祝大家,身體健康,心想事成,万事如意, 年年有餘, 合家平安, 恭喜發財.

Happy Chinese New Year 2015 / Gong Xi Fa Chai / 恭喜發財

My Time – – Cataloging Chinese temples in Malaysia / 記錄馬來西亞廟宇文化.

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Cheong Yoke Choy Memorial / 張郁才墓園

Cheong Yoke Choy Memorial / 張郁才墓園

A couple of months back, a good friend whom was reminiscing about his youth, mentioned about a grand colonial mansion he had to travel pass to get home from school. He recalled that it had a huge flat ground, bigger than a football field as its garden and its located next to pudu jail. With very little infomation to work with, we took a drive to Jalan Imbi to help refresh my friends memory. It was in the late 60s and the early 70s when he was staying around the area before furthering his studies overseas. Even with the driving around, it wasn’t easy for him either as many of the road has changed and developments has really alter the surrounding. As usual, with determination, we came to pin point the location of the old mansion to what is today a well known shopping centre.

Further research on the owner of the old mansion has gotten my attention to seek its final resting place and also do a small writeup as my respect to this great person whom many had forgotten.

Cheong Yoke Choy Memorial / 張郁才墓園

The old mansion is addressed at 216, Jalan Pudu. It was built by Mr Cheong Yoke Choy. During the Japanese occupation in malaya, this mansion was used to housed Japanese officers as the nearby Pudu Jail was used by the occupation forces to incarcerated Allied POWs. A bomb shelter was also built in this compound.

Based on what i could gather online, not much is known about this old mansion besides it been demolished to make way for the large shopping complex when the parcel of land was sold by his descendants before the Asian Financial Crisis hit Malaysia in 1997. It is quite unfortunate that i couldn’t find a photo of the old mansion..maybe in near future, i hope. If anybody has a photo of the mansion or any information about it, and wish to share it here, kindly do contact me.

A little about Mr. Cheong Yoke Choy.

Born on the 22nd day of the 6th lunar of 1873 in Xinhui, China. Mr Cheong Yoke Choy / 張郁才, at the age of 16, travelled from Guangzhou to malaya for a better prospect. He arrived at rawang (north of kuala lumpur) to worked as a labourer carrying 200 katies of rice to rawang daily. He was only paid 50 cents a month as a labourer(*5). Six months later, He moved to Kuala Lumpur where he found employment in Dong Xing Long / 東興隆, a provision store owned by the Towkay Loke Yew (*1). Records shows that he was still employed there as a General Manager in 1909. Due to his hard-working and humble nature, he gradually earned the trust of Mr Loke Yew whom he saw not only as a benefactor but also a mentor(*1).

Cheong Yoke Choy Memorial / 張郁才墓園 1

Mr. Cheong Yoke Choy / 張郁才

Following his mentors footsteps, he and a friend Mr. Chan Zhen Wing / 陳振永 aka Chan Wing withdrew all their savings to opened Hoong Fatt Tin Mining Kongsi / Hung Fa Xi Kuang Gong Si / 鴻發錫礦公司(*2) and it became the largest and deepest open-cast tin mine in the world. One could imagine the among of money they were making during that tin prosperous era. Beside been known as a wealthy and charitable person, Mr Cheong also finds interest in equestrian and is also a well known race horse owner(*3). Together with a few business partners, he co-founded Kwong Yik Bank in 1915(*1).

Mr Cheong is a strong believer in education, in 1918, he single-handedly founded Pak Peng Free School / Bo Ping Yue Xue / 柏屏義學 and provided students from very poor family with free education. Along with his associates, he co-founded many other Chinese schools for the poor. He also contributed immensely to society and held many important position in chinese association around Kuala Lumpur. He was also a property trustees for the Xian Si Shi Ye temple in Kuala Lumpur. In recognition, the local British government appointed him as the Chinese counselor and also bestowed him the title of JP (Justice of Peace) and OBE (Order of the British Empire)(*2).

Due to his philanthropic deed even at elderly aged, he is also affectionately known as “The Elderly Philanthropist / Ci Shan Lao Ren / 慈善老人”. There was also a road named after him called Lorong Cheong Yoke Choy but unfortunately this road has been demolished to make way for a shopping warehouse.

Passing of a great man.

Mr Cheong Yoke Choy passed away in his bungalow located in 216, Jalan Pudu… the said big mansion… on the night of 26 May 1958 at the age of 85 years. He leaves behind a son and two daughter(*3). According to some news report, it is said that he had been ill for sometime(*5) .

His funeral procession was one of the grandest of the time. The were as many as 10,000 whom participated to pay their last respect. Many of these includes Government officials, Community leader, Business leaders and School delegates along with school children in their uniform. There were fifteen funerals bands in attendance on that day(*6) and the traffic was jammed up as the funeral procession was a 4.8km long affair and there was also a 3.6meter effigy of a deity too(*4).

He is buried closed to his father in a family plot at a Chinese cemetery in Kuala Lumpur on a Sunday, 1st June, 1958.

