Master Angela Ang talks Feng Shui on BBC World

Master Ang on BBC World News

On Wednesday 15th January, BBC World’s Impact program aired at 1.30pm and this edition focussed on one of the hottest topics in the world – the shift of financial power from West to East. Since China opened it’s doors to the West, it’s huge population demographic has enabled it to create immense sums of wealth. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that 6% of the  world’s ultra high net worth individuals – defined as being worth in excess of $50 million – are from China and that the number of billionaires in the China has skyrocketed to 315 from 0 just a decade ago.

All this extra money has had a knock on effect. Luxury houses in premier cities around the globe have seen their prices soar as demand from Asian investors chases the price up.

Master Ang on BBC World News

This is something we know about well at Rising Dragon Feng Shui. In 2012, the Embassy Gardens development that Master Angela Ang Feng Shui auditted became the quickest selling property development in London for the year, despite the bleak UK economic outlook.

We’ve also been involved with property developers in other areas where Chinese buyers are increasing prices from the well known like Vancouver, Canada to the less apparent, like Hawaii, USA.

Back on home turf in London, Master Angela Ang regularly assists buyers and agents for high end properties determine a suitable short list of residences based upon Feng Shui.

It’s not just us saying this either. The Chinese house buying phenomenon has been reported around the world.

Master Ang on BBC World News

Whether your property is your biggest investment or you’re a commercial property developer, it’s becoming more and more important to incorporate traditional Chinese Feng Shui into your spaces.

This doesn’t mean the flimsy New Age Western interpretation of Feng Shui; it’s not about a fresh lick of paint and a strategically placed Buddha head. Chinese buyers, especially those with money, are far too Feng Shui savvy to see just this superficial level.

It’s about the internal structures and space, the way Qi flows from the main road into the residence and where it collects.

If you’re a property developer, you can easily boost your sales velocity by incorporating elements of this at design stage.

Master Ang on BBC World News

If you’re a home owner, you can boost the desirability of your house by refitting with the assistance of a Feng Shui master.

In either case, the return on investment of hiring a Feng Shui consultant can be huge as Embassy Gardens demonstrated.

Some investors have argued that they buy the houses for profit and anything that eats into that when they rent them on isn’t worth it.

Really? Have you ever tried renting a place out only to find that the tenants are constantly complaining of problems?

If the Feng Shui is bad, there’s an increased chance that the rental income the property makes may become troubled as the tenants become distressed.

In that sense, keeping the worst vagaries of Feng Shui away from an investment property isn’t altruistic, it’s an altruism that has one’s indirect best interests at heart – a selfish altruism! Or as His Holiness The Dalai Lama so brilliantly teaches, if one truly wishes to look after one’s own self interest, one must be “wisely selfish” by helping others.

Here’s to more developers using Feng Shui from outset. If more people had harmonious lives with less hiccups in their personal life, what difference could it make for society? For this, we must be grateful to the new rich of China.

Feng Shui Consultation Of Major New London Property Development

Embassy Gardens sky pool

The official press release was issued 20th Nov 2012. It’s reprinted here for ease of reading:

Award winning Feng Shui consultancy, Rising Dragon Feng Shui, announce their role as Feng Shui advisors to Ballymore Homes’ new Embassy Gardens development

There is little doubt these days that the Dragon truly is rising. It’s hard to open an article on investment or economics and not be amazed by the massive transformation that has been going on in China. As the Dragon opens it’s doors, it’s created a growing middle class and many wealthy elites. Chinese manufacturing now pervades the world and it’s led to many Chinese nationals seeking accommodation for themselves in London where they can conduct business. Ballymore Homes are not only experts at building stylish developments, they’re keenly aware of the need to think from the buyer’s perspective and so enlisted the help of Rising Dragon Feng Shui founder, Master Angela Ang, when it came taking a Feng Shui consultation of their major new development at Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms.

A model of Embassy Gardens

“Feng Shui is no more a Chinese cultural practice than NLP is American”, spoke Angela Ang. “It works for or against everyone regardless of where they are from and knowledge of it is what allows you to choose which side of that equation you are on. However Chinese people talk about Feng Shui a lot because it has a long history in our culture just like the way Westerners talk about psychology a lot. I actually think the two disciplines go together very well and everyone can benefit from using either or better still, both.”

Working together, Rising Dragon Feng Shui and Ballymore Homes produced a comprehensive Feng Shui audit report of the Embassy Gardens developments which provides a useful run down of significant Feng Shui features in the location.

