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Monkey do, monkey don’t

Hear, speak, see no evil. We’re no Monkeys- I’m a Dragon (lucky this year) while Greggy & Ken are Horses (unlucky this year), but when dealing with our fortunes in the Year of the Monkey, we’re wise
First and foremost, let me remind you, “Hindi hawak ng mga
bituin ang ating kapalaran. Gabay laman sila. Meron tayong free will, gamitin
natin ito.”
Whatever you read below may be favorable or unfavorable to
your sign. But just what like what Zenaida Seva said, don’t let it rule you
Now, let’s get down to the monkey business.
This 2016, the 9th sign of the 12-year cycle of animals in
the Chinese zodiac clocks in at midnight. It’s the Year of the Fire Monkey but it
seems that the year’s fortune does not smile to those born under this sign
(1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004). They should be careful as career, relationships
and health may suffer, warns the fortuneteller, but they can turn misfortune to
fortune “by seeking the blessing of lucky star.”
Monkeys are enthusiastic, curious, creative, dynamic, mischievous
and clever, thrive on being challenge, said to be people watchers, but who is a
Fire Monkey?
A Fire Monkey (1956, 2016) is the most aggressive and most
active of its kind. He’s competitive (he aims for the top and wants to stay
there); dominant (he gravitates towards the leadership and can be bossy and turn
into a control freak, but put him in charge, he will nurture those under his
charge who need it); suspicious and jealous (so be careful not to best him); flamboyant
and charmingly amiable (bordering to scene stealers), and has a large social
circle; and, sexual (ahem).
His Fire energy makes him impulsive Monkey making him leap “where
angels fear to tread,” a reckless behavior which sometimes does not turn out to
not be to his advantage. He has to be patient and think before he leaps. His
boldness needs to be rechanneled to a positive direction to lessen the risk of
Meet the other monkeys: Wood Monkey (1944, 2004) is
perceptive and cautious, restless, talkative and motivated by honesty; Earth
Monkey (1968) is motivated by curiosity, good-natured, dependable and
methodical; Metal Monkey (1980) is stylish, affectionate, self-reliant and
sturdy; and, Water Monkey (1932, 1992) is elusive and sensitive.
Though the Rat and the Dragon (that’s me!) will fair well
this year, the Monkey makes perfect match to Ox and Rabbit
because they have similarities
in personality and life, tolerant to each other given the space, and their
strong sense of curiosity makes their love lives full of fun.
They are incompatible with the Tiger, Horse and Pig as they
hold different values and views, thus making communication difficult, which can
be the source of conflict.
What’s lucky: numbers 1, 7 and 8; colors: white, gold and blue;
chrysanthemum and alliums flowers.
What should be avoided: numbers: 2, 5 and 9; colors red,
black, grey and dark coffee.
Remember to think positive. Always. The Universe is abundant
in its blessings, all you need to do is ask and claim it.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on February 7, 2016


Art Boncato, 1968, Earth Monkey 


Nancy Facundo, 1968, Earth Monkey
Ela Isidro, 1968, Earth Monkey 

Milvene Mineses, 1980, Metal Monkey
Nenette Bundalian, 1968, Earth Monkey


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