Paul Lowndes is a director of quantity surveyors and construction cost consultants WT Partnership, heading up the sub-consultancy commission for the Mott Consortium which was retained by the Provisional Airport Authority for the terminal building design contract for the Chek Lap Kok airport. Monday THE day starts at 6 am with a brisk walk up Old Peak Road and Plantation Road. Each morning, fellow director David Smith and I use the opportunity to compare notes on what is happening in our head office and the Chek Lap Kok Terminal Building Project Office. The walk takes between 30 and 35 minutes and is the perfect start to a full day. Next comes the family breakfast with my wife, Nancy, and children - Stephanie, four, and Rhodri, two. Breakfast together is routine; an opportunity to spend half an hour or so together listening to the morning news on the radio and scanning the day's newspapers. Our lounge room is oriented to the East and the morning sun streams in. Each morning, I try to be on the 7.45 am courtesy bus in order to be at the office by 8 am. Mondays start with a head office meeting during which the priorities for the week are defined and our overall development strategy is focused. Then into the Chek Lap Kok Project Office to catch up with proceedings before breaking for a business lunch at 12.45 pm. In the afternoon, we have a meeting with the Provisional Airport Authority which runs until 7.30 pm and means I shall be late for Nancy's birthday celebration - a dinner party for 14. The evening is a success and we arrive at home at 12.15 am. Tuesday I struggle out of my bed at 6 am for my morning Peak walk. I would have liked to have missed this morning, but with last night's excesses and another function this evening, conscience gets the better of me. Exercise is a must and my routine usually consists of at least three-four hours of gym circuit a week, my Monday to Friday walks, squash on Sunday and tennis on Thursday evening. The family breakfast is as eventful as usual. I am not well equipped to deal with super-energetic children and Nancy is a late starter. At 8.30 am the day starts with the weekly meeting to monitor and report progress to the PAA on the design contract. My firm is responsible for budget control, which given the high profile nature of the project, is an onerous brief! A quick sandwich for lunch and then into the weekly Mott Consortium team leaders meeting. The working day finishes at 7 pm and a group of eight meet for dinner before attending the Australian Wine Association Christmas function. This is a fun affair with great food and Australian wine. Nancy is our table representative for the wine-tasting competition. After a most enjoyable evening, we adjourn at 11.30 pm. Wednesday Again, a struggle out of bed for the morning walk. David Smith and I have a lot to discuss before an 8.30 am meeting at the head office with our business development consultant. We are close to finalising arrangements for the restructuring of our practice throughout Asia. This is the culmination of two years of effort and will see us better equipped to handle this rapidly developing and increasingly sophisticated market. Before our involvement on the airport project, my brief was Asia-wide and I am keen to maintain close involvement in our expansion plans. Over to the project office by 10 am. We are nearing critical contractual deadlines for producing documentation for seven different packages on the project and it is all hands on deck. Our team on the airport project will peak about 30 strong. I break for lunch at 12.30 pm - a regular Wednesday Rotary luncheon. The afternoon is spent in closed session with our team reviewing information for submission to the PAA in five days time. This evening, Nancy has a tennis lesson and I use the opportunity to use the gym for the first time this week. I relish the hour plus of strenuous exercise and we finish off the evening with a light supper. Thursday Bright and early for the morning walk. It's a relief to have had a reasonably early night! Rhodri is developing a bout of asthma. Unfortunately he has not reacted well to the Hongkong climate and pollution levels since our return in November, 1991. Our deadline looms on the airport project and we work through the day with a brief break at lunchtime. This evening I have my regular tennis commitment with other members of the Mott Consortium to play doubles. I use the opportunity to put in an hour in the gym first. Our tennis court is booked from 9 pm and we play for 90 minutes before breaking for supper and a couple of beers. Friday My last walk of the week! I feel a sense of fulfilment - despite late nights early in the week, I have not missed a walk. At work it looks as though we will have a heavy weekend in order to meet our deadline on Monday, which will mean the family quality time will suffer. Again a full day at the Project Office with a short break for a long committed business luncheon. A pleasant evening in store for Nancy and I because we are taking friends to see Natalie Cole. A wonderful evening's entertainment. The evening finishes with supper at the Hilton and we arrive home at 2 am. Saturday No walk, so breakfast with the family to start the day - no kindergarten for the children and it looks as though work will not be too demanding this weekend. At 8 am I am at the gym for an hour before work. Quite a successful morning and we manage to complete our task with 1 1/2 days to spare. This afternoon we have our annual beach barbecue at Shek O organised by the Chinese member of staff. The expatriates win the beach soccer match nine to two. The barbecue is a success with neither of the children sustaining serious burns! A quick drive to Kai Tak on the way home to drop off a colleague who is returning to Australia overnight and then home for an early night.