“As a Chinese person, I know that a lot of Westerners confuse Feng Shui with interior design. Aesthetics do have an impact and it’s placed as a small consideration in traditional Feng Shui,” continues Master Ang. “What Chinese people really want to know about when we talk about Feng Shui is whether the plot of land itself is in a good location. Does it have supporting features in the landscape that bring prosperous energy to that location? Are there forms within the landscape that help the Chi energy accumulate? These types of considerations are far more important since whether you walls are white or beige is easy to change, but it’s far harder to get a river to run by your home or a mountain to rise behind it. These are the types of things I looked for in my Feng Shui audit of Embassy Gardens and I’m delighted to say that Ballymore Homes have chosen a winner there. The fact that on top of that Ballymore have done such a stylish and decadent job on design aesthetics is just the cherry on the cake.”

The Feng Shui audit of Embassy Gardens is available for prospective buyers at this significant development. In total Embassy Gardens will deliver up to 2,000 new homes, potential for over 500,000 sq ft of office and flexible workspace, new leisure facilities, including a new Heath and Well Being Centre, a 100 bed hotel and 130,000 sq ft of retail, bar and restaurant space including a new grocery store and other uses to support the 1,800 people working and visiting the new Embassy every day. It has been built in close conjunction with Wandsworth Borough Council as part of the regeneration of over 20 acres of industrial and warehousing land combined with The Mayor of London called the area the new central London and the US Government deciding to relocate it’s embassy there.

Prospective buyers are urged to inspect the Embassy Gardens website, www.embassygardens.com, and to contact the Ballymore sales team early to avoid disappointment. Buyers at Embassy Gardens should also be informed that Rising Dragon Feng Shui are offering special Feng Shui consultations with Master Ang to assist them in choosing the ideal property for them within the development. These Feng Shui consultations are offered at a special discounted rate for buyers and Master Ang is uniquely well qualified to serve clients interested in this development given her intimate knowledge of the location. Interested buyers should visit http://www.rising-dragon.co.uk/embassygardens or call +44 208 123 9800.

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Kitchen Spaces Magazine Features Angela’s Kitchen Feng Shui Advice

Kitchen Feng Shui

Top Singapore Magazine Examines Kitchen Feng Shui

Singapore is reknown for it’s use of Feng Shui and in this fast paced tiger that is the hub of South-East Asia, many people employ Feng Shui at home as well as in their business.

Kitchen Spaces magazine is a leading Singaporean trade magazine and in this article, with the help of Angela, they look in depth at the ramifications of various aspects of kitchen design from a traditional Chinese Feng Shui perspective. This article is available for download here as a full colour .pdf file – a 475kb download.

Feng Shui of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Barcelona

Throughout the world, the name Mandarin Oriental Hotel is synymous with quality service, luxurious locations and breath taking ambience. Since The Mandarin Hotel of Hong Kong merged with The Oriental Hotel of Bangkok to form Mandarin Oriental Group, the organisation has gone from strength to strength and continues to be a major source of pride for Hong Kong on whose HKEX Stock Exchange the group are floated.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group logoMandarin Oriental Hotels are reknown for their great interiors using Feng Shui principles to create harmonious spaces. It’s public knowledge that the group use Feng Shui date selection to open a hotel or make rennovation and their clientelle of celebrities, statesmen and world-leading businessmen means the standards are exacting.

It was therefore a great honour that when Mandarin Oriental Hotels wanted to launch their new ground breaking 5 star boutique hotel and spa in Barcelona, they approached me and asked if I would travel to Spain and bless the opening ceremony. Attended not only by press, VIPs and the Mayor of Barcelona, even the Chief Executive of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group came all the way from Hong Kong. I was delighted to be part of their grand opening and to commemorate the occassion, I’ve put together a photo tour of some of the incredible sights I saw inside this beautiful hotel.

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CLSA use Feng Shui for Economic Forecast

CLSA Annual Feng Shui report

CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets is Asia’s leading, independent brokerage and investment group. With their headquarters in Hong Kong it’s hardly suprising that as a company they have a deep insight into Asian business practices.

It’ll therefore be of great relief to many of their clients to know that CLSA are active users of Feng Shui. Many top Asian business people and corporates and especially those with roots in Hong Kong would consider it near negligent to not of have assessed Feng Shui’s impact.

In the UK, CLSA is based in Moorgate, London. They’ve consulted Rising Dragon Feng Shui for Feng Shui advice on specific projects and places since 2002. With the Year of the Ox about to take over from the Rat, CLSA asked Angela to present Feng Shui to a number of fund managers and clients.

CLSA Feng Shui reportAngela at the CLSA Feng Shui seminar holding her Feng Shui Forecast for 2009

The Year of the Ox begins on 26th January. It’s a year belonging to the Earth element and Angela presented both the principles of Feng Shui together with key insights into the economic outlook including politics and weather as well as industrial sectors. Interestingly, the BBC covered CLSA Asia-Pacific’s use of Feng Shui and their reporting gives you a little more insight into some of the areas Angela covered.

