In our July Love or Money Issue, we talk to the woman who has been teaching the art of prosperity to people all over the country. Lillian Too has over 80 books out on the subject of feng shui, and sales of over six million copies worldwide make her bona fide household name. We sat down for a chat with Lillian, as she tells us about her luck, policemen, and Malaysia's mentality. Here are seven choice quotes:
I’ve been doing feng shui for the past 20 years. It’s been my all-consuming passion for all that time. But you can’t do feng shui forever. So now I’m moving on to other things. But I’m not moving to other things for the sake of moving to other things: It’s got to be a real passion. Otherwise I’ll come across as a fake and I’m not a fake. I’m a genuine person.
I’ve never had an argument with a cop, an immigration official or whomever, because I always say to myself, “I shall be nice.” Who needs a bitch like me trying to act like a big shot? [laughs]
Let me stress this: I think I’m one of the luckiest, most blessed people in the world because it takes so little for me to make you happy. All these people, they come up to me and they say, “Can I take a picture? Can I have an autograph?” That’s all they want from me, just a picture or something, and all I need to say is yes and I make them happy. How many people can say that? In that moment, I’m with you, I’m your friend.
I think the reason I’ve succeeded for over 20 years now is that, when you read my books, you like me. Even though you haven’t met me and even though you may not want to like me, you’ll buy my next book because you know that I’ll offer you something and that there’s something there that will help you.
People always misunderstand an achiever. We have a kopitiam mentality in Malaysia and that’s fine. I don’t care.
I cried when I watched the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. She’s a diva, a goddess and there was a rainbow over London. We Buddhists believe when a goddess is there. That brought tears to my eyes. That touched me.
I love Malays, I really do. They have a lot to teach. I love the way they love their families. Chinese are more commercial. We don’t have that touch.
Interviewed by Sam Coleman. Photograph by Paul Gadd.