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 Stories: The King Dog

Emperor Qin's throne

Today, I would like recall the true story of a Feng Shui consultation I did many years ago now.  I’d travelled out to rural Cambridgeshire. At the time I was living in Buckingham, but travelled the UK and would drive to see Feng Shui clients in London or Birmingham at least a couple of days a week.

Whilst travelling itself is tiring, Cambridge and its surrounding villages are charming. Arrived at my clients home, I got my Feng Shui luopan compass ready and went to the door to say hello when I heard a dog start barking. I could tell by the voice of the dog that it was fairly big breed. I love animals and generally get on well with them but nothing prepared me for what I’d find inside…

Boxer dog

I sat in the client’s living room while she brought tea and begun to tell me her story. Her husband worked in the travel industry and had to commute far daily. She was at home alone so they’d bought a dog to keep her company. The dog – a young, male albino Boxer dog – was muscular and strong, as per its breed. Unlike some dogs that terrify guests, it didn’t try to leap up at me although it did make it’s presence known. The saliva dripping from it’s mouth was more slobber from excitement than drooling aggression. Yet when the owner tried to talk, something very unusual became apparent. The dog was in charge.

At first I thought it might simply be a case of high spirits with visitors having called, but sure enough the dog continued to show unusual behaviours.

If she tried to give her attention to me the dog would do something to make sure she brought it back to him.

It was like the dog was the owner and the owner was being taken for a walk!

Even when she tried to make him stay in the room next door, he made such a commotion that she brought him back in.

It took a long time to hear her story as there were lots of interruptions, especially for her! Eventually I was able to start my Feng Shui calculations.

Plotting the Flying Stars, reading the Forms and taking measurements with my Feng Shui luopan compass, I soon came to a solid conclusion. The spot by the stairs where the dog slept, was in fact the seat of power for the house. That’s why this young pup was no ordinary dog – he’d been elevated to king of the house by the couple, who had simply seen the location for his basket as convenient.

The presence of the seat of power in Feng Shui is one thing that is often overlooked by Feng Shui consultants. I have seen clients where one of their children has been given the room with the seat of power in it… with suitably terrible results! The child will not listen to sense, expects the parents to bend over backwards for them and will only eat/study/sleep as they see best. The parents are driven mad and their relationship with one another and their career comes under strain as a result.

It can also happen that at a business, the Feng Shui seat of power is given to a subordinate who ends up with the boss wrapped around his or her finger.

Bringing the household back into harmony by diagnosing the types of Qi within it, it’s typical to see the behaviour patterns brought up by giving the seat of power to the wrong person (or dog!) disappear over the coming weeks and months. I have seen many inconceivable things during my long years travelling the world as a Feng Shui consultant. The house you live in reveals the current state of your journey to your destiny. Those that know how to read the signs can help you break from the patterns of behaviour that keep you from being as great as you could be.

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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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!

Rising Dragon Feng Shui Assists Restaurant Chain Move to Next Level

Coal Grill and Bar

Restaurant Chain Turns Up The Heat With Feng Shui Advice

Coal Restaurants logo

Coal is a hot brand amongst grill restaurant chains. The brainchild of restaurant innovator, John Gatter, it began life as the M.A. Potters chain before metamorphasizing into the chic, trendy hang out of choice of affluent proffessionals with a taste for good food, funky surrounds and after hours ambience. The change was more than just cosmetic; new menus and bar choices joined lavishly updated interiors, upbeat music and and many other experience enhancing attentions to detail that clearly mark Coal as a better bet for a good night out. Rising Dragon Feng Shui’s Angela Ang co-ordinated work to create the perfect space.

Coal Restaurant founder John Gatter with Angela Ang
Coal Restaurant founder John Gatter with Angela Ang

“Feng Shui was something I was introduced to by a friend who put me in touch with Angela,” spoke John Gatter of Coal restaurants. “We were carrying out the rebrand of our Cardiff branch at the time where sales never reached the potential I saw in the area. After the refurb which incorporated Angela’s advice, sales more than tripled. I was very happy with the results of using Feng Shui and now see it’s use as part of offering customers the best they can get from a restaurant.”

Feng Shui for restaurants is different from interior design or clever marketing and we are happy and experienced in working with your existing consultants for both disciplines. We also can recommend some great companies to work with if you need help with either so as to supply a full, rich and complete dining experience that excites every level of your customers senses.

Coal restaurants continue to develop and open new branches around the UK, with investment capital for up to 14 new high street locations now available. Feng Shui has offered their customers a more comfortable, enjoyable and memorable eating experience which in turn makes Coal more competitive in the fast paced UK catering industry. Coal and Rising Dragon Feng Shui warmly invite you taste a new experience in dining by visiting their flagship restaurant in Wimbledon, London or their second launch in Basingstoke. See the Coal Restaurants Website for addresses as well as offers and promotions.

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.