A winsome life


Over the last 3 decades, I have witnessed many phenomenal happenings and miracles that even science sometimes cannot validate nor explain. During my trip to Wudangshan (Wudang Mountain) in April last year, I had a life-changing experience and my desire for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness grew even more than before.  

2019 was honestly a time of introspection for me and it was also the year that I started my venture into the 5 arts (五术) of Chinese metaphysics (中华玄学). The 5 arts of Chinese metaphysics comprises of 5 different areas of disciplines, namely, mountain (山), medicine (医), life (命), appearance (相), and divination (扑). 

The 5 Arts of Chinese Metaphysics have guided the Chinese people throughout the ages and the content of each of the five arts are complex and very difficult to master. This is why most Chinese Metaphysics Practitioners focus on one or two of the five arts and within the art, focus and specialise only on one or two disciplines within the art. 

About the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics

1. Mountain (山 – Shan) 

“Mountain (山 – Shan)” means Knowledge and Skills that are learned from training in the Mountains because in ancient time, a person need to go up to the mountain to receive such knowledge. Studies that fall under this art includes diet, physical health, martial arts, meditation and self-healing. Taoist Sorcery, Taoist Rituals and Taoist Talismans also belongs to Mountain (山). 

2. Medicine (医)

It includes all form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture, medical prescriptions and soul healing. 

3. Life (命) 

The Chinese Art of Destiny Analysis or fate. It includes Eight Characters (子平八字 – Zi Ping Ba Zi ) and Purple Star Astrology (紫微斗数 – Zi Wei Dou Shu). 

4. Appearance (相 – Xiang)

The Chinese Study of Appearance/Physiognomy (相) which refers to the study of forms, meaning the study of good or bad of a form. The 2 well-known examples are Palmistry and Face Reading. Feng Shui also belongs to the study of Forms (相 – Xiang), including Feng Shi for Burial (阴宅 – Yin Zhai) and Feng Shui for the living environment (阳宅 – Yang Zhai). The study of Characters of Chinese Names of a person also belong to The Chinese Study of Appearance (相 – Xiang).  

5. Divination (扑 – Pu) 

Prediction and the Yi Jing (易经 – I Ching) feature prominently in this study. Other popular studies of this art includes Tai Yi (太易), Da Liu Ren (大六壬), and Qi Men Dun Jia (奇门盾甲). They rely on numerical analysis to reveal one’s path and future. 

My Experience

I have never felt so much affinity with Taoism and Chinese Metaphysics until last year and since then, I have made the conscious decision and effort to learn each of the 5 Arts and focus on 1 to 2 disciplines within each art.

Apart from learning the 5 Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, I have also studied other systems and modalities such as 9 Star Ki and Greek Astrology. This new Spirituality column will be where I share my innate thoughts and document my journey in the spiritual realm.

If you need some spiritual advise, feel free to drop me a message.

We have just concluded our Ben & Jerry’s Ice-Cream Voucher Giveaway and the 5 Winners are:

[Image Credits to Wanderfly]

1. Nina Yeo
2. Michelle Boor
3. Koh Jason
4. Yueyoong K
5. Michhysaurous BelleBelle

All Winners will be contacted via Facebook Message and Email so if you see your name listed here, do remember to check your inbox-es!

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On a separate note, ever since we started our Blog in December 2011, we have seen an increase in the number of visitors and pageviews on our Blog and we are extremely humbled by the statistics. If we compare our current year’s statistics to the previous year’s statistics, we are generally doing just fine but it is still not up to our expectations because we feel that there are so much things that we could have done better. Hence, we are currently doing a thorough review of our Blog and we have plans in the pipelines to carry out some BIG changes that we hope will bless YOU [our readers].

As the plans are underway, we won’t be revealing them anytime soon but we really hope that this would be the next breakthrough that we’re hoping for. Meanwhile, you probably might be able to note the change in our blogging/writing style and over the next few weeks and months, you might see the bigger changes eased in.

Hence, do stay tuned to us and should you have any thing that you wish to let us know, do feel free to leave us your comments or drop us an email at admin@awinsomelife.org

First and foremost, we really want to thank those of you whom have participated in our very recent Blog Giveaway. We were absolutely blown away by the number of entries submitted and we have already found our 3 Winners.
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The 3 Winners are:

1). Cincin Chong
2). Nina Yeo
3). Carol Lim

A hearty congratulations to the 3 of them. All 3 Winners have already been contacted via Facebook Message and if you haven’t won anything despite participating, fret not because we are going to launch a few more Blog Giveaways in the month of April and May!

