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When the rooster croaks

From career advice to the best direction to face while trying to conceive a child, words of wisdom from Taipei’s fortune tellers for the Year of the Rooster

By Dana Ter  /  Staff reporter

Seeing as there’s not too much to look forward to this year, it’s understandable that people might want to lash out and Tsai foretells another wave of student activism taking place in Taiwan.

REELING IN THE BIG BUCKS

It’s not all bad news, though. Those born in the year of the dragon, tiger and ox will do well in their careers.

Both Cheng and Tsai predict that dragons will be presented with plenty of new job opportunities though they should not let their thoughts and indecision consume them.

It will be smooth-sailing for tigers without micromanaging bosses and annoying colleagues, says Cheng. Though Tsai adds that some tigers might get bored with their work and feel that what they are doing is redundant. He adds that those born in the year of the ox will find good mentors at work.

It’s mostly roosters who should be more careful in the workplace, Cheng says. Their colleagues will gossip about them and spread rumors. The worst that it’ll get for snakes is encountering a few annoying new colleagues.

Cheng and Tsai agree that it’ll be a good year for horses financially and that they should invest in businesses overseas.

But it seems like it’s China that all the money is flowing too. Tsai foresees an increase in unemployment rates in Taiwan and companies in China recruiting Taiwanese employees, especially those from the upper-middle class.

Tsai adds that the New Taiwan dollar will plummet in value, but the silver lining is that so will housing prices — perhaps a good opportunity to buy a new home, then?

If buying property, however, heed the advice of Cheng and be sure to decorate your new home with white lilies to improve your love life.

GET DECORATING

In addition to decorating your home with white lilies to boost romance, fortune teller Cheng Ya-yun gives a few other interior design pointers to improve your luck in the Year of the Rooster:

■ Place a plant in your home facing northeast to bring good luck to your studies. Use a sculpture of a brush pen to substitute if allergic to plants.

■ Place a gourd by your bed or in your bathroom for good luck. If your bathroom is facing northwest, you might develop skin problems, so you’ll want to invest in a bigger gourd.

ACCESSORIZE

Words of wisdom by fashion guru Cheng Ya-yun:

■ Red, purple, brown and gold are considered lucky colors for both men and women this year.

■ Ladies, in particular, should wear red undergarments and carry a gold or purple purse (men are also not discouraged from carrying gold or purple purses).

■ Both men and women should wear green or brown clothes — or gold, but only if they can pull it off.

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