“My parents walked past a fengshui master in Genting Highlands and suddenly they were like, ‘Eh, we think you should change your name to Chen Yixi, it’s better.’ And it was really just like that! I was nine years old,” he told 8days.sg in a phone interview this morning (Nov 3), adding that there was no particular incident that inspired their decision.
The fengshui master added three extra strokes to Yixi’s Chinese name. “Actually, the ‘Xi’ in ‘Yixi’ has given a lot of Chinese paper reporters issues ‘cos it has two extra strokes that they always miss, but even I can’t find it on my keyboard. (Laughs)”
Since he couldn’t type it out for us, he was kind enough to write it down and send us a pic instead: