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27 Questions: Thierry Chow, Hong Kong Feng Shui designer

Hong Kong is a place brimming with talented and intriguing people. Each week in 27 Questions, we get up close and personal with the city’s notable personalities, learning about their whims, aversions, pivotal life moments, and hopes and dreams — all in roughly the same duration it takes to sit through a two-minute speed date.

In this week’s 27 Questions, we speak to feng shui designer Thierry Chow.

Whether its Hongkongers flocking to consult soothsayers during the Lunar New Year on ways to bring fortune to their home, or the iconic HSBC Building built largely based on feng shui principles, it’s evident that this ancient Chinese practice of feng shui is deeply rooted in Hong Kong culture. Even so, the belief in these teachings today has fallen far from its heyday. However, Thierry Chow, Hong Kong’s hippest feng shui master, plans to revive this historic philosophy for the new generation.

As the daughter of one of Hong Kong’s most respected feng shui maestros, Master Chow Hon-ming, you can say that it was fate that bestowed Thierry with the challenge of reviving this cultural heritage, and she’s done it with flying colours, quite possibly in the literal sense.

A Bachelor’s degree holder in Applied Illustration from Toronto’s Sheridan College, the 33-year-old — who apprenticed under her father since 2011 — creatively incorporates her passion for art and design into Feng Shui, giving the 3,000-year-old practice a complete facelift through a modernised approach.

Using Go Lucky, a contemporary feng shui concept she’s created, Chow promotes the idea of combining enduring traditions of this age-old practice with the energy and innovation of modern design. She believes that the true spirit of feng shui means to use the potential of our surroundings to its fullest, and brings deeper meaning and fulfilment to our lives. In that sense, Chow has taken the typical utilisation of feng shui in architecture and interior design, and extended it towards the world of fashion — a move that has successfully breathed new life into the ancient art of feng shui, and shot it right into modern mainstream.

For this week’s 27 Questions, we got in touch with Chow to learn a little bit about the things that spark joy in her life, all while she’s not busy making waves as one of the few young females in what is traditionally a male-dominated sector.

Name: Thierry Chow
Age: 33
Neighbourhood: Chai Wan
Occupation: Feng Shui Designer

1. What is your life motto?

If you’re going to do something, do it right.

2. What is the best meal you’ve ever eaten in Hong Kong?

Clay pot rice I had at a local restaurant.

3. Who is your role model?

My father!

4. What is your drink of choice?

Mulled wine, and yes I can drink that all year round.

5. When was the last time you drove a car?

When I was 16. I finished all the courses but the instructor called me a monster when it came to driving, so I got the hint and never did apply for a license in the end (since all my friends and family drove haha).

6. What is the best thing in or about your apartment?

I love the amount of natural sunlight, the ocean view, and the corner where I like to really relax.

27 Questions - Thierry Chow

7. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

That would be any type of noodles: Spaghetti, egg noodles, ramen, you name it.

8. What is your biggest regret in life?

I have an uncle who passed away when he was still quite young. I really wish I could have at least been able to say goodbye, but I wasn’t there when he passed.

9. What do you hate most about living in Hong Kong?

Flying cockroaches, moving cockroaches, big ones, small ones… Cockroaches!!!!

10. What is the top destination on your bucket list?

Iceland, Denmark, and Amsterdam.

11. How often do you prepare your own meals?

Almost every day. I love cooking as it’s quite meditative for me.

12. When did you last ride the Star Ferry? What were you doing/where did you go?

I did that just last month. I was with a few friends and my husband at a friend’s farewell brunch, we all took it from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai. We really loved it. It’s just classic Hong Kong with the perfect view, and not to mention the price is just so great.

13. What is one movie everyone should see?
14. What is your typical Sunday like?

Sitting on my couch, sipping a big cup of chai and reading my favourite books.

15. Which moment in your life would you most like to relive?

I would love to relive my wedding again. All of our best friends and family flew to Hong Kong to celebrate with us. It was just such a good time.

16. If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?

Canada, my second home.

17. If you could invite any five people in the world to your dream dinner party, who would they be?

The whole Queer Eye crew.

18. What is one song you know all the lyrics to?

Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd

19. If you had to describe Hong Kong in one word, what would it be?


20. What is one thing you’ve never revealed to your parents?

I don’t like their taste in art.

21. What is your favourite scent in the whole world?

The L’Eau by Diptyque perfume featuring cinnamon, clove, geranium, sandalwood and rose.

22. Are you a good cook? What is your best dish?

I’d say I’m a fairly good cook, my hubby says so anyways — but he could also be lying! [Laughs] I’m a queen of soup, I make a really good creamy potato soup.

23. Who is the best teacher you’ve ever had, what is one important lesson that they taught you?

My father is definitely one of the best teachers. He taught me to always live with kindness and love.

24. Have you ever experienced love at first sight? Tell us about it.

I’ve experienced what I thought was love at first sight (before meeting my husband). Interestingly, that didn’t happen with my husband either. For us, I’d say it was love at second sight. Now we consider each other best friends and soul mates, and have been together for 13 years!

25. How many pairs of shoes do you currently own? Which do you wear the most often?

I own around 20 to 30 pairs. I wear my cream-coloured Vans the most, as I have to run around a lot for my job and they save me every time.

26. Would you rather never be alone for a single moment, or be alone for the rest of your life? Why?

I would rather never be alone for a single moment, because how we learn as humans are from each other. If I’m alone for the rest of my life, my life would be miserable and I won’t learn anything and probably become super delusional.

27. What is the last dream you remember waking up to?

Just last night I woke up to a dream where all the people I know in my life were on the same bus. We were all heading somewhere together. It was so cool to see everyone and most importantly we are all together.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.