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Here's How to Properly Welcome the Chinese New Year

Feng Shui expert Princess Lim Fernandez reveals how you can bring optimum luck for the year.
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The Year of the Dog begins on February 16. In order to bring in optimum luck, it's best to properly prepare to meet the new year. Here, Feng Shui expert Princess Lim Fernandez dispenses some of her general tips.

"It's very good to have a haircut," Lim Fernandez says. There are select good days such as February 1, 3, 7, 8, and 10. If you missed those dates, don't fret as she advises, "As long as you get a haircut before the New Year, it's okay." Even buying a new set of underwear for the New Year will bring in much-needed luck.

Another way to prepare is by decluttering. "If you want to welcome in good luck and new things for the New Year, you have to make room. Otherwise, there's no space. That's not just in your physical environment but also internally. So, that means if you have any unresolved issues or disagreements from the year before, now, before the New Year comes in is the best time for you to resolve it. This is so that you don't carry it into the New Year," she says.

This also applies to finances. Lim Fernandez says it's good to settle unpaid debts and other financial concerns and activities. She adds, "For children also, they better finish their homework. Otherwise, the whole year they'll have to keep on doing a lot of homework!"

Aside from decluttering, she suggests spring cleaning. "Give your house a fresh coat of paint or clean out the cobwebs in little corners. If there's any renovation work that needs to be done in the North, Northwest, and West directions—renovation that entails hammering, drilling, digging, or noise—better to do it before the New Year." 

If you really want to attract luck, Lim Fernandez says it's better to avoid going to negative places unless you need to. These include funerals, wakes, hospitals. She says it's better to go to celebrations, weddings, baptisms and the like. Additionally, for Chinese New Year's Eve, it pays to be surrounded by a lively set of people and a festive atmosphere.

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Lim Fernandez will be part of a Chinese New Year celebration, titled "The Golden Path to Luck in the Year of the Earth Dog" on February 15, 2018, at the newly opened Grand Hyatt Manila. The event will feature fireworks, a new year feast, and an intimate feng shui talk with Lim Fernandez. Tickets are available at P4,888 at the Yin and Yang Shop of Harmony at the New World Hotel in Makati City. Call 632.752.5882 or 632.811.6888 or 0917.989.2294


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila will usher in the Lunar New Year with Spiral’s resident Chinese Chef, Chef Michael Tai. The event, titled "He jia huan le" (translated to felicity (intense happiness) of the whole family) will showcase recipes popular in China, Malaysia, and Singapore. In addition to the feast, attendees can look forward to a traditional dragon dance, as well as breathtaking performances from Chinese acrobats. For inquiries and reservations, please call F&B Reservations at 632.832.6988 or email [email protected]


To ring in the New Year, Shangri-La at the Fort presents a sumptuous spread of regional Chinese specialties prepared by Executive Chinese Chef Wang Wei Qing. The Spring menu is priced at Php 29,888, Php 32,888 for the Longevity menu and Php 38,888 for the Prosperity. These special menus are for a table of 10 and come inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages. Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila. 30th Street corner 5th Avenue Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 1634 Metro Manila, Philippines. 632.820.0888; [email protected]; shangri-la.com/fort

On February 16, 2018, Shangri-la Plaza is opening its doors to every kind of dog. Just register from February 8 to 16 at Bow & Wow, located at Level 6 of the Main Wing with a copy of your pet’s photo and a current anti-rabies vaccination record. Participants can look forward to activity booths and freebies. For more information, call 632.370.2597 or visit facebook.com/shangrilaplazaofficial

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Chinese New Year is a time for giving. If you're in need of gift ideas, check the list ahead. You can also pick up something for yourself just in time for the celebrations.


Bring luck and wealth by gifting this Chinese money tree. Swarovski is located at Bonifacio High Street Central, Estancia at Capitol Commons, Newport Mall and Robinson's Magnolia, Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-La, Rustan's Alabang Town Center and Rustan's Ayala Center Cebu


Spread New Year cheer through this Tory Burch Barkley Sweater. Tory Burch is located at Greenbelt 5, Rustan's Makati and Rustan's Shangri-La


Wear the season's luckiest colors: red and gold. Tory Burch is available at Greenbelt 5, Rustan's Makati and Rustan's Shangri-La


Inject the year of the dog with Tory Burch's Dachshund motif wallet. Tory Burch is available at Greenbelt 5, Rustan's Makati and Rustan's Shangri-La


Choose a classic like this stylish red checkered polo from Pedro Del Hierro. Pedro Del Hierro is available in Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-La, Rustan's Gateway, and Rustan's Cebu


Montblanc's Peggy Guggenheim Limited Edition 888 Fountain Pen will be a great addition to any collection. Montblanc is located at Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-La Plaza, Rustan's Cebu, Greenbelt 5, City of Dreams Manila and Newport Mall


Fendi's latest Kan I bag in red with gold hardware is the ultimate accessory for Chinese New Year. Fendi is located at Rustan's Makati and Rustan's Shangri-La


Add a touch of whimsy with these rhodium balloon dog cufflinks from Babette Wasserman. Babette Wasserman is located at Rustan's Makati, Rustan's Shangri-La, and Rustan's Alabang Town Center


Bottega Veneta's Canine Collection is filled with festive pieces that are perfect for welcoming the year of the dog. Bottega Veneta is located at Greenbelt 4 and Shangri-La Plaza East Wing

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The brand's classic woven leather wallet gets a fresh design with this poodle. Bottega Veneta is located at Greenbelt 4 and Shangri-La Plaza East Wing


You can also opt for this dog-shaped key holder in the brand's signature intrecciato. Bottega Veneta is located at Greenbelt 4 and Shangri-La Plaza East Wing


For Chinese New Year, Thomas Sabo is presenting a limited line of animal charms to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Thomas Sabo is located at the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Mega Mall


Aside from zodiac signs, the brand is also launching a charm with the mythical Chinese creature Pixiu which is similar to a winged lion with horse and dragon influences. Thomas Sabo is located at the Mega Fashion Hall in SM Mega Mall

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