Uniquely, for a person of such stature, his final resting place was a simple one. It has a simple tombstone next to the burial mounds that is planted on the ground looking high up the sky above. A measurement on a Chinese compass shows the tomb should be sitting You / 酉 at 268°. Other family members later interred here includes his late wife and his son.

Born on a leap month?

While looking for his DOB on the gregorian calendar, I came to notice that there were a leap lunar 6th month in 1873 on the Chinese Thousand Year Calendar. Usually when a person is born on a leap month, it would be inscribed onto the tombstone. Unfortunately, no such info is found. So without any more information to further work with, I converted the lunar dates and it would either be 16th July 1873 or 14th August 1873 if he is born on the leap month.


(1) Wikipedia

(2) Selangor and Federal Territory Kwong Siew Association

3) DEATH OF K.L. MILLIONAIRE, The Straits Times, 27 May 1958, Page 1

4) FUNERAL BANDS, NST, 21 March 1990, Fong Leong Ming.

5) CAPITAL TO SEE BIG FUNERAL PROCESSION ON SUNDAY, The Straits Times, 28 May 1958, Page 9

6) 10,000 AT FUNERAL OF MR. CHEONG – The Straits Times, 2 June 1958, Page 7

Cheong Yoke Choy Memorial / 張郁才墓園 – My Time – – Cataloging Chinese temples in Malaysia / 記錄馬來西亞廟宇文化.

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Auspicious Dates for Chinese New Year 2016

Auspicious Dates for Chinese New Year 2016.

Attention:- Click here for Auspicious Dates for Chinese New Year 2017

Listed below are Astrology & Feng shui information on auspicious dates and direction for Chinese New Year 2016. These auspicious dates are formulated from the chinese almanac or commonly known as Tung shu / Tung shing / 通勝. I have edited this list into a shorter version as the original list would be too long with too much information.

2016 Bing Shen Monkey Year / 二零一六年 丙申年

Heavenly Steam is Bing Yang Fire / 天干 丙火年
Earthly branch is Shen Yang Metal / 地支 申金年

Li Chun 2016 begins at 17:47pm on 4th February 2016. 1st season of the year.
立春進節 下午五點四十七分 十二月二十六日乙末年

Jing Zhe begins at 11:45am on 5th March 2016
驚蟄進節 早晨十一點四十五分 正月二十七日丙申年

Qing Ming begins at 16:29pm on 4th April 2016
清明進節 下午四點二十九分 二月二十七日丙申年

Dong Zhi begins at 18:45pm on 21nd December 2016
冬至進節 傍晚六點四十五分 十一月二十三日丙申年

Li Chun 2017 begins at 23:35pm on 3rd February 2017. 1st season for year 2017
立春進節 晚上十一點三十五分 正月初七日丁酉年2017

Related acticle’s on this site:-

* Click here to see my small write-up on Li Chun / 立春
* Click here to see my small write-up on Dong Zhi / Winter Solstice / 冬至
* Click here to see my small write-up on Hanging Red / 掛紅
* Click here to see my small write-up on Chinese New Year Taboo
* Click here to see my small write-up on Offering to White Tiger / 拜白虎 (During Jing Zhe)
* Click here to see my small write-up on Chinese Ghost Month Taboo

Inauspicious direction of the Year Bing Shen 2016 / 二零一六年丙申年吉凶方向

Dominating star is 2 Black, which is also an inauspicious star 二黑星為主

Tai Sui – South West – 西南方 232.5º – 247.5º 太歲坐位方向
3 Killing – South – 正南方犯三煞
5 Yellow – North East – 東北方犯五黄
2 Black – Center – 在中央犯二黑

Tai Sui / 太歲 2016 Information.

Tai Sui dominating this year is General Guan Zhong. “Guan” is the surname of Tai Sui 2016.
丙申年太歲姓名 管仲星君

Monkey offend Tai Sui 猴犯太歲
Tiger clashes Tai Sui 虎冲太歲
Snake minor clash Tai Sui 蛇刑冲太歲 Pig reflect Tai Sui 豬偏冲太歲

Offending White Tiger 2016 / 二零一六丙申年犯白虎.

Signs that are suppose to pray to white tiger / prayers for noble people. – Dragon / Tiger / Pig / Horse / Dog
拜白虎 / 送小人- 驚蟄日早晨十一點四十五分 生肖 – 龍、虎、豬、馬、狗

* Jing Zhi / 惊蟄 is the day when White Tiger prayers begin. The time of the beginning of Jing Zhi is also known as “The time when the White Tiger Opens it’s mouth / 白虎开口”

** Click here to know more about Offering to White Tiger / 拜白虎

Auspicious Dates for house cleaning and clearing only / 掃舍吉日

14th Jan 2016 Thu – Clash Ox 冲 牛 十二月初五 (星期四)
16th Jan 2016 Sat – Clash Rabbit 冲 兔 十二月初七 (星期六)
21st Jan 2016 Thu – Clash Monkey 冲 猴 十二月十二 (星期四)
27th Jan 2016 Wed – Clash Tiger 冲 虎 十二月十八 (星期三)
28th Jan 2016 Thu – Clash Rabbit 冲 兔 十二月十九 (星期四)
1th Feb 2016 Mon – Clash Lamb 冲 羊 十二月二十三 (星期一)
2th Feb 2016 Tue – Clash Monkey 冲 猴 十二月二十四 (星期二)
3th Feb 2016 Wed – Clash Rooster 冲 雞 十二月二十五 (星期三)

Auspicious Dates for Hanging Red, Cleaning Altar Table and Change of Gold Flower/ 掛紅, 換金花、換花球、吉日.

