|The Sungai at Ko Ko Wangi|
To the Chinese and Feng Shui practitioners, choosing a location for their own home requires the study and investigation of its surroundings. Assessing a location before deciding to build a home on it involves the consideration of natural phenomena like the direction of the sun, the soil type and if the area is susceptible to floods; of the immediate environment, such as proposed road and building developments, previous land use and the type of neighborhood; of positive surrounding features, like street lighting, a park, a school and shops; and of negative surrounding features too, like factories, noisy night entertainment venues, an airport, a cemetery or even a crematorium. We built Ko Ko Wangi, our family home, in a valley where a Sungai (river) runs from the heights of Padawan. The Sungai, after meandering through the jungle and the countryside, actually crosses our property bringing very good energy, and because it feeds into a large fish pond, it accumulates chi in front of our house. In Feng Shui, the river is the dragon and I find it extremely romantic to think that we live nestled in a Dragon Vale!
The Sungai is not the only dragon in Ko Ko Wangi; in fact we have lots of them. Some are white and some are purple-red. The Chinese call the white ones lóng zhū guǒ "dragon pearl fruit", and the red ones huǒ lóng gu "fire dragon fruit". Indeed our dragons are really pitahaya and the fruits of a cactus specie called Hylocereus which is native to Central and South America and is now quite widely cultivated in Asian countries and, well, in my garden. The Hylocereus blooms only at night, which is rather a pity since its large white flower is absolutely magnificent; it has two names, “moonflower” and “Queen of the Night”. I personally prefer to think of it at a moonflower created so beautiful to please the feminine star, and perhaps, who knows, it is only fair that something from Earth should add beauty to the night so that we may come out and gaze into the heart of a flagrant flower and not just at the stars?
Note: The Dragon fruits and other fruits cultivated at Ko Ko Wangi are organically grown. For any information on Organic fruits, food and products, I recommend my Kuching friends to check with my friend Mady of Mady Organic & Natural Food Store, a beautiful and inspiring all new shop at Green Height Mall.