Rising Dragon Feng Shui’s Angela Ang is a leading international Feng Shui consultant with a client list that includes corporations, celebrities and the media. She is available for hire as a keynote speaker for seminars, events and lunches. Contact us if you’d like to include a Feng Shui for Chinese New Year presentation to your festivities!

Time Out London features London Feng Shui Consultant, Master Angela Ang

Time Out London Feng Shui consultant feature

Feng Shui Feature in Time Out London

London never sleeps, or so the saying goes and few know more about the ins and outs of London’s great and diverse goings on than it’s definitive guide – Time Out London magazine.

Time Out London has run a regular feature called, appropriately enough for London, 24 Hour City. This Time Out London feature aims to showcase some of the most interesting people living in London and working in London. Our very own Angela Ang is probably the most well known and active Chinese Feng Shui consultant in London – Rising Dragon Feng Shui is based in South West London’s famous Wimbledon area – as well as a prominent figure in Feng Shui globally due to her volume of international Feng Shui students. Time Out London approached her with the honour of being featured within 24 Hour City and that article was published in issue 1965 of Time Out London. Below is the article, reproduced with kind permission of Time Out London:

Time Out London Feng Shui feature on Master Angela Ang

24-Hour City Feng Shui Expert
Angela Ang, Wimbledon

8am I always wake up in a good mood. Feng Shui is based on the Chinese metaphysics of “cause and effect of energy in the environment on people who occupy  that environment” be it the environment at home or office or retail business environment. If the energy is not flowing properly, or is of a negative flow, or is blocked it will cause bad luck, money loss, job loss, relationship problems or health problems (ie.pregnancy problems and sleep problems). It’s important for me to keep my own energy positive, so I practise chi kung martial arts (similar to tai chi).

9am Check my emails – I get a lot of emails everyday as I have a lot of clients in UK and around the world. I gave up my career as a lawyer to do this ten years ago.

1130am Before a consultation I do personal Feng Shui astrology charts for my clients so that I know what is their personal energy field like. Onsite home consultations are personalised for the individuals in the house, not a one shoe size fits all as the generalisations you find in books. That is the one of the differences between doing it with a simple book or professionally with an experienced consultant.

1pm I have three to four consultations a week. I charge between £300 to £400 for each depending on the size of the space and number of occupants.

2pm First, I measure the directional energy at the entrance of the building using my luo pan which is a large Feng Shui compass. Then I will calculate the Flying Stars of the building and do the analysis. If the dial of the compass shakes a certain way, it is a sign that “spirits” may be present. I will let the clients know and a space clearing ritual can be arranged for a later date. Once I have done the analysis for the whole house, I advise on how to tap into the positive energy sources for more wealth, promotions, a new boyfriend, increased energy, improved luck. If there has been tragic accidents, bankruptcy, divorce, death or bad energy left over previous occupants of the house or business premises I usually recommend a space clearing ritual also.

5pm Head home if I finish the consultation in time and my clients don’t have too many questions! I eat vegetarian foods and a lot of raw veg. This keeps my energy clean and keeps me extra sensitive to energies in my clients houses for when Im working. The energy field of my body is very sensitive which is good for my line of work. People usually see me because they need some kind of positive change in their life. From finding a new boyfriend, improving their relationships, curing depression to finding a new job! Some women hire me to remove the energy of their ex-husband’s from their house. Women also consult me about pregnancy problems when even IVF has not worked for them. There have been numerous babies born as a result!

How Many Businesses Are Using Feng Shui?

OfficeBroker talk Feng Shui

OfficeBroker.com, the global agent for office rentals, spoke out about how many businesses are using Feng Shui in their offices. Their press release included supporting views from OfficeBroker.com Managing Director, Jim Venables and Rising Dragon Feng Shui founder, Angela Ang. The press release reads:

Throw Out that Cactus Now! – 11/02/2008

officebroker.com reports more UK and European businesses employing Feng Shui consultants in a bid to remain competitive

Adopting office Feng Shui can boost productivity and profitability, according to officebroker.com – the UK’s largest online broker of commercial office space.

“A better office environment means more motivated employees,” says Managing Director, Jim Venables. “Evidence also suggests that pleasant working conditions enhance staff loyalty and improve productivity”

Most people believe the environment in which they work has an impact on their performance. Indeed, a recent survey by one of Britain’s leading high street banks* revealed that messy offices can stop workers from doing their jobs properly and can even result in one in five workers wanting to quit.

While factors such as natural light, air conditioning and a culture of keeping the office tidy and businesslike all affect the overall ambience of an office, in some countries businesses consider the working environment to be so important that Feng Shui is widely used to boost luck, wealth, health and harmony.

officebroker.com, which trades globally and has existing offices in the UK and US, is looking to launch officebroker.com Asia in 2008.