Meanwhile, it will be a really great help if all of you readers could aid us in creating a new addition for our Winsomelifers’ Programme. If you’re on our Winsomelifers’ Programme, you would know that you can use the points you earned to redeem for a Golden Village Gift Card, a Popular Bookstore Voucher, and a Starbucks Gift Card. Now, we would like to add a new additional item that you can redeem with your points and we have created a poll to find out what you would like to be added. Would it be Shopping Vouchers, Hotel Stays, Dining Vouchers, or Electronic Gadgets? That, we’ll leave it up to all of you to decide.

To cast your vote, you can either access the poll via the following link: http://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/qwzmv or you can just cast your vote in the embedded poll on our Blog.

Here’s where you can find the embedded poll on our Blog.

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Have a Winsome Day ahead everyone!~

During the whole month of November, we have received tons of invitations to events and we also participated in quite a number of activities as well. Taking a step back, we started to reflect upon the wonderful opportunities that were presented to us and we pondered over many questions in our head.
Some of the questions that we have been asking ourselves are:

1). Why are we blogging?
2). What are we blogging for?
3). Where do our blog stand in the blogosphere?
4). How can we make our blog posts more interesting and exciting for our readers?
5). Have we been true to ourselves?

To begin with, A Winsome Life was founded because both Baby and I have a passion for food and photography and we want to share our interesting findings with people. From our humble beginnings of blogging about food, we now blog about movies, travel, technology and even fashion. Obviously, being a lifestyle blogger isn’t easy because the range of topics are just so diverse and we have to be quick on our toes to capitalise on the latest trends and developments. However, more than just wanting to stay on top of the news, we really want to make our blog as interesting and as exciting it can be for all our readers, and this is where we really need the participation of our readers. If you have been checking out our blog, we really would appreciate your honest feedbacks, comments, and suggestions so that we can further improve our content. To submit your honest feedbacks, comments, and suggestions, you could either drop us an email at admin@awinsomelife.org or use the contact form that can be found in the “Contact Us” section.

The stakeholders of our blog are plentiful; they include readers who read our blog, advertisers & brands whom we are blogging for, any person whom might have an interest in our blog and of course, ourselves. As a gesture of thanking our loyal readers, we have launched a Winsomelifer Programme where our readers can sign up and accumulate points for “Liking” our Facebook Page and “Tweeting” about us. Each “Like” or “Tweet” will gain you 100 points and when you have accumulated sufficient points, you can use it to redeem for rewards such as Starbucks Gift Card, Popular Gift Vouchers, and Golden Village Gift Card. From time to time, we will also work hand-in-hand with prospective advertisers and brands to organise giveaways on our blog so do look out for it. To make our blog even more interactive, you can earn badges for “Commenting” on our blog, “Liking” our blog, “Tweeting” about our blog, and even “Visiting” our blog!

A Brief Overview of Winsomelifer Programme

From Winsomelifer Programme 2012

You Can Badges When You “Comment”, “Like”, “Tweet” or even “Visit” Our Blog

From Winsomelifer Programme 2012

To sign up for our Winsomelifer Programme, all you have to do is “Click” on the “Rewards” Ribbon that is located at the top right hand corner of our blog, and then click “Log In With Facebook”; once done, you are now part of our Winsomelifer Programme. Please kindly note that our Winsomelifer Programme is ONLY open to residents whom are residing in Singapore.

Signing Up for Our Winsomelifer Programme Using Your Facebook Account is Really Easy!

From Winsomelifer Programme 2012

Currently, our blog has more than 74,000 views till date, more than 13,000 views in the recent month, and we are currently averaging 453 views a day. While we might not be the top blogs in the local blogosphere, we are definitely passionate about blogging and we will strive to be more than just an average blog. If you are a prospective advertiser or brand and you are looking for an alternate avenue to promote your products & services at a rather affordable rate, please feel free to drop us an email at admin@awinsomelife.org and we will be more than glad to work with you in bringing exciting and interesting content to our readers.

Now, on a more serious note, as of today, we have signed the “Blog with Integrity” Pledge and by doing so, we want to stay true to ourselves. If you are a blogger and you want to make a similar pledge, do check out www.blogwithintegrity.com

Here’s the pledge in its entirety that we made and we modified it a little by changing the pronoun, “I” to “We”.

We assert that the trust of our readers and the blogging community are important to us.

We treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people. We also welcome respectful disagreement with our own ideas.

We believe in intellectual property rights, providing links, citing sources, and crediting inspiration where appropriate.

We disclose my material relationships, policies and business practices. Our readers will know the difference between editorial, advertorial, and advertising, should we choose to have it. If we do sponsored or paid posts, they are clearly marked.

When collaborating with marketers and PR professionals, we handle ourselves professionally and abide by basic journalistic standards.

We always present our honest opinions to the best of our ability.

We own our words. Even if we occasionally have to eat them.

With this, we hope that you would benefit from our new initiative and stay tuned to more updates from us.

God bless!