The Jakarta Post | Thu, 01/22/2009 8:46 AM | People
JAKARTA: Not all people of Chinese descent are true believers of feng shui. Take actor and model Ferry Salim for instance: He believes in feng shui, but only so far as it is logical.
The 42-year-old actor believes that Feng Shui cannot predict the future, but does help synchronize people with nature.
“For me, feng shui has nothing to do with the supernatural. It is something that can be learned,” Ferry told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “If it fits with logic, it is believable but if it’s not, I won’t believe in it.”
When Ferry built his house, he didn’t seek any advice from feng shui experts, but did take into consideration aesthetics, health and comfort – for which he partly drew on his own feng shui knowledge, from his family or from books.
“I like to think logically,” he said. “If according to feng shui, the bathroom door shouldn’t face the bedroom, that might relate to the health or aesthetic aspects. Or if it said that the main entrance should not have too many distractions, that may relate to health or ventilation. Why shouldn’t we apply that rule?”
Ferry is an actor of Chinese descent. In his career, he has acted in more than 20 soap operas, and shot to popularity with his role in Nia Dinata’s film Ca Bau Kan in 2002. In 2004, he was appointed as the national envoy of UNICEF.
He married Merry Prakasa in 1995. —JP/Matheos V. Messakh