“Feng Shui is widely used by Chinese, Japanese and Indian firms and increasingly, European businesses are starting to employ the ‘Art of Placement’ in a bid to improve staff performance,” says Jim. “In today’s competitive business environment, companies are considering anything which might enhance their overall performance. As a result, we are seeing more of our European and UK clients employing Feng Shui consultants in a bid to give themselves a competitive edge.”

officebroker.com spoke to Angela Ang, Founding Consultant of UK based Rising Dragon Feng Shui. She offers businesses the following advice:

  • Bosses should sit in the corner farthest away from the door to adopt the ‘Command’ position
  • Letting natural sunlight into an office creates positive ‘yang chi’ which helps to promote better staff productivity and morale
  • Avoid cacti or sharp looking plants in the office as their small, sharp leaves cause ‘sha chi’. As air passes through the plants it will become fierce and sharp, affecting office harmony
  • Desks should be organised and uncluttered desks so employees can focus their brain power on work rather than have it dispersed on little things that don’t matter
  • Mirrors should never be hung in an office as they can reflect negative energy around
  • To allow for the free flow of chi, ensure that all wires are hidden. Multi tangled wires can generate “snake sha” and create accidents

Feng Shui has been used in offices in some parts of the world for more than 5,000 years. Translated literally from Chinese it means Wind and Water and, in plain English, it means ‘the cause and effect of environmental energies on you.

“Whether you consider Feng Shui to be a bit far fetched or a valuable business tool, it is worth remembering that this ancient art has been widely used by businesses across the world for thousands of years,” says Jim.

“Anything which can improve a person’s working environment has got to be considered seriously and we are certainly seeing a lot more European businesses now working with Feng Shui consultants such as Rising Dragon.”

Angela Ang in Daily Express Property Feng Shui Feature

Feng Shui in The Daily Express

The Daily Express, one of the UK’s biggest daily newspapers, has a lively property section, Express Property. When they wanted to look at Feng Shui they asked our Angela Ang to contribute. Angela took the opportunity to emphasise that Feng Shui isn’t just about beautiful interiors. To have good Feng Shui, we need to take care of our environment too.

You can read the article in the screenshot below or on the Daily Express’ website here

Daily Express article: Make shui you do the right feng

Angela Ang in London Paper Christmas Feature

Feng Shui in The London Paper

When the London Paper wanted to find out how to bring the warmth into a Christmas where you are entertaining your partner’s parents, they interviewed a panel of experts. Relationship consultant, Dr Lisa Matthewman and Nick Ede of GMTV teamed up with our Angela to put together a few handy tips for surviving Christmas with the out-laws!

Here is the article, reprinted with kind permission of the London Paper:

Keeping it happy, family!
by Andy Jones. Tuesday, 19 December 2006

While we all hanker after the chocolate-box image of a happy family sat round a Christmas tree, the reality is that when it comes to spending the festive season with your partner’s parents, you’ll need the social prowess of a diplomat. No wonder one in five of us gets severely stressed out during Christmas; being able to navigate through a minefield of family stories, grudges and parental expectations can be quite a daunting experience.

First impressions are vital, so if your partner’s parents are coming to visit you, there is a lot you can do to create the right ambience. Hopefully, even if they are cranky after getting stuck in traffic, you will be able to counter-balance any negative vibes by ensuring your home is flowing with positive energy. Angela Ang, a top London feng shui expert, says it is important to channel that festive cheer into the right places if you’re going to make the day a success:

“Entrances are an important area because it is where chi comes in, so you want it to be greeted with positive and beautiful things. Cut flowers and lively plants in the doorway always set the tone for what your home is about,” says Ang, of Rising Dragon Feng Shui.

Remember, when it comes to your partner’s parents, there’s no such thing as too much effort. You may have ordered the most plush Christmas tree, even decorated it with baubles handmade by Belgian nuns, but Ang insists you can still do more for less. She says that bringing light into a home and wearing new clothes are cheap, yet effective ways of creating positive energy.

Trying to be a dutiful host on a budget can be stressful, but lifestyle expert Nick Ede, who guest presents on GMTV, says the taste of Christmas can be bought cheaply. The key is to offer lots of mulled wine, which can be made using blackcurrant cordial, gin, red wine and spices. Drinks are a good start but it’s the little touches that really impress prospective in-laws. Ede advises sending out invitations and then thank you emails afterwards.

It goes without saying that you don’t want to contract foot-in-mouth disease if you’re doing the visiting. To be prepared, Dr Lisa Matthewman, a leading relationship consultant, suggests asking your partner for a little assistance: “What would their parents want to talk about? What topics should and shouldn’t you raise?”

Matthewman also advises a trip to the bathroom to compose yourself if you lose your cool.  And in any case, if your relationship is in tatters come Boxing Day, at least the new year is the perfect time for a fresh start.