24th Jan 2016 Sun – Clash Pig 冲豬 十二月十五 (星期日)
27th Jan 2016 Wed – Clash Tiger 冲虎 十二月十八 (星期三)
28th Jan 2016 Thu – Clash Rabbit 冲兔 十二月十九 (星期四)
2nd Feb 2016 Tue – Clash Monkey 冲猴 十二月二十四 (星期二)
6th Feb 2016 Sat – Clash Rat 冲鼠 十二月二十八 (星期六)

Auspicious dates to resume work / 開巿、開工吉日
12th Feb 2016 Fri – Clash Ox 冲牛 正月初五 (星期五)
15th Feb 2016 Mon – Clash Rooster 冲雞 正月初八 (星期一)
18th Feb 2016 Thu – Clash Rat 冲鼠 正月十一 (星期四)
22nd Feb 2016 Mon – Clash Dragon 冲龍 正月十五 (星期一)
24th Feb 2016 Wed – Clash Horse 冲馬 正月十七 (星期三)

Date For Blessings / 祈福吉日
10th Feb 2016 Wed – Clash Dragon 冲龍 正月初三 (星期三)
12th Feb 2016 Fri – Clash Horse 冲馬 正月初五 (星期五)
15th Feb 2016 Mon – Clash Rooster 冲雞 正月初八 (星期一)
16th Feb 2016 Tue – Clash Dog 冲狗 正月初九 (星期二)
18th Fed 2016 Thu – Clash Rat 冲鼠 正月十一 (星期四)

Direction of Auspicious and Inauspicious gods on NEW YEAR day 8-2-2016 / 正月初一吉凶方位

Cai Shen 財神 / Wealth God East – 正東方
Xi Shen 喜神 / Joy God North West – 西北方
Gui Shen 貴神 / Nobility God South West – 西南方
Ji Men 吉門 / Lucky Door East – 正東方
Sheng Men 生門 / Living Door South East – 東南方
Kai Men 開門 / Open Door North East – 東北方
Wu Gui 五鬼 / Five Devils West – 正西方
Si Men 死門 / Dead Door North West – 西北方
E Shen 噩神 / Wicked Deity South East – 東南方


Wishing You and your Family a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year.

* Dates above are courtesy of Ji Gong Xian Ling Tan, Kuala Lumpur.

** The word “CLASH” means that the particular day is unsuitable or inauspicious to those born under the astrological sign listed.

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Below:- A chart that shows the directional influence in the Tung shu / Tung shing / 通勝 2016.


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A Luan Tou Map / 巒頭圖

A Luan Tou Map / 巒頭圖

aka Landform Map.

On this nice sunny day, and as usual, we took a drive to the cemetary in Kuala Lumpur to do some research. And Lucky me, I found this crack marble that contains important infomation about this tomb.

Inscribed onto this piece of marble is a Luan Tou Map / 巒頭圖, also known as a landform map. It shows the hills and mountains surrounding this particualr tomb. There are other inscription on the side but it was very difficult to make out as some of those characters has eroded away.

Examining it further, i found that the mapping of its surrounding is actually quite accurate when compared to Google Earth. I am not too sure on how fengshui masters could have map all the terrain back those days but he definitely did good making this map. Much of the smaller hill shown on the map has already been developed and its quite difficult to make out which is which. If it wasn’t for the old british terrain map that i’ve kept during my earlier research, it would have been much more difficult.

Some of the known hill found on it includes Genting highland, Batu Caves, Bukit Dinding and also Bukit Tabur.

A Luan Tou Map / 巒頭圖

This type of drawing is usually found in old feng shui text. At a glance, this look like a treasure map to an ordinary person but to a feng shui person, this map shows how Qi flows in to this particular tomb. According to a feng shui friend, back those days, a good master should have no problem locating the grave just by looking at the map.

The map on this marble is already 80+ years old today. It was fortunately the cracks wasn’t too bad as I was still able to repair it with photoshop.

This is one of those discovery that I have made over the years. I decided to share it here for feng shui enthusiast to research the Luan Tou / 巒頭. This tomb is Sitting Chen/辰 and Facing Xu/戌 on the Earth plate.

A Luan Tou Map / 巒頭圖 2

A Luan Tou Map / 巒頭圖 – My Time – – Cataloging Chinese temples in Malaysia / 記錄馬來西亞廟宇文化.

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